Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017

Hard to believe this week is over. It has been one weird week. Weather-wise, we’ve had rain, snow, sun, sunrises — and my Christmas cactus is in bloom again.


The above picture is the cover of one of Boston’s local papers. I have yet to entirely discern its intent since this is a pretty right-wing paper, yet they have not been exactly supporters of Our New Team at the Top. I just liked the page and took the picture. I will leave other pundits to figure out its implications, whatever they  may be.

The day before yesterday, we had one of those glorious sunrises that accompany the Vernal Equinox. I wasn’t using my really good camera and I wasn’t happy with the colors, so I tried again this morning. In the two days since I shot, the sun has move maybe 10 degrees eastward in the sky (is that right? I’m never sure but by my calculations, that is east) and it was hard to get any picture at all. But I tried.

My Christmas cactus bloomed again. It does this. Every few months, it bursts open and blooms. Better now than ever since the huge dracaena that had kept the sun away has moved to a better place (my son’s place, actually) and the remaining plants are happy to get sunshine back.

Philodendron from the side in the rather gray light of morning

The Flowers

Chinese lily

The Flowers

From Child’s Garden of Verses

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All the names I know from nurse:

Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse

Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock

And the Lady Hollyhock

Tiny trees for tiny dames —

These must be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs

Shady fairies weave a house;

Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,

Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people’s trees,

But the fairest woods are these;

Where, if I were not so tall,

I should live for good and all.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern — Water Lilies

Water Lilies on a small canal

On a small canal by an old mill, tens of thousands of water lilies form a rich tapestry on the dark, smooth surface of the water. Why the lilies so favor this narrow canal above all other water in the area … water lilies not being as common as reeds and other water-loving plants … no one knows. Perhaps it’s a perfect acidity level or it’s lime leaching into the water from the granite lining the waterway, but lilies almost cover the water’s surface.

On the street where I live …

Down the block, probably the oldest house this end of the road, Built in the late 1700. There’s an older one down the other way, built in the early 1700s.

Our street is also an interstate numbered route that run into Rhode Island about two miles south of our house. It’s an old road and still one of the least built-up areas of the local towns.

My neighbor (across the street) had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. A few still linger on the vines.

He also grew some wonderful hot yellow peppers.

The last two peppers on the vine.

Bright vines climb on an old oak just past a driveway onto the tree farm.

Bright colored vines along a yellow tree.

At the base of the street, bright yellow daisies don’t recognize the end of their season as they point their faces at the sun.

Daisies along the fence at the bottom of the road.

Then, there are the flowering grasses …

Flowering grasses in an autumn garden.

And our flag is still there.

Rainy Day With Sunflowers

It’s a dreary day. Raining since this morning, not exactly an inspiration … and maybe, I’m a bit written out. I know we need rainy days and we haven’t had many of them this year. Not nearly enough, but somehow, when the world is all dripping and gray, it tends to take my spirits down with it.

So what shall I do? I know, I’ll show pictures of bright flowers!

Another sunflower!
Just one more …

Okay, now I feel better!