Pumpkins for Autumn and Halloween Decorations Brighten the Day

Mixed Pumpkins
As Winter gets closer, the mornings are darker and a little grayer. I’m more aware of it because I have to walk Annika a little later every day. As we walked through our neighborhood plaza this morning, I spotted these colorful pumpkins and realized why I love the color orange at this time of year. I was surprised to see so many varieties.
Here are a few more orange pumpkins, plus  white ones as well. I do love this time of the year, especially when I see such lovely bright colors.

Monochromatic Photography


I have a fascination with monochromatic photography right now. My photography class took a field trip last Friday to see the Edward Weston photography exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. Most of his work was done in black and white, and I love it. I couldn’t wait to do the same. I took the photo above on my morning walk, and the one below is a close up of a spider web in my neighbor’s yard. I’d been eyeing it for several days, and this morning I took out my cell phone and snapped a picture.


This is Luna. I took his photo in an ice cream shop we stopped at during the field trip. He was a beautiful dog and not at all interested in us, as you can see.


This last photo is the bark of a tree I saw at the Bowers Museum. The original was in color, but I was able to edit it in black and white. In fact all of these photos started out in color, and I changed them to monochrome. It really is amazing to see what you can do with a digital camera. This wasn’t my first time trying monochromatic photography.  Two years ago while in Zion National Park, I took quite a few photos in black and white and loved the affect. I wrote two posts, Monochromatic Photography, and Another Monochromatic Day. Take a look if you would like to see those photos. Edward Weston was a world renowned photographer, and I had fun trying some of his techniques. He of course did not have a digital camera, and we learned that he didn’t manipulate his photos with editing, which makes his photography even more amazing. The exhibit is well worth seeing.

Electric Blue Sage, a Drought Tolerant Plant


Electric Blue Sage (Salvia chamaedryoides)  is a California native plant, and drought tolerant. The small bright blue flowers appear in the spring and continue until fall. The foliage is a peaceful gray-green and the electric blue sage is considered an evergreen perennial. It does well in full sun and partial shade. Mature plants grow 2-3 feet high and are 2-4 feet wide. The Electric Blue Sage is an attractive addition to the garden, year round.