Etcetera #16 {Alpacas, Potatoes, & River Adventures}

Hello, my friends!

Welcome back to another scrapbook of random photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the past few months! I’m including some phone photography this time, because… these ducks deserve to be on my blog. *nods* I’ll keep the introduction short since we have a lot of photos to get through, but you guys know how this works. Warm up your scrolling fingers and enjoy some cute animals, pretty skies, bright flowers, etcetera!

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We’ll start with a strange but neat double-exposure. I haven’t done one of these in a looong time, but they’re so much fun. I should do another whole post of them like this one.


My “selfies” are usually intentional self-portraits with my camera rather than quick snapshots with my phone, but here’s a rare phone self-portrait which I really like.


A few bonus pictures from the most recent sisters photoshoot! I save this one for later since the edit didn’t fit with the rest of the post.

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Guys, I THINK I LIKE BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES TOO MUCH. There are so many B&Ws in this post!


Carmen takes excellent care of our bunnies. Once she brought them each in for a grooming session with a new… uh, furbrush? Is that a thing?


Here’s Carmen carefully giving Oregano a bath and blow-dry. πŸ˜€ Huh, I’m not sure if I’ve shown you guys a picture of Oregano yet. The numbers and names of our rabbits keep fluctuating; I should probably do an update post sometime.


We’ll end this section with another phone picture that makes me happy every time I see it. We helped some friends set up their big tent for an event and got to pet the ducks as well. IS THIS NOT ADORABLE?!



Speaking of ducks… I took this at the same friends’ house, but with my new phone which has a waaaaay better camera. Cottagecore, anyone?


Okay, okay, I apologize for interrupting your drink, but you don’t have to glare at me like that!


Back to Basil. Hehe, her ears cascading off to the side…


Ah, the fuzziness!

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HAHA oh yeah! I was taking pictures for this sunflower post when this little guy streaked across the lane. I barely managed to get a picture of him (or her) before Maggie chased it away. At first I thought it was a bobcat since it had some of the same markings and no long tail like cats usually do. But nope, it was just a bob… cat. πŸ˜›


Nellie is ridiculous. She has a whole pasture all to herself, but she MUST get the grass just outside the fence…


HAHA this one cracks me up. Most of our hay customers own horses, but a few own alpacas or llamas which have a strong sense of curiosity and no sense of personal space whatsoever.



All I have to say about this one is…. it’s one of my favorite photos I’ve taken recently. ❀


The soft window lighting on these brilliant African violets made me want to do an entire photoshoot of this one flower pot. Oh. Apparently I kinda did. Heh. I love how peaceful and still these pictures feel.

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I believe these are extras from this photoshoot. I’m glad I could include them here; it’d be a shame to let them go to waste.

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Mom is growing cabbage rose thingies where you strip the bottom leaves and are left with a rosebud-looking “flower” at the top. They look pretty neat from above.


Crepe Myrtle with my new camera! Gracious, I used four different cameras for this post – my old and new phone and old and new camera.


The white flower in this tin can bouquet is gomphrena. It’s kinda like regular clover but with a lovelier shape.

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Zinnias are some of the brightest flowers you can grow, although Mom also got some muted green-toned ones which are pretty too.

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Last but not least, these cheery little sunflowers! Mom brings in buckets of flowers to arrange for the flower truck later. In the meantime we get to enjoy huge, five-gallon bucket “bouquets” like this one.

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at the river

One of my friends recently invited Megan and I and some other girls over for a day of swimming, baking, and conversation. We went down to the river behind their house, and I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of photos because HELP SO PRETTY! We’ll start with this giant sycamore tree.


You had to descend a perilously steep slope to reach the water.


Stepping into the river at first meant squishing into deep mud, but thankfully it turned to rocks as you went on.


Ah, now I want to go back! The water was shallow and not too cold, but still refreshing on a hot, sunny day.


OH LOOK, IT’S WILLIE! I didn’t realize I had a picture of him until just now! We found a log caught on the rocks and heroically set him free to float away wherever he wished. Be free, Willie! πŸ˜›



One evening after a rainstorm the sky was all orange and glowy, with the puffiest cumulus clouds.

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This looks both ominous and tranquil at the same time, you know?


The clouds wereΒ towering. So so pretty.


And here’s an actual sunset. Ah, I never get tired of beautiful skies.


Another bonus from the sisters photoshoot I linked earlier. Maggie had to guard us from deer…


Here’s a less nature-filled one. I really liked the architecture (I almost typed architexture and that would be accurate) of this bridge with the city in the background.


Back to the farm. πŸ™‚ This was my view out the bedroom hall window one day.


Dad’s working on putting up a big grain bin which will hopefully hold all our corn harvest for the year! It’s actually the same huge one we played in at our previous farm, as you can read about in this very old post.


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Despite posting tons of indoor photos recently, I still have more! Apparently I’m drawn to photos that feel calm and peaceful, like this one.


The most vintage corner of our dining room, with an old mirror, books, and candlestick. Bright bouquets help liven it up.


Remember the ship from this library room tour? (Good grief, I’m linking so many posts today.) Well, it’s still there, just on a different stand.

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The sun coming through lace curtains made such a pretty pattern on the leaves.


A half-melted candle and its reflected twin.

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A beautiful old piano at another friend’s house.

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I forget if Dad or a brother was driving, but anyway, they were making hay one day when it was super hazy.


I really like this black and white version. ❀ (But of course.)


A random phone shot of what a large portion of my farm work looks like: riding in the truck to help with hay deliveries. I need to take more phone photos of everyday life like this, just to remember. Logan’s cap in the rearview mirror, a granola bar wrapper in the cupholder, and old music playing from the speakers. Good times.


Another awful-quality phone photo, but one I wanted to share because look! Aren’t the colors perfect? We stopped at a gas station and I couldn’t help noticing all the blues and interesting lines + angles in both the sky and the building.


A blurry moth hiding in these soft green weeds.


We’ll end with some photos of the evening we dug potatoes. The girls and Mom were the gatherers and my dad and brothers were the plowers. πŸ™‚

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We didn’t get near as many as we should have, but at least it was close to a wheelbarrow load. That’s something! And some of the potatoes were HUGE.


We’ll end with my favorite potato. He’s happy you came to see him but sad that you have to leave now.


Well that was a fun post to put together! I hope you guys enjoyed this fun feast of leftovers, so to speak. πŸ˜› And I hope it didn’t get too long, good gracious. Maybe I should do Etcetera posts more often.

Do you prefer really long posts like these or shorter photoshoots? What photo or category was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!



38 thoughts on “Etcetera #16 {Alpacas, Potatoes, & River Adventures}

  1. Oh my goodness…quite the delight!!☺ I am enjoying all the different categories.. I am really loving your sunlight over the bed / burned candle / Nellie’s antics / your violet and of course the zinnias…. Such a lovely spot to visit, thank you for your sharing your talent with us!πŸ“·πŸ€— Cheers ~ Valerie, from Vancouver IslandπŸ‘©

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  2. Your photos are awesome!! The bunnies are soo cute! I love bunnies too! The photos of the yellow blanket on the bed is so beautiful! Now I want to go get a blanket that color! LOL Have a nice weekend!

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  3. As usually Allison some vivid and spectacular photos with very interesting composition and subjects! All of the animals are adorable and you and your sister look like you totally belong right where you are fitting in perfectly! The floral shots are so nicely done and the colors are rich, varied and eye popping sensations to me! I can’t say there is one shot that I didn’t like in the bunch as they all keep my attention, even gazing up into the tree tops! You’re having a good time and building so many memories while recording them for posterity; and you sure are putting that new camera to work! I only had a few hours’ sleep last night so I’m wiped out otherwise if I weren’t I would sit taking them in some more! Well there is always tomorrow!
    Congratulation on a fine job!
    πŸ•πŸ˜πŸ™‚πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸŒ·πŸ€— β€πŸŒΉπŸŒˆπŸŒžπŸ™ πŸ™πŸ’— ✝️ πŸ’—πŸ™ πŸ™

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      1. Hey Allison, yea I’m about to hit the hay!!!
        I’m so beat down dog tired!

        But was just checking something quick and saw your notice come up in time to say I’m glad you liked the comment and I will look some-more tomorrow; even lots to think about as I go to sleep here thinking about those gorgeous farm scenes in your really nice photos friend!

        You take care and many blessings to you and yours! πŸ™πŸ’— ✝️ πŸ’—πŸ™

        Thanks again!
        Good night!

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  4. This was such a fun post to come back too. πŸ™‚ I’ve been meaning to comment on your last few posts, but college and work has kept me away from blogging. Anyway, I LOVED all of these as always. I especially liked the very first photo and the Zinnias. So beautiful! Also, all of your photos by the river were so pretty, as well as the sunset. Love the modest swimsuits too. And that colored sky, how does one describe it in words? An absolutely beautiful photo and a sight I’ve never experienced. Thank you for these lovely photos, Allison!

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    1. Aw, that makes me happy! I hope college and work have been going well for you, dear. Also I loved hearing which photos you liked best! I know, the sky was incredible. Thank you for reading, Miss K!


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