We recently visited New England for a graduation and stayed in a Tiny House on the pond pictured here. Since we were busy with graduation activities, we were only at our Tiny House during the morning and evening hours when the bugs were out in force. When shooting these photos, I had to work fast and run for cover! Also, I am sorry to say the bugs kept us from floating romantically in either of the little boats available on the pond.
Nevertheless, this tranquil spot in woods of Vermont made the return to my house in mega suburbia bittersweet. By the way, kudos to the graduate!
A red dahlia, backlit by the afternoon sun at Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue, Washington.
A California poppy in afternoon sunlight at Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, California.
This is another and very different view of an amazing beach, composed entirely of cockle shells, in western Australia. In the prior post, I wrote about how the shells were compacted and how deep they were. I also mentioned that, in the past, the compacted shells were mined in blocks similar to cinder blocks and used for construction. Now, I will add that, while staying in a town near the beach, we had dinner at a small restaurant with walls made of the shell blocks. Because of the shells, the acoustics in the tiny, one-story establishment were tremendous. It would have been a great place for a concert, but then there would have been no room for dining! To see the previous post, click here.
The dazzle of lights is even more enticing when a shimmering river flows through the city.
Melbourne, Australia and Yarra River viewed from the Eureka Tower
Brisbane River through Brisbane, Australia
This field of mounds built by magnetic termites in northern Australia has the look and feel of a cemetery, especially in this image taken at dusk. The magnetic termites were given their name based on the belief at the time that that they lined up their mounds according to the earth’s magnetic field. However, it is now understood that these clever termites build the mounds according to the sun’s passage in such a way that the hot rays fall on the knife-like edges of the mound rather than on its broad face. I get a little nervous about termites in general thinking they are going to eat my house! I was relieved to learn that these creatures live on grasses and other vegetation as do many of the other termites in Australia.