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The Carolina Trumpet From my chair on the porch, I can see the trumpets.  They hang down almost to waist level as I walk the path to Boy’s house.  When we took our spring walk in the garden, I promised that the Carolina Trumpet Vine would be filled with coral trumpets by summertime.  I think it has outdone itself this year.  Blossoms continually appear and fall arranging themselves into surprising and delightful… Read More

This cactus is blooming beside the drive-thru menu outside the barbecue restaurant where I order my sandwiches about once a week.  The plants have been there as long as I can remember, and the restaurant is very old.  The blossoms are lovely in the late spring.  I always enjoy looking at them.   The prickly pear cactus is native to Texas.  I am certain that the American Indians must have named their… Read More

I bought my very first compact camera, and I am test driving it.  It is so tiny.  I can hardly hold it.  I am accustomed to my Nikon D-300 with its heavy Nikkor 18-200mm walk-around lens.  I couldn’t believe this little thing could produce a reasonable photograph particularly since I have a familial tremor in both hands. Here is one of my photos from today.  It is a leaf on a sword… Read More

Tiny Fan Palm Growing From A Stray Seed

I saw Lemony’s blog when I started reading blogs here.  (http://lemonygregghead.wordpress.com/)  I recall having seen a color shot of some piece of old equipment she photographed with a macro lens.  The repetition of the shapes there reminded me of “The Scream”.  I studied more of her macros and realized she was doing what I always tried to do without a dedicated macro lens.  So I ordered a Nikkor 85mm macro lens with… Read More

Split-Leaf Philodendron Leaf ~ End of Cut Stalk

My daughter, Kelli, and her husband, JC, decided to prune everything in their landscaping yesterday.  Kelli doesn’t trust anybody else to do the job.  I did not participate.  I did show up to record the massacre.  They removed a large wax myrtle and a pygmy date palm.  Both were dead or dying.  I had a good time photographing these cuttings.  I almost fell and broke a hip climbing around in those piles,… Read More

Fan Palm Frond Fan Palm Bloom