Monday, November 17, 2014

Winter already?!












 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
woke up to a glorious snowy world this morning!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zabriskie Point

Death Valley badlands
"The otherworldly badlands around you are deathly silent and still.  Yet this arid scene is often the result of the violent action of water and earthquakes."
(~sign on site)


Long ago, shimmering lakes filled the valley.  Silt washed into the lakes creating thick deposits of clay, yellow sandstone, and tan siltstone.  Flung into the lakes, hot mud, lava, and volcanic ash caused streaks of color.  This created the Furnace Creek Formation.  Seismic activity tilted the once level layers.  Rainstorms cause gullywashers that continue to carve out this strangely beautiful landscape. 

In July of this year, hubby and I began our visit to Death Valley here.  Unlike much of Death Valley which is at or below sea level, Zabriskie Point is 713 feet (217 meters) above sea level.


Borax, a combination of the element boron and various salts, has been mined here.  (The last of the mines closed in 2005.)  Borax can be found in laundry detergent, cosmetics, insulation in walls and roofs, fire extinguishers, ceramic dishes, and the glass in electronic touchpads.





looking down on the parking lot

LINKS:
mining in Death Valley, National Park Service
hikespeak 
National Parks Traveler  interesting!
The 20 MuleTeam borax brand spawned a radio show that later became a TV show.  Called Death Valley Days, it ran for many years.  Ronald Reagan appeared on this show!  (link includes a clip of this show but don't know if Reagan is in it.) 


Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is  "Z."  Come visit others' submissions HERE  and join in the fun!  


PS:
uses of Borax:
"Borax is well known as an ingredient in high efficiency laundry detergents, but it's most important modern use is in the production of fiberglass and borosilicate glass. The element Boron has powerful abilities to stengthen, toughen and make fire-resistant glasses, metals, wood, and fibers. It is used in appoximately three hundred high-tech products. A few of its uses are as soldering flux, in welding rods, as preservatives for wood and fabric, as fire retardant, in insecticides, in pottery glaze, as antiseptics, in hybrid fuels, and in experimental fuel cells." ~from National Park Service site

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Botanical Yellow


The glorious splendor of Fall is captured in sunny Chrysanthemums.


What fun flowers Celosias are!  In the Victorian language of flowers, celosia symbolizes warmth, humor, and silliness.  I think of them as Dr. Seuss flowers.  My neighbor grew plants from seeds and gave me some, most of which were bright pink.  The crazy shapes they grew in, made me smile.


a crazy discovery:  conjoined black eyed susans growing in my garden.  The stem was thick and flat.  The center seedhead is almost a continuous oval.

(continuing the "yellow" theme from last week's xanthophyll--you know, the stuff that makes plants yellow.)


Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is  "Y."  Come visit others' submissions HERE  and join in the fun!  


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October skies


my backyard--only a couple weeks ago.  Now the leaves have mostly fallen.  The tall tree with green leaves near the right side is a black walnut.  I love the brilliant blues of October skies and the gloriously colored leaves.  Now it's November and most of the leaves have blown off the trees.

Wordless Wednesday/ Wordy Wednesday--where I linked up: 
 
The Art and Tree Chatter of Aquariann





Create With Joy






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Sunday, November 2, 2014

xanthophyll

...a yellow carotenoid plant pigment that causes the autumn color of leaves

This color is masked by chlorophyll in the summer.  Xanthophylls aid in the absorption of light by capturing specific wavelengths and rapidly transferring this energy to chlorophyll. 

This photo was taken about two weeks ago.  Now most of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  There are still some beautiful red leaved maples.  The pear trees have only just begun to turn red.



Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is  "X."  Come visit others' submissions HERE  and join in the fun!  


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

waiting

My Meyer lemon tree bloomed months ago and some of those blooms developed fruit. 
Aah...those blooms are so fragrant! 


There are now 7 green lemons busily ripening.  It takes a l-o-n-g time for this process to happen--about 6 months.  Meyer lemons are self pollinating, and if grown outdoors bees and wind can help.  Indoors, the tree may need some pollination help.  I've never hand pollinated it but may try on the next set of flowers because it will be inside for the winter.

I've had lemons from this tree before and they were so delicious!



Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is  "W."  Come visit others' submissions HERE  and join in the fun!  


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Moraine Lake views

a few photos of beautiful Lake Moraine in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada






 
 
 
 
LINK:
Parks Canada



Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is  "V."  Come visit others' submissions HERE  and join in the fun!  


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