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Searching for Bluebonnets

Searching for Bluebonnets

October Moon


October Moon Lyrics by Pat Johnson, click the play button below to play his song.
October Moon by Pat Johnson Music Page

Attack of the Yarn Bombers

My friend Sara does a little tree hugging after her fantastic performance in Hair last weekend in Dallas. The knitting community brightened the entrance to the Opera House with lots of colorful knitted art.

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Time…making it

So much for trying to publish a weekly post.  My last post was published on August 14th.  Other priorities come first before I can find time to sit here,  edit my recent photographs and find the right words to share with you. Work, sleep, paying bills, spending a time with the husband and the 4 Paws Gang have a higher priority.  Oh, did I say work?   Since I last shared my life with you, I have travelled to Denver, Chicago and Louisiana.  The Denver and Chicago trips were quick 2 night trips each for business.  The road trip to Louisiana with my friend Donna for the Labor Day week was pure relaxation. Well almost…the speeding ticket on my way home was a bit more excitement than I really wanted.

I’m still learning my new camera and haven’t had much time to spend with Nellie, the Nikon.  I didn’t take her to Denver or Chicago with me; although I wish I had.  My hotel was right on the banks of the Chicago River and the larger than life statue of Marilyn Monroe was right across the river.  I saw some fantastic buildings on the cab ride from the hotel to the Willis Tower where our company now has relocated the corporate headquarters.  I know I will be visiting again and Miss Nellie will be with me next time.  In the meantime, here are a few of my shots taken with my new D7000.  I also posted a few on Flickr this morning.  There’s a widget on the right side of this page that takes you to my Flickr photostream if you are interested.  If you want to see larger images of the photos posted below, click on the image.

From my office parking garage:

During my  trip to Louisiana over the Labor Day weekend, we drove through a recent fire area near the my friends’ home on Nantachie Lake.  When I got back to Houston, we learned of the fires that started in the Magnolia, Bastrop and Steiner Ranch Areas of Texas. The lack of rain is really damaging our Texas landscape with wildfires and dying crops/trees and dried up lakes and ponds.

A cotton plant after a rainy weekend in Louisiana:

I knew we were going see a Harvest Moon this month and I didn’t want to miss it. I captured this a day before the official full moon; however, it was high in the sky and had lost all the orange glow before I had time to pick up my camera.

The next night I was late getting home, but I could see the moon on the horizon. I called home and with little instruction, Simon took my camera and the 70-300mm zoom outside and caught this as it came into sight. Not too bad, eh?

One more bit of news before I go. It rained today…not a lot, but enough to lift our spirits for a little while. Keep those prayers and rain dances coming.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

“How Does Your Garden Grow?”

“What dreadful hot weather we have! 
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
-  Jane Austen  

I think today is the 12th or 13th day in a row of Houston area temperatures reaching over 100 degrees.  Are these the dog days of Summer? I feel like I have no energy and not much enthusiasm to get out and about which isn’t good since my sore knee needs a bit of exercise to keep it moving.  So Ms. Nellie II and I took a stroll through our local botanic gardens before noon today to see  how the flowers are surviving this heat.

Water Lily Pond

 

Water Lilies

 

Dusty Peach Bougainvillea

 

"I can reach it!"

 

Summer Nectar

 

Pausing for a Rest

 

Stained Glass Beauty

 

Surviving the Heat

The blooms are doing fine thanks to a great gardening team at the gardens.  I, on the other hand, am melting.  Turn down the a/c I’m headed home to look for my misplaced elegance!    Let me know how your garden grows.

Dreams Do Come True

 
Created with Kim Klassen’s “Dream” Texture

My sweet husband bought me a new camera yesterday.  Nellie, the Nikon (my wonderful little D40x) now has a bigger sister named “Nellie Two.”  It’s the D7000.   Yep, I did the happy dance! 

We took Nellie Two to Kemah today and found a few sunflowers growing near the coastline.  I’ll come back later and add a few more shots to my flickr photostream, but I just had to stop and share my good news.  Isn’t he a wonderful husband?  :-)

A New Challenge

Well, I thought I had a geeky effect to show off.  I wanted to add a mouse over technique to a photo so  you would see the original without any editing if you ran your mouse over the photo.  Jill from Jillsy Girl Studio featured this on her site twice this week.   Yesterday I tried it and couldn’t get it to work.  If you get notified of my new postings, you probably received a note; however,  I removed it since it didn’t work. Then I asked  Geri from My Heart Art to help.   She has a Geek Alert section on her blog filled with lots of help and ideas.  After hearing from Geri, I worked again this morning for about an hour on just 3 little lines of html code without much luck.  Finally I gave in and went to wordpress support only to discover that wordpress.com does not support the mouseover technique.  I need to use the non-free version.  :-(   Oh well, I guess I just won’t dazzle you guys with my technical ability right now.  But a big thanks go to Jill for getting me interested and to Geri for her quick help!  I now know how to do this, but I need my blog hosted in a site that supports it. 

The photos I want to share were from a walk yesterday morning through the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.  I met my friend Gwenn there around 9:30am yesterday before the temperature touched the 100 degree mark.  Here’s a sampling of the wonderful colors blooming there:

"The Bee and the Coneflower"

“Brown Eyed Susan” Daisy
“Texas Star Hibiscus”
Golden Dewdrops
“Hidden Ginger”
“A Splash of Purple”
I saw the quote I added to the photo below on a supporter sign in the Botanic Gardens.
Kim Klassen’s “Love” and “Aurora” Textures applied

I came home and found the lovely poem that contains the quote.

God’s Garden

 The Lord God planted a garden
In the first white days of the world,
And He set there an angel warden
In a garment of light enfurled.

 So near to the peace of Heaven,
That the hawk might nest with the wren,
For there in the cool of the even
God walked with the first of men.

 And I dream that these garden-closes
With their shade and their sun-flecked sod
And their lilies and bowers of roses,
Were laid by the hand of God.

 The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

 For He broke it for us in a garden
Under the olive-trees
Where the angel of strength was the warden
And the soul of the world found ease.

- Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858 – 1932)

We only have one or two drought resistant blooms around our home.  What’s blooming at yours?