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From the archives one I had completely forgotten. A gorgeous white rose with a satiny look to it highlighted by the evening shadows and subtle lighting.

 

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What surprised me about the dunes was how silky and powdery the sand is. It has a satiny sheen in the early morning and late afternoon light.

 

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Cope's Parrot Snake - Leptophis depressirostris

It was about 50 cm from me when i spotted him. Nonvenomous!

The Cope's Parrot Snake (also known as the Satiny Parrot Snake) is a long slender snake from the Central and South American rainforests. These snakes can reach over six feet long but their slender nature makes them seem much smaller. They are primarily lizard eaters but may also take frogs or birds. Parrot snakes are known for their defensive posture that includes coiling back and gaping their mouths.

 

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I cant begin to say how nervous I was about ordering a rug this large over the internet. Would return costs be worth the risk Upon opening it, returning it was never an option. The rug is beautiful!! The white "dots" are silky viscose and I love stepping on them as they are super soft and feel satiny. The rug is also a dense, perfectly thick construction. It screams expensive (but really wasnt). One thing you cannot see in the photo, is the secondary texture of 10" lines that radiate from one side of the rug to the other in a large arc. They are subtle, but they shine somewhere between white and cool blue depending on the light source. I think they are viscose too. They are subtle, but they are there. This rug makes my entire room. Would order again!! Thank you.

Getting there... still a few issues with the white version, and I may make more changes to the less-satiny looking black variant, but the bulk of the retexturing is done.

The delicacy of this flower astounds me!

 

The deep red target lines, the satiny white skin of the chalice, the creamy pollen-laden stamens. A gracefully curving anther with a pale green head. And, as only Mother Nature can manage... a shadow to balance her composition. And perfectly-sized holes to peek through!

 

Chalice Vine, Solandra spp.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

 

(The front of a satiny color bloom that was uploaded earlier.)

Getting there... still a few issues with the white version, and I may make more changes to the less-satiny looking black variant, but the bulk of the retexturing is done.

This monster won't hurt you, unless you look at it too long. You can name it something else, but it looks like purple people eater to me. With fractals you never know what might come out. Those of you over 50 will remember this song from when you were young, the rest of you will have something new to learn!

  

Listen to the song on YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtC33PyPjd8&feature=related

These beautiful Himalayan Blue Poppies seem to grow in the shade, and I never find them easy to photograph. This photo isn't as sharp as I would like it to have been.

 

"Blue Himalayan Poppies are one of the most impressive plants for the shade garden. Plants form a rosette of hairy leaves, bearing large satiny flowers in an amazing shade of true blue. These are not always easy to please, demanding an evenly moist, rich soil and cool woodland conditions. Plants are not long lived, typically flowering in the second or third year, setting seed, then dying out. Gardeners in hot summer climates seldom succeed with these plants, yet they are surprisingly tolerant of cold winter conditions."

 

www.perennials.com/plants/meconopsis-betonicifolia.html

 

I'm posting my photos later than usual this morning, after sleeping in. Yesterday evening, I didn't get home till 10:00 p.m., and so ended up getting to bed in the early hours of this morning. I was out all evening on Don Stiles' annual Bluebird Route trip. Don has been a Bluebird Monitor for about 30 years, so has great experience with Bluebirds - also with Tree Swallows and an occasional Wren that also use the wooden nest boxes! This time, we didn't see any baby Bluebirds, as all the young ones had already fledged and none of the pairs had a second clutch. We did see nest boxes with tiny Tree Swallow eggs in the nest, and also several nest boxes that had baby Tree Swallows in, around 12 days old. One box had 12 babies in - obviously belonging to two adult females! Can't imagine how they will all cope when they get bigger. Another great evening, Don - thanks so much for taking a few of us out with you! Nice to see a very distant Baltimore Oriole - my first for this year - and various other birds, too.

 

According to the weather forecast, it looks like we are in for more very hot weather - love the sunshine, but can't cope with the high temperatures.

Explore Dec 1, 2009 #36

 

The delicacy of this flower astounds me!

 

The deep red target lines, the satiny white skin of the chalice, the creamy pollen-laden stamens. A gracefully curving anther with a pale green head. And, as only Mother Nature can manage... a shadow to balance her composition. And perfectly-sized holes to peek through!

 

Chalice Vine, Solandra spp.

Biscayne Park, FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

This fall, I went on an abstract/minimalist binge. I loved the look of this single leaf floating on the satiny-smooth river.

 

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I spent some time at Reader Rock Garden late this afternoon, after a morning walk in north Weaselhead followed by an afternoon shift of volunteering. It is always a joy to see these Blue Poppies growing at Reader Rock Garden and I was happy to find them in bloom today.

 

"Blue Himalayan Poppies are one of the most impressive plants for the shade garden. Plants form a rosette of hairy leaves, bearing large satiny flowers in an amazing shade of true blue. These are not always easy to please, demanding an evenly moist, rich soil and cool woodland conditions. Plants are not long lived, typically flowering in the second or third year, setting seed, then dying out. Gardeners in hot summer climates seldom succeed with these plants, yet they are surprisingly tolerant of cold winter conditions."

 

www.perennials.com/plants/meconopsis-betonicifolia.html

Getting there... still a few issues with the white version, and I may make more changes to the less-satiny looking black variant, but the bulk of the retexturing is done.

Getting there... still a few issues with the white version, and I may make more changes to the less-satiny looking black variant, but the bulk of the retexturing is done.

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Scanned from archives. No processing. Shot with my old Canon Rebel Ti 35mm camera.

 

Description

 

The bark of all birches is characteristically marked with long horizontal lenticels, and often separates into thin papery plates, especially upon the Paper Birch. It is practically imperishable, due to the resinous oil which it contains. Its decided color gives the common names Red, White, Black, and Yellow to different species.

 

The buds form early and are full grown by midsummer, all are lateral, no terminal bud is formed; the branch is prolonged by the upper lateral bud. The wood of all the species is close-grained with satiny texture and capable of taking a fine polish; its fuel value is fair.

 

The leaves of the different species vary but little. All are alternate, doubly serrate, feather-veined, petiolate, and stipulate. Apparently they often appear in pairs, but these pairs are really borne on spur-like two-leaved lateral branchlets

 

Source : Wikipedia

Of all the plants and bushes and flowering cacti that were killed in the frost in February, this flowering grass plant was the lone survivor. As you can see it is doing well and producing new buds. You never know what will go and what will live. I guess that's life in general. Thank you for looking. Happy Wednesday, JJ

 

This macro has no Photoshop except for the frame.

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Dress: Satiny in red Son!a Fashion

Hair: ETD Tiana in Chocolat

Fangs: Bloodlines

Photographer and model: Di Hoorenbeek

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