Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sunset from our front yard in Colorado

sunset from in front of our house...................How much ecstasy can we stand  ? Peter West

Friday, May 30, 2008

bed now

going to bed now. When I wake up I will be a year older.

Join the Silk Creek Review Anthology Project

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one more "slug"

To show the popularity of slugs here, the "Gossamer Slug" was an entry in the kinetic sculpture race. Actually it won some prize also, but I forget which one. (not a booby prize)  Leaf Lady (Gail)

more dunes

No. 0787 shows fellow walkers, as more vegetation grew in the sand as we approached the beach ... which the other picture shows.  Leaf Lady (Gail)


No. 0783 will give you some idea of the scope of all the sand. The flower is a beach pea.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Columbine, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. With my macro and my new 90-degree

Fringed Polygala

Fringed Polygala, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Also known as "gaywings."
These are not common wildflowers in most places I have been, but were
fairly abundant at the Pinery in Ontario this weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Introducing Lori Epperson

Silk Creek Review and Bloodroot Z have a new assistant editor! YAY! Her name is Lori Epperson and she is a talented artist, photographer and poet who will be guiding our Zines to new heights! You can learn about her here and here.

Birds in the Fog and a note

Birds in the fog, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, Pinery

Just wanted to let you know I will be away camping starting tomorrow and lasting through Monday night late. See you Tuesday. Going to the Pinery. YAY! Click image to view larger. (It is sort of subtle, so it helps to see it larger.)

Monday, May 19, 2008

leaflady, flowerlady

I walked in Azalea Park to see if more azaleas were in bloom. (Yes, but still not all that many.) Of course Leaflady was more entranced with an unusually painted leaf! But she also loved the azaleas ... and several other wildflowers (but those pics aren't as nice as these two).  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Round 2: Mole 5-6: The Overlook Tree

The Overlook Tree, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Scanned and photographed
versions of my next one/two mole(s)(5,6) with Biker Buddy acting as
photographer's assistant. Done in Michelle's Mole with pencil, ink,
gouache, and crayola crayons, lol! I really had fun with this. :-D

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Two shots from California

Just a couple shots from Thurs. trip. One shows some of the neat scenery I drove past going down south. It was the only time I pulled over, arbitrarily, to take a picture. (Well, you were going north on the same route Aug. 28, 2007, likewise trying to make time!)
The other obviously is one of the peacocks roaming around the temple grounds. They are very tame and you can get very close (this photo wasn't cropped tho I did enhance the color a tiny bit).  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

more Trinidad head trail

 Views from higher on the trail.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Trinidad Beach

Saw these rhododendrons and (whatever the other one is -- maybe eucalyptus?) near the Indian casino where we went to brunch mother's day. And this is a view of Trinidad as I started up the trail afterward. Those flowers are all over the dunes. I have a closer one too.  Leaf Lady (Gail)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Prickly Pear and Gardenia

I forgot I said I would post these. They're in bloom right now, and smell wonderful.

New from the Birdhouse Series

"Birdhouse IV"

A new work from Silk Creek contributing artist Mick Mather.


They were gone by here, but still lovely at Cranbrook last weekend.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lynda's Garden the Fourth Trip

My adversary in gardening, poison oak.

The last 4 beds were this thick with it. I don't think I've ever seen this much of it in one place. My legs are covered with the rash this time. Hopefully we got it all. I've been itching for 6 weeks now, and getting pretty ornery. The funniest part of the day came when, while hacking away at this stuff, I accidentally flung dirt into my eye. We must have looked pretty hilarious trying to figure out how to get it out without touching my face [one of the few places left that's rash free]. I'm one of these people that can not keep my eye open to put drops in it, if my life depended on it. After struggling with trying to flush it with bottled water, and then poking me in the eye with her shirt, Lynda, in what seemed to be a last desperate attempt, threw water in my face when I wasn't looking, and then yelled, "Bat your eyes! Bat your eyes, quick! It worked. Yea!

BTW, Lynda says so far she's rash free. I guess the dish soap bath with the garden hose worked for her. I'd hate to see what I'd look like if I hadn't done that.

Summer squash.

Had to revive this poor fella with bottled water after disturbing his roots while pulling weeds. He really liked the bottled water.

And, the tomatoes are getting bigger.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Azalea Park

Here are a couple I took Sat. in Azalea Park. That one bush (and one next to it) were the only wild azaleas I saw blooming (well, starting to bloom)! Lots of ferns are unfurling and look so cute! Leaflady (Gail)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Gas zip code and Lompoc California

Point Sal Beach State Park 24 April 2008. Trail head is 30 miles north of Lompoc. 10 mile hike.

photo by David Pierce

gas prices by zip code

$3.849 at the Circle K. I think the price is lower at Von's, the local supermarket (same as Safeway). Members get a small discount. What price do you have?
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