Tulips and daffodils blooms are the sign of spring for me around my home, but seeing a sea of flowers at local nurseries really finalized the weather.
I have been visiting one nursery after another just to soak in the glorious colors of flowers, and looking at beautiful blooming trees. I find a deep fulfillment of happiness and totally letting go of troubles in my mind when I am too busy admiring the wonder of the world.
When I spotted this large group of Phlox, my heart skipped a beat to see how very pretty they were. It was very windy that day, and I was having a cough! Combining these two together, my pictures didn't turn out well, so that is my excuse for this week.
Have a great weekend everyone!
See other entries at You Capture-Spring, Photo Story Friday, and Give Me Your Best Shot!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The most recent movie that I've a chance to see is The Lovely Bones. Well, you know the movie trailer really gets to me. I thought there was more to the movie than what I've seen. I was disappointed to say the least.
My heart ached for Susy Salmon, who was murdered at the age of 14, and was caught in the afterlife. Her murderer was never found. Actually, he was discovered by Susy's little sister, but he got away, and was never prosecuted for killing many other girls either!
I mean, it was not a thousand years ago or anything. The time period in this movie should give the detectives or officials enough tools or to find the killer. The movie showed the deterioration in Susy's parents' relationship, and how Susy tried to fit in her new world.
She couldn't go forward, and she couldn't go backward either! However, she realized that she should let her father go for fear that he would be hurt by trying to find her killer. Despite this little hint on the father's obsession, nothing came out of it either.
At the end, Susy got to kiss her first love, her family moved on, the killer was about to make another kill when he got struck by an icicle.
I would have love to see the killer caught and prosecuted or something to compensate for the time the father spent in finding his daughter's killer. He got off too easily! As for Susy, she got the kiss and happily moved on to another life.
Have anyone seen this movie? If you did, let me know your view!
Monday, April 26, 2010
This simple one layer petal red tulip is the most beautiful one this year. The color red is so deep and rich. After a light shower, this was what I saw above: sparkle diamonds shine under the sun.
Moments like this really take all my troubles away. These are beautiful! God provides us with beautiful sights if we can just take a moment to realize it, and truly enjoy it even if it's just short-live.
This is what the inside looked like up close and personal. Interesting to see isn't it? Each dark part inside took on different shapes as they grow older.
All my tulip blossoms are now gone. The beginning spring has now moved further into the season for different flowers to show case themselves.
Enjoy other entries at Ruby Tuesday!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Dandelions can grow anywhere, between cracks of concrete, or all over the grass of our lawn. This particular dandelion is no different. It grows where there is available dirt, or from the decay of last year leaves.
Although dandelions can be annoying to have all over our yard during the summer, they also have health benefits, including relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia.
Dandelion can also help in maintaining bone health, skin care and weight loss, plus it is full in vitamin-A, C, iron, and calcium.
If you notice, in some salad mixes, you can see some dandelion leaves. Yes we eat them! It is an herb, which is also labeled as weeds.
Dandelions are beautiful, and vibrant yellow flowers. They remain very resilient despite the many ways we try to get rid of them.
Visit other entries at Shadow Shot Sunday, and Today Flowers!
Friday, April 23, 2010
When I spotted this beautiful flower outside a local nursery, I was awe struck by its delicacy and color. I quickly snap as many pictures as I could because it was very windy, and this blossom was as big as a dime.
I only have a point and shoot camera, so I zoom all in for this beauty! With the wind against me, most of the pictures turned out blurry because the tree trunk isn't that big to hold up on its own.
I was however; determine to get the pictures, so here they are! If you've noticed the title, this blossom is from the peach tree. It is something that I don't often see.
At You Capture meme this week, the theme is sweet! I think this peach blossom is a perfect fit for it. Not only the peach is sweet, the blossom is too. Have a great Friday, everyone!
See other entries at You Capture-Sweet, Photo Story Friday, and Give Me Your Best Shot!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
There is a new kid on the block, and that is the Window Live Writer! Although it maybe new to me, it is not new to many blog developers. In recent rave and rant that I've read, my curiosity got the best of me. I download the program to test it out, and it's free if you are a window user.
You can download it at Window Live. Just make sure that you have either a Hotmail , Messenger, or XBox Live account to sign in. If not, you can always sign up for one. There are still a few things that I’ve not yet used to, such as how to break up paragraphs or make my post looks the way I want.
However, I like the pictures options. You can tilt your picture, rotate your picture, and add watermark right on it, plus you can even crop, and enhance your picture right in your post. Thus, reduces the need for extra photo software!
After you download Window Live Writer, you can add your blogs to it, and if you don’t have a blog, you can also make one. You can publish your post, save it, or have it post the draft to your blog.
Now, you have it, another way to publish your post on your blog. I just need to spend more time learning about Window Live Writer, and then publish my post straight from here.
Right now, since I don’t know how to break up the paragraphs, I have to send my post to my blog, and fix it from there. If anyone knows how, please share your tips!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I am first exposed to these little flowers at a neighbor's yard. They grew among the tall grass, but look very elegant and eyes-catching. They bloomed at the same time as the daffodils. I had no idea what they are, but was drawn to them intensely.
Then last Sunday, I saw them again at Lowe's, and found out they are called Wood Squill, or Scilla siberica. They are perennial, grow from seeds, and needs six hours of direct sun. Most specimens have blues flowers, but some are white.
These flowers don't last long, but they are very beautiful, delicate, and very fancy while they are blooming. I'm keeping a close eye on these flowers, and wait to get some seeds for next year.
It's said that they grow best among the grass, and the flowers usually go dormant when the grass needed to be mowed. They will though form a beautiful colony if you are interested in planting them.
Check out other Blue entries at Smiling Sally blog, and Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
While I was out taking pictures of the newly blooms crabapple tree in the backyard, I saw this shadow on the brick wall from the branches.
There were many other shadows in this corner of our house, but this branch came out clearer, and more beautiful than others.
Here is a broader view of these branches. I love looking at new green leaves, and buds, and flowers. This crabapple has beautiful flowers from light pink, to darker pink, to almost red.
When the buds are in the shade, they have light pink color, with a touch of while streaks through the petals, but when they are exposed to the sun, they have almost red flowers. In general, this is a beautiful tree, with gorgeous flowers.
Visit other entries at Shadow Shot Sunday, and Today Flowers!
Living frugal is nothing new to me, in fact, it is kind of second nature to me. I clip coupons for normal every day shopping, and look for Travel coupons when I am going on a trip. It doesn't matter if I am just going to the next State, or across the map.
We have a family function coming up in California for August, and already I am looking at Travelocity coupon code to see if I can book our tickets at a cheaper price! It is nice to be rich and don't have to worry about the price tag, but in my case I have to watch where my money goes, every bit of it.
I also found Orbitz promotion code and they have wedding packages for group, which will work out well for my family. We have over 10 people in Michigan alone, and that should qualify us as a group I hope.
If traveling is on your plan in the near future, check out these sites to see if you can find some savings. There are all kind of offers, even for those that travel to different countries. The coupons include hotels, airline tickets, and some popular stores.
Take advantage of these coupons offer, you could save yourself lots of money!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Around my neighborhood, there are beautiful pink magnolias, but down the road a little, I saw this small burgundy magnolia, and they are just gorgeous. This tree is only about 5 feet tall, but full of buds.
I went to Home Depot and saw this burgundy magnolia on the sidewalk, for sale. The color is deep and beautiful, and unusual. I had no place to plant this tree in our yard, so I just had to take some pictures for memory.
As the outer leaves fall off, it shows deeper pink petals. Now this one bud looks very much like the pink magnolia by my house, but I think it is just ready to bloom.
I wonder what the color of the petals would be once it's bloomed. I will go back for another look if I can. Things are crazy around here lately!
See other entries at You Capture-Fresh, Photo Story Friday, and Give Me Your Best Shot!