Dinu, thanks for the information on the camera. One day after I'm done paying for my kids college I'll be able to buy my dream camera. Until then I'll just have to enjoy all the beautiful shots everyone here takes.
Here are my Monarch caterpillars the last day before they went off to pupate. My 100 cherry tomatoes are really doing great...I count over 50 now. My pink strawberry blooms...Fragoo.
I think spring is here in Central Florida to stay.
Sunkissed, those are wonderful cat shots! I hope to see lots of those this year...
I went to Dixon Gardens and took in some early Spring beauty today. Last week, we dipped back into the 20s a couple of times and it did a little damage here and there. This is typically very early for Spring to spring in Memphis, so I'm trying to get out and enjoy it...just in case...
MissMary very beautiful shots. Is the Kale the same that gets eaten? I've never seen a plant of it. Love the bee in the photo too. Daffodils are so pretty, they like the cooler weather and don't do well here.
Swell Bee capture, Miss Mary! And, what a gorgeous variety of Hellebore! Sunkissed, I don't think ornamental kale is meant for eating, although I've never tried it!
Spring is springing at my community garden plot ... even though the weather people tell us a cold front from Alaska is on it's way ... we've barely had any winter to speak of ... so the first of the Lovage is sprouting up (a sure sign of spring to me), there are blossoms on the fava beans (really early), and narcissus abound ...
Oh, my goodness! That Acacia tree is a sight to behold!
Sunkissed, I'm not sure but I think Jubilada may be right about the Kale. I really want to plant some later this year so I'll have a little more color to sustain me during the Winter. I'll have to learn a little more about it myself!
I went to the garden center yesterday and they had that Kale plant. They are really striking, first time I've even seen it in a garden center here. I didn't buy any though. In fact I left not buying a single thing...a first for me. ☺
Jubilada that Acacia tree is gorgeous!
I think winter is creeping in a bit late for everyone from what I see on the weather reports. We had a few cool days the last couple with some winds that got up to 50+. Knocked over my container tomato plant and it is in a heavy clay pot. DH made sure that won't happen again.
Well not only do I have Monarch cats, but some Gulf Frits also eating at my passiflora, never saw any last season. So glad they are back.
1. Coromandal Marsh Dart - a tiny damselfly had caught some insect and is feeding on it like we do!
2. I'd caption this one as 'Bee behinds'! Taken at the pond - they were doing something on that hyacinth plant.
3. Root system of hyacinth.
Just wonderful, everybody, such great photos. Dinu just left you a comment on the back lit photos. You do take the most interesting photos. Margaret, great shots of the water ripples, takes you right in. Jub wonderful seeing spring blooming in California, my home state...I love daffodils.
Spring is busting out in my garden, love this time of year!
Wow, Jubilada, that is a beautiful bloom on the tree. Such an unusual color.
Sunkissed, I am jealous of your tomatoes. I have the hardest time with them. Looked at a plant at the nursery today for new plants and the cost more than the harvest I would get. I know tomatoes taste 10 times better than from the store, but ... I guess the farmers market solves that.
This is not a flower, scenery or anything related to garden, but it is a bulb! This is one of the few that may have survived time, though only 10-15 years, because the famous company closed down. Mysore Lamps was the name. It was famous for quite a long time for quality lights! This is a 25 Watt bulb.
Yes, HMM. They are made, but the govt. wants to slowly shift to Compact Fluorescent Lights - energy efficient ones but initial cost high. I still have it in some places where we often go and come in a jiffy, because these bulbs can take this frequent 'off-on' thing better than CFLs. A few companies are still making bulbs.
My daughter took this picture last month and I noticed this comparison! It looked like Mother Teresa to me. Am sure you have heard of this great saint.
The second pic is of a tiny damselfly. It is so slender that we cannot notice its flight. My FZ8 has done well I must say.
1. On the way to Gamble Gardens, couldn't resist this branch painted red and stuck in a pot ... just too, too je ne sais quoi ...
2. Little saucer magnolia in Gamble Gardens
3. forsythia x intermedia, "Spring Glory Golden Bells" (that's what it said on the sign!) ...
Miss Mary lovely photos, and thanks for posting what they are. I love seeing what is growing in other areas. I have some spira but it never looks that good, and I have yet to see flowers on my rosemary bush.
Jubilada, lovely shots, the red branch in the pot actually is pretty neat. Something of interest when you don't have any flowers growing.
Dinu...you are always giving us a show with your interesting photos. ☺
Some kind of bug, not sure what, Close of a Cuban anole, Green anole, woodpecker getting her nest ready in a dead branch on our oak tree, close up of my Coral Honeysuckle vine against the bright blue sky.
1. Green Bee Eaters were seen hovering in the morning and coming back to the Neem tree to sit and relish the breakfast. I was facing the morning sun and so the birds are silhouetted.
2. Crow quenching thirst from the birdbath.
3. Tiles and hibiscus above my scooter shed.
4. I had put some wood dust [from the carpenter's shavings] into the hot water boiler. It was not burning properly and I blew with a pipe and I found some nice cinders flying! I thought it was nice to see how it looks in still. Camera in right hand, blow-pipe in left hand and blowing with the mouth into the pipe and clicking at the same time!!
5. Some random bokehs from a tree.
Hope you enjoy these random shots from my January folder. I also hope they are not repeats as I have not taken much recently. Have taken a few, but still in the camera.
Ahhha! Jubilada, you are jubilant about your memory! Well done my dear friend... to remind me of the repetition! ;)
Most recent shots now.
1. My favourite blue banded bee, again.
2 A crow was perching there and I kept the morning moon [waxing] as its halo.
3. I don't know why this rain lily is up. There's been no rain, except from my water bucket! Someone has confused it. Only one is up! April Fool's day is nearing!
Woodspirit1, that Brug is gorgeous! What a nice shot!
Dinu, you really have an eye for interesting things. I especially like the crow silhouetted by the moon in the background!
Jubilada, that Azalea's color is delightful -- I wouldn't mind having a few of those! The Lavatera is so pretty. I don't believe I've ever seen one before.
1. I have mounds of this little weed in one of my beds. Actually, I don't mind it so much. It's a pretty little wildflower and can be yanked up easily if need be.
2. Cherry Trees in bloom in Memphis
3. More Cherry Trees
I wish our schools would go to uniforms. The constant problem of kids wanted the latest fashions is difficult for those with low income and the kids are embarressed of they wear Hand-Me-Downs. It's ridiculous how much time is spent here on things that don't matter.
Hi folks. It's been a while since my last visit. Looks like we can add multiple pics to a post, much better.
Love the Cherry blossoms, Ms Mary. The season is coming on too soon. A frost could be devastating.
We don't see Lavateras up here, Jubi. Cool flower.
Mr Dinu, old friend. I hope all is well. I like the old man with firewood shot. Very telling.
I have a new toy. My sister was a bicyclist all her life, even with only one leg. She knew her bikes and when she passed away last fall I got her bike. It's a hand made 24 speed hybrid street bike. Think Ferrari, lol.
The real reason I'm here is to mention the web site this thread inspired is now 5 years old. I started this one here then a year later launched http://DailyPics.ning.com . I really neglected it this past year as my interests changed but I've got ideas to spark more activity.
Good to see you, Andy! That's definitely a cool bike and I know it is a treasure to you. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like your sister was a real trooper and I'm betting she was an inspiration to those who knew her.
Thanks for sharing the link to your site. I enjoyed the idea of "rolling through the alphabet." Looks like folks have been having fun with that!
Ya ya, HelloMM, I wanted to say to AndyP what you said. You had said it already when I saw after reading his post! Andy's late sister must have been a really strong willed person and an inspiration to many.
~AndyP, Nice to see you around again. We have to move on! Nice bike! Wonder if that chair has to be carried along to park the bike wherever you go! LOL. Lots of water has flown under the bridge, Andy, during your 'time away from here'. In fact, I must say 'lots of pictures have filled the threads'! We can upload 5 in one post now.
Dinu, these fancy bikes have no stand. I tried to add one but it would not fit on the bike frame. I need a special valve to inflate the skinny tires, they also have a reflective sidewall. The seat shaft has a shock absorber like the front fork for a smoother ride. Every part has been upgraded to top of the line.
My last bike was an Italian 10 speed. It was nice, fast and light but nothing compared to this Devinci. I'm an old guy now, retired with long graying hair. Some young girls in a passing car yelled "Go pops" as they went passed. I'm up to doing 6 miles per day so far. That may increase to 20 + by seasons end. I love this bike.
Sorry but I'm not snapping many pics any more. As I said, my interests have changed. In large part because of the open heart surgery 21 months ago. We all go through life altering times in our life, the surgery was one.
I may as well add a pic or two. This is a tiny American Copper butterfly from last fall.
Andy, that's lovely. Though I don't recall ever having seen a photo of you, I now have a picture in my mind, thanks to the pen portrait you furnished above.
I know your health issues must have been quite a struggle and I'm glad to hear you are now on the other side of that and doing well. Enjoy your bike, Andy, and try not to let the young girls know how youthful you really are under that "old guy" fašade...! They'll get there, too, one day, and find out for themselves!
Andy, I never knew about all that had been to you and your health. But I'm glad you told me [us] now and here and fit enough to ride the bike and also getting 'noticed'!! We have to move on with whatever health issues that may befall on us as the body ages. The mind must stay as far as possible calm and in a position to accept reality, without comparing with others' health. The buttterfly shots are lovely. You will be fitter in the coming weeks and months. Priorities also change as time passes by.
Andy, you butterfly pictures are eye catching.
Miss Mary, you are able to grow all the things I wish I could, Dogwoods and Peonies.
Dinu, I love your eye for photography. Especially the insects - I have never seen a blue banded bee before and the purple flower backdrop is perfect.
Jubilada, I also like the red painted stick. I may have to try that in my garden, especially since I love the structures of trees and have a hard time throwing out the branches when I trim them.
Here are a few of mine.
The first one is a Blue Hibiscus and the flowers dry really pretty.
The purple Bouganvillea in my front planter seems to like it there.
The last is my favorite section of my garden in the spring.
Andy, nice to "see" you again ... glad to hear you're mending well and have taken up bicycling (very good for you) ... getting older and health problems are, sadly, the dues we pay for being alive ... it all balances out in the end, I'm sure ... Lovely butterflies!
Miss Mary, as usual, your flower pics are lovely ... that dogwood is absolutely stunning!
Valsflowers, your pictures are likewise lovely, and that garden shot! Wow, great light, and what a beautiful garden it is!
Went to SF yesterday to do a tour of Coit Tower and the its murals. Very interesting, very informative ... it was a gorgeous day, after a somewhat cloudy beginning the sun came out in great force ... marvelous first day of Spring!
On the way to Coit tower, Sts. Peter and Paul Church at Washington Square in North Beach.
Coit Tower from the back
Coit Tower and the flag
One view from Coit Tower ... the street on the right of the picture is Lombard, the top part known as the "crookedest street in the world"
And, Sts. Peter and Paul Church later on around noon ... no clouds in sight and people really enjoying the sunshine ... (cropped)
Some of the murals inside Coit Tower ... all done in the 30s as part of a WPA program instigated by then Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (bless her heart) ...
Here are partial pictures of some of the murals:
California (artist Maxine Albro)
More of California
City Life (artist Victor Arnautoff)
Stockbroker (artist Mallette Dean)
Life at Home (artist Jane Berlandia) ... the only murals done in egg tempra on paper (the rest are frescoes)
Jubilada, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the San Francisco photos. The view of the streets with Lombard over on the right side brings back some fond memories. Excellent shots of the murals. They are so beautiful and detailed. What a treasure.
1. When I lifted a paver stone slab - I'm reshaping my garden, finally - I saw this nest of this variety black ant.
2. They soon shifted those white eggs and little larvae into safer places - see them going through the tunnel.
3. Very soon, all of them had been shifted.
4. Dendrobium orchid.
5. My garden yard being reshaped again.
Dinu, thanks for the interesting and fascinating ant saga pictorial ... aren't they just the busiest and hardest working little creatures ... the soil in your garden looks interesting, too ... what gives it that reddish cast?
It was a gorgeous spring day out at my community garden plot ... everything is very lush (despite the dearth of rain this season) ... the weather people tell us there's a cold front from Alaska coming down for the weekend, so maybe we'll get some rain then ... in the meantime, some of what I saw this a.m. out there ...
Narcissus and tulips ...
A yellow tulip
And a mighty fine head of cabbage, just waiting to be slaw!
Wow, Dinu, those ants really are community-minded! Nature is incredible, isn't it? You'll have to take more pictures of your garden as the work progresses. I'd love to watch it coming along!
Jubilada, those flowers just seem to say, "Happy...happy...happy!" That cabbage really is a good-looker!
1. Quince blossoms in the shade
2. A Petunia from last year that wintered over -- something that doesn't happen around here!
3. My Dogwood sapling putting out its first bloom. Note the little spider inside!
4. Beetle on a Crape Myrtle leaf in the afternoon sun
I was sitting beside the pond this morning and watching the spider. It was on the tip of a water lettuce leaf and trying to grab its breakfast. You know what? There were some bees trying to sip some water and they were hovering over this spider. The bees were 2-3 times bigger than the spider! It was making unsuccessful attempts as the bees were too quick.
1. That spider
2. My favourite BB Bee again!
3. I don't know how many times I have shot this water lily.
Hi Andy, I've not met you before...sorry about your sister...I'm sure she was a wonderful person. I don't know much about bikes, but do ride my Townie 18 miles once a week on a bike trail near here. It is wonderful exercise for the golden years. My mom is 75 and rides ten miles on her bike. I bookmarked your photo site and will check it out when I have more time.
Lovely shots everyone...so many to catch up on. Now that there is five I wish you could just hit the "next" button instead of going back and clicking each photo. Dinu spiders really creep me out..but I have to admit that is one really neat shot. Jubilada and Missmary I just love all your garden shots...so nice to see what is in everyone's garden...i think that is why I love DG so much. And Jubilada as always your SF shots intrigue me...you take me on a field trip with each line of photos.
Valsflowers, what a nice garden you have...love all the red stone.
I've been working so hard in the garden and doing lots of fun spring things. Some of my spring garden critters...
1. A black kite about to perch. Early morning shot. Sun was rising slightly to the right of the framed area.
2. It is leaving with a twig to build its nest. There will be storms next month and they work in strengthening their nests to withstand them.
3. Slightly later, I found a Myna on that same tree. Using Canon 550d with a 250mm lens.
4. I was on the top floor of the new house where these crows come in search for water and twigs. You can see sunrise in its eye!
5. Ian Thorpe diving! To be serious, this is a Rock Pigeon.
1. This one is blinking as my camera was also blinking - hence that funny eye!
2. They love to settle and discuss the day's plans on that ad hoarding frame. Early morning shot.
3. After a few seconds, only the manager was left behind.
One of Palo Alto's Century Oak Trees was slated for demolition today ... it had been deemed diseased by the City arborist, and because it was between a busy thoroughfare and an elementary school, in the interest of public safety it was condemned ... I took some pictures of it yesterday, some quite plain and straightforward, some dramatic, one with a crow in its branches ... today, while I thought the rain might have delayed the destruction, I was surely mistaken ... a little rain will not stop the wheels of progress ... and there it was, a shadow of its former self ... soon only to be a memory ... it was figured the tree was between 200 and 300 years old ...
It's good you have e-captured the lovely views of that oldie. Great shape. Good pictures. BTW, what language does the crow speak? Crows here speak Kannada. Notice that it rhymes with your s/name! I feel they have done the right thing seeing the heavy branch leaning precariously. It may be strong, but you never know nature's fury. I had to get up from the ground after seeing the lovely blue bells [me a blue lover!]. I fell from the chair, stunned.
What Crocuses there! How lucky you are to see them with your naked eye also! Simply beautiful!
Here is the Daniad Eggfly that took time to stop over and even remained patient to pose for a few shots. It also 'drank' some water sitting on a water lettuce leaf at the pond.
Some pictures to share from my today's leisure - took the camera after lunch and shot a few as the sun was warm and bright.
2. Hyacinth on the pond
3. Dendtobium - this is the red variety
4. Took this pic lying on my bed - after my afternoon siesta [today was a holiday]. Sunlight entering my sleeping area via the window net as well as the mosquito net of the bed. Had taken the camera there to preview shots and then had slept.
5. Hibiscus - I want this to be a lot sharper - may be I've to go 'macro'.
oh rats, Jubilada. Around where I live, no one guessed it but you got it immediatly. I always peel tangerines like this and when I saw this lying on my desk, I thought it looked bit like a blosssom so I wanted to fool you all. Fail.
Woodspirit1, you didn't fail. I think I will try to do this the next time I eat a tangerine. Although I laugh because I see flowers everywhere already.
Dinu, my pet tortoise (Me Whiskers) says you hibiscus looks yummy. It is his favorite food, but has a second favorite now in the petunias (red of course).
Valsflowers, Me Whiskers does not know he has a lovely pattern of the shell! Have you told him? I love petunias as they bloom long. Unfortunately, the nurseries usually don't keep them. I don't know why.
1. Robberfly visited my yard today.
2. I wanted to freeze its wings - there is some progress methinks - 1/640 s, but still way to go on this blue banded bee,
3. Tried this today also, but did not reach my expectation. May be the breeze also is playing spoilsport.
4. My DW wants these dry red chilies to further dry in the hot sun [summer here] so that they are crisp for grinding into powder.
5. Pens are mine, the holder is probably a heirloom that my grandfather used on his desk. Am using this pic in my blogpost about pens.
See, adding 5 pics in a post inspires us! Doesn't it?
Mr Whiskers is a desert tortoise native to Southwest US and Northern Mexico. My boss has a several and this is one of the babies. They can live 100 years and he is very friendly. :-) This was his first year outside 24/7. Dinu, I will let him know you like his pattern.
MissMary, love the native Azaleas, what striking flowers!
Jubilada I hate to see old trees come down, can be a sad thing. I understand the reasoning behind most, but many are lost to progress around here. Love the little snail close up also.
Dinu love the afternoon siesta shot of the window, I love siestas in my hammock this time of year. Your close ups are so great.
Val, we had a pet turtle when we lived in Calif. However it started eating my Dad's roses so he made me give it away. I actually love turtles, my grandson just counted how many I had around the house and garden this weekend...you don't want to know.
Woodspirit, took me as second, but I guessed it, but then I just had a tangerine this morning.
1. Close up of Lobelia
2. White Gaura "Whirling Butterflies"
3. "Mystic Spires" Salvia
My Lobelia is actually a deeper purple, I don't know why my camera can never pick up the exact coloring of it. The white Gaura is new for me this season, I have pink and it comes back about three seasons before it retires. I hope the white does the same. They are great in pots with other plants and stand out across the garden with the tall spikes. Of course butterflies love them.
1. A Black Kite was sitting on this tree branch some 50 feet away. I wanted to click a shot as it takes off, but it tested my strength and patience. When I lost, it flew! So I have to wait for another opportunity! It sat so long there, looking here and there and even the other birds fly above it!
2. Just before sunrise this morning, the eastern sky as seen from our house balcony was like this! Pink clouds.
3. The lady has just bought some coriander leaves [just guessing] from this man who comes on the bicycle to sell some variety of greens. Coriander leaves are commonly used for flavouring our daily food.
This picture was taken on a hike. The plant is a parasite called Squaw root or sometimes bear corn.
It grows on the roots of oak and beech trees. It does make seeds so I hope to collect some. They are so exotic and fairly rare this far south so it would be great to have them.
Lovely pink clouds, Dinu, and that's some bird, alright! Nice shot!
Woodspirit, that Squaw root is absolutely fascinating! Do they need to grow on oak or beech trees, and if they're parasites, are they harmful to the trees?
Here's a prize I found in my garden this noon ... a cluster of baby spiders on the tip of a poppy leaf! The cluster itself (when undisturbed) is only about 3/8 of an inch across. I believe they are Pumpkin Spiders (Araneus diadematus), a common garden spider in this area. They are "cross orbweavers" and come September and October my garden will be full of them, their wonderful webs everywhere!
I don't think the Squaw Root damages the trees. Obviously it gets something from the tree but apparently nothing that harms it. I think and beech are just its favorite trees.
Jubalada, I love the baby spiders. There is field, not far from my home, that has lots of orb spiders with their beautiful webs. What a show when I come down off the mountain in the morning and they have dew on them and sparkle in the early sun.
1. The sun was setting. This cloud could still see the sun from above there!
2. The men inside the dolls were feeling the heat of the hot summer sun yesterday afternoon. It was during a local procession.
3. Sunset at Mysore's lake today.
4. Barbed wire for sale at the market - hardware store.
1. Pacific Stock Exchange Tower (the Pacific Stock Exchange is no longer there ... rather a health/exercise club!)
2. Ceiling and light fixtures in the Tower Lobby
3. Roman Columns of an old bank building (not Art Deco)
4. Russ Building light fixtures in lobby
5. Russ Building elevators
astounding buildings. I love architecture and this may have been the last really interesting period in the U.S. I really hated to see beautiful historic buildings torn down to make way for straight, boring, high-rises with all glass and no detailing at all. thank you for posting these.
1. We had work for this locksmith today. He made keys to 4 old locks in 10-15 minutes. They can open any lock, but they use their skill for their livelihood. I have a hundred keys that have survived locks! It is the opposite! 4 old locks whose keys were lost were done.
2. Vintage street name tablets of stone embedded on house compound/walls. Many have survived mindless destruction for renovation, some have saved them, diligently, this is original, about 50-60 yrs old.
3. I passed by this parked truck laden with PVC pipes.
4. Old lady with walker on a lonely [unusually] street close to our house. How I wish our street was like this! Peaceful at 2pm.
5. Musical Instruments shop - they also repair and manufacture.
[Had to redo this because there was some glitch in the website I guess... a few minutes ago.]
Nice shots, Dinu. I was driving behind a truck which was laden with all different coloured PVC pipes a few years back. I thought it would make a brilliant shot, but you can guess where my camera was, can't you? I've often thought about that missed opportunity and seeing your photo makes me want to kick myself even harder.
Thanks MargarettK. No need to kick yourself and all. [Someone else should... hard and harder!! LOL]
We must be wise enough to accept only what comes our way [esp. for photo opportunities]. There will be many that pass by without being 'frozen on frame'. It happens to everyone. :) There are always better opportunities sometime! I've been also lazy to take out the camera from the pocket sometimes and let the chance go by! Sometimes in the excitement of taking the photo, I have also missed actual viewing with the eye! Does it happen to you too?
1. A young bandicoot I 'unearthed' while digging! Wonder how the mother had come there.
3. Heavy rain last evening. Cloud canopy and amazing lighting.
4. Raindrops were still there on this lemon grass leaf this morning.
5. The fly was on my pajama and see where the autofocus has taken me!
Domehomedee, you have a wonderful little garden, and those poppy shots are lovely!
Dinu, you continue to astound and amaze with your incredible shots! That poor little bandicoot! And, oh, what wonderful waterdrops on the lemon grass leaf! And, have not commented on that very interesting shot of PCV pipes from April 24 ... great!
Here's some of what's blooming in my California garden this April ...
"Cupani" sweet peas and Calendula
And more Calendula with a sleeping bee ...
I had to look up bandicoot. What a sweet little baby.
Jubilada, I love the lupine. My foxgloves are starting to bloom too, can't beat foxgloves, the deer and the gophers don't touch them.
My cosmos starting blooming today, they are still really short though. I also have an epi cactus with about 50 red blooms on it.
I'm going to Los Angeles this weekend to the Huntington Gardens plant sale, I'll catch up with you guys later.
Croaking male toad in my pond this morning. They do this while the female lays eggs and even go and cling to it on the back. - #1
Juvenile dragonfly [Chalky Percher] just emerged and sitting on my hand. All eyes! #2
This huge spider helped me by catching this cockroach which might have been trying to sneak into my bedroom - on the window mesh. #3
Rain lilies are up and the little tiny bees love their pollen. #4
Proof that it rained here 2-3 evenings ago. Streetlight seen from my room window. Last one.
You know what?
I had put up a set like this last night and somehow it did not get uploaded. May be due to connectivity glitch - few minutes. Have to do it all over again today! Also I was feeling sleepy at that time. So did not try again.
Thanks Jubi. [hope you wont mind the short form!]
I want to make a fence like that from the old reapers now waiting to be worked with. But where is my question! Have to work it out in my new garden reshape plans. Nice idea of the fruit arrangement. I'd have arranged guavas or mangoes here!
No postings since I posted the above two sets. I'm back here to post a few more. Looking for reactions!
1. A snail floating on the surface of the water in my pond. Some tiny tadpoles also can be seen.
2. Spelling bloopers are common here and some are funny too, may not be like here. They have got 'theatre' right!
3. Common scene long ago, but not as much nowadays. I did it too to my little d/s.
4. Zephyr rain lilies are up after the rains were down!
5. The pond viewed from my room window. A football lily is up on show. Others are emerging in the ground near it.
As usual, Dinu, very interesting bunch of photographs! Those clear glass incandescent bulbs are basically a thing of the past, at least in this country ... and the frosty kind will soon be "illegal," I understand. I'm stocking up on them!
Here's what's blooming in my garden this morning ...
1. The first heirloom poppy (this one a "peony" type)!
2. The first nigella ("love in a mist" or "Persian Jewels")
3. The first Shirley poppy!
And, out at the Duck Pond at the Baylands last night, to "shoot the moon," caught a bit of the sun getting ready to set, some cold ducks (boy it was windy and frigid), the Sea Scouts House (Birge Clark architect, built in 1937), and a fountain on the duck pond ...
The Echium I got the seed for is called "pink fountain", it's rare, and I have half a seed tray full, so with any luck I'll get a few plants!
It looks like one good bloom and I'll have seeds for everyone!
But I know who I'm going to be begging seeds from - that poppy is gorgeous.
It was really windy here today, my gunnera didn't like it at all.
My oh my have you all been busy, it took me twenty minutes to look through all these wonderful photos.
woodspirit the bear cone is a really unique looking plant.
Dinu your close up shots are just so amazing, and only you would take a close up a barbed wire. :) I just love the puffed up toad. All your lilies look great.
Jubi the nest of spiders is a really cool find. And as always I'm so amazed at the San Francisco architecture, you just don't see detail like that. I'd sure love to take a walking tour around there one day. That Echium plant you photographed is absolutely a striking! Your roses are lovely, I remember my Dad grew the most amazing roses when we lived in Calif. He tries here in FL but it is tough with high humidity and rain.
Domehomedee love the foxglove, I see them once in awhile in our nurseries, but they don't do well in our heat and only an annual here.
Some of my latest garden shots:
1. Hawk that perched above me in my garden while I was taking a break from my work last week. 2. orange sulphur chrysalis 3. Bee on Mexican Flame Vine 4. succulent garden I made out of an old fire pit. 5. close up of magenta red Gerber daisy --Dinu would have a close shot of those tiny ants on the flower that my Nikon cool-pix barely picks up ;-)
sunkissed - Great shots! I particularly like the bee. The hawk just serves to remind me of what wonderful wildlife I have in my own yard and how I should keep a camera ready. We had two juvenile deer munching through the backyard just this morning. And the California Quail are . . . well Alfred Hitchcock would have appreciated the numbers!
1. I felt so bad for a long while after this. Foolishly, I tried to tilt the nest of the Tailor Bird which was within my hand range. I did that because it was almost horizontal. Tried to see if any activity was there. This rolled out and fell. I'm so sorry. I actually paid a 2-minute silence, begging excuse from its parents. I'll never be curious again, to do such a thing. My curiosity killed a little bird. [Curiosity kills the cat proverb].
2. I had a small contusion on the first toe. It had blackened. Happened 10 days ago. Today I opened it near my pond. A drop of 'bad blood' fell on my garden slipper. Within a few seconds these tiny black ants got there! Yes, in just a few seconds. I hope you observe the red in their tummy, already!
3. This was how small the drop of blood and the ants were. Have shown my Size 10 chappal for scale.
4. Fiddlewood tree is in bloom, after the rains. These tiny flowers emanate a pleasing smell at night. Thousands of them fall on the ground in the morning and make a white carpet.
Dinu - your pictures are so awesome. Poor little birdie. I went to water some lillies in an old metal tub today and a California quail came running out.
She has nine little eggs in a nest in the lily pot! I'll try to get a picture of them. They nested close to the same spot last year in a large scented geranium.
Jubilada - The poppies are magnific.
Domehomedee, you are so lucky to still have those California quail ... 15 years ago there were at least 5 families in the community gardens where I have my plots ... I was always thrilled to see the little families running through and eating all the tender greens in the springtime, with the daddy quail at the helm ... sadly, crows came in and over the years the quail population has decreased to zero ... oh, I do suspect a few two-legged villains as well ... y'know, poaching ... I will look forward to your pictures!
Forgot to get a pic of the quail eggs but I did get one shot I've been waiting for.
I have salsify in my garden and I wanted to take a picture before killing it, it's an invasive and needs removal.
this seed head is over 4" across.
2. Foxglove close-up
3. Snail in a mini-planter
*I have a fondness for snails-they are just so alien.
1. A potter wasp's abandoned nest. It's job was over.
2. A squirrel was collecting material from this discarded straw mat for its bed/nest. When it rained a bit this evening, I found the pipe clogged. When I examined, a huge lot of these fibres were there. Had to remove it.
3. Bed of Fiddlewood Tree flowers. I shared a close-up of the flowers up here in this thread. This bed is a bit dry as I took this picture in the afternoon. In the morning, it looks whiter.
4. I hang a lab thermometer in my room. Today's temperature - afternoon.
5. Mother's work of art - Rangoli pattern in front of our front door. It is done on the floor. Rangoli is an artform using white powder from a soft rock.
Domehomedee, that salsify puff shot is great! I'm sorry to hear it's an invasive weed, as I find it rather attractive, and was going to plant some in my yard! Ditto the foxglove shot, and the snail, too ... I too have a fondness for snails (sort of) ...
Dinu, I'm assuming that thermometer reading is Fahrenheit!
Regarding my plant support (the one with the purple poppy?), I don't know who makes it, it was purchased at a nursery quite a few years ago. It's a circular tomato cage, and except for one other one, my tomato cages are square.
I love the squirrel, wild life shots are always my favorites.
The snail in the bottle is really nice, the reflection and all, too bad his head is in, I love their little faces.
Well, I got a couple of shots of the quail nest.
I'm working on my husband to get back into photography, my little point and shoot is pretty pitiful next to the great shots you two get.
Jubilada, that is a Poppy Extraordinaire! Such pretty roses, Nigella and Echium, too. The snail in a bottle is some shot! I like it when you go on walks...you come up with lots of interesting things.
Domehomedee, I've never seen Quail eggs. About how big are they? Those are really good shots, by the way.
Dinu, what a cute little squirrel. You bring so many interesting things to this thread!
Here in my yard today...
1. Felicia Daisies
2. My Blushing Bride Hydrangea is off to a better start than it was this time last year.
3. Critters on my Coreopsis
4. Rex, my neighbor's dog, is a big sweetie.
5. Wish I knew what kind of Hydrangea this is. Someone gave it to me.
The quail eggs are almost an inch long.
They are in a metal wash tub with ditch lillies in it.
I love Felicia and your hydrangeas are beautiful, hydrangeas don't do well in my yard, probably the dry weather.
1. Zebra Aloe blooms
2. First of the Cosmos
3. Itty Bitty black Pansies
Domehomedee, thanks for the shots of the quail nest and eggs ... I'm looking forward to seeing shots of the babies! Quail are just the cutest little birds! Your cosmos and aloe are lovely, and could those little bitty pansies actually be violas or violets?
Nice shots Miss Mary ... your hydrangea are lovely. I've got some just like the second picture, and don't know what they're called, either. Shame on me for bad record keeping! Interesting critters on the coreopsis, and Rex really is a sweetie!
Domehomedee what you said about keeping your camera there in your back yard is so true. When the hawk first landed I didn't have my camera and a curious squirrel came down and checked it out, they were looking right at each other face to face...it would have been a great photo. By the time I got my camera the squirrel had left. Great photos by the way...hope to see you around more often.
Dinu! I can handle the blood thirsty ants...but the smashed egg..so sad. :(
Jub...love the snail shot, that is really great!
Miss Mary as always your flower photos are amazing...I love the Black Knight Sweet Scabiosa, really deep red. The aloe blooms are wonderful...mine are just now sending up some blooms stalks...but not near as full as yours are.
Caught a male anole about to mate with a female...check out the dirty look he is giving me.
This is about as close up as I've ever been able to photo a dark tiger swallowtail...they move around so much.
Finally able to catch a water droplet after a rain shower.
My first Canna lily bloom of the season after a rain shower
Sunkissed, what a wonderful bunch of photos! I think both of those anoles are giving you a dirty look. That dark tiger swallowtail is simply exquisite ... and that water drop! Wow! Splendid! Sparkling!
1. Some ant this and huge! Wonder what it is.
2. A jumping spider has a fly caught and paralyzed. It is on our car bonnet.
3. A honey bee is already at work. Don't ask why I say 'already'!
4. This Calotes is surveying my front yard.
5. Melody told that what I saw last evening was a 'sun dog'. It was spectacular to the naked eye too. It lasted nearly 10 minutes. The colours shifted to the side of the cloud mass for a while.
Jub that Epiphyllum is really pretty, I had one once but it only lasted through two seasons and suddenly died on me.
Dinu that is a huge ant, I would not let one crawl on me, I have some in my yard that leave three day welts on me. That last photo of the rainbow is really amazing...I've never seen anything like that...what a site to behold.
Catz, love the close up of your sunflowers...they are just a magnificent flower to watch open.
Thanks for the compliments on my photos, sometimes my little Nikon Coolpix surprises me, other times I feel like throwing it in the lake. :)
Which Coolpix do you have, sunkissed? And what makes you want to throw it in the lake? I ask because I, too, have a Coolpix. As I have no nearby lake, I'm sometimes tempted to throw it against whatever I'm near. Just wondering if we have any common problems.
Catzgalore, those are exceptional shots of the emerging Sunflowers! I just love seeing the "inside story" like that and you've presented it so well!
Dinu, I've only recently heard of "sun dogs" and would love to see one. What a beautiful shot. I can only imagine what it was like to behold it in person...!
Jubilada, your neighbor has a good neighbor in you...one who will admire and take pictures of a beautiful flower like that but not sneak over in the night and dig it up! ☺
Stunning sundog catch, Dinu ... wow! Love that Great Tit, too, very cute!
Catzgalore, very nice collection of pictures! Love the sunflower buds!
Sunkissed, my neighbors have had that Epiphyllum for 12 years, and it was bequeathed to them by a neighbor who has passed on ... so no telling how old it really is! My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix 995 and I loved it ... sadly it got old, and the way it is with most products these days you don't repair things, you buy a new one ... because in the long run it's cheaper!
1, 2, 3 -- My poppies are blooming and they're full of bees (photos cropped square)
4 -- Moulin Rouge Sunflower bud
5 -- Artichoke and Roses
Jubilada, #3, very nice. How do you get so sharp images?
1. Tiny almond flowers had fallen on my pond water. Sun was at its pinnacle. Lo, this shot!
2. This fly does not know the name of the flower it is sitting. It is Hemerocallis fulva... and I don't know the name of the fly!
3. Honeybee at work on Fiddlewood tree flowers.
4. Ocimum flower spike.
5. Vinca roseas in profusion after the rains.
Jubilada - Love the bees on the poppies.
Dinu - The flowers in the water are great.
1. New mini-succulent, don't know what it's called but it's really tiny. Tried the super close-up mode on my camera.
2. The whole plant, about 5 inches across.
3. Creeping Gloxinia.
4. Epi flower.
This little birdie accidentally smacked into a living room window and stunned itself a wee bit (fortunately it flew off just fine in a few seconds). I think it's a waxwing? They, along with the squirrels, are going after the blossoms on our pineapple guavas.
Miss Mary my Coolpix is the 4800, which I've had since 2005. It can be wonderful but sometimes gets confused when trying to take close ups. I don't like the time it takes to process each shot either. But I do have to say that this little camera can take a beaten and keep on going...it has been hiking, biking, kayaking, beach days, camping, and subject to every kind of temperature from way below freezing to super hot and still takes great shots. I'll hang on to it till it dies...so sorry not really going to throw it away. But once the kids college done...and they move out...fingers crossed...I'm getting a new camera.
Dinu, that would be so neat if your sun dog gets in the news. You seem to have many plants the same as we do here.
Jub, love the bee shots, but boy is that close up of the sunflower bud fantastic...and the bird shot...Perfect..cute bird.
Dome, not sure what the succulent is but that is a great close up, put it in the ID forum and someone will know, you have a good shot of it.
Mary great shot of the beetle on the salvia, those are the kind of shots my camera gets real confused about and more so lately than it used to. Really great shot of the garlic flowering..I see an ant too. :)
1. Rain lily
2. Portulaca flowers
3. Crimson passiflora
4. African daisy fully open
5. African daisy just emerging
sunkissed, the last two daisies are lovely - flowers as well as pictures! Florida and Mysore have very similar plants. I observed this when I saw member 'Floridian' 's photos, many years ago and that is when I learnt about this climatic zones!
Nothing much to show from here. Just a pic I had taken some two weeks ago, standing near our compound wall. A man was taking his child on his bicycle.
Dinu sort of refreshing to see a child on a bike like that...that is how my Pop would carry me when I was little. Now a days here in FL...a cop will pull you over and write you a citation for no helmet on the child and no bike seat for the child.
I'm glad you like my daisies, coming from you a great compliment since you have such a wonderful eye for photography...that last one even surprised me when I downloaded it. I do love all Floridian 's photos and miss her, she really did have a talent for great photography.
Jub, I do love my passifloras, they are just now making a comback from the winter, but the red Crimson is my favorite of all. Your kitties in the window are cute, looks like my mom and dad's old cat, "Rambo", she...yes they thought a boy at first, lived for 17 years. I really like the second poppy photo, oh how I remember poppies when I lived in CA, and you caught a bee! The cardoon and carrot photos show how buds can be just as fascinating as the blooms...great shots.
You know it could be. I have a pretty bad attitude about roses. That's because I have deer and gophers, and after years of fighting them to keep my roses I finally just gave up on having any. I had moved this into a planter with a japanese kerria rose in an area that the deer don't seem to go. I really didn't expect to see it again but I'm glad to see it back. My grandfather was a businessman and a rose gardener, if there is a gene all gardeners share I got mine from him!
Sorry about the fuzzy iris. I think I deleted the wrong picture.
Hey everybody!! I'm back, for a year at least. ;~) Finally got the funds to pay my subscription again.
sunkissed wrote: [b]Some kind of bug, not sure what[/b], Close of a Cuban anole, Green anole, woodpecker getting her nest ready in a dead branch on our oak tree, close up of my Coral Honeysuckle vine against the bright blue sky.
Quite a lovely set towards the end of this series, DWMike. Beautiful. Nice to see you! Also BeaHive.
Shall we go over to Daily Pics # 144? I take this opportunity now, with your permission [hope you all wont mind me starting it], because this is the post #196 and it has gotten long, of course, filled with fantastic shots. It's been fun, so far. And it SHALL continue!