Monday, August 31, 2009

Terracotta Tiles

When you see a terracotta roof from the distance, it looks like all the tiles are uniform. But when you see it up close, look at all the marvelous colors!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Horton Hears a Who in Carmel

I saw this spent flower in one of the Carmel gardens on vacation. I don't know what it is, but I loved the look; it reminded of the Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who. Can't you just imagine the whole Who world living on this? This picture actually look better as a black and white photograph. Lately, I've been taking multiple versions of the same picture so that I can compare settings, etc. This one, to my eye, looked best this way. It looked small, for lack of a better word, in color, and that's just not how I felt about it when I saw the flowerhead.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bee Party

As I admired the gardens in Carmel last week, there was one garden in particular that seemed to have attracted the bees from several hives. They were just mobbing the flowers. Have you ever seen anything like this? I don't think I ever have.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Concours

When we booked our vacation to Carmel, we didn't realize that the weekend we arrived was also the weekend of a huge event called the Concours. Collectors of rare, antique, and unique cars come from all over the world to display their vehicles. Even if you're not a car lover, it is fun to amble along some of the streets of Carmel to see the Batmobile or a beautiful James Bond-like car. Similar, but smaller events, are hosted around the area as well. We spent a fun evening at one such event, sampling wine, eating hors d'oeuvers, and ambling among vintage cars sparkling in the sunset. When I took pictures, I was surprised by how much fun it was to look at the lines of the old cars; I can see a few abstract quilts inspired by the curves and reflections. Oh, and check out the plaid on the seats of the vintage Mercedes. How fun is that?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Face only a Mother Could Love

One late afternoon while on vacation, we happened upon a mother boar and her baby; they were literally wallowing in the mud. We got as close as we felt we safely could without frightening them away. I wanted to get closer for a better picture, but thank heavens I didn't! About eighteen inches away from me, hidden by the reeds at the bottom of the picture, was a HUGE male boar. He popped out of the reeds to run away as we were leaving. I'm so glad he didn't feel threatened or he might have turned around and charged. Whew! That was a bit of excitement.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Purple against Blue Skies

The weather in the Carmel Valley has been absolutely perfect for the growing season. The gardens were glorious. I think this flower looks a bit like a purple helicopter. I'm sure that's not what it's called; do you know what it is? Is it related to lavender? I just love the shape and the colors.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I'm Back!

I'm just back from a wonderful family vacation to Carmel, California. We were out in the hills, staying at a beautiful hacienda dating back to the early 1900s. I haven't posted because I don't have a laptop and there was only one computer at the hacienda -- in the common room -- and I couldn't load my pictures there. I was surprised how much I missed blogging! At any rate, here's a picture from one of our excursions: the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's such an incredible place to visit, a definite must-see. We were all agog with the new seahorse exhibit, designed to showcase seahorses and their relatives in all their glory and uniqueness. I think we spent over an hour in just that one exhibit; to me, seahorses seem almost mythical. Here's a picture of one of the amazing creatures: a leafy sea dragon. Doesn't nature just blow you away?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Beetle that's Eating my Hollyhock

Colorful and cool looking, but very destructive....

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cute Puppy Pictures

As you may have read in yesterday's post, we're fostering a puppy. The poor pup is recovering from an ulcerated cornea caused by an ingrown eyelash -- ouch! Her name is Stella and, by request, here are some pictures of the adorable little fur ball. It's hard to get action shots since she moves so quickly; she's always on the run. These shots are from my kitchen and they're a little grainy as a result; I just don't have the equipment and/or the lighting to make beautifully crisp indoor shots of a puppy who's bound to move in a moment. I included one not so great shot of her so that you get a sense of scale; she's a little pipsqueak next to Goblin, our VERY patient Lab.






And here's the ever vigilant older dog (and an angel, without a doubt), checking to make sure the little one doesn't get into too much trouble.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Summer's Day

I am doing things -- honest, I am -- but it's less than I thought. I've been working on my 4 x 4s for my fiber group exchange in September. It's taking longer than I expected because I'm a pokey worker, I can't stop talking to my daughter who just returned from Ecuador, and I can't stop playing with this adorable puppy we're fostering at the moment. (Her name is Stella and she's as cute as the name implies.) And finally, today, we have perfect pool weather, so we're off. I hope you're having a good summer's day, too.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

News

I'm excited to report that my quilt, "Departure", has been juried into the show Made in New York. It will be hanging at the Williams Club in New York City from September 22 through November 14, 2009. I'll post a photo once the show begins. It's a happy summer day!



On a side note, the postcard I sent to Germany for my aunt's birthday arrived in fine condition. Now we know foil can pass through the international postal routes just fine.