You may have noticed a weather-related tilt to my recent posts. I guess that the changing of the seasons here in Nebraska along with the extremes we have seen mean that I am paying especially close attention to Mother Nature. Now that she has finally kicked Old Man Winter out of the state, we got to enjoy our first real thunderstorm.
This cell moved over our farm yesterday. Beautiful and scary all at once, isn’t it?
Two days ago, we were under a frost advisory. Today I saw a bank clock that read 102 degrees. Needless to say, it was a hot and very dry day in Nebraska. Despite the recent rains we are still in the “extreme drought” category on the drought monitor website. I traveled down to Lincoln today for a meeting with the boss. On the way home, we drove though a little squall that raised an eerie dust storm. We pulled over to take some pictures. They reminded me so much of pictures I’ve seen during the Dust Bowl of the 30s that I just had to convert them to sepia. Which do you like better? The color or sepia? I can’t decide.
In honor of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, I’m posting a picture I took almost 10 years ago. This is Danzig; grandsire of multiple Kentucky Derby winners. He liked mints and made this funny face after his groom fed him a peppermint. We were impressed by this gorgeous animal and the gracious people who gave us a tour of Claiborne Farm. Danzig died in 2006 as one of the most influential sires in American horse racing history.
Today’s Photo Friday gives your two-for-the-price-of-one! A couple years ago, I got to visit the beautiful city of Sacramento. Our hotel was near the “Old Sacramento” area so I got plenty of opportunities to walk around and take pictures.
This first picture is a drawbridge that was being raised for a boat that was coming through.
This picture shows the same drawbridge being reflected in the windows of one of the nearby buildings.
Another day, another blizzard…at least it feels that way here in Nebraska… I bet all those geese that made the migration are wondering why they left the tropics so soon.
Even puppy prefers to sit on the deck and wonder about the strange weather.
The irises are bravely following the calendar instead of the weatherman.