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Pictures for Pam, Day 58: Wisteria Leaves

Pictures for Pam, Day 58: Wisteria Leaves
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I woke up this morning feeling so happy! In fact, for some reason it felt like a proper January 1 to me. Steve and I celebrated New Year's down at my younger brother's home but we didn't actually do anything special. It was just another day to me. But this morning I feel like the New Year has truly arrived and as I walked up and down the driveway, I thought about what this new year might be like for me and my husband.

With my rekindled passion for photography and verve for life and adventure, I'm looking forward to our slowly developing plans of purchasing an RV and travelling around the country. Originally we'd planned on diving into the deep end and getting a huge 5th wheel gooseneck trailer and a dually diesel truck. We have since scaled back to plans of a smaller bumper-pull at first, along with a less-massive truck. We will go on short trips at first and work our way up to longer trips if we decide all is going well enough for that magnitude.

We recently purchased part of the package--a long-bed diesel truck in very good used condition! It's turned out to be a wonderful deal and has awesome gas mileage for a truck—it averages about 22mpg! (our last truck was a lot smaller and yet, it only got 12mpg.) Being a diesel, it's definitely loud but only if you're outside the cab—inside it's surprisingly quiet. Steve also purchased a matching shell for the bed which will keep everything placed inside much drier. We're both really happy. In fact, our truck just passed its first test with flying colors! We drove it a total of over 750 miles/1200km round trip down to the Bay Area on our visit to see my brother and his wife. We loaded it down with a week's worth of anything we thought we might want with us, including our huge espresso machine! We barely made a dent in the truck bed's capacity! We were really happy that we didn't need to use the snow chains that Steve bought—our trip goes through an area which bogs down in snow whenever winter storms pass through. Luckily the weather was clear both ways, but it was nice to know that we were covered.

It will be really fun when the day arrives when we find the right RV for our first adventures. Both of us are looking forward to some really fun trips in the coming year!

Today's picture comes from our trip to San Anselmo/Bay Area and features a group of lovely Wisteria leaves that were about to fall off the huge old vine in Nathalie's garden. I was dazzled by the glowing leaves as I walked around taking pictures. Even though Wisterias are known for their lovely flowers and wonderful fragrance, there is so much more to love about these wonderful vines. I was enchanted by the dangling seed pods and the ones on the ground. The seeds scattered all over the ground got my attention too. I managed to get a nice assortment of interesting pictures which I hope to share at some point! (I've added two insets of past pictures to show you what Wisteria flowers look like.)

Pam, you know our love for growing from seeds. Well, I bet you know this bit of information but I'd completely forgotten: Wisteria seeds sprout very readily but if you expect to see flowers, you'll have to wait 15 years!!! Holy cow! I seem to recall that you have a flowering Wisteria...is that right? Well, I've got about 100 seeds that I took home but alas, I'm afraid there is no point in planting them. A shame because I adore these vines! Pam, I hope you are doing ok today—I sure did have a nice time visiting all of your doggy pictures and videos...you are such a great mom! *BIG HUGGGGGGS!!!!*

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43 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Beautiful capture and PIPs!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Best wishes on your trailering adventures. I'll provide a second opinion on Wisteria: Here in Mississippi, it has wonderful flowers for a week or so in the spring that the bees love. Otherwise, it is a ferocious invasive strangler that smothers anything it can reach, which is just about everything.
21 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Ronald Losure club
I'm not surprised to hear that it's a monster. I do know that it grows TOO easily and it gets all over everything...so I can only imagine that it is a nightmare under its ideal conditions when you don't want it around.
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
même en automne , les glycines ont la classe
21 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Very nice autumn colours...
21 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Que c'est beau.. même excellent
nice sunday Janet
21 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Beautiful hymn to nature!*********************
Have a great sunday!!!!!
21 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Die letzten Blätter sind bei uns gefallen, Janet.
Ich wünsche euch wunderbare Reisen in diesem Jahr
21 months ago.
Absolutely stunning, Janet.
Love it
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Gorgeous light and beautiful soft colours Janet.
21 months ago.
Boro club
21 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Superbe composition!!
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
joli ..... mais attention à l' automne !!
21 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Perfect *** Bravo , Janet !
21 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Belles et douces couleurs...
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I love the light in this shot, which is making the leaves translucent, highlighting the green and yellow colours and the delicate veins. There is some beautiful bokeh in the background as well. A gorgeous image Janet.

I have to agree with Ronald's assessment of Wisteria..........when we moved to our current house (around 25 years ago), a huge wisteria plant had pretty much taken over the front walls and garden - including invasive roots down into the foundations. We hacked it down to ground level and then put weed killer on the remaining roots. To this day, it comes back to haunt us - only a few stalks and leaves now, which are easy to get rid of thankfully, but still a testament to how tough it is..!!
21 months ago.
niraK68 club
Wunderschön zart
21 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
Three wonderful photos that invite you to dream.
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
Lovely images, Janet. I like the idea of the truck providing space to take the espresso machine while travelling - maybe I need a truck after all. :-)
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A little bit melancholic; like this mood which talks out of your picture !
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
I do love wisteria and I am already longing for their blooming !!!!
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
de très belles images Janet !!
21 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Herrlicher Blauregen.
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Excellent rendu des couleurs... j'adore les glycines aussi pour leur parfum envoutant, très très jolie Janet.
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures - and have fun with your truck!
21 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful autumnal leaf in the backlight!
21 months ago.
gezginruh club
What wonderful light and soft colours here!!
Also wonderful PİPs! Just Spring time!!

A very beautiful work, Janet!! I like it very much!!!

Best wishes
21 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful photo with wonderful light shining through those leaves. That's an image to brighten anyone's day. The insets are wonderful, too, and I especially like the first of the flowers. Great depth of field and color and exposure in all of them.

As to traveling, sounds like you guys are really getting a handle on something to use for camping and sleeping. We, being inveterate backpackers just throw our sleeping bags and mats in the back of the van for which Nancy has made curtains.

We've traveled and camped for years this way and about the only time we do things differently now is when we are backpacking. Still have all the camping gear, though, and use it when we're camping with the kids and grandkids.

We're enjoying the peace and quiet of no visitors and are looking forward to the next few weeks. If the nice weather we've had holds, we'll probably try to get out and do some hiking or eagle watching - they are feeding on the salmon now at Lake Coeur d'Alene.
21 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
sublime compo and focus !
happy new year !
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Lovely back light that highlights the veins in these beautifully coloured leaves and the pips add to this fabulous image Janet.
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I love wisteria - the blooms are fantastic. I call it purple rain, and the flowers are very similar to my laburnham which I call yellow rain. It sounds a great idea to get a RV and travel around the country. This is where you are so fortunate - you live on an enormous stretch of land and can drive for days and days seeing all different landscapes and meeting so many different people. Here to travel from the top to the bottom of the UK would take you just over 3 days!!!!

It's so lovely to hear you and Steve planning your trips together - you seem to have a wonderful marriage and relationship, sharing the same interests etc.
21 months ago.
 Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor club
A gorgeous image--the insets are lovely, too.
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Beautiful with the leaves glowing in the light!! The little touches of green are really pretty too!
21 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
A superb series, Janet! Very impressive main image and PiPs! Love the great focus and bokeh:)
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
I am delighted with all your projects, Steve and you, and your beautiful enthusiasm.
21 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
delikat - im Gegenlicht und schönem Bokeh !!
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Three wonderful pictures Janet. The main shot gives such a feeling of well being! That is always a good thing ;-))
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
21 months ago.
Magnifique série d'images
21 months ago.
trester88 club
Wunderbares Licht und Bokeh!
21 months ago.
Shmoo club
yummy leaves janet!
21 months ago.

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