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Live from the pitch

Posted: February 25, 2023 in Uncategorized

Games suspended for severe weather until…who knows?

This week I’m sharing random photos I’ve come across again while browsing through files. Just haven’ some fun. This photo was taken on a foggy day in Wyoming at one of the three lakes on the (shared) property. The perfect reflections fascinated me. I used the Holga-ish edit in Picasa and then lightened it just slightly, which I think gives it an other-worldly feeling that I really like.

Friday flowers…into the heart

Posted: January 20, 2023 in Uncategorized

Looking into the heart of a flower or from a different perspective can change everything.

On the Texas A&M AgriLife Extenstion site, one of my favorite flowering plants in our part of Arizona, Pride of Barbados is featured.

Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae). It is referred to by other names including Barbados Flowerfence, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Flamboyan, Caesalpinia, and Dwarf Poinciana. The species name pulcherrima literally means “very pretty” and this plant definitely lives up to the name. The blooms of Pride of Barbados are incredible with terminal flower clusters showing an orange-red with a tinge of gold on the edges. Each flower is composed of five showy petals with very prominent six inch long red stamens.

To see a plant covered with these flowers is breath-taking but I’ve chosen with this shot to look at it from a different perspective…literally. I thought it was fun to see how almost symmetrical it looks while losing none of its beauty.

Happy Friday! I hope you have something enjoyable planned for the weekend.

FOTD 1.20.23

Monday I point the van back towards Arizona after a wonderful visit. But this morning I spent a few minutes in the car wash and thought I’d take a few photos as well as stop in to say hello and hope all of you are doing well. There will be much to tell when I return.

Last day in Petrified Forest

Posted: October 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

All during our drive through Petrified Forest National Park, I tried to square my memory of a visitor’s center and display of petrified wood from my two previous visits, one when I was still in grade school. Finally we arrived at the place I remembered. What a relief! Evidently we’d come in through the southern entrance those times rather than the northern one my husband and I used. Nice to know my memory wasn’t faulty!

Dries at DeWets Wild asked about other fossils (petrified wood is, strictly speaking, a fossil) and I realized I happened to have a few photos of some from the visitor’s center.

My, what big teeth you have!

Here are some last views of petrified wood, the dramatic sky, and the park itself. Thanks for coming along. I hope you’ve enjoyed the visit and if you get the chance, be sure to stop and see it all for yourself.

The past and the present meet.

Several days ago we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. It was filled with wonderful, wondrous things but one of my favorites is always the jellyfish (not fish at all) or sea jellies. Their unworldly appearance and graceful way of moving mesmerize me. Here’s a short video of some of them but you’ll have to ignore the audio. There were quite a few people around and no way of shutting out the sound. Just mute and enjoy!

Our daughter and I are off to Pasadena today after getting pedicures, a women’s day out, so I’ll be late in responding to comments and blog posts. I hope you have as much fun as I’m sure we will. Thanks for all your wishes for a happy anniversary to us yesterday. We had a good day, ending with a wonderful meal at Din Tai Fung with our daughter and son-in-law. Grandson spent the evening with his other set of grandparents, being a bit too little to appreciate our delicious meal. 🙂

I’m sure I’m not the only one who recalls the day in 1986 when the Challenger space shuttle exploded barely over a minute after taking off. A few mornings ago while walking along the Strand in Hermosa Beach, I came across this memorial to all the crew as well as to astronaut Greg Jarvis of Hermosa Beach.

Six-Word Saturday 8.20.22

…begins with a single step.

Of course flying might be an even better choice.