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snow piles on the branches

We got 12 inches of snow at the end of October. It piled up on everything, to include the branches outside my window. When I took the picture there was no blue sky. Then I remembered my neighbor’s blue truck was parked beyond the branches, thus the blue color in the mandala!

before the snow

Before the snow yesterday, actually had a fall crocus blooming. However, we got 12 inches of snow and it’s bitter cold – so no more flowers! Now the long wait for spring, except for indoor flowers and decorations – there is always something to take a picture of.

gloriosa lily

Got a tuber for this plant in the spring – it grew lots and lots of vine and one flower. Only need one to take a picture and this in the mandala that resulted. Am overwintering the tuber and hope it will produce more flowers next year! This mandala is in a square-ish format that I liked (squares formed inside the circle). Enjoy!

blowing in the wind

Blown away with the wind – the milkweed seeds; actually had a monarch stop by my small growth of milkweed when they were blooming, it was beautiful! We had a huge cold front blow in last night. It finally started snowing this morning; the cold is supposed to remain around for 3 days. No more summer! Did get all the houseplants safely stored inside out of harm’s way.

shadows

Was going thru a box of old pictures and thought I could post an old mandala that I really liked. Original picture was of shadows on a short stairway taken one time when we were down in Sedona, AZ. Making it into a kaleidoscope was just the ticket to make this image pop. Someone at an auction bought the original last year, so the pattern must have appealed to at least one other person. Hard to believe it is already October.

patterns in green

‘Patterns of grass’
Another mandala inspired by a plant (not really grass) from Rob Proctor’s garden tour on August 25th.

flower fireworks

I love flowers, their color, their various shapes. This one reminded me of fireworks. We made it to September with some heat, fortunately, it’s cooling off this week in Colorado.

striped cana

Strips get me every time and the touch of an out of focus pink flower just added to the mandala. From a fun garden tour fund raiser. Enjoy!

nicotiana

The Nicotiana flower is from the tobacco plant. I bought this one when I was taking a class on fragrant plants this spring. This big plant smells wonderful – the sent has been bred out of the smaller versions! The long tubular flowers made interesting patterns.