Clear Lake, Sunny Days

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Hot. It’s late May, and we are staying in a small cabin on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake — one of the oldest lakes in North America — during our annual fishing trip with family and close friends. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours on the deck of an […]

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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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Yellow/Orange Flowers

Garden flowers: It took me a fair bit of Googling but I believe these are Canna Lilies. Although the flowers look a bit droopy, their bright orange hue caught my eye as I was walking through my neighborhood, and I had to go back for a photo. The colors here a more subtle but still glorious.  I’m lucky to have neighbors who enjoy tending to roses, and just walking past the colorful blooms brightens my day. Wildflowers: Indian paintbrush along the base of the cliffs at Negro Bar State Park. I had to try several times before finally getting some good shots of these flowers; they lie at the base of a cliff that gets heavy sunlight most of the day, and that tends to make accurate photo coloring tough.  If it’s not too sunny, it’s usually too breezy — these beautiful buds do a lot of swaying in the wind!

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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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Red Flowers

Well, now that my somewhat crazy December is finally over, I hope to return to the habit of posting on a regular basis.  I definitely have a lot of new photos to share, and maybe even a few interesting things to write about. First, I want to jump back into some photo challenges!  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Red Flowers.  I’m very lucky that in my neighborhood there are always a few bright and colorful gardens I can’t resist pointing my camera at. This heart-shaped crape myrtle always reminds me of Valentine’s Day. For this beautiful red rose I played with some of the photo effects available on Flickr. Here’s a bright accent at the edge of this corner lot. I’m not sure what this flower is, but it’s a real beauty.

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Orange and Green

Oh yes, this week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge WAS a bit more challenging — but still fun! The very first thing I (eventually) thought of was this yarn… …which was included in a big box of yarn I bought from another knitter’s destash, back in 2009.  It’s laceweight and not exactly my color combination of first choice.  But it’s definitely eye-catching, and apparently unforgettable.  Luckily I had Ravelry to remind me where I’d stashed it away. So, it was all good, photo challenge sorted.  Except, Just then I happened to glance out my front window, where I saw this: So, thank you, Cee, for reminding me to open my eyes and realize Nature always has just the right colors, if you’re paying attention!

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