Morning Grooming

This is one of the juvenile Great Horned owls having a morning grooming session. The family of four live in the trees in our yard. Soon the two owlets will fly off to begin their life on their own. The parents will stay…they’ve been here since we moved to the ranch 10 years ago.

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Dec 19 – Bokeh (No Way!)

Bokeh…No Way; I’ll take a Free Day!!!

I spent the day in town and didn’t have the time (nor the patience) to attempt Bokeh which was today’s photo challenge.

I’ve been watching this old shed for years…and every year it sags just a little bit more. I will eventually have a sequence of photos with the final photo being the shed on the ground. I hope it will be in my lifetime…it’s a stubborn ol’ shed!

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Dec 14 – Sepia

My husband and I drove 3 hours to Bend OR to pick up my new saddle, and on the way back we had lunch at Hampton Station Cafe. They have a little antique shop, and as I waited for my lunch to be made, I had a wonderful time browsing the shop and taking photos (hence the price tags 😉  )…and lunch was awesome!

We were the only customers at the time and had a wonderful time chatting with the new owners of the Cafe…great people if you ever drive between Burns and Bend Oregon!

FYI, taken with my cell phone.

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Dec 11 – Windows

I’m standing inside the last remaining building of Old Princeton which happens to be on our ranch. This view is looking south to the rim rock and our house.

I wonder back in the early days what the view looked like then. Is where I’m standing where the telephone switchboard was? Or maybe a desk? What I do know is that when I step into the old building, it’s like stepping back in time.

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Nov 18 – Old Buildings

This is an old house and out building across the valley from our place. I don’t know how old it is, but there is a house number on it above the front door, “82”, which is most likely from when they numbered the postal routes by route number and then house number…which has all changed now. I took the photo from the end of the drive way and framed the house with the barbed wire fence. Places like these always make me wonder who lived there and what happened to them.

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Nov 11 – Shoot a Color

My ideas for today’s concept were green and/or brown…and I know that I couldn’t have done any better on my own…this beautiful buck presented himself right in front of the house in the alfalfa field…him and his little herd of seven does. What a nice surprise! I just slid open the patio door…still in my jammies!

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Nov 10 – Churches

There were many churches throughout Harney County back in the early days, and I can’t think of one that is still standing. There are numerous newly built churches in the towns, but I didn’t want to drive that far.

So, my interpretation of the concept of the day is that we are blessed to live in God’s county and worship Him every day.

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Nov 9 – Street Photography

For those in the challenge who had no equine to photograph yesterday…I have no people today (and I did not want to travel 84 miles to town and back for photos)! I saved my trip to the feed store in Crane for today to see what might happen. We met maybe 20 cars/trucks the whole time in the 20 mile round trip.

But I hit the jackpot and found this kind gentleman taking his dog for a walk as we were pulling out of the feed store. I got out of our truck and asked if he minded me taking his picture walking his dog…he shrugged his shoulders and said “Sure, why not. I walk my dog here every day.” I briefly told him why, and he seemed happy to help. After his dog marked the tires on the truck, down the road they went headed for home.

IMG_2871I adjusted the levels slightly…and tried it in black and white, but the color version is much better. Just beyond the clump of trees you can see the tips of the Strawberry Mountains in the county north of us. It’s a beautiful fall day here…and I’m going outside to take advantage of it!

Nov 6 – Locks and Keys

Because USPS doesn’t deliver mail down our road, we are provided a post office box…one of about 30 at our tiny post office. I’m not sure how old these are, but they were “used” when they installed them into the current location (the PO has moved 6-7 times in its history). I’m happy that we get mail 6 days a week…folks at the south end of Harney County only get mail 3 days a week. Gotta love rural America!

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