Monday, August 31, 2009

Ruby Tuesday -The Gardens at Bellagio

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While in Las Vegas, we visited the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Just beyond the Hotel Lobby is a Kaleidoscope of flowers, what a delight it was! All the flowers are real.

The watering cans were amazing!
All the cans water changed colors.

The ruby found was a Lady Bug Beetle

there was a working ferriswheel. Only for the flowers.
Dancing water below.

This Fountain was all flowers yet it was lit and working as a fountain.

My Daughter is under the Water Archway.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Tree at Montezuma

While Visiting Arizona, we stopped at Montezuma National Park. There I saw the strangest tree. Close up it looked like a type used for the Camouflage Uniform our military uses. I did not know what type of tree it was. I knew that the area had some big trees (Giant Redwoods), however I had never seen these. Do some of you remember the song "Zacchaeus ".. the Lord God(Jesus Christ) was teaching in Jericho according the the scriptures, Luke 19:1-6...Zacchaeus,as the song goes, wanted to see the Lord so he climb up the sycamore tree. These are Sycamore Trees. I will say if the trees then was as large as I saw, one can really see far!

Take a look at how large these trees are .In this photo there are People standing near by. You can enlarge these photos to see the massiveness of the Sycamores.

Now look at the knots on the Sycamore Tree, They are so smooth. One can only wonder was it a branch that didn't happen? Enlarge it and take a closer view.

Now look at the wrinkles in the tree. It amazed me they looks as if one can brush them out. I believe these are for the growth of the tree. Or are they Wrinkles of Age? This one you need to enlarge it is so amazing! Then go back to the previous photo and look closely at the wrinkles.

Now here are some fact about the Arizona Sycamore Tree. What do you think? Ever seen anything like these?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ruby Tuesday-A Victorian Inn

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When we went back to Hubby home town for a Family Reunion we stayed at this Victorian Bed and Breakfast. A wonderful Home..and it was a great Ruby Jewel find...
The owner has a lot of gardens one could sit at...
I found this one amusing since it had the Travelocity Guardian there.

A closer look reveals it might be his brother Guy Gnome...
Any way I loved seeing a Guardian Gnome in the garden.
Here is some more Gardens to sit in..there was so many so I chose the ones I liked the best. You can click on each photo to enlarge.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

LaPosada- Flowers

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While at La Posada Hotel I took these. They were in the outskirts of the Courtyard Garden I posted previously.
Click on each photo for a larger view

The flowers reminded me so much of a Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon) tree I have at home. Only they were a stalk type flower. I really liked the stalk variety. I will post the Rose of Sharon Later this week.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Courtyard Fit for Reading

I really love court yard Gardens. there is just something peaceful about them. On Our trip to Arizona we visited the La Posada Hotel the “last great railroad hotel”. It was built in 1929 for the Santa Fe Railway and is one of America’s treasures. Some of you might remember the Harvey Girls, this is one of the places you could find them. Anyway enough of that! Maybe I'll tell more on another blog. Back to the court yards... this place had a very nice one I could of stayed and read a whole book there.
Click each Photo for a closer up view enjoy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Colorado Flowers

All these plants are found it 7,000 to 11,000 ft above sea level.

This is a bed my our friends house,I really liked the brick wall. Most of the home gardens contained these types of plants
A garden to attract hummingbirds and butterflies
These are flower found at 10,000 ft. In a area of the Gold Mines.
I believe these are

Berlandiera lyrata Benth.

Chocolate daisy

The next two photos are of Winter Cactus. they can survive -40 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand brutally hot heat
Opuntia,Prickly Pear Cactus-click to enlarge- Can you see the Flowers?

Magenta flowers on cholla cactus

Colorado Cactus- there were on the tail end of there flowering. Was told the flowers in full bloom line the Arkansas River banks. What I sight to see!
The hill sides were covered with these plants.
This is a Yucca Glauca Nutt (Soapweed Yucca)
At the Cave of the Winds Garden

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ruby Tuesday-Wild Berries

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My Father and I were going to cleaning out the weeds. When we looked behind the shed and found Wild Berries! Years ago I thought I saw some Blackberry vines. However I never saw them again. In 2008 We had some Disease Trees removed. The Berries must have taking off after that.

If you look close you can see the fully ripened blackberries

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Night Sounds.

Here I am sitting in the solarium listening to the crickets. It has just rained and the critters are out, There are fireflies, bats, tree frogs, and the crickets. I took a walk out in the yard, the smell of the rain and the sounds are a most peaceful feeling.
Now the sound of a Train whistle and the droning sound of the wheels on the tracks. We have tracks across the street, you can hear the freight and Amtrak train in the yard and in the solarium. Our sky is quiet no planes using our flightplan tonight. What a most glorious Night. Venus is bright and the Moon looks surprised at 3/4 full, probably because of no airplanes in view, although I am now beginning to hear them off in the distance. The airport is not far away. This city/county living is full of nature and man made things sharing the sky and ground. So, no photos to show for the darkness is too serene to disturb and the bats are too hard to capture with a Lens. So, I just continue to watch them fest on the mosquitoes and rejoice in their work!