Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Some more roses ...
I love lilies too ...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This dragonfly sat on this waterlily for the longest time - I got quite a few shots. I am amazed at the clarity - I know you won't be able to tell here, but when I zoom in on the photo, the detail in the dragonflies body and wings is amazing! I was probably about 4 - 5 feet away from the flower (it was in the middle of the pond!)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monarch - at Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg, TX, April 4, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
On Friday in Norfolk we went to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens - BEAUTIFUL! Will load some pictures later ... I need to get unpacked and get some laundry done! And I still have to load all the pictures onto my desktop computer too!
Til later ... poki
Friday, May 15, 2009
This cool pirate ship was in the playground at the Beacon Motor Lodge where we stayed in Nags Head - on Beach Rd. Just up a flight of stairs right outside our room, and we could be on the Atlantic ... poki walked on the beach in the early morning all three days we were here!
We'll be leaving the Outer Banks in a little while ... there's only about 11 miles to the big bridge to take us off island. But part of the OBX will be coming home with us ... it has been the vacation of a lifetime, and I will cherish the time spent here! Til we come back again ...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We watched an interesting film about the three tribes of Native Americans who inhabited the area. The scenery in the film was gorgeous!
The Elizabethan Gardens were pretty, but by far not the most beautiful garden we have seen. We were about two weeks late for the the azaleas. The garden was full of huge azalea bushes but not a bloom in sight! There were some rhododendrons just starting, as were lots of hydrangeas that should bloom out in a few days, just not the day we were there ...:>( The garden was named for Queen Elizabeth I, the ruling monarch when settlements first came to Roanoke Island. This was a lovely bronze sculpture of Elizabeth in the garden.
What I can't fathom is these huge, tall trees and all the undergrowth growing in nothing but SAND!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Frog 1 & 2 are hard to see, but if you look close you can see the whites of their eyes to the right and left of Melvin. We thought Melvin was trying to run away again ... he blew off the sign he was sitting on, so we walked around to the other side of the sign and HE WASN'T THERE! Actually he had slipped into a slot on the top of the sign! He got a good "giggle" at our panic! He laughed all the way back to the car! smile!
I'm about to start up - smiling!
After my circumference of the observation deck ... still hugging the tower, but I'M THERE!
One more ... I'm going to FACEBOOK next to post this one!
This beach is just across the sand dunes from our hotel room here at the Lighthouse View Inn in Buxton. (the name is a real stretch - you can see the light at night, but not the lighthouse!) If you \have the stamina for walking in the sand (it really is tough in the soft sand!) you could walk to Cape Hatteras Light Station from here, via the beach ... but I want to save my walking for a hike through the Buxton Woods today, a maritime forest out near the picnic grounds where we had out lunch yesterday! I also want to walk on the beach near the original location of the lighthouse (it was moved in 1999 about 600 yards inland!) and collect some sand there for my Hatteras bottle that I found at the Pirate's Chest on Ocracoke.
I was afraid if I tried to get both feet in this picture I would fall, so I had to settle for one foot only. (I also wrote in the sand on Ocracoke Island, and will do the same at Nags Head - one of the photos may end up in my title page layout for my vacation book from this year!)