"The world is charged with the grandeur of God." - Gerard Manley Hopkins
I took these photos on the last evening
of a staff retreat at Salter Path, N.C.
Transformation was the theme.
|Two cherry tomato plants (Sun Gold and Sweet Million) |
are producing a bowlful per day. We've begun bartering them for eggs
with a neighbor.
|The new butterfly garden looks lovely, |
with a nameless salvia, crocosmia and coneflower,
but I've seen perhaps two butterflies there. Lots of bees, though.
|Cosmos in the parsley|
|It rained nearly every afternoon for what seemed like weeks.|
|The cucumber trellised itself on the cherry tomato plant.|
|This brown thrasher spent several minutes rubbing its belly |
and preening on the top of the Prius.
|This bunny thinks he owns the garden. He's been eating coneflowers,|
coreopsis and on the plus side, Johnson grass.
|Crepe myrtles are peaking.|
|A small milkweed bug on the butterfly weed.|
|I can't decide if this combination of two unusual kinds of coleus|
and basket grass is creatively inspired or hideous.
|A praying mantis waits for prey on a nasturtium in the veggie garden.|
|I'm glad I photographed this butterfly|
because I haven't seen one since. Where are you, butterflies?
|The veggie jungle|
|Bees of different varieties are obsessed with the flowering oregano.|
|The red hibiscus flowers turn into umbrellas. Rain, rain, rain -|
we've been getting late day storms nearly every day.
|Daylilies remain stunning.|
|Beach at sunset|
|Beach at sunrise|
|A mystery flower emerges from a tall plant with iris-like leaves.|
Can you identify it?