Macro Monday: fuzzy pink snapdragon flowers

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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Some of the snapdragons I planted in the fall seem to have finally recovered from the cold December frost and are blooming again. I never noticed how fuzzy snapdragons can be. Here are a few pictures of pink snapdragons, either in full bloom or in bud form, featuring a good amount of fuzz on each picture. It almost looks like a fuzzy blanket to keep the flowers warm.

Macro Monday: pink snapdragon flower
Macro Monday: pink snapdragon flower
Pink snapdragon flower buds with fuzz
Pink snapdragon flower buds with fuzz
Pink snapdragon flower fuzzy buds
Pink snapdragon flower fuzzy buds
Close-up of a pink snapdragon flower
Close-up of a pink snapdragon flower

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walk 100 Steps or less and take new photos

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “walk 100 Steps or less and take new photos”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I decided I’d step into my backyard and share with you what’s going on in there. My pink snapdragons seem to have survived the freezing December nights and are blooming again. I’m not sure about my yellow snapdragons yet. I love the fuzzy hair on the new plant growth.

Close-up of a pink snapdragon flower
Close-up of a pink snapdragon flower

After getting my produce eaten over and over by the various critters that live beyond my backyard, I’ve decided to give it another try by using greenhouses this year. The advantage of a greenhouse is that the plants should be protected from most critters. The downfall is that it can get very hot in Southern California and even hotter inside the greenhouse, so I could bake my plants if I don’t aerate often enough. But I can’t do that if I’m not around, or the critters will get in and eat it all. It’s a constant battle but I haven’t thrown the towel yet.

My kids and I have been planting a bunch of seeds and the seedlings are starting to come out. The problem is, I didn’t label most of the pots and I can’t remember what I planted where. So I’m not sure what’s coming out in some of them. Like these little guys. I believe they are Swiss chard but I’m not 100% sure yet.

Seedlings of Swiss chard
Seedlings of Swiss chard

Hey, look what’s growing in my potting soil! A freeloading white mushroom…

White mushroom growing in my potting soil
White mushroom growing in my potting soil

Oh, look, there’s more of those little white mushrooms in another pot…

White mushrooms growing in potting soil
White mushrooms growing in potting soil

My kids insisted on watering the seeds after we planted them. I think they were a bit overzealous and the soil has been very wet. I actually haven’t needed to water in almost two weeks. Inside the greenhouse, the humidity has only helped grow these mushrooms so I won’t water until the soil gets dry.

For this last photograph, I actually recognize the plant. This is a green bean seedling. Watching new plants grow is always fun and we’re looking forward to seeing new growth every day.

Green bean seedling coming out of soil
Green bean seedling coming out of soil

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring reflections and shadows. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I thought I’d use this challenge as an opportunity to share a few photos I took earlier this week after we welcomed some rain in San Diego. I wanted to photograph the raindrops and although there isn’t much colorful to reflect in the garden at this time of year, I had fun finding reflections of the other plants, as well as the iron fence behind the flower wall. These pink flowers are actually snapdragons I planted a few weeks ago.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows

Raindrops have such an amazing way of capturing the light and reflecting it.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in raindrops
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in raindrops

This next image makes me think of a frog staring at me with big eyes on the top of its head!

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections - raindrops look like frog eyes
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections – raindrops look like frog eyes

I love how the straight iron fence becomes so curvy when it is reflected in the raindrops.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in rain drops
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in rain drops