Reblog – FDA Kills the French Fry

Seriously, FDA leave my fries alone!   Do we ready need a GMO potato?!  And if it’s so safe why can’t we get a label to let us choose if we wish to be guinea pigs.  The government is out of control isn’t my preferred path.   But I don’t have a food chain available outside the grocery store.   I mean I could have chickens and cows where I reside.  But eating Betsy the cow would have a drawback, and chickens are really filthy.  It’s easier wrapped in plastic.   But if my beef roast says it came from Mexico, why can’t my salmon say in came from nature?

Below link to GMO approval

The Dahlias Winter Sleep

This is November.   A time when plants get dug up to stored for next year.   In six months, I’ll drag them out and plant then again. But my beloved dahlias are half gone. Below you see the bulbs at the bottom of the plants. When the green has died off they get trimmed to bulbs and dried out. Hiding them in a dry dimly lite space until the green leaves start to grow.



Some are still blooming.  But the orange one in its hey day seen below, is done.   Above sits it’s bulbs stripped of this year.


Camera Lucida – Garden Treasure

Welcome back to week #14 of Camera Lucida Photo Challenge

Watering Pot

This week’s theme: Garden Treasure

a piece of ground adjoining a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables
a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.
Watering pot

I’ll be very honest and say that gardening never was my strong side…it’s quite relaxing in a way but I could never call it a hobby…a way of life…or a must:)

What does fascinate me is the visual perspective of everything that relates to gardening…there is something that attracts the eye…and it’s not always the end product.

The muddy boots…the old watering pot that has been used for generations…the colourful utensils that have a bigger purpose than just to dig and cut or just break the soil…

This week your challenge is to share what is your garden treasure…it is your beautiful and personalised box of gardening utensils…maybe your secret corner of heaven…a rare flower that makes you proud…your dirty boots and gloves…

What is your garden treasure…how does your garden reflect you?

Share this week a piece of you…maybe a little secret that you’ve kept hidden behind a beautiful evergreen pot:)

Your Secret Way
Your Secret Way

How to join us?

Follow your host and share each week your own vision of the theme.

Create a new post with the title CAMERA LUCIDA followed by the theme name.

The content of the post is completely down to you, share just the photo or be even more creative and tell us the story behind the scene, make it your own.

Feel free to use the ‘Your Gallery’ badge in your post and link back to the last Camera Lucida challenge or just leave a link to your post in the comment box. Please tag your post #cameralucida so other participants can find the entries on the Reader. The Inlinkz it’s not available anymore for upload, so do not forget to tag and link back, this way your post will be visible to others outside your followers 🙂

You will have seven days to introduce your snapshot to everyone.

At the end of each challenge I will share with you all the entries and introduce you to their makers. Make sure you visit their blogs, share honest feedback and be supportive.

Camera Lucida – Your Gallery

An exhibition where your visual perception captures the world and gives life to a new story.
yellow flower

Another beautiful exhibition of your entries…last week theme: Reflections:)

Thank you for sharing and reflecting! Here is the gallery…enjoy walking through another long corridor and admire some amazing creations:

Terri and Reflections of a Summer Day
Cathy and Baby reflections
Johanna and Sky reflections
Vinneve and Discover the reflection
Gun and Looking glass
Jeann and Reflection of a Squid
Carol and Knit reflections
I.J Khanewala and Reflecting History
Margo and Reflections
Snowsomwhere and Look Around You
Simply Snapshots and Water Under the Bridge
Thank you so much for your support and I hope you will enjoy this week’s theme as well:)


Today the treasure is alive! I’m three weeks past when my beloved dahlias normally have been froze out.   But El Niño is their friend.




A few late bloomers in a Snap Dragon and a Dianthus



If You Build They will Come…Eventually


The Creator sent down a special present
Ancient civilizations had a world we can’t related to at all.  The concept of working long hours to build something that has no obvious function.  That is our daily life.  Building a massive outline of a person, several animals, perfectly proportioned to communicate with a creator.  Doing this by leveling out the desert floor without a vantage point to observe the whole operation, not our world.  Such is the world of the unknown people that wandered the deserts of California and Arizona maybe 3000 years or more ago.  

The place is called Blythe Intaglios.  The location is next to the Colorado River about fifteen miles north of Blythe, CA off US95.  A small marker points the way.  A handful of sites offer limited information.  A long gone by show ‘In Search Of’ (Leanord Nemoy) profiled it years ago.  The only aerial footage I ever saw of the site.


The Intaglios are protected by three foot high fences.
What is an Intaglio?  Well, it’s a geoglyph!  Think changing the earths appearance for symbols.  Petroglyphs in grand scale.  Nazca lines of Peru by far the most famous ones.  But here in the borderland of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, there are at least forty Intaglios.  Three are easy to see here outside of Blythe.  By that I mean by high clearance car or SUV.  A mile of gravel roads.  The dirt road continues but without a four wheel drive vehicle or a long unguided walk.

The environment is desert.  Bring water!   Summers are extreme often over hundred early in the day, one hundred and twenty happens here.  Opt for spring or fall for best weather.  The views are expansive.  Young mountains on multiple sides provide rugged backdrops.  The Colorado River is visible and fairly wide here.  Several plants lend green to the landscape.

The site is intertwined with arroyos, dry runs.  The threat of rain leads to flash floods.  The arroyos fill quickly.  The cut banks are often ten to thirty feet tall from the dry creek beds.  Respect the desert.  What you see can be incredible.  More pictures to follow…


Fall pictures


The third week of October is turning out to be peak color here in Northern Ohio.  It’s almost two weeks later than normal.   Orange and red are hard to come by this year.  Sure trees went brown and dropped everything in the rain.


Sweet gum ( black tupelo, to my southern friends) will always turn red.


In another week the bald cypress will be pumpkin orange, and the brakes will fall in a day.   Becoming bald.  Its a not quite evergreen.


Ok, the azeala has a problem with keeping proper time.  They bloom in spring here. Obviously,  it thinking of a vacation to Australia or maybe Chile.


The late ripening beauty berry sends out dozens of arms of purple.  The birds will wait to eat these last.


The red version of a cottage pink (Dianthus) still remembers summer.  As well as my favorite dahlias…


Reblog – Can the Little Guy Take On Big Oil?

The story of the Keystone XL pipeline has had a lot of twists and turns.  The proposed pipeline to bring oil from the Canadian Oil Sands through the central US to southern ports hasn’t allows been welcome.  The region of Nebraska was a desert five hundred years ago.  So that means a giant oil pipe line on grass land with sand base.  Aquifers run ramped through here as well.  But here’s the story of nails going in a coffin.