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Jul. 14th, 2011 10:02 am
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I've just returned from an early morning doctor's appointment. Took some pictures of day lilies on the way in. As this is still the middle of the night for me -- I'm going to go take a nap.





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Yesterday the weather was in the 6o's F and sunny (mostly). Right now with wind chill it is 30 F, and damp to the bone chilly. A lot of leaves fell in the overnight. They had been hanging in and finally said "enough".

Still have a snapdragon near the door blooming (it's right up against the foundation) but that may stop by tomorrow. There are still leaves on the front door witch hazel and the parriota persicia at the curb will keep some leaves until spring. Had to take a picture of the witch hazel leaves as they are really beautiful. Oh by the way, to use the camera in your iPhone you have to take your glove off. Brrrr! They were talking snow tonight or tomorrow but it looks like that may miss us.


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Nov. 4th, 2010 12:37 pm
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The weather beans say we will be getting snow tonight. The clouds moving in certainly seem to say that as well.

Came out the front door and startled a small horde of english sparrows munching on the Callicarpa berries near my front door. Usually the berries last well into winter but don't think that is going to happen this year. Mountain ash in the back has been stripped as well, fun bird watching for Romy. I could still seem quite a few berries on the Viburnum trilobum in the far back yard however. I planted them all as bird food, of course. Just wondering what factors have caused them to be gone earlier this year. Inquiring minds want to know.

Hawk was circling overhead as I left the neighborhood.

Today is my fracking, mumble, @%$#^@ birthday. UPS delivered presents which I will open when I get home.
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The day started out cloudy and cold. Supervised the pruning of the rose that is attempting to eat both my and my neighbor's house. It was trimmed and constrained to the fence. We shall see what it decides to do next year.

While I was out the sun decided to come out. At the time I was attempted to work on school budget stuff and watch the "Rally to Restore Sanity". Then the sun came out and I went back outdoors. As we have yet to have a killing frost there is still a lot of color out there. Leaves and flowers both. So this is what my yard has to offer, starting near the front door.















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Warm and in the 60s. Tons of pollen but at least the maple trees are starting to drop their flowers. Wide circles of chartreuse on the pavement, pretty.

The fothergilla flowers are completely open and I include a close-up of the various pinks of the yard trees.







Also came up with a great (or evil -- depending on your view) idea for my final exam in 3D Animation. I am going to have them model Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. I am particularly taken with the night pictures with lightning. As they have just spent a lot of time with particle systems it seems the perfect thing to see if they actually understand.


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Well it was really nice this morning before I left for work -- underground. Trees in bloom in the back yard, from the left Kwanzan Cherry, Crab Apple, Redbud and Dogwood. Still lots of daffodils and a Fothergilla in the foreground in bloom. Fothergilla or Witch Alder is another relative of the Witchhazel, family Hamamelidaceae.


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Latest outside...

a kwanzan cherry...



and some pansies.



With some interior pretties, oh yes!

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