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 Polaroid Close Up Camera Lens Filter Kit +1, +2, +4, +10 Diopter Filters That’s what it said on the box. I was surprised that I’d actually ordered the correct size. Rick Braveheart talked about filters and converters in a couple of his posts. They are cheap and easy to use, he said. Cheap and Easy A concept I could understand… So, I screwed the +4 filter onto the lens And Away I… Read More

I never had a red Amaryllis. This Amaryllis is Red. She-Devil Red The center is dark, without structure, diffuse and opaque. Old Faithful thrashed and complained when she tried to focus. We struggled in the bright light. She trying to trigger the flash. Me holding it down with my finger. And swearing… We struggled in the shade. She violently focusing in and out. Me holding the focus ring to stop her. Rats! RED,… Read More

A visitor recently said she would like to see a panoramic view of my garden. I have often thought that my friends here probably wonder what the garden looks like. If I could persuade Rita to fly over with my camera, I could do it. The next best thing is to walk around the garden and try to show you what it looks like. All of the photos of flowers and plants… Read More

Autumn in the Garden is quiet. The plants and the animals seem to move silently about the task of preparing for the long sleep. As he has done for nearly thirty years, Mr. Gargoyle watches without much interest as one final arm of the Trumpet falls aimlessly over his shoulder. When the vine on the pergola shows her last bits of new green, I no longer expect a coral trumpet. But, as… Read More

I picked up a box of tulip bulbs during the Christmas holidays. I brought the box home and set it on a counter in the kitchen. I didn’t much like the color of the buds or the anemic foliage. At first. While I wasn’t paying attention, they began to open rapidly. I could hardly believe it. I never had tulips so I didn’t realize that they open and close depending on the… Read More

Hello, Folks! On my birthday, I spent the early part of the day and the late evening investigating all of the nooks and crannies in the garden. It always surprises and delights me when I discover the changes in everything that grows and lives there beneath the leafy cover. I was delighted when I discovered that Mr. Anole had quietly returned. I almost brushed by him sitting in the shadows on a… Read More

Hello, Friends!  I missed the entire month of April.  This post just sat there waiting for me to finish it.  I started the post to share my Iris with you.  I declare, I must have zillions of photographs of the Iris now.  I never paid the slightest attention to the old-fashioned iris.  I never really liked them.  My daughter included these plants in the landscape plan for this house primarily because of… Read More

Early this morning, I saw a pair of courting doves sitting on the fence outside my screened porch.  Stealthy hunter that I am, I sneaked out behind the pergola where I could get a bead on them with the camera.  Of course, they saw me in my bright pink robe and sailed away.  I only got one quick shot of them from my hiding place. When I looked down, I discovered a… Read More

Today is a holiday in the United States.  It is a time of gathering together with family and friends to reflect on our lives. Today, I was in the company of my dogs and my chinchilla, Che, and my parrot companion, Rita The sun was shining and it was warm in the garden. Since I wrote the first three lines, the weeks have come and gone and it’s almost Christmas. As I… Read More

Tea With Miss Lucy Anole Mr. Anole made a surprise appearance in his new coat yesterday.  A green one instead of the brown one he was wearing when we met.  He heard that he was being photographed, I am fairly certain.  I told him he looked dapper in it.  I noticed a bit of pink blush spread under his chin as he agreed that green really is his best color.  He could… Read More