Stormy June

June 29, 2013 Nature, Sky, Weather 0 Comments

We’ve had a stormy June here in the Atlanta area. There have been a lot of great clouds and stormy skies. This shot is from a couple of evenings ago when storms passed to the east and to the west but never quite made it to where I am. I love the summer time pattern of late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. I love the way the sky darkens and everything seems to calm down before the rain moves in. To me it is so peaceful. It’s not so peaceful when the storms come with hail and high winds and knock down a bunch of trees on your street (like we had a couple of weeks ago…power was out for just over a day). But still…it’s my favorite part of summer.

Cute as a Button!

May 8, 2013 Animals, Nature 0 Comments

I found this little guy wandering around in my parents’ garden the other day. He was about the size of a guinea pig. I’m not sure what he was doing out during the day without his mom. You mostly see opossums at dusk or later. He was bit surprised by my presence and then quickly didn’t seem too happy about the camera that was pointed at him. Hopefully he managed to arrive at his destination unharmed.

Spring Is On Its Way

February 4, 2013 Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

It’s early February and I can see spring coming around the corner. Some of my crocuses have already already flowered (the yellow ones – they’re always first), the daffodils are out, some tulips are already starting to pop through the ground and my hiacynth is almost done flowering. This is the first year that I’ve had an early-season hiacynth growing in the house and I really like it. It smells good =) I can’t wait to take my other bulbs back outside when it starts to warm up. Maybe with a little luck I’ll get my calla lilies to flower this year!

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012 Nature 0 Comments

We don’t get much snow in Atlanta, so this is a picture from almost two years ago.  We got quite a bit (several inches and some ice, which brought Atlanta to a screeching halt) of snow in January 2011. I was actually off work for an entire week. It was lovely.

No sign of snow so far this year and the long-term forecast calls for a milder than normal winter, so I might not be seeing snow any time too soon. This snowy scene will just have to tide me over until the next snowfall.


Happy Fall!

November 5, 2012 Nature 0 Comments

The leaves are close to peak color here in the Atlanta area, but the colors haven’t been quite as vibrant as they have been some other years. The house that I’m living in is on about an acre of land and there are a lot of trees here.  Great for providing shade when it’s hot and taking pictures in the fall, not so great for the large volume of acorns that I have to remove from my drive way every year!  Thankfully the acorns took a break this year.  But wow, the last two years…I’ve never seen so many acorns! Anyway, here are a few fall photos from around my yard in 2010 and 2011.

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Gorgeous Sunset

October 16, 2012 Nature, Sky, Weather 0 Comments

Just a few photos from a gorgeous sunset last week.  I noticed a warm orange glow in my parents’ backyard one evening (the house faces west).  I went out front and was greeted with this scene…

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I Guess I’m Done Growing Peppers for the Year

October 5, 2012 Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

I’ve been growing green peppers since early in the summer but I think nature has decided for me that I’m done for the year. Over the past several months my pepper plant (while living in a large container on my driveway) has been visited by my friendly back yard deer a few times and had quite a few of its leaves nipped off. A few days ago I was getting into the car when I noticed that my pepper plant was…a bit sparse-looking. I immediately assumed that my deer had visited, but when I looked more closely I noticed that the leaves didn’t appear to have been nipped off. And then I saw the green guy above (pretty tight crop).

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Lake Lanier

July 30, 2012 Nature, Sky 0 Comments

I stopped by Lake Lanier this past Saturday, just for fun, and took a few shots with my polarizing filter on my camera. I don’t know why I always forget to use it. After seeing what a difference it made with the blue sky and the puffy clouds, though, I don’t think I’ll forget it again. It didn’t hurt that the water was such a pleasant shade of green contrasted against the muddy orange-ish/brown-ish shoreline.

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Gibbs Gardens Japanese Garden

Gibbs Gardens :: Ball Ground, GA

I visited Gibbs Gardens up in Ball Ground, GA last week. The gardens have been under planning and development for about 30 years and just opened to the public this past March. Hands down my favorite part was the Japanese garden.  I loved all of the little Buddha statues and pagodas. The purple irises really stood out against the various shades of green. When I got home and looked at the pictures that I had taken I realized just how carefully planned all of the textures, colors and sizes were. The attention to detail throughout the gardens is impressive, to say the least.

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Dogwoods In Full Bloom

March 28, 2012 Nature 0 Comments

The warm winter and spring in Atlanta this year has produced Dogwoods that are just bursting with flowers (maybe the Dogwoods were going to have a good year regardless of the excessive warmth – I’m not sure). Seeing the Dogwoods, Pink Dogwoods, Cherry Trees, Redbuds and Bradford Pears fill out every year never gets old. It’s a shame that the flowers only last for so long, but at the same time that’s what makes this time of year so invigorating.


Crocus Eyes Have Emerged

The Crocuses Are Awake!

February 1, 2012 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

I planted a bunch of crocus bulbs and some tulip bulbs at the end of December and the crocuses have already popped through! With the exception of a few days here and there this has been a really mild January for the Atlanta area. Not that our winters are usually that bad, but this year has definitely been abnormal. I have a feeling that we’re going to pay for this unseasonal warmth with some crazy cold March that will kill all the buds on the trees. This is the first time that I have planted bulbs in the ground (I planted some in a pot last spring that didn’t quite do what they were supposed to)…I’ll probably find out this spring just how many bunnies I have in my yard. I hear they like crocuses.