Cotton Candy Pink

These Crepe Myrtles always remind me of pink cotton candy.

The trees turn bright pink and they bloom for about 1 1/2 months.

We have 13 scattered among the two acres. They are pink, white, red and purple. The red one has dark purple leaves on the tree. We did not plant all of these the birds planted some of them.

Surround yourself with beautiful flowers and your life will be much brighter.

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The beauty of purple

Last year I found these flowers on clearance at Lowes.

They never died back but instead grew bigger and better.

The tag was not on the pot at the time but I think they are in the Sage family.

Clearance plants can always give you a good bang for your buck. These were 1.00 and I bought three pots of them.

Splashes of purple in the landscape add color and beauty for the eyes to see.

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Tiny Lizard

I was watering plants on Friday when I saw this tiny anole lizard.

At one point he jumped on my hand this baby had no fear. He seemed in no hurry to leave as he posed for my camera.

It’s very hard for me to show the size of this tiny baby so my guess would be he was about 1 1/2″ – 2″ from head to toe. The steel rod he is on is only 1/4″ round.

I love taking pictures of the little critters in the great outdoors.

Nature allows her beauty to surround us each and every day we just have to take the time and notice what is right in front of us.

 

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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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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.

Macro Lens and Rose Petals

This rose was so beautiful I needed to photograph it.

I grabbed the camera and my macro lens and started taking some pictures indoors.

Rose petals are a lot like life each layer represents a new day full of life & joy its beauty fades but the memories will always be there.

Yellow Jackets

This hive of Yellowjackets was under our star jasmine.

Part of the Jasmine climbs a lattice fence and then part of it makes a walkway to our shed from the fence like an arbor of sorts.

Our daughter Jeanelle walked under it and then she was bitten a few times. This could have been very dangerous if they had all attacked.

Thank goodness the grandkids were not stung.

Jack was able to find the hive and take care of it.

Sometimes they build hives in places you never would think about so always check around you house and in your bushes very well.

 

My Air Plant Display

I had been wanting some airplants for quite a while. I love how they look and they are fun to display in different ways.

Here are a few of mine but after I did the pictures I remembered that there were two more in our bedroom that did not get their pics taken.

I have them scattered through out the house in different locations.

I bought a large order of them and shared them with my sister Sheri. All the plants were in really good shape even though they were mail ordered.

They are a funny little plant I water these about every 5 days I find if not they dry out and start to shrivel. There is no soil, no rocks just some fake moss in a few of the containers for looks.

I made the concrete wire containers as well as the one on the stand. The shells and the salt lamp I already had.

Sometimes it is the tiny things in life that bring us such joy and can always put a smile on our face.

 

The greens have it

I started following this young green Anole lizard with my macro lens on Friday morning.

This was a tiny lizard maybe 4″ total in length.

When I was editing that was when I noticed this picture consisted of mostly greens.

Try taking a picture outdoors that includes mostly one color. Make sure there is a foreground and background.

Sometimes thinking outside the box can be a way to show off your creativity.

 

Concrete Leaf Bird Feeder

I love working with concrete and this weekend I finally got a chance to cast a few concrete leaves.

For this leaf I used a taro leaf it is one of our bog plants for the pond but it is similiar to an elephant ear plant. This was a really large one.

The first one turned out great, the next two I broke because I kept messing with them before they were cured but the fourth one is ready to paint today. I suggest letting them dry 24 hours before touching them.

I wanted these leaves to have glamourous rich type sheen so I used metallic paints in several different greens and golds. Then I used a regular brown on the stems.

These concrete leaves allowed me to be creative, cast something new in a media I love working with & paint it for its final reveal.

This leaf will be used for a bird feeder to hang in the trees. I hope I can get a few more made this week.

These leaves could also make a beautiful decor piece for your home or even a shallow bird bath.

Life is good and I live to be creative.

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Pablo Picasso

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