Thursday, May 21, 2015

Good Fences


Some interesting laser cut (I assume) figures mark this fence ... both artistic and humorous.

Andrea

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NF Trees and Bushes



The Red Bud is my all time favorite tree.  It blooms in the spring before it's leaves come out so it has a very oriental look.  This beauty lives in my neigborhood.  I am sure if I went through my files, I would find a picture of this tree for every year that I have lived here.  

A little Fresco makes it pop a little more ... Enjoy!

Andrea

Monday, May 18, 2015

NatureFootstep Catching Light


I can't draw a straight line, but the sun can ... on my wall and tub.  I honestly could never figure out where it came from :)

Andrea

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feline Art Friday


Gazing ...



Andrea

Good Fences


Most fences serve a practical purpose, but sometimes a fence is just a beauty mark on a lovely yard.  I am thinking that is what we have here :)


Andrea

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday


I went over to my favorite place for watching the Red Wing Blackbird ... a little lake with a reed bed on the shore line where they build their nests.  

And what do you know ... I came upon a beautiful male who was displaying for his woman :)





And here is the lucky lady who is the object of his affection :)




 Having moved to a new position he begins his courting again ...





A little preening to rearrange his feathers after his ambitious display ...




And back to business ...


I digitally zoomed these pictures to give you more detail, though I sacrificed some quality.  I am sure the young female approved of this handsome young man and we will soon have little Red Wing Blackbirds to follow ...

Andrea

NF Trees and Bushes



We are all shouting out "Spring", as we should, because it is definitely here (though it is in the middle 50's here today).  I can't drive down a street without stopping multiple times to capture a deliciously blooming tree or bush.   It is a wonderful time of year that brings us all new hope so we should wallow in it.  



A little posterizing to bring out the beauty ...
Happy Tuesday to all of you ...

Andrea

Monday, May 11, 2015

Our World Tuesday ...


How Do They Do That?


I have new neighbors and they are just wonderful.  They are also very busy fixing up their new house and their latest project was the landing at the bottom of the hill by the lake.

Imagine walking out in your yard and meeting this fellow ... "Take me to your leader"  :0


The plan is to replace the old landing with a new cement landing, but the issue is that it is at the end of the yard, and down a hill.  They had to use a cement pump and this was quite a project.  Thought you might want to see ... How they do that :)
The cement pump truck ... the cement will be pumped up over the house ...

Down the tubes ...

Down the hill to the landing...



My beautiful neighbor ...


The cement truck backs up to the cement pump truck and ...

pours cement into the pump.
the pump then pumps it up over the house where gravity pitches in and makes it flow



across the back yard ( or front yard ... on lake property they call the back the front  ... very confusing after a lifetime of the front being the front :(

  down the hill to the landing where the workers immediately start spreading it ...

Here they are pouring the stairs ...

The cement oozes out as fast as they can spread it ...



Then they turn off the pump and use an air compressor to blow out what is left in the tubing ...

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They dismantle my alien friend ...

and he waves goodbye as we watch ...

The cement workers finish the job ...

and after 24 hours of drying time ... there is a new landing


and stairs.  I just have to say, this was pretty cool and I think those workers deserve a round of applause for the beautiful end product.

Andrea