July 2, 2018

After Linda had spent a few hours shooting our flowers, it was my turn to go to her house and shoot her flowers. Her garden is amazing with an incredible variety of flowers.

When I got home I felt the need to take more photos of flowers. 🙂

Then it was time to head back to the mountains for the 4th of July. The hummingbirds have been fairly active, but there are two branches in the dogwood tree where one or two of them sit and wait–either for their turn at the feeder or to chase another one away from it.

Our view while eating dinner:

June 25, 2018

My friend Linda, from whom I’ve learned so much about shooting flowers, wanted to come over and spend some time with the coneflowers. Even if we don’t focus specifically on the coneflowers, the mass of them makes a great background.

We got some tickets from Tony to go see Atlanta United play. While I prefer to see soccer played outside, I was looking forward to going to Mercedes Benz stadium. It was really nice.

June 18, 2018

There wasn’t a lot blooming in Balsam Grove so I took a walk around looking down. Amazing what you can find when you look down at the ground.

One of the first hummingbirds I saw in the mountains:

Back at home the coneflowers were outstanding.

Not to be outdone by the coneflowers, the dahlias and zinnias were pretty too.

June 11, 2018

These birds have been so entertaining. While I was waiting for the momma bird to come feed the babies, the gold finch flew into the dogwood tree and waited until I took its picture.

I practiced shooting flowers…again. 🙂

We took a short trip to Balsam Grove so Tommy could replace deck boards. Somehow he convinced Steve Gustin to come up and help, thank goodness.

I bought some strawflowers to take photos of. Such a cool flower.

When we got to the house there were lots of these little, wild daisies.

May 28, 2018

It took a few days to rest up and recover from our trip. I had so many photos to go through from the trip I couldn’t convince myself to take my camera outside. After watching more and more of the cone flowers open up I finally went out. The cone flowers are just beautiful!

The butterfly weed is awfully pretty too.

We went to the Farmers’ Market in Jonesboro to get our Vidalia onions. On the way home we stopped at theVarsity for lunch. Yum for onions and the Varsity!


I had been watching this birdhouse from inside the kitchen for a few days. The bird(s) had been very active flying in and out. So I got a chair and my camera and sat out on the front porch for an hour or so.

Utah Trip 2018 – Day 10

Monday, May 14, 2018

We got up and left at 7:35 AM. We got gas, ice and breakfast and headed south. I did not take any pictures this day–I may have been pouting about having to go home and Tommy was in “let’s get home” mode.

All in all, we had another wonder family vacation with the kids. We were happy that Molly was able to join us for a few days.

Total miles driven for the whole trip – 4496.

Utah Trip 2018 – Day 9

Sunday, May 13, 2018

We left Burlington at 8:20 AM. It was 49 degrees with heavy clouds. It some areas it was really foggy.

We got to the Drury Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL at 7:20 PM. We ordered pizza for dinner and then went to bed. We wanted to get up early and get home the next day.

Total miles driven – 760

Utah Trip 2018 – Day 8

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tommy and I were the first ones to leave Escalante. We packed up and left at 8:40 AM as Tommy wanted to get east of Denver before stopping for the day. The kids were left to close up and check out. The house in Escalante was perfect for us all.

Although it’s never as much fun going home, we were still able to see some interesting sights.

We made it to the Fairfield Inn in Burlington, CO at 7:30 PM. The Dish Room restaurant was recommended to us so we went to dinner there. The food was really good!

Total miles driven – 674

Utah Trip 2018 – Day 7

Friday, May 11, 2018

I wanted to get some sunrise photos so Tommy and I decided to go to Bryce Canyon again. We got up early and left the house around 5:30 AM. I can’t imagine why, but no one else wanted to go with us.

The sunlight hitting the hoodoos made them look like they were glowing. We drove up to see the Natural Bridge again and then left the park. When we got to the Kodachrome Basin State Park sign we decided to drive through it. Some of these smaller parks are pretty fantastic if you haven’t yet seen the bigger ones.

A selfie…kind of. 🙂

When we got home, Amanda and B were there by themselves. Evan, Hall and Molly had gone for a run and to the Slot Canyons. Once everyone was home, rested and cleaned up we went to the Circle D restaurant again. We went early this time hoping to not have to wait for a table. We got a table within a few minutes and the food was really good.

After we got home it was time for photos: