Wistful Wildflowers, Shadow Silhouettes, And Silent Sunsets

I took these last year when I went for a peaceful, quiet walk. And with these photos,ย I will participate in four different challenges all at the same time.ย ๐Ÿ˜„ย First, I spotted some tinyย wildflowers.

When in the garden later, I noticed that my bell peppers were starting to produce, and the dying flower petals are kind of close to the Granny Smith Apple color:

I stopped by my onion patch to take a photo, not realizing at first that myย silhouetteย in shadow form was the main star of the photo instead of my onions. ๐Ÿ˜‚

And later on, I saw this sunset, which seems to have most of the colors in this weeks installment of the Color Your World challengeย – except for Granny Smith Apple green.


The Turtles And The Rabbit

Sounds a lot like The Tortoise And The Hare, doesn’t it? But this isn’t a fable, this is a post of photos from nature that I paired together; killing two weeks worth of photo challenges in one massive post.ย ๐Ÿ˜ย First are the turtles!

My mom found this one while raking leaves during the fall. He was hiding underneath the blanket of leaves.

He wasn’t scared of me at all and let me get this macro shot of his face. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here is another one my mom found while raking leaves. (Apparently, turtles enjoy hiding under leaves. ๐Ÿ˜„) This was taken in transit to his new location, which was not too far away, just far enough away that he could escape to the woods without encountering my mom’s rake again.

He also let me get a close-up!

And they are even cuter as babies! Here is one that I found in 2015 that let me hold him in my hand.

And here is one I met in July of last year. So tiny!! This one wasn’t as friendly; he tried to eat my finger.ย  Don’t let his cuteness fool you; I thought he was a box turtle, but he snapped like a snapping turtle! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But then, if some giant started wagging their finger in front of my face, I might get snappy too…

And this brings us to the Sienna or maybe sandy colored rabbit I met a few months ago. He has a mouthful of grass in this one.

He was trying to eat dinner while I crept closer.

He let me get very close; these were taken with my old camera with the 3X zoom zoomed in as close as I could get it.

But it wasn’t enough; he still got scared and tried to run away.

But he was too hungry to go far. I felt bad scaring the poor guy while he was trying to eat, but I really wanted to get photos, haha.

This is as close as I could get with my old camera; with my new one, I’ll be able to get really close without scaring him. I look forward to our next meeting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun With Flowers

As you probably already know, I love taking photos of flowers, and I have a ton of flowers in my archives. I’m a bit late responding to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Fun or Flowers, but I thought I’d post these flowers that I’ve taken over the past few weeks and never got around to sharing anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

I found this one at my great aunt’s house. The plant is taller than I am!

These were growing wild around my grandma’s lake. They remind me of black-eyed Susan’s (at the end of the post – the sunflowers are first ๐Ÿ˜…), but the center isn’t black.

And this one was planted in a pot outside our bank.

Out Of The Blue

Before we get to the photos… you may have noticed the lack of posts this week. My uncle is staying with us. He left the Texas coast right before Harvey arrived, and it’s a good thing he did; that part of Texas was hit hard. Please pray for Houston and the surrounding areas. โค

Dragonfly, with the blue sky filtering through the wings and the trees in the background – I love pattern in the wings ๐Ÿ’™

Love the color theme for this weeks’ photography challenge from Dutch Goes the Photo! – blue! Turns out, Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge‘s theme this week is “a color that starts with B,” which is quite fortunate. And the Daily Post’s prompt is “Structure,” which I showcased above with the structure in the dragonflies wings, so I’m killing three birds with one stone instead of two here. (Poor birds…! ๐Ÿ˜œ)

Flying vulture silhouetted against the blue sky

I’m enamored by blue, especially in the sky and reflections of the sky on my grandma’s lake. (Click if you want to see more photos of the lake.)

And then… I remembered some hyacinths I bought before Easter of last year. (If you’d like to see more of these flowers, click here.)

And lastly: a mushroom! ๐Ÿ™‚ (If you want to see more of this mushroom, click here.)

Chinese Charger Plate

I’m going to get creative with Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. I would never eat off of this plate!

This is a Chinese Charger Plate that I bought about ten years ago at a yard sale for a whopping $2. I fell in love with it immediately. Ever since, it has been on display in my windowsill and I’ve been searching for more information about it, but haven’t found much. The only thing I have found is that it is that the scene depicted is most likely based upon The Red Mansion. However, all of the plates I have found online are round; mine is obviously not. Also, I can feel the paint; it looks to me like the outlines were stamped on, and someone painted the colors on top. I could be wrong about that though. Here are a few macro shots of the details:

This is the stamp on the bottom; unfortunately, I can’t make any of it out, so that method of identifying the plate didn’t go far. It looks like it says “25” in silver next to that, but that didn’t help in my efforts, haha. Maybe it was 25th in a series or something?

I still don’t know when my plate was made, or if it was hand painted or not. But I love the mystery! Maybe one day it will be solved; but until then, I will just look at it in wonder and enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Walk Through My Garden

I love gardening. Here are some shots I’ve taken over the last few years of things in my garden. First up are bell pepper blooms (yes, that’s an ant on it ๐Ÿ˜‚) and fruit:

McMahon’s Texas Bird hot peppers – they are like little balls of fire!

I’ve never had a ghost pepper before; I’ve been told it’s hotter than habanero peppers. o_O It just turned red (and I haven’t even planted it yet!) and I’m excited to see what it’s like!

The blueberries are slowly ripening:

Eggplant bloom (the white stuff on the stalk is some insecticide; I had problems with someone other than me eating my eggplant) and fruit:

Tomatillo Gigante Verde blooms (Spanish giant green tomatillos; they are great for salsa! I’m not growing them this year; I grew them a couple of years ago and still have sealed jars of salsa left ๐Ÿ˜‚):

Tomato blooms and not yet ripe fruit:

Okra bloom:

Squash blooms (with a bonus moth!):

Cucumber bloom:

My plants this year are coming along. I already have eggplant, tomatoes and peppers slowly growing on the plants. ๐Ÿ˜ Unfortunately, when I was weeding, I came across some poison oak… but I’m trying to think of the fruits and veggies I get to pick in the fall and how it will be worth the itching I have now! No pain, no gain, right? ๐Ÿ˜‚