A Couple Follow-Ups

Well, needless to say, we here in Vancouver are truly verifying to ourselves (and to anyone in the world who may be interested) that we do indeed still live in one of the last Coastal Temperate Rainforests on the planet. It is still wet and wacky out my window, and the color-scheme is a not-so-lively gray-on-gray. As usual, my sincere prayers go out to all in the vicinity who suffer from any degree of clinical-type depression, or are troubled with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), which for those of you who aren’t quite sure, is a type of depression that has symptoms which, according to the Mayo Clinic, “start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody“. I do understand that S.A.D. can be treated quite successfully at times with something as non-invasive as “light therapy”, the act of sitting in front of the proper kind of lighting for a prescribed period each day, but still, this kind of continual dreary weather is almost guaranteed to exacerbate the symptoms connected to the types of conditions that I listed above. My own personal way of combating the effects of too much wet weather (which I don’t really dislike) or gray skies (which I DO dislike when it lasts too long) is to put as much color in front of my eyes as possible. This has nothing to do with LSD (I heard that snicker), just my photographs, and it’s the main reason I keep such ready access to them.

So since I showed you a couple single plants that I grew on my balcony last summer in my previous post, I thought I would show you the whole group of my balcony plants in a couple shots this time. So these are the “guys and the gals” that kept me company on all those nice warm summer evenings last year, while I sat on my balcony writing, or listening to tunes, or maybe even sanding down a piece of wood that I was refinishing for someone. So meet my friends, counselors, advisors, and harshest critics (you may have to click on the pictures – and see the enlarged version – if you wish to meet the smallest of the company, but that’s why I chose this particular format anyway). In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and happy, and if you see any stray sunshine, please send it my way.

A Couple Follow-Ups

A Glance Back

Since we’re still in the rainy days here, I refuse to give up the fight, so I’m taking a look back today, at just a few of the plants that adorned my balcony last summer. That was when I moved into this building, and growing season was already underway, so many of my plants got quite a late start. They did finally manage to catch up (I suspect thanks are owed, at least in part, to all that nice rich soil laced with the casts from my worm-bins), but in the beginning they did lag behind the rest of the garden, and each new bloom was a truly special pleasure for this plant-lover to see. Especially since I hadn’t had any kind of outdoor area at all to grow anything in for over 13-14 years. I only found a few of the early shots to show you today, but maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll find the folder I hid the other embarrassmentsĀ  beauties in (ahem). In the meantime, I seriously hope your weather is being nicer to you than ours is to us, and I hope you are all getting well into the swing of this brand new year. Stay healthy (watch out for that flu-bug critter), as happy as you can (it drives your enemies right up the wall), and keep yourself and your loved ones safe (I let the Lord look after this one for me, but we are each entitled to our own ways, and I wish you all the best with yours). See you next time.

A Glance Back

A Splash of Color

Just thought I would drop in a couple new pictures here that missed getting in with the last batch. I liked the colors, and the flowers remind me that Spring is once again approaching these Western Canadian shores and soon I’ll be able to get some serious planting done on this balcony of mine where I spend so much of my time when I’m at home. In the meantime, everyone take care, stay healthy (it has been a pretty good flu season with no major outbreaks that I’ve heard about at least), and keep safe. If you can manage to get extremely wealthy while you’re doing all that, feel free to do so. God bless each and every one of you.

Purple Blossoms
Purple Blossoms
White Blossom
White Blossom

A Splash of Color

Craving Summer

Well, as this rain has settled in once again (still far better than that slushy snow we had last year), it has finally reached that point of persistence where it has me craving the brighter days of summer, although at this point, I’d settle for a couple cool Spring evenings; just no more rain for a day or two. Anyway, whenever that happens, I just reach into my laptop (figuratively speaking of course), and pull out a picture or two that serves to remind me that those warmer days are in fact approaching quite rapidly, and will soon enough be upon us. So since I took the time to warm my own heart and soul up, how could I refuse but to share that experience with all my favorite folks? So here you go, these are they that worked for me, and perhaps one or two will help to chase away any Winter blues any of you might be feeling also. I certainly do hope so, and I wish you all the best as:

Outside my window, the rain is beating the time,

to the song in my heart, where the Son of God shines,

as the sun that is hidden by those clouds up above

is not needed when my heart is warmed, by the free gift of God’s Love.

Busy Little Bee
Busy Little Bee
It's Gonna Take More Bees
It’s Gonna Take More Bees
A Burst Of Warmth To Chase Away The Rain
A Burst Of Warmth To Chase Away The Rain
The Colors Of Summer
The Colors Of Summer
Definitely Summer Seagulls
Definitely Summer Seagulls

 

 

Craving Summer

A Possibility Of A “Green” Spring

We had our Provincial elections here in B.C. last night, and though things were close enough that nothing can be truly settled until the final count comes in (in about 2 weeks), the way things sit now, our Green Party made history, and may now finally swing some serious weight. Moving up two seats this time (from 1 to 3) in a contest that saw the two major parties end up neck-and-neck (Liberals 43 seats – New Democratic Party 41 seats), Andrew Weaver’s tiny little count means just as much, or more, than his opponent’s much larger tallies. If the situation as it now sits remains (the first minority government in BC since 1952 – 5 years before I was even born), The Green Party controls the balance of power, and IMHO, that can only be a good thing. Though Mr. Weaver is not tipping his hand yet as to what his strategy might be (pending the final count), he has said that one thing either Party will have to agree to if they want his support is the removal of corporate and union donations in politics.

So I guess it really is going to be a good Spring after all. I would have preferred the removal of the Liberals from power altogether, but the more I think about it, the more I think this is even better, because I’m not a huge fan of the NDP either, and now neither of them will be totally in control. Hopefully everything is going just as well for all of you. I hope your week is going great, and that you are all keeping happy, healthy, and safe. See you next time.

The Stuff That Window Washers Dreams Are Made Of
The Stuff That Window Washers Dreams Are Made Of
West Vancouver Across The Inlet
West Vancouver Across The Inlet
The Final Proof That Spring Has Arrived In All Her Splendor
The Final Proof That Spring Has Arrived In All Her Splendor
Stretching Up Out Of The Shadows Of The Lower Trees
Stretching Up Out Of The Shadows Of The Lower Trees

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Some By-Passed Photos

I was going through some of my older pics the other day, and finding quite a few that never made it into these pages, I thought I could use some of them to make up for the lack of photography I’ve been doing while I’m involved in moving 8-10 years of my accumulated life from one location to another. These types of pictures don’t usually get missed in the first cut because I’m particularly dissatisfied with them, but rather more it’s due to space considerations, or the fact that they are too similar to others that did make it into the original post. So at any rate, I’ve picked four of them for today, and before you think that Spring has come early here on the coast, I assure you, it’s the pictures that are “out of time”.

With all that said, I hope everyone is having a great year so far, I wish you all the best for a gentle Spring when it does come, and until next time, please stay, as I always pray for, happy, healthy, and safe.

The North Shore Mountains as seen from the Georgia Viaduct.
The North Shore Mountains As Seen From The Georgia Viaduct
Hanging basket of orange blossoms.
Hanging Basket of Orange Blossoms
Hanging basket of red blossoms.
Hanging Basket of Red Blossoms
Moon over Vancouver.
Moon Over Vancouver

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An Unusually-Green Tinted Blossom

A few days ago I was out walking, when I came across a spray of flowers in a planter outside a hotel, and found myself taken slightly aback by the delicate greenish tint of the petal-tips. Added to this were several splotches of very soft purple, and the combination was simply beautiful. I snapped a few pictures, and though I still think they looked far better in person, I decided to share them with you here today. Other than that, I guess I better get back to my packing. Everyone have a great week-end, and we’ll see you next week.

Green-tinted blossom cluster.
Green-Tinted Blossom Cluster
Close-up buds of green and purple.
Close-Up Buds Of Green And Purple
Green-tinted garland.
Green-Tinted Garland
Dainty green-tinged blossoms.
Dainty Green-Tinged Blossoms

An Unusually-Green Tinted Blossom