Summer’s First Sunset

2018 Summer sunset

Spring-like temperatures stole the show on this first day of Summer.

Summer Solstice sunset

The average temperature for June 21 is 86°, but the 68°

we reached today is plainly ass-backwards.

Sunset ends Summer's first day 2018

The Summertime Blues shall have to wait, since 

Spring came so unfashionably late.

Sunset chimes

Photographs by Uncle Tree

“Stay safe, folks!”

Keith

 

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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.

One Last Windmill

The Last Windmill

Well! Hello there, folks! 

Did y’all come here just to see li’l ol’ me?

Grand Island Windmill

I am the last windmill, ya know!

The blackbirds told me so.

Retired Windmill

Stand back and endure the awe,

because fainting is against the law,

and awfully embarrassing, too, I hear tell.

Farm view

As you pass on by, say, “Hey!” to my comrades for me, will ya?

before they’re rolled away to meet their Maker.

Until the cows come home...

Don’t worry about those cows, now. Ya hear?

Once they come home, it’s all over for everybody.

The Platte River near Grand Island

River is an exception to that rule.

I pray it always runs.

Sir Windmill

 

Crane Crazy

Uncle Tree's OMG! moment

I’m from the Get-Down and Show-Me State of Missouri, where seeing is believing,

and believing is colorfully Royal, and royalty tends to turn every Tiger in the tank

into a Chiefly loyal mascot, as if it were a Cardinal rule.

Well, dear down-home folks, crane your necks and take a look at these

Sandhill Cranes, as they flit and soar like a swarm commanded by Moses!

Blessed be…

Sandhill Cranes

Cranes

Ichabod Cranes

Crane Clutter

Crane Late

Cranes at twilight

Gone Craney

Pastel Cranes

Photographs by Uncle Tree

Leaf Be As Be Is

 Sun rises daily for a change
while photons learn to re-arrange
crane invasion
Fab fashions flower fancy fads
Go broke of grays serenely sad
snow geese
Not long for love in Time to live
Dive deep where souls meet to forgive
courting cranes
Let Spirit splish-splash all for fun
Bless goldfish gleaming on the run
sandhill cranes
Take nothing — leave be as be is
Shine on! Show off! Shine bright! Show-biz!
gleams in flight
Wave-less ripples quiet the pond
Silent the streams pouring beyond
pink platte
Hush once to hear my lady’s pine
for love that looks and feels divine
Then do remember all the lines
and may they save you just in time
Photographs
Keith Alan Watson
To my lady, Lu
crane dance