Pictures for Pam, Day 125: HFF: Jelly Bean Succulent and Green Fence

(+3 HFF insets and a panorama from this morning!)

What a wonderful picture-packed day it's been! Pumpkin and I peeked outside when I got up and were very surprised to find it quite frosty. I wondered if it would hang around for more than a few moments after the sun came up but I didn't need to worry--it was a mere 28 degrees, yoiks! That's COLD! In fact, it was cold enough for very nice crystal formations. I went up to the spot where I take my panoramas and noticed something white down the hill. As I approached, I could see that it was a skull fuzzy with frost! That was enough for me. I returned with my camera and enjoyed myself with a large set of slightly morbid but very cool pictures of the long-passed animal of unknown species. Probably a deer but I didn't know for sure. (I'll post some pictures when I get to them!)

Of course since I was out, I took pictures of our daffodil buds which were also a little bit frosty…they may be opening in just a few days but it's hard to say. In any event, they will hopefully make a nice choice for Saturday's Self Challenge: "Signs of Spring."

It has turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day that's warmed up considerably from this morning's frosty start. I went out this afternoon on a mission to find new flowers--and if I could spot them, flower buds--all for "Signs of Spring." I ended up finding two new flower species I hadn't seen yet this year but I was surprised that some species which should be in bloom now aren't ready yet due to the extended cold this year. However, the official start of spring is set for 6 days from now--March 20--and it looks like the show is really beginning to spin up around here! :)

Today is also when I post my Happy Fence Friday image so I'm choosing a picture from my trip to San Anselmo back in January. I was really pleased with the way it turned out because it was such a cool surprise. In Nathalie's back patio she has a pot of beautiful Jelly Bean succulents and the back fence was nearby. This picture was unique the way the fence appeared and I don't know if you could even plan for that outcome! (I'm also including a view of today's frosty, lovely sunrise with the warm sun on the hills. Also I have added some fence pictures from my archives…enjoy!)

Pam, are you a fan of succulents? I think they are really neat but for some reason I cannot keep them alive. I probably overwater them or forget about them…I don't know, but if I ever bring one home, a death sentence begins to tick no matter what I do! Well--apparently you have more success than I do because I found a totally outstanding collage of a Cholla Cactus beaded with dewy spiderwebs! What wonderful images and a total treat for the eyes! Incredible!!

I was really sorry to hear that you smacked your eye socket yesterday…that must have hurt so badly AND pissed you off…at least, that's what my reaction would be. :( I hope you don't have a big bruise :( That totally sucks. I am crossing my fingers that you had a better day than yesterday… *HUGGGGGS*

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Frans Schols said:

Schitterende opname,Janet met prachtige pip,s.
HFF en een prettig weekend..........Frans.
2 months ago ( translate )

Jenny McIntyre said:

Oh wow Janet what amazing pictures here. I'm afraid I don't know the name of that succulent - I have something similar in my garden and we call it "Lords and Ladies" - well something like that!!!!! That view of the fence going down to the water is gorgeous. As for that fence with the wrought iron leaves is just amazing. How beautiful. That view of your land is superb - it is so beautiful.
2 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Gorgeous shots!

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2 months ago

Esther said:

A wonderful collection of superb photos. Enjoy them, Pam.
2 months ago

ColRam said:

Merci pour le groupe Canon EOSXXX
HFF et bon week end
2 months ago ( translate )

Kawasirius said:

Superbes photos Janet ! Bon week-end !
2 months ago ( translate )

k.e.s_kloset said:

A beautiful close-up.

HFF to you, Janet!
2 months ago

uwschu said:

HFF Janet, hast Dir hier ein besonders schönes und interessantes Motiv ausgesucht.
Das Spiel mit der Tiefenschärfe macht deine Aufnahme sehr interessant
2 months ago ( translate )

J. Gafarot said:

Wonderful light on the close-up.
Great PIP's.
HFF to you Janet and enjoy a nice weekend.
2 months ago

Wierd Folkersma said:

beautiful macro and great pips too. Your dof is excellent
2 months ago

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Gorgeous light and a wonderful bright colour.
HFF and a ncie weekend.
2 months ago

Eunice Perkins said:

HFF, Janet! That's a beautiful image! Thosesucculants look good enough to eat.
2 months ago

Annemarie said:

beautiful image.
love the inset with the red fence!!!!!!!!!!
HFF..............Happy weekend:)
2 months ago

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images !
2 months ago ( translate )

neira-Dan said:

Topissime !! Bon WE Janet
2 months ago ( translate )