Jean Levert Hood, ©2010, Prickly Pear, Oil, 16 inches by 20 inchesThis is my largest, actually quite large for me. I enjoy painting small and only occasionally go for a piece this size. I'm getting work ready for a new gallery, as well as a featured artist at a gallery later this year. I want a few cactus pieces for both, in 2 sizes. So, you'll see a few more to come. I've painted landscapes and more flowers in clay pots, too. I'll certainly have to take a break from all of this to paint some of our gorgeous wildflowers!
So - onto our Spring! This next flower is gorgeous and I've only seen it here one other spring. It's blue - and thus it's name, Blue Curls. We don't have many blue flowers and these are just outstanding. You can see the clusters of blooms in this close up below.
When it's a little further along, you see the coming blossoms along a coiled cluster. This cluster straightens as the flowers mature. My book tells me that these are easily cultivated from seed.
We are very well protected. Nightly, Stella takes up Patio Patrol. This will continue for some time, until she is sure all is well.
Clothilde, on the other hand, would rather play. My tomatoes aren't planted yet, but she enjoys playing with the strings that are waiting to hold up the plants.
Blue Winged Teal are visiting with us as they migrate! It's rare that I get a shot of our many migrating ducks, they generally fly off, so I don't even try to get too close. This shot was luck - I had my telephoto lens with me and I stopped as soon as I saw them. They didn't fly away! Thank you JG for identifying them.
These tiny flowers area everywhere. They're smaller than a dime.
I'm not sure what these next flowers are - I've never seen these before! My book has a few possibilities, so I'll have to wait for the blooms to be sure. It may be Stork's Bill but the leaves look different. They're right outside of the patio. I've even watered them to make sure they stay healthy!
I love this shot of the mallows!
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They're back, as promised, but still won't ditch the shades or the beach chairs.