Between the Heat & Smoke


I haven’t written in my blog for quiet some time. I am sorry for this but the heat in California has been constant this summer and oppressive. We’ve now added to that by having large sections of the state on fire.


Sepia Dahlias

This has all left me a bit unable to find the beautiful color in the world around me. I know that sounds crazy but I’ve always tried to find the bright side of any circumstance and here I am, a little gloomy.


Color’s Coming Back

I do feel that the temperatures are moving into a Fall like pattern, so the cooler air should help the fire fighters and it will surely lift my spirits which will result in causing me to view the world in my usual way. Hooray! 


Dahlia’s In Full Bloom & Color

There you have it. The world in full color, courtesy of the garden in our own backyard. Go out and smell the flowers. It will make you feel better.

(Could have gone way beyond “heat and smoke” with all the craziness that is going on in the world today. I decided to tackle one thing at a time, mainly those things that I might have a little control over.) Have a Very Happy Weekend!

Happy Chappy


I noticed yesterday that two ladies had stopped to look at the roses growing in the front yard.

Rose Blanket

Rose Blanket

I remembered that another blogger had mentioned that you can find great things to photograph in your own backyard, so to speak.  I grabbed my camera and on the way out the door was a wonderful hummingbird having the best time in the fountain.

Taking a sip

Taking a sip

and Making a splash

and Making a splash.

I think the ladies were enjoying the way the Happy Chappy Roses looked with the water droplets on them.

A bud amoungst the roses.

A bud amongst the roses.

They are at their peak, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and enjoy.  Happy Spring

Array of Happy Chappy

Array of Happy Chappy