Gila's Place

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Out of nowhere…motorcross
Came around the corner in the middle of nowhere and what do I see? Motocross. Fun to watch and I got the impression he (?) didn't mind our watching. Tell me what kid (or adult) wouldn't have …
Solid green (non variegated) Spider Plant
Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosumNative to South Africa (Zone 9-11) These easy-to-keep houseplants are beautiful and a little rare as they are not as easily found as their more common cousin, the variegated spider plant With long, slender, …
Daily deer
Cruising the backroads in Southern Illinois never disappoints. There were deer around every corner but Mom and I ended up pulling right up alongside a set of triplets that were playing in the ditch. Never did see …
Patty’s Party
What used to be a big pontoon party with the local gals has become an annual event at Patty's. Beautiful place, great people, tons of food, and good times. If you have pics of the party, let …
Hey, no. Nothing at all going on here
Just minding my own business, taking a few pics, and on my cruise past a local cattle lot I see something odd. There's a goat in the middle of the hay ring, and all the way on …
Romey’s last ride
I didn't know it at the time, but last week, I took my final country cruise with my bestest dog and favorite copilot. Romey was diagnosed with Lymphoma, one of the most aggressive forms of cancer in …
Independence celebrations back in the Bella Vista
Back home at the Bella Vista I enjoyed the yearly community celebration of freedom in someone else's yard for the first time in 17 years. Not that I had never been invited, but aside from a couple …
Hudson’s last home run of the season
My nephew, Hudson, is pretty into playing ball. He comes from a long line of ball players, mom and dad (coaches themselves) included, and it appears he'll be carrying on the tradition in good form. Last game …
Just pics of a country cruise- deer and coons, a couple of baby bandits too.
You will have to excuse the quality of some of the deer pics. I should wash my windshield more often.
A cruise to free the mind
As a kid, I got in trouble all the time for being late getting home. My mom imagined all kinds of things I might be out doing; none of which she approved of, and likely none of …
Flood waters and wildflowers
Days and days of rain have kept the farmers out of their fields and gardeners chomping at the bit to turn a few rows. Boredom sent me on a country cruise on a rainy day and I …
Moonshine Xpress
I've shot a few pics with these guys. They are always a riot to work with. On this particular day they were an hour late to shoot on a Sunday morning, every last one of them hung …
Last night’s storm
It's been awhile since I shot pics of lightening so when last night's storm rolled through I decided to go shake off a little dust. The light show was great but not a whole lot in the …
Geese, geese, and more geese
I regularly cruise a small portion of Southern Illinois and infrequently I will see Canadian Geese; usually no more than three at a time. It's just odd in contrast to the days where I both loved and …
A walk in the woods
Took an evening hike and found the woodland flora waking for the season. Virginia Bluebells, Squirrel corn, and Cutleaf everywhere. Caught a few sunsets and a herd of deer running at dusk. Good evening overall. Enjoy the …
Romey knows how to lay it on thick
Roman; my constant companion. He's a loyal ole boy. Love the stuffing out of him even when he's working me. Romey has enjoyed staying with Granny since she came home from the hospital a few weeks ago. …
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is one of my favorite herbs. It smells and tastes great and is good for your health. The lemon balm plant produces beautiful lemon scented leaves. Leaves are typically used in teas, sauces, salads,¬†soups, stews, …
African Violets sprouts
I've never had much luck with African Violets. I've killed them from neglect, too much love, and probably things unknown to me. A couple of years ago I inherited several Violets. They were old and some spindly …
Baby ZZ plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
It's the little things, really. Bad days goes bright when you see your patience pay off. Last summer I inherited a really neglected ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I immediately separated the plant at the root into three …
Momma’s Kitty
Crystal is my Momma's kitty. She showed up at Mom's and mom brought her in. A few weeks later she had a litter of kittens. She's all fixed now. Just a few months ago, Crystal was a …

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