|Elegant Double Zinnia|
|Elegant Double Zinnia|
|Love the mix of colors|
Thought these would be fun after all my photographs and talk of Zinnias. I think this summer they are turning out to be my favorite flowers. They seem to do well in hot sunny locations, and with very little effort give gorgeous results. Next year I am planting tons of them. All different kinds.
Down the road from my house is this wonderful field of Zinnia's(see other photograph).
It has given me many moments of happiness. Either by driving by or stopping and taking photographs. Everyday it looks a little different. The angle the sun hits it, after a rain, in the early morning with mountain mist lingering. I hope you enjoy my photograph's as much as I have enjoyed taking them.
|This is colored very nicely.|
|She reminds me of a 1970's Love Child. Can't you see her walking around Woodstock?|
|The large Peony flower muffs are too much!|
|Love all the pearls.|
|Sad and beautiful.|
|The Grey Barn|
This little barn is so charming to me.
The rusty roof. The broken window. The missing siding (perfect for barn owls).
The day lilies. The way it sits on a little hill. It is a local barn, an in town barn. Which makes it even more special to me.
The people who live there just use it to store the broken down parts of their lives.
I can imagine so many things I could do
with it. I want a barn.
|Enjoying the view|
I ran across this gorgeous fellow one afternoon while out taking pictures. He seemed so content to just gaze out at the mountains. He never wavered. Never made a sound. Just watched me while I took my pictures. Made me remember to stop and look, enjoy what is all around me.
|Early Morning Walk|
Out for a walk at the Biltmore Estate
and I discovered
this little lady walking about.
I think she was distracting me from her
nest that was several yards away.
I see these wild turkeys everywhere
here in the mountains.
They are so fun to watch.
Their feathers are beautiful.
|A Little Foal|
He is just the cutest. Mom watches him like a hawk. He is so curious. I found him in the Spring on one of my rides. Every time I am in the area I drive by. He is now a teenager, and is quite funny to see him leaping
around the field.
|Guarding the garden|
I ran into this handsome dude one late afternoon with my girlfriend. She had taken me over to Black Mountain to show me some sights and take some pictures. We found this beautiful community garden. This young guy was their guardian. At first he was a little shy, by the time I was done taking pictures he was braying away at us not to leave. I think he was a bit lonely.
|Watermelon & Feta Salad with a few black olives thrown in|
Nothing says summer to me than Watermelon.It is one of my favorite things. How cool is it that you can eat something then spit the seeds without anybody looking at you like you have no manners. As a kid my brother and I had big seed spitting contests off the stone wall of out patio. I am sure our neighbors were somewhat repulsed if they looked out their bathroom or bedroom windows.
Now as an adult I don't spit seeds as much. The boys thought it was great fun when they were growing up.(Thank goodness none ended up in their ears or nose. Yes that did happen with other objects, but that is for another time.)Now they make those cute little baby watermelon with no seeds. Those are perfect for this salad.
I usually get one small watermelon stick in my refrigerator for an evening to get nice and cold. Meanwhile you will need a few other things to put in your salad. I do not use any lettuce or Arugula. One new thing about me you might not know is - I do not like greens. I do not eat Arugula or any dark green lettuce type thing. Kale, oh no.I will eat Iceberg Lettuce but honestly,why? I like all the things that go in a salad, so why waste the space in the bowl and in my stomach with lettuce, or any of that bitter tasting stuff? Again, this is personal taste. My beautiful sister adores all of the above. I love to watch her eat it with great gusto. I just can't.
Some ingredients for this salad:
at least 4 ounces of Feta cheese - crumbled
2 ounces of crumbled bleu cheese
a cucumber - peeled and thinly sliced
black olives or Kalamata olives
tomatoes - cherry or regular cut into chunks
I cut the whole watermelon up at one time. I cut into about 1 1/2 inch pieces or as big as 2 inch pieces.I usually use about half for one salad.I mix 4 ounces of feta cheese, 2 ounces of bleu cheese, some olives, thinly sliced cucumbers and depending on my mood tomatoes. Sometimes a little extra fruit is in order. I really like dried cranberries with this salad. Gently spoon the mixture to mix.
For the dressing you can do several things. A good Italian with fresh black pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar is good also. However, my go to dressing is almost a cup of a good Balsamic Vinegar with a spoonful or two of sugar. I heat this in the microwave at 20 second increments till the sugar is melted. It does not take long. Stir. Pour on your salad. Eat. Enjoy!
|The sun setting on the mountains|
|What a cutie! Makes me ready for the State Fair.|
|Love the hat and boots.|
|Ruffles and a puppy!|
|Love the Trike!|
|He looks like a little man.|
I have been spending a lot of time
with my boys this Summer. It has
been lots of good times. They have
grown up to be such incredible
people. I really enjoy them. So...
for all of you I am putting these
freebies out there for you.
Compliment a young man this week
end. Tell a young boy how super
he is. Give some confidence to some
one today. It might make their life.
|They look ready to conquer the world!|
|Remember to enjoy the simple things along the way.|
|Traveling alone can open up lots of opportunities.|
|Traveling with a friend is fun!|
|A family trip is always enlightening|
One of the pleasure of summer is being
able to take a road trip.
The destination is not as important as the
I thought I would start anew with some road
I hope each one of you finds the time to
take a road trip, even if it is just for
Hope you enjoy!
|Along the Watuaga River|
This week I was lucky enough to spend the morning with my youngest son. He took me to a couple of his favorite places near where he lives. We had so much fun. Such a beautiful day. I will share some more pictures soon.
|Tolerating the world!|
|Wondering what this new place is and do these stripes make me look fat?|