Thursday, March 24, 2011

Azaleas and a Crow in Flight.

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The azaleas are only half way there. I will take more photos when all of the bushes are in full bloom. Can't wait!
Those are sugarcane carts in the distance (in the sugarcane fields). :-)

  The crows were flying above while I was taking pictures of the azaleas. :-)  I love crows and I love to listen to them. They are so beautiful. Wish I would have gotten a better shot.


  1. Your photos are beyond beautiful! You are so lucky to live by those pretty flowers. Is this your yard that is pictured? For our part, we had more snow in Wisconsin today! It's getting a little late for that...

    My mom actually has a little potted azalea plant that she has been struggling to grow all winter! Your azaleas are amazing! I love the fountain in your pictures by the way.

    I love crows too! Although you might not know that from my last blog entry. :)

  2. Thank you, Justine. I appreciate your comments so much. Yes, it's my frontyard. I recently went around taking pics in the backyard. I will post those soon. I wish your Mother the best of luck with her Azalea. They are such beautiful flowers. I hope it starts to warm up in Wisconsin very soon. :)

    I love the fountain, too. My father converted a sugar kettle into the base of the fountain. Beautiful goldfish live in the fountain/pond.

    Yes, crows are the best. I saw your blog post.:D I love your blog! Thanks for keeping the Halloween spirit alive all year long.

  3. Wow! You have a great yard! I'm looking forward to seeing more photos. I also hope it warms up here soon! I think we'll have weather in the upper 40s later this week, so that's something to look forward to. :)

    I had to google sugar kettles to see what they are! From what I read, it sounds like sugar kettles are mostly used to decorate lawns now! I'm guessing that there are a lot of sugar kettles where you are since I read that they were used in LA. I learned that there are four different sizes these came in - is yours in the grande size, or is there one even bigger? Also, how did they manage to tip something this big? Here's a link to the info I found:

    Thanks - I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying my blog! I love writing in it. It's amazing to me that there is enough material out there to keep a Halloween related blog going year round! I wasn't sure if there would be when I started this. That's such a compliment that I'm "keeping the Halloween spirit alive!" :)

  4. Hi Justine,

    Thanks so much for the link. Great resource site. I think our sugar kettle is the grande size. I will have to ask my great uncle how they tipped them. He should remember. I will let you know what he says. :)

    We had thunderstorms recently and the wind and rain knocked quite a few azaleas off the bushes. :( I'm happy I took my pictures when I did. There are still buds ready to bloom, though. :)

    I'm browsing your artwork. So many wonderful prints. I love the colors. I will place an order soon. I hope your week is going well. :)

  5. Hello again ~ Yeah, I definitely learned a lot about sugar kettles from that web site and I'd like to learn more if you get some stories from your great uncle!

    Sorry to hear that the rain and wind got a hold of your azaleas! It is good that you got some photos taken before that happened.

    I'm guessing that you are browsing my Bonanza shop? That's where I have most my art prints. I'm so glad you like them! :) My week is going well - we're finally getting some warming weather in WI. It felt like 50 degrees today!

  6. Hi Justine,

    I spoke with my great uncle and he thinks they tipped the sugar kettles using chains and pulleys. He's not completely sure, though. It was before his time. He said they used to boil the sugarcane down into a juice/sugar mixture. They'd form the sugar into blocks and would transfer the blocks via horse and buggy to the train station. The train would deliver the sugar all over the US. He received this information from a lady who lived well into her 100s and her memory remained sharp as a tack. :) If I find out more, I will pass it along.

    I'm happy to hear the weather is warming up in Wisconsin. :) I just ordered several of your art prints from your Bonanza shop. :) They look wonderful. Can't wait to receive them. I hope all is well with you.


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