New to the Family

The house has been pretty quiet since our cat Jet passed away 2 months ago.  Val and I decided a few weeks back to get a new puppy, one that would be an inside dog…a first for Val and 22+ years since having one for me.  We brought Cleo home last Sunday.  I spent the week working from home, trying to help acclimate her to her new environment. 

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Solar Eclipse

I made my way South, hoping to catch the Aug 21st Solar Eclipse.  It was only 75% at home, and Nebraska was the closest location with 100% coverage.  Clouds threatened the East side of the state, making Lincoln, Aurora and Beatrice look like it would be a bust, so I traveled west.  I decided on visiting Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering, as the radio broadcast from that location was explaining the clear blue skies above them, while spotted low level, scattered clouds to the east.

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Lady Slippers in Bloom

It is that time of year where the Minnesota State Flower is in bloom.  Yesterday after work, I drove up to a spot a co-worker mentioned and found one large bundle of about 10 fully bloomed Lady Slippers.  I spent a little time, and found a few angles to photograph.  While I would normally have a macro lens in the bag this time of year, I have been trying to photograph various birds and other wildlife, so my bag had the 150-600, 70-200 and 24 TSE. 

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