Ranunculus Hybrids

Spring has begun and I have been planting new flowers and fruits, as well as three plants of brussels sprouts. (I also got a bunch of veggie and flower seeds but have yet to begin sprouting them. Eek). These beautiful flowers are all Ranunculus (meaning “little frog” in latin, supposedly because they like damp conditions). We have had a couple of rainy days, and what better time than to photograph raindrops on the flowers? None! The basic ranunculus is also known as buttercup and is poisonous, so don’t eat it or rub it on you. Folklore of the flower is below; funny we always held up dandelions to our chins claiming you like butter if it reflects yellow.

Folklore (taken straight from http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/ranunculus_acris.htm)

Is said to give a brighter yellow colour to butter. On May Day, the Irish used to rub buttercups onto cows udders, a tradition to supposedly encourage milk production. In some places, this tradition continues.

If a buttercup held beneath your chin casts a reflection against the flesh, you are fond of butter.

Victorians believed it stood for ingratitude and childishness. Some folklore believes yellow to be an evil colour and, hence, gives the plant an evil side.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Since most of my photos are nature based, I went back to a super fun trip I took with my friend’s to Pittsburgh almost 2 years ago for some “Street Life”. I went to college in P-Town in the 80′s (where has the time gone??) and it was really great to visit again. It has changed quite a bit. It was much friendlier downtown (dahntahn) and cleaned up quite a bit. The arts are really flourishing everywhere, and on my old street (South Street) it was bumper to bumper with nightlife (young partying people ). Except for the latter, it was really refreshing! Pittsburgh is a great city to visit if you are looking for some urban fun without a really high ticket price. We didn’t get to do half the things I wanted to, so hopefully I go back soon!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (I)

I hope my little water feature isn’t becoming dull or redundant. But, I really like these drop photos with their reflections from above and below. I just think they are cool. I am also working on a part 2 for reflections that is lake oriented, so hold on to your hats…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

sleeping beauty

I have had the theme “Inside” in my head since Friday. Since I really like shooting things outside, I kept the concept in the back of my mind, ever mulling it around. Today it is raining. A late winter/early spring kind of rain. Light and soft, but grey. A cleansing of the winter grime. I started taking photos of the raindrops on the windows, wind chimes in the background. Then I took some shots of the drops in my beloved water container on the deck. I liked those a lot, so I took more. Upon editing these photos, I noticed a sunken passion-flower leaf leftover from last summer that somehow looks like a submerged water beauty. Under the water, waiting, pondering, smiling, looking up…she is rather eerie in there.  I think my daughter will love her, she loves water and mermaids and fairies. So, this is my photo for Inside. She lives inside my water garden, content and peaceful, enjoying the view.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective (ii)

This might be a little stretch for the word “perspective”. The place is the same, the view is the same (for the most part). The part that changed is the time. The sunset was just last Sunday evening, then the roller stratus were Monday, and finally the contrail fiesta was Tuesday, last night. Three different variations taken at the same spot, three nights in a row. I am one lucky lady.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

I like my deck water feature way more in the winter than in the summer. In the summer I can put plants in it, and have some mosquito fish to eat the mosquito larva. (They are currently waiting patiently in my laundry room for the winter to end while eating fish food flakes). But I have to watch it carefully when it rains because the fish wash over the side onto the deck. That is not good for a fish. I have to tend to it like any garden. In the winter the water feature has a life of it’s own, and it maintains itself. It reflects the weather and tells us the temperature more beautifully than a thermometer. These photos were taken the other day in the morning and it was 29*. Most of this winter it has been frozen solid. Hovering near freezing the ice waxes and wanes. I didn’t get to see much of the delicate ice formations when the temperature goes from above to below freezing this winter. The designs are exquisite! I have had photos of them on here before. The way the ice makes leafy patterns as well as sharp lines is beyond my comprehension. Here are 3 different views of my lovely water feature. What a difference perspective makes. Keep this in mind in your relationships too. Some people see beauty and some see murky leaves drowned in dirty water. And, some people aren’t even paying attention, daydreaming while staring off into space.

my water feature