Boxer dogs in action

Daisy and Zoee love to play different games but one of their favorites is jumping for the stick.

Sometimes it is easier if one is in the house so you can have one on one time.

Zoee is an extreme sports dog she is light as a feather at 35#s and she can jump so high the stick and the water hose are her favorite jumping toys.

Daisy can jump good but not as good as Zoee she is probably about 70#s.

The first pic Zoee landed on Daisy that actually makes them mad at each other lol.

The second pic is all about those facial expressions with Zoee.

Third pic Daisy got a hold of that stick.

Fourth pic Zoee is Dancing.

Getting the action shots for me is always a challenge with multiple dogs next time we will try one at a time.

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Cream Colors

Sometimes there a picture that you take that requires some special editing.

This one was one of those pictures I added a cream tone to the coloring and a vignette on the edges.

This picture of the rose was taken with my macro lens. I use that lens a lot.

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The thrill of container gardening

I love all my plants but I love creating special container arrangements.

I buy all kinds of containers from metal to plastic. Sometimes I paint the plastic and sometimes I paint the metal. It all depends on what I am going for and where the container will be located.

I love using the technique Spiller, Filler, and Thriller.

This first picture the planter is really full it has two kinds of sweet potato vine the purple and the green, sword fern, coleus, pink polka dot plant, & zebra wandering jew. I love how all the colors bounce off the other plants. This container was a metal water hose container we plugged the hole in the side and you would never know.

The second picture is by the pond outside of the back porch. It has asparagus fern, vinca major, coleus, & zebra wandering jew. This container did not get repainted but I like the worn look on the plastic whiskey barrel.

I have several others that have just a few things in them but these two pictures are my favorite ones.

When planting mixed containers if you want something dramatic-looking try this technique. When you use different colors all the colors pop.

Every space in your yard might require something different to get the look you want. It’s all about using your imagination to create something that is unique.

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Up close and personal

Daisy loves to distract me when I have the camera.

She came up to me when I was sitting down outside and looked straight into my macro lens. I could not resist taking a picture of her but did not realize how good it would turn out.

Its moments like this that capture your heart and make you want to get your pet’s portraits done.

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Ducks and social distancing

These black-bellied whistling ducks frequent our bird feeders. I can walk out there and they do not budge they are use to me and my camera.

We have lost several tala trees/ trash trees they have gotten some kind of disease. My husband hates these trees but we are letting them fall down on their own since the wildlife loves them.

The woodpeckers love pecking the dead trees.

The ducks are always in this particular tree I refer to it as the duck tree.

It looks like most are social distancing even the ducks can follow the rules its to bad most people can’t.

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Ivy – Pothos

I have been growing ivy for years. My grandmother always grew it so I wanted to grow it.

We always have about 10 very large hanging baskets full of ivy. some are 7 foot long. We always have to cut it and trim it so we have lots of ivy to give away.

A piece of ivy ended up in our gravel bog. It started crawling out and here’s the size of the monster ivy. It has now crawled out about 10 feet.

That is a glass marble on the ivy leaf it is the size of a nickel so you can see the size of this leaf. They are so massive.

In the second picture, I have a regular ivy with the stalk beside the bigger one and its stalk. Notice the big stalk is as big around as your thumb. Look at the small leaf on the big leaf and then look behind that to see the stalk.

The bog has fish waste in it and evidently, the ivy loves it. Now fish waste ( fish poop) is not the same as fish emulsion ( fish skin, oil, scales, and bones) so do not confuse the two.

When we do a water exchange we will put the water we pump out into 25-gallon buckets and put it in the lawnmower wagon and take it to the raised garden tomato plants in the backyard.

This can be another project to see what does fish waste to do tomato plants and tomatoes. There will be more to come on this soon.

Life is good here at the Lira house there is always something exciting going on.

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Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger is one of my favorite plants.

We have them planted in the shade accented by sword fern they are under two very large 40 year old oak trees.

Since there were no freezes in the past few winters they are thriving. Currently, they are about 5 foot + tall and 8 foot wide or more in all four directions. Needless to say, they multiply like crazy and then you can share with your friends.

If it freezes they die back and they will not bloom the next spring. They will come back but it will take them some time to get full again.

The blooms start out as a pod looking thing then all the white blooms start showing and those open up to yellow flowers. They are quite striking.

We started out with a one-gallon container of the ginger and now I could give 10 people all a gallon and it would never look like I touched it.

My husband thinks we should sell these plants so he has about 20 in quart containers and another 10 + in gallon containers.

When you landscape your yard research your plants and always buy stuff that multiplies then you can move it to several different locations. Make sure you pay attention to the sun requirements.

A beautiful well-manicured yard shows off the time and love you have put into it.

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Agapanthus – Lily of the Nile

The Agapanthus also goes by the name of Lily of the Nile and it is a pretty amazing flower. The flowers shoot up on a very tall stem so they stand out quite well.

I bought all my plants on clearance at Lowes last spring. At the time they looked rough but with a little TLC, they were good to go. Never give up on a bargain plant I find that 95% of the time they live.

I just water them 2 times a week and they have been blooming like crazy. They are in full sun from about noon on. I think I have about eight of them.

If you look at the creamy background in this picture you will know this was shot using a  prime lens. A prime lens has another name it is the high dollar lens. This was shot using my Canon 100mm Macro lens that my husband bought me.

I shot this picture in Aperture Priority with a fast shutter speed because the wind was blowing like crazy. You can not get this kind of picture in auto mode on a camera.

The flower really stands out against the creamy background and shows off its details.

The beauty of photography is seeing what you can create while being in control of the camera.

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