Thursday, May 31, 2012
The peonies are here. I missed them last year. I have been pining for them for quite a while. They must be the most photogenic of all flowers. I have nothing more to say other than if you are like me and unable to grow them at home, check out Trader Joe's. I am already regretting not buying the white ones too.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Our Costco carries Coke in bottles, bottled in Mexico. The first time I took a sip, it took me back to being a kid. I suspect that the formula changes a bit. There are boxes we buy that are perfection. Others are good but not quite with that familiar childhood taste.
We are among the mesquite trees again. It will probably be the last time until October. Summer has its joys but I will be looking forward to October.
I have no idea why I am saving these bottle caps. One of these days, I will know.
My brother and I liked to put the bottles in the freezer. You had to be careful about the timing though. We had it down. Whatever that magic timing was, I haven't been able to quite duplicate it. I guess as hard as you try, you can't quite get back to being a kid on a hot summer day hanging out with your brother.
Our deepest appreciation to all who have served and continue to serve. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Linking with Kathleen at Let's Dish, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, Sherry at Home Sweet Home and Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper. Take a look!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
We have a garden, walled in the back. Every spring, I delight in the iris, lilies, roses, daffodils and whatever other treasures decide to make an appearance. I spend a lot of time there with my camera. Surrounding us is desert. It, too, has its own beauty in the spring. Most visitors, not familiar with the Sonoran Desert, are surprised at how lush and beautiful it can be. Trees of yellow (palo verde) and lavender (ironwood) catch my eye every single day. I never tire of it. Along with the blooms, we start to see some of the critters that have been hiding for part of the winter. Here is a glimpse but be reminded that despite my best efforts, I never really seem to capture its essence.
ocotillo blooms - The hummingbirds and even an oriole (on a migration path, I am sure) have been enjoying these.
hedgehog cactus blossoms
Many lizards are out hibernation, looking for some sunshine. Their colors always surprise me.
The bunnies are finding more to eat these days. We see them all year round.
A white winged dove and Gila woodpecker sharing some saguaro blossoms with the bees. Doves and bats do most of the saguaro pollination.
This flying saucer cactus has huge blooms on it - about 8 inches in diameter.
This yellow prickly pear blossom will turn into fruit that the tortoises love. So do people.
Another prickly pear blossom, our version of a rose.
Ironwood blossoms are covering the trees. With the yellow palo verde (top picture) and the lavender ironwood, it sure looks like spring around here.
The doves are spending a lot of time near the saguaro flowers.
Another flying saucer flower. They don't last long but they are spectacular.
This was my favorite shot. I try and try to capture quail families. They are such a delight but they move so quickly, that my attempts haven't been very successful. This was Mother's Day morning, a delightful gift. Don't you love the little one on the right?
I love living among the saguaros.
Come see the fun at Seasonal Sundays, Your Sunday Best and Home Sweet Home.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I started this post with the intention of talking about the photos that I had taken of a ladybug in a yellow poppy. I had fun taking the photos and wanted to share. As I sat down to write, I realized that the topic really isn't taking photos of ladybugs. It is about obsession.
bougainvillea (first time not looking at how it is spelled and hoping it is correct). I didn't find it but I noticed that they were selling packages of ladybugs. Easy to justify because of the little bugs on my roses, my photographic heart started beating a little faster. The woman at the counter explained the process to me. Keep them in the frig until it is time to release them. Water your garden and release them at night.
Linking to Seasonal Sundays and Your Sunday Best. What a great way to celebrate spring!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and Kathleen at Let's Dish. So many pretty tables!
Tricia asked about the plates. They are made in Mexico by Anfora. They were sold at Pottery Barn a couple of years ago as blue and white Puebla. Because they are handpainted, the design and color varies a bit from plate to plate. It is now directly available from Anfora.