Category Archives: Trees, Shrubs, Weeds

Golden Palm

Has Beens

Last year when the magnolias started blooming, I was all about finding the perfect white flower. This year I decided to concentrate on the has-beens: those flowers that are past their prime with browning petals. And because I gravitate towards warm, earthy colors, to me, they are just as pretty.


I think one of the features that draws me to the magnolia is their center cone — it’s actually a woody fruit that contains seeds.   It has the prettiest burgundy stem.  And, after all the brown petals have fallen it stays on the tree for a while.




Here’s a composite of two photos of wild teasel I took on my recent trip to Indiana.

These prickly weeds are also known as Dipsacus which means “thirst for water.”  This refers to the fact that a cup-like formation of leaves forms at the bottom of the plant which allows rain water to accumulate.  The water keeps sap-sucking insects from getting any farther up the plant that the stem.  Interesting huh?


Funky Tree


Cart Path Canopy

Here in The Villages, we do a lot of our getting around in golf carts.  And every time I travel this stretch of golf cart path with overhanging tree branches, I think, “this would make a cool photo.”  So the other day I decided to see if I could get the shot.  Well, standing at one end and waiting for a break in traffic took a while.  But finally I had an opportunity and hurried out to the middle of the path and bent down on one knee to get the low angle I wanted.  I was definitely making sure I was paying attention for the sound of a golf carts that might be bearing down on me from behind!


Ornamental Grass