Here is one of my families ol’ friends. We’ve had this hardy red geranium.. for what must be at least a decade now. We take trimmings of it and spread it around the yard, and friends yards. It’s a happy plant.

Red geranium

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Purchased some new flowers for the yard to bring some desperately needed colour back in. The areas frost at the New Year forced me to trim everything back. There are new leaves at the base of my ol’ friends, but they are far from flowers themselves. The new ones are all safe against the house and I bring them in on colder nights (goes from 80º F down to 42º F at night!!). Here is a pretty Pink crawling geranium. It’s a tiny plant now, but when it matures and cascades over the side of the window sill it’s going to be very pretty!!

Pink crawling geranium

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Hawaiian Smiles Hibiscus

My Hawaiian Smiles Hibiscus just produced the 1st two beautiful flowers of the season.

Two hours after taking these images they were fully unfolded flowers.. but the buds are so pretty.. thought I would share them.

“Hawaiian Smiles” Hibiscus

I love the fuzz! Nature is so pretty.

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1st White Banks Rose

My first banks rose of the season.. I had to capture it one film.. and of course share it!

Lady Banks Rose (white)


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A wee peak through the trees

This was a lucky catch. I love this image.

Rainbow through eucalyptus trees. Natures frame to an untouchable object.

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Same sunset, different photographers.

I was skimming through various peoples tweets and came across a picture that struck my memory. Not two weeks ago I took a picture of a brilliant sunset that matched. I uploaded my film tonight and the dates match too. Scottish lad Sam Heughan (@samheughan) and I seem to have taken a picture of the same SoCal sunset, almost at the same time, I either captured it late.. or early.

What a magical feeling.

Ironically, I took a picture of the sunset the day before also.. that looks more like a match. Date on the image is proof though.. Fun stuff. *cheers* Mr. Heughan.

Sam’s picture and mine. Only slightly off time and I’m a fair distance from the coast.


Here is my image from the day before.. the stunning colours match, but the clouds.. not so much now that I look at it again. Thought I would share regardless, as it is a beauty too. Enjoy.

It’s been one of the toughest years of my life, I hope to get back into posting again. 
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My Ash does bark

The bark of my beloved Ash tree.

I find the details fascinating, “stop and smell the roses” type of capture.

Ash tree bark

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Sweet Violets

There are few flowers that we can grow in are garden that remind us of back home, England. Sweet violets are my families favourite flowers. We are so happy they enjoy our yard. Here is my fav image of one of ours that I took last month.

Sweet Violet. I adore their appearance, fragrance and taste. does my doberman pup who likes to steal the flowers in mid romp.. goober. Rather ironic considering I made her into a ‘Dobiolet’ when waiting for her plane trip from breeder to home with us.

They grow the thinnest around the bottom of our ash tree. They are happier in the garden, but through the years have spread here themselves.

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Leonardos go swimming, again

Yet again I had to save lizards from drowning in a bucket of water last month, this time it was two lizards at the same time. They fall off the window shelf into the bucket as we are watering the plants, they scurry so fast they slip and have incredible aim.. unfortunately. (No matter how many times I move that bucket it always ends up under that drip… grr) This time I had to hold them in gloved hands about 45 min to warm up, it was then after sunset and they still looked pale and miserable, both were breathing though, thank heavens. After they were warm I decided to keep them in for the night. I put them in an old glass food storage container that I put dirt and leaves in and some holes in the lid.

When their colour was back I placed them gently in the container and put them in the cabinet that holds our cable box, as it is a gentle heat, just perfect. The next morning I took them out into the garden and released them. The smaller of the two took off like a shot, the larger stayed long enough for me to take a picture and then was on his/her way too. We had taken pictures of them in my gloves, and in the storage container, but for some reason the zoom was malfunctioning. Here is the farewell image.

Release day. A couple hours later he and his buddy were both sunning themselves on the windowsill again….

☞ Why we call all the lizards “Leonardo” ☜

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Moon gazing

Playing with my new camera. Zooming in, past trees to gaze at a rising moon.

Oct 20, 2013

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