Saturday, December 13, 2008
is it christmas?
the unbelievable has happened in new orleans and the surrounding areas. it snowed!!! real, heavy, sticky snow that stuck to the ground. out where i live, about 90 miles north of new orleans, we had at least 3 inches, probably closer to 4. there is still snow on the ground now and this happened on thursday. it was amazingly beautiful but i didn't have power all day so instead of being able to sip my tea and watch through the window i was curled up in bed most of the day trying to stay warm. it was definitely a sight to see!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
bellagio conservatory in autumn
my mother has asked for more pictures from the Bellagio conservatory in Las Vegas, it is one of our favorite places to go see and she was not there on this past trip. I will have to say it was one of my favorite set-ups i've ever seen there because fall is my favorite season and i especially love creepy halloween-themed decor. fun fun. so here you go mom, all my pics from the bellagio--the trees above were really cool with water running down them, it was a strange contrast between the dead trees and the flowing water.
the tree and bug creatures were very cool...
the wheel mill was very cool too, life size and very realistic.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
a great autumn
OBAMA ROCKS!!!! HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!!!
btw, i don't know why that paragraph of words is underlined... i'm too lazy to rewrite it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
back in action
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
the que onda restaurant with thatched roof, cute gourd-carved lights and mosquito spray on the tables so you don't get eaten alive while dining. the mosquitos were really bad if you weren't right on the water getting the heavenly sea breeze.
the next 3 pictures are the yal-ku lagoon. it was filled with tons of colorful fish, including some barracuda, rocky caverns and sandy bottoms and fresh water coming up from the underground rivers that mixed with the salt water and gave the effect of oil and water mixing or heat rising off a highway. i'll post more pictures of that.
this beauty was at the wonderful galleria lamanai in akumal. he was gorgeous, fully beaded with beautiful sparkly glass beads--unfortunately a little out of my price range. i'm usually not one for sparkly things but he was gorgeous, i love iguanas.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Akumal, Yukatan, Mexico
Thursday, June 5, 2008
heat bloomers continued
buddleia, one of my favorite smelling plants. unfortunately this is my only variety right now, i wish i had tons of these, i really love them.
what would we (and the butterflies and hummingbirds) do without lantana in the summer??
ok, he's not exactly blooming but who gets tired of seeing cute lizards?
and i'll be out for about 10 days, we'll see what the garden looks like then....hoping for lots of rain.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
blooming in the heat
a yellow ground orchid has come back from last year.
a perennial geranium whose blooms are the most beautiful shade of purple with tiny orange centers, none of which showed up in this photo.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
this iris, that i have had for at least 2 years now is finally blooming. i believe i got it at our folsom native plant society booth but i honestly am not sure.... it's very similar to our native louisiana iris except the leaves are different and the blooms are all clustered down around the bottom of the plant instead of shooting up and out of the leaves. i haven't tried looking it up yet to see what it really is. it was exciting though, to finally see it in bloom.