Tuesday, April 26, 2011


(For a friend from the UK who asked about Idaho.) Looking across a park with the foothills in the background. The park is landscaped and watered, thanks to the Boise River, irrigation canals, and the aquifer that runs under the valley. The foothills are au naturel.   (Click to enlarge the photos to see the detail)  

Here's a closer view of the foothills. They're green now because of the spring rains. But in the summer it's very hot and dry, so they turn brown, as in the photo below.  

Can't you just see a cowboy riding over the ridge? :-)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Musical questions

During moments of daydreaming (or too much wine), I wonder what kind of sound a daffodil would make if it was suddenly given musical ability? How would a chorus of daffodils sound? And what kind of music?    

Yes, it has been a looong week. Good thing tomorrow is Friday....

Monday, April 18, 2011

In bloom

The buds on the tree in the photo I posted on April 9th have finally opened.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shades of rose

No, roses aren't blooming yet, but it seemed right to post this today.

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
--Henry David Thoreau

Send two dozen roses to Room 424 and put `Emily, I love you' on the back of the bill.
--Groucho Marx

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Almost there....

Just need a little more warmth and sunshine and they'll bloom.

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. 
~Doug Larson

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


The weather here continues to be restless; even the clouds are knotted. Maybe Spring has been affected by the insane political climate -- or vice versa....

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Blooming surprise

With this being our first spring in this house, we've been watching to see what perennials are coming up. I don't know what kind of plant this is, but it's blooming now.  

The buds look like they are enmeshed in silky threads. It's mysterious; I hope we don't start hearing little lavender voices saying: "Feed meeeeeee...."