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Oh Frank! Such a Silly Squirrel

You can’t see me – I’m hiding

What had started out as one curious squirrel visiting our yard for some tasty bird food, is now a family of three. Once in a while a fourth one shows up, but he doesn’t stay long.

Frank was the name we gave the squirrel when he first came to visit. He was just too darn cute not to name. Every once in a while Frank comes to the yard with another squirrel. The chase each other around the yard, across the top of the fence and through the trees. We call Frank’s friend Franny. They are fun to watch. It amazes me how quickly the squirrels can race to the top of a tree and jump from tree top to tree top. I’m hoping when the weather gets warmer I can capture some shots of them jumping through the tree tops. I might have to give video a try!

I am not a squirrel expert, but based on description and the activity of Frank and his friends, I believe they are Fox Squirrels. These squirrels are the largest tree squirrel in Nebraska. They can are fast tree climbers and view bird feeder poles as just a skinnier tree. Because they can also jump, keeping them off and/or out of bird feeders can be difficult. No doubt, there will be a post about the squirrel adventures in the Spring. 🙂

Frank is another one of my favorite subjects to photograph. He seems to play for the camera. Here’s some pictures I took throughout last year. Maybe you can see his personality.

Frank enjoying bird food (even if it is safflower)
Uh oh, the human sees me
Stopping for a drink
I will get to the bird food! If only this green thing wasn’t in my way!
Is that human watching me?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! Hope you liked spending some time with Frank.

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless.

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A New Year, New Opportunities

New Beginnings

Time for some changes. Decided to make the blog look a little different and will be experimenting throughout the next few months with a different look. I like to change things up once in a while. The blog has looked basically the same since I started it. My children could tell you how often I like to change things. When they lived at home, they would get to help me rearrange furniture every few months in our living room. The kitchen cabinets would get reorganized a couple of times a year. I’m more of a “keep them guessing” kind of person rather than a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” type. Things need to be shook up every once in awhile. 🙂

Additionally, the format for the titles of the posts will be changing. No longer will the posts about photography start with ‘Back Yard Photographer’. Since most of the posts have something to do with my photography, the titles have really become redundant. This way I can try to be more creative and keep you guessing. 🙂

A Rose Begins

I’ve spent a few hours looking over the photos I have taken over the past year. It can be a daunting task, but it can be fun. The stories and the memories associated with the photos were good to revisit – even the bad photos. If nothing else, they were good for a laugh. 🙂 While going through the photos I picked out a few of my favorites. I did discover that 2021 must have been the year of the zinnia and the hummingbird as I seemed to have an abundant amount of photos with those subjects. I was able to find some other pictures too.

Here are a some of my favorites, I hope you like them as well.

I can hardly wait to get out with my camera and capture the moments of 2022!

May 2022 present you with opportunities for blessings, joy and adventures.

Happy New Year!

All photos are originals of Kim Lawless

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Back Yard Photographer – Apple Orchards

A couple of years ago, our local pumpkin patch expanded their business to include an apple orchard. Now I can go pick a variety of apples off trees in the orchard. It is fun to do, and it also brings back lots of wonderful memories.

While I was growing up, my parents, brother and I would go to the local orchard and spend time not only picking apples, but also enjoying all the apple treats. One of the special treats was we always got a gallon of cold apple cider to take home. While at the orchard, we would try the hot apple cider, caramel apples and share a slice or two of apple pie. If you didn’t want all those apple snacks, they also offered popcorn and other kinds of fruit. We always had a good time going there – a memory I treasure.

My grandparents lived on a farm when I was a little girl. They had a line of apple trees that separated the edge of their back lawn from a cornfield. When it was apple picking time, we would go to visit them and help get the apples off the trees. My memory is a little fuzzy, because I don’t remember if we did this on weekends or when I got to spend a week or so with them on vacation. I do remember climbing up the ladder and handing the apples down to my grandpa. Grandma and Great-Grandma would make apple crisp out of some of the apples we picked. They also made apple butter and apple jelly. Yum!! I’m getting kinda hungry for some apple butter on toast.

There was another farm less than a mile away from my grandparents. The family that lived there were relatives on my grandma’s side of the family. A dirt road connected the two farms, my brother, cousins and I would either ride our bikes over to that farm or we would walk. When we got there we were always greeted by their horse – Dolly. She was a sweet, good natured horse. We would get to pet her, ride her and help take care of her when we went to visit. During apple season we would take a couple of the bruised apples over to the neighboring farm so we could give Dolly an extra treat. She liked the apples as much as we did. 🙂

I’m glad we have the apple orchard near us now. It will be good to go and make new memories. I might even have to learn how to make apple butter. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog! Hopefully these stories will remind you of some happy memories and make you smile.

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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Back Yard Photographer… Ahhhh, Autumn

On a morning towards the end of October, the sun was shining and the sky was a perfect shade of blue. The air had a crispness as the temperature was in the high 30’s (Fahrenheit). Colors of Autumn were becoming more prominent, yet the greens of Summer lingered. It was on this morning, I grabbed my camera and went outside to enjoy the beautiful colors and refreshing breeze. I needed the calm; the serenity. Fortunately, one of my favorite spots to capture the changing colors, is within walking distance from my house.

It is along this path, that I am reminded of the beauty of each day, no matter what the season.

Here’s some photos from my walk that morning. Hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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Back Yard Photographer – Where did the Summer go?

Summer Time Grilling

Procrastination does not make Summer last longer – trust me, I tried. 🙂 I have started this post so many times, that I have lost count. The plan was to have it posted the first day of Autumn, well that didn’t work out (obviously). I’ve been in a weird place lately – but I feel myself coming out of it.

At the beginning of the year I had vowed to focus on being grateful and showing gratitude – boy have I fallen off that wagon! It wasn’t until this morning, when I sat down to write (and finish) this post that I realized just how bad I’ve been. I started off being very negative and whining about what hadn’t happened. Then it struck me – there had been a lot of good things happen and that is where my focus should be. So, I deleted the post and started again. Time to focus on good things.

There was a post where someone had mentioned that they like to look at the start of Autumn as a new beginning and not as the end of the Summer season. That got me thinking – what a great attitude! It truly all is in perspective and what you make of the moment. So, I’m shaking of the grumpiness (I will save that for another day – Ha!) and getting back to looking at the world through grateful eyes.

This Summer was spent mainly at home, which was fine. I got to spend time in my yard, working in my flower garden and taking lots of pictures of flowers. I tried to grow zinnias this year – they were very successful! Not only did they take over one of my flower beds, but the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds loved them!! Guess what will be in the flower bed next year. 😉

The time I spent in my yard taking photos, was nice and I did have fun. I had at least three hummingbirds flying around the yard. I spent many evenings trying to capture the “perfect” photo of a hummingbird. I had been outside with such frequency that one day when I was getting photos of zinnias, one of my neighbors asked if I had gotten a picture of the hummingbird yet. 🙂 Well, I didn’t get what I thought was the perfect photo, but I did get a few that I liked. Here’s a few of the better ones – hope you like them too:

Since there had been so much success with the zinnias – they were the subject of a bunch of photos. Here’s a few of my favorites:

I did get some photos of bees, butterflies and Frank (the squirrel that visits our back yard), but I will save those for a cold wintery day when a little reminder of Summer, just might be needed.

Now, Autumn – the beautiful colors, crisp air, camp fires and the promise of new beginnings. It really is a matter of perspective.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. Hope you enjoy it!!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless