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Baby Violets

I had forgotten about this image. One of my families Sweet Violet plants had been damaged last year on accident, I had put it in water in an attempt to save it – (which it worked for those interested, replanted and re-established) It wasn’t until I placed the remains of the plant in water that I realized it had seed pods on the base of the stem cluster.

The next morning the pod opened and dropped the seeds into the bottom of the dish. I never knew what Sweet Violet seeds looked like having been given the plant originally as a cutting to spread around my yard, so this was a wonderful experience. My families favourite flowers.

Sweet Violet “nursery”

Sweet Violet


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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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Rainbows End

This was one of our roses (“Rainbows End”) many brilliant displays from last summer. Both images taken just after sunset — one with flash, the other without. Such a pretty plant and a lovely fragrance.

Rainbows End (with flash)

Rainbows End (without flash)

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Strange pattern in the sky

This effect in the sky reminds me of a baby blanket my aunt made me as a small child.

Image taken at twilight, my fav time of day.


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Sun soaked rain, wonderful natural effect.

I seem to be cloud gazing a lot lately, can’t help it though. Nature is putting on pretty displays.

It was an unusual cool and overcast day the other morning. The sun was just rising. I managed to catch several images where the sun caught the rain, but not the clouds themselves. Thankfully I had my camera handy again. It reminds me a bit of the Northern Lights.

Sun lights up the rain at dawn

Sun lights up the rain at dawn.

Sun soaked rain, a little closer.

Brighter now. Such a terrific natural effect.

Another section of the same sky, slightly less visual effect.


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