This potted firecracker red coleus is now headed for year three of brilliance. Prior to the firecracker I’ve never been able to keep other types of coleus for more than a year–that’s 50 years of tossing dead plants! The name fits. (FYI: this coleus started off in the ground, then was potted in year two–itContinue reading “Firecracker Red Coleus”
The summer’s end in Sacramento is marked by the end of water lily blooms. But the pods still provide beauty in their final days when struck by sunlight.
A neighbor’s rose is peeking over a fence in its journey towards the sun.
My foray into a nearby water lily pond ended with this shot of spent pods surrounding a lone bloom.
My confidence level rises when my camera is on a tripod–the shot will be in focus. So there I was at water’s edge with thousands of lily pads before me. The next obstacle after focus and framing was lighting. A large bush behind me was casting a shadow on the first row of lily pads.Continue reading “Shadow on a Lily Pad”
When left to its own devices, a nasturtium, truly a spreading vine, will head for the strangest places. Took this shot yesterday of one on its way to the end of our deck, past some weeds and a hose, where it will crawl up and over a brick wall on its way to freedom. MaybeContinue reading “Runaway Nasturtium”
Last Fall I sowed a handful of black-eyed Susan seeds. They sprouted a few weeks ago; some were gigantic, well over two feet tall. Took the above photo of one that is near the end of its blooming life.Got to wondering where the “Susan” comes from. Turns out that the poet John Gray in 1720Continue reading “The Black-eyed Susan Adventure”
Everyday I walk past this clump of nasturtiums surrounded by succulents. I thought about pulling the nasturtiums out but the orange flowers contrast nicely with the bright green growth of the cactus like plant. When I noticed sunlight hitting the broad nasturtium leaves, I decided to let nature takes its course. You probably don’t wantContinue reading “Sunlight on a Leaf”
Cosmos flowers were blowing in the wind yesterday save for one, held in place by the emerging bloom of another cosmos that had hooked itself between petals. A honey bee, taking advantage of a target that was steady, flew in for some nectar while I positioned the camera. Lucky.