Saturday, August 30, 2008

More From Our Trip to the Zoo

From the top down:
I' m thinking I should lose a few pounds......maybe
As you can guess....the close-up is through the glass...sorry for the disappointment!
Show time; love birds I think
Looks like it could be a distant cousin to the road runner...would love to see him run....
The largest owl that we have on this planet...must ask Steve where is its habitat
Answer: this is an owl from Eurasia: Eurasian Eagle Owl

Friday, August 29, 2008

August 28 2008

As we were watching I had to take a shot of this memorable moment...even from my living room

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Paper #2

That is all I could do in 1 hour...but I will work on this one more tomorrow! It is the pale blue one with red flowers (below)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Slightly Better Paper

Took the blue one from below printed with my stamps and overstamped with commercial stamps and glazed and glazed...and glazed .I am getting somewhere but obviously I need to spend some quality time in the studio...amateurish ! Funny thing is I will use tiny bits of it somewhere at some point .

Monday, August 25, 2008

At the Zoo....

Hey you, come on over....
More later

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thinking of Papers

Going back to printing papers with my own carved stamps and commercial ones but nothing much to show, these are mid process. The upper left one is a rubbing with Shiva Paintstiks.I barely spent 1 hour: not serious!

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Healthy Breakfast

This morning I offered Miss Argiope a healthy breakfast: you know how we're supposed to eat more "greens" so I thought it applies to spiders too and hence this juicy green caterpillar....which I found eating the leaf of one of my petunias...Caterpillars, go ahead and eat my pretty flowers but be ready to become breakfast...or lunch...or snack...or
Notice the silk threads coming out to cocoon the caterpillar
OK, this will be the last one of these.....for now!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bon Appetit!

May I introduce my friend Miss Argiope Aurantia as she just secured dinner , which I was only too happy to provide...since it is a big grasshopper that had been devouring my plants. I know I know I too can see its foggy little eyes through the thin silky veil saying "How could you?"..
My answer: easily!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nap Time.....?

Am I really sleeping? My favorite position these days....same for my happy feet!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Not Enough Bees to Go Around....

What to do? Well we have to pretend that we are bees...... Talking about my zucchini plant: I first collected pollen from the male flower with a cotton swab...easy....then applied as much of this beautiful golden powder to the lady-in-waiting :)...easy... and waited and later on......miracle of nature (with help from the gardener)
By the way I have not cooked it yet! Too precious.....LOL

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trader Joe and Working by the Pond

Sunday morning this object passed above our house, oh joy....but no delivery:(
That's yours truly by the pond...nature!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The New Banana Leaf and More...

It measures 25" long (a tad under 64 cms)...not bad! And then it was just gorgeous with the rain droplets ...or the water splash from the garden hose:) The bromeliad on the portal is stunning...the picture looks like a pottery chard. Finally I had to take a picture of this poor little creature inside a tropical waterlily trying desperately to get out...I feel that I am in the same kind of danger when looking closely at a waterlily from the side of the pond....

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Quote That Appealed To Me Today

"The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; Oh, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove." - John Boyle O'Reilly

Picked up from Dave's Garden

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Zucchini Flowers, Datura and a Very Red Specimen

This is the male flower of the zucchini plant...the yellow flower for you folks who only know tall buildings, subway stations, metro and asphalt The sacred datura (the total length of the bud id 9" (some 20cms). I admired the tight bud top resembling the movement of the white robe of a whirling dervish! And finally why on earth did I buy and planted this fiery red canna...does not look great in the garden...mamma mia...practically vulgar!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008


There are the snails and then they are the grasshoppers.......check the damage on those leaves...hasta la vista, grasshopper! But the praying mantis I praise... The beetle I admire (because I do not know whether they do harm to MY plants)....

Sunday, August 3, 2008

In Our Village (continued)

Seen and admired:
Donkeys for whom I have a great fondness,

Guinea hens, who annoy me with their high pitch cackles but their plumage is amazing....nice job with a delicate brush....pure example of pointillism.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Let's Play!

In the village yesterday on my way home...