Archive for May, 2006

Uncle Donald

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Uncle Donald, originally uploaded by trekr.

My uncle Donald gave us a house warming present nearly a decade ago. The plane hangs on the ceiling of our back porch. When the wind blows, the propeller spins with a distinctive sound not unlike a creaky windmill on an abandoned farm. This little plane has foretold many storms.

Fritch’s Cactus

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

DSCN8385, originally uploaded by trekr.

This cactus is from a cutting. The mother plant is in a big pot sitting on an old stump in the back yard of the Fritch’s farm near Schullenberg Texas. The flower opens in the day and closes at night.


Sunday, May 21st, 2006

DSCN8306, originally uploaded by trekr.

Sometimes a weed will surprise you. If you have some weeds around you, at the least, you should let them flower.

Lost Oak

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Lost Oak, originally uploaded by trekr.

We lost another White Oak this Spring to Hypoxylon canker. The sawdust in the foreground is the ground up stump. The bare patch of grass is where the kid’s swing used to hang. Surprisingly, the limb the swing hung from was the last part of the tree to succumb to disease. The arborist that felled the tree tied the swing to a sturdy limb in a nearby tree. I guess everyone remembers their favorite childhood swing. When the tree you are swinging from falls, its time to find a new tree.

What grows when you forget to mow

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

DSCN8162, originally uploaded by trekr.

I’ve been too lazy to mow the back yard, and today it is too wet. The kids found this single flower in the middle of the yard. Somebody said it’s trillium. A reward for my procrastination.

Cherry Pie

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

DSCN8161, originally uploaded by trekr.

I hadn’t made a pie in some fifteen years. Last weekend I taught my oldest how. Not bad for a first pair of pies. Oh yes, they were very tasty !


Saturday, May 6th, 2006

DSCN8149, originally uploaded by trekr.

The Japanese honeysuckle is considered an invasive plant. Here in Texas, it is quite easy to control. The flowers are sweet to taste. This photo makes a great wallpaper, enjoy !