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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 28, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9141695

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1243309/
We continue from there.

Amazing it is now already 144. Hundreds of lovely pictures shared all the way through. Very enjoyable, worthwhile and a learning experience, as always. Agree?

I'm delighted to start this with a little Lynx Spider protecting its egg case.
It came and crawled on to my finger as I tried to hold the little branch, trying to see if there is any danger. When I moved the finger, in a flash, it was on the case... it had connected a silk from there to swing there! You can see the silk.

The first shot was taken from the Canon 550d, the second from my Lumix FZ8 on macro setting.

Dinu

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9141752

Wonderful shots!



1. Wood Sorrel or Oxalis
2. Flowering Almond

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 28, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9141769

Almond is heavenly!
My oxalis deppeii also is in bloom.
Jasmines finished blooming.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 28, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #9141887

Beautiful, just beautiful! Mike, the Sorrel is so lovely. Dinu, splendid shots and wonderful photography on the spider, but I must admit I'm a little "creeped out" by them. Jubilada will love them.

Thank you for starting a new thread for us, Dinu. I agree, there's no end to the new things I learn here!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9142323

Dinu, thanks so much for starting the new thread! And, I love those spider shots! Wow! Also think that oxalis deppeii shot is fabulous!

DW Mike, glad to "see" you again, and your pictures are just breathtaking!

BeaHive, glad to see you back, too, and, as usual, your great photographs!

Here are some from my community garden plot today ...

Snail on cardoon leaf
Shirley Poppy 1
Shirley Poppy 2
Lauren's Grape Poppy with Bee ...

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9142409

Thanks Jubilada. Love the poppies! They are fantastic. Still waiting on a bunch to bloom up here. Come on sunshine!!
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9142779

Thanks all!! ...Love that "Lauren's Grape Poppy with Bee"



1 Zinnia
2 Male and female crab spider waiting for breakfast.
3 Sweat bee on a sunflower
4 "Joseph's Coat" Rose
5 "Joseph's Coat" Rose

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 29, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9143426

Your Joseph's Coat Rose is quite a sight to behold, DWMike!

1. Sedum (I don't remember what variety it is)
2. Elderberry blossoms
3. Elephant Garlic blossom
4. Magnolia blossom
5. Magnolia cones

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 29, 2012
9:56 PM

Post #9144274

Grape poppy - nice! Not to mention the bee inside it!
Magnolia cone - the colours in it is beautiful - sharp picture too! Liked it.

~Two hibiscus flowers dangled like this 3 days ago.
~The 'Guardener' taking a break!
~Can you believe that the 210-220 tiles were arranged by that gardener, solo and from underneath? My new shed.
~Potter Wasp nest. Found it on a bottle cap kept on a shelf. Neat work that!
~My favourite Clitoria Double Blue.

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 30, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9145453

You all post some wonderful shots!! And thanks for the kind words. Here's a few more from my files, hope y'all enjoy them.

1 This little damsel came to visit my garden the other day. She's on my index finger.
2 Eastern Pondhawk
3 Ailanthus webworm moth - Atteva-aurea
4 Ladybird

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 30, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9145530

I love seeing all these great and so colorful pictures.

Edith Wolford, Autum Circus ,Stellar lights and Fatal attraction were my four favorite blooms of the day.

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Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9149700

The fish ladder on the Town river, West Bridgewater, MA at the hight of tree pollen season.
A high iron content tints the water. This iron settled into bog iron deposits used in Colonial days for tools & pots. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_iron
This sight is part of an early land purchase by the Pilgrims from the Massasoit Indians in 1649.
Andy P

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 2, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9149772

Andy, that's incredible! Beautiful place and fascinating history.

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 2, 2012
8:46 PM

Post #9149799

Andy - beautiful place, thanks for sharing. Makes me want to get in the car and go exploring.
I've been cleaning up my flower garden today . . . these are two little friends I made.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9153564

Great photos, all ... DWMike, love those crab spiders! Miss Mary, gorgeous Magnolias up close! Dinu, great dangling Hibiscus! Beahive, wonderful Irises! Andy, interesting shot of the pollen on the water! Domehomedee, darling frog, and elegant snail!

From my garden this morning:

My "small" cardoon plant in its little pot in the front yard
Shelf Fungi on an old oak log
"Pink Lace" Monarda
Baby KatyDids posing on an apricot "Profusion" zinnia
Leonotis Leonoris

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9155659

My First Sunflowers this season:
Moulin Rouge #1
Moulin Rouge #2

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9155925

I'm jealous you have sunflowers. I'm glad I planted Moulin Rouge though, can't wait for it to bloom!
#1 - New leaf sculpture
#2 - Epi bloom
#3 - Foxtail lily bloom

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 7, 2012
10:07 PM

Post #9156578

What a treat, Jubilada! I remember seeing those Moulin Rouge Sunflowers last year at Dixon Gardens. They were gorgeous.
Domehomedee, your sculpture is very nice. Did you make it? That Foxtail Lily is spectacular!

1. The blurred reflection you see in this bee's eye is me with my camera / tripod.
2. Here's another one, on my Sedum.
3. Dragonfly
4. Balloon Flower, close-up and personal
5. Pyracantha espalier

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2012
8:34 AM

Post #9156926

Mary, what wonderful bee shots!
Yes, I did make the sculpture, it is about 2' x 3' and I think I may make a couple more. It would be great to have three of these in one area . . . it would give you the feeling of being small in a garden of giant leaf litter! I made it for the California quail to drink out of, we have sooo many new baby quail in our yard. Well, I can't seed anything directly in the ground or it becomes quail food!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9157543

Domehomedee, that Foxtail Lilly is fabulous! I'm still waiting for some pictures of those little quail ... I really miss them here in our gardens. They haven't been around for years ... and yes, they really do a number on the greens!

Miss Mary, those are some bee shots, all right! And, that Pyracantha espalier is very interesting.

Here are some shots from my garden ...

Leonotis seed head
Chinese Rue blossom
Fortnight Day Lilies in the evening
Busy Bees in an heirloom poppy

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 8, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9157655

My youngest flower found the perfect wedding dress today. She cried when the veil was placed on her head. Sweet moments!

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9157665

BeaHive, that is some picture ... a real treasure!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 9, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9158136

BeaHive, Very nice. The photographer is also not missed in that shot!

Jubi, Very sharp pictures again. All others above are lovely.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 9, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9158137

BeaHive, Very nice. The photographer is also not missed in that shot!

Jubi, Very sharp pictures again. All others above are lovely.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9159141

Wow go on vacation and look what happens, so much to catch up on. I had to look at everything twice...great shots everyone!

DWMike, thank you for the ID on my bug (Leaf-Rolling Weevil) and OMG your photos are absolutely awesome...will enjoy them, so glad you're back.

Beehive that is so sweet and I love the expression on her face...you just feel it.

1. While I was on vacation found these wild orchids growing in an oak while out riding my bike around the island.
2. & 3. Lots of seashells
4. While kayaking we spotted this Rosette spoonbill, a rare site to see, they are pretty shy birds, had to zoom in on it.
5. White Egret didn't mind us kayaking right next to it while trying to catch his dinner.




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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #9159341

A load of great pics!! Thanks to all for sharing.
BeaHive, I like that "Fatal Attraction"...
Jubilada the Leonotis Leonoris is great... I love them Fortnight Day Lilies and the Busy Bees in an heirloom poppy.
Domehomedee, I like that Foxtail lily bloom.
HelloMissMary...Wonderful series of shots.
sunkissed...your welcome. The orchid is a terrific find, that's a lot of seashells, and nice catch of the Rosette spoonbill.
.
.
1. Gaillardia - 'Arizona Sun'
2. Joseph's Coat Rose
3. Jasmine..this was blooming about 10 feet outside my living room window and when the window was raised it would fill the whole house with it's wonderful scent!
4. Baby Bush Cricket on an Iris bloom.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 13, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9163887

seedhead

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

June 13, 2012
10:24 PM

Post #9164449

Jmorth, is that love in the mist?
Daily pics friends, I lost you for a little while. Life has been busy but now I have so many beautiful pictures to catch up on this weekend. :-)
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 14, 2012
1:31 AM

Post #9164483

correct vals, love in a mist. Lacy thin green filaments around a magnificent spiked two-toned seed head (practicing descriptive terminology). Self seeds here.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #9166211

Saw the photos above. Beautiful.
Severe load-shedding is affecting normal routines in our city at this time due to power crisis. As such, time spent on the Net is very less in the last few days. I just manage to squeeze in a few minutes now.

1. A newly emerged Oakblue butterfly. It fell at my feet from a branch of a tree above my pond as I was sipping coffee. Its wings were falling over but stiffened as some minutes elapsed.
2. See the wings and the colour.
3. I kept the butterfly on the petal of the last day lily of the season [from that plant].

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 15, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9166252

DINU - that first one ought to win a blue ribbon!

That's such a gorgeous shot. Look at the eye and that drop of water! That's incredible! Such a beautiful shade of blue as well! My goodness!
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9166396

Some more macros from my garden..

1. Predatory Fungus Gnat...just hangin around sleeping in my tent
2. Darkling Beetle - Alaetrinus minimus
3. Chalcidid Wasps - Trigonura sp.
4. Winged adult Aphid on a Coreopsis bloom

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9166491

Dinu, What an amazing experience for you and your lens. Wonderful pictures. Love the blue color of his wings. DG Photo contest winner for sure!!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9166714

Marvelous collection of photographs, folks! Really!

Sunkissed, very nice shot of the seashells, and also the Rosette Spoonbill and White Egret!

DWMike, as usual, stunning shots!

Dinu, you outdo yourself every time! Wow!

JMorth, are you taking a creative writing class, or practicing to be a copywriter for a seed catalogue?

From my garden today, another view of a Nigella (Love-in-a-Mist/Persian Jewels) bloom with seed pod. The flowers are also worthy of commentary!
A fly on a gladiolus leaf, this is as "macro" as I can get without cropping.
Monarda "Pink Lace," and yes, they are this color.
Pomegranate flowers.

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rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9167335

Hippeastrum (pink and white) taken with green and red laser lights at dawn

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 16, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9167488

Thanks. I was also wondering if anyone know what that 'drop of water' [like honey] is on that butterfly. I'm glad it was noticed. Is that some secretion and evacuation after it emerged from the 'cocoon'.

Mike shows us some beautiful shots, not to mention Jubi!

Denuded roof at the time of dismantling the old mud-brick wall structure.
Shot of the Oakblue I left on the day lily and the blue banded bee wondering whatz up! Another shot of the one I shared in the backlit pictures thread.

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microb

microb
Mountain View, HI

June 16, 2012
7:52 PM

Post #9168138

just found this thread.

Couldn't resist adding todays Frog and water lilies

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9168144

Welcome, microb ... fabulous frog!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2012
9:26 PM

Post #9168244

Hi Microb!
This is just too funny. I was just thinking this morning as I looked at all these super pictures that I'd like to see more frogs and what do you post . . .

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 17, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9168695

microb,
Nice to have you sharing pictures here! Welcome.. Your pond pictures reminded me of my own pond pictures! We have toads and not frogs here. I have a similar w/lily also.

Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9168784

Dinu, in the frog fascination, I neglected to comment on your shots ... I really like that denuded roof and the shadow geometry!

microb

microb
Mountain View, HI

June 17, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #9169116

These photos are amazing - better than watching TV - but must get back out in the garden.

That darn frog showed up again today!
Gladiolus in Hawaii

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9169125

Microb - what a good looking frog. I hadn't even noticed you are in Hawaii. My sister lived in Hilo and then up in Volcano for like 10 years. Hawaii is my absolute favorite place to hang out.
Here is a little tree frog, I get these little guys all over my garden.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9169181

Pretty Gladiolus in Hawaii, microb ... Domehomedee, that's one adorable little tree frog!

Sadly, no frogs in my yard, but here's a frog fountain from nearby Gamble Gardens ...

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 17, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9169508

The live frog there - looking good - even without any make-up! Only humans think they need make-up and forget that all of Nature's creations are beautiful! Right or wrong, tell me!

Jubi, thanks for the appreciation. Is that frog in your picture made of stone?
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9170850

Well, Dinu, what I could find said the statue is "cast stone."
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 18, 2012
8:31 PM

Post #9170979

microb..love the frog pics. I have been missing my bull frogs since moving to Dallas Oregon. Love frogs!

Anemone, pink poppy, mushrooms invasion ..to bad they are poisonous.. Sauted with some garlic,wine,parsley would be nice!

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 18, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9171078

Byootifull blooo!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 19, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #9171454

BeaHive, the anemone is worthy of much applause! That looks like a work of art! What a gorgeous color...
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9171491

Thanks Dinu & Miss Mary. They are very photogenic flowers. The blue is awesome. Planted many at the new house but only a few have appeared. Hope more come soon. :)
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9171869

BeaHive wrote:microb..love the frog pics. I have been missing my bull frogs since moving to Dallas Oregon. Love frogs!

Anemone, pink poppy, mushrooms invasion ..to bad they are poisonous.. Sauted with some garlic,wine,parsley would be nice!



That Anemone is stunning!!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9173376

Truly stunning anemone, BeaHive!

Happy Summer Solstice, all!

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9175230

A few blooms from today and the sun was shinning. Rain back tomorrow. :(

1st water lily, cherry parfait rose,lava glut(lava flow) red rose, delphinium, ebb tide rose

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 21, 2012
11:40 PM

Post #9175355

Jubilada, that bouquet is so lovely (as always). I love the light, the shadows and the contrasting textures. Perfect angle on the BOP!

BeaHive, the Water Lily is beautiful...and I'm IN LOVE with the Ebb Tide Rose!!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 21, 2012
11:48 PM

Post #9175362

I went to Lichterman Nature Center Wednesday. The lake is quite full of Lotus, which are beginning to bloom now. It's really beautiful.

1. Dragonfly on Lotus bud
2. Lotus flower
3. Lotus beginning to bloom
4. Lotus flower

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 22, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9175707

Very nice! If you just scroll the thread up and down, you can feast yourself with lovely colours! I've taken temporary camera leave!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 23, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #9177375

DWMike, looks like you captured a photo of Jiminy Cricket. Great shot. Wish I could get close ups like that.

Hey Val, I lose this forum sometimes also, glad you found your way back, looking forward to seeing what's growing in your garden.

JMorth that seedhead is spectacular, nothing I've ever seen.

Dinu the Oakblue butterfly is really a beauty, love the deep blue wings. Of course your close up shots show such detail. Lucky for it to fall by you and care was taken to place it in a safe place.

Hey Microb, glad you found us, nice shot of the frog. Love those big bulging eyes. Looking forward to more of your photos.

Domehomedee nice catch of a tree frog. We have lots here, but I hardly see them, sure hear them though.

Jub, you're too funny, like the fountain, threw me for a loop at first. :) Love the Summer Solstice flowers, especially the middle one.

Beehive your flowers are absolutely breathtaking. I really love the Anemone...wow.

Miss Mary, how lovely, I think lotus are so pretty, I see lots in summer when kayaking in our springs here. That dragonfly looks like it is doing a handstand...great catch.

I'm afraid I haven't been taking many pictures since back from vacation. My Indian Ginger is blooming finally. Pretty green bee on my Portulaca flowers.







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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

June 24, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9178436

There is not too much blooming in the garden this time of year in AZ. It the opposite of most peoples winters, except I am in the pool looking at bulb magazines instead of inside.

The first one is my Crepe Myrtle. I here if I trim back the blooms it will bloom again.
The second is a new plum tree I planted in my garden. The other one is doing so well I had to get a second to mirror it.
The last picture is the view from my pool as the sun starts to set. Many hours sitting in the pool or those chairs looking at gardening magazines.
The last is the passion vine by my kitchen window.

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9178447

Longing for some real Summer heat, so are my plants. Arizona sounds pretty good today.
I have a crepe myrtle I started from a cutting but it has never bloomed, they don't really grow here, but we still hope.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 24, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9178456

Valsflowers,
Can you kindly post the view of the chairs there? This view is puzzling me. I tried to imagine how it looks like, but I'm baffled from this angle!

Sunkissed,
That's my favourite bottle green colour on that bee there - nice!
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

June 24, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9179311

Dinu, the third picture is the view of the chairs. They are folded over since the sun is so hot here it sun rots the fabric. I added the last picture afterwards so mis-labeled the one of the charis as the last one.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9180723

BeaHive, what lovely flowers and what lovely photos of them!

Miss Mary, that Lotus Flower shot is superb!

Sunkissed, ditto what Dinu Says! I love that pretty green bee!

Valsflowers, that Passionflower is simply gorgeous!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9180739

Took a trip to Sausalito on the Ferry last week, caught this view of Alcatraz that I'd not seen before! The white building is the water tower, which has been wrapped in tarps while it is being renovated. If you're interested in the story ... here's the link:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Historic-Alcatraz-Tower-Gets-a-Strange-New-Look--133930078.html

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #9180745

Meanwhile, back in my garden ...

Jacob Kline Bee Balm
Autumn Beauty Sunflower and airplane
Slightly out of focus orange gladiolus
carrot blossoms, growing from one volunteer carrot ... the plant just floors me!
squash blossom

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9181117

Beautiful Sunflower. Mine won't be blooming for a while. Slugs chomped most of the seedlings and the ones I managed to rescue at best are a foot tall. Will keep on trying but will enjoy yours until them. :)

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 25, 2012
8:17 PM

Post #9181140

How tall is that carrot plant, Jubilada? My goodness, it's vigorous! Love that little partially backlit squash blossom, too.

One of my Tiger Lilies
Hibiscus blossom
Hardy Hibiscus blossom
Fireball Hibiscus blossom in the early morning sun

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9181159

Pretty spectacular photos there, Miss Mary! Wow! Some marvelous blossoms!

That carrot plant is about 4 feet tall (it's in a raised bed which is about 18 inches, so the plant is actually taller than I).
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

June 26, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9181665

Jubilada, the Autumn Beauty sunflower is gorgeous.

Miss Marry, love the tiger lilies.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2012
10:23 AM

Post #9181938

Jubilada,
Remove 'da' from your screen name and replace with 'nt'. Just some word play. Were you jubilant when you took that lovely sunflower shot when the metal bird was flying? Luck or timed? I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told me it was a carrot plant. So many spikes.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9182219

Dinu, the sunflower and airplane shot was just dumb luck ... I did hear the plane, and I saw it, but had no idea I'd actually get it in the frame!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 27, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9183618

Squash Blossom Bud
Fern, backlit by the sun
Lily

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2012
7:09 PM

Post #9184060

Lovely shots, Miss Mary ... especially like that backlit fern ...

From my garden today ...

hydrangea up close (not cropped)
Moulin Rouge Sunflowers, coming and going ...
Cabbage Butterfly sipping nectar from Lemon Balm Blossom (cropped)
Cardoon blossom (not cropped)

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9185927

A great line up of images everyone!!

Here are a few from my garden. Hope you enjoy them.

1. Dragonfly on my finger
2. Fly on a Coreopsis bloom
3. Syrphid Fly or Hover Fly
4. Bumble Bee on a Larkspur

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9185995

Wow, what great photos you guys. I can't decide which I like best.
The lily and the hydrangea are gorgeous and I just love the bugs.
Getting to see anything that small close-up is such a treat, kind of creepy though LOL.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 29, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9185998

Jub, love the carrot plant. I remember when I lived in Calif. I took plant science in high school, probably where my love for gardening started. Anyway I had a plant like that, it was marvelous...until someone accidentally left the horse gate open from the animal science yard and that horse totally destroyed my carrot plant. Carrots don't grow here, too wet I imagine. Love the sunflower and plane. And I must say I'm in love with those Moulin Rouge Sunflowers..nice back lighting.

Miss Mary the tiger lily is great! I even see a fly on it. Are your hibiscus in pots? Mine froze to the ground and haven't flowered yet. Nice backlit photos.

Mike love your macro shots...you and Dinu and your insects...make my day.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9186835

Well, I know my bug pics can't compare to Dinu's or DWMike's (they're always just spectacular and breathtaking!), but I think this little KatyDid on a weed (which name currently escapes me) is pretty cute ...

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 29, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9186999

Wonderful array of colors, everyone! Jubilada, I fell in love with the Moulin Rouge Sunflower last year at Dixon Gardens. It's absolutely beautiful. The Hydrangea close-up is amazing! Is your little yellow flower with the Katydid perhaps Salsify?
DWMike, that fly is a wonderful capture...look at that "rainbow" on its wings!
Sunkissed, my Hibiscuses are actually in the ground. They are both hardy varieties and winter over well if covered in mulch.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2012
12:16 AM

Post #9189448

Mike, the bumblebee shot found my liking!

1. Weaver ant carrying a dead butterfly.
2. An assistant steps in!
3. A spider web shining in the morning sun.
4. Three weaver ants stop to look which camera I was using!

Jubilada, the katydid is nice. Weed flowers are usually lovely. The sunflower shot is beautiful to look as it glows!

HMM, oh, that fern shot! So good!

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9189788

Dinu, the spider web is wonderful! And those little ants are so cute! That shot of the three of them is just adorable!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9189859

I love the ants.
That last one looks like a family portrait, LOL.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9190633

Here are a few from my community garden plot today ...

onion blossom
magenta speen
sunflower with dew drops
sunflower with bee
"dinner plate" dahlias

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 2, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9190766

Jubilada, your photo of the Magenta Speen should be in the dictionary beside the word "magenta!" Wow, that's pretty! I sure do like those Dinnerplates, too.

Dinu, you are truly a student of Nature! Domehomedee is right...that last one looks like they were posing for you!
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #9190956

Dinu...I like the ants carrying the "load". I have been trying to get a shot of that but no luck yet...

Jubilada..those dahlia's are wonderful.

I can't remember if I have previously posted these goat pics ..if so...sorry..
1. One of our baby goats...just a few minutes old
2. Another shot of the baby goats...
3. Baby Golden Seabright Bantam chick
4. A dew laden Larkspur bloom
.
.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #9195739

DWMike, those babies are adorable and wonderful! Lovely dew-laden Larkspur, too.

Here's a Mammoth Sunflower with Friend in my garden ...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 8, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9197572

Some great photos everyone.
Dinu love the spiderweb.
Jub, all your close up shots are so great...but I really love that sunflower.
DWmike, love the baby goats and chick. So cute.

Passifloras blooming in my garden

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 8, 2012
9:49 PM

Post #9198466

Thought I'd share some of todays pics.
1. New plant, don't know what it is.
2. Canna patens
3. Fortnight lily
4. Alstroemeria P.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9198936

Domehomedee, I believe number one is a Rudbeckia ... pretty photos!

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9198959

Thanks for the ID.
I bought this plant in a four inch pot at a local hardware store,
it amazed me that it could even stand up the pot was so small compared the plant.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9200752

The art of recurving.

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 10, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9200991

Those are lovely, they almost look alien.
My husband today recalled a passage from the "Making of Star Trek" book.
He said that they were trying to make the scene look like it had "alien" plants, but that when the director arrived he commented that it didn't look alien, it looked like Gilligan's Island. So he ripped one of the plants out of it's pot and turned it upside down and proclaimed "now that looks alien".
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 10, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9201022

jmorth, ditto what domehomedee says ...!

And, domehomedee, what a clever anecdote! Very cute! Made me smile!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2012
3:11 AM

Post #9201241

LOL

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9201667

Some pictures for today:

1. Tradescantia.
2. A wasp on the tip of its nest where tiny eggs were seen.
3. A red-whiskered bulbul. They somehow seem to preferentially perch on vertical branches!
4. Moth caterpillar - forget name right now.
5. A spider with its egg sac behind it as a snail 'watches' it! Scene on the water lily leaf on my pond.

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Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #9202070

One of the old sneakers is growing a leg.
Andy P

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 11, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9202133

Now, that's funny, Andy!

1& 2. Reflections in a fountain pool. Clouds were coming and going and I was in the right place at the right time to catch a sun dog.
3. Lily
4. Unknown flower on cool vine
5. Water Lily and reflection

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 11, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9202161

Dinu, as usual, such wonderful nature shots ... love the red-whiskered bulbul!

Andy, great shot and very clever idea!

Nice shots Miss Mary, the lily is lovely!

Here's what my Brugmansia "Alba Peach" looked like early this morning ...

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 11, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9202312

Woo-hoo, Jubilada! What a feast for my eyes! That Brug is beautiful!

Tonight's sunset, as viewed from my front porch. No editing at all on the first one, cropping on the second. It was a sight to behold.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #9202335

Mary, Great colours of that sky scene! I love that too. Does the pink lily open late and close early during the day? Looks like your pond is a very serene place!

Andy, wonderful idea and even more wonderful is the description for your picture there! Beauty!

Oxalis flowers getting ready to open for the day. First time I saw those orange dots after uploading it! Liked it.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 13, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #9204265

Beautiful sunset capture, Miss Mary!

Dinu, that IS a very interesting shot! How did you do that?

From my garden today:

artichoke blossom up close, not cropped
hot lemon pepper blossom, cropped (in real life, 1/2 inch across)
Italian Paste "Ropreco" tomatoes ... soon to be ripe ...

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 14, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9204853

There it is again. I see that one cut at the bottom, unknown reason baffles me. Forgot to tell that I just increased 'saturation' on Picasa to bring that 'orange' out. With that, the pink also got bolder. I just took a close-up of it and only after uploading I realized the beauty of those spots.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9206298

Very nice shot, Dinu, and those orange spots are really pretty!

From my garden today ...

Cilantro blossoms (up close, but cropped, too) ... which, when the blossoms turn to seed, will then be coriander!
Patty Pan Squash and her summer hat!

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 15, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9206594

I've never seen cilantro blossoms, Jubilada. That's wonderful! I'd have sworn the artichoke blossom was a Passiflora at first glance. Beautiful.
Dinu, it's so nice to find there is beauty beyond what we'd noticed with the naked eye, isn't it? Your Oxalis is lovely, dots and all!

This bumblebee was asleep on a Butterfly Bush blossom. I got closer and closer and it hung there like that for several minutes, letting me take pictures. All at once, it awoke and flew on to the next flower.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2012
8:59 PM

Post #9206645

Miss Mary, nothing so sweet as a sleeping bee!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9207767

Here's a Lovage blossom with busy ants (it's been cropped to make it "close-up")

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2012
10:35 PM

Post #9209686

Love the sleeping bee and the ants.
Here are a few blooms from my yard today.
1. Stargazer lily
2. & 3. Glads
4. Bee on bronze fennel
5. Sunflower bush

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 18, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9209922

Domehomedee, what a wonderful shot of the bee! I love the backlit wings and flowers!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #9210024

Domehomedee, you have a beautiful garden full of wonderful flowers! Nice shots! Love the bee!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9212147

Morning Glory / Blue winged wasp / Bee on Aster

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 20, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #9212358

Found this little shiny bug. Have posted it in the BF.
I saw something shiny, like a gold bead on the surface of water kept in a mug in our front yard. Immediately ran in and ran out with the camera to capture photos and then release it.

Last photo is of the tailor bird babies. This is not my picture. But wanted to show you all here. So I took permission from my friend in whose yard it is. He took this photo. It has made a nest in the little mango plant in his yard. He wrote in his mail that when he made a sound, they all did that and he took a photo! I liked it a lot and so wanted to show you. I'll visit him after a week and see how they are.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9212429

Dinu, what a funny little shiny bug. So glad you rescued and photographed it. Please let us know what it is when you find out! And, thank your friend for his wonderful photo of those little tailor bird babies!

Jmorth, love those photos ... nice color scheme going on!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 21, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9213325

Thanks jubi. It is a Tortoise Beetle. I could not remember the name at the time of posting. I have this problem of recollecting names even if I have used it 2 days before!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 21, 2012
10:54 PM

Post #9214014

We got a much-needed rain shower late this afternoon. Here's what I saw afterward:

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2012
1:34 AM

Post #9214041

Blue bottomed dragonfly -

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #9214241

Somehow I keep losing this photo thread...loved catching up.

Miss Mary, all your shots are so wonderful, but I especially like the " Reflections" series...so crisp.

Jub, nice brug plant! Love the close-up of the artichoke blossom.

Andy...you make me smile...I've got to try that with some old boots I have in the garage.

Domehomedee you really do have a variety of flowers in your garden, sure would love to stroll through it.

Jmorth all your photos are striking, but that blue winged wasp is really cool!

Dinu I love that baby bird photo, but now just noticed not your photo. All your insect photos are just great, and I have one for you, took this at the beach of a dead crab and didn't realize until I downloaded it that I caught some flies. If I was trying to photograph the flies, it wouldn't have turned out. ☺




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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9214276

Some more beach photos.
1. put my camera on the sand and took this one of the sunrise of the ocean.
2. Protected sea oats against the cloudy sky.
3. Sea turtle nest also well protected.
4. Crab hole amongst the periwinkles
5. Crabs view of the crab hole ☺

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 22, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9214298

Thanks Sunkissed.
Crab-fly photo ... the blue sky adds value to it.
Periwinkles - so colourful! Your picture gave me an idea to ask if you keep those lovely things from the beach in a glass bottle and display in your show shelves.. or in the gardens? I really like the genuine concern for the sea turtles and the methods employed the authorities. I had not seen anything like it.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9214557

Dinu , to answer your question, yes I keep many things I find at the seashore. I make wind chimes from driftwood and shells and give them as gifts. My flower pots are full of shells and other beach finds. I am not a gift shop type person, but love the treasures I find in nature and they are my favorite souvenirs. My husband laughs at me when we go to the mountains, I come home with all kinds of rocks.

Rocks are rare in Central Florida, but the one I hold in my hand can be found on the beach, Coquina shell rock.
The table top holds some of my found treasures that washed up, love the smooth pieces of glass also.
The shells at this particular beach we were at have natural holes in them, so I string them and hang them around the garden, which I've shown in the last two photos. We call them holey shells ☺.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 22, 2012
11:20 PM

Post #9215171

Thanks for that sunkissed. Lovely. I like that mindset too - using natural things for gifts and decoration. Amazing rock that - something like mosaic. Have you tried to use the holey shells for hanging the bird feeder, if you have one? Now I want you to show me the wooden chairs. I want to make one like that - I have some pieces of wood waiting to be done something out of them. We also have shells at home - all of them are many decades old - my aunt used to collect them. Mysore is many miles away from the sea coast. I'll try to gather the little shells and show them here sometime. This has inspired me to do that.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9215321

Here is a shot of the chairs when brand new, the second photo shows an older set and how nicely the weather, gives some back detail. My husband has made most of our wood pieces, but not these chairs. They are from Lakeland Mills USA.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 23, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9215595

Thanks. That gave some technical idea. Seems simple to make, if we have the raw materials. I also liked the floor design on the right.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #9216122

That was my husband's project this past winter, he did do a really nice job. Good luck with making your chairs.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 25, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9218667

Lovely bunch of beach pictures, sunkissed ... and that wooden floor project your husband did is really fine!

Here are some from me, today ...

my Rubrum (Stargazer) Lily's first bloom
an interesting little sunflower
the Jacaranda trees around Palo Alto are blooming now

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HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 26, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9219184

Well, that sunflower just didn't know when to stop, did it? That's a lovely backlit shot of the blooming tree, Jubilada!

An early morning walk through Dixon Gardens yesterday was such a pleasant thing. It's been too hot this summer to go there much. At 8:00 AM, it was already in the low 80s and the humidity was quite high. Some of what I saw there...

1. This big fella (?) was hanging out near a corn stalk...waiting for the right moment, maybe?
2. Dragonfly
3. No color enhancing done on this. The Zinnia and Amaranth really were those festive colors!
4. Green Bee on Sunflower
5. Water droplets on Lamb's Ears

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 26, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9219309

I took a second look at the grasshopper shot. It is so lovely. So are water droplets.

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2012
2:01 PM

Post #9219642

Love the bugs and the rest too. This is the first year I've gotten lamb's ear to take in my yard. It's such an interesting plant, so soft. I hope it doesn't fry as the weather heats up this week.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2012
10:06 AM

Post #9220463

A couple of shots taken today.

Some bee on Garlic Chives flowers.
Geranium glows in the morning sun.
A Myna contemplates a drink in the stone trough, but if flew away due to my presence.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2012
3:56 AM

Post #9222099

Neat pics posted here of late.

Gloriosa
Tall American Bellflower
1st Magic Lily this year

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 2, 2012
4:00 AM

Post #9226786

Saw this Myna taking a dip for the first time. May be it got clues from other birds here!
And a squirrel quenching its thirst from it.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 2, 2012
10:09 AM

Post #9227105

I returned home half drenched and my DD was taking a pic from the driveway of the rainbow. I had to remove the shoes and wet socks. I told her there will be better view of it from the terrace. She had the 50mm lens on and sometimes these rainbows disappear so soon. So we stuck to that lens having no time to waste. Rainbows are not common here for various reasons. When my DD was taking pictures, we also noticed other rooftops and I was delighted that there were 3 other families doing the same thing - the rain had stopped, the sun was getting low on the western horizon. That is why this happened. It was a short shower. I share pics taken by my younger DD. The lens did not cover the full arc of the bow.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 2, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9227194

What wonderful rainbow shots, Dinu! Your DD did well indeed! It is so beautiful.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 2, 2012
7:38 PM

Post #9227694

Wonderful shots everyone.
Love the sunflowers Jub, and Mary all your shots are great, I especially like the water drops on the fuzzy leaves.
Jmorth, the bellflower is such a pretty blue, but I really like that pink lily with touches of lilac.
Dinu great catch of the bird and squirrel loving the water. I especially like the stone that holds the water. Nice to know your daughter caught a rainbow since they are not so common there. She got some great photos.


Some ladybugs enjoying the aphids on my fire bush.

Soap Aloe blossom

Baby squirrel playing peek-a-boo with me.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 3, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9228143

We did not have a wide angle to get the full arc of the rainbow. Had to be content with it.

Lady bug colouring is nice. In school, this bug picture was in the text book and we thought that was the only type of bug besides the pest bed bug! You have got the focus right on that squirrel.

On the tip of an almond leaf, I noticed a fly on its edge and it was stationary. I thought it could be stuck with something. I had to pull down the branch and when I saw what was going on there, I plucked the leaf and brought it to sunlight and took a few pictures. Let me tell you that the fly was quite a giant and the white crab spider that had caught it was dwarfed by it! Amazing Nature. See how it has caught it and immobilized it with its poison and grip. It was even trying to avoid my interference by walking with that weight.

In the second pic, I have kept my thumbnail visible on the left just for scale.

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Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9228688

What a cute little squirrel.
I walked out my back door this morning only to scare a pair of cotton tails out of my yard.
They're cute too, so was the new plant they consumed last night.
We don't have too many squirrels here, an occasionally grey squirrel. Our scariest rodents are the tree rats, nothing like having rats dropping from the trees. We also have wood rats and field mice. You probably have tree rats in Florida. Ours build these huge stick nests that kind of look like a giant bird nest.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 8, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9234977

Mosquitoes and ants on Flowering Tobacco, then just the mosquito -

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

August 8, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9235043

Wow jmorth, that is an unusual color for one of my favorite flowers. Do you have seeds?

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9235465

The Flowering Tobacco has been self seeding and doubtlessly crossing between a couple of original varieties for 15 years. I'd be happy to send you seed therefrom but the resultant offspring's presentation would probably manifest differently. If so inclined, send me a d-mail w/ your address and I'll send some.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9248434

Y'know, Dinu, those three photos of the spider and the fly are really quite something. Nature, indeed ... so marvelous, so cruel, so even ... despite the cruelty they depict, those are gorgeous photos, especially number three ... hmmmm ...
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9248441

Here's a tray of tomatoes ... I have plenty coming in, and am making sauce, lots of sauce ...

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 20, 2012
8:45 PM

Post #9248456

Those are beautiful, Jubilada!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9248727

I sure miss living in CA during tomato season. What variety are those Jubilada? I picked about a pint of cherry type yesterday. Woopie! Miss the big ones!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9248793

BeaHive, those are Big Beef ... one of my mainstay tomatoes!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 21, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9249089

Wow, Jub...I'm so envious of those tomatoes. We had a cruddy season in FL this year...not a cool enough spring, too hot too fast, too dry and then too much rain. My tomato plants bit the dust last month for good. But I never have any that ever look that good.

Jmorth, such pretty flowers, the ants seem to like them also.

Dinu the spider and the fly...an interesting nature study, but then creeps me out a bit seeing them so close up. Spiders work hard for their dinner.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9249484

Unique perspective
another bee shot

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 21, 2012
7:33 PM

Post #9249539

Jmorth, that's fantastic! Is that a Gloriosa Lily? You should tag this shot for the photo contest!
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

August 21, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #9249570

Jmorth, I agree. What a fantastic photo.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 21, 2012
11:02 PM

Post #9249660

jmorth, we must lQQk for angles that are 'un-normal'. I'd have done the same thing with that bee|flower|sky shot. Wonderful. When taking group pictures of people, we must not take shots from our standing eye level which we normally do. We must try shots from our 'tummy level' which gives an altogether different perspective. I have tried this with likeable results. Similarly, while taking kids-on-the-ground photos we must be on their eye level instead of taking them from our standing position. Your flowering tobacco pictures are good. Sometimes those insects on them are noticed only when we see on our computer screens.

Jubilada, I like that stool first and then the tomatoes!!

sunkissed, those flies are so ugly and hairy when we magnify them. I agree it is not a pleasant sight, but then Nature has designed them for some purpose! I dread looking at cockroaches from close up, why even a normal picture! I get goose bumps... I cannot tolerate that sight. I'm one that run away from them.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 22, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9250116

Ducks and boats at Shelby Farms Park this week...

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Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9258745

Interesting shots, everyone. Let me add a pair of Painted Lady butterflies sharing a Dahlia.
Andy P

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 29, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9258851

Andy, that's great! Looks like a tryst to me...
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9258886

Looks like 2 wings came together to form a single new BF.
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9259594

Thanks. We have a flood of these butterflies this season. They easily outnumber the cabbage whites.
Andy P
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9259595

Forgot the pic ~ 3 on one small dahlia.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 30, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9259710

So happy to see those Painted Ladies, Andy ... don't see them that often any more here in Palo Alto ... don't know why!

Here's a duck at sunset at the Palo Alto Duck Pond last night ...

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 30, 2012
11:05 PM

Post #9260060

Pondside view is lovely! I like the tranquility.
Andy, lots of butterflies mean a good ecosystem! Wonderful.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9261114

Socialites

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 31, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #9261142

Great shot, jmorth. They sure are enjoying those seeds, aren't they?
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9262620

Very cute shot, jmorth! Darling little rascals they are!
\
Here are a few shots from the Community Garden

Sunflowers
Amaryllis
Sedum "Autumn Joy"

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 3, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9263669

Wow, that amaryllis is impressive.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9267000

From remnants of Isaac, a water logged Gloriosa

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 6, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #9267521

I could be an ant, if this is what I got to see.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9267596

Valsflowers, that's a very clever response!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 10, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9270750

I found this dead beetle 3 weeks ago. Today, it was there, unblemished! Look at the green and the glow. I had left it on the soil at the base of a plant. Nothing has affected the shell. Head part has been taken care of by ants.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9271265

Bumble Bee's sleeping after a hard days work collecting pollen. They are so cute!!
Dahlia named Park Princess
Dahlia named Lucca Johanna
Dwarf sunflower Teddy Bear variety. They are so fuzzy !
I love the center color & pattern of this sunflower. It has been a great & colorful summer in my garden. Wish summer lasted longer!!

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9271288

Love those shots, BeaHive ... the Lucca Johanna Dahlia is especially lovely ... and I spy some cute little insect there on the Park Princess ... Teddy Bear sunflowers are just SO fuzzy and cute!
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9271290

Dinu, meant to comment on that beetle cadaver ... I guess his poor head was the only part without any armor!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 10, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9271415

Hi everyone, I enjoyed all your shots, especially the flowers. Dinu didn't they use to make jewelry out of those metallic colored beetles? I seem to recall seeing key chains with them cast in resin.

These have been taken in the pass few weeks.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9271444

Oh, Burn, what is that precious little bird??? Very pretty pictures!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 10, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9271492

Thanks Jubilada, it's a Hairy woodpecker.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9272081

Quite colorful exoskeleton Dinu.
Very symmetrical sunflower BeeHive.

'Cryin in the rain'...opps, I mean Crinum in the rain.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 14, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9274942

I could not avoid the comparison.
Cowdung cake picture on the left and a similar work by someone when posting a letter which I found in my workplace 20 years ago. The value of this regd. mail is just Rupees 7 and Paise 55. [7.55]. The envelope is nearly stuck with lower denomination [15p] stamps. I've shown both sides of the envelope. Behind the cowdung cake wall stays a family doing their dairy business! They sell the cakes - fuel for cooking [lower strata of society] or for water-heating for bath.

Pic 2 - Two mosquito larvae in water. I discontinued their lives soon after I captured their image.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9275038

jmorth, pretty Crinum in the rain!

Dinu, you sure do come up with some interesting stuff! The mosquito larvae a bit much, though. Ugh!

To change the subject, here's a 1/2 gallon Ball jar of "quick refrigerator" dill pickles I made yesterday. The thing noteworthy: only used ONE cucumber (weighed 2 lbs, 18 inches long). Good pickles, by the way!

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 15, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9275849

Jubilada, Very good picture of the pickle bottle!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9276079

Thistle

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 16, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9276647

The bloom only lasted a few hours each but I caught it on film, so now it will last forever.

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 16, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9276659

Dinu, I thought of you when I was taking the picture. I was trying to capture the caterpillar hanging upside down getting ready to make their chrysalis. When I went to post the picture, I realized there was one in the background already in the chrysalis state and one already done. (it blended with the dead leaves so well).

It is an Araulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary).

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 17, 2012
9:51 AM

Post #9277765

Valsflowers, your cactus bloom is now 'e-flower'! It's good that you were able to observe this chrysalis also. Sometimes, they escape our attention. I'm sure you have 'mind-marked' that branch for observation since you can't bookmark it there!

The last two are Holmskioldia flowers. I liked the bee-bum in the end. I'm not getting the name out of my mind, of the first flower. All shot today.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 17, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9278152

jmorth, lovely thistle! Valsflowers, marvelous cactus bloom ... and very interesting catches on the caterpillars and the chrysalis! Dinu, I like that bee, too!

On my walk today, a particularly fine specimen of Pampas Grass ...

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Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2012
10:33 AM

Post #9278928

A swan song. My subscription expires soon, I will not renew. I simply don't post here any more.
I started this Daily Pics thread 6 years ago so it's a fitting place to say solong. You can always find me at the site based on this thread -->>> http://dailypics.ning.com/
Take care everyone.
Andy P

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9279813

Best wishes Andy.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

September 19, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #9279854

Andy, it's been so nice! I hate to see you go but I understand. Do take care.
Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 19, 2012
8:34 AM

Post #9279901

All the best, Andy ...

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9281018

Andy, what do you say? I'm pinching myself to see if I am awake.
I'll always remember your simple and attractive signature in italics, not to mention the pictures themselves! Move on, best of luck, dear Andy.
Dinu
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9281605

Hi, Dinu. I still use the same sig. Did a big photo blog today ---->>> http://dailypics.ning.com/profiles/blogs/650124:BlogPost:1122962

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2012
11:12 PM

Post #9281779

Saw that Andy. You were lucky to witness that. Brought back my memory of watching one part of Rocky movie many years ago. Nicely documented by you in that series.
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 24, 2012
4:25 PM

Post #9285301

Had a great photo opp yesterday at the Marciano statue unveiling. My photo quality isn't terrific but the subjects were fun. Here's boxing promoter Don King working up the crowd. See the unveiling blog --->> http://dailypics.ning.com/profiles/blogs/650124:BlogPost:1125047
Andy P

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9285323

Boy, Don King's hair sure has gotten shorter! Interesting photo documentary of that statue construction and unveiling, Andy ... at first I thought, boy, that doesn't look anything like Sylvester Stallone, and then I realized it was a statue of Rocky Marciano, NOT Rocky Balboa! LOL!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 25, 2012
10:19 AM

Post #9286069

Wonderful, Andy. You were so close to those legends! Wondering if there were any autograph hunters. Any pictures taken with them separately? I'd have liked one picture of the full statue at the end of the unveiling blog. You say about 'photo quality' above, but it is not that, but it is the event that counts. In such places, we don't have choice of angles or time. Right?
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 25, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9286456

Dinu, I plan to stop for pics the next time I'm down there. I'll post pics if it's before the end of the month when my Dave's subscription runs out. You can always see them on Daily Pics, ya know.
Andy P

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9303164

We continue this series in the next part as this has grown long enough to necessitate a new one. Thanks to all who have shared many lovely pictures. Let's continue the good work. The next part which is # 145 is here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1284355/
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

October 15, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9305751

Visited the Tyler Texas Rose Garden last week. Here are some pictures of the roses and of course an Azalea.

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

October 15, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9305763

And of course, there are more than just roses.
OK, the first picture is not from the rose garden, but I loved all the different pumpkins.

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Jubilada
Palo Alto, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9305779

Wonderful shots of that Rose Garden, Valsflowers ... and that Pumpkin shot is great! You should post those on the new thread for this forum ... see the address above ...

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 15, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9305944

Thanks Vals. #145 in this series is already started. Please let us move over there. Lovely pictures you shared towards the end also. Very nice. What veggies those above!

Dinu
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

October 15, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9306623

Well that explains why I thought no one was posting ;-)

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 18, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9309048

Beautiful shots Valsflowers, what nice fall colors in the rose garden...and love the pumpkins, I would have photographed them also.

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