Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Serenity

wisteria bloom with a touch of honey bee wing


Wisteria flower
Blooming when it should't be
And it's beautiful!

~~~  

xoabb

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Serenity

the bottom of 2nd Street - the best place to capture sky photos
The clouds at sunset
Such beauty found in the sky
Never tire of it

~~~

xoabb

Friday, August 19, 2016

Foggy Missourahhh Morning




Winging my way home
After a wonderful time
I want to go back

~~~

xoabb

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Serenity

eggs of a speckle
cardinal eggs...hopefully uninterrupted

My parents have wonderful folks that help them with the heavy labor in their garden because, well, at 90 and 93, it's just not physically possible for them to do everything anymore. (Hell, I'm 61 and couldn't begin to do all that, tho they both seemed to be able to do ALL THAT at my age...) Yesterday, their helper had been clearing off the non-producing bean trellis when she stopped, came in the house and asked what she should do about the suddenly discovered bird's nest, complete with eggs, that was nestled in the trellis. Mom quickly told her to cease and desist, which pleased the gal very much, as she said: "O goody! I'll have to find some pulled foliage to protect the nest from the sun! So...nature wins out over a neat garden. A mighty good choice! (We eventually found dad and he heartily agreed that the nest should stay.) 

Just hope mama redbird won't abandoned it!

Clearing out debris
Sometimes leads to a surprise
Hey mama, come back!

~~~

xoabb

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sounds of a Summer Night



I've never realized
There's ebb and flow to the sounds
one hears in the night

~~~

xoabb

(I didn't change the volume level - that's just the loud/soft sounds of a Missouri night)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Off to my Dreams...

perennial hardy hibiscus. Dad said he started with one red and one white, and ended up with a
light pink flower* with no center redness - it's beautiful!
~
The dance is over
It's time to go. Off to my
Dreams...there's no more show...

*Dad's hybrid
~~~

xoabb

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Little Punk Blossoms


what we've always referred to above as a mimosa tree blossom, we've come to find it's really not.
My grandparents had two of the beautiful trees growing in the backyard of their California, MO
home. Every time I see a tree in bloom, I think of them, with much love, much much love. 


Little punk blossoms
Blooming in your pink pink way
Wish I could be you.

~~~

xoabb

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Gifts that Inspire Serenity...on a Sunday

There are the little things that I absolutely love...
Gifts from the heart of a ~bff~ - a metal bird nest and moonstone egg, 
Gifts from a traveling parent - a perfectly egg-shaped rock from some forgotten beach
Gifts from the dump on my parent's property - a tiny bottle with a cap that has an ~A~ stamped on it
Gifts from nature - two little acorns that fell too soon and are adorable, but not at all grown up
And a wayward green visitor ~gift~ I found in my bathroom...now free to the great outdoors

~

Little things that mean
so much. Forever friendships,
and a lot of love.

~~~

xoabb

Friday, August 05, 2016

Our Sweet Sweet Father, August 2016

dad reflecting on a reflecting pond - glass still that pond is tonight - waiting
for mom, Care and me to return on the golf cart from Chanterelle-picking overload

We love this dad, ours,
Loving us always and there
For us, thick 'n thin

~~~

xoabb

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Plumbago in the Evening

the beautiful flower, plumbago, that dad grows in a pot on the deck - color not enhanced by me - at 6:00pm.

the same flower (different cluster) captured at 1:30pm in the full sun - color not enhanced by me



Plumbago flowers
No matter what time of day
Beautiful you are!

~~~

xoabb

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Chicken-of-the-Woods - An Edible Treat!

photo taken on 7/31/16 @ 3:49 pm
  
photo taken on 8/1/16 @ 2:31pm
(covered in mud spots because of the hard rain that fell last night)
photo taken on 8/2/16 @ 3:20pm


photo taken 8/3/16 @ 3:27pm just before harvesting
Mom has been watching a certain oak tree all spring and summer just waiting for the perennial chicken-of-the-woods to reappear. Yesterday it finally did! On our way back from Claysville Store, she looked over and saw her c-o-t-w's for the first time! (It hadn't been there when we left at noontime.) After we were dropped at home, mom and I immediately got in the car so we could go take a photo of it and try to estimate when it would be time to harvest it to eat. That first photo is of the mushroom yesterday. It rained all night and most of today so it wasn't until just about 24 hours after the first photo was taken that we were able to go check on the c-o-t-w's and see if anything had changed. MAN! Talk about growth spurt! Look how much that baby has grown in just a days time! (If you look at the little green plants on the left, you can see they're exactly the same in both photos.) If that were a human baby, I'd say it had gone from an infant to a 10 year old in one day! At this rate, it'll be ready to harvest in the next couple of days! Can't wait to see how big it is tomorrow!
We harvested it today, the 3rd of August. Had a bit of it tonight just to try it, and will have more tomorrow - will let you in on the secrets of Chicken-of-the-Woods preparations!

~

Soon on our dinner table
Deliciousness waits!

~~~

xoabb