Sunday, April 17, 2011
Agapanthus in the Morning Rain
Friends and family who live in a "less temperate" climate make fun of me when I mention the different seasons here, but I do love the change in our seasons. This is a fun early spring shot. The Agapanthus are just starting to bloom in our yard, and on this day an early morning rainstorm had just subsided to let the sunlight through. This combination of weather and sunlight can capture my attention for hours without even leaving my front yard. I actually had to tiptoe through the wet flowers to frame up the second blossom (or inflorescence), out of focus in the background.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Solar Pathway Lantern
One of the things we learned from the recent fire
is how truly dark it can be outside when the power goes
off. My dad who was far ahead of his time
taught me the virtues of solar energy when he
was able to power our whole house with solar panels twenty years ago.
Unfortunately there are less options for renters although we keep trying.
When we tried these small solar path lights a few years
ago they did not last very long. But these days they
have small LEDs in them so they last all night this time
of year. So we replaced all of our landscape lighting
with these and some nice spotlights on the plants.
Next time the power goes out we'll at least be able to
get around without falling over all our plants.
I'm sure it's wonderful for the environment too, but personally I'm not convinced that buying a bunch of stuff just to save energy is a terribly responsible thing to do unless the things you are replacing have outlived their usefulness and need to be replaced anyway. I'd rater telecommute and keep my old jeep that I drive about 10 miles a month, than buy an overpriced hybrid that had to be manufactured somewhere. Personally I think a large part of the current save-the-world movement is an excuse to make you feel good about buying things... eco-consumerism! Save the world with your credit card!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Lily of the Rain
The yard is a completely different place in the rain. Unfortunately for my camera I love the look of the flowers when it's raining. It's not just the drops of water. If it was I could just spray them. The soft lighting from the clouds changes the feel of the photo completely.
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Another of my rare morning shots. The light is nice in the morning, and I really try to take advantage of it when I am conscious. But that is a rather rare occurrence in the morning.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Agapanthus in the Rain
It rained heavily last night, and this morning we
got to see the SUN! It has been gray for so long I did
not know how to act!
Yeah I did, I grabbed my camera!
I was up uncharacteristically early waiting for a ride, but as a reward I got to enjoy the morning sunlight in my front yard.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The Agapanthus are Coming!
There are a lot of Agapanthus around our home
and they are looking like they are about
to burst! I took this one today on a walk with The Hound.
My botanist tells me that Agapanthus is derived from the Greek word "agapé" meaning love and "anthos" meaning flower.
And for those really interested in the botany, the group of flowers all radiating from the center with equal length "pedicles" (or individual flower stalks) is called an "umbel." An umbel is a kind of "inflorescence," which is a botanical term referring to a group or cluster of flowers and specifically the structure of that group. Ahhh the Internet, what can\'t it teach you?
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Last week, when I was loading my Jeep for a show,
I was fortunate enough to catch the sun at
a great angle on our little front yard area.
On a Saturday my Hound Dog and I would have
still been quite unconscious at this time.
This is a variety of Lily native to South Africa. It grows like wild around here, and it's beautiful when they really get going.