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

A Reminder of Days Gone By

So here we are, July 5th, and the weather here in Vancouver is once again back to the rain and cool temperatures. So since I haven’t been getting out a whole lot with the camera this year, and since I just paid my yearly fees, which means my third year of Vancouver Visions is just about to begin (in September to be precise), I thought I would take a look back at some of the earlier pictures that have graced these pages, and at the same time, I might convince myself that we really do get nice weather here at least once in a while. So if some of the following shots look familiar, it’s because they’ve all appeared here at least once before. Oooh, Spooky!

 Some roses in Ava's garden, 2014.
Some roses in Ava’s garden, 2014.
Another cluster of flowers from Ava's garden, 2014.
Another cluster of flowers from Ava’s garden, 2014.
Church steeple at night.
A solitary streetlight adds a highlight to the silhouette of the church steeple in the early evening hours.
The Gumhead Sculpture
This is a self-portrait sculpture by Douglas Coupland called “Gumhead”. It is constructed from steel, milled foam, resin, and yep, you guessed it, gum. And just in case you’re not sure what kind of gum I’m talking about, Mr. Coupland has also invited all passers-by and viewers, to add their own chewing gum to his sculpture, thus obliterating his original work, and creating something new in the process. The sign in front of the statue suggests you wash your hands after adding your chewing gum to the work in progress. I second the motion.
Just one of many fractal designs I came up with when I took an interest in Fractal Art several years ago.
Just one of many fractal designs I came up with when I took an interest in Fractal Art several years ago.
Night falls on the city streets.
Night falls on the city streets.
Peaceful grays and gentle blues.
Peaceful grays and gentle blues.

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A Touch Of Spring- Part 2

Just thought I would put up a few of the pictures that I didn’t include in the last post, that were actually taken on the same day. That particular Saturday was just so beautiful that aside from the pictures you’ve already seen, and these that I’m posting right now, I still have over a hundred more that I could pick through in search of enough for at least one more reasonably-sized gallery. You’ll probably get to see those in the next posting. However, since it’s a little cool today, and I have a bunch of reading that I want to get into, I think everything today calls for a short but sweet gallery of about the same size as the last, and with that in mind, here we go. In the meantime, however, I hope all you wonderful people are having a great Spring, and I hope everyone is keeping healthy, happy, and safe. You have my best wishes and fondest thoughts for an amazing summer rapidly approaching, and in a world too often full of rude surprises, my prayers are always with each of you.

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Taking A Look Back At May

As I was going through some of my photos this morning, I was quite surprised at just how many of my shots I never got out as part of a Blog this year. Because of the number of pictures I take in any given year, that in itself is not all that strange. What is strange, however, is when I fail to share pictures of the flowers that I shoot, some around town, and some, like the ones that you’ll be seeing in a minute here, that were grown by my friend, that charming gardener down the block, who any regular reader of my site knows by her name which is Ava. So even though these pictures were taken back in May, and though I’m pretty sure Ava is most likely already getting much of her garden cleaned up, and ready to begin things for her next growing cycle, I thought I’d share these with you today, and if I can find where I’ve got the others that I took this year, I might even be able to share a few more with you sometime in the very near future. So there is just a quick dozen of them for you today, but I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them. We’ll talk to you later.

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Garden Harvest

Since I still can’t remember how to put a proper link in another Blogger’s comment section, I messed up an attempt at showing a blogging friend of mine the results of my efforts at growing a single garden plant in my seventh storey, east-facing apartment window this year. So rather than make another failing attempt at it that way, I figured it would just be easier to post a simple article, and highlight the results of my gardening endeavors.

Now there were a couple reasons why I decided to attempt only one plant. First of all, I didn’t want to try something as mundane as a carrot, or a radish, although I realize I could have grown fairly large amounts of these, and at least in the case of the radishes, I could have grown several batches over the course of the summer. But instead, I wanted to grow a plant that in itself could grow quite large before giving up its fruit/vegetable, since I felt that that would present as a separate challenge in and of itself. And then, after reading, and also being told, about how peppers in particular were quite finicky when it came to transplanting (something I estimated I would have to do at least twice throughout the development of the plant), I decided that that was plenty enough challenge for me.

Thus, my objective became simply to grow one Bell Pepper Plant to maturity, through pollination, and have said pepper plant provide for me at least 1, but preferably 2-3 good-sized Bell Peppers. I would begin the plant from the seeds of a store-bought pepper, and once the seeds were removed, the rest of the pepper would go towards the making of an omelet despite the fact that I had someone warn me that that may not work for some reason (he wasn’t worried about the omelet, just the seeds, which he thought were poisoned or something) that I have to admit sounded a lot like a conspiracy theory, so in order to be polite I nodded my head in all the right places, grunted once or twice, might even have damned the government on occasion, and then as soon as the nay-sayer had left, I fired up the grill and had a very enjoyable omelet in preparation for the launch of the grand experiment.

I’m happy to report that things went pretty much according to plan with just just one or two unexpected twists and turns along the way, all of which were pretty minor, and where it was necessary to do anything at all, the solution’s were quite simple. First of all, I ended up transplanting not just twice, but a total of 4 times. It turns out pepper plants grow quite a bit larger than I estimated. No big deal, just took me by surprise. (When you take a look at the pictures, try to keep in mind that I’ve trimmed off the largest of the leaves to try and make room for the peppers to expand comfortably, and I finally cut off the growing shoot to stop it once and for all from gaining any more height.  As it is now, the plant measures 33 1/2″ above the soil level, and 21″ across at the widest point.

Another thing I forgot about is the fact that I really don’t like critters like bees and wasps, or for that matter, most flying critters, unless they’re outside where they belong. One day while I was snapping pictures it occurred to me that unless some kind of flying critter started messing around with those new flowers that were beginning to pop up here and there on my pepper plant, there was a good chance I wasn’t going to get any peppers. So I asked around about how plant breeders manage to cross-breed plants so accurately. Imagine my surprise when I found out that all that talk about the birds and the bees should have been the paint brushes and feather-dusters. Tsk, tsk, fibbing to our little ones. I just grabbed my most delicate-looking paint-brush, turned down the lights, put on a little Sarah McLachlan, and cracked open a bottle of wine. I lit a candle, I left the room, and let the little flowers do what little flowers do. Nothing! So then I came back in the room, turned on the lights, and got busy cross-pollinating that plant. It wasn’t even two weeks later, and presto, peppers.

Suffice it to say, I’ve now cut off two medium-sized peppers (hoping that the three new little ones will still have enough time this year to develop into medium or large-sized peppers themselves which would bring my harvest total for this solitary plant up to 5-6 Green Bell Peppers, and though it may not be anything dazzling, I’m going to consider it a success. Next year, who knows, maybe a pumpkin?

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Something Fresh

Well it’s been a while since I’ve actually posted any pictures, and I really don’t have a lot to post today. Aside from trying to get used to Windows 10 (is everyone out there enjoying exploring it as much as I am?), I’ve been working on a few other things in the regular world (you know, the one without the keypad, and the big screen where you can’t even find the edges), and all-in-all, I’ve just been keeping myself pretty occupied. But I do have a few pictures of some little plants that seem to have survived our drought conditions pretty well, and since there are only 7 pictures in all, it shouldn’t take up a lot of anyone’s summer to give them a quick look on their way out to the beach this week-end. And while I’m thinking of up-coming week-ends, have a great one.

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All Those Pretty Little Things

Just a small collection made up of a few of my favorite floral shots from the last few months that somehow got missed, a picture of the lady who is responsible for growing many of the flowers you see on these pages, one of my more creative pieces which may or may not go over well here (it’s what I do with my photographs when I’m feeling particularly creative, and the piece featured here is called “Yellow Wildflowers In Green”), and one Landscape shot, just because. I thought it made for a cute little gallery and hopefully, you’ll find at least one or two shots to your liking.

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