She Kept A Parrot


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

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

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

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

Happy New Year!! 2015 This will be the year that I die. Remember the old Buddy Holly song? Below is a late night photo that I took for a friend, Lemony Gregg, as a joke. I later titled it, “Cause of Death”. It was taken sometime in the fall of 2014. I was seventy-two years old. I got to be seventy-two years old (plus seven months) not by making New Year’s Resolutions,… Read More

I have neglected my sweet Sammy! I had fun playing with the image above, but this post is not about graphics manipulation. It is about life. A life devoid of passion Is not a life, It is an existence. One morning this week, I woke up late. I leaped out of bed and raced to the kitchen. The chameleons had not been misted for twelve hours! I filled the mister with warm… Read More

Charlie, I’m including a few photos from Thanksgiving 2014. Linda and Hazel came down for a few days. We had such a really good, laid-back holiday. We were all sitting on my porch talking. You, Mom and Linda were sitting on the sofa. Hazel and I were sitting opposite you in the chairs beside the lamp table. Dad was sitting in one of the tall chairs at the porch dining table. Max… Read More

The last picture of Sam in his old house. I could claim that this was his reaction to the move, but I think he is practicing to be a big boy. Or, he is annoyed with the camera! Here, I am moving Sam to his new house. He will climb onto my hand if I offer it. He looks a bit suspicious of the new house. He’s certainly checking it out! Sam… Read More

Little Lucy loves sitting on my shoulder. When I returned from the ranch last weekend, she had the classic stress pattern on her underside. She wasn’t eating much and she was spending a lot of time in her cave. Otherwise, she looked healthy. I was busy planning for the new chameleon cage arrangement and consulting with the breeders, the cage builder and ordering the necessary environmental elements for the insides of the… Read More