Well, Joe, I was never going to Sedonia ... I did go to New Mexico last year and got some shots of the geology around Los Alamos, but those were HDRs and posted in the picture editing thread ... (they weren't very exciting, btw ...)
Here's another interesting plant ... at the community gardens, it's tangled mass of golden has been catching my eye for a while, and finally took a shot today ... can anyone guess what it is? I'll tell later ...
Hello all hope your Thanksgiving was nice...the weather here was just awesome..I think I spent every day totally outside.
Jmorth love the shot looking up the cypress tree...lots of those here in FL.
Jubilada love the fall color shots...I do love the blooms and colors that nature paints in the landscapes in the fall. And people have had Christmas decor up here since before Thanksgiving...I'm going to work on that today and tomorrow...hopefully.
Miss Merry nice shot...love the fall leaves...not too much of that down here in FL.
Here is some of my fall color going on in the garden now...Mexican Flame vine
Lastly a photo of a totally carved out of Ice Nativity scene at the Gaylord Palms hotel in Orlando where my DIL works, temperature is kept at 9° to keep it from melting. They give us Floridians a parka to wear in there since our little jackets would never keep us warm.
Sunkissed, wonderful "fall" blooms you have there! I'm going to have to check out that Red Fire Cracker plant ... it's fabulous! Sounds like it would do ok in California. Does it have a scent? The Ice Nativity scene is awesome!
The firecracker plant has no scent but the hummers absolutely love it. The big bumble bees are also always on it. Butterflies check it out but move on..funny thing that really likes it is love bugs...we get swarms of them here twice a year in the spring and fall...they are nothing but a bug that gets smashed on the windshield of you car, they don't eat the plants. They are called love bugs because they live to mate and two are always attached, I think they live a couple days and that is it. They love gas pumps too for some reason...when you are pumping gas they are all over the gas station.
Here is a photo of the love bugs this fall on a new bloom just emerging...
WOW, the thread is up to page 142. Who would have guessed it would last this long. The web site inspired by this thread continues also ~ http://dailypics.ning.com/ We now have a split personality, half for daily pics and half for promoting our web stores in the For Sale group.
Let me add a strange find to the Daily thread. It's some weird spores growing on a decaying garden stake.
On my walk this morning, I was struck by this man-hole cover ... a symbol of days gone by ... anyone remember Ma Bell? It was the late, great Lenny Bruce who said (something like) "don't get too hot with Ma Bell, or you'll wind up with a Dixie Cup and a thread!" Anyone remember the old Dixie Cup-Thread thing?
I haven't visited this thread in a while. Awesome stuff.
Andy, Those fungi are so interesting. Great name!
Jubilada, I remember the Dixie cup and String thing, but the new one is the Progresso Soup Can and String. They have some really silly ads. My brother and I actually made some tin can and string telephones. They worked great. We could hear each other perfectly. Of course, we could hear each other just fine without them too since the string was only about 10 feet long. ^_^
Great Christmas light shots Jubilada...and the manhole cover...very interesting...isn't funny the things a photographer will notice...think of all those people that walk over that and never even notice it.
Love the fungi shots too Andy...I always am on the lookout for fungi when on my walks.
We were camping last week at Stephen Foster Culture Center in White Springs FL and they had a marvelous light display...I especially loved the huge live oaks totally covered in lights.
Sunkissed, some swell Christmas lights shots from you, too ... that tower is awesome, and I'd love to hear those Carols ... you'd hardly know it was the same tower in those two shots, a difference like ... day and night! (sorry) Thanks for the park link ... very interesting! And that "baseball" fungi is fabulous!
Jubilada and Sunkissed, The night lights you have captured are outstanding! I like how the images are so different. Jubilada's are taken at twilight and have that beautiful purple/blue glow in the sky and Sunkissed's are later with the dramatic contrast between the lights and the darkness. Two different techniques and both stunning in their own way.
Glad you all liked the pictures...for the lights I had to find a post or even used the hood of someones truck at one point to steady myself to keep them from being blurry and didn't breathe when taking the shot... ☺
Jubilada nice patch of mushrooms there...don't you just love to find things like that in your own yard?
Burn love the snow-pond...it is so warm here, all week this coming week will get close to 80, not feeling like Christmas time...but not really going to complain since I still have chili, jalapeño and bell peppers growing in the garden and still flowering...how bout that!
my camper at night...we had some blue LED light under the porch awning since everyone was putting lights up on their campers...it was pretty at night.
Sunkissed, very cool shot of your camper and the fire ... nice!
Bluegrassmom, what a wonderful photo of the lighthouse ... gorgeous! And, in answer to your query, I do make note cards from my photos all the time. I have my own printer (A Canon 9100), and I use (sometimes) the Strathmore deckle edged cards to make my notecards, and sometimes I use other paper, it depends ... I do make my own Christmas cards ... Your photo would make wonderful note cards ...
"The Rainbow World Fund’s World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each inscribed with written notes of hope & peace from children and individuals from around the world."
bluegrassmom very beautiful light house pic...it does look like a painting.
Dinu the metal mosquito is too funny.
Jubilada love all the photos and that candy cane Camellia is really striking!
MissMary the Christmas trees are beautiful, love how they reflect in the water.
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Some of my Christmas cookies...Shortbread.
Sunkissed, I must say those cookies look awfully delicious ... and so festive! Do I spy Hershey's white chocolate kisses in the center??? Oh, my!
Not that it compares at all, but here's some of my Cranberry Tea Bread with a rainbow ... I have one of those crystals hanging in my kitchen window, that rotates powered by a sun-driven engine, and when the sun is just right the room is a swirl of little rainbows ... In this case the rainbow stopped momentarily on the Tea Bread ... some kind of sign? Who knows ...
Dinu the colors are sugar dyed and candied pieces. And Jublilada ...that is a big white peppermint Hershey chip, they are so good. I like the rainbow from your crystal...I have one that at a certain time of the day sends colors all around the living room...now you got me wanting to photo it. ☺
Those are some nice looking mushrooms there and the yellow flowers really make the picture, can you eat those mushrooms?
I was trying to shoot the blue-banded bee that hovers often around the water lily in the pond. I got this one alright and I've cropped the flower. When I pressed the button, this bee was at the top left corner of the frame. Almost just in!
This black kite does not know it is January 1 today. Lovely blue skies today, following the last 3-4 days of cloudy ones due to a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. It has weakened and gone after doing some damage on the coast which is far from here.
Well I'm back...wonderful pictures..had quite a few to catch up on.
Dinu the blue banded bee...excellent and the Damselflies mating...great shot...glad to see you are posting some of your great shots again.
Jubilada nice shots, especially the clouds behind the tree silhouette. I love how mushrooms change daily.
woodspirit1...way too funny, your spouse must be a real character.
Burn..some of my azaleas are popping out flowers now...lots of buds...nice shot.
A wood stork I caught with my camera on our Jan. camping trip...kind of rare water bird to see around here...on the endangered species list. Pretty feathers...but ugly head.
sunkissed, thanks a lot. I'm not taking many pictures these days due to my preoccupation. Did have a session 2 days ago. Sunset seen from the top of our new house being built. In fact, busy there. I'm standing in a 3-inch deep pool of water to take this shot... water being stagnated on concrete to cure the roof. First floor.
The buildings are beautiful. We call those outdoor ads, billboards."Bills" at one time were ads often stuck up on buildings or fences or power poles. I remember growing up seeing small signs at those locations saying "Post No Bills."
Talking about bills...there were jokes and cartoons.. "Stick No Bills" - someone pasted a post saying that! We also call those huge ones as 'flexboards'.. I don't know how these terms get floated. Billboards are also used - earlier they were mostly for film banners and huge posters. You have not seen images of Indian Film theatres. Fan-groups put up huge boards - the size of the building itself, of their hero during the film being screened there. This is besides the 'official' ad poster put up in the allotted space. Smaller boards are also put up on poles here also- the municipality makes money out of it.
They have been banned in many municipalities here. There got to be so many along the roads that it became ugly, blocked views and distracted drivers. We have a few big ones outside the municipal area in the more rural area, and they are awful. One has been used in years is now in bad shape with the original image mostly rotted way. I hate them.
Dinu, love the see the city scape...the billboard does kind of stand out...I hate how our freeways have them all up and down, they spoil the pretty scenery.
Jubilada, love those hydrangeas, what a pretty color. What a neat gift to get, a mushroom farm...I am wondering like Missmary, can you eat them?
I submitted some photos to the Florida State park photo contest back in December and got an email yesterday that I won first place...I'm so excited...I have entered contest and win maybe a runner up or nothing at all. The photos were put on display at an art show and people choose the ones they liked. This was taken at our favorite beach here, Flagler Beach, Gamble Rogers State park. They will display my photo on their website. Beach morning glories.
woodspirit, those hydrangeas are really almost "shockingly" pink ... they're from a florist (a gift), and I'm not sure if they did anything to the plant or not ... it IS a very fine specimen, and I hope to transplant it later on this year. Most of my hydrangeas are pale pink or white. I do have a "red" one that has come back "true" for the past couple of years ... I do give them food for acid loving plants, but that hasn't seemed to make much of a difference ...
And, here's an update on that "mushroom farm" ... photo taken this morning ... the two largest mushrooms have been harvested, sauteed with shallots and added to some brown rice for dinner tonight ...
Jubilada those hydrangeas are very pretty, It would be nice if they stay that color. They are all pale pink and purple here, and I've never seen red...you'll have to post a photo of that.
The mushrooms farm sounds like such a neat idea...thanks for posting the link to it.
Thanks everyone for the congrats on the photo...they put my picture along with others on their webpage and my name...it is pretty cool. I get some free stuff too, they are mailing it to me.
Took a photograph of some milkweed in my yard, if you enlarge it the one flower looks like a little lion's head.
Sunkissed, I thought your milkweed looked more like a fish. Like finding Nemo's cousin. Either way, very cheery.
Jubilada, your mushrooms look amazing.
All in all, I love looking at everyones pictures as I feel I get to travel all the country. :-)
Tried a night shot recently to see if my camera shutter button was working properly... it did and luckily it continues to work. It seemed to malfunction for a few days, but somehow it has set itself right. May be some dust was in the way at the half way press stage.
That shop opposite our house, across the road, had opened newly. 'Fast food joint'. Haven't tried yet.
The Marine Firements Union building on Second Street ... I could not find out when this was built, who the architect was, or who did the bas relief ... it looks very Art Deco to me, and probably even a WPA product ...
Hmmm...Dinu looks like hair or grass...but you creating it throws me off...maybe even flames...I really have no clue. Great shot catching an eagle...I saw one here the other day when walking...oh how I wished I had my camera.
Jubilada...love the dewy paper white. And love to see your town in photos, the Cupid's Arrow is really neat.
Val I love the pear blossoms against that blue sky, very pretty picture.
Had to cut back my pepper plants...so had to pick the last of the peppers all off. But already have a new little orange bell pepper starting...they like the cooler weather and do well until it gets real hot in the summer...they take a rest then.
Some nice peppers there, sunkissed! Hard to imagine harvesting them this time of year!
Dinu, I give up! What is that "creation"? Looks like it might be something burning. Also, what do you question about the registration (license) plate? It seems pretty normal to me ...
A new "art installation" is opening tomorrow near where I live, I previewed it yesterday. Kind of interesting. Called "Lawn Bowls." They're all made out of plastic wrappers from various everyday items ... here's a link to the site which explains it somewhat ...
Sikkim is a state in the north east, very far from Mysore. It is in the high hills. The vegetation differs from here. May be the name they have given that suggests that it is native to that part of India. Nice flowers though. I have not seen it during my lone visit 2 years ago. Of course, the visit was a hurried and short one.
Jubilada interesting balls, and the Camellias are beautiful here this year, I don't have any, wish I did.
DMersh wonderful pictures, finding your photos of Scotland very beautiful. We have lichen here in Florida, I see it, but it is called reindeer lichen if I'm not mistaking...think because the deer eat it, looks pretty similar to your photographed woolly lichen. Lots of different mosses here in FL especially this time of year.
Dinu, sometimes people want a "Personalized" license plate. The one on the Fiat looks like some kind of nickname or an amalgam of a couple of words. Lots of times, when people have a business or hobby, they will use that on their license plate.
Ms Mary: I love that Mahonia. They will grow in shade and are evergreen, but what I love is that they bloom in winter. I've got to find one this year, if its not too big.
Walked around at Dixon Gardens today. Even though it's waaaay too early to start thinking it's Spring around here, I must admit that I'm enjoying the tease. Crocus, Star Magnolia, Paper Bush and Daffodils...
Beautiful photos, everyone. Finally I have something to share. The Queen Mary 2 came into port at Fremantle this morning - late, I might add! Here's a couple of shots. In the first one, note the submarine at its bow. The ship was still way out in Gage Roads in that first shot. The second and third shots are of it arriving at the entrance to the harbour.
The red flowering tree in the first two shots is a Brachychiton Acereifolius in our back yard. The third image is of the curry leaf tree - fantastic in curries. The fourth is a cycad coming into flower and the last, a frangipani (plumeria) in the top yard.
It's huge, Jubi. I was listening on the radio and the chap from the Port Authority was saying it is the only ship where the staff in the control tower (or whatever it's called for ships) can look directly into the bridge - at eye level.
Thanks, HMM. Unless I get distracted (easy), I might head back down there when it leaves this afternoon. The entrance to the harbour was bristling with people and it was one of those situations where strangers all talk to each other because of the shared interest. We need more ships. There were two submarines out there as well.
1. My favourite bird.
2. My favourite orchid - favourite because it is on show for 3 months.
3. My favourite colours!
4. This morning's moon set was brilliant - 6.27 am. Photo taken outside our house, looking left [west].
Adding up to 5 images in one posting is a wonderful new feature! Noticed it today.
I'm no real fan of crows (or ravens) ... they seem to be obnoxious, overbearing, and loud ... and I'm sure the multiplication of their numbers in our neighborhood over the last 10 years is directly responsible for the eradication of the quail, as well as the diminishing of other birds ... incidentally, I'm not the only one in my neighborhood who has noticed this ... that being said, I'm sure a crow's mother loves it ...
On my walk today, an absolutely gorgeous Camellia ... and here are three views of a Morgan motor car, which I find absolutely adorable and gorgeous as well ...
Wow Dinu, nice pictures. I love #3. What is that flower?
Jubilada, the Camellia is really pretty. I just planted 2 (different spots) but not sure how well they will do in this dry heat.
The car is beautiful. I can see myself in the passenger seat with a big beautiful hat on, going for a Sunday ride.
Valsflowers, I'm not able to recollect that flower name right now, I'll revert to you. It's in the PF also.
Jubilada, Nice old car, and I liked the 'dust cover idea'! In Pic 2 background, I noticed a house with a compound wall! This may be rare there, isn't it? But here, we cannot imagine a house without a compound wall and gates!
Wow, Jubilada, what a car! That is absolutely fantastic. You know, my favorite one is #4. The reflections are simply divine. There's a somewhat gnarled tree showcasing the hood ornament just "so," another lovely view of a cool tree on a tree-lined street (and perhaps a photographer?) on the driver's side fender and another cool tree reflection on the passenger side fender. That is one fine photo!
Wow great photos everyone, love the five photos upload now.
Margaret love seeing the Queen Mary..that must be something to actually see in person. All your photos are breathtaking.
Dinu love the bird silhouette and the sugar cane photo is great.
DMersh love the pretty snow shot...I do love winter scenes.
Miss Mary your garden shots are really nice.
Jubilada that is one nice car...so shiny. Love the daffodils, I don't see them around here, guess they don't do well in our humidity. They really are lovely flowers.
I've been camping again and busy getting the garden ready for spring...not too much photo taking, but while camping we visited a garden in Ormond Beach, FL and I took some photos. If you look close at the bird of paradise you see a drop of nectar seeping out. That is my husband standing by the very tall bamboo.
here are some from the campground on the Tomoka River, the statue was a tribute to the Timucua people who lived along the Tomoka River long before the European colonization of Florida. It was sculpted in 1954. It was pretty overcast the whole time we were there.
1. Weaver ant saying 'good morning' to me.
2. Cement pot maker's pots for sale. Was passing by last week. Not bought, just pictured.
3. Weaver ants had attacked a bee that flew close to the leaves. Amazing teamwork! They have captured its food. They stretch their hindlegs and catch! 1..2...3... catch!
4. I disturbed its new nest. During summer [almost here] they are a nuisance everywhere. They proliferate.
5. I almost wrote 'some pond in the fish'! But realized the interchange!
Some sort of lacewing eggs I found yesterday.
From the shot taken from above the set I saw that they had already hatched.
They are so tiny that it is not noticeable to the eye. Only young eyes may make that out with naked eye on close look.