Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Nature Notes: Beauty, heat, and mosquitoes
It's easy for me to obsess about the heat and mosquitoes this time of year but there is also a lot of beauty to enjoy with a brief step outside my door, or even looking out the windows.I took the shot above on my deck. The pecan tree's green leaves were right in front of my face with the red of my large crepe myrtle being further back in the yard.
My large crepe myrtle tree is one of the last to bloom but it's worth the wait. It's hard to get a real sense of the size from these shots because it's so big that I'd need to cut back a lot of growth around it to see the whole thing.I took the shot above standing under the crepe myrtle and looking up through the green part of the leaves but the dark pink/red blooms are on the top. This is where the bird tend to go for shade which is why I have trouble photographing them because they are hidden deep in the crepe myrtle.
Around the corner from my house is the line of crepe myrtle trees in the photograph above. It takes about four of these trees to equal the size of my one big one. I also have some smaller ones but they get bigger each year unlike the ones above which are severely pruned each year.
It amazes me how fast the Virginia Creeper above has taken over my peas and beans trellis. I'm letting it go crazy since I didn't plant peas or beans this year and I like the way the Virginia Creeper turns red and orange in the fall. However, I'll tear it all down after the autumn color in case I decide to plant snow peas next spring like I used to do.
I guess I'll end with one of my hibiscus blossoms and also on a happy note weather wise. It will be much cooler this weekend. Woohooo! Nature Notes Home Link