Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tractor Daze 2016 and Some Bird Pictures

Friends, we are coming into BAR week... the Blogville Awesome Retreat that I will 
be attending at Brown County State Park in Indiana on Friday and Saturday. 
On Thursday, Jester and I will leave for Iowa, and we will 
pick up good friend Deb Long and her pug Stella Rose Long

I have a confession to make.  I have never driven so far by myself. 

I have never traveled with a dog!  

Jes and I will be joining a group of other bloggers and their dogs 
at the state park, where we will visit and have some fun activities 
for a couple of days.  Deb must be back to work on Monday, 
so we will leave early Sunday morning to drive her home to 
Keosauqua (Iowa) and then Jes and I will stop for the 
night in Bloomfield, Iowa. 

Did I say I was scared?  I AM. 

But, I'm going. 

Yesterday was Tractor Daze and Touch a Truck 2016 at the Ag Hall.

We had a beautiful day for it! 

There was a lot of train-riding going on. 

The Ag Hall geese were non-plussed. 

Artist Mark Conrardy was in residence again... he is very charming and watching him paint 
is very interesting. 

I don't know how he concentrates with everyone coming by. 

Here he was painting the train depot. 

Old and young were having fun. 

This morning, I got up early to go to church, and took my camera along. 

I always look in this field, there are often birds and animals in it.  I saw a small flock of geese feeding. 

There were two turkeys out there, too... these were about a half-mile from me. 

When I came out of church, I decided to stop and get a root beer at the Sonic in Tongie.  I stopped and got out of the car to take a picture of this giant flag being hung by members of the Tongie City Fire Department.  I am guessing it might be for the Tongie Sesquacentennial, which is this week. 

I started up a gravel road and saw a bird in the way and slowed down.  It flew up into a bush, and by some miracle... it stayed there and let me take pictures of it. 

It's a Brown Thrasher. 

The Blue Heron was back in the pasture pond. 

This is an Eastern Kingbird. 

This is a different Heron from the one above.  This one was in the big cow pond near our home. 

What you are looking at is two of the three fledged hawklets.  The third was in the tree to the right, I saw it going from branch to branch.  

I am so glad they all lived and appear to be very healthy.  Of course... their survival will 
depend on how well they learn to hunt that first year. 


  1. Just back from 9 days out. Got a lot done.

    You are going to have so much fun at the BAR. You'll do great. Have fun!!!

  2. Looks like a lovely weekend for you. Hope you have a safe and happy trip. It sounds wonderful!

  3. Such great bird photos! I think your trip will be so much fun; I'm jealous. ;-)

  4. I think THE BAR will be perfect medicine for everyone going! Have a good time!
    Beautiful photos!

  5. I also don't drive far anymore. I think I have just gotten out of practice as my husband does all the long distant driving. Just stop often to let the dogs out and walk out any kinks. Having some (human) passengers with you will make the time go by fast as you can visit along the way.

    Heidi Sutton @ Ag Source Magazine


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