February Flowers

In honor of Leap Year 2016, I’m sharing some of the amazing flowers I’ve been seeing around my neighborhood this month. Since this is the first time in my life I’ve started paying much attention to flowers, I had to do quite a bit of internet research, trying to ID each one.  Thanks to Google and the awesome Wildflower Identification Guide, I think I’ve […]

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Things That Are Smooth

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Things That Are Smooth: “Anything that your hand and touch and it feels smooth is allowed in this week’s challenge.” Birch trees at Caples Lake. Velveteen rabbit — smooth coat and liquid eyes. Pure silk in pink and purple (Artyarns Regal Silk).    

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 2

What really helped kick off my current obsession with ground-level macro was my discovery of photographer Kim Leuenberger and her completely awesome Traveling Cars Adventures series.  I wanted to put my own spin on her idea, so I took a tiny ’55 Chevy Nomad and a mini 2001 Mini Cooper to the coast with me and played with a couple of […]

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 1

Two of my very favorite books growing up, and even to this day, have been Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice was always shrinking and growing and being forced to examine her world in completely new ways. I liked to play at being Alice:  peering toward the edges of mirrors and pretending that backward […]

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Blue or Purple Flowers

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, three wildflowers and a cultivated garden beauty. Wild iris   Geraniums (thanks to Mom, when Google failed me!)   Purple wildflowers.  These are everywhere in the spring; but Google as I might, I couldn’t come up with a proper name.  Everybody seems to just call them California wildflowers…   Sweet peas (thank you, […]

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White Flowers

Hollyhock flower seen in my neighborhood.  These flowers originated in Asia and Europe and are now widely popular with gardeners.  Kyoto, Japan, holds an annual Hollyhock Festival every May. For white flowers, I need look no farther than the camellias in my driveway.  We have two plants; one produces white petals and the other produces pink/red flowers.  Now is the […]

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