August Treasures

Every August, I look forward to the blooming of the hibiscus at the corner of my front yard, with it’s lunch-plate sized blossoms. It never disappoints!

The Rose of Sharon trees follow suit.

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The honey crisp apples begin to ripen and so do the tomatoes!

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The Sneeze Weed is in full bloom. . .

the Hydrangea & Zinnias are hanging on. . .

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and the Coleus still stands its ground brilliantly. 🙂

 

A Rose Garden In July

C573E049-78EC-40E6-BDF6-E08A9C49DF8EAt the end of July, I had the unexpected opportunity to visit Beaverton, OR. I accompanied my mother to visit her ailing sister. What a surprise to find a beautiful rose garden just minutes from our hotel!

4910A5CF-0D9F-40F3-B172-DED5D60CC28BThe International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, a multi-level spread of color, captivated me (and my camera) despite the 90+ degree heat.

58E16EFF-EAEE-476A-B73B-B3B332A3054DIt was a bit too hot for my mother, but she found a nice bench!

You’d think that roses would be nothing much to look at in the heat of mid-summer, their best days behind them. But what a treat we found! I’m sure you’ll agree. And can you imagine the splendor of this place in the spring? It might be worth another visit, if it weren’t for the 6-hour plane ride. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered…

“Weathered” usually conjures up images of water-worn rocks or sun-bleached wood or time-worn skin. But the howling winds of a New England blizzard can carve the snow like desert sand…

In response to this week’s photo challenge: Weathered

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle…

In response to the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge for this week…

A Christmas gift from one of my daughters, who is quite the photographer, was a set of “macro” filters to fit my lens. I call them my “cheat macro lenses”. I’ve only begun to experiment with them. 🙂

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This mug was a gift from another daughter. And the rooibos chai seen steeping within was a gift last year from this same daughter, who has taught me that THIS is not really tea!

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And the circle of life is ever present…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio…

DSC_0360I admit it. I was not the kind of mother who dressed her daughters in lacy ruffles and patent leather shoes for the holidays. Shameful, I know!

This was taken on Easter Sunday at their grandparents’ house and all I can say is they were comfortable.  🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio