Wednesday, September 30, 2015
When I got to the other side of the lawn, I was surprised to see a vegetable garden. It would appear that it supplies some of the produce used by the chef. I know there were heirloom tomatoes still growing. These are yellow pear tomatoes. I also saw some red tomatoes that I assume were heirlooms.
Then I saw some large squashes and / or pumpkins. I'm not sure which these large ones are. I suspect they are pumpkins that are not yet completely ripe or a variety that does not turn orange.
After I passed the garden I finally made it to the young vineyard. Don't forget to click so you can see the photo full size.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Since I knew the moon was invisible, I walked back across the street to Castoro's vineyard. If you enlarge the photo and look closely, you can read part of the Castoro Cellars name on the closed gate. I'm hoping you will notice the low layer of clouds on the horizon on the right.
You can see that layer even better in this shot. I used a zoom here, so everything looks a bit bigger than in the photo above on the left. I hope you will click this to see the full size shot.
Although I was disappointed not to see the super moon, the clouds that covered it made for magnificent sunset photos. See those sunsets here if you missed last night's post.
If you don't want to miss any special events in the sky, you might consider purchasing the book below -- one of the best for sky watchers. Just click the photo or this link to check it out on Amazon.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Earlier, before I left home to chase the moon, I snapped this shot as the sun was setting. I often shoot a sunset through the branches of this oak across the street. I didn't realize at the time the sunset show would only get better.
While I was parked hoping for a moon to appear, the sun almost disappeared. You can see it sneaking under the horizon here.
I decided to change the setting on my camera for night photography just to see what effect it would have. Since I had no tripod with me, I decided to rest the camera on the top of my car. I was delighted with the surprise reflection that showed up in this photo.
Please click any photo you want to enlarge.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Leffingwell Landing in Cambria.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Below is another silk tree in the same parking lot on September 19. It has lost all its flowers?
So where have all the flowers gone? Part on the ground and part transformed into the fruits -- all that is left but the leaves. To get a larger view of either photo, please click it.
Also see, "Bee in a Silk Tree" for more related photos.
Find out more about the Grocery Outlet here.
Friday, September 25, 2015
The sky put on quite a show last night. I took these photos about 6:45 PM. This is what the setting sun looked like then.
After taking the picture, I left for the gym to do my stationary cycling. By the time I got on the bike and looked toward the west through the window at the gym, the clouds were turning lovely shades of pink and purple, but I didn't have my camera with me there.
Before leaving for the gym, I also took these other photos. This first one is of the moon rising.
Sometimes we miss a lot when we forget to look up at the sky -- especially during the minutes when the sun is setting. Nothing calms me like a sunset.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
I discovered my first praying mantis in my garden one year late in October. I was trying to get photos of a mullein in bloom, and didn't even notice this mantis until I was poised to take a macro shot of a flower. Do you see how well the colors of the mantis blend into the colors of the plant?
But I hadn't seen the whole show yet. As I continued to stalk the plant with my camera, I caught a mantis pair mating, and I could not resist taking the photo below and adding a bit to it.
Although the mantis is smooth in flight, it seems a bit awkward as it moves from one part of a plant to another. In the video below, I captured it moving from the flower spike it was on to the one a couple of inches away from it. As you can see, it is having a bit of a struggle making this short journey.
Other products with the design below are also available from Zazzle. You can change or remove the text if you wish. Most of the products are blank. I used to think the plant was clary sage because that's what the person who sold it to me told me. It was months before the plant bloomed and I accidentally discovered my mistake when I saw a photo of mullein online and in an herb book. The leaves are similar, but the flowers are very different. Some product titles still have not been corrected on Zazzle, but I'm working on it.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
There are many ways to get rid of an unwanted tree. We chose to hire a handyman. What that sometimes means is that a project may take longer than it might in the hands of a professional tree service. It didn't take two men working together long to get the tree cut down, but it's taken almost a week to get all the tree parts hauled away.
This is a view from a different perspective. You can click this or any of these photos to enlarge them.
The men stacked some of the branches, though not as many, in the center of the yard, perhaps to make them easier to carry away.
To help you put the size of the branches into perspective, I lined up one of the smaller branches next to this twelve-foot ladder.
The stump was cut away to ground level a couple of days after the initial cut.
I'm hoping you will be able to see a couple of the roots in this photo to the right. One of the roots is toward the right between some green leaves about 2/3 of the way down. The roots are hard to see because they blend so well into the pine needles and shadows. You will have to click and enlarge the photo to see them. If you follow the line of that root back past where some pine needles cover it, you will get a feel for how long it really is -- about eight feet. It heads back underground at a rosebush.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
When I was ready to leave for the gym a short while later, I walked out to see this moon surrounded by pink clouds. It's supposed to stay cool tonight and only be in the eighties tomorrow before turning hot again for the first day of autumn. Fortunately, the night temperatures are supposed to remain in the fifties all week. It's wonderful to be able to turn off the air conditioning at night and remain comfortable by opening the windows. Right now I'm in front of an open window with a cool wind blowing on me.
I love the sky views we have here in the North County. I'm definitely a sky watcher. Are you? Here are some of my other sky shots. There are more sky photos here.