Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

When the weekly photo challenge popped up as being flowers, I was very happy because I love flowers. However, I soon realized that the people who picked the theme at this time of the year must live in California.

You see, it’s August in Alabama, and most of the flowers are fried. I know it’s August in California, too, but I’ll bet it’s just perfect weather for a riotous display of flowers there.

Undaunted, I set out looking for flowers. Mostly all I can see now is green–lots of green. I found a few, and I’m also including some of my favorite Spring flowers that I photographed earlier this year.

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches is my favorite wildflower. I think the shape of them is very unique. They are fleeting bloomers in the very early Spring–anywhere from late February to early April here.


The color and fragrance of lilacs make them another fave. I thought I had died and gone to heaven the year we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the whole town was awash in blooming lilacs. The smell was out of this world.

I don’t know the name of these little purple-speckeled flowers, but they look pretty.


These petunias are still beautiful, but most are crispy by now.


Portulaca thrives better in the Alabama heat better than most, so we plant them every year. Thanks to DH’s TLC, they bloom through the summer.

Cardinal Flower

I didn’t know the name of this Cardinal Flower until I looked it up. We spotted this one on a recent geocaching outing.

Wildflowers in the woods are great, and so are all the others!


Weather Control

Montage of San Diego pictures on Commons

Image via Wikipedia of San Diego Sights

The post a day 2011 topic for today is If You Controlled the Weather, What Would It Be Like Outside Today?

It certainly wouldn’t be 94 with a heat index of 100 and a dew point of 70.

If I controlled the weather, the temperature would be 70ish, no humidity or high dew point, a light breeze blowing, and sunny.

I hear that’s what the weather is like in Hawaii most of the time, but since I’ve never been there, I can only imagine.

The only place I’ve ever visited that comes close to optimal weather is San Diego, California. I had no idea that such a place existed on earth, not only having perfect weather but also with the added benefit of no bugs!

As much as I love the perfect weather there, high living expenses combined with lack of family members there keeps me confined to the wildly fluctuating weather patterns of Alabama.

I Think We Could Use a Little Snow

Dang it’s hot! I’m pretty sure the temps have sweltered at 95 or above for the last two months–and we are just now entering the dog days of summer.

We probably saw more snow last winter than we have in a long time. It was cold. People complained. Couldn’t wait ’till summer.

Well, they got summer in full force. I’m convinced that people who love summer have pools or live on the river where they can get in the river when the heat is blasting.

Then there’s the rest of us. We just get to sweat.

I’ve never been a fan of summer. I like spring and fall on the few days we have perfect temps and no humidity or dew point to speak of. Winter is okay.

See, in winter, you can always put on more clothes. In summer, there is a limit to how much you can take off before you get arrested. Not to mention that most people just don’t want to look at you in that stripped state.

I have a nice patio. Do you think I can sit on it now? No way. I would fry like a piece of bacon out there.

I have flowers that my wonderful DH tends. Can I sit and look at them? Nope. Too hot out there.

Take a walk around the neighborhood? No way. I’m not looking to have a heat stroke.

The one upside to summer heat is air conditioning. I thank God for that. It’s the closest I come to snow in the summer.

I know it would be a freak of nature, but I’m pretty sure a little snow right now would be welcomed by even the most dedicated winter-hater.

Ahhh. Doesn't that look refreshing?