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Painted Lady Butterflies (3 photos)

We had a Painted Lady Butterfly irruption year – a year in which their population dramatically increases.

I had been seeing them for the past several weeks as I was working on our fire pit in the back yard, but this last weekend I only saw a few. So we must be at the tail end of the irruption.

Painted Lady Butterflies are amazing! Here’s a few fun facts:

• They go through their entire life cycle (egg, larvae/caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis, and adult) in less than a month!

• The adult Painted Lady Butterfly only lives about two weeks!

Enjoy the photos!

 

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#GirlPower Retaining Wall

With the end of summer approaching, I finally finished my last yard project – a retaining wall around the fire pit.

My niece helped me carry all of the brick and pea pebbles to the back – took two days to do that. Took me another two weeks to dig out and haul all the dirt and sod to the top of the hill.

Right toward the end of my project, I injured my knee. So, I’ll be taking it easier, enabling me to post more blog posts and photos!

Here’s a before and after photo of the #GirlPower Retaining Wall!

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Cloudy Solar Eclipse

We were able to see the eclipse in Minnesota today! Storm clouds rolled in right after the peak, in which the sun was covered 83%.

Very cool!

Here’s a quick pic taken with my phone!

Chance Meeting at the Candy Store (a week ago)!

The summer is flying by quickly! I wanted to get this photo posted sooner… like a week ago(!), but it ended up being my busiest week this summer. Right after getting back from our trip to Washington, DC, I picked up my parents at the airport the next day. They were in town visiting for the week.

While driving to a family reunion last Saturday, we decided to stop by Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store.

As Kristin and I were walking toward the door with our bag of candy we just purchased, I saw a guy I knew… but I couldn’t place where I knew him… Close friend, no. Co-worker, no. Wait, it’s Cole, from the MTV show Teen Mom 2! Then I saw Aubrey, Chelsea and Watson!

They were so gracious to let us take a quick photo with them. What an adorable and Super friendly family!

Clearly my photo skills with my phone are NOT as good as they are with my DSLR…

Thanks for the quick pic @ChelseaHouska and family!

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Disney World Thrill

With all the thrills Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has to offer, I have to say this photo captures the Expedition Everest roller coaster ride at Animal Kingdom perfectly.

I’ll be posting more amazing photos (and trip tips!) in the coming weeks.

We are seated in the middle row, both wearing blue shirts. I’m the one with the smile and Kristin is on the left, screaming.

Yes, she gave me her OK to post this photo.

Enjoy!

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Misty Morning with Loons (4 photos)

Here are some early morning photos of the loon family. Love the mist and the reflections on the lake!

Enjoy!

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Baby Loon (7 photos)!

What better way to start your Tuesday than with #BabyLoon photos!

In the very last photo, I love the way the water literally rolls right off dad’s back!

I’ll be posting some early morning misty photos with the loon tomorrow, so stop back.

Enjoy!

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Baby loon with mom.
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Mom feeding the baby loon.
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Baby loon eating.
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Baby loon spreading its wings. The white chest indicates it’s starting to get it’s adult feathers.
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Swimming around the lake.
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The entire loon family.
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Dad loon getting close to our boat.

Baby Loon Learning to Dive (video)!

It’s not every day of the week you get to hear a loon call AND see a baby loon! Here’s both captured in a video. The baby loon is learning to dive.

Sorry about the choppiness of the video. The wind was really blowing our boat around the water!

Watch baby loon video.

Baby Loon learning to dive.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow.

I’ll be sharing close up photos of the baby loon!

 

July 4th – Liberty’s Symbols (15 photos)

From her toes to her crown to her torch, Lady Liberty has many messages of freedom. And what better day to celebrate freedom than July 4.

During our recent trip to New York City, we snagged “crown” tickets to the top of Statue of Liberty. (Trip tips: You need to purchase those tickets early, at least six months in advance since they only let about 100 people go to the crown each day. Go early in the day to beat the crowds!) There are 377 steps (equal to 20 stories) to the top… with the very last steps winding through a very tiny spiral staircase that has one side going up, the other going down.

The messages of freedom from the Statue of Liberty ring true for today:

  • Broken shackles at her feet signifying escape from tyranny
  • A tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776
  • Crown’s of seven rays represent a sunburst spreading enlightenment and reason throughout the world
  • And, of course, the most significance of all, her torch and flame symbolizing truth and justice enlightening the world

Enjoy the photos!

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The morning sun creates a starburst on the Statue of Liberty, New York City.
To the Crown
Looking down from the first staircase before we begin the tiny spiral staircase to the Statue of Liberty crown. In the lower middle is a group of people looking up toward me.
The Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase leading up to the Statue of Liberty crown on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward lower Manhattan, New York City.
Tablet View
The Statue of Liberty’s tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776, New York City.
View from Lady Liberty
View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center and Ellis Island from Lady Liberty, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward Brooklyn Bridge in the distance, New York City.
Crown to the Ground
View from the Statue of Liberty crown to the ground where people are walking along the path below on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown Torch
View of the Torch and ray from the Statue of Liberty Crown, New York City.
Inside the Crown
View inside the Statue of Liberty crown showing the waves of her hair, Liberty Island, New York City.
Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase from the top, showing the staircase going up and down Liberty Island, New York City.
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The Statue of Liberty in the morning sun, New York City.
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A view from below. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New York City.
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View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center from Lady Liberty, New York City.
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The Queen of Hearts Paddle Wheel in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, New York City.

Happy and safe July 4th everyone!