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Sorry to see an old barn go, but this is an amazing rebuild/reuse — Douglas

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I Like This – February 11, 2011

Palm Trees using Toonpaint for iPhone



Palm Trees – Toonpaint, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A quick Toonpaint enhanced photo of the old palm trees at a friend’s house. I like the way the program stylized the trees. They almost seem to be moving.

Ash tree in Winter



Ash tree in Winter, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A blustery day here in Los Angeles. The bare ash tree was rustling and swaying in the wind. The temperature was in the low 60’s but the wind made it seem much colder. Nothing like the blizzard back east, but cool for LA.

This photo was taken on the iPhone and then doctored using the Toonpaint iPhone app.

Azalea blooms



Azalea blooms, originally uploaded by dewelch.

One entire area of our geometric azalea beds is exploding with color today. I grabbed this quick shot as we headed out for our daily walk.

Nandina berries



Nandina berries, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Some additional color in the garden at this time of year.

I Like This – January 27, 2011

Snowbells



Snowbells, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Pretty snowbells in the back garden today. The white against the dark foliage, and the tiny green dots on the white flowers look so amazing.

First Daffodils and my Google-based gardening calendar



First Daffodils, originally uploaded by dewelch.

A quick iPhone photo of the first daffodils to appear in the garden this year. I noticed them coming up about a week ago, but just saw these as I stepped outside to take some video of the street resurfacing that is happening on our street.

Adding the bloom date to my Google Calendar-based gardening journal. I put in an all-day event that then repeats yearly, forever, so that I can see what happens when at a glance.

You can try this yourself. Add a secondary calendar to Google Calendar (or whatever electronic calendar you use) and then add in events as they happen. If you have historical data, you can go back and add some of that in, too.

Azalea in Bloom…So soon?



Azalea in Bloom, originally uploaded by dewelch.

I don’t remember ever seeing the Azaleas in bloom so early in the year, but the large, mature bush right outside the front door is showing some lovely flowers already. I am guessing the heavy rains we had in December (and continue to have) have convinced them that it is time to wake up and get back to work. (SMILE)