Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

outdoor wednesday

It is time for Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer. Go see all of the wonderful outdoor shots everyone has to share.


Today was finally the day- the canal rider called at 7:00 am and said, “You’ve got water in about 45 minutes.”

He may as well have said-

The eagle has landed.” My husband went into high gear.



IMGP0318 We just haven’t been able to keep up with our own feeble watering (hoses and sprinklers)- especially in the face of 100 + degree heat. Our yard is a little over an acre and irrigating is the best solution.

Even so, some of my plants (native plants) are really giving it their all-regardless of the drought.



Rose Bush




Small Lavender Bush






Good luck everyone with your own watering.

PS. I bought a new camera on Overstock, so I have had fun with taking close-up shots. It was $79.99 with $2.00 shipping a while back.

It is a Pentax Optio M30, and it has settings for standard, macro, or super macro which is fun. The grapefruit, bougainvillea, and lavender photos were taken with super macro.

I wanted a giant, expensive camera that I could wear around my neck with an equally giant lens. Then in a moment of clarity I pictured myself at the flea market and a camera that fits in my pocket suits me just fine for now.

(I am putting a good face on this. I still want a giant camera with a giant lens so I look like a war reporter. The fantasy goes even further… I see myself wearing a wrinkled khaki shirt and shorts, hiking boots, Ray-Bans, and I plan to adopt an accent- sort of like Christiane Amanpour. I did minor in journalism. Sigh…)


Maya said...

The good thing about this not so good summer in the North East..., it has been raining almost every day and our lawn (and everybody else's) looks very nice!

Lori E said...

I love Christiane, accent and all. Would you like us to shoot at you so you get the full effect? I have come across several pistol packin mommas lately on the blogs.

trash talk said...

Collar up of course?

Marguerite said...

Beautiful photos, Laura! I am going to see if I can order one. Love the super macro feature. And what a bargain, too! Hope that ya'll get some rain, soon. We're in a monsoon mode right now, which is normal for July.

Thanks so much for the link to Southern Daydreamer. I will check it out. Cheers!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your flowers have held up well - beautiful. Great buy on the camera. I want to get a nicer one eventually, but my Kodak Easyshare will have to do for now.

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

You may not be able to aim at birds and shoot nice photographs with canon sized camera. The birds may think thats the real canon!.. and fly away. [canon ~ not the Canon, the camera brand]... haha.

Have Fun,
~ bangchik

Blondie's Journal said...


I truly feel so bad for all of you in the South with the drought and the water rationing. Between that and the cool, wet summer we have had here, a plane disappearing out of thin air, I am wondering what is in store for us next...

Your flowers on the other hand are doing marvelously. Go figure. Beautiful photos.

My camera is broke and I have been too lazy to get it in to get fixed. I am irritating my daughter to no end by confisgating hers. My husband gave me my camera as a Christmas gift. It takes terrible pictures. Emily's camera was less expensive than mine and it takes much better pictures. I too have fantasized about the big old camera around my neck, albeit without the National Geographic garb (khacki is not my color), since seeing my SIL with hers. She does however admit that the user guide is bigger than the bible and she really doesn't know the first thing about how to use it. But it looks great on her.

Don't know if I will hurt the hubster's feelings if I trade up. And what will I do with my perfectly good camera once it is fixed? I started a blog to write and now I am fixated on becoming a photographer.


My name is Riet said...

LOvely pictures of a busy day. Happy outdoor

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh your pocket camera has done a wonderful job. These are superb pics. I too dream of a camera with the big lens that makes us look like a journalist. Maybe it is the journalist in us trying to get out? Great job. Great post. Country Hugs, Sherry

Debbie's Garden said...

I dont know what a canal rider is.
The war reporter picture is pretty funny. The khaki shirt has to have about 100 pockets too. camera pocket, phone pocket, lipsgtick pocket, powder pocket, nail file pocket, hair clip pocket, ....Like a purse, with sleeves.

Stacey said...

Oh, I want to dress like that too...and maybe a jeep could ride by with a handsome man every once in awhile and take us for a ride! :)

I'm going to show my husband how y'all irrigate your place. That's new to me but makes alot of sense. We have been lucky ducks and it's been raining for a few days.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Great deal on the camera! Hope you get some rain down there to ease the drought conditions. I remember the parched condtions when I lived in Laredo! Your plants look pretty good!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I think your pictures are just wonderful! Hope the water will keep those lovely flowers going!

Domestic Designer said...

Great deal! Your pictures look wonderful. It is supposed to rain here today....I have my fingers crossed. Have a great day!

Ashley's Busy said...

beautiful shots!! If I were you, I'd save up for that huge camera. I just recently got one and I'm so in love. I want to take pictures of everything!!

Lynette said...

Great pictures - that bougainvillea is so lovely - I don't think I've seen one quite like that before - it is so unique!! Love looking at all the pics up close like that and don't you just love getting a good deal at Overstock?

Happy Hump Day and if you get a chance stop by my blog and enter my first ever giveaway -


Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm so ready for a new camera... Mine is 7 years old and was EXPENSIVE $$$$$ when new. Now I just want a little thing to take out of my pocket like yours...

I'm sooo scared I'll buy the wrong thing. It's making me nuts.

Gorgeous pics as usual! Beautiful!


Regina said...

Pretty blooms.
Beautiful shots.
Happy outdoor.

Tracy said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!

Thanks for becoming a blog follower & leaving a kind comment. :)

Unknown said...

Oh, I remember the Bougainvillea when we lived in California. I just loved them. So much glorious color. Your shots are really lovely!

susan said...

I loved your pictures, but sharing your "reporter fantasy" too! LOL In mine, I am a bohemian living in Soho writing the great American novel!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I am laughing about your comment...I too want a ginormous camera that will take great shots a mile away...:)
Your pics are great so your camera must be doing it's job.
I'm wondering about your watering system...is it from a lake or river?
Happy OW!!

Dirt Princess said...

I am with ya on the giant expensive camera! I want one too!!! :-(! The shots look great!

Candy said...

Just had lunch with Dixie this afternoon and your blog came into the conversation. She sharing with me. So I am here to visit and will go farther back a little later but I was just feeling your emotions when that shelf gave way. I immediately thought of Tine at Enchanted Rose Studio, she does chipped china mosaics. The treasured pieces could be saved in a different medium. Or the biggest cool piece could be framed in a shadow box with maybe a pic of the whole thing.
Be back later...

Candy said...

That should be Tina!

Elaine said...

I too have those fantasies! Saving up for one of those great cameras too....but in the meantime trying to be creative with the point and shoot I have. Sounds like a good deal you got though on the Pentax. Looks like its taking some great closeups. I laughed out loud when you said your husband went into high gear....I've got one of those too!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Whoever said "ggod things come to those who wait," must have been a dreamer. Your new camera takes lovely pictures, bit I completely understand the wish for a pro model. I hope you are having a great day.

Maree said...

My daughter just bought a new camera...I think it was $1,400 or something like that...she giggles with glee with the shots she is getting...they are good. However, your new camera does an outstanding job! Half the time I grab shots with my cell phone...

Light and Voices said...

Overstock sure has nice prices. The pictures you took with that camera are terrific. Enjoy your new "toy." ta ta for now
Joyce M

Lynn said...

I feel your pain!
We have water issues too!
We get it in the summer from a pump from the creek below.
We also get ditch water IF the guy from the ranch across the road irrigates.

I have done Zumba.
Good on you!

Claudia said...

Ugggh water issues -- NOT fun!

Love the colors you shared with us.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Marilyn said...

It always amazes me to see Lantana being grown in gardens, as it is a noxious weed here in Australia and we keep trying to get rid of it. I have always thought it was so pretty. I am glad that somewhere its considered lovely. I love the old saying.... "the difference between a flower and a weed is only a judgement" and I think thats true of most things in life. Marilyn xoxo

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Your camera (and you) took great photos of your flowers and grapefruit. They all look so pretty! I do have a big camera, and the funny thing is, people really do kind of move out of the way and let me take pix. I think they think I am the press, and I do kind of feel like it when I carry my Cannon! I'm not wearing any shorts (kahki or otherwise!) I loved your paragraph about the camera. laurie

Kammy said...

Don't worry , you will get your camera.....I like a small point and shoot too - got one too!
Love your flowers....


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