Return to the Test Forum

 o
Misc photos

Posted by luvtosharedivs 5a Wisconsin (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 4, 12 at 20:47

Photobucket has become a royal pain to work with lately,
but here goes...

A few photos from my neck of the woods:

Anemone Robustissima Artemesia Silver Brocade Balloon Flower Helianthus Loddon Gold

Rose of Sharo Blushing Bride Rose of Sharon Red Heart Rose of Sharo Rubis Zinnia with Asters

That's all for now, but I'll add more later and display what showed up in the east soybean field.

Hey, everyone, please add your own photos, and let's try to keep this thread from dropping down and off into cyber space as long as we can.

Julie


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Misc photos

I hope no one objects to my bumping this.

I'd like to see other folks' photos, please.

j


 o
RE: Misc photos

I don't really have any images of my own to share. I just wanted to say, in case you don't already know, that old posts that have dropped down and off into cyber space can now be brought back back to the top. At least I think I learned that the hard way by resurrecting one I didn't want too. :)

You'd just have to bookmark the post, or maybe look back through your history?


 o
RE: Misc photos

OK, it's working this morning...ignore my email, Jule.

Very nice, Jule!!

We have wildflowers that are very similar to your Anemone. They may be related.

I think the Artemesia is grown here also, but could be a similar plant.

I like the balloon flower, and especially the colour. The balloon flower that I used to grow had blooms shaped like balloons.

Very pretty Helianthus.

I don't know the varieties of Altheas(ROS) that I have (and had), but I think I grew all of those. Great pictures!

My zinnias did not come up this year, or if they did, they stayed small and never bloomed. They are good to plant in your garden for insect control. We used to have asters at work.

I like to see plants that grow so far away and that I am familiar with.

They are all great photos!! Thanks for the colourful picture show and please post more!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photosa

Back to the top!


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Kt, for your comments:)

I can't ignore the e-mail you sent, because I've alread read it. Thanks for the explanation, and sorry to hear about your computer issues. I hate when that happens.

We have wildflowers that are very similar to your Anemone.
The 'Robustissima' cultivar is actually more pink than what shows in my photo. They have a tendency to spread, and I'm constantly pulling them out when they invade another perennial's space. I do like the late Summer show, especially in shady areas.

Artemesia
'Silver Brocade' is a low ground cover and makes a good contrast with the 'Purple Emperor' sedum planted nearby.

balloon flower
Mine also start out as balloon shapes, then open fully...this one is a double bloom.

Rose Of Sharons...
Mine are all (still) very short, and blooming sparsely.
(Bad drought year.) I look forward to their mature growth when they bloom profusely.

Zinnias...Seed packets were given to guests at a wedding reception last Summer. It was too late to plant them last year, so the packet sat on my kitchen counter all Winter. I planted them this Spring, but only a few plants came up. Again I blame the drought conditions.

Thanks getting this post boosted up:)

Hey Chuggerguy,
Yes, I know about the bookmark trick, but I don't know that responders can post replies to posts that have been brought back from cyberspace. I'm not one to leave long histories on my computer since they can bog my computer down.

Amazing photo you have displayed above. IN FACT, I've noticed that the photo changes to something new every time I open this thread. How did you do that?!?!? Amazing!

Everyone...please share your photos:)

I will post more later...or tomorrow...or whenever.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

I want to jump in here because I am having trouble with resizing my pictures. I hope some one can tell me what I am doing wrong.

The first picture will be of one of my ornamental sweet potatoes, the second will be a picture of my spring garden.
I hope somebody will tell me how they are showing up on their screen.

Thanks, Larry

Photobucket
Photobucket
The first one is the next to largest size, the next one is the next size down, which is 400x400, how are they showing up on your screen.

Well they seemed to re-size properly this time.


 o
RE: Misc photos

"the photo changes to something new every time I open this thread"

I "play" around with a server, and "play" around with just a little bit of HTML and PHP. It's just a PHP page that randomly selects and displays a picture from an image directory. If you or anyone else wants the code you're welcome to it. I Googled most of it anyway.

I do a freebie x10hosting account but it goes down sometimes. I run a server at home but my electricity goes out sometimes. Not as dependable as Photobucket but in my case at least... more fun. :)


 o
RE: Misc photos

Jule, my balloon flowers never opened...hmmm.

Chug, I have the exact same pic of Monument Valley. That is also the spot where Forrest Gump stopped runninguh.

Pics look good Larry. Nice looking garden for this time of the year.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

...my balloon flowers never opened.
You prob'ly forgot to give them a gentle squeeze to make them POP!;)

Larry,
Your pics loaded fine and are a great easy size to view.
Good job!

Chugger,
I see you're quite computer savvy.
I have no idea what PHP is, so Googled...
PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages.
Hmmmm...I STILL don't know what it is.
I'm glad you're having fun with it and thanks for sharing the lovely photos on this thread.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Chugger,
It's just a PHP page that randomly selects and displays a picture from an image directory.
Are some of those images actually paintings?

Hover flies enjoying a Blanket Flower (AKA Gaillardia):
Gaillardia

Close-up of Hosta bloom. I wish I could also send the wonderful scent this flower gives off.
Hosta bloom

Staghorn Sumac, young plant...an off shoot from a mother plant...I will try and share another photo when Indian Summer frost turns the foliage red-orange.
Staghorn Sumac

I shared a photo of the annual volunteer, 'Love Lies Bleeding' last year, looking much better. This year presented a challenge, keeping the fast-growing annual watered. During one drought stricken windy day, the stem gave up, leaning and landing against a Spirea. I was going to rip it out of the ground, but DH said, "Leave it. It looks cool like that." Personally I think it looks silly.
Love Lies Bleeding

Something in this picture DOESN'T belong:
Photobucket

And closer:
Photobucket

The plane is O.K. but the soybeans aren't!
A couple of weeks ago the pilot (first solo flight) not only missed the runway, but he missed the airfield all together. The pic was taken from the edge of our property looking East. I estimate the plane to be about 1/4 mile away. The airport is about 1/2 mile West, on the other side of the Interstate.

My neighbor to the north was very PO'd because the plane is pointed directly at his house. The farmer who planted the beans is also PO'd.

According the radio news, a "fuel malfunction" occured. Truth is (according to neighber who talked to airport officials,) the plane simply ran out of GAS!!!
My neighbor and another farmer on the opposite (West) side of the airport are trying their best to get the airport shut down, but that's another long story.

Planes that go down are legally not supposed to be moved until the FAA investigates. However, this particular airport didn't want to leave the plane sit, so they hooked it up to a pickup truck and hauled it out to the nearest road, damaging more soybeans along the way.
Here's the back end of the plane as it sits along the road to the South of us.
Photobucket
You can see a couple squad cars parked, ready to provide escort services back to the airport. I was told the maneuvering past the railroad crossing signs was tricky.
The plane is a jumper-type aircraft. Man, if I were a parachutist, I'd never ride with that pilot!
I heard he got fined.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

"Are some of those images actually paintings?"

Yeah, could be. Sometimes when I'm bored I like to look through images here: http://nik.bot.nu/browse.html Caution, it's an image "scraper" so it indexes anything and everything so some may be offensive. I wade though the junk though because it often has nice high quality scenics. When I see one I like, I collect it.


 o
RE: Misc photos

Nice pics, Jule!

Your blanket flower looks very similar to our Indian Blankets.

Nice close-up on the hosta bloom. I can imagine what it smells like!

Again, the sumac is similar but yours has much prettier leaves. Ours turn bright red in the Fall.

I agree with hubby on the LLB:)

Yep, a couple of things don't belong in that pic, depending on how you look at it. The person with the camera better get their butt out of there!

OK, the close-up explains it...out of fuel or just parking for a while?

I should really read your entire post before replying. Sounds like you had some action in your neighbourhood.

I know a guy here that has more money than brains(seems I know a lot of those people). I could tell you dozens of stories about his stupidity, but this is about him getting his pilots license.

Knowing how accident prone he is, he was still trying to become a pilot. He had been trying for a while and ran across a mutual friend and he asked if he wanted to take a flight with him. The mutual friend replied, NO, not until you get your first solo flight in and survive your first crash.

A week later he called the friend up again and asked if he wanted to go flying, to which the friend replied, you know what I said last week don't you?

The 'new' pilot said I already did both, all in my first flight!

Seems he was on his first solo flight when he froze-up and panicked. After he was talked into his senses, he began to land but hit the ground too hard and knocked off one wheel, but eventually landed without injury to himself but the condition of the plane was another story.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Chugger,

I see what you mean about that image site.
I had to browse through a lot of junk before seeing some nice landscape scenes. The first images I saw were those of Obama...maybe because of tonight's convention, which I'm NOT watching.

Kt,
Thanks for looking, and thanks for your comments.
It won't be long now, and I'll have Asters blooming and a few Mums. At one time Chrysanthemums were my favorite plant and I grew many when we lived in Racine where our yard was somewhat protected from strong winds. Out here only the toughest Mums will survive.

The person with the camera better get their butt out of there!
Very funny, Tex. You must've thought the plane was still in the air, headed my way.

I enjoyed your story about the wanna-be pilot!
Funny how people with too much money think they can tackle anything. He prob'ly needs to go through more hard knocks before he gains common sense.

My neighbor sees more reckless flying than I do, because the Eastern edge of his property is treeless, where mine is full of woods, blocking the Eastern landscape. He sees many pilots "hotdoggin" it, flying extremely low over the soybean field, and then at the last minute soaring up over his house, gaining just enough altitude to fly over the Interstate then land at the airport. The noise drives him crazy too. The planes rarely fly over our house, but I do see them fly low over the woods directly to our north. One of these days....yikes!!!

Do you (or anyone else) have photos to share?

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

He prob'ly needs to go through more hard knocks before he gains common sense.

Well, like I said, he has been doing this all of his life. There are more stories about him that I could tell that are equally as funny/scary. Some people must have a higher power looking over them and protecting them.

Post more pics when you get the chance! I enjoy viewing them and I'll see if I can capture a few snapshots soon.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

just some pictures


spider webs

Photobucket

ahhhh, honey

Photobucket

Oh Shucks

Photobucket


 o
RE: Misc photos

spider webs

Interesting. We have similar looking spider webs here, in that abundance, every several years. What kind of field is that? Pasture? Does not look like much edible grass in it.

ahhhh, honey

Is that hive yours? I kept getting attacked by bees a couple of weeks ago while buiding my deck. Each time I cranked up the chainsaw to cut the post tops, I got swarmed, so I started using a handsaw. A man not far from me was attacked by killer bees a few days before that.

Oh Shucks

That one will be ready just in time for the chip throwing contest at the local fair in a few weeks. Good consistency...must have been eating dry forage.

Shucks happen.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

What kind of field is that? Pasture? Does not look like much edible grass in it.

That field hasn't been worked in 50 years. It's now zoned residential.

Is that hive yours?

No, it's not mine, it's the neighbors'. He has maybe 20 or so hives around the farm. He should be getting ready to harvest the honey pretty quick.

That one will be ready just in time for the chip throwing contest at the local fair in a few weeks.

If you want it I can bubble wrap it and ship it. Might have to put a couple of drops of "Channel No.5" on it so the delivery people don't swipe it.

Take care, Bernie.


 o
RE: Misc photos

Does he get a tax exemption for having bee hives on his property? How many acreas does he own there?

Thanks for the offer, but I should have plenty of chips this year. I have been feeding my prized-chip producers a secret mixture for making very high quality chips...although, I probably could discus throw the one in your pic into the record books.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Does he get a tax exemption for having bee hives on his property?

I don't know about the tax exemption. I don't think he does.

How many acreas does he own there?

It is a very small farm just 30 acres. There is a piece of property across the road that the owner doesn't use so the farmer has 4 or 5 cows over there that are range eating. Plus he has maybe 10-12 acres of hay that he cuts across the road. And up the road about a mile is another piece of property that he gets hay off of.

Maybe I should send some "shucks" over to Julie. Yeah, I could skip them across the Big Pond.

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bernie, how close were you to the bees when you took that photo? Reminds me of when my Dad let a beekeeper rent part of his land to keep several hives. He paid with huge jars of honey and honeycomb. I loved spreading it on peanutbutter toast. Mmmmmmm!

Maybe I should send some "shucks" over to Julie. Yeah, I could skip them across the Big Pond.
Oh ya? I dare you.

Thanks for sharing your interesting pics, BTW!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bernie, how close were you to the bees when you took that photo?

I would say no more than 3-4 feet. I took the picture around 8:30 am and it was on the cold side maybe 50-55*. The bees aren't that active when it is that chilly. Maybe I should go back over there and see just how far I was. Yeah, I'll do that this afternoon and I'll take another picture.


 o
RE: Misc photos

I was 4 feet from the hive. Notice in this picture how the bees are more active. They are flying around and more spread out on their porch.

Photobucket

Moe, Larry and Larry, and Kurly say anytime you want some "shucks" just tell them and they will start manufacturing them.

Photobucket

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

4 feet from the hive.
Well, aren't you the brave one? Those are busy little creatures. I think bees can sense fear in humans, just as dogs can, and they have a tendency to harm you if you show that fear, or if your heart races.

Moe, Larry and Larry, and Kurly...
Which one is Larry and which one is Larry?

I have a few to share...

A lone Morning Glory pokes through a Sweet Autumn Clematis vine. The MG is a volunteer. I thought I had dug out all of the SAC vine a couple of years ago since it's so aggressive. Apparently I didn't get all the roots out, so I'll have to do more pruning before it overtakes my other clematis cultivars:
Morning Glory, Sweet Autumn Clematis

Found this fungus while I was tending one of my gardens this morning. It was well hidden amongst weeds in a dark, moist spot. I think it's a Stinkhorn. Bugs really like the smell:
Stinkhorn fungus

My garden club took a guided tour at the Chiwaukee Prairie in Kenosha last week. (The Chiwaukee name is a combination of Chicago and Milwaukee, since the area is mid-point between the two cities.) Fringed gentian is not yet an endangered plant, but it's becoming quite rare. It will stop you in your tracks because of its brilliance. We dare not dig up any plants on this Prairie since it's protected, but I sure would like to find some seeds somewhere, someday:
Fringed gentian

And now for some lost & found...
As I was cleaning cupboards at my Mom's house, I found this cup burried deep amongst other cups and glasses that my Mom had tucked away decades ago. I took this photo in the shade to minimize reflections:
Baby cup in shade

Same cup taken in sunlight, where green foliage is reflected on the surface...apparently it's my cup since it has my name on it!
Baby cup in sunlight
My Mom can't remember where it came from, but she thinks it was most likely a gift given when we lived in Washington state.

As one of DH's crew was cleaning out cars in their salvage lot, he found a flute:
Gemeinhardt flute
It had been sitting in this car for about a year & a half. No one paid the towing & storage, so the car became the property of hubby's business. Anyway, the flute was given to me to do with as I pleased. Upon close examination, I discovered it belongs to the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. There are numbers labeled on the instrument case indicating that it's part of a band program inventory. OMG!!! I needed to return this flute!

So I did some investigating online, and e-mailed the home site of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, giving them all the particulars they would need to search their Reservation for the "home" school. I was pleased to get a call early this afternoon from someone at the Oneida Nation Elementary school which is located near Green Bay. The school administrator was so pleased that this instrument was found and that I would be shipping it to them.

I will be happy that some child will soon be playing it again.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Those stooges wouldn't cut it down here. No pigment around the eyes, in fact, they look like they might already have eye problems. Here, they get 'cancer eye' which is caused by the intense sun on the skin around the eyes.

Jule, I really like the MG in the SAC. The picture is beautiful as are the flowers.

We have stinkhorns here also but different varieties than that one. Nice capture!

Nice looking Fringed gentian. I've never seen nor heard of them. You want to find seeds and grow some just like I want to find and grow a Wollemi Pine tree. The more rare and beautiful, the more desireable it is.

How big is the cup? Maybe 4 or 6 ounces? I like those type cups because you can heat up your drink in the cup itself.

I like the story behind items such as the cup and also the flute. Yes, don't mess with Indians...they will come back and haunt you;). I was discussing Indians with some of my younger employees this morning...the young are missing a lot.

Good for you for returning it where it will be put to good use.

Thanks for the pictures, and as always, they are excellent photos and great stories to go along with them!

Here is the moon tonight as it was setting.

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Chugger,
I still enjoy viewing your post from Sept. 5th...always a new landscape to enjoy:)

Kt,
Thanks for your comments!
We have stinkhorns here also but different varieties than that one.
Yes, I discovered lots of different ones online while trying to find one that most closely matched my photo. I'll have to observe the fungus tomorrow to see if it has the black/brown slime covering its tip....eeeeew.

...Fringed gentian.
I wish the flash didn't go off while snapping that photo. The color was actually a deeper blue. I stood so that my shadow covered the blooms, thus the flash.

Wollemi Pine tree
I'm not familiar with that species, so Googled and found a picture...what a gorgeous tree! Good luck finding seeds.

How big is the cup?
Probably 4 oz. When I found it the silver plating was almost black, it was that tarnished. I've been working on getting the shine back, but it's painstaking, esp. around the handle area.

Yes, don't mess with Indians...they will come back and haunt you
Oh sure, very funny, Tex! I would also think that they would also honor you for doing what is right, especially for the education of children.

What a lovely slice of moon you captured!
I still admire your ability to focus in on such a far away object and obtain such a crisp result. I especially like the first pic...so calming with the gentle whispy (is that a word?) clouds contrasting with the narrow slice of moon.
Very, very lovely....and keep those pics coming!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

I would also think that they would also honor you for doing what is right...

My point exactly! Which is why(IMO) we need an Indian for a president. An Indian will not sell out his country, he is true to his word, and will die in a heartbeat for what he believes in. THAT, is true patriotism.

Did Columbus discover America? YES. For his country in his time, he discovered it, so let it be, end of story?

Well, we know that the Chinese and Norwegians or Norseman and who knows else visited here long before Columbus, but he 'did' discover America.

BUT, if 'He' discovered America, then what about the Indians living here? Do they not count?

So in fact, the Indians discovered America, or their early ancestors did, right?

My teacher had a fit when I argued this point in the 3rd grade...

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Moon tonight...
Photobucket

Just before sinking below the horizon and behind some thin clouds.
Photobucket

Fungus.
Photobucket Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

...we need an Indian for a president.
There's still time to jump in the race, Kt!!!

You must have given your third grade teacher a few extra gray hairs back then. I don't know what they're teaching elementary students today, concerning the discovery of America, but I'd bet the teachers are more open minded, especially since the inquisitive kids can do much internet research.

If the native Indians were here first, I'd like to know HOW they got here, seeing as how the whole human race came from one common ancestor living in the Garden of Eden somewhere in the Eastern hemisphere.

Cool reddish crescent moon photo! Many of the larger craters are well defined...and that's incredible, especially if you were shooting through a thin layer of clouds.

I often saw orange fungus on decaying logs while hiking in State parks, but nothing like that grows on my property. I only see whitish or tan fungus. Very striking photos and thanks for sharing:)

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks for your comments, Jule!

I'd like to know HOW they got here...

Canoe.


 o
RE: Misc photos

CANOE!!!

The history teachers and books never mentioned the method of travel. How wonderful to have knowledge that has been passed down from your ancestors!

Thanks so much for revealing the truth, Kt!

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

I don't know what they're teaching elementary students today...

There was a big deal a while back and maybe still going on now, about changing the history books because Columbus supposedly did NOT discover America...but my point still remains. How can you discover a country when there are people already living there?

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

How can you discover a country when there are people already living there?
Yes, I understand your point exactly.
And I agree, the Indians' ancestors had to have been the first inhabitants of North America. I seem to remember reading something about them coming over during the ice age when the sea level was lower, exposing more land. There was supposedly a stretch of land connecting present day Russia and Alaska, making for an easy but cold trek.

On another interesting note...I was getting inquisitive about how we have become so many different races, and yet all descended from one man and one woman (if one believes in the Bible, that is.) Seems to boil down to a genetic pool, the more I read. I need to do more research.

Interesting tangents we get off on in this thread....

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Following the teachings of the Bibl(as I do), or Darwinism or whatever once believes in, even scientists can genetically link us to one woman found somewhere(I forget where) in the East.

So, races did develop independantly over time due to separation of groups and were molded by their surroundings.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

e


 o
RE: Misc photos

Chimonocalamus pallens.

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Are you growing them in your greenhouse?

How long will it take before the culms can be used for construction?

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

Are you growing them in your greenhouse?

No, they are on my back porch/stoop.(Can you have a back stoop?) It is way too early to put them in my greenhouse since they would 'cook' during the day heat.

How long will it take before the culms can be used for construction?

Well, I've never grown this variety but since it will take anywhere from 3 to 7 years to reach a full size plant, then only the older culms should be used, say over 4 years old, so it may be a while. Then again, if I use younger culms and not full sized ones, then it may only be 3 or 4 years from now.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Can you have a back stoop?
Most certainly!

Keep us posted on their growth progress. I'd be interested in watching the seedlings grow into mature plants!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Just bumping this up just in case.


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump this up


 o
RE: Misc photos

just a bump...will a a pic later...


 o
RE: Misc photos

Sorry Bernie...I must've been typing while you were bumping.


 o
RE: Misc photos

I b b pic'ed earlier.:)


 o
RE: Misc photos

I b b pic'ed earlier.
Well, I'll be darned if I know what you're talkin' 'bout, Kt.

...will a a pic later...
And I'll be darned if I know how the heck my previous post got screwed up. Klutzy fingers in too much of a hurry, I guess.

Anyway, I only have one pic....well actually two of the same bouquet, but different views. I picked a variety of Asters, Mums, Anemone, Hardy Ageratum, and Helianthus. Also added a bit of Love Lies Bleeding:

Photobucket Photobucket

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

The black squirrel, which I learned is a melanistic subgroup of the Eastern Grey Squirrel, and which I learned is common in the Midwest, is NOT common on my property.
So I got excited when I saw this cute rodent out the window while I was sitting at my sewing machine. Grabbed my camera and took a dozen shots, most of which I deleted afterward. I kept two shots, and greatly edited them for sharpness and auto adjustment:

Photobucket Photobucket

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

Very nice, Jule! Looks like about 8 different flowers in there to me...kind of easy to lose count.

Great arrangement. You have an eye or a knack for bouqueting flowers!

Nice squirrel shot!

We have a small population of black squirrels out at the country also. There must have been a mutant which reproduced and made more blacks.

I can never get close enough for a good photo though. One was out on the road the other day as I was driving out to my place with a load of lumber. I couldn't stop or I'd lose the lumber.

I thought the litle blackie was going to keep running for the ditch but he stopped. I straddled him with my tires but did not feel a bump.

I looked back after passing over him and he was laying in the road then stood up and started eating his pecan again as if nothing happened. Brave or dumb...not sure.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Kt.
I enjoy the beauty of flowers displayed indoors.

The squirrel shot was challenging, since I aimed from indoors, behind a double window pane (not squeaky clean, either.) Thus all the editing.

I have also learned not to try and stop for squirrels running in the road. If they are crazy enough to get in the way, it's their loss. Heaven forbid if a driver's lumber flies off his truck due to a sudden swerve or stop in order to avoid a small critter. I hope I never hit a deer though. Deer, driver, and vehicle could all suffer greatly.

Anyone have more pics?

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

no photo, just bumping up


 o
RE: Misc photos

I took this pic at work using my work camers. It is a bit blurry.

I was wondering if anyone(Jule?) grew it and knows it's name. It is part of a vase of flowers on our counter. A nice flower with a Halloween look to it. I have a local flower shop deliver a vase of flowers for the office each week.

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Well, it's definitely not a daylily, since DL blooms only last a day, and wouldn't last in a vase of blooms expected to last a week.

I would guess it's an Asiatic Lily. I don't grow that variety but it sure is pretty.

The closest I could find that resembles your photo is 'Orange Brushmark'.

Maybe your local flower shop owner would know.
How nice of you to brighten up your office with a fresh weekly bouquet!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Jule. I don't think it is a daylily either. I've seen this flower before, and it does look like the one in the website that you posted.

Again, thanks!

Tonight(blurry).

Photobucket

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Blurry or not, those photos are incredible. I especially like the first one where the lightning appears to come from a glowing source behind the cloud. I bet you did some counting between lightning flashes, anticipating when the next strike could be captured.

Very nice, and keep them coming!

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Jule! Yes, they were flashing every second or two when I left the country but by the time I got home, they were 8 seconds apart average then slowed to 12 - 15 seconds. By that time the lightning bolts weren't near as nice...which are like the ones I took.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Picture bump. Taken a few weeks ago.
Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

I think I see that "famous" Oak...the one with the branch growing horizontal... just right of center.

Nice bump!

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

Yes, the tree you mentioned and the one on the far right are both horizontal growing, left that way from Hurricane Carla.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos

Yesterday.
Photobucket

Got more pics to post later.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Do you know the name of that butterfly? I don't think we have them here. They look on the large size.

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

The 'Great Southern White Butterfly'... Ascia monuste.

This butterfly is about 2 inches long and a wider wingspan. There are yellow ones also that look similar. Also, tiny white, and yellow butterflies, less than 1 inch long gather in groups of 50 or more, when water is scarce, in damp creekbeds, etc.

It kept moving so fast from flower to flower, I could not get a better picture.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Such a lovely butterfly visiting an equally lovely bloom.
I'm now jealous that you still have flowers blooming. I only have a few Mums hanging on, but they're starting to show browned edges.

Thanks for brightening this thread with color...and keep them coming, please!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks...any pics from storm/rain/wind damage in any of your areas?

Just curious.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Photobucket

Photobucket Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Kt, when I click on your thumbnails, I am redirected to Photobucket. Is anybody else getting these redirections?

And another thing, are they thumbnails?


 o
RE: Misc photos

Yes, I noticed the problem yesterday. Photobucket did some upgrading and rearraging and now it will not open any thumbnails even though I copied the thumbnail link.

What's up with that?

Any ideas on what else to do?

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Just seeing if a non-thumbnail works.

And by the way, what is this. A game is played on another website. That is where this picture is going go.


 o
RE: Misc photos

a thumbnail

Photobucket


 o
RE: Misc photos

At first glasnce it looked like some kind of cash register part, but it may be some kind of counter/calculator or de-coding device.

Your thumbnail works, but mine doesn't.


 o
RE: Misc photos

Your thumbnail works, but mine doesn't.

I noticed that too.

No, it's not a counter/calculator or de-coding device.


 o
RE: Misc photos

A computer-card punch?


 o
RE: Misc photos

A computer-card punch?

No, but you are on the right track.


 o
RE: Misc photos

A lockbox? The correct combination of switches will allow it to open?


 o
RE: Misc photos

Interesting...looking at the 21 'levers' on the bottom, starting from the right, the second and third levers seem to be extended out farther than the others.

Maybe it's a handcrank paper shredder?


 o
RE: Misc photos

The bottom black part looks like a VCR tape would fit in it.


 o
RE: Misc photos

A lockbox? The correct combination of switches will allow it to open?

NO

Maybe it's a handcrank paper shredder?

NO

The bottom black part looks like a VCR tape would fit in it.

NO

Go back to the computer card punch. It does have something to do with paper.


 o
RE: Misc photos

It makes spiral notebooks.


 o
RE: Misc photos

You got it Kt.


 o
RE: Misc photos

Wow, I was halfway joking. I'd like to see it work.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Kt,
I wish I could see your thumbnails blown up....hmmmm...
that didn't sound right...Oh, you know what I mean.
Are those jars some sort of terrariums?
And what's growing inside them?

Well, here's my attempts at posting pics from the new Photobucket format (not sure that's the right terminology.)

I have tried repeatedly to post thumbnails, with no success at "blowing them up" with a click, so I am resorting to full blown pics for now.

This Pansy is nothing to write home about, especially since it looks a little shabby. I'm sharing it because it was a surprise plant that was added to a pot planted with Petunias. I bought the planted pot in early Summer, when the trailing Petunias were already filling the pot, hiding the Pansy in the middle. After the Petunias died off, the Pansy filled out a bit, and is flourishing in these cool temps. You can see the Petunia tag in the pot.
Pansy

Here's a very WILD quilt made for #2 Grandson for this year's Christmas gift. He wanted anything with wheels, so he's getting lots of what he asked for:
Darren's Quilt

And matching pillow:
Darren's Pillow

And a lap quilt made for SIL & BIL for Christmas.
The quilt is made by sewing about 40 strips of fabric together end to end, resulting in one long strip about 1600 inches in length. I then cut the strip in half, and sewed the two together making for a strip 800 inches in length. I then cut that strip in half, and sewed the two together making a strip 400 inches in length, and so on...until I got a nice lap size quilt. Added a border, batting, backing, binding, and done. (Quickie Quilt)
Jelly Roll quilt

I'm hoping for a calm day when I can snap some more outside shots.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Nice yellow pansy. I never had any that were that solid yellow, ours always have dark middles. We usually plant ours about this time of the year but it is still too hot.

I really like the 'Wheel' quilt. Very colourful and well patterned. And a very nice pillow to go with it. I thought, for a second, that I saw Danica Parick's car on the pillow, but not.

Very interesting 'strip' quilt! I never would have even thought of making one that way. 1600? 1600" = 133.33'...WOW! So you had to lay it out the back stoop and across the lawn and lily beds and on into the neighbours cabbage patch?:)

Thanks for sharing those pics! I think that is great that you are able and willing to make quilts and pillows like that. That is something that I admire especially since I don't think I can or could sit in one place long enough to do that. I admire you for that alone, much less for your wonderful sewing talent!

The pics are also very nice. I particularly like the pillow pick, the way the lighting shows the pillow off.

I wish I could see your thumbnails blown up...

Ouch! That wouldn't be a pretty sight.

Let me post them full size.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Are those jars some sort of terrariums?
And what's growing inside them?

It is a natural terrarium. I was walking the back creek out at the country and found the jar covered up to the soil line which you can still see on the outside of the jar. I thought the jar was intact but the mouth is chipped. The jar is about a one gallon jar and is a few decades old.

After pulling out the jar, I noticed there was small plants inside. Looks like small grasses and clover and a few other small plants.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks for your comments, Kt!

Danica Parick
I don't follow racing, so I had to look her up in Wikipedia. Fast driver, for sure!

'strip' quilt...So you had to lay it out the back stoop and across the lawn and lily beds and on into the neighbours cabbage patch?
Ha! Very funny, Tex!
No, the 1600 inches of sewn strips were piled up on the floor next to my sewing chair, with some piled up on my lap. The first seam took forever to complete.

I don't think I can or could sit in one place long enough to do that.
I actually don't sit at my machine for long lengths of time. After each seam is sewn, I get up and take my work to my ironing board to press each individual seam before sewing the next seam. So it's up, down, up, down, etc. It's good for stretching my legs and keeping the circulation going. Also, I rarely sew for more than two hours at a stretch. In fact, I mostly sew in short spans of time, (15min, or 30 or 45, or whatever I can squeeze in throughout the day.) At that rate, a quilt's construction often spans a couple of months.

Thanks for 'blowing up' your photos!

It looks like you captured a couple of jet trails crossing the sunset (sunrise?) over an expressway. To me, it expresses the nature of man blending with the nature of celestial beauty. Nice!!!

Cool natural terrarium! If plants could survive inside the jar, I bet a few small critters have made their way in for a temporary home/shelter. Interesting things are found along creek beds and banks, especially after flooding, or during drought spells. I remember finding fun stuff when I was a kid, walking along the creek at the back of our property. I sure miss those days.

Again, thanks for sharing your photos.
Every one of your sunset/sunrise photos brings me a sense of peaceful calm.

More, please, when you have the time.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Jule.

Yes, you've got the right idea by getting up and down and not sitting for too long. Actually sounds like good exercise!

It looks like you captured a couple of jet trails crossing the sunset (sunrise?) over an expressway.

Yes, when I first saw the jet trails, the "X" was more noticeable(sp?) but by the time I pulled over to take a pic it was less prominent. Yes, that is the highway I usually take to get to my place out in the country. I take it part of the way to save time getting there even though it is a bit farther to travel.

I sure miss those days.

Me too...that's why I took a moment to just walk the creek to explore for a short while. It is in a very isolated area and I don't think anyone has been through there in several years.

Thanks again!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bamboo seedlings getting bigger.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Must be exciting to watch those babies grow.

But why do you have them planted in such big pots already?...to avoid transplanting shock from smaller pots...or do they grow excessively fast?

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

...why do you have them planted in such big pots already?

It's mainly for watering purposes. I have a problem with all plants, not just bamboo, when planted in small pots, I tend to give them too much water and then they get rootrot or whatever, and die. They are much easier to sustain in a larger pot...the waterings can longer in between and thus dry out a bit in between waterings which is best for all the plants that I put in pots.

When transplanting from a pot, I don't think plants get transplant shock unless they are planted in a totally different environment or unless the roots are damaged during transplanting, otherwise the plant is basically just given more room to grow if the soil around the roots is not damaged.

Also, at this time of the year, the soil will not dry up as fast and speeds rootrot especially when they go in my greenhouse since it is not heated at night to 60F or so...the green house is mainly to prevent frostbite.

I wouldn't have planted the seeds at this time of the year normally but bamboo seeds have a short life or respire for only a short while before going bad so I planted as soon as I could to ensure viability.

Thanks for asking.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

It's mainly for watering purposes.
O.K. That makes sense.
Are the bamboo seedlings inside your greenhouse now?
And did you lay the brick?

I have no more outside blooms to share for this year, so I will continue with misc photos.

Here's an example of how my Mom keeps her brain in sharp working order:
Super Scrabble win

We play the game almost every day, so it's good for my brain too. We have an ongoing challenge of trying to beat the record of the spread between scores. She held the previous record of beating me by 188 points. But today I beat her by 260 points, (which is very rare.) My highest single word score of this game is 96. That word is in the lower right corner of the board. The Q tile is worth 10, but it's sitting on a "double letter" square, so it's worth 20. The T tile is sitting on a "quadruple word" square, thus the score of 96.

I admire her spelling ability. She can spell better than some of DH's hired help!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Are the bamboo seedlings inside your greenhouse now?

They were for a few nights since the temps dipped down into the 40's. I didn't want them to get cold damage.

And did you lay the brick?

Yes. The brick is from one of the houses I grew up in. It was built back around 1880 and the bricks came from the five fireplaces that were once in it. When we moved out of the house, we removed the hidden chimneys and chipped the mortar away from each brick with a pick hammer. All of those bricks were handmade, as you can probably tell...they are of slightly different lengths so I had to mix and match to make them fit as best that I could.

Thanks for noticing.

I admire her spelling ability. She can spell better than some of DH's hired help!

Me Too! And yes, she can definitely spell better than my employees. It is laughable sometimes, but annoying on other occassions when clients read their spelling.

I've never played Scrabble. I guess I am never in the right place at the right time, since many of my friends play it, or at least used to. Maybe I just don't take the time, but maybe this Winter when things get cold I will get a game and play with some friends. I like those kinds of games, and it sounds like your Mom and you also enjoy it!

Two of aunts and my Mom used to do crossword puzzles. I do some computer games sometimes late at night but that's not the same. To me, a good 'mind' or 'thinking' game, is one that while you are playing it, you are so focused on the game, that you forget about anything else that might be on your mind. Complete concentration. I'm thinking about the days work or what I need to get done when I do simple games like solitaire.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Re: the bricks...Yes, now I remember you sharing that info a while ago. My brain doesn't retain information as well as it used to. It's impressive that you could recycle them as a heritage from your family roots, instead of burying them in some landfill.

You are right about Scrabble being a total concentration game, and usually you lose all track of time.

If you find yourself a little extra time someday, you can play Scrabble for free online at Play Free Online Games.

Scroll down a little bit to Recommended Games, where you can click on Scrabble. You will be playing with some invisible robot inside your computer, and you will discover that the robot knows a lot of strange words you never heard of. The only annoying thing is that you have to put up with some advertising every few minutes that lasts about 30 seconds. No way around it. An average game for me lasts about 15 minutes, and I'm slow.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Great site, I'll have to sign up and play later. I have to go water out at the country this morning.

Thanks for the link!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

You don't have to "sign up" to play, Tex.

Simply click on the Scrabble game (after you scroll down to find it,) then click on United States, (that is if Texas hasn't seceded yet,) then click on the Scrabble logo again, and you'll be set up to play the game with the computer robot.

I think you only need to register if you want to play with other people. I did not want to register, or they'd be after me to buy stuff, I'm sure.

For some strange reason, I can't get the game to work on my laptop using IE, so I use Firefox or Google Chrome.

On a side note, I have found that Google Chrome is the only browser I can use to watch a particular quilting site.

Let me know, if you decide to play it, if you have any trouble getting the game to open up for you.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Earlier, I did as you said and it brought me to a page that asked for my name, etc. That was where I stopped.

I have to learn the rules first since I've never played before.

Maybe this week I will have more time.

Thanks again.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Tobasco peppers ripening.
Photobucket

Mexican Weeping Bamboo.
Photobucket

Sunset tonight.
Photobucket

Close-up.
Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Do you make your own Tobasco (my computer doesn't like that spelling...Tabasco?) sauce?

Looks like your Weeping Bamboo is growing in a pot. The foliage looks delicately soft.

Lovely sunset! Was your camera focused on the clouds or the trees or the horizon? I like the sun positioned just a little off center.

Thanks for sharing all the photos:)

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Yes, Tabasco, not Tobasco...my mistake.

I used to make picante sauce but not Tabasco. The plants came from the Tabasco manufacturing Plant in Louisiana. I still add vinegar to the chili petines(sp?) that grow wild around here. That is the only hot sauce that I make these days since it doesn't take much time.

I recently dug up what was left of the weeping bamboo and put it in a pot for transplanting next year out at the country. It didn't have enough room here.

Camera was set to infinity.

Thanks for your questions and comments!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Today's Pics.

Sumac.
Photobucket

Beauty Berry. The leaves are wilting from the drought.
Photobucket Photobucket

Seasonal pink culms on Al Karr bamboo.
Photobucket

Young blue bamboo culm.
Photobucket

Sunset.
Photobucket Photobucket

Photobucket Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

I like the color of those Beauty Berries against the green leaves. Your sunset pictures are nice also. Do you use a filter?

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Bern. No, I do not use a filter on this camera. I haven't used filters since I used my Canon A-1.

For the sunset pics, I set everything to 'Auto' except the exposure time. Most pics were taken at over 1/1600 sec.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Nice variety of pics, Kt!

Your Sumac looks the same as the ones that grow wild around here, especially on slopes bordering highways. Of course they've all lost their leaves by now, since we're in a colder zone than yours. The red foliage stands out sharply against the silvery background branches.

The beauty berry looks like something that could be dried and used in a winter bouquet. Do the berries stay on the branches all winter, or do the birds make a feast of them before winter sets in?

Re: the coloring on your Bamboo culms...
It must be pleasing to your eye to observe the changing seasonal colors. Does the young blue culm change color as it ages? The "Boos" remind me of my Hostas, and their color changes from Spring to Summer to Fall, some of them changing from blue to green to gold, and leaf edges turning from yellow/cream to white as the season progresses. Some Hostas don't show their true coloring until they're 3-5 years old. I didn't know bamboo came in so many different colors!

You sure did capture great views of the sun as it sank like a rock! I notice as it set, it moved to the right in each picture. (Now, how's that for an observation?:) Either that, or you moved to the left for each photo. I like the silhouettes of branches and foliage against the bright, circular sun.

I have taken a couple online landscape quilting classes, and I'm learning about color contrast and using varied shapes to balance with each other. I'm finding some similarities between great quilts and great photos. One similarity, for instance, is to incorporate a balance of lights, mediums, and darks in such a way that everything contrasts well. Your sunset pics have those qualities, for sure! I especially like the coloring of the sky in the last photo. They dye fabric with mottled colors that a quilter can use for landscapes/seascapes/skyscapes (not sure that's a word.) I have not yet tried constructing a landscape quilt, but someday...

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed your photos:)

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Jule!

Do the berries stay on the branches all winter, or do the birds make a feast of them before winter sets in?

Apparently they aren't real tasty to birds since some remain on long into the winter and some will eventually dry up on the plant. Jam/jelly can be made from the berries.

Does the young blue culm change color as it ages?

Not really. The blue is from a 'powder' coating on the culm and if left alone, it will stay there for years.

Either that, or you moved to the left for each photo.

Good eye! Actually both observations are correct in this case. The sun moves northward as it sets and opposite in the morning, but I also moved a bit at some point, to the right. As it got darker, a light was reflecting toward me so I moved over a couple of feet. Again, excellent observation!

There was a pic of a quilt that some ladies made that was in the Fayette County Record newspaper. I have been trying to find an online pic of it to post here for you to see and get your take on it. I'll have to get the whole story behind it also. I left the paper out at the country.

Thanks again!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

You're very welcome, Kt.

Yes, I'd be very interested in seeing/hearing about the quilt! I'm always inspired by what other quilters construct.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Kt.

You said those Beauty Berries are made into a jam/jelly. What does it taste like? It would seem like if the birds don't like it, humans would like it either.

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

I never tasted any that I know of.

Only a birdbrain would like all the same things that a bird likes.

Some berries are very toxic to humans but not to birds...another reason not to like what a bird likes.

Do you like suet?

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Do you like suet?

Only if it is fried in butter.


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos

Boy, are they getting down to the bottom quickly.


 o
RE: Misc photos

I have some pics I need to load from my camera one of these days.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump.


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

Multiplying onions.
5 days after planting.
Photobucket

1 week later.
Photobucket

1 more week.
Photobucket

Poinsettia starting to turn red. The red doesn't show true to colour.
Photobucket

Ghost pepper aka Bhut Jolokia aka Naga Jolokia - Hottest naturally grown pepper. 350 times hotter than a jalepeno.
Photobucket

Tabasco peppers everywhere.
Photobucket

Chili petine.
Photobucket

Kt

Here is a link that might be useful: Scoville Scale


 o
RE: Misc photos

What kind of container are your onions growing in? It almost looks like a giant pot buried half way into the ground. They look like they're leaning toward the light source. But if the pot is buried, it would be hard to turn it, so that the foliage grows straight. I guess straight foliage (is that even the correct term?) is not important though, since the edible part is underground.

So, how do you Suthe'n folks pronounce Poinsettia? I assume you are able to keep your plant alive all year long, having a greenhouse and all. I kept one for three years, but it kept blooming at the wrong time, and eventually lost all its bracts. My DD and DGD brought two Poinsettias to us last week...one red, and one creamy. I'll try my best to keep them alive as long as possible. Will your plant produce more red bracts as it grows?

Your Tabasco plants look very decorative and Christmasy, with all that red & green.

I assume you are growing the Ghost Peppers for the ultimate goal of living forever? With all the ailments that could be cured, some doctors' services may no longer be needed!

Thanks for sharing...it was fun viewing your pics!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

The container is a 25 gallon molasses tub cut down to about 6 inches.

Yes, they lean toward the sun and lean a lot since it is low in the sky in Winter.

I rotate the pot every now and then. I heard some years ago to not do this. If you dig up a tree and plant it somewhere else, it should be facing the same direction(s) as it was before digging it up...not sure why or if it really makes a difference since I never followed this rule with trees before.

I pronounce poinsettia...poin-SET-uh. I have heard some pronounce it poin-SET-ee-uh. How about you Yanks?

The poinsettia is actually turning red sooner this year as opposed to other years. I have a few in pots but they will survive outside and get several feet tall if planted on the warm side of the house and given protection in cold months if needed.

As far as bracts go, I never know, sometimes it keeps on producing more and sometimes it stops suddenly. I think it has a lot to do with amount of light and temps.

Thanks for your comments, Jule!

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

You're welcome, Kt.

We "Yanks" pronounce Poinsettia both ways...I Googled the pronunciation and got "correct" results for both. I like to say poin-SET-ee-uh. It has a prettier ring. DGD says poin-SET-uh is the correct way. I have seen Poinsettias several feet tall only in garden centers. They are gorgeous! After the holiday season is over, I may move my two Poinsettias upstairs where we have a skylight. Maybe it will survive and even bloom again.

Do post more pics when you have time.

And anyone else browsing this thread, please chime it with your photos. It's very drab around here. I long to see color!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Photobucket


 o
RE: Misc photos

OK, smarty pants let's see what YOU can do with the font colors.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

Not a bad sunset for the last day of the Mayan calender.

Chicken Hawk.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Very lovely, Kt!
And I'm glad you mentioned the Chicken Hawk, or I wouldn't have noticed it, since it blends in with the branch it's sitting on.

That old tree (oak?) is still magnificent in it's lifeless form. Do any of the branches occasionally fall off?

J


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks, Jule!

Do any of the branches occasionally fall off?

Little by little.

After these gigantic trees die, they drop the smaller limbs within a few years but the larger branches can remain for decades or until the whole tree falls over.

The leaning tree in front of my house that I have posted pics of here before, has a couple of limbs on it that died back during Hurricane Carla in the early 60's and those are the limbs that the tree fell over on and are still holding up the tree today...although the part in the ground is slowly rotting and the tree gets closer and closer to the ground each year.

I need to compare some of my older pics to the recent pic of the tree above...another project.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bump back on.


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos

Pics?


 o
RE: Misc photos

Rec'd two Amaryllis bulbs for Christmas....both are sprouting...will post pics soon...hopefully tomorrow...

...J


 o
RE: Misc photos

My inground amaryllis are still green. What colour will they bloom...or do you know the variety?

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

These Amaryllis are nothing to brag about yet. I just thought I'd share a couple pics since it's been a while.

I had asked for one Amaryllis bulb for Christmas, but DH bought two (what a sweetie!)
They had been sitting in a bag in a dark area (so I thought,) but one of them was already sprouting a stem and it was crooked (reaching for the nearest light source.) So I got them in pots and the crooked stem straightened out, with my help of turning the pot in various positions.
Amaryllis Lemon Lime
Amaryllis 'Lemon Lime' has one stem growing from the bulb, and is presently about 10" tall.

Amaryllis Royal Velvet
'Royal Velvet' was slower starting. This bulb is bigger/fatter and clearly has two vigorous stems sprouting, and another one or two are peeking out from the center.

I have never grown Amaryllis before, and had to research how to grow them! I planted them in heavy clay pots, but I may still have to get stakes to support the stems when the flowers bloom. I've also seen pots with rocks placed on the soil, to help weigh down the base.

From what I've read, I need to be careful not to over water the bulbs or they'll rot.

My inground amaryllis are still green.
Are you saying that they had already bloomed and only the foliage is still green? You are prob'ly lucky to be able to keep your plants in the ground all year round. Can't do that here, of course. I can only set the pots outside after all danger of frost is passed, and let the foliage grow after the blooms have died down.

Do you (or anyone else) have any tips/advice on growing them?

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Are you saying that they had already bloomed and only the foliage is still green?

No, they haven't bloomed yet...not until Spring, but the leaves are still there from this past Summer.

Growing them in a pot would be tricky for me since I have a tendency to overwater everything because I can't always be around to check how dry/wet the soil is.

Mine put on new growth before blooming each Spring. They have been very easy to care for here, even during the drought so all I could recommend would be to let the soil dry out in between waterings, or in other words, water heavy and less frequently, as opposed to watering lightly and constantly.

Nice looking plants. I assume the card in each pot is what the blooms will look like. Nice!

What is in the pot on the right of the Lemon Lime? Or is that the Royal Velvet? I just see what looks like a leafless limb there.

Thanks for posting the pics. I tried getting some pics of the hanging tree here today on my way home from work, but I am having a hard time capturing the tree with good lighting.

I don't have any good pics to post now.

Thanks for the pics.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Growing them in a pot would be tricky for me since I have a tendency to overwater...
I know what you mean. Another reason I chose clay pots is because the soil in them will dry out faster than if I use plastic pots. The Amaryllis pots are located on the second floor where they can catch sunlight from a skylight but the air temperature is 3-5 degrees cooler than our first floor, and if I used plastic pots the soil would surely stay wet/moist much too long and I'd no doubt lose the bulbs to rot.

Thanks for your recommendation to let the soil dry out between waterings. That pretty much goes along with what I have read in my research with a little bit of difference. Most sources say to let the top 1" of soil dry out between waterings.

Yes, the card in each pot came with the bulbs, so I will have a red flowering plant, and a lemon-lime one. It looks like the red one will have multiple stems, so I'm hoping for a good show!

The pot on the right of Lemon-Lime is Royal Velvet.
That leafless stem you see (keen eye) is from a decoration hanging on the wall. It's a wreath of branches with a wood carved cardinal sitting in the middle.

"Hanging tree"???
That needs explanation, please.
...sounds like a movie.

I'll post more Amaryllis pics, as they start to show progress/blooms.

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Thanks for the explanation(s) and yes, I think you'll have a very good show. Mine seem to multiply progressively each year. The drought over the past three years slowed them down a little but they survived well.

I thought I mentioned the Hanging Tree here a while back, maybe a few years ago. I have also been wanting to get pictures of the trees growing in the middle of some of the roads here in town but never seem to have a good lighting day when I have time.

The Hanging Tree is about 2 miles from here on my way to town and is at the turn off to a Farm to Market road, so the road goes all around the tree.

In 1935 two young black boys, under 18 years old, were hung(lynched) in the tree for raping and killing a 19 year old white girl about a month earlier. Some say that the boys were forced into a confession and had nothing to do with the murder, I'll have to see what I can find on that part of the story and get back here. Many stories have been told, but the only sure truth is, a girl was murdered and two boys were hung for it.

The tree has been under scrutiny for years but one of it's strongest advocates, is a black woman who said that it needs to be kept there as a reminder of what happened.

I wanted a picture before it falls since it looks kind of sickly and is leaning, not to mention that there is a crazy woman who brings her riding lawn mower there monthly to cut grass and plant things under it. She planted a cactus in the triple fork of the tree which is a huge no-no! The dirt and plant roots will speed up the rotting of the tree's inner wood and I'm afraid it will soon split and fall, no thanks to the crazy lady.

I took several pics today but with the strong overcast skies and constant traffic, I gave up for lack of time, if nothing else.

I've seen the actual picture taken back in 1935 with the two boys hanging from the tree, but it was taken at low light with lights(probably headlights from a car) shining on them, but you can see enough. I have a copy saved in my computer taken from a touched-up copy of the original.

Anyway, I find it hard to get good tree pics.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

I got a new bass boat this past year. I thought I would share with you.

Photobucket


 o
RE: Misc photos

Striped bass?


 o
RE: Misc photos

Not a striped bass but a yellow jacket fish.


 o
RE: Misc photos

bump


 o
RE: Misc photos

I, too, recently purchased a little boat to haul my friends around in.

Photobucket
Unfortunately, I loaned it to a guy in Michigan and he returned it like this...

Photobucket


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bernie,
So you paid $14 million for your new boat?
And what the heck are you feeding the fish on your side of the pond?!?!?

Kt,
Thanks for the refresher on the hanging tree story.
I DO remember you mentioning it a while back, but my memory is getting worse as I get older. I don't remember about the crazy lady though, or the bit about the cactus. Is the tree planted on county or city property? I would think she would be arrested for planting on it.

Can't wait to see a photo of that tree!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bern, I like the sun's rays coming through the clouds in your boat pic.

Jule...
Is the tree planted on county or city property?

It is on county property.

Here is one of the pics that I took yesterday, just to give you an idea of what it looks like. I will get a better one someday. This is about the same angle as the pic taken back in 1935.

Photobucket

The lower limb on the right, is the one that was used to hang the boys.

I don't think I should post the pic that I have of the two hanging boys even though it is old, blurry, & low quality, but it is part of history. It might offend someone here.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Julie

So you paid $14 million for your new boat?

Only paid $14,000 for the boat. The rest of the $13 million comes from the rods and reels, depth finders, tackle and beer cooler.

And what the heck are you feeding the fish on your side of the pond?!?!?

Some of that Wisconsin cheddar cheese.

Kt

The only reason the ship is on it's side is because of the Texas oil rig boats on the left. They didn't want to move so the ship had to take an emergency right turn and fell on it's side. Look at the boat in front of the ship. It cut right across in front of the ship. That Texas driver.

Photobucket

Bern, I like the sun's rays coming through the clouds in your boat pic.

I can't take too much credit for that. Here is the original picture.

Photobucket

I don't think I should post the pic that I have of the two hanging boys even though it is old, blurry, & low quality, but it is part of history. It might offend someone here.

It wouldn't offend me. Like you said it is part of history. Something that we all could learn from. No different than seeing casualties from war conflicts or gas chambers from Germany.

I will say, "that tree is huge". It looks like 3 or so trees were planted in one spot.

Bernie


 o
RE: Misc photos

It cut right across in front of the ship. That Texas driver.

Probably some rednecks that heard there was beer onboard so they ran it ashore so they could collect their bounty.

I will say, "that tree is huge". It looks like 3 or so trees were planted in one spot.

It is quite large but not near as large as most trees in town and certainly smaller than those at my house especially the one in my cow pens which is about four times as large.

The tree above is one tree but branches out about 4 feet from the ground.

I can post the pic later if no one objects.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Bernie,
Our cheese will surely make for some big fish, but you guys better watch your cholesterol, eating fish saturated with fat.

Kt,
I agree with Bernie...the tree looks huge to me, too.
But maybe it looks huge compared to the small building behind and to the right of it. I think I see some kind of stone monument to the tree's left. Is that a "lone star" displayed on the front?

If the original picture was posted in a newspaper for all to see, then you wouldn't be in the wrong posting it here. I'm sure it's documented in some history books too.

I don't understand why the crazy lady would plant a cactus in the middle section of the tree. Seems to me that it wouldn't get much sun with all the shade provided by a great amount of leaves.

I imagine the tree was somewhat smaller in 1935.

Thanks for sharing the photo!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

The building behind and to the right, was once a lttle food store back in the 60's, then someone lived in it for a while, then it was a hair salon, then a storage unit, now it is vacant, and has been for about 20 years.

Actually, the monument is not about the hanging, but I'll have to stop and read again what it memorializes, and yes, that is the Texas Star on the front of the monument.

I don't understand why the crazy lady would plant a cactus in the middle section of the tree.

Because she's crazy... BTW, she was one of the women that once cut hair in that building for a while.

The tree really has not grown that much, but it is at least a couple of hundred years old, if not three hundred. Those live oaks can live for hundreds of years.

It is a big tree, but in comparison to many around the area, it is one of the smaller ones.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

This is a copy of the 'touched-up' photo of the original. The original photo has a crease across the middle from being folded. If you look closely you can see where it was. I can see the face on the boy on the right photo if I zoom in from my picture. Sad.

Photobucket

Today, 78 years later. The tree now leans heavily north(left) and the limbs are turned more. This pic is taken more leftward than the top pic.

Photobucket

The Article from the local newspaper at the time...

Columbus Girl Brutally Murdered

Ninteen-Year-Old Geraldine Kollmann Victim of Most Heinous Crime Prepetrated in this Section in Annals of History
_____________________________________________________________ A story of the most fiendish assault and murder ever known in these parts was told in typewritten confessions of two Negro men,made in the Harris County jail late Monday night.The statements were taken from the two ruthless brutes separately and corroborated perfectly.They told of their selling pecans in Columbus,receiving $1.85 in payment,walking across the north bridge and across pastures,meeting their victim who was riding on a horse,engaging her in conversation about threshing pecans for her,and of the suggestion made by one of them that they attack her.The blackest and most diabolical crime of which the human mind is capable is depicted in startling and fiendish detail as the narrators go on to tell how one of them grabbed the horse by the bridle and struck the defenseless young girl;with an elm club,knocking her from the horse as she was caught by the other ruffian and strangled into insensibility.It tells of the mutilation of the body and of it being thrown into the creek,the two culprits walking off to their usual haunts and appearing unconcerned.

The confession ended the search made by Sheriff F.F. Hoegemeyer and force,aided by Texas Ranger E.M. Davenport,covering the period from last Thursday evening until the confessions were made.Those officers had been continuously on the hunt,with little rest or sleep,and had gathered in some ten or a dozen suspects in their search.

The two confessed murderers were apprehended Sunday,Beanie Mitchell,who lives on the Schobel place north of town,being caught in Columbus about 12:30 p.m. and Ernest Collins,who lives on the John Hastedt place northeast of town,being taken about two o'clock.They were held in jail here until about six o'clock Monday evening when they were whisked away to Houston for safekeeping.The confessions were made late that night,and contained statements that they were their makers' free and open confessions and that they were not made under duress or threat of any kind.

One attempt was made to throw officers off the trail through a rumor that reached Sheriff Hoegemeyer Monday.An old women relative of one of the Negroes told a white farmer of seeing a Negro convict running through the woods near the scene of the crime.Capt.Buck Flannagan of the Central Prison Farm was called and came with hounds and searched the woods late into the night Monday.A considerable crowd joined in the search it is said.

All questioning of the sheriff's department Sunday and Monday failed to bring out any information as to their findings,and Sheriff Hoegemeyer later said that he had had some of his best friends question him very closely,but he knew it was not safe to give out that they knew they had the right parties.He felt certain they would be taken from the jail here if the people knew.

Miss Geraldine Kollmann,the victim of this cruel tragedy,left her home Thursday morning at about 9:00 o'clock on her horse to hunt pecans.When she did not return at a reasonable time after dinner a search was instituted,and her twelve-year-old brother,Milton,discovered her body floating in the shallow water of Cummins Creek near the place her horse was found tied to a fence.The boy went into the creek and pushed the body to the bank where he anchored it until he could sum on help.He called the father of the girls who was assisting Henry Rau put up hay,and a call was made to officers here.When the news reached this city the fire siren was sounded and a considerable crowed at once departed for the scene.In the following hours the location of the tragedy was tramped out of any usefulness for clues of any kind,and the officers were left to ferret a crime that was doubted by many.

The body,when found,had the riding trousers pulled off and hanging on one foot and showed bruises on the shoulder and neck.The arms were extended upward above the head and were rigid in that position.The examination disclosed that there was no water in the lungs,indicating that death was not caused by drowning.

The body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs.Frank Untermeyer where Justice of the Peace K.C. Thrower held an inquest withholding a verdict for further investigation.The body was examined by Doctors E.C. Gordon and S.H. Kirkham and their findings kept secret while the officers worked.Ranger Davenport was summoned to the city,reaching here Saturday,and a thorough investigation conducted with the results above stated.

In conversation with the Citizen editor Tuesday morning,Mr.Davenport expressed his highest commendation of the ability and tireless efforts of Sheriff F.F. Hoegemeyer and his first Deputy,Officer B.L. Townsend and stated that these men had shown dauntless courage,astute understanding,wonderful control and an untiring energy in the unraveling of the perplexing problem in hand.

The entire community was working up to a high pitch of excitement during the search for parties and nothing much else entered conversations on our streets.Miss Geraldine was well known here having attended the Columbus school and graduated with highest honors in the Class of '34.In her high school career she had been a class officer,a member of the Classic Club,the Pep Squad,Volleyball Squad and Shorthand Club,and was one of the school paper staff and took part in the Senior class play.She was one of the brightest pupils and a leader in whatever she entered,besides being a lovable character and popular with all.

The funeral,held Sunday at 1:00 P.M. at the home of her aunt,Mr.Emil J. Untermeyer,was fitting tribute to her popularity.Rev.W.A. Flachmeier in conducting the service said in part that there was reason to believe that she had died by the hand of an assassin,and took that occasion to express the christian View of restraint from any act of violence upon her destroyer,should he be found,pointing out that mob violence is a crime that does not rectify a past crime.Countenances in his hearing did not indicate that all present were so forgiving nor so law respecting,and it is perhaps fortunate for the current-day reputation of this fair city that the confessed hellish fiends were removed to a comparatively safe distance.

Miss Geraldine was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Albert Kollmann,living about three miles north of town.Besides the sorrowing parents,four brothers survive her.The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen,October 24,1935

P.S. About 5 years ago a young man drove his car directly into the tree at an estimated speed of about 55 mph, after having a heated argument with his parents. He died instantly.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Here is a link that might be useful: Click Here.


 o
RE: Misc photos

OMG, that's quite a write-up!
The reporter/writer is very descriptive, including the emotional response of the townspeople. I don't see that kind of writing with today's newspaper reporters. The report seems to be written as if in short story or novel form.

It is a tragic story indeed. I wonder how the murderers got from Houston to the hanging tree and what kind of mob did the deed.

Thanks for the story and the link showing the tree in various seasons. The photo taken in March of 2003 clearly shows the road going around the tree, which I couldn't see in your photo. It's a lovely tree, but so sad that it was a part of tragic history.

I happened to look up a Columbus map in Mapquest and I switched to Satellite view, and I think I found the exact spot where the tree is located. The link you provided stated that the tree is located "just across the brown bridge where the Highway 71 feeder meets FM 109 going north to Frelsburg." Not sure what "feeder" means, but I would guess it's a road leading to the main Highway 71.

I couldn't find your house though (JUST KIDDING!!!)
I only say that because you mentioned a few posts ago:
The Hanging Tree is about 2 miles from here on my way to town and is at the turn off to a Farm to Market road...
From the scale of the map I saw, I get the idea you live closer to Columbus than Ellinger. Or maybe I'm getting your home mixed up with your "country place". Actually you never said where exactly your "country place" is located.
(Forgive me if I'm being nosey.)

Anyway, thanks for sharing all the historic info!

Julie


 o
RE: Misc photos

I wonder how the murderers got from Houston to the hanging tree and what kind of mob did the deed.

The two boys were being snuck back to the Columbus jail the night before their trial, but the two transporting officers were intercepted and they were left behind as the two boys were hauled off to the tree by an angry crowd.

The tree is actually about three miles from where the girl was killed. Supposedly, the lynchers were from the area, most were neighbours of the little girl. The Rau mentioned in the above article had a nephew that I worked with many years ago, and he told me he was 6 years old when the hanging took place and that he was there.

I wasn't sure what the term 'feeder' meant either but yes, it feeds into the main HWY 71. It is located on 'business 71' and FM 109.

I couldn't find your house though...

I don't know if you can even see it for all of my bamboo! Unless maybe the aerial view is an older pic. I live off of the road before business 71 turns into HWY 71. I never actually measured the distance, but it is about 2 miles.

I have a house here outside of Columbus, but my country place is outside of Ellinger...or Fayetteville.

No, you're not being too nosey.

I don't see that kind of writing with today's newspaper reporters.

Me neither. That is a copy of the actual article.

I wonder how the murderers...

Murderers... I guess I need to find some different articles on this story. There is a book written by a local man that I know, about this hanging...supposedly the 'true' story.

There has been long speculation that the boys were innocent. I'm not sure if that was mentioned anywhere before. The book apparently states who the real killers were/are or who they supposedly were.

Many things to consider. First of all, the boys were caught and basically forced to sign a typed confession. The locals, not knowing the truth, decide to take justice into their own hands, without being sure they were guilty, but anger and outrage and sorry got the best of them and they wanted immediate action.

I have never read the book but would like to buy it and read it. I saw it for sale online. I've heard names of the actual killers over the years, but since the 60's and 70's, not much has ever been said about the whole event.

I don't think that the actual truth will ever be known anymore.

If the two boys did it, then justice was served even though it was not the lawful way of doing it, but the sadest thing(since I feel inside that the boys were innocent) is how those two boys felt after several days in a Houston jail, scared for their lives the whole time, and worried sick about their unknown futures, only to be apprehended by an angry mob. How helpless, how frightened, how alone, and how sad they must have felt for being treated this way for something they didn't even do and knew nothing about, and how they wanted to be with their families but they were alone, to die at the hands of people who felt nothing for their feelings, only to avenge the death of a girl before knowing the real truth.

Kt


 o
RE: Misc photos

Here's a link to a video. The Three-Legged Willie court tree is the first one, but no one was ever hung from it as they say in the video. The tree was killed back in the late 70's or early 80's, by the city tearing up the pavement and putting down new asphalt. I told them at the time, that they might kill the tree...they laughed.

The second tree is the Hanging Tree. Only the two boys were hung there, no other hangings ever took place there.

The video has a lot of BS in is, but it shows the tree. Only two people hit the tree and were killed...the young man that I mentioned earlier, and one person who tried to take the turn too fast when the road was wet, and hit the tree. They were from out of town, and more than one person may have actually died in the crash, but no drunk drivers have ever been killed in an accident with the tree, in fact, a drunk driver has never even hit the tree.

Kt

Here is a link that might be useful: Hanging Tree.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: This thread has reached the upper limit for the number follow-ups allowed (150). If you would like to continue this discussion, please begin a new thread using the form on the main forum page.


Return to the Test Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here