Author Archives: Jan

About Jan

I write. I cook. I take pictures. I sew. I design. I create.

Rusty Bed Springs

I am fascinated by shapes, patterns and texture. Especially up close corroded rusty old things. Oily railroad ties on working tracks. Rotten railroad ties on abandoned tracks. Old barns. Rotten barn wood. Rose rocks. The curly cues that hold grape … Continue reading

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Mysterious Wildcats

Source: Mysterious Wildcats by Joel Sartore I’ve been watching Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark on PBS the past two weeks. There’s one more episode next week. Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, is on a mission to capture studio … Continue reading

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The Show-Stopping Stargazer Lily

These Stargazer Lilies bloomed in June. All the lilies in the yard have now faded except the occasional stray daylily. I think these Stargazers were an Easter gift to my mom many years ago. When the blooms faded the plant went … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny Starburst Blooms

This is a vine or a shrub or ground cover depending on how it’s trimmed and where you let it grow. Mid-summer, like right now, it’s covered with these starburst blooms. They’re about two or three inches in diameter and … Continue reading

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The Hungry Caterpillar

This was a huge leaf on a grapevine and this little guy has made quick work of it. But I think eating is all caterpillars do. And then they make a cocoon and become a butterfly or a moth. I … Continue reading

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Stunning Scarlet Lilies

These lilies bloomed in early May. The scarlet color is stunning. There are five or six in an old-fashioned concrete planter. They’ve been there a few years. They usually grow about 18–20 inches tall, but this year they barely made … Continue reading

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Bad Cat!

The trouble with cats is that many of them can not ignore a pretty bird. Or even just a regular old backyard bird who gets too close. While this mockingbird did not fall victim, others have not been so lucky. So … Continue reading

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