American Beauty Rose, "The Earth laughs in flowers." Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday Stills: The Power of Fantastic #Florals

This week, for Sunday Stills, let’s blow up WordPress and the rest of the Internet with gorgeous flowers! We all need some hope and beauty in our lives. Linking to Sunday Stills this week will be like we are sending each other wonderful bouquets. From Hawaii Botanical Gardens in Hilo, 2019 "Blue Bayou" Hibiscus hybrid …

Continue reading Sunday Stills: The Power of Fantastic #Florals

Winter Sunrise

Sunday Stills: #Early to Rise

The word “early” invokes a variety of quotes, phrases, and conditions. Let your mind run wild with these concepts of early: Are you an early-bird, an early riser, or just love being early to events?Were you highly intelligent at an early age or naïve in your early years?Perhaps you are a “later-in-the-day” person and dread …

Continue reading Sunday Stills: #Early to Rise

Blue and purple hydrangeas

Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

These blue hydrangeas have inspired me to share their loveliness for not only two photo challenges today, but to introduce a daily journal challenge for the month of July. Journaling in July Journaling has been a challenge for me most of my adult life. I did keep a journal when I was between 18-20 years …

Continue reading Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

pink hydrangea

Square in September: “Painnt”-ing with #Pink

On this last Friday of Pink Squares in September, I have some images to share. Not just my standard fare, but some used with a mobile app called Painnt (available for Android devices in Google Play Store). My pink hydrangea with an Autumn flair! Here are two Painnt images of the same hydrangea. I found …

Continue reading Square in September: “Painnt”-ing with #Pink

pink plumeria

Squares in September: Pink #Plumeria

I am excited to contribute to Becky's photo challenge Squares in September, In the Pink! While in San Diego for my 40th high school reunion last week, we stayed at my daughter's house. All around her neighborhood are yards and gardens lush with plumeria, my other favorite flower! I love how this cluster peeked at me …

Continue reading Squares in September: Pink #Plumeria

Sunflower and worm love a summer day

I Stare at Naked Ladies… and Other Flowers!

Nothing is more distracting on my walks with the dogs than the lovely flowers I see all around me. Even in my somewhat mundane neighborhood, many folks plant some wonderful flowers. Intent on walking a large number of steps, I have to STOP for several photo ops. The Weekly photo challenge theme is Ooh, Shiny! "Diversions, …

Continue reading I Stare at Naked Ladies… and Other Flowers!

Join a link-up and share your blog posts!

April Flowers Link-Up Showered Petals Online!

During the month of April, I offered a link-up to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers it had to offer. With the abundance of rain here in Northern California, flowers were everywhere! Now the orange tree blossoms are scenting the air with delicate fragrances, even though we are experiencing a few HOT days (yes, …

Continue reading April Flowers Link-Up Showered Petals Online!

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

MacArthur’s Park is Melting…

After a long, gray winter, I finally clawed my way out of the seasonal depression I experienced. With it, came anxiety like I have never experienced before. The sun came out, the flowers bloomed and my mood lifted. I also shed the three pounds I gained because of carb cravings. Almost every day I take …

Continue reading MacArthur’s Park is Melting…

A photographic study in blue densely packed flowers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Densely Blue

The month of April is a great time to photograph flowers, with the vast array of beautiful colors and floral types from which to choose. I discovered these densely-packed blue flowers in my neighbor's yard and couldn't resist stealing a shot (with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone). This is submitted for the WordPress weekly photo …

Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Densely Blue

Seasonal Sensations Link-Up April Flowers

Seasonal Sensations Link-Up: April Flowers

The Seasonal Sensations Link-Up is back! For the entire month of April, we will celebrate the beauty of spring with our photos of flowers, blooms, blossoms, floral landscapes, Easter and Passover floral decorations, even photos of clothing or crafts featuring flowers. Be creative! Let's fill up cyberspace with virtual blossoms! I have already seen and …

Continue reading Seasonal Sensations Link-Up: April Flowers

Freshly opened California poppy droops with recent raindrops.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spring Poppies

I dearly love photography challenges and just discovered a "new" one (to me!) hosted by blogger Dutch Goes the Photo! Frank posts a new challenge every Tuesday. I just made it under the wire with my submission of California Poppies, wet and dry, for the "spring" theme! This freshly opened poppy enjoyed a spring shower …

Continue reading Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spring Poppies

Vase-with-Yellow-Flowers

Angles of Yellow

From Every Angle The Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on the different angles the same subject can be seen and photographed. During the summer, I keep vase of yellow silk flowers near a window. I love how the subdued morning light captures the yellow. The next three photos are the different angles I photographed. I took the …

Continue reading Angles of Yellow

Pansies

Monthly Photo Challenge: May Flowers

"April showers bring May flowers"...at least that's what the old adage promises. Despite the lack of April showers here in Northern California, we managed to get some pretty flowers and full foliage in the trees. I have heard that pansies are like a monkey flower--they mimic the monkey that's looking at it! I wish you …

Continue reading Monthly Photo Challenge: May Flowers