Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday Vignettes: Summer Views

A variety of summer views caught my attention over the past week as I sat in my home office staring out the window looking out on the backyard (when I should have been focused on my PC screen).  I thought I'd share them with you this week in  connection with the Wednesday Vignette meme hosted by Anna at Flutter & Hum.

A Goodyear blimp crossing over the Los Angeles harbor - the hazy area in the distance is Long Beach

Two birds, Lesser Goldfinches I think, hanging out at the fountain (photographed from inside the house)

The spatial relations of the garden in these photos focused on the backyard fountain always give it a different look

A small squirrel squeezed through the cage my husband created (and has repeatedly reinforced) to keep him and his pals out of the birdfeeder - he pretended he was a statue when I came out to take his mug shot

Sunset, as the lights of the harbor and the city came on


Visit Anna at Flutter & Hum to see what images captured her attention and those of other gardeners this week.


All material © 2012-2015 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful images, Kris, thanks for sharing! The fountain is great.

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  2. Some wonderful vignettes, Kris! I love the blimp over LA harbor - a beautiful August view :) And the fountain! I need to get some water out into the garden, both for the birds and for myself, but I haven't worked out the what and where yet. I'm guessing from the styling that yours has a pump? Do you have any trouble dealing with electric cords?

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    1. Yes, there's a pump to recirculate the water. Under our current water restrictions you can only have a fountain if the water is recirculated but this one actually came with the house. We didn't install it so I can't tell you if there were difficulties there but we haven't had any problem with the electrical hook up since we've been here. The biggest problem we encountered with it occurred when one of our resident raccoons stole the filter - it took me 2 days to find it. It does need to be cleaned out about 2x per year but I use the water to irrigate the garden beds on those occasions. It would be hard to give up as the birds love it.

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  3. Such beautiful images! The sunset picture is just stunning

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    1. I was surprised when I looked out the window and saw those bright pink clouds. We haven't had many colorful sunsets at all this summer.

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    1. I was lucky to catch it, Alison. I just happened to look up from my PC at the right time.

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  5. What a wonderful view - I wouldn't be able to get anything done! The sunset shot is stunning! Also, you have to admit that the squirrels are marvelously resourceful. My college prof step-dad laments that he wishes his grad students would be as tenacious as the squirrels in his garden - they just don't ever give up!

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    1. Funny, I just had a visitor who commented on trying - and failing - to rid his garden of squirrels. I don't even try - I've learned to live with them. Now the raccoons are a different matter...

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  6. Like Anna, I'd be staring at your gorgeous view all the time! Gorgeous sunset and cute critters!

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    1. I'm more likely to notice the view from inside the house than I am when I'm in the garden - there I'm all business.

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  7. Just lovely Kris, especially the first and last pics!

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    1. I'd like to get a ride in that blimp someday (but I gather it's very hard to arrange).

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    1. The skyline is marred by smog today, Aga, but it can be beautiful.

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  9. You've got a dreamy view! I'd be starting at the ocean all day long :-)

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    1. It's fun to watch the ships come in and out the harbor, Gerhard, but even that gets old after awhile. The harbor itself is prettiest at night.

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  10. If I didn't keep my back to the windows I'd never get any work done. Nothing on my screen is as interesting as what is going on outside most days.

    That squirrel! They are such skilled reality-deniers. They must be the politicians of the animal kingdom?

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    1. Well, based on a glance out the window, that particular reality-denier has managed to get himself back into the birdfeeder cage again this morning. I'm trying to decide if I should go out and break up his little party or simply allow him to eat up the old seed the birds seem to have thumbed their beaks at.

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