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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Whatever" Wednesday - Scenic Loop Tour

Happy Wednesday (aka "Hump Day")  -  Yesterday we took a little drive in the afternoon.  Originally the plan was to head up to the bank and sign some papers.  My mom decided to go along for the ride just to get out of the house for a few minutes.
After signing the papers at the bank I decided that we would take a little drive up and around Scenic Loop.  Coleen, Greta and my mom were along for the ride. 
The clouds over the Blue Mountains were amazing.  We've had a lot of Thunder Storms here lately especially over the mountains so the cloud formations have been pretty spectacular.

I just love these kind of cloud formations.

Along the way we spotted a couple of...

Cottontail rabbits! - This was as close as I could get to this little guy before he hopped off into the brush on the other side of the road.

We also saw 3 different....

Deer along the way.  The last one we saw (not the one in this picture) had some sort of a device hanging around it's neck.  I tried to back-up to take a picture but by the time I got my camera read to shoot the deer had meandered into the wheat and I missed my chance.  We're guessing it must have been a tracking device of some sort.

Along the way we kept seeing fields planted with something that looked really strange.  We know most of the crops grown around this area (Wheat, Corn, Peas, and most recently Grapes) and this was none of those things.  So we pulled off the road and took a closer look.

Does anyone care to make a guess as to what this "mystery" crop is?....Thankfully Greta had her Cell Phone with her and started looking up Fuzzy Pod Plants on the Internet.
You've got to love "Google" search because after a few minutes she found a picture of the same type of plant and then found out that what we were looking at is none other then........scroll down for the answer.

GARBANZO BEANS!  -  Did any of you guess that?

Well that's it for our little tour.  I didn't get any pictures of the surrounding farm land this time around as I only had Mike's camera with me.  The shots of the bunny and deer are cropped pictures of the originals which is why they look a little blurred since the zoom lens on the camera (Koday Easy Share Point and Shoot) isn't the best.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. Great photos, Ida! Really nice clouds and your deer shot looks like a painting.

  2. I would have never guessed garbonzo beans. Wow...interesting!

  3. well....i didn't guess!! i don't even know what those beans are!!

    i love the deer and i adore casual road trips, destination unknown!!

  4. What a nice daughter you are. It looks like your scenic route Wais full of interesting things.

  5. I had no idea garbanzo beans were so pretty on the bush. Great photo, and thanks for a lovely tour!


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