Select Your Passion

Passion selects you, by God!

Uncle Tree's House

Passion Fruit

I Am The Creator

Lord One Of The Universe

Thank God! Someone finally found me!

Passion Fruit

You were expecting

a manly King?

Or a gorgeous Queen?

Passion Fruit

My Passion speaks for Itself

~  Natural Selection  ~

outdid me this time

So I let it be.


Photographs courtesy of Maria Firpi

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Goldfinch Eyes Biplane

Goldfinch on Thistle

“Hey there, Uncle Tree! Do you hear what I hear?”

1942 Stearman PT-17

I do, Goldfinch. I surely do, and I can see it, too.

Highland's Goldfinch

“Oh, I see it now. Well…is it prettier than I?”

Blue and yellow biplane 1942

No, no, no, my friend. There is no competition.

Goldfinch hiding

“Yah, right, Uncle Tree. That old plane is a beauty!” 

Biplane seen on Smithsonian commercial

Although, I do like its purr, your song is far more musical.

Goldfinch on our bird feeder

“At least, I have friends, and we have food, thanks to you!”

“Yellow bi-wings? Yes, we’ve got that covered, too.” 

Gerbera Daisy

Photographs by Uncle Tree

Lookout Towers On The Platte River

Platte River State Park -- Lookout Tower

When you don’t own a drone, you take pictures like this:

the old fashioned way — you earn it.

Lookout Tower! There's the Platte!

After 100+ hard-won steps, I reached the tippity top of the lookout tower

at Platte River State Park, near Louisville, in eastern Nebraska.

Lookout Tower! Mahoney State Park

The first tall tower of the day belonged to Mahoney State Park,

just west of the above, and only 30 miles from home.

Platte River near Louisville, Nebraska

We “children of the corn” live a ways away from the river,

as do the cows, pigs, and soybeans you can’t see from up here.

Platte River: Mahoney State Park

Slow and shallow runs this river through the heart of the country.

Nebraska rates 2nd in cattle population, but 37th in peoples.

Per land area, we rank 15th, and 3rd for growing corn.

But when it comes to college football…well?

We are mostly famous for that.

Male Cardinal at Mahoney State Park

When you bleed HUSKER red,

you’re always on top of your game.

Photographs by Uncle Tree


( #1 )

The Blimp Out Back

Goodyear Blimp

Have you ever walked out to your back porch on a cool Saturday morning,

only to see one of these humongous things floating in the sky?

Goodyear Blimp at Lincoln Airport

I’m thinking, “U.F.O.? Or is Pink Floyd in town?”

Blimp in stealth mode

Going into stealth mode, the blimp attempts to hide behind some trees.

Blimp and Bird

It looked like a whale searching for a safe spot on the runway to beach itself.

Blimp with wings

I hear tell they planned for a sleepover at Lincoln Airport.

My proud petunias quickly spread the gossip.

Flower gossip

Photographs by Uncle Tree


A Tribute To My Nephew

Richard Alexander Watson

“Fly high, dear nephew! And say Hi to your dad,

and my dad, and the rest of our heavenly family for me. Will ya?”

Alex's Ninja

You see, Alex, 23, bought this motorcycle a couple of months ago.

Alex's cross/memorial

He went on to meet his Maker just a ways beyond this cross.

Uncle Tree and Alex's cross

I work for Kawasaki, and I stand for Uncle Tree.

No need to imagine how I felt. 

A good turnout for Alex's memorial cross placement

The trail of tears ended here on Highway 210, near Richmond, Missouri.

Alex's riding friends -- Fly High

Friends and family showed up by the numbers, which made me quite proud.

An angel in the midst

An angel in the midst is always a comforting sign.

Burnin' for Alex

Burning one for Alex made for a righteously appropriate goodbye.

Smokin' tires and blowing trees

Blowing trees is like smoking tires —

they both end up taking you to the place you’d rather be.

Alex's Nismo 370z

Alex’s Nismo 370z did likewise, but now it remains as part of his legacy,

Alex's skateboards, shoes, and flowers at Thurmon Funeral Home

as do his skateboards and tennis shoes, and the beautiful arrangements.

“Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with such a sweet boy.”

Alex Watson

Richard Alexander Watson

Richard Watson

Richard Lee Watson

11/23/65 — 9/17/12

Billy Lee Watson

Billy Lee Watson

8/24/31 — 6/25/16

Keith Alan Watson

Keith Alan Watson

Uncle Tree


Born To Fry

Uncle Tree's catfish

It reached 99° here yesterday!

Boats close call

By one degree, we beat the record high set in 1912.

Blue Heron at Branched Oak Lake

For comparison’s sake, last year the high was 76°.

Branched Oak Lake family

On or off the water, everyone was hot to trot.

Seagulls and sailboats

Seagulls seem to celebrate the heated debate.

Sunset on Branched Oak Lake

Still, at the end of the day, there’s no better place to be.

Uncle Tree

Photographs by Uncle Tree

Branched Oak Lake

Lincoln, Ne.