May
24
2012

82/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

I have never seen roses sold as snacks before, so I had to buy them and try it out.  One word sums up my experience rather well.  HORRIBLE! Unless you have a fondness for munching on flowers, pass it up when it shows up in your local grocery store.

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May
06
2012

64/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

Not many blossoms left to take pictures of.  I love standing under a tree and having the blossoms rain down on me.

Categories: China,flower,Shanghai
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Apr
18
2012

46/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

It’s spring.  There are flowers everywhere, and I take all of their pictures.  If you don’t like it, tough!

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Apr
17
2012

45/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

Tree blossoms are always so beautiful.  It’s a pity they don’t last longer than they do.

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Apr
14
2012

42/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

Pretty, little, yellow flower.

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Mar
31
2012

28/365

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

One of the flowers along the river in my community.  They have a very strong scent.

Categories: China,flower,Shanghai
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Nov
17
2009

July 4th at Goodale State Park

bya Gabrielle at 8:05 PM

Hrm . . . how did these ever slip by me?  Very good question.  Well, I suppose late is better than never, or so they say, right?

This isn’t the best picture of a dragonfly that I have taken, but I really did love his color.  I chased him around for  a good ten minutes before he decided to sit long enough for me to get this picture.  I tried getting closer, but he kept flittering away like I was scary or something.  The nerve of some dragonflies!

If it is purple, I might take a picture. If it is purple and happens to be a flower, I must take a picture.  This little flower reminds me of a picture I took at the Wanshi Botanical Garden in Xiamen, China, way back when, but it isn’t quite as frightening. Still pretty, though.

My camera may be awesome, but it wasn’t quite as awesome as I needed it to be in order to capture this little guy in complete focus.  There were a bunch of lizards out and about that day, but he seemed especially interested in the Canon I had hanging around my neck.  Had I not hear him scurrying underneath the leaves, I seriously doubt I would have ever seen him.  He almost blends in perfectly with tree.

Once upon a time, I used to take pictures of benches, and I had this crazy idea that I was going to make a coffee table book entitled, Bitch’n Benches and Some Pretty Flowers.  Like many of my ideas, he never took off, and I never made my coffee table book.  I still take pictures of benches, though, just in case.

Even though spiders freak me out, I love taking pictures of them.  I love looking at and admiring them, but the instance they touch me – all bets are off!  I have an awful habit of getting too close when I try to use my macro lens. On more than one occasion my lens has touched the spider or the web, and well, I might as well have petted them when that happens because I always instantly transform into Little Miss Muffet and start screaming as I aim for the hills.  Spiders are beautiful, but I hate each of the eight freaky legs!

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Jan
09
2009

Purple Because

bya Gabrielle at 12:36 AM

I may have been tired a lot of the time I was in China and used that as an excuse not to blog, but at least I had stories to tell had I made my lazy butt type. So far, in 2009, nothing interesting has happened to me to be deemed blog worthy.

Besides putting our table project on hold until we have more time and good weather, the only thing Phil and i have been doing is house hunting. We’ve been looking rather seriously for nearly 2 months now. We haven’t had a lot of luck. It’s supposed to be a buyer’s market right now, so you would think it would be a little easier to find what we are looking for. So far, every thing we have found and been really interested in has either had a major flaw or been sold by the time we found it. Tomorrow we are taking a second look at a downtown property that seems to have some potential. Hopefully, we won’t find anything really wrong with it. If the viewing goes well, then we have to jump the hurdle called a “short sale”. It could be a risky buy, so Phil is going to have to do some serious thinking before he signs any paper work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

And since I have absolutely nothing else to talk about, I am going to post a picture of a purple flower that I took back in 2005. I was in to purple way before it became the cool color.

I don't even remember where I took this.  I just know I took it's picture cause it was purple.

I don't know where I was when I took this picture. I just know I took the picture because it was purple.

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Oct
16
2008

Some Birds, Flowers, and Other Random Stuff

bya Gabrielle at 7:00 AM

Flower. Pretty. Nuff Said.
Flower. Pretty. Nuff Said.

I found this little guy hiding on one of the flowers I was taking pictures of.  The strange this is right after I took the picture, he vanished.  Since he is a jumping spider, I made sure he wasn't on my camera or anything, but I never found him.
I found this little guy hiding on one of the flowers I was taking pictures of.  Right after I took the picture, he vanished. Since he is a jumping spider, I made sure he hadn’t jumped on my camera, but I never found him.  I think jumping spiders are really cool, right up until they jump on me. :)
I think I have taken a million pictures of flowers.  I don't know why I like taking pictures of them so much.  I see them, and it just sorta happens. Yeah, I know, I have a problem.
I think I have taken a million pictures of flowers.  I don’t know why I like taking pictures of them so much.  I see them, and it just sorta happens. Yeah, I know, I have a problem.
I found it humorous, but I wanted to kick the butts of the kids who did it.  That is how I know I am getting old.
I found it humorous, but I wanted to kick the butts of the kids who did it. That is how I know I am getting old.
Muscovys are ugly birds, but their babies are adorable.  I can't wait til spring rolls again so I can take pictures of them.
Muscovys are ugly birds, but their babies are adorable.  I can’t wait til spring rolls around again so I can take pictures of them.
What can I say about a bird feather? Had I not been in such a hurry, I think I could have gotten a better photo.
What can I say about a bird feather? Had I not been in such a hurry, I think I could have gotten a better photo.
This fountain is located in Lake Carolina, a housing subdivision.  The company my mom works for made it.
This fountain is located in Lake Carolina, a housing subdivision. The company my mom works for made it.
Another shot of the fountain located in Lake Carolina.
Another shot of the fountain located in Lake Carolina.
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Sep
25
2008

More Pictures From Riverbanks Zoo

bya Gabrielle at 7:00 AM

I told you that I took 195 some pictures when Phil and I went to Riverbanks Zoo this past weekend, so it should come as no surprise that all of these posts are zoo related.  I’ll get on to something new soon.  I just haven’t been taking any pictures or videos of anything interesting lately.  The zoo was the first time out and about with my camera in a long time.

I love cats, but I know if Morgan Rose had been this big, she would eaten me alive the first time I told her no.

I love cats, but I know if Morgan Rose had been this big, she would eaten me alive the first time I told her no.

Animals at the zoo seem to be in a perpetual state of sleep.  Maybe the zoo keepers feed them sleeping pills.

Animals at the zoo seem to be in a perpetual state of sleep. Maybe the zoo keepers feed them sleeping pills.

I took 16 pictures of this stupid bird(hawk) while he was participating in a bird show, and this is the only one that didn't turn out blurry.  His name is Houdini.

I took 16 pictures of this stupid bird(hawk) while he was participating in a bird show, and this is the only one that didn't turn out blurry. His name is Houdini.

A pretty flower I stumbled across.

A pretty flower I stumbled across.

A sleepy Koala.  Maybe he is dreaming of the wild he'll never get to live in.

A sleepy Koala. Maybe he is dreaming of the wild he'll never get to live in.

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