Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today's Flowers: Days gone by

I haven't taken any flower shots this week.
I looked through my archives for some shots I haven't posted before.
The lilies above were ones I shot a few years ago in my yard and the crepe myrtle tree below is another shot from my yard from a past summer.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Photohunters: Dodgy Travel

At first I had trouble thinking of shots I had that would combine dodgy and travel.
Then it occurred to me that there are back roads we drive on when we are in the mountains.
The dodgy part comes when you meet another car and there's only room for one direction at a time.
There have only been a few times when we (or the other car) have had to back up to a place to pull off and let one car get by.
I'm always glad I'm not the driver in those situation as it seem a bit dodgy at times.
I'm pretty annoying because I can rarely resist saying to Bill, what are we going to do if we meet another car. He always says the same thing: one of us will have to back up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nature Notes: Changes continue

Although my dogwood trees haven't changed this much, I spotted a dogwood in my neighborhood that is getting its full fall colors.
There are a few other trees beginning to get their fall colors.
Most of the trees are still green but beginning to have subtle changes.
There are a few male cardinals that still have their transitional feathers.
The female cardinal below is resting on my rocking chair arm rest.
The mourning dove is foraging on my deck.
The catbird is on my deck wall. The biggest change is the cooler temperatures which I like.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Today's Flowers: Usual suspects

These are some shots I took this week around my house.
Nothing new but some fading flowers like the hydrangea below and the fairy aster above which is a late bloomer.
The fairy asters usually don't bloom until the end of summer but I had some bloom early this year.
I'm glad there are still some starting with later blooms since I was afraid they'd be spent by now due to the earlier than normal ones.
There are still quite a few rose of sharon in bloom.
I've been posting a lot of the same flowers lately but they are what I have readily available to shoot in my yard.
The rose of sharon in the next shot volunteered up through my hydrangea bush.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Photohunters: Automobile and Escape

My first thought, on seeing that one photohunt theme was escape and the other automobile, was to try to find a good escape automobile parked outside of a bank.
I think the automobile above has a bank as one of the buildings in its reflection but with the hood up it doesn't look at the ready for a successful escape.
The second automobile would be a good one for jumping in fast for the big escape.
So continuing with my story someone is escaping with a bundle from Wachovia bank above (before Wells Fargo bought out Wachovia and changed its name), or perhaps from capital bank below. They jump in the automobile in the second shot after abandoning the first autom0bile.
By the way, I'm very law abiding but I've seen a lot of automobile escapes by criminals in movies. Click here for the automobile photohunt and/or click here for the escape photohunt

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nature Notes: Changes all around

My dogwood trees are starting to change colors slowly but surely.
They are always well ahead of the other trees. My Cleyera japonica bush is beginning to have some fall color.
I love the way its berries on the same bush as the one above are bursting out of their covering.
The outer cover almost looks like bread crumbs dropping.
The male cardinal has a leaf on it that almost matches his feathers.
I don't remember what leaf I photographed below.
The male rufous-sided towhee is a gate guard.
I don't know what kind of insect the fellow below is but I thought he was interesting.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Today's Flowers: Thinks it is a tree

Usually I like to take macro or closeup shots of the rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) in my yard.
This week I also thought I'd include some shots showing how it is trying to grow up to the trees.
I think most of my recent posts of the rose of sharon have been the white and white with red centers.
Therefore, I'm featuring the pink this time.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Photohunters: Hairy and Glass

Several years ago I heard a loud banging on my glass window.
A hairy squirrel was clinging to the screen part of the glass window.
With every move, he made a banging noise against the glass window.
I posted about this a long time ago but it seemed to suit the hairy and glass themes so I'm using some of the shots again. Not only was the squirrel hairy, he made my hairs stand on end for fear he'd rip the screen (thankfully he didn't). His acrobatics were rather hairy too. I'm glad he didn't break the glass or rip the screen which might have caused me to pull out my hair in frustration.