Sunday, October 30, 2011

Autumn Bouquet

This autumn bouquet is almost as beautiful in its decline as the day it was fresh.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A Union soldier posed with his rifle, wearing his Hardee hat.

Friday, October 28, 2011

100 Years Ago

An anonymous cowboy, circa 1910.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

A circa 1940 advertising poster for a fiesta in Valenica, Spain, artist unknown.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

The paperwhites have started blooming, 2 months ahead of time, and freesias, daffodils and irises are all up out of the ground with foliage already. Makes me wonder what they know about the coming weather.

This wee caterpillar found them much to his liking, as he ate his way across one blossom and onto another.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Washed Ashore

Walking on the beach last week, we came upon a stingray, washed ashore, with a hole eaten in its back. All those little holes in the sand are from where the stingers on the ray's tail pierced the sand as the tide washed it in and out.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

On The Beach

Picasso's "Two Women Running On The Beach".

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

100 Years Ago

An anonymous cowgirl, circa 1904.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

Artist Franz Lenhart had the ability to make smoking look fashionable in this circa 1930s art deco advertising poster from Italy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

Cannas are easy to grow, but they sure can get invasive once they get established. They'll force their way up through ferns and perennials and can end up taking over the flower beds and coming up in the lawn if you don't keep them in check.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Impressionists On The Beach

How Renoir saw a French beach in 1888.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A young Confederate soldier, from Company E, Lynchburg Rifles 11th Virginia Infantry Volunteers. He's holding an 1841 Mississippi rifle and outfitted with a Sheffield Bowie knife, box knapsack, canteen, blanket roll and cartridge box.

Friday, October 14, 2011

100 Years Ago

Buckskin Bill, who had his own Wild West traveling show in 1900.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

A travel poster circa 1920 by Maurice Lauro, for Trouville, a small fishing village on France's Normandy coast.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

Perennial asters, above, are a terrific autumn perennial. They spread readily, bloom profusely, don't attract too many pests and can be easily separated and transplanted. They only grow about 6" tall, so be sure and keep them to the front of the border.

Below, the last of the speedwell, another perennial, also known as "Veronica", will soon go to seed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

On The Beach

It's back to cold water and full wetsuits.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Impressionists On The Beach

Boston's North Shore, circa 1915, by American Edward Henry Potthast.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A Union officer on a rock at Lookout Point, Tennessee, holding his cavalry saber, with his slouch hat beside him.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Room With A View

Does this squirrel recognize the sound of our car? No sooner had we pulled up to watch the storm than he braved the rain to venture out to claim his share of french fries.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blessing In Disguise

If there has to be a flat tire, the best place to have one is at home on the driveway.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

Miniature zinnias don't make very good cut flowers, but planted in clusters they'll fill in blank spots in the flower border with fiery color. They're a short lived annual, but well worth planting for a sure burst of autumn color.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Impressionists On The Beach

Claude Monet's 1884 "Fishing Boats On The Beach At Etretat".

Sunday, October 2, 2011

At The Pumpkin Patch

Every kid at the pumpkin patch likes to take a spin on the tractor.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

Two sergeants, a corporal and a private from the Union Army, posing in front a painted camp scene.