Tuesday, March 31, 2009

7 Accessories
A few sewing accessories.

Monday, March 30, 2009

129 Green
Saw this little green anole running around this evening. There seem to be fewer of them each year. This is the only anole native to the U.S. Unfortunately there are many non-native anoles here that are threatening the green anole's existence. The green anoles are often called chameleons because they will change colors when stressed.
131 Groceries
We went to a little produce market this morning for a few items. My favorite type of groceries. They have excellent tomatoes and the black grapes are were very good.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

320 The Global Village (Morning Walk)
We walk by Rotary Park most mornings. It is a very small park across from the middle school and golf course. They have announcements of various local events and this morning I noticed a World's Festival. And as most of you probably know there are Rotary Clubs world wide; they are an international group of service clubs. Service Above Self is their motto.

151 Home is Where the Heart Is
We do not see too many turtles here, but this one was under a bench in our front yard this morning. Saw his head when I first walked out and thought for a second that we had a snake curled up under there. This sweetie headed to the backyard, I had to remove him from the shed and then he headed over to a shady area under some ferns.
I took a short break from the blogmonster, have a lot to take care of before we go on a 3-4 week road trip.

Monday, March 23, 2009

300 Spring
I love spring, the moderate temperatures and the orange blossoms. The fragrance is wonderful and I really love to sit next to the tree and relax. Actually have not been able to do so for the past couple of days as the winds are blowing the smoke from some of the wildfires so it's been ghastly outside. A little rain this morning and they say it has helped a little. I was also a little worried as I hadn't seen the bees but they showed up yesterday to do the pollination dance!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

358 What's Inside?
I've had aloe vera plants growing in my back yard for many years. Inside those fleshy leaves is a lovely gel that relieves discomfort from minor burns. Which is why there is a leave that has been cut. They did suffer some freeze damage as I forgot to cover them during our three freezes. They will bloom later in the year with a very tall stalk with small orange flowers.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

74 Dangerous
Was pruning the freeze damage including the bougainvilleas. I've had to prune back the one in the front yard after a thunderstorm a few years back, after tropical storm Fay last August and after another freeze. I think that after every pruning that the thorns get longer and meaner. Sometimes I don't even realize I've been jabbed or scratched until I'm cleaning up. Have to use calamine lotion as I have a slight contact allergic reaction to a lot of plants.

Friday, March 20, 2009

311 Sunrise (Morning Walk)
I like to take my morning walk early as the sun is coming up. It is already in the 60's in the mornings now and once it gets in to the wet season it will be in the 70's and the humidity will be ghastly. So I am really enjoying the walk now.
365 Yellow
The goldfinches have changed into their nice yellow spring coats. I have one flock that hangs around for a few months so I get to see them brighten up. They will probably leave next month.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

262 Road/Street (Morning Walk)
Following some ibis down the street on our morning walk. They kept on strolling down the street until we got to the cross street when they decided to take flight.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

297 Spelling Errors
A shot off the computer of the local road runner home page. I think maybe the trend is a little too cheap since they can't afford spell check or a proof reader.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I was TAGGED by Madelaine and here are the rules:•Go to your photo folder on your computer•Go to the 6th folder of photos•Go to the sixth picture•Put the picture on your blog and a description of it•Invite six friends to join the challenge•
I tagged the following participants:
Mary Lou
This is an Agent Orange Quilt Display that the Vietnam Veteran's organization had last year.

348 Vapor

Had to add another one; this one was taken earlier than the one below. There were some clouds that we were worried were going to block our view but they had broken up nicely. The one below shows the booster rockets falling. I'm afraid it was hand held so they are a little oddly shaped.

Monday, March 16, 2009

325 Things That Go
I live about 60 miles from the Cape so we can watch the shuttle launches from our house. We don't get the roar or vibrations but we still enjoy. Night launches are always very dramatic but last night's was around sunset and it was stunning. There were a few clouds but it didn't block the view for very long. The vapor trail turned quite orange. We could see the booster rockets fall very clearly. There is quite a bit of noise in this; for some mind-numbing reason I was totally not prepared before it went up.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

360 Who Put That There? (Morning Walk)
A block past the donut shop (we did not stop much to my DH's dismay) we saw this minivan that someone wasted a perfectly good donut by sticking it on the windshield. Just don't know what this world is coming to...
154 Humor (Morning Walk)
On a weekend route we walk on a main throughfare, we go past some stores. This was on the Cigar Outlet Store. I found it amusing and wonder how many people misread and walked in wanted 2 for 1.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

138 Handicraft
The vase was a Christmas gift from my daughter. I am very fond of ceramics and she likes to check out North Carolina potters. This vase is from Lakewood Pottery in Siler City, NC. It's beautiful and it was a challenge to get the lighter blue glazing without getting a lot of other reflections.

Friday, March 13, 2009

150 Holes
I share my citrus fruit with several birds; an oriole, mockingbirds and a red-bellied woodpecker who prefers the tangerines. I don't mind as long as they leave me some.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

55 Closely Cropped
I cut these orchid stems before one of our freezes this year. Took the picture in natural light with a piece of white poster board. Really need to get the time to try one of the neat DIY light boxes everyone has given directions for. Cropped most of the photo away.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

43 Celestial Bodies
Probably my best moon shot so far. Thanks to all the people who contributed on the forum regarding moon shot settings as it really helped. Finally was able to get a shot not totally blown out.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

96 Feathered or Feathers
One of the American Robins passing through. They are often with Cedar Waxwings who tend to be a bit shyer. It's always a pleasure to see them although the strawberry farmers prefer they keep their visit very short. They like to taste each strawberry in the fields.
307 Stuck
I am fond of the different air plants that stick themselves to the trees here. This one is stuck to one of my favorite crepe myrtle trees that has beautiful bark. Seems like I took this a very long time ago as it hasn't rained here in a while. While we are in our dry season, our rainfall is below average and brush fires are becoming a common occurance.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

254 Recycled (Morning Walk)
A neighbor on the next block recycled a tire into a classic tree swing.
351 Warnings (Morning Walk)
This was taken during the week as the light was blinking for the school zone. For the most part it seems like most drivers to obey the warning here. The police do their radar thing for the first week of school and then occassionally come back for a reminder. I do find it sad that some people need the threat of a ticket & fine to slow down for a very short distance.
342 Underneath (Morning Walk)
A neighbor down the streeet has a huge old oak with a mass of azeleas planted underneath. Hard to believe with all the cold weather but spring is coming. We were in the 80's yesterday and today it will only get up into the lower 60's with hopefully some rain coming through.