Blue-Green was the February color for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. I gathered the pictures and had them uploaded to share on a blogpost, but did not get around to finishing it. (Sigh.) Though more than a week behind, here it is.
We bought a bunch of mixed flowers several weeks ago, choosing purple and white because we were still in the season of Advent. Just a few of the blooms remain.
While drying dishes last evening I noticed the stigma of the alstromeria (commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily). Though the flower is nearing the end of its vase life, the stigma was still standing straight up.
Though the flower is nearing the end of its vase life, the stigma was still standing straight up. Wondering if I could capture it in a photo, I left my husband to finish the dishes while I played with the camera. I’m pleased with the result – the automatic flash highlighted the flowers and completely darkened the background. The only editing of the photos was cropping.
Posted in response to Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.
The last of the yellow daisies in a bouquet of flowers purchased ten days ago.
A contribution to Cee’s Flower-of-the-Day photo challenge!
Groceries. Who takes pictures when grocery shopping?!! I did today! Just because Frank issued a groceries photo challenge on Tuesday. My husband John agreed to be photographed as we did the weekly shopping. Come along to the store with us.
First, a list!
Next, decide on a grocery store. John had a prescription ready for pick-up at the Hy-Vee Pharmacy so the decision was easy. Our other choice is Fareway – it’s closer to where we live. Fareway stores are smaller than Hy-Vee stores. If you want lots of choices and don’t mind adding a lot of steps to your pedometer, go to Hy-Vee. If you just want to get the basics and prefer to be done sooner rather than later, go to Fareway. (There are other choices, but it’s Fareway or Hy-Vee for us.)
We almost always start on the end with the produce section. I was going to take a picture of the Honey Crisp apples but as I pulled out my camera three other shoppers appeared. What you can’t see is the Starbucks stand behind me and a salad bar and a Hy-Vee Market Grill to my left (less restaurant than it used to be but still a place to sit down to eat).
The bakery – or, more precisely, the bread – is one reason I like shopping in this store.
Since having all of his teeth extracted this summer, we’ve been supplementing John’s diet. Here he is trying to decide on which flavor of protein shakes to buy.
It’s the cereal aisle! Did you know you can know get peanut butter and honey flavored instant oatmeal?
Ah, yogurt. So many choices.
Always glad to walk by the in-store florist shop. Flowers make me smile. Just because.
John picked-up his prescription while I paid for the groceries before we headed out the door.
One of our customs when attending the Iowa State Fair is to stop and enjoy the flowers in the Discovery Garden. Click here for information about the garden.
The zinnia with a fly isn’t a dahlia and a bumble bee as shared by Cee in her Flower of the Day photo challenge (click here) but her rules are simply to post a picture with a flower. It’s a great challenge to follow for a little color, a little happiness no matter what your day holds.
The red zinnia caught my attention when at the garden but it wasn’t until looking at the pictures at home that I realized it was the rolled-up edges of the petals that made it look red and white.
“Wall” is the word for the weekly Tuesday photo challenge. This wall is next door to the coffee shop where I gather with quilting friends once a month.
Walnut Street Gallery, a framing shop and art gallery in uptown Ankeny, uses parts of painted picture frames to create seasonal scenes on their outside walls. I remember a Christmas tree in December and a large heart in February. July (or is it all summer?) is flowers and a flag.
For more “wall” pictures, visit Dutch Goes the Photo!
The skies are still gray but the rain has stopped. Grateful for color!
Thank-you, Nancy, for the photo a week challenge!
It just makes me smile to see rows and rows of corn in the field. Looking one direction, the rows are clear. Move around the field 90 degrees and the rows disappear. This photo is proof that at least a few farmers in Iowa have been able to plant this spring – before or between rain storms.
The honeysuckle blossoms were the brightest things on my walk Thursday morning. Only when I stopped to take Another LQQK did I realize they grow in a row on a branch.
Saw a post for an “All Lined Up” photo challenge, I couldn’t resist joining the fun with pictures that had yet to make it into a blog post!
My imagination must have been napping when I read Frank’s photo challenge earlier this week. Nothing came to mind for the prompt “crawl.” He had a photo of a snake. Since I’m not a fan of snakes, I knew I wouldn’t go that direction!
An idea crept up on me earlier today. Crawling through photo file folders, I found a few not-so-creepy-crawlies on flowers. Bugs don’t creep me out like snakes do. And most of the bugs that have appeared in my pictures fly as well as crawl.
Here are three photos of Japanese beetles on flowers and one image of damage done. All were taken in early July 2011 when the beetles invaded our flower beds, voraciously eating their way through foliage.
One Japanese beetle crawling on a single zinnia doesn’t look too destructive.
One cosmos with seven – or more – Japanese beetles doing their thing.
Japanese beetles are certainly crawling all over the marigolds, but are they feasting?
Shredded leaves tell the tale of the beetles’ visit.