She Kept A Parrot


I picked up another Amaryllis at Walgreen Pharmacy early in June. The foliage and the buds were pale with only a hint of pink. I didn’t have much confidence that she’d turn out too well, But the configuration of the plant was good. At least, she wasn’t She-Devil Red… It has two stalks and ten buds on one bulb! The stalks are well-proportioned and sturdy No, long, lanky stalks and leaves here…. Read More

We celebrate Birth and Life. We avert our eyes from Death and Dying. We see life in Kodachrome. We see Death in monochrome.  After the recent freeze, I went into the garden on a mission to study death and dying in the plant life there. I made many photographs of what I saw. I want to share the death of the Staghorn here. After the frost, The Staghorn anchor leaves changed from tender green… Read More

Making a Fist Naomi Shihab Nye For the first time, on the road north of Tampico, I felt the life sliding out of me, a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear. I was seven, I lay in the car watching palm trees swirl a sickening pattern past the glass. My stomach was a melon split wide inside my skin. ‘How do you know if you are going to die?’… Read More

Last year, the poor little clematis managed to produce one tendril. It made it all the way to the top of the trellis and produced one blossom. During the winter, the plant turned brown. I assumed it was dead in the pot until I saw a tiny green leaf at the top. The rain came and she began to grow. Finally. I am reminded of the children’s story book, The little Engine… Read More

Easter Egg If I saw the little bowl by itself, I would think, “oh, that’s just precious!” It’s intricate, delicate, beautiful. But when the egg is placed on it, the beauty of the bowl fades into the background. The egg is infinitely more precious…intricate…and awe inspiring. We know that a human made the bowl and appreciate the talent it took to make it. The egg? Just wow! Made by God with beauty… Read More

  Tortures   Nothing has changed. The body is a reservoir of pain; it has to eat and breathe the air, and sleep, it has thin skin and the blood is just beneath it; it has a good supply of teeth and fingernails; its bones can be broken; its joints can be stretched. In tortures, all of this is considered.   Nothing has changed. The body still trembles as it trembled before… Read More

Big Lucy  in showoff mode! Both Dragons are trying to bruminate after making valiant efforts to attract each other through the glass. They still come out of the caves to bask and eat veggies, but few roaches. Big Lucy is particularly comical. Little Lucy isn’t nearly as funny as Big Lucy But, she’s the sweet one. She’s decided finally to be interested in Big Lucy. After a few days of trying to… Read More

Winter Rose I feel a bit ridiculous sharing my health status, but I wanted to share it with all of you who have been so supportive and kind to me for all of these months. You and I thought I would be dead “within six months to less than a year” according to the official prognosis. I had an x-ray last week to rule out a pneumonia. The radiologist could not figure… Read More

The time has come to plan for homes for the animals. I got to know Ed Kammer and his family when I bought Hugo from them some months ago. They are Panther Chameleon breeders at Kammerflage Kreations in Corona, California. When I called to tell Ed that I had to find homes for Hugo and Sammy, he generously offered to take the chameleons to find homes for them. He arranged for the shipment,… Read More

I normally post all the monochrome stuff on The Fuzzy Foto. But, I saw this in my files and I remember how interested in it I was at the time. Many years ago, somebody chopped off this very large limb from a Live Oak tree on the plant property. It’s still attached to the tree. The worst pruning job I ever saw in my entire life, I think. It almost looks fossilized…. Read More