Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This geranium has been so good at blooming all summer. I have had this plant for three summers now and it just keeps giving me great red blooms. I keep it inside in the winter in the spare room and it just keeps thriving.
Yes, you can see my wife's camera is better than my expired point and shoot. The photo has true reds and is in focus.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I spent the morning Monday helping sort through iron and junk on a farm. I of course have a new batch of bottles to add to my collection of old jars. Vick's Vapor Rub and Noxema Face Cream both sold their products in the cobalt blue jars. Some of the other jars here are ones I don't recognize. The off center opening of the one clear bottle is an interesting bottle. I found a number of those and I don't know what would have been sold in the jar.
If my photos seem better than ever it is because that I am using my wife's camera to take my photos now. It is a lot better than my point and shoot in which I lost the monitor function. If the pictures seem blurry also it is because I am trying to figure out all the different settings. The camera has a macro setting that doesn't work for me but the flower and macro setting at the same time seems to be the answer for close up shots.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
This photo stands out as one of my favorites of the past. It has this great composition of showing a boy and his horse working at a horse show at the fair. It is an archived photo from three years ago but the show was one of my favorite experiences with these large horses showing their massive strength and gentle nature while obeying this young man's directions.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It was mentioned on the television that our migration of monarch's should be happening soon. I have been seeing a lot of them around but not in masses like it eventually will look like around here. I haven't seen as many different kinds of butterflies as I did last year. The yellow swallowtail and some smaller ones have been around but no other kinds.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I picked up a book about people who had a clearing on their property and they created special gardens in them. Furniture, fences or structures that were special and looked sculptural were a part of each garden. The clearings were really in unexpected places that made them look magical.
The book is entitled:
A Clearing in the Woods: Creating Contemporary Gardensby Roger Foley (Photographer)
It made me think of this old wheelbarrow that I just parked out among my yellow squash vines. I didn't have the heart to throw this barrow away as my dad had made it quite a few years ago. Every year it was filled with dirt and loaded with petunias. His later years were difficult with his health so it had been put away in a storage shed. It was one of the last things I dug out of that shed recently and I didn't want to take it to the landfill.
It does seem like a sculptural form to me as I threw old pots inside of it and there it just sits. The vines and other plants have just grown up around it.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
I really like the sculptural form of this flower and also the texture and color is so great.
I had taken the flower shot from the back side and when I approached it from the front I was surprised to find this bumble bee in nectar heaven.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Another butterfly with parts of it's wing missing. I was glad this one finally settled in and let me shoot a few pictures. It flattened itself out wide open while it was eating which is different than the others that close their wings while they eat. I didn't look this one up as far as identification. I really don't think I have seen it before now. It is smaller than a monarch and is a lot browner than the photo portrays.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Here is a closer view of the fast appearing flowers with an unplanned back lighting effect on the bloom.
The surprise lilies have multiple blooms on the end of each stem. It almost makes them have a disorganized appearance as they bunch up on the ends of those stems.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I mentioned in one of my blogs that the Surprise Lilies should be up pretty soon. In an almost overnight time span they sprout and here they are. I think they should actually open their blooms in another day.
If you are not familiar with these lilies they sprout out their foliage in early spring and then it dies back completely. A month later or so up comes the shoots for blooms. They are called Naked Ladies is some circles and some seed catalogs.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I know no facts about this thing. I know folklore. and as soon as I share it, I will hear the truth about what it is from one of you. It is the same material as a train rail, only it a smaller version. I have another one, the same version as the small one but larger that is a foot in length like that of a train rail. I think they were made for people to hammer out their hot metal and other things.
I am going to use it for a gate stop for my blue gate.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
We had a high down burst of wind a week ago and the wind was so strong that it blew these into my yard. They came from the neighbors tree which reminds me of a locust but I really don't know the name of it. It has a fern-like leaf structure. I get volunteers of the seed in my flower garden every year but I think it is kind of a messy tree so I don't move them and try to grow one of my own.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Vines love hot weather and as you can see this volunteer vine is doing well. It will cover up flowers like the coneflower at the bottom right and eventually will take over the daylilies. Their foliage is actually good to look at but it does get to be too much when it covers over the entire plant.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
This is an archived photo to fit my theme for the day. We turned the house in Osceola over to a realtor and the only one thing he found wrong was that I needed to mow and cut down the weeds.
Yes, I have been ill and yes it has been two weeks so we will head down this morning very early while it is still under 80 degrees. The grass is very dry so it isn't hard to get that done, but the heat has made all the weeds grow large. I have an electric weed eater so I will take a long cord down and get the job done. My lungs are still a little touchy and if it gets to be too much I will just go back again the next day. It is over an hour's drive to get there so I hope I don't have to return.
My own yard is about five inches tall but that is good as it is the only green looking yard in the neighborhood. It was again not by choice that I don't have it done but it looks like it is a good thing that I don't have mine cut short like everyone around me. Maybe Tuesday I can address that problem and have more of my ducks in a row by then.
Thanks for stopping in and do stay cool, no matter where you are.