It was easy to get them to stand still for the photograph.
I got these for my parents for their 50th anniversary in 1998 because cranes mate for life, as did Mom and Dad. The cranes moved along with them to their new place in Cincinnati and there they put on a little festive decoration for the season.
HT to JeffG166 for sending on the color correction. (You mean Ohio isn’t grey and dreary in December?)
Look what greeted me when I checked out the orchids this afternoon.
The budding vanda gave forth.
There were two vultures vultching in the backyard yesterday and I caught them with my phone camera.
I know they are only visiting here for a short time because all they brought was a little carrion…
Thanks, I’ll be here all week…
Actually, we’re in the near-end of autumn, and the first real cool front of the season has blanketed South Florida with nice comfortable temperatures and lower humidity. The chili pepper vanda is in bloom again while the other vanda is getting very close. The hibiscus is always showing off.
I was going to go take a look at the total lunar eclipse last night, but when I woke up for it, I could hear the rain on the roof. So I went back to sleep.
Here is the updated photo I promised.
One of the adventures I signed up for was a horseback ride. I used to be quite the rider when I went to camp in the 1960’s, and when I was a counselor I often accompanied the kids on their all-day rides. So it was like old times yesterday when I saddled up Jamaica Jet and went for a ride around the ranch. It was a great time. I would have worn the cowboy hat I had when I was a camper — it still fits — but rules require that we wear helmets.
The view from the saddle.
I return to sea-level tomorrow, but I have enough great memories to last at least until the next reunion… and a lifetime.
The remnants of Erika are making their way across South Florida. We had a terrific lightning and thunder show early this morning, and when I got up to go get the paper, I was greeted by this sight:
Needless to say I won’t be doing any sailing today.
The chili pepper vanda is blooming again, just two months after the last burst.
Not to be outdone, the hibiscus is cranking it out, too.
The chili pepper vanda is in full bloom for the third time since I got it last September.
For those of you in the northern climes of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time of year your gardens start to grow. Mine is a year-round affair, except my garden consists of a few potted plants and some orchids.
But still, it’s something. My potted plants consist to two philodendron, and one of them — the one on the top level of the shelf in the photo below — was a present from my sister for my thirtieth birthday. Do the math; it’s over thirty-two years old and still going strong. It arrived when I was living in Boulder and has been with me ever since.
The one on the lower level was acquired about twelve years ago by Bob to decorate our office and filter the air. When he retired I brought it home and it has been doing fine ever since, even adopting a spider plant that now shares the dish.
The orchids are doing well, too, and the chili pepper vanda that I got last September for my birthday is in the process of putting out its third set of blooms.
What kind of gardener are you? Active? Passive? Green thumb?
I am a passive gardener. I like to let things grow at their own pace and make their way in the world.
While trying to take a nap yesterday afternoon, I heard a thud and a crunch from the back of the house. I went to the patio door to see this:
It wasn’t windy at all; I guess the branch just got tired of hanging around.
As you can see, it’s not a small one. The landlord has been notified; this is one of the things they have insurance for.
A local resident decides to make a break for it.
I used to think it was exotic to have peacocks roaming my neighborhood, but after they’ve trounced over the patio enclosure and poked holes in the screen, left turds the size of golf balls in the driveway, and made all sorts of racket in the middle of the night, I’m over them.
The vanda and hibiscus are putting out their newest blooms.
Winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow evening (ET). The daylight will start getting longer.
Thanks to Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice for sharing the pictures of my backyard beauties with the wider world yesterday morning.
The chili pepper vanda is in bloom again. I must be doing something right by leaving them alone.
This is the time of year that the hibiscus trees go into bloom here.
And the butterfly orchid is putting out a second bloom as well.
Just a couple of reasons why I like living here.
Question: Why do these birds remind me of a popular singer from the 1950’s?
Answer: Because they dine ashore.
Thanks, I’ll be here all week.
The lunar eclipse this morning visible over most of North America.
Photo by commenter BillinGlendaleCA at Balloon Juice.
The new orchids have put out their full blooms. Seems they like hanging out in the back yard.