Lichen, Moss, and Algae

Where there is a sick or dead tree it becomes a host for many colorful things.

This limb fell off during a rainstorm.

On each of the limbs were lichen, moss & algae and there were all kinds of it.

I love photographing stuff like this for the colors, textures and the close-up examination using my macro lens.

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After the rain

I love taking pictures of roses after rain or with morning dew on the petals.

Knock out roses are blooming pretty much year round around here. Right now they are very very happy. Roses are so inspirational to me they show such beauty in the petals.

Sunday we had some rain so I was able to get a few shots of the roses. I decided to give them each a post over the next week.

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Zoee the growing pup

Zoee is growing fast she weighs 43.8 #s at almost 9 months old.

She is the typical boxer puppy who jumps on you too much and is very hyper. I love it when she takes off running like a racehorse.

Daisy and Zoee are both have pollen allergy eyes right now. Zoee seems to have it worse.

I have come to the conclusion she is a sealed brindle there is brown hair under the black and it is a lot more noticeable around her shoulder area. Look on the front facing shoulder area and you can see it.

Zoee tore her carpal pad this is the pad that is up on the ankle area of a dog. I took her to the vet they sedated her and super glued bandaged it and told me to take off in a few days. I had to put on the collar thing to keep her from bothering it. Well, the super glue did not hold she would not keep the collar on and I even ordered a better one. It’s healing on its own so we will leave it alone.

I think Daisy is truly enjoying have Zoee around they are best friends and truly love each other.

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Wisteria blooms

I love wisteria it starts blooming before it leafs out but the purples are just amazing.

For a few days, you see blooms and bark then here come the leaves and even more blooms.

The bumblebees love it so in order to take pictures you have to be willing to share the space with 50 + bumblebees. I really do not mind they never bother me. I even grabbed a picture of one zooming by.

We have wisteria on our back fence and I love it I just wish the blooms lasted longer.

Surround yourself with blooms and your days will be brighter & more colorful.

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Honey Bee Heaven

The clover in the pasture is beautiful and there are a lot of honey bees this year.

All the rain we have had has allowed the clover to grow a lot and it is the brightest green. Good clover is honey bee heaven.

Seeing the honey bees really makes us both happy because we had a few years there were hardly any of them.

I was able to grab a few shots with my macro lens before this last batch of rain made even more mud.

The honey bees are small and they have to be strong to survive because so many things are stacked against them.

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Nature and her beauty

Nature’s beauty is all around for us to take a minute to relax and enjoy.

I see quite a few butterflies when I am watering everyday but I don’t always get to capture them on camera.

These two stayed long enough for me to go in the house and get my camera. These were actually shot two different days.

Take the time each day to notice the beauty all around and enjoy the view nature has provided for us all.

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Morning Glory

Good morning to the morning glory vine and flowers.

This flowering vine really puts on a show.

My sister gave me this one and it is in a pot but and I have it wrapped around a small oak tree.

It is one of the first things I see in the morning when I step out the back porch.

Sometimes it is the little things that can put a smile on your face in the morning.

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Purple Fountain Grass

I love shopping at Lowes and their plant selection is always great.

Recently I found 3 purple fountain grass in quart containers for $3.00 each. They were on the clearance aisle but did not look bad at all. I think the regular price was $9.00 each.

I brought them home we planted them in pots and gave them some miracle grow and a few weeks later they have now doubled in size.

Taking pictures of grasses and blooms with my macro lens has always been something I enjoy.

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Gladiola blooms

This year I had found 100 count gladiola bulbs in a box at Walmart for about $15.00 I bought two boxes.

We built a new bed around one of the oak trees in the backyard and made a gladiola bed.

According to the chart on the box, it was about a month past the date I should plant them. Well, I figured it was worth a try and low and behold they are now blooming.

The price was great but I did get tired of planting 200 bulbs lol. It takes a good size bed for that many flower bulbs. We built it up with a lot of dirt but they are still falling over does anyone have any suggestions? Do gladiolas always fall over because they are top heavy?

They are the most beautiful colors and color combinations of flowers I am truly enjoying them.

Flowers brighten our days and most of all make our yards more beautiful.

You are in charge of what makes you happy and for me, it’s always planting things that bloom.

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