This Kingfisher makes a noise in the locality. I was not familiar with its call until recently when I actually watched it shouting near our window!! Now I can identify its call from a neighbouring tree. It tries to steal fish from my pond.. it has actually done so before, but evaded being photographed. This time, my younger DD was able to shoot it up from amazingly close range when we were not at home. Here, it has found not a fish, but a juvenile skink - they are found near the tree there.
I do, kwanjin. See photo taken on April 1st this year, and note turtle's head. Forgive me if I posted that one already. I'm planning on taking the netting off the pond this weekend, since the gold fish and turtle have enough leaves to hide under now. Too late in the year for egrets here now. But ya never know. LOL! : - )
Dinu, your DD is following in your footsteps. You must be very proud of her. That is a great photo. : - )
BBS, I hope. I got some catching up to do. : - )
No, I do not protect the pond surface from flying invaders. It rained steadily for a long time this morning... since I was off work today, I enjoyed getting drenched and walking around the yarden with a little umbrella (to protect the camera) and took a few shots. Here is a sweet scented rose with some 'fresh pearls' attached to its petals.
Found out that this was also called an Elephant Flower in one part of the country. A colleague told me that. So I brought this from the campus tree and showed her. She opened a bud and showed why they were calling that.
How can 'hair cuts be sold'!? It's a job! JFYI, my barber takes 25 rupees, which is roughly half US$. Of course, it is an ordinary saloon, but more expensive 'parlours' have emerged (to fleece!) innocent people here! Yet, they don't sell hair cuts! Interesting terminologies used there, anyway.
This is my DD's picture I share here.
Wrist? Again, you are very near to the answer but just not right. Try again.
Either the bug was on the folds of skin on the elbow or on someones lips. I think it was the elbow, myself.
Lovely photos everyone. I'm so sorry I've had other concerns and haven't been able to post as often as I'd like so I guess we get to play a bit of "catch up".
Oh Dinu, when I was taking Geology classes we always called them (Mother Earth) mud crackies by wacky! We don't generally see that color in our area, but we still get them sometimes.
here's one I cropped, of a Mama Quail. DH has seen her babies in the tall mustard plants we are letting grow because the bees are still working them. I guess the mustard gives good cover. Although this one was seen up on this rock on the hillside.
My giant bird of Paradise went bonkers this year and bloomed all over.
Several clusters you can see, and more that you can't. Beautiful aren't they?
I have more to post, but am too tired for now.
My YS made the type larger so I could see it, and it cuts off the tops of the thumbnails. LOL. I am back sort of.
No worries kwanjin. How is the Memory Garden coming? : - )
As many of you know I have health problems. Lately, they've gotten worse. In part due to Mom's health problems. She is currently scheduled for surgery on July 6 (my sis's b.day). I have 3 Dr. appt.'s myself that day, so EB#1 will be at the hospital with her. I'll join him between appt.s. Sitting in hospitals is my least favorite activity in the world, plus I've been trying to avoid them because I always catch something with my immune system being comprimised.
However, in the few moments I get to enjoy the peace of my garden I still take photos, and I'd like to share a couple with you.
I love this macro of my Painted Lady Hibiscus. Hibbies love it out here. I'm going to try to hand pollinate some to see if I can get seed.
Some of the fuchsia's I didn't manage to kill. Delicate plants and hard to grow in my desert heat, but in the right place they can be gorgeous.
I particularly like this one, even if I can't remember it's name, because the new flowers are purple and as they fade they turn a pinkish color.
This photo illustrates that. They also have eatable berries. : - )
I like 'em a lot, and someday I hope to have enough to share with my family. LOL! Hey they already get all the citrus!
I love this photo. Can't wait for my passiflora to start fruiting. I have tried them before and even though they have vit. C, I was able to eat them with no adverse affects. : - )
Enough for now. I am very tired, and it's Beauty (she's my cat, who naps with me.) time.
Mom's surgery was rescheduled for July 13th. Some one forgot to order the stent she needs for the surgery. Prayers are greatly appreciated.
This is the photo I promised you of EB#2's family tent Majal or is the Taj Matent? Sleeps 10 people and holds all their junk too. LOL!
Sorry about the delay between posts.
One of our employees hurt his back out in the bee barn, so I had to take him to the Chiropractor, and then drive him home. Luckily Jake was still here and he drove the employees truck home for him.
Too much, always going on here.
I'm ready to check into the Taj Matent for a vacation my own self! LOL!
Celia, great pics of the dragonflies!
Jules, sending prayers and good thoughts for your DM. Sorry for the reschedule, so awful and cruel! How can anyone forget to send a stent for a surgery? I hope your DM feels better for the surgery on the 13th.
Your flowers are beautiful! Are the passion flower's fruits edible? Do they make seeds?
This is what I saw : the snapdragon started to bloom!
SW, the Memory Garden looks great right now. I am having to get rid of the Hollyhocks, though. They have too many bugs and the babies are trying to take over. The daylilies to the right and monarda on the left have bloomed since this pic.
Oh kwan how you make me laugh. That series of the birds fighting over the feeder is wonderful. Your d.fly has a beard. How cute is that? I'm sorry the Holly hocks didn't work out, but everything else at your Mom's Memory Garden is just beautiful. : - )
Adina, bees butts? You surprised me. LOL! I was enchanted by Momma feeding baby bird. : - )
Dinu, are you torturing spiders? I used to trick a black widow that lived in the old cabin to come out and say Hi by spraying her web.
Now I have a pet orb spider. It lives in the doorway of the gh. : - )
I admit it. I feed it small green grasshoppers. It seems like a pity to let them go to waste. I really miss my YS's bearded Dragon. He used to love eating them grasshoppers. The chickens still eat the big 'uns.
Got DH a new set of wheels for his B.day. Somehow he didn't seem too impressed. Sigh . . .
Probably 'cause he had to fetch them? Considering where they were, I am surprised at how quickly he was able to extract that old wagon/cart. : - )
Chinese New Year Mum is blooming again. : - )
Speaking of Mum's or Mom's, mine is recovering from the heart surgery on the 13th at home with EB#1 taking care of her.
Thanks for all your positive thoughts and prayers. Always appreciated.
: - )
Some blooming forget me nots in the the memory creek I built for Dad.
Don't worry, I got paddles. LOL!
When it fills in and bushes out with lots of blooms it should be real pretty, although I don't know if it will be as pretty as your Memory Garden, kwan. : - )
Different but both beautiful, yes?
My Queen Cat, Grizelda, isn't sure why she is up that tree, and now she is preparing to kidnap another stuffed animal to call her kitten. She's in her dottage. LOL!
She has a great heart and a loving maternal spirit.
I vividly remember the day she took on three dogs all by herself to protect her own litter of kittens and the ones she was babysitting for her sister that day. My poor dumb, Blessing wore a scar on her nose until she died from Grizzy's attack. Man, she like turned into the (cartoon) Tasmanian Devil and was bouncing off the sides of the building and the above ground pool we had back then. Then when everyone was stunned at the ferocity of her attack, she practically flew to the top of the screen door and pee'd and pooped all over. Poor dear. The dogs never, ever chased my cats again.
Even Spirit doesn't chase them, except when they are playing. He still tries to herd them, which they don't appreciate. : - )
Across from the Japanese Woomi Sushi place, I spotted this Vietnamese restaurant. Please notice the open sign. Only in America. LOL! : - )
I'm really tired, all of this medical stuff with Momma has plumb worn me so thin, I'm about to blow away.
So Ditto to kwan's beautiful good night photo. Lovely BTW, kwan.
I'm spending more time correcting mistakes, so you know I'm really tired or I'd not be making so many.
Enjoyed your photos, and hope to share and see more soon. : - )
A Robberfly had entered our kitchen last night. It was confused and slow as it was probably its resting hours. It also has unwittingly has flown through some cobwebs that have entangled its feet, further giving it more trouble.
Great pics, guys!
Celia, what cool pics of the fight and lily!
Jules, great flowers ...funny Grizelda!LOL
Dinu, love the dragonfly!
This is what I saw today : a dead baby sparrow in his egg! I found it on the alley.
Kwanso, hmmm, that should be easy to remember. I'll have to try to find some now that I know they can survive out here. LOL!
A triple, hmmm, I'll have to do some asking about, but if worse comes to worse, my nursery can probably order one or three for me. : - )
Glad you enjoyed the photos.
Dinu, you got all kinds of cool bugs in India. I have been feeding my pet spider small green grasshoppers, but it's getting plenty of food on it's own. It just amazes me how quickly they can wrap them bugs up and actually carry them to the center of their webs to consume. Way cool. : - )
Love the toad. My boys used to go on toad hunts and see how many they could collect in one evening. We always made them release them. Great bug eaters. : - )
Adina, it's always sad to see babies that weren't strong enough to hatch on their own. You can't help them along, they have to it themselves. However, it was a good photo of how a tiny bird fits into an egg. I think the egg broke when Mom kicked it out of the nest because it didn't hatch out when it should have. Sad but it's nature's way. : - (
Here's a cool cactus flowering. Saw it at Mission San Luis Rey in June. : - )
Ah, kwanjin, you must be feeling better. : - )
I kinda like that deformed Clematis. But it still looks dry in Utah. : - (
I'm impressed with your Monarda. Mine never grew so well for me. Yours is beautiful! : - )
And how did you talk that Columbine into blooming twice for you?
I went and watered my camera by accident yesterday. : - (
So do you think it'll grow? LOL! ES is drying it out to the laughter of his friends.
So let me see what I can find that I haven't posted.
Before I forget again, kwanjin, why would I know that house? I'm a disney/pixar fan, even if I have to wait for the movies to come out on video before I see them, but I just don't recognize that house.
Adina, I made sure that the passiflora is the kind that bears fruit, you can eat. Sis had one when she lived in Poway, so I've eaten the fruit before. I like 'em. Same as with the Fuchsia berries. Yummy!
Speaking of which, meet my feathered helper.
The age old argument. What color are these ripe elderberries. I say they are green with a blueish cast, but DH insists they are purple.
What do you think?
You all have a nice day or what's left of it. : - )
Dinu, no worries, it's a friendly disagreement. I showed DH that tree, and he had to admit that the berries were/are green. The silvery part washes off, and they are a great snack. Both for me and the birds. LOL! I found out they were edible, by watching a turkey we had jump up and grab them and eat them. Since it didn't kill him, I tried them myself, and you know what? They taste just like tiny grapes. Yummy!
Our weather has changed and it got cold overnight. Looks like my camera survived it's watering, so I'm going to see how well it works now.
kwanjin, when did the movie "Up" come out? I guess I missed that one. : - (
Check in later with photos. : - )
I have a few photos of the pow wows posted in the parking lot forum on the front porch swing thread. Had a bad weekend and didn't get any photos down loaded.
Sigh . . .
But the good news is that my camera still works after being watered.
It didn't grow though. LOL! : - )
My G.pa taught me how to check to see if it's good to eat in the wild.
I am careful. Very careful.
Be well, everyone, hopefully, I'll not only be able to download them photos on the camera, but actually have the energy to post them.
Good to hear from you Dinu, and kwan.
Thanks for the explanation of the movie, kwanjin. Since I can't sit down that long, going to the movies is awkward for me. So I'm behind until the movies come out on cable. It's killing me that all the kids have seen the newest "Harry Potter movie", and I'll have to wait.
Rats! : - |
Thanks SW. I too have no patience to watch movies in recent years. I can't remember the last I saw!! I might have watched in bits and pieces when my DD puts it on the PC. She is a HP fan. I liked the humour on watering your camera and that it did not grow!!!
A tailor bird is making a nest above the pond. I can get only this angle from my stone bench beside my pond. All other sides are obscured by leaves - huge leaves of Almond tree!
I can understand your disappointment at not getting a better angle for that shot, but the photo you did take is wonderful. : - )
I just love the way the bird appears to be looking right at you, and that he/she seems to be folding that leaf! Sweet!
It's not patience I lack, but the ability to sit on the damaged tailbone that causes me difficulties. Sigh . . .
Then again they haven't been making too many movies I want to see anyway.
I picked up this Lynx Spider 2-3 days ago and took this picture. It tried to jump down from its silk and hang but then I picked it up - it jumped 3 times when I wanted to put it on the palm but the fourth attempt was successful as it wondered what I was doing! It stayed still for a while looking at me and I took that opportunity in one hand!
Finally some flowers on my Mexican Sunflower tree, they are up there so high I almost didn't realize they'd finally come out. I can only picture the bottom of them, the tree is probably almost twenty foot tall. I had to use zoom to capture it.
kwanjin, so you did get snow...I just asked on the weather thread...so very pretty. I love how pretty snow is when it first falls. Love the kitty in the snow...what a contrast of the black against the white...actually a pretty good picture.
Dinu...do miss you great photos...but totally understand, can't carry a camera with you all the time. Hope things settle down some for you once your house is built. That is a good shot of the dolls your daughter took...she obviously is taking after you with an eye for a photo.
Here are some shrooms that came out all over a stump in our backyard after the last heavy rains we had...
adinamiti, love the frosty leaf...no frost here yet...thank goodness
Dinu, yes there is: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59827/
Tithonia diversifolia, this is much hardier in my zone and comes back each year...grows very tall and the clump will spread each year. The flowers are much larger than the orange.
Orange Mexican sunflower: Tithonia rotundifolia - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/96615/
I have grown it but it is an annual here and doesn't come back the next year, gets about five to six foot, flowers not near as big as the yellow. But still a striking stand out plant in the garden. If winters are warm enough it can come be a perennial.
I had that orange one, but I checked now that I have not added a pic of it to the database. I had taken a few pictures that I thought were really good. Have to search in my 'picture bank'. It is now extinct now in my yard as I failed to collect the seeds from the last plant I had found. The glow on that orange one is striking! Found it. Here it is.
Hey all, I've missed you all. Been all over and back, and no internet on the trip. Sigh. I've got a cat plastered to my side, which makes typing hard.
Hey sunkissed, sweet photos. Dinu, I really want to share the photos I took of the mushrooms, but have to download the point n click first. Don't let me forget! : - )
Oh, kwanjin, Cara is beautiful! : - )
Adina, it took longer but it's definitely fall here now. We had hurricane force winds yesterday which made a bunch of things fall. It was really bad in Pasadena.
So I'm grateful that we just had a power outage for a couple of hours during the day. Also so grateful to have the wood stove working again. The wind chill was hard to bear.
Okay, this first one is for those of you who need to have something to remind you of spring.
We stopped along the way at the Monarch Grove (where I bought their preferred milkweed already growing in pots!) While it was cold out, the sun was shining, and the B.flies were flying and fluttering about.
Probably one of my favorite photos taken that day.
More to come,
While driving on Pismo Beach, we saw this flock of shore birds, they parted for the cars, suv's, and off road vehicles, then they clustered together again. I wish I knew what kind they are but they were fascinating. It was a busy day at the beach. I even saw surfers! Considering how much colder the water is up there I was surprised.
Still more coming.
Watching some seagulls bathe in the fresh water coming into the ocean. They flew off when they realized we were peeking. : - )
More soon. I have to charge my batteries before I can download photos. Sigh.
Enjoyed seeing all your photos, and while I am not fond of being in frost, I do admire the photos you all post of it, and icicles too! : - )
Walk In Beauty~
SWolf, nice. So many birds there on the beach! It must be lovely to the eye! Haven't been taking pictures in the last 5-6 weeks. Too busy is one reason (with new house work) and the Sony W150 going kaput followed by a slight malfunctioning of my Panasonic FZ8. This is taking pictures directly on the half press stage (shutter button). It is 4 yrs old.
Sorry to hear about your camera, but it has lasted longer than my first or 2nd point n click. The first one was stolen. The second one I dropped one too many times. Ooops!
Still haven't found time to download them photos, what with the Christmas Season upon us, but I did charge the battery! : - )
So here are a couple of photos for Kwan of our trip thru San Francisco.
Some fall color! : 0 )
As seen through the car window.
More to follow.
Some things never change about San Francisco. : - )
You know how much I like signs seen while on the road. : - )
Not a bad message, too bad the people who really need to see it, won't.
Still a few more.
A lovely sight to great us on the other side of the bridge. I'll leave you with my "rainbow photo". LOL! It's still on my bucket list!
You have a great day, and try to enjoy yourselves. : - )
Walk In Beauty~
Out here we'd call it a divided road. The traffic going in the opposite direction is separated by a landscaped median. So all the traffic going into the rainbow tunnel was traveling in the same direction.
I finally charged my battery and plan on downloading photos today. Got distracted yesterday because I get my own office space! I had about 3 square feet in my bedroom for all my office stuff. Since ES moved up to the rental (and yes he pays rent!), DH and I are going to use his room for an office. Sure makes the rest of the place seem less cluttered. : - )
I'll be back today to post more, if I don't get too tired too fast.
Hope Kwan is okay, and everyone else to.
Happy New Year all!
Cute kitties, awwwww!
I have a cute one, the decoration I made on the beef and veggie salad I made for NYE dinner. It's with mayonnaise on top and the decorations are made of pickled sweet pepper, celery, carrot and cukes.
The termites can eat up the entire window frame if we don't notice quickly. They must have eaten away a good part here. :( We cannot see because they do the work [damage] inside! I opened the insect screen frame and I saw this.
The termites are everywhere underground. They just come up and attack. Ours is a brick-lime wall, 100 years old. Sincelime plaster is not hard like a stone they make their way through and at times, reach the rafters and beams also which can be very dangerous.