Alright, well in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon anyway, the cold snap has pretty much passed for this year. While we may still get a few more cold days inland of the coast, pretty much, the really cold weather for this Winter has passed. Of course, as soon as I say that, we’ll get an extended cold weather snap. May even still get some snow? But now we can start thinking about the warmer days ahead. Plus, the days are getting longer too – just the other day I stuck my head out the door at 5pm and celebrated that it’s still actually daylight at 5pm here. As you can tell, I like when it gets warmer.You might want to start looking closely at the outdoor plants in your neighborhood. You’ll see some tiny buds beginning their short blossom period. Fruit trees will have tiny little buds on them. Rhododendron plants will have large size buds on them.
Source: What is the Camellia Flower?
Happy Valentines Day!
I am absolutely bummed that not a single person has responded to my offer for creating Fall Portraits! Please see offer by visit this link – Lunchtime Photo Sessions. Well actually, one person responded saying it was a good idea, making it seem like she might be interested. I contacted her with more details but I never heard back regarding. I’m absolutely devastated about this missed opportunity, and the missed opportunity to work with others to find some great images during this Autumn Season. I mean, I absolutely love conducting photo sessions, but I seem to never get the opportunity.
Fact is, I’m not getting very much response at all regarding any of the blogs I post? I’m really trying to figure out where to go from here. Any feedback would be appreciated? I mean, here on WordPress, from other WordPress members, I receive a small number of likes on my posts, but nobody ever visits? The total number of visits to my blog on a daily basis averages around 10. The average number of “likes” I receive could be somewhere around twice that. And, nobody ever “Shares” my blog posts. I’m trying to figure out how one can like a post if they’ve never been there to see the post? Maybe WordPress isn’t the best place to facilitate a blog? I’m not sure? My blog just seems to have gotten lost in the WordPress fodder.
I’m convinced that I’m a fairly decent photographer, definitely not the best out there in the World, but aren’t I better than to be subjected to an average of 10 viewers per day? Any feedback that can be given that could shed some insight would be greatly appreciated. Would love to become a featured blog on WordPress, but I guess the chance of that happening are fairly slim?
Well, that’s my rant for the day! These days I’m outdoor finding images of Autumn. In my travels I’ve created some pretty interesting images of trees and leafs changing colors. Today I want to feature some trees I’ve come across. The images above are of a Paperbark Maple Tree, a Red Oak Tree, and a Birch Tree. Hope you enjoy, sorry for my rant, and please share.
This is what I found when I walked by a Sugar Maple Tree this morning. It was quite a mesmerizing experience to me. Oh My, the red colors. Up close, and far away, this tree produces some electrifying red tones, striking from just about every angle. I hope you like this weeks selection of images, in celebration of Autumn 2015.
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Okay, here’s my little contribution to the plethora of Super Blood Moon Eclipse images out in the World today! What a phenomenal event, everyone wanted to see it. I visited Rocky Butte to witness this event and it seemed like everyone in Portland had the same idea. Fortunately I rode my bike because if I had driven with all that traffic? Well, let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t. I left early and I’m sure there were many folks who never got to see the event because they were stuck in their cars trying to get up, and/or down that hill. The first two images in this post were taken from Rocky Butte, the last, darker image, was created after I got back home, just before the event was over. I hope you like? While I’m sure these images aren’t the best out in the World today, but if you’re so inclined, remember to spread a little love in the World and share these images with your friends by sending them a link to this blog post. I could sure use the exposure, pun intended.
by Jennifer Benfer
Tell me what I’d have to change. Who would I have to be
To slip into your arms; for you to make sweet love to me.
Must I climb the highest cliff; swim along the ocean floor
Crawl over broken glass – would you demand that I do more?
Could you take me as I am, with my issues and my flaws
Pull me to your chest without a hesitation or a pause?
Slide your hungry tongue between my parted lips.
Run your anxious fingers along my quivering hips.
Wrap me in your passion, expose your every need.
Press your steamy lips to mine, every secret freed.
Sprinkle your tears across my cheek, confess every desire
Moan my name, call me yours, and set my soul on fire.
Need me more with every breath that slips into your chest,
Please me nightly, miss me daily, never compare me with the rest.
Grip my wrists; look in my eyes, and say the words I long to hear
Kiss me roughly, and weep my name, forever hold me dear.
Do I ask for wishes that could never quite come true?
Is my sin, my greatest fault, that I can’t stop loving you?
I wanted to present one more Red Rose Bud in this month long celebration of the rose flower during this month of June. The Red Rose flower is probably the most popular rose flower, or even flower in existence. It’s usually given to loved ones to emphasis that love for another person. This flower grows very expensive around Valentines day in February and Mother’s Day in May. I don’t remember what specific variety of red rose this flower is, but it sure it beautiful. Don’t you agree? Leave a comment below and please remember to share.
The Dream Come True Rose came to fruition as recently as 2008. It was cultivated by Dr. John Pottschmidt and it was a lifelong passion for him to come up with a rose that won the AARP award. Achieving that passion in 2008 with the rose featured today on this blog. It’s petals start out in a blaze of yellow only to be highlighted at the tips with a tinge of ruby red. Creating a beautiful dreamy look to it.
Hope you like this rose too? Be sure to share it with your connections.
Thoughts Of You
How many times have I thought of you
And the many things I’d like to do.
I sleep at night with you on my mind,
One night with you, would be just fine.
Your white robe is what I see,
I wonder, wonder, how it would be.
If I could touch your lips with mine,
The thought of this is so divine.
I want to see you without that robe,
Your body to touch, caress, and probe.
I’d lay you down, your body to admire,
One look at you, sets my soul on fire.
I want to feel you, touch, and kiss,
send you into . . . . heavenly bliss,
I want you, need you, feel my desire,
Me inside you, I would never tire.
I could make love to you all night long,
It would feel so good, it couldn’t be wrong,
These are my thoughts, what I fantasize,
You’re all too perfect in this man’s eyes.
The Mullard Jubilee Red Rose is also called the Electron Rose. In Europe the Mullard Electronics Company bought the naming right for this rose after it was first cultivated in the 1970s. The rose went on to win just about every award for a rose that exists. Probably bring massive exposure for this company. 10,000 pounds for naming rights at the time is was probably a great investment for the company. However, there appears to not be a company named such no longer. It was a British company that had a long standing relation with the Dutch Philips Company. Philips is now a massive technology company headquartered in Amsterdam, but it appears that Mullard is no longer in existence? Rumor has it that Russian Company may have brought back the Mullard brand for use in guitar amplifiers, but not real sure about that?
But I digress… Back to this wonderful red colored rose that we’re featuring today. Some have a white stripe down the center of the petal but they have a predominate red color to them. The fragrance in these rose is very strong and elixir-like. Enjoy.
Today I want to present a little Scentimental Rose Splendor in our continue month long feature of the rose flower. Roses are definitely in bloom at this time of year and probably one of the most eye-catching varieties of the rose in the Scentimental Rose. It’s splattering of red and white makes it look like a peppermint candy. But the scent this rose gives off is where this rose is really at. So sweet like nectar. This rose is an all American rose, being the first stripped rose to win the All American Rose Award. It was developed in the US by Tim Caruth and introduced to the world in 1997.
Thanks for stopping by, remember sharing is always fun.
by Amanda D Besserer
Bring me to his paradise
a feeling of within,
naked to his loving eyes
caressing me with sin
I long to feel his softest kiss
upon my dampened skin
Bring me to his paradise,
and let our bodies meet
the trickle of the rain outside
would shower us with heat,
I wish to be his fantasy
and make our love complete.
by Tina K
Where are you going, where have you been?
My dear, close, and quiet friend,
As we sit in the soft springtime Saturday’s end
Taking comfort in each other once again.
Tell me your stories and I’ll tell you mine;
And so we will pass a few hours time
With the quaint and the comic and even sublime –
Silently searching for that elusive sign.
We’ll fashion the future and polish the past,
Allowing the memories to amass;
While the grains of sand slip through the glass
‘Til a tranquil lull pervades at last.
Conversation fades with the eve’s golden light,
We cannot go on, try though we might;
So you gather me an embrace so tight,
And we wistfully, longingly say goodnight.
Today’s feature rose is the Broadway Tea Rose, developed by Anthony Perry in 1984. It’s colorful red and yellow petals are ideal for cutting and display in a very fragrant bouquet. But, be careful with this rose, it’s sturdy stem is lined with woody thorns. It’s bite! This image is taken with a bud in the foreground and a fully matured Broadway Rose in the out of focus background area.
Enjoy today’s rose, day 3 in our celebration of the rose during the month of June. Be sure to come back tomorrow are another great image. And share this post with your connections.
Contributing to this blog’s continued celebration of the Rose Flower during this month of June in 2015, I want to present to you a decent image of the All That Jazz variety of Rose flower. Here she is in all her splendor. Ready for showtime, just as Bob Fosse would have liked.
Enjoy today’s post, remember to share with your connections. And come back tomorrow for another beautiful rose flower.
“The east is yellow as a daffodil.
Three steeples—three stark swarthy arms—are thrust
Up from the town. The gnarlèd poplars thrill
Down the long street in some keen salty gust—
Straight from the sea and all the sailing ships—
Turn white, black, white again, with noises sweet
And swift. Back to the night the last star slips.
High up the air is motionless, a sheet
Of light. The east grows yellower apace,
And trembles: then, once more, and suddenly,
The salt wind blows, and in that moment’s space
Flame roofs, and poplar-tops, and steeples three;
From out the mist that wraps the river-ways,
The little boats, like torches, start ablaze.”
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
These orange, yellow and red Calla Lilies are perfect for viewing on a cold, Winter day.
I haven’t posted any flowers on this blog lately, and I was going through some of the best flowers that I found over the last year and found these Calla Lily images. These aren’t GREAT images, but they are okay. I wish they were a little more in focus. But I’ve cleaned them up a little bit and hope they are as presentable as can be.
When I came across these Calla Lilies, I had never seen any color other than white. I guess there are all sorts of colors, and being a flower photographer, I can’t wait to see different colors. These orange and red flowers are perfect to view on a Winter Day like today.
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It’s cold and rainy out in Portland, OR right now as I write this post. But it’s not cold enough to freeze yet, at least in the lower elevations. We haven’t seen much ice and snow yet this year, which is fine by me. But right now, the water drops hanging from the trees, reminds me of this Time for Winter post from last year.
These images might be daring just a bit? I don’t know, maybe because they are somewhat minimal? There’s not much to them, but do they say anything to you? I like the textures of the red icicles and the ice on the pond. The Three Berries image I just think is kind of cool, plus I like that the red ties the two red images together. Tell me what you think about it? I think I want to do a series of the icicles hanging from other colors?
That’s it for this week! Please share this post with your friends.
Well, I stand corrected in the naming of these flowers. The two red flowers in this collection with the bee flying around are actually Zinnias, while the middle yellow and red flower is a Dahlia (although now I’m second guessing myself?). Zinnias are native to the South in North America, with some varieties spreading into Mexico. They are usually found in the wild grasslands and grow with abandon under the Summer sun. Both Zinnias and Dahlia’s are in full bloom this time of year in Portland! Everywhere I turn right now, I see these bright, and beautiful splashes of color. The Dahlia is probably my favorite flower. They create so many beautiful and enticing colors and designs. I found these beautiful Zinnias in a garden right down the street from where I live. The middle yellow and red flower I had to walk a little distance to get this image. But it was a walk well worth the trip. Help celebrate Zinnia and Dahlias this week by sharing this post with your friends and connections.
Dahlia’s are typically native to Mexico and Central America, but of course these flowers can now be found in gardens all over the world. This flower is actually related to the Daisy, Sunflower, and chrysanthemum. There are at least 36 different species of Dahlias in existence. Being that dahlias are considered octoploids, whereas, they have 8 sets of chromosomes, when many other plants have only 2, this contributes to the great variety of dahlias found in gardens everywhere.