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….stuck in the kitchen

I live in my own little world

If the weather is good in the morning, I pot or plant in the ground at least one plant. The big ones first. This morning I got quite a few planted in the ground. Here they are.

Cactus

Cactus

Cactus

Cactus

Trichocereus sp.

Mammillaria magnimamma

Mammillaria hahniana

Mammillaria pilcayensis

Oreocereus species

Notocactus leninghausii

Echinocereus reichenbachii v. albispinus

When I came in from the gardens, planning on working in the office, I found an unknown creature at the end of the hallway giving me the evil eye.

Zoey the Cool Cat

There was no way to get to the office, so I was stuck in the kitchen, but at least that’s where the margaritas were.

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Come to papa, mama!

I live in my own little world

Jim, Zoey the Cool Cat, and I moved into our new home in July 2017, which coincided with my retirement.

Retirement sucks.

So in my quest for things to do in my retirement years, I have gotten heavily involved in landscaping, especially with cacti and succulents. I have gotten involved with several cactus and succulent societies, of which the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society is my favorite.

At their monthly meetings, they provide an opportunity to bring in plants to show off — their “Brag Table.” Plants get categorized into Cactus or Succulent; their owners get categorized into Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced; and plants are awarded first place, second place, and third place in each plant category and each owner category.

Normally it takes something like 10 blue ribbons before one advances into the next category. There are exceptions, though. I’m an exception.

After just two months in the Novice category, I was asked to move to either Intermediate or Advanced. I moved to Intermediate, but after one month there, I moved myself to Advanced.

We had our monthly meeting yesterday, and I took in four plants to show off, one dish garden, two cacti, and one succulent. My dish garden took first place in the Advanced division:

Dish Garden, first place, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

My Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea, won first place in the Cactus, Advanced division:

Opuntia polyacantha var erinacea, first place, cactus, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

My Sedum morganianum won third place in the Succulent, Advanced division:

Sedum morganianum, third place, succulent, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

Sedum morganianum is a very common plant, and common plants rarely win anything, so this was a nice surprise. The judge did tell us that the staging was exceptional and that he really liked how the sedum trailed over the edges and down the sides.

My Mammillaria magnimamma is feeling sad and depressed because it did not win anything.

Mammillaria magnimamma

How can one discriminate against a plant with such a great name? Mammillaria magnimamma. Come to papa, mama!

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Macro photography – Raindrops, but not on roses

I live in my own little world

The fact that San Diego gets about eleven inches of rain each year is one of the reasons why I moved here in April 1993 from Texas, where eleven inches of rain sometimes was an afternoon thunderstorm.

Here in the East San Diego County boondocks, though, we get a little more rain. In fact, over two days in February this year, my rain gauge indicated that we got nine inches of rain. Certainly haven’t had to deal with that in 25 years.

There are only two good things about rain: my plants love it, and I love taking macro pictures of raindrops on those plants. Following are ten macro raindrop pictures from February 2018. The first picture won first place in the Photography category at the June 2018 show of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society. The last one (remember, there are ten pictures) might not be safe for work.

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

Macro of raindrops on plants

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Exhibiting cacti & succulents at the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Show

I live in my own little world

My last post was on October 21. It’s been a long three weeks, most of it having to do with gardening.

The big event was October 27-29. I was getting ready for the Fall Show & Sale for the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society.

These shows are heavy on succulents and short on cacti. The main reason for that is because cacti are difficult to move with all their spines & thorns pointing every which way. Not paying attention, not being careful, can result in some serious and painful skin punctures.

My intent was to exhibit a lot of cacti to make sure that the cactus side of the show room was full. I spent the month leading up to the event cleaning and repotting show-worthy cacti.

I was hoping to enter 50 cactus specimens. Ultimately, I only entered 44 exhibits – 31 were in the Cactus category, twelve in the Succulent category, and one in the Dish Garden category. My Dish Garden, though, had five thorny cacti in it; of the twelve in the Succulent category, six had spines; and of the 31 in the Cactus category, one did not have spines. So it’s not always about those pokey pokey things. My intent, though, was to fill up the Cactus category, and I definitely helped do that.

I exhibit in the Advanced class now, and won….
     12 first places,
          9 second places, and
               13 thirds.

Ten of my plants weren’t appreciated by the judges. Sad and depressed those plants are.

My Mammillaria parkinsonii, below, received one of the two Judge’s Choice awards, and tied for second for the People’s Choice award.

Mammillaria parkinsonii, Judge's Choice & People's Choice second place

…..was awarded the Granddaddy of them all, BEST IN SHOW, my Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’.

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' Best In Show

I created a video of all the plants I exhibited in the show, although I didn’t find out about the second place People’s Choice until recently, so although it’s in the video with its Judge’s Choice award, it’s not in the video with its People’s Choice second place.

Here’s the video:

Russel’s 44 exhibits 

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-17-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken this past week in San Diego County.

img_0408 yellow orchid stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

img_0411 purple orchid stamp

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img_0417 camelia purple white stamp

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img_0434 wisteria purple stamp

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img_0538 succulent stamp

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img_0539 hibiscus yellow red stamp

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img_0544 flower stamp

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img_0545 flower stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

img_0551 flower stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

img_0558 coral tree flower stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift? Birthday? Graduation? Marriage? Anniversary? Choose Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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