Monday, March 30, 2015

It's a good start

Crocuses are almost (except for snowdrops)
the only thing blooming in the garden right now—but they're everywhere.  Proof (and
we need it around here after the winter
we've had) that spring really has arrived, finally!

[It's Blue Monday. To see more, visit Smiling Sally's meme.]

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bulbine latifolia

aka Rooiwortel (Afrikaans for 'red root'—
this plant is native to South Africa).  
With snow still on the ground on the first
day of spring,  I got my flower fix in the
Desert Pavilion at my favorite botanic garden. 

[Linking back to Today's Flowers
and Monday Mellow Yellows.]

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Weekend in Black and White

Con Ed: letting off a little steam
at the corner of Lex and 45th.

[To see more monochromes, visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Reflections

As we were walking near the shore of this Sarasota lake,
my friend told me there's a 'gator in residence here.
I didn't see it—
so maybe that's just a (sub)urban legend.

[To see more Weekend Reflections, visit James's meme.] 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Challenge—"fast"

I found this little hummingbird near a feeder
in Mindo, in the cloud forest of Ecuador.
When it's hovering like this, its wings can beat
 from 50 to possibly even 200 times per second!

[To see more of the Thursday Photo Challenge,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ABC Wednesday—K is for "kiss"

A buss to begin their romantic gondola ride
on the rio San Barnaba, in Venice.
BTW, today La Serenissima celebrates her
1,594th birthday.  Buon compleanno, Venezia!

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

si tu veux (jouer) / if you want (to play)

and you're in Paris (lucky you), step into this
beautiful toy shop in the Galerie Vivienne.
The owner will help you choose just the right thing
from among the many not plastic, not annoyingly noisy,
beautifully designed jouets she has on hand. 

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]