Thursday, April 29, 2010
New paintings on ETSY. One of the paintings made me laugh. Watercolor does this to you once in a while. You think you are painting one thing but another funny thing shows up. It is part of the fluidity of the medium. Anyway, I was painting some yellow rose buds, giving each other a hug, just like family, and then when I looked at it again a toad showed up. So cute, I had to laugh because the toad stole the show. Look for your self if it isn't so!
To take a look, click here.
Flower of the Day. Simple humble bottle brush. Curly or straight? Isn't this illogical, but true. It starts out curly and then its feathers go out straight, and it is a work of art, too. Please click on both pictures so you can see how remarkable this flower is. Simply bottle brush: flower of the day.
A tad more information on the Bottle Brush. This tree is also fairly popular in the Caribbean where I am from. Its scientific name is Callistemon lancelatus De Candolle. The root words for this tree comes from the Greek Kallistos Stamon which means beautiful thread. I am starting to sound like the father in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding!" Anyway the name is quite befitting, don't you think?
You can get more information on the Bottle Brush in the book Tropical Blossoms of the Caribbean by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Since spring began a couple of weeks ago, I had been looking to see if the Jasmine was back. Just small buds, and from my kitchen window, it all looked like sap green to me. Yet today, I found that the Jasmine near my garden gate had started to bloom!! How wonderful! The fragrance is heavenly and I have missed it. Thank goodness last night's severe weather did nothing to all my plants, except give them a good soaking. So I am rejoicing. My Jasmine is back!
Cardinals are always welcome. This picture was taken from my dining room window when I spotted this handsome cardinal flinting from branch to branch. Rushed and got my camera. Hushed, drew near the window and took these shots.
I know you all find me the epitome of hyperbole, but there are no outrageous accolades that would describe this incredible rescue. Nadia Bloom, an innocent 11 year old was lost in the swampy brush in Sanford, near Lake Jessup, one of our many alligator infested lakes. She was out there for four days, dehydrated, a little scared and she was rescued by the grace of God. You can read the story here.
Astonished by this beautiful flower. I knew they were beautiful but I didn't realize the depth. It wasn't until I zoomed in with my camera that I was able to focus a lot closer than my naked vision would allow. The intricate design in this plant just confirms again what an artist God is. How amazing! The Bible says "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead,..."