A Surprise in the Nursery

I paid a visit to one of my favorite nurseries and was pleasantly surprised by a new display there.

Someone did a lot of work here. Aren’t the flowers beautiful?

The train is a nice touch, huh.

Another view.

I thought this would be an appropriate post for Mothers Day, which is this Sunday in the U.S. I hope you have a wonderful celebration!

{carole}

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It’s That Time Again

I can’t resist uploading a photo of Kwanzan cherry blossoms when I know they’re blooming back East. I think they’re incredible and am grateful I got to photograph them. I do like the way the sun is hitting the leaves here.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Yuri Antics

Lately our cat, Yuri, has been very adventurous.

Here he is on the dining room table trying to eat a fig leaf.

I had turned my back for just a moment and he leapt up to the fridge and walked into the nearby pantry. How he squeezed between the Cheerios and Quaker oats, I’ll never know.

This cat cannot resist an open door of any kind.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Early Signs of Spring

We are very fortunate to have an early spring in California. It arrives in mid-February and one of the things I like best about it is the arrival of pink jasmine. I tried to grow it a couple years ago with no success, but last year it finally took root. It’s one of my favorites and smells incredible. When I moved to the East Coast 14 years ago I was very surprised that we couldn’t really plant anything until May. I tried to sneak some plants in, but a brutal frost killed them.

We were in Rancho Santa Fe recently where I took the shots below. They landscape the shops so beautifully there….

Such a great display of succulents.

I’ve photographed this restaurant window before. It’s Thyme in the Ranch.

Another nice use of succulents.

I didn’t mean to be away for so long–it just kind of happened. To be totally honest, I was kind of burning out. Though this isn’t a travel blog per se, it kind of turned into one. I don’t venture out much with Covid-19 and travel is out of the question for now. But the break has been good for me and I’ll keep going as long as I feel inspired.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. Much appreciated.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Merry Christmas…

…to all who celebrate.

Happy Holidays! See you next year….

{carole}

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Coastline

This is the coastline at Carlsbad Beach. If you look closely you can see and red and white kite.

Carlsbad is home to Lego Land and the Flower Fields. I do love the cliffs there.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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A Sunlit Rose for You

Here’s a cream-colored rose to brighten your weekend. I hope you are all enjoying good health and happiness.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Siberian Pupils

When I took this photo recently I didn’t notice how dilated Yuri’s pupils were. They’re huge. I guess that makes it easier to hunt in the dark. I will often find him in front of our sliding doors at night, completely engrossed by something, but of course I can’t see a thing.

A recent New Yorker Magazine article said that cats are less domesticated than we think. I know, because sometimes Yuri looks like he wants to kill me with that intense stare! 🙂

Great weekend, everyone….

{carole}

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Autumn Green and Orange

I’m not shooting much these days because of Covid, so I’ll be dipping into the archives for a while.

I shot this in Maryland and was very happy to capture the blue bokeh. I miss seeing autumn leaves, but not enough to move back there.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Vertical Cloud

I’m back…can’t believe my last post was in July. Honestly don’t know where the time went. Thank you for the well wishes.

I took this a couple of days ago. Have never seen a cloud formation like this one before. I love the way the sun lit up the very top of the cloud.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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