Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Peach Angel Trumpet Tree

These photographs were also taken in Spring City, Tennessee. These were almost downtown, in the quiet little area within walking distance of the business section. Have to keep in mind about the same time General Shale bought land in the area the highway next to the railroad tracks expanded to 4 lanes, with a turn lane in the middle. The town is on the other side of the tracks and there is just one caution light. Now on the highway there are 2 actual changing lights, one on each end of the town.

Had to get close, as I tend to do.

These were so beautiful and they were out at the road, just asking to be photographed. Couldn't pass them by, and the early morning light was just right. Would love to have some seeds from this one. Don't even know if these seed the same way as the other Angel Trumpets. I have two earlier post you can view here and here, which are both different from this one, and different from each other.

Ok, here we go again. I let Picasa upload 4 photographs, then added one more. Guess that is the way to do it if I want to post more than 4 photos. The first 4 I save to draft, and it goes real fast, but when I uploaded the last one it took longer than it did when I was on dialup. I now know that is because it is actually downloading the full size photograph, which does nobody any good, because it is too large to look at on your screen. I think I am going to give up for today. Maybe a light bulb will turn on and I will figure out how to size the photograph so when you click on the photo you can view a slightly larger photograph, but small enough you can still see it.
I do have some old post ready, so tomorrow you will see birds, in my old format, free of Vista complaints.
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Last 2 Blue Hydrangea blooms from Spring City

These are the last 2 blooms from the Blue Hydrangea shrubs I photographed last week along the country road in Spring City, Tennessee.
Thank you for bearing with me as I learn all the quirks of blogging with the new computer.
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Fading Hydrangea blooms

These blooms are beginning to fade. The last photograph is the only bloom left on the fading shrubs. All the other photos I have been posting are on 2 other shrubs to the left of these.

This last fresh bloom looks out of place by itself.
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And now I find out I can't type where I want to always. And what is it with this Picasa sign stuck up next to the last photograph instead of at the bottom? Go figure!

More Blue Hydrangea flowers

Ok, now I figure out with this new fangled 'thing' that I cannot seem to conquer it won't let me post but 4 photographs at a time. I will post 4 more to go with this. You thought I posted often before, it is going to get worse with this.
This post was going to show you the blooms as they progress, see the next post for that.
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More Blue Hydrangea buds

Thought I had it, but this one posted before I was ready too. These are some more from Spring City last week. These are the ones when I just had to do my normal and get a little closer to the bloom. I was so surprised they were so pretty this time of year. There were 2 shrubs right next to these 2 shrubs that were basically finished for the year, these 2 looked like they were just getting started. When you click on the photograph they are still way to large for you to tell anything about them, but I am still working on that.
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September Events

We started September with a visit to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Labor Day. There I photographed the scenery, deer, Copperheads, dragonflies, butterflies and turkey. We had a great time that day, enjoyed being together.

On the first Saturday we went to a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we had never been to before. It is Cataloochee Cove, in NC. We went to see the elk, and had a great time. If you have been following this blog you saw numerous photos of the elk at the cove. If you are new to my blog you might want to look back for the Elk photos.

On Sunday afternoon we went to Panther Creek State Park, close to home. Didn't get alot of photographs, but we had a good time wondering around the park.

The next weekend gas prices had hit a high, and we stayed home. It was my husband's birthday and we celebrated with family. We also had something else to celebrate, but you probably know this too, if you have been following my blog. Wendy (daughter) is pregnant, this event had been a long time getting here. We are all so excited for her. I still get teary EVERY time I think about it. You can see her announcement of this, here. And then another announcement the next week here of the twins.

The last weekend of the month we went to the Balloon Festival in Knoxville. I was greatly disappointed. I think it might have been due to the weather, but they didn't make me believe it. They never did take off, they just stayed on the ground. Said there was not enough wind. They had a "Balloon Glow" at 8:15pm, but after waiting 4 hours for that it was a big disappointment. I will share photographs later, but there won't be near as many as I had hoped.

We ended out NOT putting our house on the market, as I mentioned in the August news. We will wait and see what happens with Jimmy's company before making the major decision. I have been going to Spring City some during the month to be with Jimmy. I get to spend the mornings photographing when there, no house duties. Then go to my paying job in the evenings. The photograph is Jimmy's home away from home (and mine 2 days a week). Brand new motel in Spring City. The town is so small it is the only motel in town. I think it is full every night during the week, with General Shale employees or other men working on building this brick plant.

I also got ADSL this month, finally! But I also got a new computer, with Vista, against advise from my son. And I should have listened, it has been awful. He sent me to the computer store I bought it from, and they talked me into the Vista software. Said all the kinks are out of it. But that is not my problem, I just don't like the photography side of Vista. Then on top of that it is a laptop, but that WAS my son's advise, so I can blame that one on him. But the Vista is SO different than XP. I am in that awful learning curve and not doing well with it all. I am too old and have too much else on my mind to try to learn this, but too late now. It would be easy just to say I am going to use the old computer (what a waste of money that would be!!!!). But I promised the old computer to my daughter-in-law, so I have already disconnected it to give to her.

Maybe by next month I will be over the computer blues....we will see. At least I have something else on my mind other than the decision about moving.

Hydrangea Buds

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Well, I guess I am getting there, except this one automatically posted on its own. Found the blog button in Picasa, clicking on these 4 photos and clicked blog, and it posted. Had to edit to get the words, so am still trial and error time. Getting closer, just bare with me.
These photographs were taken in Spring City at the same time as my other test post.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cardinal at Panther Creek State Park

The Cardinals still look pitiful, plus I still can't seem to get close enough before they are gone. I keep trying.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Blue Hydrangea in Spring City

I took this photograph of a blue hydrangea on the side of the road in Spring City, Tennessee this past week. I am going there 2 nights a week to be with my husband. Since I work evening shift I go out in the mornings to photograph whatever catches my eye. This hygrangea did, and I have some more photographs to share, but I was going to try this one first as my first download since getting this new computer. Because of having trouble with the sizing it took it as long to download as when I was on dialup. Sure am glad I did not get this computer while I was still on dialup, I would have given up blogging totally. Still working on how to do this. Have now downloaded Picasa3, and it is better than either of the other 2 I was trying to use with Vista, but I still do NOT find a resize.

Monarch on zinnia

Look at all those polka dots. I am sure God has everyone of them numbered and in the exact spot he wanted them to be. Are we in the exact spot God wants us to be on this Sunday morning?

Oh, by the way, Pam has this one enlarged and at her house too.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New computer blues

I got my ADSL connected now. I also have a new computer, and it is Vista. I am struggling. If anybody has Vista I need some questions answered about sizing a photograph for blogging. I see in the photo gallery you can email and pick the size, but I am not wanting to email, I am wanting to size it for blogging. I also have HP software, with XP this same software had a SIZE option with the edit command. With Vista (loaded the version for Vista) the size option is no longer in the HP editing. I think it is because Vista photo gallery has the email sizing.

I would appreciate an email from anybody that can help me. My email is Leedra.Scott@gmail.com

At this point all I can say is it is a good thing I had already prepared about 20 post to use in the future when needed. I will be posting them this week and hopefully have this figured out by the time I run out of these. If not my blogging days may be over.

Orchid at Las Vegas

We went to Las Vegas after we left the Grand Canyon. I don't think it should be a surprise to anybody by now to find out I was taking photos of the flowers while in Las Vegas. This was in one of the beautiful lobbies, but I don't know which one. This photograph hangs in a very good friend's house. Pam, sorry I just had to share what you get to look at everyday.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Grand Canyon at Sunrise - Sky Watch Sept 26

Sunrise in the Grand Canyon, September 2007. The most beautiful time in the Canyon.

Not much you can add to this awesome show of God's creations. It was an amazing trip. Everybody seems to like the previous post of sunrise at the Grand Canyon, so I decided to post these too. This are more like normal sunrise photographs, except of course, they are still the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon Sunrise Photos- Skywatch Sept 26

Both of these photographs were taken at sunrise in the Grand Canyon, September 2007.The bottom photograph is my absolute favorite of the whole trip. I just turned around and this man was standing there taking in the awesomeness (is that a word, if not it should be), unaware of anybody around him. A print of this photograph now hangs in my supervisor's office. This photograph has not been touched, this is the way it turned out. The Smoky's turn blue, I guess the Canyon turns brown.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Grand Canyon at Sunset

Sunset in the Grand Canyon, September 2007.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Grand Canyon Squirrel

I took this photograph of a squirrel in the Grand Canyon last year. We were on a group trip with AAA, so no hiking. Squirrel was the best animal I saw.
Oh, I forgot to say all the Grand Canyon photographs were before I bought my Canon D-SLR, so all the Grand Canyon photos are with my Fuji point and shot.

First view of Grand Canyon

These were my first views of the Grand Canyon, September 2007.

We will probably never get back there, so I decided I would pull some photos from last year to share over the next few days. We were there the last week in September last year, so thought it would be the best time to share these 'old' photographs.

Surprise Lily

This is a non-hardy Surprise Lily. This has to be planted in a pot and taken in during the cold months. The good part about it is you put the pot in the dark and don't water it at all. Early spring bring it out to the light and start watering it. The green part stays all summer, until fall and you start the cycle again. I have 2 pots of these. They bloom off and on all summer. This was given to me by an 89 year old lady the year before she died.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yellow wildflowers across the road

These wildflowers are in bloom across the road along the guardrail. The other day my husband said "Why don't you take some pictures of those?", I replied "Been there, done that". Now you get to see the pretty flowers too.