Digital Photography

Wow What a Moth!

I was walking the dogs and coming up our stairs this morning, sliding my hand up the wooden banister in case my knee gave away like it does sometimes, and my hand bumped into something soft. It was a moth unlike any I’ve ever seen.

Here’s a few more photos.

I have no clue what kind of moth it is. I reckon I’ll have to do some research on it…..

It seems that it is a Giant Leopard Moth.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!✌🏼

Digital Photography · My Plants

Mater and a Storm’s Brewing

Summertime is pop-up storm season here in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. I went out onto our little deck/balcony to check on Mater the tomato plant and saw that a storm was brewing. I caught a bit of it in the background of this photo of Mater. (If you want to find out more about Mater you can check out this previous post. You can also check the tag: tomato plant to see all of the parts about Mater.)

Tomatoes are ripening.

The tomato plant is loaded with tomatoes. We’ve already picked 3 ripe ones. They are rather small though and I’m slightly disappointed at that fact. I’ll never grow that variety again. Here’s another photo that’s a close-up of a couple that are going to get picked.

The tomatoes are smaller than a tennis ball but bigger than a golf ball, sort of in between the two. I reckon they’ll make good salad tomatoes.

Here’s a few pictures of the storm clouds that I snapped while I was outside.

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Digital Photography · Thoughts

Ahhhhhhh Loving My Retirement

It was a beautiful morning, not quite 80 degrees, with a slight breeze. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, so I had to take advantage of the day.

I got some exercise and some sun. The water was cold but felt great once I got in it.

I spent around 90 minutes there and decided that was enough sun for today 🌞

Until next time!

Digital Photography

Flooding Everywhere

This rain has been something else the past few days and today worse. Our little creek where we live is flooding.

This is at the entrance, the creek runs under a bridge and down into a retention pond with a fountain.

This is just past the bridge. Notice the family of ducks feeding?

This was taken as close as I could get to the fountain. I wasn’t about to go out in the rain and get soaked trying to get a good video, so please, excuse the wipers and raindrops😊

The pond has overflowed it’s spillway. I hate to think what further down the creek looks like.

Stay safe out there folks!

Digital Photography · My Plants

Update on Monsterra Leaf Development

As I wrote in a previous post, my Monsterra plant has developed a new leaf. Here is what it looks like today.

You can see the fenestrations, the slits and holes, as the leaf is uncurling.

It should be fully open in a few more days. The plant sure is growing.

Big leaf is the first new leaf.

Thanks for looking!

Digital Photography · My Plants

‘Mater has ‘Maters

The tomato plant that I’ve been growing on our little balcony has blossoms everywhere and 3 little tomatoes 🍅.

Here’s a few more photos.

We’ve been getting alot of rain the last few days and it’s been quite warm and humid. I’m wondering how tall ‘Mater is going to get?

Thanks for looking!

Digital Photography · My Plants

Another Monsterra Leaf

My Monsterra plant seems to be quite happy. It sits in my window all day and gets good light. It’s growing another new leaf. 😁 I’ve circled it in this picture:

If you open the photo up to full size you can see how the leaf is rolled up. This one looks like it may have holes as the other one did. It’s shown in the photo below:

The Monsterra plant is also known as the Swiss Cheese plant. Fun fact 😉

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Digital Photography · My Plants

Mater has blossoms!

If you follow my blog you’ll remember the tomato plant that I bought for my daughter that I named ‘Mater. Well, it seems to love the sunny spot on our balcony. It has grown seemingly overnight and now has blossoms.

You have to zoom in on the photo to see them. Near the top of the plant.

Thanks for looking!

Digital Photography · My Plants

My Monsterra and ‘Mater

I bought a Monsterra plant awhile ago and it has grown a new leaf since I brought it home. It gets indirect morning sun and then light all day. I keep it in front of my window and move it over to a table at night.

Here’s what it looked like when I brought it home.

Here’s a photo of the new leaf. It’s the brighter green one on the left with the longer slits in the leaf. One slit almost reaches the edge of the leaf. I’m quite pleased with it’s growth. It seems to be happy.

My daughter loves tomatoes and while at the local farmer’s market a few weeks ago I bought a Rutger tomato plant. Here’s a photo of it after I brought it home.

I went to the local home center and bought a new pot, tomato cage and potting soil and repotted it. I removed the lower branches and potted it deep water loosening up the roots a bit. Here’s what it looks like after 2 days in it’s new pot and a good rainstorm.

I’ve named it ‘Mater 🤣 🍅

Thanks for looking!

Digital Photography

Walk Around the Lake

I went for a walk around the lake this morning. The sun was shining and a slight breeze blowing. As usual there were geese on the lake. I took a few photos.

It was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise.

Thanks for looking!