newlensMiro
13 Feb ’16
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Helpful fuzzballs

I got a new lens (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) for an upcoming trip to Iceland, Norway and the UK. So it’s intended for the big landscapes we’re going to see, but of course I had to test it out as soon as it arrived last night. Thank goodness for willing fuzzball subjects :).

pointlobos5
4 Nov ’15
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Point Lobos, Carmel

The husband and I had the rare opportunity to visit one of California’s parks that doesn’t allow dogs (and there are a lot of those, sadly): the beautiful Point Lobos. We’d attended a beautiful wedding in Monterey the night before and all of our fuzzy babies were being taken care of by a good friend, so the timing was perfect. And, as usual, I need to get a bigger lens for sightings of sea otters and harbour seals.  

hummer2
7 Aug ’15
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Hummers!

  Spied at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden with me wishing I’d had a more appropriate lens! (crop, crop, crop)

Trudy2
26 Jul ’15
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Trudy the Titan Arum (Corpse Flower)

We popped up to UC Berkeley Botanical Garden today to see Trudy the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum, for those unafraid of a giant, misshapen phallus). The titan arum is also known as the corpse flower, because when in bloom the stench produced is supposed to smell very much like a decaying body. After their first bloom (which can take 7-10 years to build up to), they then bloom only once every 2-7 or so years, so we felt it was kind of a big deal to get our arses up to UC Berkeley when they finally announced on their Facebook page that Trudy was ready for her public. So, with all the anticipation, I was ready to be completely amazed by the flower and completely grossed out by the smell, but alas (?), when we got to spend five minutes with Trudy, she had not pulsed any smell out in our direction (or “plantfarted”, as I’ve coined it). I didn’t mind, though, because it was quite the thrill to see such an unusual and rare plant at all. It was so encouraging to see the long lines at the garden to see Trudy, too, and I can’t help but think that a lot of it was down to the power of social media to get the word out. Trudy was so in demand that the Garden was running a shuttle bus to a carpark and back all day, not to mention staying open two hours longer to accommodate all the eager beavers. In front of us in the long long to the tropical room where Trudy was being admired all day was a lovely father and his two young sons. He spent the entire time explaining absolutely everything to his boys and they hung off his every word. Later I saw them playing some kind of make-believe wizard game on the lawn and I couldn’t help but think what a great parent he was, and what sweet kids. They were all amused at a rather peristent bee that kept landing on the flowers of my handbag and I have to say, the giggling was contagious ;). After visiting Trudy, we had an entirely pleasant wander around the garden and then visited Cha Ya, our favourite Japanese (vegetarian!) restaurant in Berkeley.

happehMiro
24 Jul ’15
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Miro face

I was looking through some old photos this morning and came across this ridiculous face. Miro, five years ago :).

SweetBeans
18 May ’14
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sweet beans

       

MrMu
5 Apr ’14
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Mr Moo

This is Tzara. He’s 17 years old and was born in Hopper’s Crossing, Victoria, Australia. In his life, he has, like his human mother, lived in Melbourne (Australia), Singapore (Singapore), Pittsburgh (USA) and Saratoga (USA). He is a total sweetheart and I love him.

a few flowers from the san francisco flower and garden show

  This lavender looks like it’s growing tiny pansies on it.

dontdoitH
4 Jan ’14
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do try and be more careful

Eventually I went to help out my poor husband, but it was important to get photos first, right?

Myrnadown
1 Dec ’13
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miss myrna

This is Myrna, named after the delightful actor Myrna Loy. We adopted her after we discovered that some neighbours had abandoned her when they moved out. She’s a sweet girl and is gradually getting used to the rest of our fuzzballs. She’s particularly fond of the rainbow ribbon toys, as you’ll see in the pictures below:  

magnifmiro
21 Nov ’13
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magnificent Miro

My magnificent dog being fabulous

carmel, california

So, the bloke and I went on a week-long trip to stay at a sweet cabin in Carmel. We were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary a few months late. While I took hundred of photos, here’s a few to start with. More processing when I get some time!

rudbeckia
9 Oct ’13
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rudbeckia

I almost typed “redneckia”, but that would be a different kind of flower entirely.

MiroEarFlap
14 Sep ’13
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animated gif dog

Look at that dog. He is awesome.

MiroTongue
11 Sep ’13
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this guy

…and his dad :).

vintagetulip
10 Sep ’13
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vintage tulip

Thought I’d reprocess a snow light tulip photo.

tinywilds
8 Sep ’13
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tiny wilds

Just some wee wildflowers found during a Portola Valley hike.

Finipup
3 Sep ’13
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kitty pup kisses

  I love Miro’s smile :).

bokehlights
2 Sep ’13
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ufo lights

Wooden shutters and candle holders, really. But maybe this is what it was like when they took Fox Mulder’s sister away… ;).

pandaplant
30 Aug ’13
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panda plant

ThisGuy
16 Aug ’13
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how -you- doin’?

I got a tiny bit less busy for a second, so I grabbed a camera and this is what happened.

bdayflowers1
23 May ’13
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birthday flowers

  I couldn’t decide which orientation I liked better, so I’m posting both. These are my birthday flowers from my delightful and extremely sweet husband. He rocks!

grevillea robusta

So, last year I noticed these trees popping up everywhere around here. From a distance they reminded me very much of the Western Australian “Christmas Tree” (Nuytsia floribunda). I didn’t think to take a photo of the gorgeous flowers on the tree last year, but this year I parked at the local library and wandered through the Heritage Orchard to the two tall trees that I first noticed in the middle of all the apricot trees. Once I got up close to the flowers, I thought, “Hmmm, these look like grevillea flowers, but on a huge tree?” So, I’ve since found out that these trees are actually the grevillea robusta aka Australian Silver Oak. At least I was right about it being from my home country, just not my home state. Still, what a stunner:    

pinktulips2
14 May ’13
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do you like tulips?

I do! These are all from Filoli gardens. They do like to go extravagant with the tulips :).  

reddahlia
6 May ’13
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red dahlia

Spied at one of the local nurseries a few days ago. Such a fiery red, this dahlia is pretty sexy :).

parsleyroses
3 May ’13
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parsley and roses

Something that I didn’t know until this year is that parsley flowers are incredibly pretty. Last year I planted an Italian parsley plant in a large pot in my garden. It kept growing through what passes for winter here and then in the spring it bolted. Being curious, I thought, okay, carry on, show me your flowers. And now I’ve been putting them in cut flower arrangements . After a little research, I’ve found out that it’s a bi-annual (flowers in the second year). I may just have to go and sprinkle the seeds in my yard and create a parsley forest for the pocket gophers…

filolipath
2 May ’13
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up the garden path

At one of our favourite places again: Filoli! We try and get out there regularly, as it changes so much throughout the year. This photo was taken in early spring, right when all the tulips were in bloom and everything was really going nuts :).

catroom13
26 Apr ’13
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cat room!

So, we built an outdoor cat room for the three little cat munchkins and they pretty much dig it.

wild chamomile

When we moved into this house a couple of years ago the backyard was completely barren and the earth was dry, hard clay. Mostly due to the ridiculous practice of the gardeners spraying anything that dared grow with some kind of chemical. Now, wild chamomile has decided to sprout up in one section of the garden where last year I had planted just one plant of an entirely different chamomile plant. Sadly, the bumper crop of chamomile is being decimated by moles (or something burrowing), but my way of thinking is that they’re aerating the soil while they destroy these “free” flowers, so I’m not too pissed off about the state of affairs. Woo, optimism!

forsythia
14 Apr ’13
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forsythia, forsooth!

I remember when I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the forsythia always made me happy because, along with the crocus and snowdrops, it signaled the end of winter. Except for those times when there would be a freak snow storm after that. Which was about every other year…

purpleiris
13 Apr ’13
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purple iris

Are they spectacular things?

flamenco

Linaria reticulata “flamenco” to be precise. I was at one of the local nurseries and spotted this rather groovy plant :).

succuspiral
11 Apr ’13
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succulent spiral

Isn’t nature awesome with its groovy patterns?

Booboo tail

So this little guy had to go to the vet because his eyes were leaking goopy stuff. It turns out that he’s visiting an ophthalmologist on Monday to have his eyes properly checked out, not because of the goop but because his retinas apparently look weird and he’s not responding to light properly. So, it’s not just his slightly dopey personality that makes him occasionally run into things, it seems! Poor guy. Still, he’s in terribly good spirits and seems to have no idea at all that anything’s up.

pinkblossmoss
9 Apr ’13
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blossoms mosses

I think this is a cherry tree, but I’m not entirely sure. I just dug how the moss and the blossoms look together :).

delphinium
8 Apr ’13
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delphinium

I’m always astounded by how very blue delphinium is. Such a majestic flower :). And it’s still spring, so this blog is all about the flowers, clearly.

babycicada
7 Apr ’13
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baby cicada

So, we were continuing building an outdoor room for our cats today when this visitor decided that one of the top beams would be a great place to get its moult on.  

crabapple
6 Apr ’13
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crab apple blossoms

The amount of crab apples that are going to appear on this tree is going to be freakish, I would imagine.

lilac
5 Apr ’13
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lilac

The smell was so, so good :). These flowers always remind my of the little plastic bits that hold birthday cake candles.

orangetulips
4 Apr ’13
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orange tulips

Crazy orange tulips :).

wine
3 Apr ’13
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new zealand pinot noir

So, I got a delivery today from the Organic Wine Company and in that order was this bottle of pinot from New Zealand that I cracked open tonight. I’d never had wine from NZ before, so I was very curious. As it turns out, it was stupidly good. Only 11 bottles (all different, but all red because ugh, white wine) to go. Ha! 😉

pinkcamellia
2 Apr ’13
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pink camellia

Camellias are so self-contained and seemingly sure of themselves.

ferns+tulips
1 Apr ’13
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ferns + tulips

I think green and purple is probably my favourite colour combination :).

whitewisteria
31 Mar ’13
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white wisteria

The smell of this white wisteria was insane :). I love spring (especially this spring where I don’t seem to have any allergies. YAY!).

seaofpinktulips
30 Mar ’13
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sea of pink tulips

We went out to Filoli gardens today and the tulips were going absolutely bonkers. I should do another post with a lot more photos, but here’s a beginning!