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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Sunrise Rose

The morning sunrise kissed the petals of the rose and the dew sparkled like diamonds.

The bokeh is the glitter in this picture.

Sunrise Manvel, Texas 2020

I was able to capture this picture Monday morning of the beautiful sunrise in Manvel, Texas.

Our view has no obstacles just wide open space which makes for wonderful pictures.

Every sunrise is unique its beauty & colors along with the clouds is etched in our mind as one of life’s paintings we got to enjoy.

 

Macro of a Rose

I love photographing flowers with a macro lens and it is all the better when there is moisture on the flowers from recent rain.

This is a knockout rose in our backyard.

Flowers can brighten our days and give us great joy.

Neotropic Cormorant

These two birds are Neotropic Cormorant.

We spotted these two beauties while out at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas.

I like the way these birds colors look painted on.

Foggy morning sketch

Lately, I have been playing a lot in the sketch options on my photo editing program.

This picture is in our pasture but across the street and I like the way this one turned out.

Some pictures work out better than others when trying this out.

Hiding Squirrel

Everyone here knows I love wildlife and when I get a chance to capture some animals with my camera it’s all the better.

This squirrel was hiding he made himself flat as he could to become pressed against the tree trunk.

I love squirrels! When we were kids our Dad brought home a baby squirrel he found and we had him for a pet for along time. We will call this one Fuzzy # 2.

A frame for berries

This window frame hangs in the oak tree in the front yard normally I have a plant hanging in the frame.

Since it is winter all our plants in pots were moved in the greenhouse for protection so I needed something in the window frame. Low and behold I thought about the Pyracantha berries and I must say they look great accented by the pine tree across the street.

The stuff in the window frame becomes a picture in itself.

A splash of color under the oak tree is just enough to put a smile on your face as you drive by.

Sometimes it just takes a little bit of imagination to repurpose something for a new idea.

Tiny calf and its mom

This calf I believe was born the day before yesterday.

It is a tiny calf so more than likely it was premature but it seems to be getting around good and being quite active.

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