Friday, August 31, 2007

Adaptation, by Nature

Trees along the east of our property, which is on a corner. So this "hedge" of trees, protects the house from the street, on that side. Originally, they were a hedge, around the border of a mansion. This mansion and its surrounding lawn, took up the entire block, on which 12 houses have been built. Next to our lot, the old hedge had not been removed, and we didn't either, when we bought the lot and built a house here.

All these years later, the original mansion hedge is fully grown pine trees, and maple trees have seeded themselves in among them.

I was always intrigued by one crook in one tree {lower left corner of mosaic}, and wondered why it had grown crooked like that. This morning, I {finally} noticed that it's not the only one. There are others, and some are obviously very old. These trees have been adapting, to go to more sunlight, for many many years.
Natural adaptation... At home... Up close and personal... :-)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Early Autumn blooms

Top left ~ Another blue Hydrangea, which doesn't show as deeply blue as it is. :-(
Top Right ~ I try and try to show the beauty of an Old Rose, white bud with pale pink inside.
Bottom Left ~ More white Old Roses, much more beautiful than they appear.
Bottom Right ~ Red Old Rose... A couple of more blossoms.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hydrangaes, more change...

Hydrangaes on August 18th...
And today, August 25th.Look at that blue!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Friday, August 17, 2007

Leaves changing...

Leaves changing... And it's only August 17, 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Other Hydrangeas...

Remember the Hydrangeas, which had not fully bloomed? First pic below...

They are now beginning to come to full bloom... Not totally out yet. But don't they look amazing, even at this early stage??? With little white blossoms on the edge. And in the middle, it looks like both 'pink' and 'blue.' These are new for us, so we don't have any idea what the "finished product" will be like. I'll keep taking pictures...

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Neighbor cat...

Neighbor kitty, who comes in the morning, for her drink of water from the little pond. And to "worry the frogs" who live there....