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sun-planterArtwork depicting the sun is very common worldwide. For agricultural people, the warming rays of the sun held great importance. Petroglyphs of the sunburst have often been found wherever ancient peoples lived. The Chumash and Yokut tribes here in California are no exception with petroglyph sites dotting the map.

In recent times the sunburst has often been used to decorate clocks and weather instruments. Sculptures of the sunburst have been around from ancient times to the present as it continues to be a popular subject for artists.

Over the weekend I mounted this nice sunburst replica over a planter on a fence in the patio.

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Yellow Moth Orchid

yellow-orchid.jpgDon’t let its delicate appearance fool you. This exotic, graceful orchid is among the most hardy of houseplants. Phalaenopsis orchids are commonly referred to as “Moth Orchids” and are considered among the easiest of the orchid family to care for as well as the most recognizable. The long-lasting flowers bloom perfectly for up to three months. The flowering intervals vary with each plant, and you may be treated to a bloom as often as twice a year. Phalaenopsis have become one of the most popular variety of orchids because of their low maintenance and delicate balance of poise and elegance.

We picked up this beauty yesterday at our local garden center. There are three blooms and more on the way. Click the picture for a larger view.

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Red Freedom

The pure red color of this “Freedom Rose” is just so beautiful. I got a dozen of these last weekend and have enjoyed them every day since.


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Parts is Parts

field-strip Especially if they can make a pistol when you put them together. I took this shot of my S&W 908 9mm pistol while I was preparing to clean it up after our trip to the range last Sunday. The magazine, which holds eight rounds, slides up the pistol’s handle and is not shown here.

Top to bottom:

  • Recoil Spring
  • Spring Guide Rod
  • Barrel
  • Slide Stop
  • Slide
  • Frame

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Three Daffodils

three-daffodils.jpgThe bulbs are all actively producing beautiful flowers in the garden today. We were on the backyard swing cleaning up our guns after a trip to the shooting range when I grabbed the camera and got this shot of these three daffodils with the sunlight a little behind them. Great colors, don’t you think? Click the image for larger view.

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Flame Tulips

fireThese red and orange tulips look to me like little torches. They are on the coffee table in my Waterford Seahorse Crystal Rose Bowl. The morning sun brings out the tulip colors and makes the crystal sparkle. Click the image for larger view.

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Manhattan Marriott Golf Course

MB golfThis is kind of an experiment on displaying panoramic images in a standard 4 by 3 format. I placed the image in a little window with sliders to allow the user to pan the image. Firefox® users may have to click on the image to enlarge to full size.

Give it a try . . .

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