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Peyton’s First Therapy Visit

Susie wants Peyton to become a therapy dog but we still need to do some work before she's ready to become certified. She is a well-mannered dog but does have some teenage moments at times. Grandma is rehabilitating at Life Care Center of Elkhorn and we saw that they have therapy dog visits. We asked if dogs needed to be certified therapy dogs to visit and they said any dog can visit as long as they are current on vaccinations. So ... Read more

Prairie – July 28, 2013

Over the past week, Grayhead Coneflowers have been blooming profusely giving a nice contrast to all the green in the prairie. Purple Coneflowers and Wild Bergamot are also doing well giving additional color. Planted in 2010, this is the third full growing season for our prairie and it's really taking off this year. The early spring burn followed by late spring rains have stimulated the natives and we are seeing less weeds each year. They say it takes 5-6 years for ... Read more

Camping at Willow Creek

We spent a 4-day weekend camping at Willow Creek Recreation Area in Pierce, NE with the Le’s. The weather was mild and not humid which isn't typical of summer, plus there were no mosquitoes and we didn't need bug spray. We usually eat too much when camping, but when "Restaurant Joe" goes, you know you are going to eat very well. We hadn't camped with the Le's for two years and it was a great time - and of course ate ... Read more

Big Spider Under Log

I was moving some logs and this spider was on one I rolled over. I ran into the house and grabbed my camera and macro lens and surprised it will still there. I think it might be a female wolf spider but not sure. One thing interesting is its abdomen looks like a cat's face. Click for larger view and to see the detail on its face. Read more

Prairie – June 16, 2013

After a pretty good drought last year which continued through winter, we've had good rainfall this spring and are finally out of drought status. Even though we've had consistent rains, we had a cool spring, and prairie growth is about 2 weeks later than it was last year. Right now blooms are just starting. I took these pictures on an overcast morning and tried to match their natural lighting when processing.                   Read more

Good looking doggies!

Duncan is 13 years old now and looks great for his age...and still acts like he's 2. Peyton is almost 2, and although more obedient than Duncan has ever been, still has her teenage moments. Today they went to the groomers which is mainly for Duncan, but Peyton gets her nails and ears done. This evening's overcast sky gave some good light to snap some pics in the small timeframe while they are clean.     Read more

Sunset at Branched Oak

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Prairie Burn

One of the best things you can do for a prairie is to burn is occasionally. This removes the thatch layer allowing new seedlings to get light, add nutrients back into the soil, and the black ash causes the ground to warm faster. The controlled burn was performed by the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept.                         Read more

Platte River State Park Cabin

For Susie's birthday weekend we stayed in a cabin at Platte River State Park. We had a nice snowstorm a few days before which made the park scenic and the dogs really enjoyed running through the snow. We burned a lot of firewood and relaxed - which is what Susie wanted. Read more

Platte River Bald Eagles

This winter was great for viewing Bald Eagles along the Platte River. There were times I counted over 50 of them in a single area. I got a new Sigma 150-500mm lens for my camera and this was my first time taking pictures of eagles with it, and I later learned that I didn't have the best camera settings for the conditions. I did get a few decent shots and the experience of watching them can't be beat.   Read more
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