Friday, April 24, 2015

Inside the Last of the Tulips

Jon said one day that flowers were like living fireworks. They start out in small buds and burst into colors that drop and leave nothing. I absolutely agree. This last vase of tulips were doing the fireworks thing and I decided to take photos of  them. 
 For some reason Blogspot isn't cooperating, I've attempted to move the photos into the order they were taken, but no matter, they are all kind of cool. I wanted to get the alien sort of creature things inside the flower and was able to do that. You can tell what outside photos go with which inside ones~

 I liked how this bluish center made the glow of the stigma and pistal stand out when I put the lens inside the bloom. .

 These made me laugh. such an alien creature with the anther and filaments around it! The first one is blurry, but you can see all of his funky face in the last shot!

Monday, April 06, 2015

April Showers on April's flowers

This has been an odd spring. Last year, at the end of April, very few bulbs had bloomed. This year, my gardens are full of a variety of colors, shapes, and scents. The tulips are raising cups of color to be filled with sunshine or rain. It was especially lovely this Resurrection Sunday to see  the droplets reflecting and shimmering like crystals scattered on an Easter dress. 

 Once again, I cannot change the orientation on this last photo. It was taken upright, but it appears it prefers to load onto sites sideways. I hope you can see the tulip bed in the drops-they seem to show up better when it is upright. Strange? Yes!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Day 2 of Locust Trimming

I took 57 photos and it was difficult to choose which ones to share. The first photo is from December 2014. This is one of the few pics I have of the second tree that was trimmed (this is the tree Brian trimmed with the aid of the truck). 
 Equipment in the yard prior to use.
 Kila was fascinated with the entertainment our tree guy provided. Much more fun than watching birds!
 The following are pics from the trimming of the first locust, the tree next to the little house. Until he started removing limbs and branches, I had no idea how much was really dead up there. He also discovered one of the scars is most likely from a lightening strike! They are old trees and the strike was from years ago, but it did startle me!

 I believe these are from the second tree. After he finished the first one, his assistant remarked, "now it looks like a tree!" she was absolutely right!
 This tree was a bit scarier to watch him trim as he needed to use Twister moves. Some of these whippy branches were tangled together tighter than a hair knot in a restless toddler's tresses.

 As the trimming went on, the yard began to resemble something out of Snow White. I need to get one more photo of the mess back there before we get it all tidied up!

 Finished and ready for Easter! These locust trees put on their dress last and are now ready for spring. Lovely work done by a wonderful couple of people.