I took the Twinners on a college visit to beautiful Ames, Iowa, and the only photos I thought were worthy of posting were of birds.  On the bright side, I think this swan photo is better than my past swan photos like this one in Prague, this one in London, this one in Toronto, or these guys […]

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In addition to many Canada geese, Sofia and I saw a lot of mallard ducks on our walk around the Loose Park duck pond last Saturday.  I couldn’t pick between these two shots. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Duck Photo #1.  Why do female mallards always scowl at me like […]

After a picnic lunch at Loose Park and a brief bit of tailgating, my youngest daughter and I took a walk around the duck pond at Loose Park on an unseasonably warm day last Saturday.  The pond was full of Canada geese and mallard ducks, all of which are ridiculously friendly due to the amount […]

Here is Monet’s water lily pond from another angle.  Still visible are the bamboo thickets in the background and the old, green rowboats on the water, but this shot shows a different mix of plants and flowers around the water. You Might Also Enjoy: One Thing, Three Ways:  Monet’s Water Lily Pond Giverny:  Flowers Giverny: […]

Of all the gorgeous things I saw at Clos Normand, Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, his water lily pond was perhaps my favorite.  Surrounded by bamboo thickets and weeping willow trees, the serene pond is flanked by Monet’s old, green rowboat at one end and the Japanese foot bridge at the other. What do you […]

Legend has it that Claude Monet noticed the small village of Giverny while looking out of a train window.  It must have been love at first sight, because he quickly moved there and rented a house nearby.  By 1890 he had enough money to buy the famous pink crushed brick house with green shutters and […]