Lilies of the Valley

Even past its prime, this brace of lily of the valley bells is still lovely. Taken June 8, 2014, Eagan, Minnesota.

Lily of the Valley
HIDDEN BEAUTY — These Lilly of the Valley flowers were hidden in shade.
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Mother Goose

While enduring one of many construction-related stops on Interstate 40 yesterday, we were treated to a lovely sight: Mother goose and her very grown up goslings parading along a space where the westbound lanes used to run.

Mother goose and goslints.
FOLLOW THE LEADER — Mother goose leads her babies through an interstate construction site near Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas.

Post No. 800: Gateway Arch

Hard to believe this is our 800th post. We’ll celebrate with shots of the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri, taken Friday, June 13, 2014. This magnificent and oh-so-photogenic arch will do some celebrating of its own next year, marking 50 years. Some interesting facts about the arch: http://www.gatewayarch.com/experience/arch-facts-faq/

Gateway Arch at St. Louis
The Gateway Arch shines on a near cloudless day.
Gateway arch from below.
The stainless steel arch against a cloudless sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, extra

There were big two extras in this photo: the size of the cinnamon roll and Aunt Betty’s delighted expression at seeing the giant pastry (and the gentle teasing from everyone else at the table.)

Giant cinnamon roll.
That’s a cinnamon roll? What you get when you order one at Jensen’s in Burnsville, Minnesota.

And an earlier extra. Was trying to photo the ducks and found the accidental bald eagle in the image. The white tail feathers and head are backlight to the left side of the image in the trees.


A cast of extras with starring roles: