Flower of the Day (FOTD), 4 June 2021: Geraniums

Thanks to Cee Neuner for this wonderful Photo Challenge.

Her geraniums are spilling over their containers, including a huge Chinese pot. Self thinks they look better from afar.

Last on the Card Challenge: May 2021

This challenge is hosted by bushboy’s world.

The last on the card was this picture of a columbine, which self already posted for Flower of the Day.

She’ll post it side by side with the next-to-the-last shot. Which was of the same columbine, though self doesn’t like it as much as the one she posted earlier.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC), 2 June: Macro or Close-Up

Love Cee Neuner’s Photo Challenges.

Here’s another: Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

  • just get as close to the subject as your camera lens allows.

My close-up of the day: my hydrangea ‘Nikko blue,’ just starting to bloom.

When my hydrangeas start blooming, I know summer is officially here.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 30 May: Columbine

The columbine on self’s front porch are blooming again. She went out to take a few pictures for the May Colors and Letters Challenge (today’s color is Orange Red), but ended up taking pictures of her other flowers as well.

Thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting the Flower of the Day Challenge!

May 30 Colors and Letters: ORANGE RED

Self is joining the May Colors and Letters Challenge. More about it here.

The color for May 30 is Orange Red.

Self decided to take pictures from her front porch today. Well, the geraniums in the first picture look more pink, come to think of it. Oh well, they’re pretty, she’ll just leave them in.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge (CBWC): Five

She can barely post or think straight, she’s just so sad about the San Jose VTA shootings. Nine innocent people died.

Blogging is a distraction on this very, very sad day. The loss of life, so unnecessary. Each individual was a good person, a good worker.

If someone doesn’t like his job, can’t he just quit. Isn’t that an option.

This afternoon, self decides to try Cee’s Black and White Challenge. There’s an additional theme: Five.

The host is Cee Neuner, who also hosts many of self’s favorite challenges: Flower of the Day, Fun Fridays, etc

First, a picture that was one of her favorites, with deep reds and purples, that she turned sepia for this challenge. There are five blooms. (Oh no, she just saw a little one in the corner. EEEK! She fiddled with it so long that she’ll go ahead and post):

Next, this picture didn’t need any re-touching. The ceiling fan of her Airbnb during her recent trip to Sacramento. The fan has five rotor blades. YES!:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 149, Part 2: Cool Colors – BLUE and GREEN

The host of this challenge is Tina at Travels and Trifles:

  • Leaving behind “just for fun”, we move on to the blues and greens found in nature. Complimenting each other perfectly, this was the area where I found the greatest frequency of the two colors together. My image above presents it in an abstract way via a vertical pan of the spring marsh grasses. Below, we see it in a more classic landscape of sky, trees and water.

Self turned out to have a lot of blue and green colors in her garden!

Today she will share pictures from her front porch.

Featured today: hydrangea, garden ornament (lugged home from San Luis Obispo, years ago, when son was at Cal Poly), armeria

May Colors and Letters: Silver Birch

Today is the 21st of May.

Go to the May Colors and Letters Challenge, then scroll down till you find the color for the 21st. It will tell you:

SILVER BIRCH

So here are the most silvery things self could find: (1) in the side yard today (2) the landscaped grounds of the brand new Stanford Health Center, where she got Pfizer 1 and 2 (3) the latest full moon, seen from her backyard.

Life in Colour, 17 May: PURPLE

Purple is not violet. Interesting!

Self loves purple flowers, and you can find a gallery of them on the Travel with Intent blog, which hosts Life in Colour.

Here is her own gallery of purple:

  • Lavatera (in front yard). It’s never looked this bushy before.

A few more:

  • Displays at yesterday’s Palo Alto Farmers Market
  • Exhibit catalogue for the recent Frida Kahlo exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (which self saw in April, just before it closed for good)

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 15 May: Iceberg

Thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting the Flower of the Day Photo Challenge.

Self’s Iceberg roses are coming on strong in her front yard.

You will notice how the plants are more or less “layered” — the Iceberg grows in between the branches of a Japanese maple. She planted things because she didn’t know which ones would “take.” And this is the result.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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