Monday, January 27, 2014

2014


I have been absent for a bit.  My body has been working day to day...my mind, otherwise occupied.
I have finally gotten to the point now where I miss my writing and photography and I feel myself wanting to get back into the picture so to speak. 
I long for a long, long nap in a hammock... and to wake up worries free and  refreshed with new life and vitality...new adventures ahead. 
                                                                            Stepka 2014

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Garden

As I was walking around town observing the emergence of Halloween, I also stumbled upon another wonderful garden on the side of a house.

It is definitely a study in contrast.
The Entry way was decorated as a spaceship.



And around the corner....a burst of bright colors.
Out of this world beautiful.



Roses still blooming...



And spiders still going about capturing meals.


                                                     copyright 2013 Stepka

Friday, November 1, 2013

Calm after the Storm of Trick or Treaters

Hard to believe that this sidewalk was so stuffed with 'trick o treaters' last night that you had to walk on the bike lane to get around the groups. 
Such a peaceful scene now.
Happy November 1st!
                                                                                 copyright 2013 Stepka  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fun Halloween Outside Decorations


I swear it looks like a human laying there with a pumpkin head on.




  Ugghhh




                                             
 Nice and understated.

                                                                                copyright 2013 Stepka

Over the Top...Cavity Cove

Well, Cavity Cove keeps adding to their scenario.  This year, the coffin walk is stunning.  Love the expressions on those skeletons.  Then again, I guess each expression is the same.  It is the position of the skeleton that seems so realistic.
Best time to view the Halloween scenes around town is the night before Halloween.  Halloween night the sidewalks are so full, you have to take your life in your own hands and walk on the side of the street if you want to get by and not get caught in the whirlwind of trick or treaters.





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Drama Trauma in the Amimal World




Feeding time for the Donkey, Mule and Horse…and I am reminded of all the unstated rules and regulations animals have between one another.

It is well known that Wolves and Tigers …wild animals…have feeding rules and regulations according to  hierarchy and the fittest, as to who eats first and whom can eat next to whom, but it still somewhat surprises me to see it in domesticated animals.  

The horse is definitely dominate.   She goes for the first slice of hay tossed over the fence.  The donkey comes close and eyes her eating, but you can tell she knows better than to venture close or to get her snout anywhere near that fine lush bundle of green.  Soon two other pieces come flying over and the mule starts munching the second and the donkey joins her….old friends?  Let’s make that staged companions.  The poor mule did not have a choice of companions, the donkey just showed up one day and gradually had to be tolerated. Thru the first stages of forced companionship, I had seen the mule barely tolerating the overzealous donkey.  The donkey so longing for the mule’s friendship and company that she is was  (and still is sometimes) like a nasty black blowfly, constantly buzzing about your head.

Then the horse showed up years later…nasty squirmishes became routine between all.  Separate housing had to be established for a while for everyone to become at least tolerant of the other and for hierarchy to be established…and so it goes. 

This morning, Fitz the cat sauntered majestically out into the yard, smelling all his sacred smelly spots, re spraying where needed to reestablish his territory, and reclaiming his kingdom.  He eyed the fence dividing the two residences, his little kitty brain churning, running a mile a minute… thinking that that cat next door might just need a little reminder today about who is king in this neighborhood.  

Yikes.

So much drama trauma out there in the world of ‘domesticated’ animals.

                                                                            copyright 2013 Stepka

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Before Halloween

Blustery day.  Wind sweeping up the leaves, swirling them into mini tornadoes. And Halloween was popping up in windows all around downtown.




                                                      
More to come.

                                                                copyright 2013 Stepka

Friday, October 25, 2013

Last Flower

                    

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Beach Sand Chairs and Hillside Reading

A couple of years ago I stumbled on a great idea that makes sitting on a rocky hillside actually quite comfortable.
A beach sand chair.
Something about being low to the ground makes it pretty comfortable and definitely much more comfortable than sitting on sharp rocks and crumbling dirt.

 

I had actually thought I was going to the ocean today, but never got there.
Too pretty in my own back yard.
Nothing like a good book and warm sunshine on a beautiful fall day.



                                                                 copyright 2013 Stepka