Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Color Changes, mosses, bogs, and Campobello cobbles

We are beginning seasonal color change here in the Canadian Maritimes.  The first place it become very evident is in Eagle Hill Bog which has lots of color now.  We visited on a foggy day which makes the colors glow and the tamaracks (larches) which are deciduous conifers which seems like an oxymoron.  They provided a wonderful backdrop to the scene as they were just beginning to lose their green color.  I went to take pictures of spider webs with moisture drops, but was rewarded with so much more subject matter.

Campobello Island Cobbles
one image can give 1000's of different kaleidoscopes

Grew lots of sunflowers this summer and the bees are appreciated them now!
This will be my last blog entry before the cross country trip begins.  I have house painting and landscaping chores to complete now!  Our houses in Lubec, Maine (128,000) and Campobello Island, NB (199,000) did not find their new owners this year, but 2016 will hopefully be the year of changes for us.  We will be moving next door on Campobello Island into the BARN once the houses are sold...! If you are looking for your next great place, contact me for details...

Friday, September 11, 2015

End of summer flowers poppies and sunflowers

My Dad this year said he wanted to decrease the size of his vegetable garden so we decided to grow a few rows of sunflowers.  Grow they did to over 8 feet tall before they began to flower!  Finally they have flowered as are the poppies we grew from seed sewn in early June.  The dahlias, white and purple asters and phlox are also very beautiful, but many of the other flowers seem to have past their prime as we begin to head into Fall here in the Maritimes and Downeast Maine.

As we have reached the end of our season for both Galleries, I took the opportunity to vacation in place and toured the West Quoddy Light House and also took a whale watch on the Tarquin on Labor Day.

Ironwork on stairs in the West Quoddy Lighthouse

West Quoddy Windows

West Quoddy Light

West Quoddy Light Ceiling Ironwork

West Quoddy Gargoyles

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fireweed, smokebush, blue hydrangea, hostas, dahlias, day lillies, and oval windows!

Daylilly Pentagram
Flowers have been amazing in this dry summer so I have been snapping pictures like crazy so I have lots of material for future kaleidoscopes.
So here are my latest creations:

Fireweed Extravanganza
Fireweed and spruce

Blue Hydrangea  with no enhancement of color ever in my kaleidoscopes, just as nature created them!
Fireweed Pentagram

Dahlia at Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Dahlia at Roosevelt Campobello International Park



Oval Window at Hubbard Cottage at Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Hosta Flowers...yes we do not have any or many deer on the Island so we have many hostas in our yard...

Smokebush Pentagram

Smokebush Pentagram


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jelly Fish Make Great Kaleidoscopic Images..who would have thought

We are having a jellyfish bloom in Friar's Bay on Campobello Island and I am having fun taking pictures of all the varieties.  Article on the white cross jellyfish bloom in the Bay of Fundy  You never know what will strike my fancy with a camera.  I have been doing a lot of photography of our fireweed and gardens, but today took a walk along Friar's Bay to send some images to #mainejellies on Twitter and thought they might make a good subject for my images.  What do you think!

Coming next Fireweed!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Columbine, lupine, foxglove, peonies, heritage roses, rosa rugosa, hawkweed, daisies, chinese lilac are ALL blooming in my garden now

It an embarrassment of riches of blooms of so many flowers.  The only plant seemingly past it's prime so far is the dandelion which were quite prolific this year.  I called them mutant since they were very tall and thick stemmed.  Also the fruit trees and english hawthorne have passed their bloom period, but it did last a long time this year since we have had mostly wet and cool weather so far this spring and early summer.

I have columbine in purple and pure white, foxglove in many different colors, mostly white or pink peonies, ranunculus or yellow buttercups, white dainty historic roses, hawkweed in yellow, orange and even reddish with very tall stems, white daisies in abundance, Miss Kim Lilacs lacy and at their height of bloom right now.  Even the daylilies are beginning their bloom and too many other to mention!