Tuesday, October 14, 2008

HERE AND THERE...

As much as I love my perennials, I have to give credit where credit is due...and that would be to the common colorful annuals. When all the other plants are winding down for their long winters' slumber, here is the annuals time to finally shine . I have plenty of moisture along the front porch, so after a few years of experimenting with different varieties, I've settled on what works, the impatiens. Among the variegated creepers, I've scattered some daylillies, wild geraniums, bleeding heart and large rocks. The impatiens along the outside edge, with rocks all running the length of the beds.

This little guy on the swing was a gift from my mom. I couldn't decide where I wanted him...finally one day my granddaughter, Celine, picked him up and placed him on this swing. It was the perfect spot, and he's been there ever since...about four years now! My husband made this swing hanging on a tree branch for Celine to swing her dolls.
Everyone in my family has a trail that is named after them, a few of us hand chiseled trail signs. Mine is Spooky's Stroll, shown here with the peach and green autumn leaves of the small dogwood tree. Before we had the pond, I had many, many long walks in the woods. I enjoy the solitude of just myself and being surrounded by the towering trees. Somehow it's comforting to me.
The Meadowhawk dragonflies were sure busy this past weekend. Here's four couples in tandem enjoying the sunny day.
They were not only friendly with each other, but with me. As soon as I put out my arm they would land on me. They landed on my shoulders, on my shirt, but the best shot for a photo was impossible to get! One landed on my finger that was positioned...on my camera...to shoot a photo! Teasing me! In this photo, there's one on my hand and one on my forearm.

Across the waterfall, off to the side and in the woods...I nestled a couple of old benches and a table. Just a cozy little nook to relax and let time slip by. Here you can see who has the most time to let slip by! It' s Bandit and her son O.J. Well, of course after following me around on "our" walks, they had to take a rest!
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12 comments:

Lona @ Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful! By the way, the straw hat number for Carroll county was # 10.

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Lona...well, 10 out of...what was it(?)88, not's not too bad!

Peek-A-Boo Street said...

Love, love your photos. There just beautiful. What a perfect place for your little froggy. What a great idea to name the trails from the names of your family members. Your annuals are just gorgeous. This was such a nice post. Just seeing those benches makes me want to sit down and just enjoy the beauty of the day.

spookydragonfly said...

Peek-A-Boo...The cats are pretty much the only ones relaxing on them lately! I'm trying to get as many photos of my dragons before they're gone for this year.

joey said...

Thank you for letting us walk and sit beside you on this beautiful day.

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Pseudothemis zonata said...

I was impressed by the diversity of your photograph such as a gem studded with between splendid sentence and sentences heartily.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Pseudothemis...Thank you for the kind comments! Now... YOU know which photo is my favorite!

Benjamin Burner said...

It's funny you should mention how you enjoy solitary walks through the woods, I just finished writing about nearly the same thing!

I'm really glad you stopped by my blog. I may never have found your site otherwise.

A friend of mine and I were experimenting with a blurring effect like the one you used in a few of your photos. Unlike your photos, however, our results were rather disappointing. Kudos on the lovely images.

Viooltje said...

What a delightful post! And that swing looks like it was made for Kermit ;-)What a great shot! You are lucky to have such wonderful walks at the palm of your hand. Need I mention the dragonflies again? Loved the scene with the gorgeous benches taken over by your cheeky felines.

spookydragonfly said...

Benjamin...Thank you for the visit, I truly enjoy your blog and I'm keeping tabs on it!

I'm not a photographer and I thank you for the kind comments!

spookydragonfly said...

Viooltje...Thanks for the visit and comments! I thank God everyday for my blessings...I am fortunate that this time in my life that I can just walk out in my jammies(if I feel like it!)and I'm wrapped in these natural surroundings.