A Great Russian Honey Bear Sunflower Story…

Every year I seem to go a bit over the top with sunflower varieties in the gardens.  This year is no exception.  However, I will not bore you with another annual set of photos from the sunflower groves.

But there is one sunflower that I wish to bring to your attention.

At first we thought it would be a standard Great Russian bloom.  But this plant had its own ideas.  My best guess is it is another hybrid created by the bees from last year’s plantings.  For now I am calling it a Great Russian Honey Bear.  It is only half the height of a typical Russian but the bloom is huge.

It started with the bloom opening on August 3rd…

By August 5th the bloom was turning into a very large Honey Bear…

Following NASA’s lead sending a probe to the Sun I sent my lens to the center of this sunflower bloom…

By August 10th the bloom was 10 inches in diameter—twice the size of any Honey Bear (or any sunflower for that matter) I have ever experienced…

Looks ever so much like a huge powder puff for a clown act…

DISCLAIMER–Any interpretation a reader might make that somehow this story is an oblique reference to current Russian or Russian America political stories—is entirely of their own creation  🙂

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Still here…But Focused On Other Things!

I have not posted on either of my blog sites for a bit so I thought I would let everyone know I am still around.

Must focus on things closer to home, etc., etc. Keeping the photo walks at home does present some new vistas to explore in our own landscape…!!!!

Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018!

2017 was a year that brought the United States mass shootings, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires on an unprecedented level.

In addition to these disasters there were three developments in 2017 that I predict will continue to ascend and take over in 2018…The Year Of The Total Faux!

(Signs and Scenes from Downtown Petaluma 2017)

I. FAUX NEWS GARBAGE

The maturity of Faux News…appearing even on a garbage can on Petaluma’s Water Street….Expect it to become dominant in 2018.

II. CRYPTOCURRENCY

Ersatz Money a.k.a. Cryptocurrency matured in 2017 and may expand in 2018….making money and banks antiques.  Consider this scene in Downtown Petaluma…

If you are willing to join the future money club see Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

I, for one, will let others pursue this money trail.

III. The Post Literate World born on 2017 will expand in 2018…

Tweets, Texts, personal attacks, insults, slogans, etc., will continue to be the only necessary sources of information to be an informed citizen…

Leading finally to this by the end of 2018…

 

A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

I leave it to the reader as to how to best answer the question posed above. But first read the background below! 🙂

It was time to upgrade the exterior of our sixties era ranch house e.g., windows, paint, lights. But what color for the house? Fortunately, my wife, who has a much better eye for such things than I, took charge of the color selection.

After several trips to Peterson’s Paints to evaluate color options, computer modeling, etc., she selected colors frequently used on Victorian style homes–Exotic Purple & Eggplant. Simply White was selected as the trim color.   Purple was the main color except for one side wall in Eggplant. To put it all in perspective this work photo will better explain it…

Here is the result…

NOTE: As the light changes throughout the day, the Purple becomes Black and the Eggplant becomes Purple.  White remains…Simply  White.

BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! 🙂 

MAJOR MISSION CREEP!!

This project, like most, generated another idea. I mean if you are doing new windows and colors, you can’t just live with the old concrete steps to the front door!

A little research and consultation with Ohana Construction produced this solution…

 THANKS TO

  • Ohana Construction in Petaluma for making it all happen with their usual hard work above & beyond…not to mention their suggestions at several stages of the exterior renovation projects. They continue to live up to their reputation as the People’s Choice.

  • Peterson’s Paints for their help in evaluating and selecting colors, sheens, etc.
  • Friedman’s for their assistance on selecting outdoor lighting options from the overwhelming selection.

Balshaw Bridge Fitness Center?

It appears that we may have another fitness center in Downtown Petaluma!*

I noticed the gear this morning under the Balshaw Pedestrian Bridge over the Petaluma River.

YES, I DID! 

No editing tricks–images straight from the camera made during this morning’s perambulation…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

No hours are posted for this new facility.  However, it may be open 24 hours for boaters who want to lift weights while on the river…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Hmmmm! I wonder what kind of permit was required for this installation?

*While written with tongue in cheek, I hope this will be taken seriously and corrected…Until then, boaters should be careful under the bridge

I am a FINALIST!

Today I received an Official Document from Washington DC…

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The document contained therein advised that I am a finalist to win a 2017 Toyota Prius. Apparently they have been trying to contact me before as the envelope clearly indicates this is the “Final Attempt”!

I checked the address on 611 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington…

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Apparently an entity called PVS at 225 W First St in Casper Wy is in charge of the contest.

I checked out the address contained in the Offical Document…

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Don’t you just LOVE Google Maps!!

By the Bye, as I am awfully busy with other official documents from Washington during tax time, I regret that I will not have time to seek the prize.  Sigh…such is life…