Some shots inside the lodge, the early ones are from the 1920s and the later ones from 2008, showing the shrinking glaciers. There were 150 glaciers, now down to 26.
and the train going around a horseshoe curve
Hello all...just here for a few...Debi - those shots of Glacier are awesome!! Next fall for us...looking forward to it. Jen...great camo shot.. Sweet little Bunny! Bill...that location for your birdbath is just perfect! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
Let's see if I can attach a few recent shots from the back gardens...cross your fingers. :)
No...i have the same issue and so I deleted the app. These are from my new laptop, but the problem is, I have most of my pretties on my ipad and need to load them on the computer. Just too much else to do right now, but eventually...:)
Thanks, guys! That rose in the first pic is a gorgeous climber that I gave Hank for his new (Father's Day) arbor that he wanted. It is called Royal Sunset because its bud is a hot orange, which then becomes melon as it begins to open, followed by the color you see when it is in the early opened stage, followed by peachy cream as it begins to fade. Because it blooms on old and new wood, it will have all of the colors at one tome as it fills out over the top of the arbor. We have one on either side of the arbor, and they are both at 7 feet already. It seems like a very healthy cultivar and we can't wait to see what it does next year. I found it at Bay State perennials in Mass. Love it!
We tent camped at Yellowstone and we were napping in the afternoon, I went to the restroom, stopped halfway because there was a buffalo in each of 3 directions.
Went back to the tent, but saw a dad and child walking without fear. So, if they could do it so could I.
Went to the rest room, and back ok. Now Dave is up from his nap, and we go out in the car, but stop by the restroom building to get a soda from an outdoor machine. A buffalo was on one side, so I sneaked up and from the side of the machine, reached around and got the soda. The noise of the can clunking down, scared the buffalo, so that when I turned to sneak back to the car it was right in front of me.
I ran to the car with Dave laughing at me!
Don't get me started on how dumb people are with the animals! That's a whole thread. Ranger told us that one couple put their baby on top of a bison for a pic! Someone was gored the week before we got there.
Marianne and I were fortunate to visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Park in September 2006. What a great time as we traversed the varied natural, eerie, and phenomenal landscapes that Yellowstone presents (including giving a wide berth to the wildlife, like bison). Your pictures bring back so many memories.
Very nice, VV! We look forward to seeing Glacier. Lots of people at YS were recommending it highly. I should be posting many more tomorrow. We are big fans of the Nat Parks. Sad news from Yosemite lately. First the kids swept away by the Merced River two weeks back and now the people getting seriously sick from a rodent-borne disease.
Aside from the usual attractions - the geysers, mudpots, springs, animals, I was really struck this time by the fantastic patterns around the thermal features. The colors are from bacteria which feed off the abundant minerals. They live at the periphery, as they cannot survive the higher temps of the features themselves. Many remind me of alien landscapes - moons of Jupiter and Saturn, etc. I could spend weeks and weeks there. Tough when you have the family along!
Old Faithful area is always the most crowded and everyone runs to the area around the geyser when it erupts. Overall, the crowds were WAY less than what I was fearing. That is why I planned it for the end of Aug. Some kids already back in school. Would have preferred May or late Sep.
Some states, it gets listed under indecent exposure
This list from 2009
Arizona, Ariz. Rev. Stat. §13-3821 (if the individual has more than one previous conviction for public urination—two if
exposed to a person under 15; three if exposed to a person over 15); California, Cal. Penal Code §314(1)-(2), 290; Connecticut,
Conn. Gen. Stat. §53a-186, §54-250, §54-251 (if the victim was under 18); Georgia, O.C.G.A. §42-1-12, 16-6-8 (if done in view of
a minor); Idaho, Idaho Code Ann. §18-4116, 8306, 8304; Kentucky, Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §510.148, §17.520, 500, §510.150;
Massachusetts, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272 §16, ALM GL ch. 6 §178G, 178C; Michigan, Mich. Comp. Laws §167(1)(f), §28.722,
723; New Hampshire, N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §651-B:1, RSA 651-B:2, 645:1(II), (III); Oklahoma, 57 Okl.St. §582.21, §1021; South
Carolina, S.C. Code Ann. §23-3-430; Utah, Utah Code Ann. §77-27-21.5, §76-9-702.5; Vermont, Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 13, §2601,
Wow! Really enjoyed those photos, Victor! I see you just keep getting better and better with that camera! The colors around the springs are so different than I remember. I appreciate your explanation of that. Many of those shots are very paintable! Funny how Hank and I see things differently since we took the art classes last winter. :) Neither of us has painted one thing this summer.
Here are a few fall shots from our backyard gardens...
hope your hubby drives safely - not a fan of them, a father and 8 yr old where killed over the weekend when a truck took a left into the setting sun and never saw them. and a few years ago a friend hit sand on the kancamagus hwy in NH and killed himself sliding into the guard rail, he was not speeding. his buddy behind him hit the same patch and survived unhurt.
Those tan handles were actually stock(YUCK) this Harley was made in Italy, just saying...LOL
I feel if it's your day to go, you can be sitting on the sofa and have a heart attack, so I'd rather be out having some fun
I personally know more people that have been killed or been in car accidents than motorcycle
Hubby's been riding almost 30 years and been in 1 accident(in NH hit by idiot kid from MA, who had no insurance)
a kid i grew up with hit sand going to pick up some milk around the corner and ended up with serious head trauma and needs full time care for the rest of his life. he was wearing a helmut. I hear you about if its your time although you do not need to roll the dice un-neccessarily.
No I'm not jumping out of planes or anything, lots more dangerous past times
Wearing a helmet doesn't guarantee you'll be free from a head injury in fact there are more neck injuries sustained because of the helmet, also you're line of vision is impaired when wearing one
with cell phones & texting.. do not think I would ride a bike again.. being on the road today all day.. seeing how many times I almost get into an accident because of stupidity.. nah not worth it.. outside NJ.. in the country yeah sure.. here.. no way
Visited the Coastal Botanical Garden in Boothbay Harbor, Maine on Tuesday. Was my first (only) trip this year. It is such an awesome garden, not just for the obvious things like well-labeled plants, but also for the sculpture that they always have during the summer, a different display every year. This year's theme was birds. I loved the steel crow by Mark Kindschi. The second picture has a heron in bronze by Ray Carbone, and the birds in the pond move on the slightest breeze (by George Sherwood). Last pic is just a cool split rock. The garden is full of cool rocks, reason enough to go just for them! (But I am admittedly prejudiced in favor of rocks...)
Was so fascinated how they harvest them, the dry harvested ones are the cranberries you find in the produce section in the bags while the wet harvested ones are the ones in sauces and juice cause they need to wash them more thoroughly cause there may be bacteria in the water
In the late 1800's to the early 1920's they handpicked them they needed over 600 people, then they invented a scooper/picker it was cut down to 150, with the invention of machines to do the job now ONLY 15 people are needed!!!!!
I'm going to butt in, and drag the discussion back out west...
Marianne (my better half, and confectioner extraordnaire) and I spent a week and a half touring around the northeasterly quarter of Arizona, after my ASLA national conference in Phoenix. It was over 100F every day during the conference, but much nicer temps throughout our travels around the Colorado plateau during early October.
1. Saguaro cactus, like, right there along the side of the road.
2. Welcome to Boyce Thompson Arboretum!
3. Texas Persimmon (Diospyros texana) with very small foliage and exfoliating bark
4. Marianne - captivated by cacti...
5. Simple shelter housing an artistic bench
1. Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
2. I'm pretty sure this is a female tree...
3. Saguaro flower
4. This plant - Curly Mallee (Eucalyptus gillii) - was the early fall insect magnet. Note mini-incoming on right...
5. Big ol' flowering spike of Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)
We are just back from Italy where we visited Verona, Venice, Dolomites, Lake Como (Bellagio), and Milan. Will post some pic's later after sorting through them.
The first here is during a break in the rain in Venice that had the gondola's parked. A nice restaurant in Verona (sorry VV did not record the wine consumed just trust that it was a nice Valapochella from the Piedmonte area), and hiking in the Dolomites. This was the first snow of the year and as we where only here for three nights the wife was a true storm trooper go above tree line with me!
1. The Grand Canal outside the train station - This was a day trip by train from Verona, we were lucky to get our train tickets when we arrived as the train system went on strike at 9PM and we got the last train out. A group from Cindy's work did not know this and had a 4 hour trip back to Verona at a 230 Euro expense!
2. Is St. Mark's.
3. View from the bell tower
4. Gondola's in the rain
5. It rained hard at times and this was the result.
Next day we were off to pick up the rental car where I learned that my license had expired and Cindy would have to drive to her great delight. So off we go to the Dolomites where I learned the gas peddle on the passengers side does not work. It sure does take a long time to drive on those S curves going up and down. I think every car and truck passed us - i digress...
1. Is a postcard view of a small villa on the way.
2. The sun was out when we arrived just after noon and then the clouds came in.
3. The hike in the rain and snow.
4. Coming back down where the snow/rain line was.
Neither of us had waterproof hiking shoes or pants - very wet - our room looked like a chinese laundry with hair driers used to get the shoes dry. Also my camera got wet and stopped working for the rest of the day and only dried after i hung it next to the radiator the next morning. Some anxious hours to say the least!
The next morning the sun was out and we hiked to some falls. Had some nice views with some foliage. Leaves on the trail made for a nice walk and the woods where nicely managed. Which was good for Cindy as there were many bear warnings and she could see for some distance.
We stayed in Madonna di Campiglio which is one of Italy's major ski resorts, we were about the only visitors there. They had some interesting planters made from stone with dwarf conifers planted. Might have to give this are try...?
Here are some random shots. For a sense of scale notice image 4 and the gardener trimming. We visited 3 garden Villa's during our stay, all must be fantastic in the spring as they had a large number of huge azalea, rody's, and magnolia. Melzi was the finest garden in my opinion.
The next morning we went to Villa del Balbianello which sits out on a peninsula as you can see in the first picture. The gardens where well maintained and neat although they were not the arboretum of Villa Melzi. It did offer fantastic views and was filled with sculptures and very old vines trained to crawl of the buildings. The tour of the villa house is well worth the time. It was last owned by a famed Italian explorer and collector and is excellent.
That afternoon it was Villa Carlotta and more hills to climb. This was a large arboretum garden laid-ed out in sections by the plantings. First picture is the fern garden, third is the bamboo garden, there were large collections of azalea and rody's here as well. Four picture are redwoods and fifth a pretty garden of annuals with boxwood topiary ducks.
There were many jm's here although they were not is good condition which was painful to see and what otherwise was a well maintained garden.
and a few from out ferry ride back to Bellagio across the lake. First is a James Bond want-to-be that was flying around the shoreline. Some nice views from the boat and the last is a shot of Bellagio from the water.
she spent the first week in Austria and then Italy for work - flew on frequent flyer miles to meet her - glad we did and would go back and pack less places to see. Head for the hills for a week (and plan the hiking trails beforehand) and let her choose where ever she wants for the second week. It would not be a city though.
Glad it was a distraction Celeste, I was just thinking of you and know you will heal in time.
Victor we used the bus/train system in Verona for travel to Venice for the day trip.. Very helpful to speak some Italian which we do not. I had quite a trip alone from Milan to Verona to meet Cindy, I literally did not know I was on the right Metro Train/Train/Bus to the hotel (just outside of Verona) until I walked in the front door. Cindy was calling me every step of the way and even had me speak with her translator for help which he wasn't. She thought I was making up the difficulty and confusion, until we did the run into Milan to see the Duomo Cathedral our last afternoon, a forty minute trip took us 2 1/2 hours because no one we could find spoke english to point us in the right direction or if they did there was a lot of guess work left to interpret. She wanted to head back several times so I had some redemption. It did only take 40 minutes back after we figured it out.
If you want to see Venice stay in Venice. It will cost and worth it. The guide books are very helpful in planning and we used one focused on northern Italy. We did borrow some for all of Italy to decide where to go. I had wanted to use my FF miles for Australia and when that trip was nixed it gave me the leverage to head for the hills so Northern Italy was the destination.
After Verona we picked up a rental car and drove using map quest directions to the hotels. After agreeing on where to visit (and took a couple months) I got on line and found Madonna di Campiglio for hiking, although I wish I had investigated the trails to take. There were comments on-line that claimed the small chalet was very helpful with hiking suggestions which they were not. Could not speak English and did not hike. There was another chalet in the Italian Alps that was our first choice, it was just too far to drive.
Cindy wanted to see George Clooney so Lake Como and Bellagio was the choice. Even without a George siting Bellagio was worth it. I would not head there in peak season as it must be a mad house although spring would be great for the garden tours and besides eating and the shops that is all there is to do. A few days is all that is needed in my opinion.
I can not stress enough how helpful the guide book was for us. I did not really think they would be helpful. The recommended a day trip to Venice which I do not and did not provide info on St. Mark's not allowing bags inside (we did not go in as I did not want to leave my bag with an expensive second lens out of my hands). Small details really. We had a great lunch in Venice and afterward found that it was the guides highest rated hotel so we got lucky. Restaurant in Venice was great and the sightseeing suggestions in Bellagio were very good and the hotel we stayed at was perfect (we used their suggestions for sightseeing to finalize our plans for our three days there.
Food was great! Never saw a square pizza all where round and excellent (Dolomites w/capaccio app's), then there were the dinners (mostly a pasta dish with capaccio app's), and then the wine...loved the Amore Valpolcella's and a few other heavy red's. We usually relaxed late in the afternoon on our balcony with a bottle and then later the night sampled another vintage during dinner:)
Debi and Victor, your pics of Glacier and Yellowstone are fantastic! I have not been to either of those places. I've been to Yosemite several times. I used to live a 4 hour drive from there when I live in Reno. Beautiful place to visit. Wish I had some digital images I could post.
VV, those pics of AZ brought back memories of my trip there a couple years ago, and also when I lived there for four years. I loved it there, but not when the temps were 100 plus. Winter there is awesome. I have been to that Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Nice place. Did you get a chance to go to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden? I absolutely love that place. Really special in the winter. Here's a link to a thread of pics from my trip there in 2011. This was when you could only post one pic at a time. So much easier now. Anyhow, looking back on that, I noticed I never did post any more pics. Maybe I'll have to add some more, as I had a lot more nice ones from that visit.
Great pics from Italy, Bill. I would have gone hiking in the snow in my younger days. These days, with my bad ankle and knees, I'd be afraid of slipping and breaking something. Would love to go someday. Actually, some places I would like to visit most would be Australia, Ireland, and south Africa. That pic of they guy trimming the shrubs was something else. I can't believe the size of those shrubs. Have you ever seen the documentary A Man Named Pearl? Quite amazing.
GG, nice pics from Coastal Botanical Garden. Hopefully I can get over there someday.
Jen, nice cranberry bog pics, and thanks for sharing more pics of Longwood. I would be in for a trip there to meet up with some of y'all. Would be fun. Been wanting to go back there again. This would be a good excuse. Spring would be a good time with all the bulbs in bloom. Very sweet bouquet from your daughter, Jen. Love it. That pic of the fountain with the pelican with the fish in his beak made me think of Finding Nemo.
Cute! I went out to the gardens to see what was blooming in Dec. Other than a few dandelions, I found violas, vinca, nepeta, a pretty coral bells, Purple Frost, and my passiflora still climbing up the garage!
Thanks for the tour...the murals in the Morgan are exquisite! So are the snowflakes...the Pastor of St. Pat's should have had a Canaan dog carved...that was one of the breeds in the world at that time...Goldens were bred in modern times! But I would have probably done a wolfhound!
With the weather getting colder the muskrats have been active eating as much as they can. Grabbed the first shot from our deck from 40-50 yards away. Then I attempted to sneak up on them, the mother went for cover, dad stayed to scout out what I was up to.
Leah looks like a China doll! Only took a few photos at the Mayflower Inn...the kids were antsy...My 3 grandkids...typical Grant with food stuffed in mouth...and my 2 great nieces with Anni in the middle...
Great pics of the kiddies, Ronnie, Debi and Marilyn! Ronnie, looks like they had lots of fun.
We had a nice Christmas here. Opened our gifts, watched some TV. I cooked a beef roast for dinner. Went to see Dad in the evening. Went to see him again for his 83rd birthday. Brought a big cake we could share with everyone there. It was a nice time. One man there had frosting all over his face and hands. He was really enjoying himself.