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I can’t tell y’all (that’s Texan for “you all” or “you”) how good it is to be able to go blog camping again.

Three months without a campout was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

The extreme speed of Internet Explorer 11, coupled with my reading speed (courtesy of Evelyn Woods back in 1973) and Dragon Naturally Speaking means that I might soon be back visiting 120 blogs each day and leaving LIKEs and comments all over the place.

Goodbye 2014 first quarter, hello 2014 second quarter!

Pelargonium (geranium) from my back yard garden yesterday:

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Flower and rain drops

Friday Flower Fiesta (2/8/13)—Snow in San Diego

Friday Flower Fiesta

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With a big blizzard heading to the Northeast, I thought I’d let you see what snow in San Diego looks like:

Snow in San Diego

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Snow in San Diego

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Snow in San Diego

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Actually, since it’s raining hard here in San Diego right now, I thought I’d share some of my rain pictures. Heck, since I have so few rain pictures—this IS San Diego, after all—I might share ALL of them!

CyclamenFlower and rain drops

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FuchsiaFlower and rain drops

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GeraniumFlower and rain drops

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Bearded IrisFlower and rain drops

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Wild IrisFlower and rain drops

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Bearded IrisFlower and rain drops

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OrchidFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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BegoniaFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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PansyFlower and rain drops

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Giant HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Wild IrisFlower and rain drops

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DaturaFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Day LilyFlower and rain drops

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AloeFlower and rain drops

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Mother of ThousandsFlower and rain drops

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PassionflowerFlower and rain drops

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AloeFlower and rain drops

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta (September 14, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

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In last week’s Friday Flower Fiesta, one of my pictures was a stapelia flower on a black background. It was my favorite picture from last week. The original picture was one of those throwaway pictures — bad composition, bad exposure, poor focus.

I can never convince myself to throw any picture away, though, because I have Adobe Photoshop CS6, Corel PaintShop Pro X5 (just came out a couple of days ago; I upgraded within minutes), Corel Photo-Paint X6, and CorelDRAW! X6.

This week’s flower pictures are a bunch of throwaways that I dug out of the trash folder.

Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (September 13, 2012)

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Geraniums and Pelargoniums

Friday Flower Fiesta — Geraniums & Pelargoniums

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Many decades ago we would identify geraniums and pelargoniums by their leaves, and as geraniums. In today’s world, due to DNA and genome identification, what you and I traditionally thought of as geraniums — those with big, beautiful, round heads of flowers — are actually “zonal pelargoniums.” Both geraniums and pelargoniums are in the Geraniaceae family. Very few geraniums are sold in plant nurseries simply because they are not as showy as the pelargoniums.

I have thousands of pictures of pelargoniums and hundreds of geraniums. The problem with pictures of pelargoniums is that by the time the flower stalk is full of flowers, some of the older flowers look pretty ratty. Today I discovered how to resolve that problem.

First, I cloned out the ratty parts of the pictures using Photoshop CS6. Along with other minor cleanup (contrast, highlights, shadows), I applied the Fractalius filter sharpening to them. Then I took them to CorelDRAW! X6 and made paintings out of them using the Trace Bitmap function. Since I was making paintings out of them, I didn’t have to be real careful in Photoshop with the quality of the cloning. That made it a lot easier since geraniums and pelargoniums have a lot of nooks and crannies amongst the leaves and flowers.

Following are my pelargonium paintings for our Friday Flower Fiesta, all of them from my gardens over the years. Some of the original pictures were small, unfocused, low resolution pictures from old point & shoot cameras; making paintings out of them allows me to save them as something more beautiful than just a documentation of my old gardens.

The last painting is of some pelargonium leaves — one reason why I like pelargoniums is because when they are not blooming, they still look gorgeous because of their many leaf colors and shapes. If you really want something unique in your garden, get some smelly pelargoniums, more properly called “scented-leaf pelargoniums.” They come in chocolate, lemon, apple, coconut, rose, strawberry, nutmeg, and many other smells.

Picture 1Geraniums and Pelargoniums

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Picture 3Geraniums and Pelargoniums

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Picture 8Geraniums and Pelargoniums

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Picture 11Geraniums and Pelargoniums

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Picture 12Geraniums and Pelargoniums

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