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Hibiscus after the rain.

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Short Sweet Sunday

For today’s SSS; I’m showing off some of my flowers, I love Hibiscus because they bloom daily and their vibrant colors add beauty to the house. Two of these Carolina Breeze and Oxblood are new and the last Fiesta is a favorite whose color never disappoints. Hope y’all have a relaxing Sunday.

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A Little Bit of Corpus Christi

So I feel bad I know I’ve been MIA forever and I must explain, I am an avid reader and if something really catches my attention it consumes me until I finish it; occasionally this happens with series of books, so then it seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I recently watched the series “Game of Thrones” on HBO which then lead to the books, all five of them 🙂 needless to say I highly recommend them but now that I have finished them I am back and I promise not to be so negligent again … well, at least until the next book comes out.

I know I have been promising to take you to the coast forever, with the sweltering heat lately I thought we needed some visual relief so today, for the next couple of posts I am making good on my word. Recently I spent an afternoon and night in Corpus Christi and these are a few pictures from that adventure. Usually I pass through Corpus on my way to Port Aransas but I was in town for a short while so I decided to share some of it with you. These first few shots are some artwork that was posted outside of a tattoo studio that was down town. I thought it was cool that the artists chose to advertise by displaying some of their artwork on the side of the building. This first picture is Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, an icon often seen; I could do a whole blog post about her alone but for now I will say she will always remind me of my Grandmother.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
I have a thing for Dragons, many people say I myself am one (even though according to Chinese Astrology I am actually a Water Ox) but I thought this Dragon’s third eye was an interesting addition.
3 Eyed Dragon
This caught my eye because I thought it was a surf board design, upon closer inspection I realized it is not and it was probably just the shape that made me think that.
Roses & Daggers
BUGS!!! This piece reminded me of M. C. Escher.
Escher-esque
I have this thing for looking up at things, one of my favorite things to look up at is Palm fronds; I will at some point in time spend a whole day looking up at a Palm tree just to humor myself.
Palm Fronds
The point at which it seems the street just ends is actually where the bay begins, so only three blocks away was the water.
Before the Bay
If you are going to cruise through Corpus often it is necessary that at some point you stop by the Selena Memorial, which I happened to do at 2:30 in the morning but I thought the dark shots came out cool.
Selena
She was a very talented young lady who was taken from this world too soon.
Selena Memorial
Mirador de la Flor (Overlook of the flower), one of the biggest hits was Como la Flor which the memorial is themed for and as you can see someone has given her fresh white roses.
Como La Flor
I was only in CC overnight and this is Corpus Christi Bay mid-morning, in the distance you can see our next destination.
Corpus Christi Bay
Tomorrow we head out to the Island.


Deep in the ❤ of the Lone ✯

These are actually pictures I took last spring but one of my best friends has asked me to post them several times because they are some of their favorites. In Spring we in Texas get many beautiful flowers including but not limited to the delicacy of Dandelions, the striking beauty of Poppies, the exceedingly aromatic Mountain Laurels and let us not forget the incredibly beautiful state flower our Blue Bonnets.
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I hope you fancy our beautiful flowers and I’m thinking for our next journey some fun in the sun is in order.


✿Spring✿

So I was still playing with the Rebel when I took these shots. These were taken over a period of weeks on various days. Spring is brief in South Texas, it is not long before it is hot here and so we savor the cool spring days because we know soon the summer sun will be scorching.
This first shot was taken after a small morning rain, the sky was still overcast which always tends to make this particular hibiscus look like it is glowing. I have always loved the fresh feeling after rain and took delight in catching this flower with raindrops still on it.
Raindrops
Impending warfare or getting to know each other, I don’t know anything about the social behavior of wasps but I can tell you that a nest is now where they were that day. I am actually terrified of wasps and shot this with a telephoto lens while laying on the driveway so as to be as far away as possible. 😉
Kissy kissy
I truly am not a very big fan of orange at all but I am always so happy I purchased this hibiscus. It has often has big vibrant bright blooms and when it does, it reminds me of the friend that I was shopping with when I bought it.
Mandarin
These next three shots are of an intriguing bush that has been in the backyard since the house was purchased, we do not know what it is but it blooms earlier than anything else around; usually in early February, the bees seem to love it.
Bees
In fact the whole bush is buzzing with them when it is in full bloom.
Pink Flowers
It is an incredibly beautiful sight, the whole thing is covered in clusters of these pink flowers, they all fall off and the whole thing remains emerald green through summer, until it looses it’s leaves again in fall.
Flower Cluster
These flowers mean the beginning of spring and I who am not a huge fan of cold weather always welcome them. Sooo…. what comes next, who knows but I hope you’re ready to catch some beads.