Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Serene Water Bird...

A small water bird, possibly a type of grebe, paddles serenely across the pond on an early summer morning. :)

 A close-up of the grebe.
Paddling across the calm waters.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

House Wren...

I came across this little bird several weeks ago. It is a house wren and it was the first time I'd come across this small song bird. It was quite tame, fluttering amongst the branches above us while singing its pretty song. :)

View from the back.
The pretty song of the house wren.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Pretty Petunia...

The first petunia flower to open up outside our house on the first day of June, 2018. It certainly is very pretty in pink!

Pretty in pink.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Severe Thunderstorm Shelf Cloud...

The shelf cloud of a line of severe thunderstorms is seen as it approaches Odon from the west on the last day of May, 2018. The storms had lessened in intensity when they reached Odon, but they caused widespread wind damage to the south and west of us.

 The approaching line of storms as seen from the Odon Pharmacy.
The shelf cloud was quite breathtaking.

Deer family...

I saw a rare sight several weeks ago. I've seen one or two deer in the past, but I'd never seen a small family group all together. Four deer emerged from out of the relative shelter and safety of the woods during a thunderstorm. They walked out into the corn field where they spotted me and stood still, sizing me up, before running off to an adjacent field. My photos don't do the beauty of the moment justice, unfortunately. It was a rather special meeting.

 Walking in the nearby corn field.
The deer watching me from across the field.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Another Mercy Shippers visit...

Our good friends Dan and Kylie and their daughter Hannah passed through the area on their way back home to Michigan from Kentucky in late-May. They stayed in Washington for a couple of nights and we enjoyed spending time with them while they were in southern Indiana. Dan was my first cabin-mate back in Liberia 2007 - 2008, and so our friendship goes back over a decade now! We'd last seen them at their home in Detroit, Michigan, back in October of 2016, so it was a welcome reunion. It's awesome that no matter how long it has been, Mercy Shippers always have a common bond that connects us! :)

Dan and I with a painting of the Africa Mercy behind us. :)

Monday, 9 July 2018

Another Midland Painted Turtle...

I came across this attractive midland painted turtle in the wild flower bed outside our barn early one morning. These turtles are plentiful here in southern Indiana, and we have several of them in the pond near our home. They are often seen sunning themselves on a submerged tree branch in the pond. The colours, especially the red, are quite brilliant! :)

 The turtle in the flower bed.
A closer view of his face. The colours are amazing! :)

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sidewalk Chalk...

The nice weather we've had over the early summer have allowed for ample play opportunities outside. Riaan loves to swim in his small pool, ride his motorbike and drive his car along the pavement, and draw with chalk on the sidewalk. Of course, Mommy and Daddy get to draw as well! :)

 One of Daddy's creations.
Mommy and Riaan's artwork. :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Indoor Camping Fun...

We put up our tent inside our living room back in May, so that Riaan could have some camping fun inside. :) Our church was having their family camping trip, but we weren't able to go and so this seemed like the next best thing. We had a campfire and slept in the tent downstairs, although none of us slept too well. Riaan had an absolute blast, though! :)

 Campfires are lots of fun!
 Riaan had so much fun exploring the tent.
Bed time stories in the tent. :)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Mother's Day Picnic at Oubache Trails...

Mother's Day (Sunday, May 13th) was an exciting day this year. We went to church in the morning before going and having a lovely picnic lunch at Oubache Trails Park in Vincennes. We then joined some good friends in doing a nature walk with a guide, focusing on the edible plants that can be found in Indiana. We ended the day with a lovely picnic spent sampling different teas made from the plants in the area. Candace enjoyed her special day and I am very grateful for Candace and all that she does for our little family. She's a great mother!

 We rescued an Eastern Box Turtle off the road on our way to church.
 It can close itself completely within the safety of its shell, thanks to this hinged flap.
 Riaan loved the playground after our picnic lunch.
 The Nature Centre and office at Oubache Trails.
 The beautiful green of the tree canopy.
 Baby snapping turtle on the trail.
 Small toad.
 Candace with Eliza.
 Eliza putting her feet on the ground. :)
 A picnic tea with our fellow nature-loving friends.
 Good times in the forest.
Family selfie. :)

Secret Nest...

This small, scrubby bush may not seem like much, but it does in fact hold a secret; a secret which I discovered when I walked past one afternoon weeks ago. There is a small, well-hidden nest inside, belonging to a pair of American robins. :)

 The American robin eggs (light blue) and another bird's egg.
The baby birds wait for their next meal. :)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Snakes at the East Side Park...

We walked around the lake at the East Side Park in Washington several weeks ago. There were lots of northern banded water snakes sunning themselves on the rocks and swimming in the lake. These attractive snakes are often mistaken as venomous, but they are in fact nonvenomous, although they can be rather aggressive if threatened.

 A northern water snake swims past the remains of another snake.
Another northern water snake swims along the shoreline.