Red Granite Farm

 

I’ve made several trips to the Ames Farmers’ Market at North Grand Mall this summer.  On my first visit I was struck by the lovely perennials from Red Granite Farm.  Maybe some day I’ll get to visit and photograph their flowers  in their  beds!

I’ve been loving these Cyclone colored lilies around town.  I’m not  sure if the darker ones really qualify as the color “cardinal”, but I think they are very powerful and attractive, especially paired with the lemony gold!

Rain Garden 2011

I know I’ve posted before about this rain garden that grows next to the Ames Public Library (update 2018:this area is gone now, part of the new library addition), but this year it seemed even more beautiful to me.

It’s been HOT here, in the 90’s, heat indexes around 110-115, but this garden still looks so cool, deep, rich, diverse.  As I stepped out of my car to get some close ups, I heard something rustling in the foliage.  Could have been a rabbit, maybe a bird or a mouse, but the environment was so deep and lush, it remained well hidden from me, and probably quite cool.  I wish there were more spaces around town that were planted like this!

Ames Iowa Public Library Rain Garden

 

A Strawberry Rose at Stomping Grounds

 

Met my best friend for Saturday morning breakfast a while ago.  We luxuriated in the outside setting at Stomping Grounds in Ames, Iowa.  She got this strawberry rose garnish on her brie plate and I had the perfect plate of bacon and eggs.  We both like raspberry mochas, and the Stomping Grounds owner came out and made sure our quirky mocha idiosyncrasies were accommodated perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Autumn Sun in Ames

Late afternoon in Ames

Sunsets in the Mid-west are amazing!

It’s cooling off now, highs in the 50’s and 60’s, but it still feels gorgeous and I like to go out in the late afternoon and catch some of the blazing setting sun rays.  I guess I am storing them up for the days like the one below!

Mid January, Iowa, 2010

Stop!  Take some time to feel the sun today, if you can!

VEISHEA and ISU’s Lake LaVerne

It’s greening up nicely here in Ames, Iowa!  Today it was marvelous to just watch leaves blow in the wind.  I love green lace time when tree branches are like nurseries full of baby lacy leaves, but today the leaves are like teenagers, big enough to blow around, wrestle and interact with the big blue sky.

Here are some pics I took a week or so ago during ISU’s own home brewed celebration called VEISHEA, a word made up from taking the first letter of each of the colleges that make up the university.  Our little Lake LaVerne  next to the Memorial Union is one of my favorite places on campus.  During VEISHEA there are canoe races and students and visitors  sitting around the lake to watch.

Iowa State University

Probably one of the most important reasons I chose to come to Iowa State University is the beauty and small size of this large university campus.  Yesterday the temperature climbed into the high 70’s and everyone on campus seemed to be in a state of bliss!

The Campanile was providing a concert.  There was the fragrance of grilling coming from somewhere.  Students were hangning out on the steps of Curtiss Hall and sprawled out on the warm grass.

The little blue flowers were peeking out from under the brown leaves.

It was a perfect day in Cyclone country!