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holiday greetings

Christmas just a week away and the year end coming too. Whew – where did the year go. We are having a dry winter again down here, the ski areas are doing OK. But you know it’s bad when you are watering in December! Colorful Bamboo from Denver Botanic Gardens.

cleome

An interesting plant, found it at the Denver Botanic Gardens this past summer. Hope to get down to see their Blossoms of light display before December is over.

happy thanksgiving

On this cold overcast day a banana plant from the Denver Botanic Gardens Conservatory. It’s one of the food groups for this Thanksgiving Day?! Enjoy Family!

clouds

Called this my snowflake cloud because it’s a 6 pointed star. We got a good snow yesterday with lots of cloud cover. Today we have sunshine and melting snow – fortunately. I’ve been looking up at the clouds a lot lately, it is always good to look up.

voting day

A cold wind is blowing here today and in the picture of the apache plum seed head. I look at my work for images appropriate to be turned into a Black and White image, this was my selection for this months competition and I got a 1st place!!

Halloween at DBG

Denver Botanic Gardens is decorated for Halloween; the mandala is one of the interesting plants inside the conservatory. Always fun to visit!

pressed flower

Another way to preserve flowers that are now gone is to press them. I keep a garden journal and sometimes save flowers in its pages. Planted some red columbines this year and they were pretty prolific, thus today’s mandala. Tried it with a black circle around it but liked it better just plain white.

fish eye

Sometimes the oddest things grab my attention. There were these ceramic fish in a bowl that formed an interesting pattern, so I took a picture. We put our pond to bed for the winter and lost a koi in the process. Oh well.

Floral Bouquet

Now that we have had our first hard frost my flowers will come from floral bouquets. All flowers are beautiful!