Maple begins to turn to seed

Monthly Photo Challenge: Deceptive December

After one year of posting photographs of my little Chinese Maple tree for the monthly feature The Changing Seasons, this is the final post.  The above photo was not edited other than to crop, frame and watermark it. My title "Deceptive December" intends to show how quickly the maple tree flamed into its Fall glory, …

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Chinese maple leaves in close-up after the rain

Monthly Photo Challenge: Autumn’s Blush

Autumn had a very s-l-o-wwwww start here in Northern California. On Halloween the temperature was 86 degrees. The next day, November 1st, it rained. All day. Then the next. The nights finally got cold enough to push the deciduous trees into their autumn dormancy, hence the changing leaf colors. November is the second to last …

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October Maple Reflection

Monthly Photo Challenge: Green is the New Orange

I am participating in Cardinal Guzman's year-long monthly photo challenge that began in January. Each month bloggers post photos of their neighborhood or an area that will show the changing seasons over one year. I chose my front yard's Chinese Maple tree. When I started this challenge in January, the maple tree was bare. (Go …

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Stressed-Maple-Leaves

The More Things Change…

You have no doubt heard the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This is the theme of today's weekend coffee share post and Cardinal Guzman's Monthly Photo Challenge. What will you have today? Let's start with some coffee or tea and let me explain. If you regularly follow my blog, …

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Dry-July-Flowers

Dry July: Monthly Photo Challenge

Dry is still the theme in my photos for the monthly photo challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. Last month I posted for June and called it "Dry June." Since I am so clever and it is still dry, and it rhymes with July, there you have the title of this post. Not a lot of photos to …

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June-Yard-and-Maple

Monthly Photo Challenge: Dry June

The first half of the month of June has brought record heat and record rain. And record dryness as the drought continues to plague California. For Cardinal Guzman's Monthly Photo Challenge: The changing seasons, I am adding these photos. You can see that despite the vivid, green leaves on trees and plants, the grass is …

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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 …

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