I’ve enjoyed exploring the possibilities of the ‘vignette' feature in iPhoto.
I wish you all an enjoyable weekend.
Is that the Swan Plant again?
The last looks like Munch's "Scream". A trifle worrying.
Off for a bike ride, but here's one from earlier this year:
from a reasonably stable genius.
It's much more pleasing than munch's scream, which is actually an impression left on the tray after roasting sunflower seeds in tamari.
Enjoy your ride and all of the weekend.
that is the swan plant pod again, opening naturally on the plant.
can vegans eat animal crackers?
P.S. the top pic looks like my brain feels
Thanks for the fotos Janis!
Thanks for the laugh!
I think your brain needs more animal crackers ; ).
wish I could run a camera
not sure the world observed
would transfer to kodac
I learned of this strange news yesterday ...
I think your brain produces better stuff.
from celluloid to brain chemistry?
Rochester needed some advances.
yet what a strange leap in technology from art production to pharmaceuticals.
I also learned recently that Rochester has a wonderful Zen centre.
That second one looks like a shot from a telescope of a far off planet with a snail shaped moon circling it.
Some visitors to my backyard last week.
I picked the wrong pandemic to quite sniffing glue.
If your car is running, I'm voting for it.
Aren't you lucky to have such entertaining visitors. You must be happy with your addition of a bird bath.
I love the way you bookended/vignetted the sequence with the golden oriole.
And thanks for your vision of the snail.
got buzzed by a hummer today whilst untangling
a morning glory to train up a bamboo stalk
a bit too close to her feeder methinks
Fantastic photos SP! Beautiful! Outstanding! GREAT work man!
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein
Had a lovely day here watching the seeds of many plants take air amongst a beautifully clouded sky.
I'm fortunate not to have many allergies.
Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.
'... watching the seeds of many plants take air amongst a beautifully clouded sky.'
The first is a day blooming cereus. The flower lasted almost all week. We had several night blooming cereus in the US. My wife had no idea which this one was until it opened last weekend then kept coming back.
The second is a cactus flower. It will be fuller and open more tomorrow when, if, it is warmer and sunny as forecast. Today was chilly with frequent showers which is not the best day for a cactus flower to fully open.
Sorry. I still haven't resolved my 90 degree counterclockwise rotation issue.
"But I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now..."
Does that mean the day blooming cereus opens and closes each day?
Thanks for the brilliantly coloured flowers.
Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.
The flower mostly closes in the evening and reopens the next morning. It's been doing that since at least last weekend. We have a lovely sunny morning and sadly both flowers are done. There are a couple more bloom buds so we should have more flowers eventually. The night bloomer gets one night and is essentially done. We've had a few last two nights but the second night flower doesn't seem to really have its heart into it. Until we had two cold (7-9 C) night with showers and mist, no sun during the day, each day's flower was only slightly less bright and full. When they're done it's sudden like for its night time cousin.
The cactus flower doesn't have full sun on it yet so it's closed. Another hour or two and it will be out of the shadows of the tall eucalyptus trees in the vacant lot next to us.
Thanks to whoever suggested to crop and save photos for uploading here. Odd necessity but it works.
I drove myself nuts trying to find a way to post them upright and after I did an edit I saw that they did. It doesn't have to be a large edit. Just a thin wafer size will do it or just a tad. Just enuf to change whatever needs to be changed.
#4.2 #4.2 The flower mostly closes in the evening and reopens the next morning. It's been doing that since at least last weekend. We have a lovely sunny morning and sadly both flowers are done. There are a couple more bloom buds so we should have more flowers eventually. The night bloomer gets one night and is essentially done. We've had a few last two nights but the second night flower doesn't seem to really have its heart into it. Until we had two cold (7-9 C) night with showers and mist, no sun during the day, each day's flower was only slightly less bright and full. When they're done it's sudden like for its night time cousin.
“An addicted underclass is easier to control than one that is fully functional and aware of its oppression.” - The Elite
but I couldn't remember. Thanks! Great suggestion.
and so uniquely sensitive to climate.
'The night bloomer gets one night and is essentially done.'
The first one is by a friend, the cousin of the builder of our house, at Pico de Pescado showing Cuenca. It's about 900 meters (1000-1050 meters above city center) above the intersection of our road and the highway. It's a pretty good mountain bike ride. I sent it to a friend who is a few years younger than me. He's been a mostly road bike rider for most of his life. He's come up to the house a few times which is only about 150' above the highway. His comment: "Are you trying to kill me?" It's possible to drive to within a 45-60 minute hike. You can find the location on Google Maps with a search of - Pico de Pescado, Cuenca, Ecuador. We've hiked some of this mountain but nothing that high. Our favorites for plants and wildlife outings are Laguna Llaviucu and Tres Cruces in the Cajas National Park.
Drop Box link to the video.
The second is a violet earred sylph on one of our small feeders hanging from a young silver dollar eucalyptus. I have no idea how long my wife sat there trying to get a good video. I have a game camera but its motion sensor is not sensitive enough to be triggered by a hummingbird. The sylphs have become the dominant species on our feeders. Being the middle of "winter" the number of birds has thinned considerably but I still go through about a cup of nectar a day. A couple months ago it was 3+.We've identified 8 varieties so far with train bearers and the tiny purple throated wood star also commonly seen. The wood stars are my favorite. A young male and three females were here but lately I've not seen more than one female at a time. The male is always around the feeder on our back terrace facing the city. We occasionally have metal tails too.
Drop Box link - sylph video
Great pix Janis! And all!
Wonder what fruit tree that is BR?
Beautiful cactus flowers vtcc!
Outstanding bird photos SP!
We had big thunderstorms last night, so had to unplug a couple hours and lost my window of time to visit here. Rained 1.75", more than we had all June and July, and badly needed.
Have a good week!