I don’t know what to think of WordPress at this time. I can’t understand their posting! Instead of allowing us to put a new post, with an image, at the top we have to change editors, or if we’re in the correct editor that allows you to set your post the top of the blog, then it doesn’t do it. Then the publish widget is nowhere to be seen. Then it tells you it has been published and you don’t know where the post is. Now, I use WordPress.com, and obviously, this post will be published. The PUBLISH widget is visible at the top. Is it me? Is it the ANDROID system? This has not published.
When I was a boy, some 70 years ago, I was already seven years old, winter came in December and with it came the snow – often snowed right up into early April. I MEAN IT SNOWED EVERY FEW DAYS.
Now we’re in another century and I’ve certainly seen a drastic climatic change. Yesterday, Christmas Day, it was 60 degrees here in Central Illinois. It will be 60 today. The forecast for January, at this time, is for snow , not a lot, off and on, through the month. That is not normal! I can remember, before I retired in 2002, it was probably in the late 80’or early 90’s, one January the temperature during the day never got above zero the whole month. Those out there that believe climate change is a hoax are in for a big shock. I’ve been around for more than three quarters of a century and I’ve seen what’s happening – what’s coming! Our government officials had better make this a priority. CLIMATE CHANGE MAY BE GRADUAL BUT IT’S NO HOAX.
I looked out the sliding glass door to our deck and this beautiful, Barred Owl, was sitting on a branch checking out the area. I am not a fan of raptors but he was asking to be photographed. Sorry it’s a bit hazy.
This is one of two Feral Cats we’ve had on our deck. I believe I’ll name this fella, “Curious.” He’ll walk across the deck, sit down or lay down, and stare at you until you move on. He doesn’t seem scared but he’s cautious.
This is the view we have at the moment. When the leaves fall we will get a good look at what’s about us. All the normal critters from rabbits to birds to chipmunks thrive here. No deer yet. Soon, we hope.
It’s been quite some time since my last post. My wife and I have been looking to downsize for over a year now. She’s done all the work, I must say, scouring through the real estate company website’s for the right place. Finally we found a Condo we wanted to look at and it is just what we need. Going fron 1500+ square feet down to 952 square feet means a lot of material things need to go. We’ve been selling through Face Book’s sales site and have had good luck. We’ve sold everything from a leaf blower to a tread mill, a book case, and a bicycle. More too! Now we’re waiting for the final appraisal of our home which should be the last hurdle to our purchasing the Condo. Hopefully, we’ll move in September 16th – that’s the scheduled date anyway. I won’t be posting any more images till we’ve moved. Thanks for your time and continued interest in Elm Drive Images.
I shot this image in the summer of 2010. The Cicadas had broken through their hidden places in the earth to breed. Their life span above ground is for that purpose only. I was not sure if these were 17 or 24 year Cicadas. You talk about noise! Millions of them bellowing their eerie calls to one another is something you’ll never forget. I can remember, as a boy, when they appeared – by the hundreds of thousands they covered your home, garage, trees. Their eyes are briliant red. I wish I could have got a better image but this was at the end of their cycle.
This is the first Grosbeak we’ve ever seen on our property since moving here in 2007. Sorry it’s so small. I only had time to grab my point and shoot camera to take the shot – could not zoom in close enough. My wife said she thought she saw the bird yesterday. I’ll try to get a better image with my Canon 75-300 zoom lens if I can – if we ever see it again.
These office suites are part of a rustic, country style small business and restaurant complex named, Junction City. Years ago, when the site first opened, there were two railroad dining cars on another area of the site that were attached to the main dining facility which was named, Vonachen’s Junction – after the man who built it. It has long since been torn down and now a parking lot sets in its place. I’ll shoot more images of the main facility this Spring and Summer. The above shot was taken in 2014.
This image, shot at dusk, actually shows a bean field up close, and in the distance, a corn field. The road itself is for use by Park personnel only. I simply pulled in, stopped and took the shot. This park is about 14 minutes from Peoria.