Private gallery

Not far from my neighborhood, in a small pedestrian alleyway, there is a wonderful bunch of paintings decorating the wooden fences. The paintings, created by an artistic homeowner for neighbors in the immediate area, memorialize their beloved pets — dogs of all sizes, cats, birds, horses, and even an opossum. The number of pets included keeps growing every year. I’d […]

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A spring bouquet

I’ve been shooting a lot of wildflowers in my area lately (which I plan to start sharing very soon), but I always really enjoy seeing these roses burst into bloom in my neighborhood. I was walking to the store yesterday afternoon and didn’t have my camera, so I used my less-than-stellar phone camera instead. The images are only lightly edited; […]

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Aloe, so nice to see you!

As I walked through my neighborhood this morning I had a bit of a disappointment — I spotted some colorful plants (above), and from across the street I would have sworn they were colorful aloe vera flowers. I’m not sure what sort of plant it actually is, although I may have to go back tomorrow morning for a better image. I forgot about my disappointment later in the afternoon, as the dog and I passed by these amazing looking aloe plants, just begging for me to take their picture!

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Cats are invisible

Every cat knows that if you freeze and do not move, the human can’t possibly see you. This is especially true if you are perched on a pile of rocks, peering from behind a weed or two, enjoying your role as a mighty hunter. But if that pesky human refuses to acknowledge your feline invisibility… don’t forget to throw a […]

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Alcea rosea

A hollyhock flower, known in Japan as aoi (葵), was incorporated into the official seal of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan, and through this influence has maintained importance in modern Japanese culture… The Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) is one of the three main festivals of the city of Kyoto — from Wikipedia.

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