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!



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Moraine Lake views

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






 
 
 
 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

unwind


gazing at the beautiful silvery water of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Canada




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Friday, October 3, 2014

trees

random photos of trees

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park.  How wonderful to be under a tree amidst such a dry desert with almost no vegetation!


There was quite a bit of excitement around my house a few weeks ago as dead trees were being removed from my yard and a couple neighbors' yards.  Chain saws were buzzing and sawdust was flying!
This tree is across the street.  It is very tall.  This guy is above the rooftop.  He's roped in, but leaning backward and loping that branch off with a chain saw.  These guys are fearless!  I watched him swing from branch to branch like Tarzan!
(not the best photo, but if you study it, the tree sawing process seems pretty crazy)


another blurry photo, but shows the beginning of swinging through the trees, chainsaw dangling.


These guys really are fearless!





birds' nest in crabapple


ornamental Clevland pear tree fruit.  a pretty golden bronzy color.

At long last, after a couple weeks of no computer, and then another without my hard drive being installed, my new computer is up and running!  not perfect, can't access my documents yet, but I do have all my photos.
Sadly, I've missed 3 letters of the alphabet!  I hope Ms. Jenny won't flunk me!




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Friday, September 5, 2014

photographs


random photographs from this summer... 


Because my hubby and I were attending our niece's wedding in July in San Diego, we decided to visit Death Valley on the way--yep--in the middle of Summer! Here we are having fun with shadows on the western edge of the park looking out to the Panamint Mountains. 


The wedding was so wonderful!  The ceremony and the reception were held outside.  Banners and lights were strung in several courtyard areas.  



The day after the wedding, the bride and groom escorted 13 of us into Baja California, Mexico for wine tastings.  First up--tacos and paletas.  Then we had all the energy necessary to visit 4 wineries!  At one of them, there was a grape tasting garden.  I wish I remembered what variety these are.



back home again to a waiting kitty!



and a mini garden harvest



My 9 year old twin goddaughters came over to play for an evening.  We had lots of fun!  Oliver (kitty) enjoyed man little girl-handling, we made fun food, and played flashlight tag.  This ice cream lady was inspired by Samantha Lee's amazing food art.  ("Lola" was made of 2 kinds of ice cream, strawberry lips and cheeks, chocolate sauce eyebrows, hair of oreo-type cookie surrounded by chocolate sauce.  A tree was made of cantaloupe branches and pieces of fruit for leaves and blossoms.) 



2 trips to Asheville, NC to visit my daughter and SIL.  We always work on a house project.  Sometimes we explore the town or the mountains.  We always have awesome food --and wine.  (My daughter's a wine rep!)  Recently, we were working on converting a carport into a greenhouse.  Alas, we didn't finish.



Yesterday, I was playing around with my iPhone taking photos of my flowers.  The asters have just begun to bloom.  It must be Fall.  See the beetle?


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Friday, August 29, 2014

sunset


near Pagosa Springs, Colorado


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

snippet of an Ohio summer


How fun to watch a ball game on a glorious summer day!


It's a hit!



The Ohio River is visable from the park.



a young fan enjoying the game



Besides watching the game and people watching, one can also watch boats cruise up and down the river.




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