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Garden & Nature Photo Contest (September 1 - October 31, 2017)
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September 1 - October 31, 2017
My Miracle Rose (Pristine)
At the risk of being admonished by the editors for submitting too many rose pictures, I give my fellow members my best picture of my most perfect rose of the year.
Cat of Curiosity
The whiskered companion you see as the subject of this photo is a cat named Fish. Now, Fish is not commonly known for being a mischievous cat. However, despite his lack of mischief Fish can still muster up a good bit of curiosity for the world around him.
Nature's Beauty (NC)
I looked up in the sky and saw these beautiful clouds. Looks like the sky was highlighted with the twirl of a paint brush.
One Wish (Dandelion)
Dandelions: a simple, unappreciated gift of nature. They are plucked and blown away out of greed. No one takes the time to carefully consider what each wish should pertain in exchange for the small plant's life.
My Mom's Garden
My mom loves to garden. She takes real pride in her plants and is always taking care of them.
Summer Afternoon (Paris Mt. State Park, SC)
Living in the city, I was surprised to find out this was literally 5 minutes from my house. So we took advantage of the day and spent it fishing and hanging out by the lake. We didn't catch anything, but it was a beautiful day regardless.
A male and female monarch butterfly released.
Swans at Sunset (England)
I took this photo on the River Thames in England while visiting my family. I'd never seen so many together, happily playing about while the sun was going down. In England, the swan is a symbol of loyalty and strength. Swans were given Royal status in the 12th century.
This beautiful hibiscus looks like it has a miniature "cheer leader" in the middle of the flower.
As a family historian and Find A Grave contributor, I spend lots of time in old cemeteries. They are comforting, beautiful places to me; places to contemplate life and the lives of those who came before us. On any given day, walking through some of these lovely old places can yield the most surprising finds!
Busy Butterfly (Monarch Butterfly)
I came across this beautiful Monarch butterfly on an early morning walk this September. Intensely feeding on nectar, and pollinating the flower, he did not seem to notice me at all! Quietly, I leaned in closer and closer until I captured him on film. Then I left him unbothered and continued on.
Three Is a Crowd (Hummingbirds)
This is my photo of the little hummingbirds that come to our feeders daily. We have 19 feeders outside but, for some reason, this feeder is just simply their favorite.
For The Love Of Flamingos
My 5-year old granddaughter loves flamingos, from the design to her room to the clothing and accessories! We heard about a lovely place in Columbia, SC that houses them. We decided that this would make a great field trip for her. It was like a dream come true for her.
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
I love turtles! I always had them as pets growing up. This one is called a Galapagos Giant Tortoise. It eats mostly grasses and can live to be 170 years old, yes, 170! What stories he could tell in his lifetime.
Kordes' Perfect Rose
I've learned that the same rose bush can produce quite dissimilar roses. I have a bush named 'Playboy'. It produces roses so unlike each other, one would think they were from different bushes. Even the petal count is affected. This 'single' rose is sometimes semi double.
I just returned from a vacation where I went to a magnificent garden. I took a walk in my neighborhood and passed this beauty. I'm not sure if it's a hibiscus.
Sunset at Joel Stone Beach
This was taken at Joel Stone Beach as the sun was going down. I liked the colours in the sky. This is where all the boats are docked.
Swans At Confederation Park
This was taken at Confederation park.There are gardens and a few sculptures too see.It was a treat too finally see the two swans together.
I use the square foot gardening for 3 gardens. I planted these miniature sugar pumpkins. I waited and nothing came up. I just assumed they didn't take. Two weeks ago, I started seeing small yellow fruit. I was confused. As they got bigger it was apparent that the pumpkin vines migrated to the second garden.
I thought they looked so cute the way they were looking at us. The field was full of them but the other one ran away from us. We were out for a drive and spotted them on our way back.
Doheny State Beach (CA)
Don't worry, those are not sharks in the water - they're actually surfers! Looks like this state park is very popular for learning how to surf and there are surf lessons available here. It was pretty cool to watch the swarm of surfers! Living in California my entire life and I don't know how to surf.
Fullerton Arboretum (CA)
Fullerton Arboretum is a lovely and relaxing botanic garden to visit if you want to have a nice nature walk, picnic or to get some fresh air.
Goat Wearing a Hat
And for no particular reason, here is a goat wearing a hat. This goat appeared at my local library's annual lawn sale. She appeared to be very proud of her hat, and posed for me while I took a few photos.
Apricot Miniature Rose
My supermarket had many of these discounted to $1.99. I fell in love with this color and am hoping it will grow into a large bush.
Mourning Dove Chicks
A mourning dove decided to create her nest in one my ferns hanging on my front porch. I got this photo a day before they fledged.
This is my pond. My Hubby built it because we live on a hill and I was retiring. He dug it all out by hand. It's very relaxing. Even inside our bedroom, you can hear the waterfall and the bullfrog while you are falling asleep.
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