28 04 2010

I photographed Hudson and his mom and dad, Jeanette and Richard, this morning at Green Spring Gardens. The sun was out, the sky was blue, but it was really cold! We got some great shots despite the temperature. This shot was taken in the children’s garden. More to come…

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New additions to my Zenfolio Gallery

27 04 2010

I just added more photos to my Zenfolio Botanical Gallery. Click on this link here to view all 423 photos in thumbnail size. If you double-click on a photo, it will enlarge and a sub-gallery will show on the right side of the screen. You can also select “slide show” at the top. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did photographing them!

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Life After Death by Powerpoint 2010

27 04 2010

Thank you to Chuck Green ( for sharing the comedy of Don McMillan in his latest Design Links Briefing broadcast. If you’re a designer, sign up for Chuck’s free Design Links Briefing e-mail here. In his twice-monthly e-mail, Chuck does the surfing and shares his treasures with us—tips on print design, web design, fonts, imagery, illustration, and lots of links to great websites for inspiration. I own several of his books, too—he’s a great resource for designers. Check out the store here. A working graphic designer in Virginia, he publishes his own books and still finds time to educate the design masses. The man either doesn’t sleep or runs on Jolt Cola! A few years ago I talked with him about designing my website because I love his clean design style—I just have to get ahead of the curve to be able to afford it (not that his prices were unreasonable—they weren’t).

This video is almost 10 minutes long, but it is really funny—particularly if you have ever used PowerPoint or watched a PowerPoint presentation. I love the acronym overload part. McMillan has other videos on relating to the workplace.

The nerve!

25 04 2010

So about two weeks ago, I bought three ‘Champagne Bubbles’ poppy plants from Home Depot ($4 each, as I recall). I planted them in a sunny spot on the side border in our front yard (which gets both foot traffic and cars going by). Yesterday I noticed one plant, which had bloomed white poppies earlier in the week, was gone. GONE. The plant perp has stolen it and tamped down the ground so it would look like there was never a plant there. Ah, but there’s the rub—I always buy plants in odd numbers—1, 3, 5, etc. No way I would have bought two. I find it funny that they took the time to brush over the hole rather than leave evidence. Guess they figured with all the plants in my garden, I wouldn’t miss this little one. And they would be so wrong. Remember—photographic memory!

For some reason, this theft really irks me. I suppose I should be grateful they didn’t take all three. This is the first time in my 6+ years of gardening that I’ve noticed someone actually stole a plant from my garden. I suppose I should be thankful it hasn’t happened sooner. So now the thought occurs to me—should I take the remaining poppy plants and move them to the back yard where only I can enjoy them?

Have any of my fellow gardeners ever had plants stolen from their gardens?

Goose and gosling

24 04 2010

While I was photographing the ‘Blue Moon’ Siberian Iris, a pair of Canadian geese waddled across a boardwalk near the Martha and Reed West Island Garden at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Mom and Dad were trying to keep up with their baby gosling, off exploring the world in all directions. I got this “record shot” (not award-winning by a long stretch) when the mother (I presume) and baby slid into the water and began grazing in the vegetation.

‘Blue Moon’ closeup

23 04 2010

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23 04 2010

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