Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time to Paint the Picket Fence

It is time to paint the front picket fence.  You can tell that by looking at the condition of the paint on the top of this picket.  While I was scrubbing this section of the fence with detergent and mildew remover, I noticed this weed with a flower growing up in the background.  I thought the combination was interesting, so I went and got my camera.  I will have to go back after the fence is painted, but I don't think it will be as interesting a photograph, with a bright white freshly painted picket.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


At the end of my bike ride the other day, I was sitting on the bench down at the beach, and I happened to notice a dandelion on the ground, lit by the setting sun. The sun was only illuminating the blossom - everything else was in shadow.  I only had my iPhone with me for a camera, so I knew there was no way I could photograph the dandelion up close.  So I held on to the idea, and the next day, I found a dandelion in the lawn, and so brought it inside the house and made a little studio setup and illuminated it with a spotlight, and used a macro lens to get this.  Nature is just astounding, isn't she?  It is wonderful to see the incredible detail in something that seems simple at first glance.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

If I Were a Carpenter...

I haven't done any carpentry around here in a while.  This project is long overdue, however.  I have rebuilt the front steps three times now, since we bought the house in 1971.  Originally there were two 4x4 inch posts at the top and bottom of the stairs, with a 2x4 hand rail.  Not very fancy, but at least there was a railing.  Cut to 44 years later, and it was long past time to build a new railing!  I went down to Home Depot, and bought two newel posts, as they are called, and seven balusters, a hand rail, and a bottom rail.  It was fun making the calculations and the diagonal cuts for everything on my bench saw.  I worked carefully and everything went together nicely.  It became even more beautiful after the white paint.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Saga of the Kittens Continues

So the saga continues.  About a week ago, we came out of the house, headed out for breakfast, and Kathy noticed that the mother cat, followed by two kittens was leaving their nest in the ivy and headed under the gate to a neighbor's yard!  One of the kittens turned around and went back, and the mother continued on with one kitten following.  They went under a chain link fence and turned east,  the mother cat leading the way, and the kitten was happily following behind.  That is the image frozen in my mind, as my heart sank.  We drove away, and worried about the left behind kitten.  When we returned from breakfast the last kitten was gone, fortunately.  We had no idea where they went, but there was no way we could follow, into other neighbor's yards.  The mother cat, which we had been feeding for a couple of weeks, did not show up for meals, and so we were saddened that they were just plain gone.   Cut to 4 days ago, and I went to photograph the empty nest for a blog post.  I took the picture and looked up to find the mother cat staring at me through the fence, from the house next door!  They are only three feet away from where they were!  So we know where they all are, and we are now feeding the mother again, along with our friend Judy from next door.  Whew!  What a relief that everyone is still OK.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lilly of the Valley

Kathy came in with a sprig of Lilly of the Valley from a shady corner garden in the back yard.  I forget that it grows there.  She reminded me that the original plant came from her mom's garden in Geneva, New York, and it has been in the back garden for a long time.  I forget how beautiful and delicate the blossoms are.  And how fragrant.  So I found a bud vase to put the sprig in, and I went around the house looking for the best lighting.  So here are two different versions in two different places.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Carnival Lights

We went back to the carnival tonight.  For Dinner.  We had the usual - a sausage and pepper hero, and two deserts - a soft ice cream chocolate cone, and a bag of six zeppoli.  Sounds well-balanced, don't you think?  Then I wandered around looking for interesting photographs.  I liked all the lights at dusk, before the sky was completely dark.  And I love the people riding "Pharaoh's Fury."  Some of them seem completely unaffected, while others appear to be screaming.  The carnival is always an interesting place to find photographs.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tiny Cimber

There is a carnival in the parking lot down at the beach this weekend, so I decided to go down and take a look around with my camera.  Among the rides and attractions was this climbing wall.  What was astounding was seeing this young girl going for the top!  I was so impressed with her fearlessness.  She slipped off a couple of times, and was saved by the belay rope, and went back at it until she finally reached the top.  An impressive performance.