Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Good Excuse to Stop Walking

I went to Parfrey's Glen after stopping to admire the Wisconsin River yesterday. I'm no longer sure where I took this photo as I had a misspent youth. I do remember a Prairie du Sac hippie saying that the tiger lilies were alive at Graff Park, which I found frightening. I also discovered that a short walk is now an arduous schlepp and that stopping near a flower to fuzt with the camera is a sly way to take a breather.
Praire du Sac and Sauk City also call themselves Bird City, btw, and a little digging uncovered this list of Wisconsin Bird Cities. Makes it a little less unique, n'est-ce pas?
My cousin Jackie tells me this is a Daylily.
Mary H. Meyer at the University of Minnesota Extension describes these perennials as vigorous with more than 35,000 officially registered.
Daylilies belong to the the genus Hemerocalli and typically bloom for one day. Some open in the evening and stay open through the following day. The night blooming vampires are "delightfully fragrant," according to the UM website.

Fit as a fiddle, just adjusting the aperture, you go on ahead I'll catch up

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quick Trip or Gas Costs How Much In Oconomowoc?

I went to Delafield and Lapham Peak today. The weather was gorrr geous but gas prices increased 10 cents every 20 miles east. (For optimists, it decreased 10 cents every 20 miles west.)

A Chocolate Factory! Ba bump ba bump, be still my heart that can't deal with the caffeine in chocolate.

Where do you want to eat? I don't know, we had pond scum yesterday.

I got a Narnia sans snow vibe from this bench.

Screw you guys, I'm going home.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lactose Tolerant

Mostly foam is the best part. I think my Godfather and Handsome Bob aka Mr. French, aka Bob Barker, aka Roberto Clementi, aka Mr. Grumpy Pants agree.

No dogs were harmed (by dairy products) in the taking of this photo. I never give Bobby Boy ice cream, but he has left his nose print in drive-thru sundaes.
He enjoys Frosty Paws in moderation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Daisy In A Dry Spell

I snapped this lone daisy on the Mountain Bay Trail at the end of June in 2012. It was one of the driest summers I remember. The first week of July broke all sorts of daily temperature records. According to the National Weather Service, temps ranged from the upper 90s to 106º Fahrenheit. In Wisconsin, 106 degrees, c'mon. Heat indices peaked at 115º F. (!)

The Marathon County section of the trail

Umm, Daisy, they belong to the daisy family of Compositae, aka, Asteraceae and apparently sneer at severe droughts cuz this little guy seemed pretty content surrounded by foliage ready for the campfire. That is if there hadn't been ongoing fire restrictions.

A Fitchburg watering truck fights a losing battle

I know nothing about flowers. I feel I've already said something stupid and people are laughing at me. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Big Little Thing

Mitzvah. A good deed. A kind or meritorious act.
Brews Your Daddy SC made commemorative bracelets to honor my youngest nephew, Andy. We lost him after Christmas this year and the world hasn't been the same.
Here's what they wrote on their Facebook page:

Andy was an intricate part of our undefeated title run in the leagues opening season, and the leagues first Golden Glove winner. As many of you know, Andy was taken from us too soon, we remember him every time we take the pitch and every time a shot seems to curve off target in our favor. In honor and remembrance of Andy, BYD SC will be sporting the below bracelets this season. We remind you to cherish the time you have with your friends, be there for them and love them. We miss you Andy.

Photo by Calvin Andres

Andy and his cuz testing out hot pepper suckers (Guatemalan Insanity Peppers)

Trying some nasty super sour thing

Up to something with the twins

As a Bobcat (#14)

A boxer

A One Shoed Baseball Player