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{snapshot} BACKYARD

You know those days!  The ones when the skies are blue and the wind is blowing and the sunshine is calling you outside.  Well, I heard the call and with camera in hand went out and took the time to enjoy the beauty of the everyday colors in my own backyard.  Have you ever looked at a cactus so closely?  No wonder it hurts when you touch one!


This yard ornament turned out crazy wild!  That great texture is from a window screen.  Shot right through it.  Anytime I can see light coming through purple glass, well, that makes me happier than you can imagine.  Love it!


And speaking of purple, this mushroom beauty nestled in a pot of aloe vera sitting in front of a screen window with ferns on the other side is one of my favorites of the day.  I love the purple and green combination.  Always my favorite two colors together.  And again, the screen added the perfect touch of texture.


Clematis.  White Clematis.  If you don’t have one of these beauties climbing a tree or trellis in your own yard, you are missing out!  This one is called Henry Clematis.  More specifically, it is Clematis x henryi.  It’s a classic.  Gorgeous in the moonlight.  If you don’t have one, go get one!  I’ll always have one of these growing in my yard.  When you plant it, make sure the roots are very well covered with shade.  The vine needs sun; the roots like to be shaded.  I have a broken piece of tile on the ground over the area where the roots are.  Don’t ask me exactly why I do this.  Just read it somewhere.  Seems to work!  This vine is easy care with lots of show-stopping blooms.  The next few images are all from the same vine.  The first one even has a busy little bee in it.  Love when I load my images and discover an extra surprise!


It’s not often my husband is out in the yard relaxing instead of working!  I get to enjoy a beautiful backyard mostly due to his keeping it looking so nice.  I plant the flowers.  He keeps the beds looking good.  Teamwork!  Glad he humored me with a quick pose even though he was enjoying reading the newspaper.  He can read a newspaper like nobody else!  Covers every square inch.  Marketing guy.  Guess that’s why.


Ah, the purple iris.  My favorite.  Well, one of my favorites.  But it is an absolute favorite!  Actually, I love any type of purple iris.  This one is a purple swamp iris.  I have yellow ones, too.  Purple and yellow together in the same flower bed make a stunning presentation.  I started with a few of these and now have tons.  They multiply every year.  What’s not to love?


And here’s Sarah Cat, the neighbors cat that spends all her days in our yard.  Ain’t that the way it goes!?  We like having her visit every day.  She was hiding in one of my flower beds and when I got close she sprang out and decided it was time to head home.


I like this shot because it has the birdhouse that my dad made me.  Make that “one of the birdhouses” my dad made me.  Have lots of them around the fence.  Several have little baby birdies in them right now.  As I walked around the yard, I could hear little chirps coming from some of them.  This one has a bluebird family that has come back the past three years.  At least I think it’s the same family!  Hard to tell.  And I like that it has some of the yellow swamp iris showing in the background.  And you can see all the stages of the flower: a bud, a bloom, and  . . . hmmm, what do you call it . . . a spent bloom?  Whatever!


Thanks for stopping by and scrolling through my images.  I look forward to reading any comments that you leave.  I’m already planning out what I’m going to do with my camera on the next sunny day that I’m free to go out and play.  Way too much fun!



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As I was putting away Thanksgiving decorations and bringing out Christmas ones, I was surprised to see that the pumpkins at my front door were still in perfect condition!  Since I adore all things fall, I could not bring myself to part with them.  So they are worked into my Christmas decorations!!  This lovely pumpkin became the main attraction for my dining table centerpiece.  Along with some, what I call, little pumpkinettes, a scattering of nandina berries from my yard and a variety of nuts, our Christmas table is ready and waiting to host the big family dinner.  And who doesn’t love when you end up with soft bokeh (blurriness in the background) from big and colorful old-fashioned lights on the tree?  Merry Christmas to all!

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{snapshot} TURTLE LOVE

As my husband was working in the yard Saturday he heard something rustling the leaves in the nearby flower bed.  A turtle was just crawling along seemingly not too bothered by Jeff’s working nearby.  Now, being married to a photographer, Jeff then did what he knew he had to do . . . sound the photo op alarm.  (He’s SO good at doing that!)  So out the door I flew with camera in hand.  And there stood my daughter holding this really awesome turtle.  She tells me it is an Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) which is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States.  Turns out they come in a wide variety of shell shapes, patterns and colorizations.  I believe it because I have never seen a more beautiful turtle.  The shell was painted with such rich warm colors.  I’ve never wanted to keep a turtle before, but I wanted to keep this one!  He was just so beautifully designed by our Creator.

After admiring him, we put him down and I followed him around in our yard for awhile and snapped some pics.  He didn’t seem to much care.  He didn’t even hide his head in his shell.  Didn’t seem to be bothered by me much at all.

We watched as our new little friend slowly went his own way.  He probably won’t go far.  Eastern Box Turtles usually live out their lives within an area less than 200 meters in diameter.   Sure hope he finds his way safely around the neighborhood.  Til next time, sweet turtle!  We’re counting on seeing you again one day.

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{snapshot} WAGGY TAIL

I promise you this dog smiles.  He does!  Really.  I had the best time snapping photos of this amazing dog as he enjoyed the very chilly water at Sliding Rock in Brevard, North Carolina.  He was so busy trying to please his owner by bringing him everything he could find!  I’m glad he eventually stood still just long enough for me to get this shot!  It’s one of my favorites from our vacation.

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