Saturday, August 14, 2010

RRC: About The Weather

"Weather is a great metaphor for life... sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there is nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella."

-Terri Guillemets

RRC: About The Weather
Suggested by Steven and Julie

I wish I had something better for the challenge this time around, but alas I don't. The weather has been very strange in the Bay Area, as you might know from my occasional rantings about it. I don't remember a summer so cold! It makes me wonder what the winter has in store for us. Sigh. Every single day has had the same pattern, cold/foggy/drizzly in the morning, only to burn off to a fairly decent/sunny afternoon, only to return to fog and clouds just before night fall. Spooky cold for AUGUST!

Like I said, I don't really have much to show you, but I do think my sunflowers tell the tale pretty accurately. The "Before" photo was taken Thursday afternoon, and the "After" was taken Friday morning.



Both photos were taken less then 24 hours apart, notice the new growth of the sunflower at the bottom. It grew at least 3 inches overnight. The sunflower to the left is much closer to opening. I love watching sunflowers grow, they are such interesting flowers!

Now that you have seen my entry, go take a jog around the land and visit the other participating Robins!

Round Robin Photo Blog (Links will be available on Saturday, sometime after midnight)

And don't forget to check back on Sunday, to learn the topic of our next challenge!



Monday, August 09, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #102: It's All A Blur!

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play."

-Arnold Toybee

LOL. Believe it or not, that photo is actually in focus, it's the painting that's slightly BLURRY! And so you have your assignment this week! I want you to show me something BLURRY! But here is the catch, please find me something that is always BLURRY! Not just an out of focus photo you have in your archives. Again, you are encouraged to think outside the box. Go as far out on a limb as you like. One idea might be to show us... oh say... a metaphor. Such as your interpretation of the lines that BLUR between good and evil!

Extra Credit: Like last week, I would love it if you shared a little about what it was like to do this week's assignment!

This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. Please submit your entries by that time by uploading your photo to your blog, journal or website, and then comeback here with the link that goes back to your entry. The link you leave must be to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment. A general link to your site will not work, and HYPERLINKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Also, please include a link in your entry to this photos shoot assignment so that other folks can find us and participate with us. The more the merrier... right? ;)

Linking List for EMPS #101: On The Horizon. 08/02/10

1. Freda

2. Sandy

3. Jama

4. Greg

5. Carly (Hey, that's me!)

6. Karen

Okay, that will do it for this week. See you next Monday with an all new EMPS assignment!


Sunday, August 08, 2010

EMPS #101: On The Horizon

"When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too."

~Linda Solegato

EMPS#101: On The Horizon

My Garden.

Earlier this week, I showed you some of my sunflowers. There will be more pictures of them to come, but for now, lets look at the roses. :) I planted 5 different ones this year.

1. Pink Promise (pink with hints of white and greeen)

2. Angel Face (deep lavender)

3. Beloved (dark red)

4. Apricot Nectar (apricot with pink tones)

5. Red/Gold (more like bright yellow and hot pink)

I am considering adding a few more next year. I like the bright colors of the ones I planted this year, but there are some really unusual colored ones I like as well. One of the most beautiful is the "Honey Dijon" which actually is the color of Honey-Dijon mustard. Lovely. Also the "Pumpkin Patch" rose. It is gorgeous, colored dark, like the very darkest orange of a pumpkin rind. If I had the room I would probably fill the yard with roses, but fighting aphids would be exhausting. LOL. Aphids destroyed my garden a couple years ago, and I wouldn't want that to happen again. It broke my heart to see all my work and care for my roses just wither and die. DARN APHIDS!


(Pink Promise) The Official rose associated with Breast Cancer awareness.


The rose at the top of the entry is the "Apricot Nectar" rose.

Who knows what next year's garden might bring. I know one thing for sure, there will be plenty of ladybugs. You can buy them at Home Depot and cost about $5.99 for 2,000 or so. They are the best friend of the rose gardener, as they LOVE to munch on aphids!

Here ladybug, ladybug, ladybug...

Okay, that's my look at the horizon, my plans for my garden. How about you? Did you do this week's Monday Photo Shoot assignment? If not, you still have time. It doesn't close until 6:00 PM tonight. If you can't make it this week, I hope to see you next week!