Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer is almost over, and Autumn is coming soon....

A couple of lovely hanging baskets at the front gate of the West Vancouver municipal nursery gardens near here....

But walking down the street to it, I passed these leaves already turning, so the summer is coming to an end. It's been wonderful, though.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

More pictures -

The moon yesterday after breakfast....

And the clouds after sunset. This almost looks like a painting.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Magnolia tree....

....thinks it's spring once more, and is coming out in bloom again.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Coming into port -

An arriving freighter, in Georgia Strait, heading into port with the mountains of Vancouver Island in the background.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A quiet corner of the grounds


Monday, August 23, 2010


Another nice evening over Vancouver Island in the distance. Click to enlarge it.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

As the sun sinks slowly in the west....

This might make a nice background on the monitor.... click inside the image to enlarge it to full size.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another lovely day draws to close....

It's been another very nice day, not too warm but just right, and there are some clouds moving in as the evening progresses, just like my friend Brian predicted. I hope we get some rain, because the lawns are brown, and the woods need a good soaking to help put out the fires. So, if into each life a little rain must fall, then let it be now, please...


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back again -

Every year about now, one or two of these cute little guys shows up on my window or screen, and this one made it inside onto the wall, between the screen and its sliding door. So I took its picture. These have little hooks on their feet and can hang on for dear life if they land on the drapes. I had a hell of a time getting it onto a folded paper, so I could put it back outside. This picture, before you click on it to enlarge it, is just about life-size.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Everything old is new again.....

This was one of those old power-hungry 300-watt halogen floor lamps, and it was tossed out by someone in the building yesterday. 

I converted it to a regular medium-base light bulb socket, and put one of my favourite lamp shades on it. It looks a lot nicer now, and it uses less power. I think I'll keep it....


Monday, August 16, 2010

More Gabriel's Trumpet -

This was taken last week, but it's a good picture of it. Those are long flowers.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A rose is a rose

Some are nicer than others. These remind me of wild ones from long ago and far away.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Busy Bees....


Monday, August 9, 2010

Today's weather is improving....

And the forecast is for nice weather for the rest of the week. I hope it's correct.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

This morning's weather....

Looks a lot like this...... The recent smoke and haze has been replaced by fog. Could be worse.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Tonight's sunset.....

Much better than last night's.


More flowers

Some of the roses beside the front walk.


Last evening, near sundown

The late afternoon sun, through clouds and smoke from forest fires. Russia isn't the only part of the world that is burning up these days. Our air quality isn't the greatest either.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The 'beat' goes on....

Another set of low-rise condos gets a new roof across the street, about a block away. This was taken on the Pentax X70 at 24X optical - the max optical zoom. For that much zoom, it's not too bad I don't think. This is why they call this a 'superzoom' camera.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The 'Gabriel's Trumpet' is coming out in bloom

These blooms are about a foot long, including that green portion.