SUNFLOWERS

My five year old boy so wanted to have sunflowers in the garden.  So one late spring day, we planted several seeds in a pot.

Five of them sprouted but two promptly died because we went on a vacation and the soil dried out.

Three survived and one of them is tall enough and healthy enough to produce a bud.  Another one is thinking about flowering, but the third one is still little.  It may not be big enough to flower before summer is over.  But my boy is happy to have this sunflower opening its petals in the garden.

 

for Trablogger’s Mundane Monday # 123

WPC:  Corner   Don’t you love all those sunflower corners?  🙂

THE GOLDEN POND (for TPC-Golden and WPC: Elemental)

 

It was late in the afternoon, the sun was setting, the wind was blowing, and the water reflected the sunlight and rippled in the wind.  This shot was taken at Borderland State Park  in early June.

I think this shot represents the elements of fire, water, air, and even earth through the plant that grows in the shallow part of the lake.

DUTCH GOES THE PHOTO’S TUESDAY PHOTO CHALLENGE – GOLDEN

WPC: Elemental

 

THE GARDEN YIELDS ITS FRUITS (WPC: Satisfaction)

When i thought of things or activities that give (me) satisfaction, gardening was among the first to come to mind.  Every aspect of it – from preparing the soil, to digging, to choosing the plants, even weeding, give me immense pleasure.

Our zucchini plants are starting to produce and sometimes, we have more than we can eat.

Perhaps the joy comes primarily from   the expectation that something good will come out of my labor.  To some extent, I compare the joyful expectancy to a mother expecting to see the baby in her womb, or to see her children grow into beautiful, mature persons.  I find myself visiting the garden everyday to see how much the plants have grown; be sad when pests eat the leaf; rejoice when I see the flowers or the first fruits.  How fulfilling it is to pick the mature fruits.  They make all the effort worth it.

To vary the way we serve zucchini at home, we tried making zucchini bread. This recipe – https://butterwithasideofbread.com/best-ever-zucchini-bread/ – turned out to be excellent, notwithstanding the use of nutmeg, a spice I am quite wary of. My zucchini-averse children loved it.

I can only think of one thing more satisfying than harvesting the fruits, and that is, eating them.

 

WPC:   SATISFACTION

P.S.  – Shameless plug

In my photo-poetry page, MY WALL, I write about the satisfaction that comes from beholding a wildflower. 🙂

INDIAN PIPE, A Most Unusual Plant (WPC: Unusual)


While in a walk in the woods of Borderland State Park in early July, my eyes were caught by waxy white flowers not taller than 4 inches off the ground. It was the first time that I ever saw such a plant. They grew in the shady undergrowth of the forests and was likely to be obscured by decaying leaves on the ground.

When I looked it up on Google, I was first given the very useful answer – Plant. The more helpful sites, however, identified it as Indian Pipe, also known as Ghost Plant, also known as Corpse Plant. I thought it was a kind of fungi, but it turned out to be a plant, in the blueberry family at that. The plant has no chlorophyll and does not need light to grow, apparently. Thus, it can grow in the dark. According to one source, Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month for October 2002, the presence of this plant indicates that the area is very rich with nutrients. Venerable Wikipedia says that “it is generally scarce or rare in occurrence”.

Check out the sources for interesting information about this plant.

Thank you!

WPC:  Unusual

 

REFLECTIONS, A COLLAGE

I don’t know about you, but I am utterly fascinated by reflections. Whenever we pass by a body of water clearly reflecting the world around and above it, I always feel a little regret that we could not stop the car to take pictures. There is something magical with reflections that is as soothing as they are beautiful.

It is no surprise then that my favorite places to visit should have a body of water.  I am happiest when the water is clear and still for those mirror images that, to me, are so appealing.  Recently, we discovered this wildlife refuge nearby that not only offered tree-shade meandering paths but also a riverwalk.  As you may have guesses, I took a lot of pictures of the trees reflected in the water.  The photos were taken on different occasions (one or two may even be reflections on a puddle somewhere), so  there are variations in the color and light.

I chose the shots to give the collage a theme.  Then I tried to arrange the pictures according to the changes in color and hue.   While I was doing that, I was reminded of the picture collages that were so popular several years ago, such as a picture of Princess Diana, for example, which was actually made out of hundreds of little photos of her that were put together to form the big image.  I guess you have an idea about what I am talking about.

I made the black and white version above just to see how the colored image would translate as a monochrome picture.  It is a little too quiet.  I think I prefer the colored version better because of the color palette.

Thanks to Michelle for the WPC:  Collage prompt.  I got the impetus to try a different and new thing.

BOSTON’S BRIDGE


While not as storied or old as The London Bridge or The Golden Gate Bridge, Boston’s Zakim’s Bridge or Bunker Hill Bridge still counts as iconic as the other two. The bridge reminds one of Boston, as word Boston itself brings to mind an image of a cable-held bridge leading a traveler to and from the city over River Charles.

The rare times we go through Boston when we travel up north, I look forward to crossing the bridge and looking at the scenery around it. Taking a picture through a windshield while passing through the bridge is not the way to capture the grandeur of this bridge but the bridge still impresses even in a simple camera phone shot.

WPC:  Bridge

Compared to the grandeur and span of this bridge, my other entry, a little footbridge, offers a stark contrast.

MAGICAL HOUR

sun-and-bug
There is something utterly enchanting about the glow of the lowering sun. It casts everything in bronze and make even the most ordinary of thins like a tiny bug and grass flowers mesmerizing. I find myself looking forward to late afternoons to watch the treetops and the leaves glow in the afternoon sunlight.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Magic

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