Friday, July 31, 2015

Purple Coneflowers in Late Summer


One indigenous flower where I live is the purple coneflower. Related to the daisy, it's also known as echinacea, which when taken in pill form and combined with goldenseal, helps to combat viral infections.

A perennial, this flower is indigenous to this region because it can survive the wide variations in our weather--long dry spells, wet periods, and high humidity. The petals aren't always pretty and appear dried and wilted in these pictures. The pollen remains an attraction for bees.








Sunday, July 05, 2015

Fireworks, Part 2

This post contains part two of the fireworks pictures that I took this year.












Fireworks, Part 1

This year's fireworks pictures are going to be broken into two posts.  I hope those of you looking at these pictures find something to like. The fireworks show where I live lasted about twenty minutes. I am posting the best of the pictures that I took, using a two second delay to prevent camera shake and a ten second exposure.