Category Archives: Rockton

Happy New Year!

a section of the Rock River in Rockton, Illinois, covered in fog in January, 2014.

a section of the Rock River in Rockton, Illinois, covered in fog in January, 2014.

Today, we broke a record in the area, by hitting a low of -18. We are colder here than they are in Anchorage, Alaska. Yikes!

Did you make any resolutions for 2014?┬áPersonally, we tend not to make resolutions so much as ‘goals’. ┬áProfessionally, the same.



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Happy June 2nd?

the hanger on-er

Egads! How did I manage to not update this blog for four months? Scary stuff. I imagine being busy is a good thing (so long as it’s in good ways) but it was still rather disconcerting to log in and see ice & Christmas ornaments staring back at me.

Time keeps hopping along, doesn’t it? We’ve been watching spring slip into summer. We started seeds a few months back and transplanted them into our garden. We’ve been fighting the “Great Unknown Bug Battle of 2010” this season; evidence now suggests earwigs. So. Earwig hunting it has become.

The birds are happy. The garden has worms. Nature is smiling.

And us, too, of course.

We’ve been taking photos. We’re always taking photos … it’s just, sometimes life dictates we stay away longer than we’d intended.

I hope you’re having a nice summer. Or winter, depending on where you are on this planet of ours.

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Happy February First


As is typical, it’s been a busy time around here lately. I’m pretty pleased to see January roll into February. Our last week in January was painful, filled with medical appointments, automotive appointments and a plumber as well. Need I mention that they all cost money?

January wasn’t a horrible time, though, as we did get out and get some great photos taken. While winter will never be a “favorite” of mine, it’s tolerable through the camera’s lens.

The photos in this post were taken mid-January. We had a fog that was freezing on surfaces and it made beautiful crystal formations all around the neighborhood. Very pleased with the photos in this series.


I hope everyone has a great week!

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the summer past

peachpink (ish)

Today was spent sorting through files and organizing pictures. Got some much needed organizing done – and spent a bit of time missing summer. Can’t wait for the spring/summer of 2010.


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punk rock

almost like a porcupine

growing pains

My best friend since forever breeds & shows cockatiels. Every week or so I try to get over there and take pictures of them as they are in the process of morphing into “real” birds. If I didn’t know it, with my limited experience with birds, I probably never would have guessed the top two pictures actually grow into something that winds up looking like the bottom picture. It is pretty neat watching them fill out and turn into something that I’m accustomed to seeing.

They are interesting little buggers. And -so- loud when they think there is food involved.


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a squirrel under there


I was cold just taking a picture of that squirrel. Funny how they will go to great lengths to get their food but don’t particularly enjoy anyone -else- helping them out by cleaning off the perch.

The cardinal got sick of me clicking away as she was attempting to forage. I swear she’s saying, “Enough already!”

Forecast is more snow starting tomorrow afternoon.
Snow tends to bring a greater variety & more birds to the feeders.

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winter reds

winter holiday

I may have to admit (grudgingly) that this winter is proving to be … well, not a favorite, by any means – but more bearable than others have been. I’m a fall person. I’m a spring person. I tolerate summer. I’m not much for heat & humidity – but I’ll take that gladly over below freezing temps & snow.

This winter, though? It’s almost enjoyable to take walks in air that freezes the hairs inside your nose. It helps that I’ve been rather pleased with some of the winter shots I’ve been getting. That always helps.


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