Sunday, April 26, 2009


I guess this is sort of Eye-spy-ish. I haven't been real creative with my photography lately but I've sure enjoyed taking the time to walk around and take pictures of alot of spring's arrival. There is a big difference between looking around at all of the blooms and changes in the hills and trees vs. actually squatting down beside a plant or bud and photographing it with your closest eye. For there is where we see the real beauty. Being still, taking the time to really look at the subtle changes all around us. Such a gift from God.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jewles of The Earth

Today is Earth Day. And this is one of the jewels in our garden. This is a Lady's Mantle. I love the way the water droplets looks like diamonds. That is how I describe it to Mark when I can't remember the name. And he always knows what I am talking about.

Go out today and looks around you...soak everything in and think about ways that you can take care of the earth that God has created for us to enjoy.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Legend of The Dogwood

An old beautiful legend says that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwoods was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to put such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in His gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorry and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large to be used as a cross. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be int eh form of a cross-two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints-brown with rust and stained with res-and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember."

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Starts of Spring

tulips staying warm
daffodil says Hi!

dogwood blooms facing up like little peeps in a choir!

a hosta unfolding

pear tree blooming on a spring day

weeping cherry tree blooms

dogwood bloom begins to open

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring has sprung, in Murrieta

Lemon blossoms, smell so sweet.

Tiny Narcissus, bobbing in the wind.

These two shots are of the Jasmine, right outside my front door.

This wonderful geranium is also at the front door. This is an amazing plant. Eight years ago, I saw a geranium growing out of the asphalt in Cypress, CA, near my daughter's house. My climate is a little more challenging than hers, Chaparral vs. Coastal; so I figured if it'd grow out of asphalt, with no irrigation, it's grow here. I've given tons of cuttings away. It's really hardy.