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Frosty Week

December 11, 2016

The weather has been pretty mild this fall. Unusually wet, but not cold…

…until this week. Our forecast called for freezing temperatures and snow mid-week. The prospect of snow always gets everyone in this household excited. So we woke up Wednesday with great expectations.

There was no snow yet, but frost was decorating the back yard.

Jody pointed out how festive the hydrangea on the deck looked with the frost on the edges of the petals so I took the opportunity to take some macro shots before the sun came around the house and melted the frost.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of the day.

These frosted petals make be think of sugar dipped Christmas cookies.

As I got in closer I could start to see the crystalline structure of the frost.

If you “right click” on this next picture and select “Open Image in New Tab” then click to expand you will be able to see the hexagonal tube structure of most of these frost crystals.

And not to be left out, even Zippy sported a bit of frost on the end of his beak while he was keeping close watch over his feeders from a small tree on our deck.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 8.25 inches. 2016 year to date: 65 inches.

PS: Since Google has replaced Picasa Web Albums with Google Photos I’ve been having problems getting imbedded photo links to work reliably in my blog postings. If you find a broken link, would you please leave me a comment to that affect so I can address the problem.


A Little Sunlight from Our Backyard

September 22, 2013

We’ve been missing the sunlight in our backyard lately, especially this weekend with the rain showers rolling through.

But we still have flowers blooming. So when Jody rescued these Brandy roses and brought them into the house, I decided to grab a picture of them, back-lit by the setting sun, before they started to wilt (or our cat decided to eat them).

The way I figure it, these roses brought double the much-needed sunlight into our house today. Thank you Brandy.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 1.0 in. 2013 year to date: 21.25 in.

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2013

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Everyone in our back yard wishes you a Happy 4th of July and we pray that Freedom will continue to ring in this great country of ours.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2013 year to date: 17.0 in.

Go Away for a Weekend and Spring Sneaks Up

March 10, 2013

I know the calendar says that it’s still Winter for another week and a half but I think Spring sneaked up on us last week.

Last weekend we were out-of-town celebrating our granddaughter’s 1st birthday (how time flies). We had a great time and even got the opportunity to help with the preparations for the party, which included giving support to Annie during the creation of the beautiful cakes shown above.

After the fun weekend and a sunny drive home we were greeted by a deck full of Crocus blooms that were just buds when we left a few days before. It was a sure sign of Spring and a foreshadowing of the rapid landscape transformation about to take place.

And I can hardly wait.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 1.0 in. 2013 year to date: 5.5 in.

A Budding Question

February 23, 2013

Today, between the rain showers, I captured some images of sprouting buds in our back yard. The challenge for you now is to identify what plants these buds are from.

These are all common yard plants. So if you’re a plant person, the identification shouldn’t be too hard. If not, well, good luck.

If you’re having trouble with the identification, or just want to check your answers, go back and click on the picture and you will see the names.

As you can see, Spring is certainly on the way.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 1.0 in. 2013 year to date: 4.5 in.

Unexpected Moment

July 23, 2012

You know how, when you’re working in the yard, maybe doing some weeding, and suddenly you see something and think, “that might make a interesting photo”?

You don’t?

Well, if you’re really a photographer then eventually you will. Because that’s what happened to me yesterday.

After mowing the lawn I was doing some weeding. While pulling weeds around our Japanese Maple I saw this single Viola blossom in a bed of Corsica Mint. A little voice said to me “that’s an interesting contrast. An out of place item. You should take a picture of that.”

Taking the picture was actually easier said than done. The wind was blowing, so I had to be extra patient and wait for a calm moment to take the exposure. And the sun kept peeking from behind the clouds casting a harsh shadow across my scene, which I also had to work around.

But in the end I finally got my picture. It didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped, but now I won’t be wondering how great that picture might have been if only I had taken a moment to take it.

Cheers – DJD

Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2012 year to date: 37.75 in.

Clematis, Beautiful from Every Angle

May 20, 2012

Sunshine makes flowers bloom. Several clematis are now blooming in our back yard. This one is climbing up (and over) the back of the stairs coming down from our deck.

The thing I love about nature is that you can find beauty from any angle.

Just keep your eyes open.

Cheers – DJD

Rain for the week: 0.0 in. 2012 year to date: 30.0 in.