Sunday, February 01, 2015

BONAIRE IDYLL

we finally took another tropical vacation - to bonaire.... there are 3 things you can do on bonaire... windsurf (best flat-water windsurfing location in the world), dive (or snorkel) and bird watch. below, at jibe city, is me...

and my husband...

me again... 

a gull fishing at jibe city...

jibe city traffic jam (hubs with yellow sail)...

jibe city from the water...

we snorkeled all around the island... here i am off klein bonaire with 2 queen angelfish, which followed me for about 10 minutes...

friendly (or hungry?) queen angel...

on the boat (the sea cow, highly recommended) back from klein bonaire, we saw our hotel beach...

the hotel had great bird watching! we saw this little hummingbird in the garden...

and this parrot, perhaps one of the endangered yellow-shouldered parrots? we only saw these at the hotel...

it's really hard to get a good picture of a parrot with a telephoto while it's windy and the parrot is perched on waving branches! the parrot was interested in us...

we traveled (on the worst bumpy dirt roads ever) through washington slagbaai national park... wait, what are those odd pink dots in the water? can you see them?

those pink dots are flamingos... bonaire is one of the few places in the world where flamingos nest...

it's almost impossible to get close to these guys... this is with telephoto and blown up...

iridescent lizards are everywhere in the park...

typical park coastline... bonaire has few sand beaches - most are coral rubble.

this gem, hidden in the park, is wayaka ii. i think it was the prettiest beach in bonaire. it has a cave and good snorkeling, though we didn't have time to snorkel there.

we did visit the donkey sanctuary... here's a typical bonaire landscape... many of the trees indicate the prevailing wind direction...

the staff at the donkey sanctuary were hardworking and friendly...

donkeys are curious and always seeking a handout...

i took this from a tower in the sanctuary... 

mother donkey with foal... we had a great time in bonaire!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

SUMMER RECAP 2014

finally i'm posting this summer's photos... august...

the new tomato bed on the south side of the house 

entrance to the potager

brugmansia did well this year

fancy portulaca, which was a bright spot in the summer heat

colton posing in front of a harvest

we were gone for a week in summer; here's the harvest
we had so many tomatoes that i roasted & froze 4 dozen and gave away lots

the night blooming cereus usually blooms around my birthday in late august

sunflowers did well this year, though everything was late

i'm fond of this color combination

you can see the potager thinning out here in september

the nasturtium grew up the fence

annual salvia and zinnias in the center of the potager

the lespedeza had a nice show, despite the dry weather
good bye, summer!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

SUMMER UPDATE

so much work to make this...

so that 2 months later, it looks like this...

at work we've been watching the killdeer lay spotted eggs
 and hatch the cutest chicks, which then disappear 

the entry garden to the potager...

went crazy with container plants this year... 
couldn't decide on a color theme...
this is the blue/yellow section

the red/orange/black group

pink/red/purple 

the selection this year at rosedale was spectacular; 
i couldn't control myself

saturday, july 5th, was cool enough to bake oat scones 
it's a lovely summer so far!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

MID-APRIL SNOW

at least it was only this much... temp was 27f...

the daffs hid their faces on the ground

i was amending the soil in the potager the day before...
you can see the nectarine trees in bloom... 
the flowers survived...

snow is a new backdrop for m. leonard messel

10 days later in the potager... 

all ready to be planted, pansies in place...

yoshino cherry and m. ruby (recovering from storms past)

colton frolicking with muddy feet...