Saturday, April 28, 2012

Karma Vista

Let's take a little break from all the tulips and butterflies, shall we? Today I bring you grape vines. These vines in particular live at Karma Vista Winery in Coloma, Michigan. If you look closely, you can see itty-bitty little grapes growing on the vines. This is very good news given all the frosty and freezing nights there have been in the region since the warmer than normal weather they had in March of this year. I talked to owner, Joe, and he said that so far they have fared well in spite of the cold weather. This is terrific news! I was very concerned for the wine grape crops in the area because I'd heard that the sweet (juice) grape crop was all but destroyed by the frost. However, it seems to be a sporadic event with some farms losing much of their crop and others not losing much at all. I'm relieved to know that the grapes at Karma Vista (my favorite winery) are doing well. :-)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Feast For Your Eyes

Today I have a special treat for you. It's a whole collection of tulip pics and all the flowers have pointed tips. They are not rare but they are not the common variety that people think of. I think they're striking!

First there was a pretty point-tipped tulip.

And then there were a pair.
And then a trio...
And then more...
And then a cluster...
And then rows...

And finally a whole field of point-tipped tulips!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Birthday Butterflies

The two butterflies in this picture are the Pink Rose (black & red) and the White Morpho. They were just "born". Happy birthday butterflies!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mmm... Sweet And Oh So Good!

I'm not used to seeing it this way and you probably aren't either. This is chocolate. Well, it's the cacao plant anyway. Those orange pods hold cacao beans. Mmm, mmm, good things come from those!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where's That Smell-evision?

The scent of these orchids was even more beautiful than the sight of them. I wish I could share it...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tulips By The Thousands

A simple red tulip looks spectacular when it's multiplied by the hundreds. This field reportedly has 80,000+ tulips in it. How many do you think are red? Go ahead and start counting and let me know when you come up with a total...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Two-For Sunday, Scarlet Mormon

This is such a striking butterfly I just had to give you two views of it. I'd love to see one of these on the butterfly bush in my backyard!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Two-Tone Lovelies

Purple and yellow always remind me of Easter. So it's fitting that these beauties should bloom in the same month as Easter. So pretty!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tulip Cluster

I didn't know tulips grew in clusters. Most don't, but these did. Lovely, aren't they?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pink Cattleheart

Here we have a male "Pink Cattleheart" from Central America. Good grief! Who comes up with these names? Nothing about this butterfly says "pink" or "cattle heart" to me. <grin> He is a pretty one though and I'm glad I had the chance to see him up close.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It Isn't a Tulip...

I don't know what this plant is but it isn't a tulip. ;-) I found it on the grounds outside the Meijer Gardens. The green and white leaves are interesting enough but add the unusual center flowers and you've got a real stunner.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunset in a Flower

Sunset colors in a flower. That's what I first thought when I saw these. They were big, beautiful blooms bursting forth with color and a less than traditional shape for tulips. I could have stared at them all day. And now that I have a picture of them, I can do just that. I won't of course because I have things to do and places to be. But I know I will enjoy looking at them from time to time and remembering how lovely and joyous they were.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Holland Lighthouse

The Holland Lighthouse. Complete with a sailboat and seagull for effect. It won't be long before the channel is full of boaters coming and going and beach goers are splashing nearby. Hurry summer!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Special

Today is a two-for day. You get to see the same bright pink tulips from two different views. Pick your favorite and enjoy!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Postman

This variety of butterfly is known as the "Postman". It's from Central and South America. So nice to see these lovely winged creatures, if only indoors.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tulip Time!

So as I was saying yesterday, I drove west across the state. My first destination was Meijer Gardens to see the butterfly exhibit, followed by Holland State Park, and finally, the tulips in Holland. The Tulip Festival in Holland is held in May every year but like so many other plants, the tulips (as you can see) have bloomed a full month early this year. The festival officials are encouraging tourists to come see the tulips now and return next month for the already-scheduled festival activities. I couldn't resist the opportunity to capture the glorious colors of the tulips in bloom so over the next several days I'll be featuring lots and lots of tulips here, interspersed with some equally lovely butterflies and a few pics from Holland State Park. Spring in west Michigan is gorgeous!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Off to the Gardens

I finally tore myself away from my computer... not just for an hour or so but for the whole day. Camera in hand, I headed west. This was my first photo of day. Lovely daffodils, aren't they? And the day just got better and better...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Springtime at the Lake Shore

It was a lovely day to be at the lake, or in the lake as was the case with this pair. Right after I took this shot a kayaker came by and was almost attacked by these guys. I'm guessing they're nesting in the area.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring at the Lake

Ah, the blues and greens of spring. They are so welcomed after the grays and browns of this past winter (we didn't see much white!). I love the vibrant colors!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This Week in My Garden

Has is really been 2 weeks since I've posted here? I guess so. I don't know where the time has gone. Oh yes I do. 1940 Census, lol! This last week I've been combing through it, the week before I was getting ready for it. It's been hard to tear myself away from it even though we've had some nice days for picture taking.

I snapped a couple pics last week that I will post. And I grabbed a few pics of the flora in my yard this week. I still find it remarkable that I have anything much growing in my yard yet. While the weather isn't as warm as it was last month, we've still had nice weather lately.

Here's the lone tulip in my yard. I gave up on planting bulbs a few years back because the squirrels would just dig them up. This lonely soldier seems to have been ignored by them this year.

The crab apple trees that line the back of our yard were here when we moved into our house the first week of May in 1989. Every year since then, they bloom during the first week of May without fail. That is until this year. This year they are very, very early as it is only the first week in April and they are in full bloom. And gorgeous. And they smell heavenly!