Friday, 21 September 2018

Flowering Moon Flowers...

There were three unopened moon flower blooms early one evening. And, true to form, they opened overnight and were in full flower the next morning. :)

 The unopened flowers...
 ... Are open the next morning! :)

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Contrasting Water Birds...

The small and dainty lesser yellow legs is contrasted with the much larger, clumsy-looking great blue heron in these few photos. Both of these water birds are frequent visitors to the pond behind the barn. :)

 The lesser yellow legs is a lovely little bird.
It can often be seen wading along the shore in the early evening.
The great blue heron can also be seen looking for tasty morsels in the early evening light.
 It is a majestic bird - especially when spotted in flight.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Wolf Spider with Young...

I was at my in-law's house the other night when I came across this spider scurrying through the grass. It is a female wolf spider carrying her young on her back! It is the only species of spider that carries its young on the abdomen. It was really interesting to watch as it went about its business - and I was disappointed that I didn't have my proper camera with me!

 Scuttling through the grass.
Size perspective. We put her safely back on the ground after the photo. :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Cherry Ghost on a Friday Night...

The Cherry Ghost Coffee House is the place to be on Friday nights in Washington, Indiana. Our family enjoys relaxing at this special coffee shop in the local community. They often have musicians playing music and the second Friday of every month is our favourite, Irish Music! A couple of weeks ago we spent the evening listening to talented friends. :) It was a great evening!

A brief snippet of the lovely atmosphere of the Cherry Ghost. :)

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Terre Haute Air Show...

Candace was busy with her sister's bachelorette party on Saturday 18th August, and so Riaan and I had a boy's day out. We drove up to Terre Haute Regional Airport for the Terre Haute Air Show. Unfortunately, we spent several hours sitting in traffic and standing in long queues waiting for buses to take us from the parking to the venue, but once we were at the airport we had a great time! There were many amazing aeroplanes on static display and the aerial manoeuvres of the jets and fighters flying overhead was simply breathtaking. The final act of the day was the United States Navy's Blue Angels display team, and they were magnificent to watch! Riaan loved it!

We then headed back to the bus drop-off/pick-up point, but as there were so many people cutting the line and a huge sense of disorganisation, I decided to walk the five kilometres (three miles) back to the car, pushing (the now fast asleep) Riaan in his little stroller. We were back at the car by 18h00 and then drove home, stopping at a quaint little ice-cream shop for a bite to eat and a treat for Riaan, who was wonderfully well-behaved and patient throughout a rather trying day at times.

 Waiting in the rather chaotic line for the buses.
 Japanese Zeros as part of the Tora! Tora! Tora! display - a reenactment of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbour.
 A World War II B-17 Flying Fortress.
 F-22 Raptor.
 F-22 Raptor and a P-51 Mustang fly together.
 KC-135 Stratotanker - an aerial refueling plane.
 F-15 Eagles.
 US Air Force helicopter.
 Crowds of people enjoying the air show.
 T-28 Trojan trainer.
 The B-17 Flying Fortress on the ground.
 B-25J Mitchell, another WWII aircraft.
 F-22 Raptor on the tarmac.
 KC-10 Extender Aerial Tanker.
 View of the runway from the KC-10. Note the Blue Angels at right.
 Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets.
 Riaan and I ready to watch the show!
 Flying past in landing configuration.
 Two of them are upside-down!
 The six jets flying close together towards the end of the show.
 Four of the jets fly past in this video.
The skills are quite outstanding!
Four jets fly directly overhead!
Waiting in the line for the bus - before I decided that it would be quicker to walk back to the car instead. :)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Moon Flower...

Although not indigenous to this area, we have a moon flower plant that has appeared in the flower bed outside our front door. The flowers open during the early evening and are finished by the early morning. The actual flowers only last for about a day before they droop and die - soon to be replaced by the next flower. They are quite striking! :)

The beautiful white flower. :)

Friday, 31 August 2018

Old Settlers Parade...

The Odon Old Settlers Festival is held on the first weekend in August every year. It commences with a parade through the town of Odon on the Thursday evening. There were many interesting floats and displays, and a lot of emergency vehicles from surrounding towns participated too. Riaan really enjoyed seeing all the interesting floats!

 Vintage Indiana State Police vehicle.
 Current Indiana State Police cruiser.
 Odon Volunteer Fire Department rescue vehicle.
Fire engine - one of many in the parade. They're always a favourite.
 A working organ gets towed along the parade route.
 Riaan enjoying the parade.
 There were lots of tractors, too.
 The Children's Charity display had a tractor towing children riding the "barrels of fun."
 Cute little model train.
 Riaan enjoyed a train ride at the carnival.
And there he is! :)