Making your own succulent/cactus planter mix is fun to do and can save you money. I’ve been planning on writing a post on this topic for awhile, but when a friend recently asked me for the recipe, I knew it was time to do it. Continue reading
This is my Green Wheel succulent sitting on the counter of our 5th wheel trailer. We took it with us on a recent trip, to add some color and hominess. Continue reading
The Cotyledon tomentosa is commonly called Bear’s Paw. It’s primarily grown for its unusual bright green leaves with reddish brown markings that look like claws. Continue reading
Though commonly called Zebra Cactus, the Haworthia fasciata is a succulent, not a cactus. Continue reading
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.