Celia, thanks for the new thread! Funny picture of the gas station!LOL We also have some noisy birds looking like grackels, but with a white tail. Lovely sunset!
My apricot still has leaves and they are turning!
Sweet photos of Cleo. It is amazing how wide they can stretch open their mouths. Trying to catch up, kwanjin, I saw that you've already had your first snow. Mums have an odor? The flowers themselves, I mean? I can smell the foliage, but no odor from the blossom.
Adina said elsewhere that mums have an odor. I just can't smell it. Liked seeing your leaves turn, Adina. Have you had your first snow yet?
A series of photos from the Eucalyptus trees in Pismo Beach, CA, where the Monarchs overwinter.
Couldn't post 'em earlier.
The B.flies were coming in to roost near sunset. They like to hang out near the tops of the trees.
Another sand dune at Pismo Beach. One of the few places where you can drive your vehicle, walk your dog, or ride a horse on the State Beaches in CA. Further down you don't see much if any growth on the sand dunes.
Ya just couldn't resist the pun, could ya kwanjin. : - )
Couldn't find any bees at the bee convention but I found this cool spider hanging out on the balcony. The balcony was almost two feet wide, and 4 stories up. Should have taken photo of the sign on the railing that said, "Do not sit or lean on balcony railing." : - O
I'm still trying to figure out why they even put in a balcony so small. Especially since most people couldn't even fit out there, without touching the railing.
BTW, during the rest of our visit, the spider hid in a very small crack between the railing and the wall it was attached to. You can almost see it in the photo under the web. Enjoy! : - )
kwan, I just have to laugh. I'd rather see it than be in it, and you took some great photos of Snow!
Hope your kitties are all snug and warm. Found my renters cat, I guess it's living with us now, since she said it wasn't her cat because it was too fat, and didn't meow the same? Sure wants into the house, and it's definitely not our tom cat. Was really cold here last night, sigh. But it didn't rain 'cause it would have turned into snow.
Dinu, is that a reflection of an upside down you, in the biggest water droplet? Sweet! : - )
Didn't take my camera with me today, but I saw a beautiful Blue Jay. : - )
Took this photo of a fallen log last week. I just liked the textures.
Dinu, she doesn't look at all like her photos in that reflection. LOL!
And she's such a pretty girl too. : - )
kwan is it still all white out side? Temps here are a clear, cold 34 degrees. ACCK! too early in the season for it to be this cold!
This is a nice reflecting stream taken at the B.fly grove.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
We went to the coast a couple of days ago, near a famous area called Big Sur. There is a beach nearby with a tunnel shaped like a doorway where the ways crash through. Once a year for about 3 weeks, in the month of November, the angle of the setting sun illuminates the water slash in a way that it looks like fireworks.
Here are maybe half of the photographers waiting for the right time.
Click the image for an enlarged view.
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Great photos kwanjin, but I still don't want your snow. Brrrr! : - )
Calif_Sue, how sweet to see, music to my eyes. Sorry about the mixed metaphor. I've been looking for that beach for the longest time. I have heard so much about it, but never about the light show through the door in the rocks. That was really special, and I'm glad you braved the cold and the wind to get those photos to share with us! : - )
I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to take photos for days. I do enjoy seeing all of yours though!
Hey, kwanjin..I saw that you came in as a runner up in the photo contest..congrats! :)
I was out this past Sunday, looking over some of the county parks in this area..trying to find some good photo locations for this summer, since I'm new to this area. :) I came across Walnut Woods and saw this sign.. Hmmm..I need to check it out!
So I wandered down this path that ended at an open spot among the trees and brush..and there were around 10-12 different bird feeders, plus a little building that the path lead up to. I went inside the building and there were rows of benches to sit on inside that were in front of a drop down window. So I sat down and dropped the window to see who was out there. I saw downy woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches (gotta look them up, as I've not seen them before) and so on. And I started to take a few pictures, of course!
And as I'm taking the pics.. I realize taht I'm not the only one watching the bird feeders :) What a surprise! I'm not sure that the hawk was very impressed with the squirrel sitting so close to him, though lol.. They were both just a few feet off the ground on the opposite side of the feeding area from me.
Beautiful! I was going to share a photo I got of the roadrunner sitting atop Sentinel Rock yesterday, but it's on the other computer. Drat. : - (
DH spotted the RR, and pointed out the distinctive sound they make when calling for a mate. I hope he finds one. He did last year. They nested inside one of my neighbors cactus plants. : - )
CC, I am sure glad your feet led you down that path and you gave such a nice description of the bird blind. I'm trying to figure out how to make one here now.
The Boy Scouts said they'd come help me pick up the trash that has blown or floated in on the farm for their Earth Day project. We discussed having the kids come out for the All American Bird Count. Should be easy to see who needs an Eagle Scout project. : - )
Building a bird blind might count. : - )
This has been what it mostly has looked like all month. The last week or so it's warmed up a bit, and it's not gray, and raining. I'm actually going to have to water some plants outside! So early in the year too!
Missed you all!
I got to swap over to the other computer, so I can show you my photos. : - )
Still using the old one. Green is good, but it's still cool outside. I'll send some later today, okay?
In the meantime, remember I love looking at your snow, but physically can't be in it. : - (
I used to make some beautiful snow sculptures. Sigh.
Lovely roses, John! Is that your garden?
Celia, so sorry for the people who have lost their homes...such a sad view!
SW, glad to hear you like to see our snow because this is what I'm seeing these days!
Lots of photos, I can only post a few now.
I really like this one of the hummer in the lower right quadrant of the photo. The hummer lives in the canopy of Grandmother Oak to the left in this photo!
More to follow!
Last one for now, I caught this photo of an egret in flight. : - )
More later if I can find the energy and time. I've missed posting here, but now have my MacBook up and running, but I still have to master some of the programs. Wish me luck, I need it! LOL! : - )
Walk In Beauty!
Making the transition from my HP laptop to the MacBook the family gave me for Christmas. So until my ES showed me how to transfer the photos I haven't been able to share much. While I like looking at that white stuff, I am so relieved I don't have to look at it for months at a time.
Here's some pretty pink maids. One of the first spring Wildflowers. : - )
That ought to cheer you up some more. : - )
DH and the kids hate having to clean out the pond, but it's done, and the bird net is stretched over the goldfish/turtle pond, and all the weeds are either dormant or gone. Now when it rains and the amphibians go to lay their eggs, I won't have to worry about killing them. It hasn't been warm enough for egg laying, but it won't be long now til they do. : - )
A couple of more to share. : - )
He finally decided to fly over by this pile of old tires. Keep trying to talk DH into making swings out of them old tires. : 0 )
That's it for me for now.
Hang in there everyone, because Spring always follows Winter. BTW Happy GroundHog's Day. Does anyone know if the poor critter was dragged out of his nice warm bed, and whether he saw his shadow, and if he did, does it mean a longer winter? I honestly forgot. Been driving me nuts. LOL!
I guess I could turn on the news, but it's been so depressing . . . .
Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, Year of the Rabbit, I believe. : - )
Jules, what great photos! Thanks for the treat of seeing green and blue, after so much white and grey we have here! The egret is awesome..where is Spirit? Are you satisfied with the new Macbook?
I saw these sparrows on my fence today .
Sweet bird photo, Adina. Love the spacing, how did you convince them to do that? LOL!
Are you missing my baby boy? I had to whack out clumps of his hair today, but he was so good about it. The birds will be happy to have it for their nest building. : - )
He's happy it's gone.
I took this photo of my baby boy, Spirit last week. Hope you enjoy it!
It was really cold (for me) and windy that day, and he was just running all over the place.
John used the ugliest photo of Spirit he could find for my background on the new Mac Book. I'm going to make him put my Dad's Double Rainbow back! I love Spirit but not that photo!
Will be posting more, when I can. : - P
Like the gopher snake I saw earlier in the gh. LOL! Good snake! : - )
Finally made it here!
Jules, great photo of Spirit, I sure did miss him! Thanks!
I'm glad you liked my sparrows, they are so funny sometimes!LOL They have a nest (or 2, I don't know for sure) under our roof and the are alwas waiting patiently for me to bring them their sunflower seeds.
Today I have 2 new doggies to show you. They are our neighbors' dogs, a black girl and golden boy!LOL
Not much going on except soft hearted Adina, found a couple more fur kids to play with.
I have no idea where to post some of the photos I took on our trip, but thought that kwanjin would enjoy seeing these.
I'll post a few, until I get tired. This is a little garden area, in back of our hosts town house.
They live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are very proud of their city, and believe me it is comparable with New York or any other major Cosmopolitan area in the world.
While taking photos of the city or of people isn't really what excites me, I did take some.
More to follow.
Glad to be home I missed you all!
For the sake of discussion, we'll call this one #1.
I really liked this bench. I'd even sit on it, but it's sort of mossy from all the rains they get there. Still I'd put a newspaper down on the bench and then my cushion. It was a great place to go for a little privacy and to welcome the new day. : - )
I think these are some kind of a palm. Never seen leaves quite like that, though.
This is located across the drive from the deck with the bench on it. : - )
A great place to watch the birds, the squirrels playing and once I saw the white cat that was sitting on that bench when we first arrived.
I guess they didn't know the cat was hanging around, they don't have any pets, just lots of ant people. I finally made a deal with the ant people. I wouldn't kill them as long as they quit crawling on me in bed. At least they didn't bite me. : - )
Bending around the edge of the deck, so you all can see part of the driveway, and part of the Embassy (I forgot which one) they are rebuilding across the street. The city of KL is doing some major re-construction work. There is a lot of controversy right now about the city wanting to tear down Chinatown, which is all of 12 acres, but the low buildings are subject to flooding and Chinatown is completely surrounded by sky scrapers. A city of contrasts, but they love their trees and don't cut them down.
: - )
This is a photo showing part of the main floor, which I guess is the ground floor. They number the floors in KL like they do in Europe. The floor above the ground floor is called the first floor. They live on three levels, with the last floor being partially underground. I don't know what they called that.
This is the kitchen. The pantry is a whole nother room. More than once I went into the kitchen to find a puddle of water under the window on the counter top, from their daily rain. Usually they have a maid and she closes the window. She was on vacation during the first part of our stay.
This photo shows the ground floor with the steps leading up to the first floor where there is a sitting room and bedrooms. It also shows the steps going down to the man cave, what I referred to earlier as the partially subterranean room. I've decided it's a man cave. You'll see why.
These chairs are where I dumped my pillows (the one I sit on and the one for my neck), and where I charged my batteries for the camera. Behind that pillar is a half bath or as my friend Madeleine calls it, the loo. : - )
She was educated in London.
There is also a whole room lined with shelves where the whole family removes and stores their street shoes. I like the idea and wish I could figure out how to make room for one in my house! : - )
Usually I left my street shoes near the front door or carried them to our room on the first floor.
Looking back in towards the living room and the dining area from a small alcove next to the window I was just at. They have a small table and four chairs in that alcove which makes it perfect for small business meetings, or reading, or playing cards.
You may see a lot of red ribbons tied around the plants. They do that to celebrate the Chinese New Year. : - )
Not the best photo I've ever taken of a Hibiscus. But I was still getting used to my new point & click. : - 0
Actually I think the Hibiscus is the Nat'l flower. It's on their coins and grows just about every where. : - )
Thanks you all, I have more to post but am still out of energy.
The folks living in Kuala Lumpur do take pride in their city, and it has surprising beauty in unexpected places. Also way too many people. LOL!
The country girl in me wouldn't be able to handle city life full time. : - )
Maybe more tomorrow if I can, after the Dr. appt.
Missed you both kwanjin and Adina. : - )
Thanks for the name of that red plant. Is that the same kind that grows in HI?
Sure is pretty and makes a great contrast plant. You all know I just like colors!
Way Cool! kwanjin! Maybe I can get some for the gh. : - )
Hope to have more photos to post of various things that don't quit fit anywhere else from our trip. Been kind of sick, for the last few days. : - |
Am finally starting to feel better. : - )
Well I missed you all too!
Dinu, your daughter did good! Is she taking after her Daddy? : - )
I'd of come there too, but the budget didn't allow. DH says we need to take a world cruise. Then we could visit all the countries we want, without having to sit upright for 12 or 13 hours on a plane. We planned on the shortest flight and it seemed we had two choices since no one flies direct from here to Malaysia. We could have gone through Japan, or Hong Kong. HK took the least time, and cost less. There ya go!
I'll be posting more photos here soon. : - )
Got a bunch that I should probably post elsewhere, but don't want to. LOL!
The group running the webcam think they'll hatch around 4/1.. I can't wait :)
Here's the link in case you'd like to follow this too! When I'm not goofing off on the computer, I put the webcam up to full screen and then let it run. That's how I got the pic of Mom off of the eggs.. she was not happy with something that was out of camera range- let out a loud scream and flew off, but came back within just a minute or two. I also got to see Dad coming in to drop off some food for her :)
Great photo/link of the eagle's nest Clan Campbell.
I am back and still wrestling with a new 'puter (mac) and point & click camera. Not to mention the iphoto software hates me and keeps hiding my photos. But I'm getting there.
I took this photo about a week ago. I love looking through my time portal. : - )
Since then the iris beds have been heavily mulched to prevent (hopefully) weeding.
I hope you like the photo, I've missed you all.
I didn't forget this thread, but ran out of time and energy, then couldn't figure out, the photo program on the imac. Still haven't but I try.
Here's a cool photo. Anyone know what it is?
; - )
It's in the cucumber family sort of, you may use one when you bathe to remove rough skin?
It's a loofa, only I've never seen one with seeds before like that! Cool innit?
Have to go for now. DR. Appt.
Check back later to see how your gardens are growing. : - )
Dinu, I love the photo. : - )
I most certainly love the light. You have a way of astounding me by the seeing the beauty in what most people would consider to be everyday/mundane things. : - )
Well done my friend.
I'm going to have to go out and take some photos to share.
I got this one last week of pollen sacks on one of the Pines out in the Santa Ana Mountains.
I am thinking it's a Knob Cone pine. DH and I are going around about it. LOL! : - )
Enjoy the day!
Hi Dinu, CC, and kwanjin,
I have an admission to make. I haven't been feeling well for some time, but I found out why last week after seeing the Dr. My Fibromyalgia is flaring and it's the worst she has ever seen. It isn't much fun for me, either. Anyway, that's why I've been MIA so often lately.
Here is one of the poppies I planted last year up on the hill. At the rate they are spreading, I think I need to add more seed. : - |
It's still pretty, and given enough time, I know them poppies will cover the whole hill side.
Enjoy. Just like I enjoy seeing your photos. : - )
I have to go out and actually try to get some weeding done. : - )
I have missed you all, and hope to be able to share more photos soon.
Looking good kwanjin. I like the way your Memorial Garden is starting to take form for this year. : - )
I am so jealous that I can't grow tulips here, or Bleeding Hearts. I tried and they died. : - (
Those tulips are so gorgeous. : - )
My lilacs are trying to bloom, but are so confused about the weather they don't know if they are supposed to yet. : - )
The boys found a gopher snake, and instead of putting down that gopher hole in the gh, they put it in the terrarium for a couple of days. IT sure was hissed off today when we finally were able to recapture it and point it toward that gopher hole in the gh. Snakes can too swim and they can swim fast. I do wish I'd had the camera with me. It sure was funny with the boys and me chasing that snake all over, because of course it didn't want to co-operate, it just wanted to be free. Using my long handled picker upper, and my cane, we were able to herd it right into the gopher hole.
Hope the word photo will do. I'll try to get my camera down loaded tonight so you can see what we did over the weekend. You'll really like it kwan. : - )
Think Vrooom, Vrroooom! : - )
Dinu, Thanks for your kind words. : - )
Sweetie, I am stuck with Fibromyalgia until I die. However, there is the possibility it could go into remission. : - )
I'd be sharing photos, but my Mom took another fall, and I now have bruises on top of bruises, then I took a fall this morning, but Mom still has me beat with more falls this week.
I have to make it a game or I'd cry about it. Don't want to cry, so I have asked my niece to come home to help out. It'd be a good time for her to make the move when her kids get out of school. There is going to have to be some changes and sacrifices by members of my family but I just don't know what else to do . . .
So I decided to write you all and apologize. Photos will be forthcoming soon.
We've been having rain the last few days, which is keeping me inside the house except for those Dr. visits. Today I get my tune up by the Chiropractor. : - )
Tomorrow it should be warmer and I'll be able to get more accomplished since I'll have help out in the garden. : - )
Gosh, I sure loved your photo of the cloth, Dinu. I find it endlessly fascinating, the play of light and shadow. I'm easy to entertain, just give me a kaleidescope and I'll be happy for hours. LOL!
kwanjin, I am so happy you were able to get that beautiful photo of your Bleeding Hearts. Mine didn't even come up this year. Sigh. At least I can drool over seeing your photo! The wind has been wrecking havoc around here too. Wind advisories up to 50 mph. With the temps, and the wind, it's brrrrrr cold outside.
CC, I was just thinking about clouds last night and it is a nice photo. I was curious like kwan, about the scenery beneath the clouds too. I'm horrible.
While I still haven't downloaded the photos I took over the weekend, here is one of my pal Skippy the turtle. He's sticking his head through the bird netting to have a look. I must have taken this photo in February after we cleaned out the turtle/gf pond. He's camera shy, so I hardly ever get a good photo of him.
Hope to get those photos downloaded tonight, barring any more falls by anyone, or snakebites either. I'll have to save that story for another time. LOL! : - )
Miss you all,
Thank you :) The scenery below the clouds is the lake that I live by..I see it from my balcony window (that's where the pic above was taken) Believe it or not, I live in the middle of Des Moines on a cul de sac- once in a while I'll hear sirens, but when I'm in my apt, I wouldn't know that I'm in the city.. Best of both worlds..almost anyway :)
SW-I'm sorry to hear about all your troubles right now..hope life decides to start being nice again soon!
Here's a picture of the lake taken when I first moved here last Oct.
It's a 1/2 mile around the lake.. I walk it alot, just to get out..but also to see the babies. I was out about an hour ago and look what I spotted.. there is around 14 if I counted them right lol.. Mallards :)
CC, just lovely! A wonderful reflection in the lake. Must be that time of year. DH saw quail babies, and roadrunner with babies, and this is what I saw today.
For full story (I'm really tired) please go here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1181763/
A couple I promised kwanjin, are coming up.
Making his first entry at a car is my DH, who is sitting down by his 1965 GT Coupe Mustang. I don't know who those people cluttering up my photo are.
The Mustang Man was impressed because it is a real GT Mustang, and most that you see aren't.
He did enjoy the car show and we'll probably go to others. : - )
Wow, so many beautiful cars, Jules! Great picture of the owl! Are you feeling better? I hope your niece comes soon to help you and your Mom. Take care!
CC, wonderful views of the lake!
Celia , your poor bleeding heart!
Dinu, amazing picture!
I have one of the irises bloming today.
It's mango season again... slurp. If the covering is clean and nice, I eat it whole by biting the fruit direct - of course holding a plate below it to collect dripping juice! Even the kernel/seed is not left unsucked.
Sweet mangoes, Dinu! As you can see I finally got my photos on the computer, but YS is going to make it so I can find them after I first down load them. : - )
Nice iris Adina, I love the color, most of mine are already done blooming.
How about a photo of Guava flowers. We hand pollinated some and hope to see some fruit. : - )
SW, Nice guava flower. Does the fleshy centre of the fruit be pinkish? I ask that because the stamens are red.
A street-side picture from my recent archive. Camels are found in the northern state of Rajasthan where most of the area is desert. But a few nomads travel south with their camels to earn their livelihood. They give a ride to children for a small price.
You bet kwan! Just waiting for you to start a new thread as this one is getting kind of long for some folks. : - )
Dinu, since the guava has never fruited I don't know yet what color it will be on the inside. I did enjoy seeing a slice of India. : - )
That camel is kind of cute, but I hear they are also kind of particular about their handlers. : - )
Really sweet to see the kid enjoying his time and the view from up on that camel. LOL
I'll check back later. Miss you I do. : - )