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Pictures for Pam, Day 72: Sweet Pea Shrub

Pictures for Pam, Day 72: Sweet Pea Shrub
(+3 insets!)

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring!" Wow, have we been getting a lot of rain! It rained all day yesterday and it's been raining all day today. It's supposed to pour until tomorrow evening too!

I wanted to go out last night to see how our water diversion tactics were working on our road but it was too late and we were too tired. We knew it would be raining all day so we could see how things were working in the morning.

Peeking outside when I got up, I was rather amazed to see that our big meadow now featured a wide stream pouring down off our steep hill! This really is a big storm!

I went out to go on my walk and found that Mother Nature was laughing at our pitiful attempts to keep the water from flowing down our road. At the top of our driveway, Steve's 2" irrigation pipe that crosses the road--designed to protect a buried power line and divert water--was not working at all. Gravel and dirt had covered the pipe and its many entry holes and the water rushed merrily down our road, giggling mischievously.

Following the road stream 100 feet further, I came to a stop at the deep furrow designed to pull the water away from the road (You may remember the inset I shared a couple of days ago). Can you say "blowout"? The huge volume of water overflowed our channel and made a new one--which naturally went right down our road, spreading out into a road-wide mess of rivulets. The loud cackling from water imps was hard to miss. Our channel was clogged and in serious need of repair and enlargement.

Walking the rest of the way down the road I could see that the rainfall was so heavy that all of our efforts were barely functioning at all. With the small storms we'd had previously, the work we'd done was successful but totally failed with a serious storm. Steve would need to get the big guns out…the TRACTOR!

I began by doing the repairs I could, re-dragging the furrows off the road and unclogging any spots fouled with leaves, mud and gravel. I shored up washed-out spots in all of the channels and was pleased to see that I made some great progress on my own.

I couldn't help but stand and gawk at our pond. Water was gushing into it from one of our seasonal streams and the level of our pond was now overflowing. The overflow was rushing out the other side in a heavy flow, pooling deeply near the culvert that takes it across the main road in front of our property. I don't know when I've seen it so flooded!

Steve is now out there with the tractor, pulling huge furrows with one of the implements we have and making a ditch to keep the water from washing the road out. He's also using the box scraper to repair the road where it's been compromised. And there was a place by the culvert at the gate to create much better drainage and access to the culvert.

It continues to pour and pour out there! Let's hope that Steve's efforts will be enough. What a storm!

Today's picture and 3 insets are from our trip down to San Anselmo. The stars are a perfectly gorgeous little pair of blossoms that I found on a bush in Nathalie's front yard. While I was taking pictures of these dainty little flowers I couldn't help but be reminded of Sweet Peas. But…on a BUSH? I was delighted when my first search for identification gave me the answer: A Sweet Pea Bush (Polygalaspp.)! :D It was no surprise these pretty flowers are not related to the flower we are familiar with--Sweet Pea garden flowers (Lathyrus odoratus)--because the stems of the shrub are woody and the plants are entirely different than the tender-stemmed Sweet Pea flower. I hope you find my attempts to share the beautiful details of this stunning little flower successful! :)

Pam, I chose these flowers with you in mind. They are so bright and cheery that I hoped they might bring a smile to your face to ease your blues. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and also for letting me know how you are doing. You are in my thoughts and I wish I could send you a hug too…

Explored on 1/20/19, highest placement, #1.

ColRam, Gillian Everett, Colette NoËl, Sabine and 54 other people have particularly liked this photo


55 comments - The latest ones
 niraK68
niraK68 club
grandiose Makros dieser wunderschönen Blüte Janet
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Remarkable series!
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow, wow and double wow. These pictures are frankly gorgeous. I've never heard of a sweetpea bush - I have some sweetpeas here but mine are the plants. I love the frilly, feathery bits to the flower too.
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
21 months ago.
 micritter
micritter club
All four photos are perfect. Gorgeous color, superb detail, beautiful composition, and wonderful bokeh.
21 months ago.
micritter club has added
For some reason, when I see a super-beautiful photo I go directly to write a comment and more often than no I forget the yellow star!
21 months ago.
 pajmcb
pajmcb
Oh La La! It is so beautiful.
Superbly captured and framed.
Fabulous bokeh
Very crisp picture.
Love it.
Perfect work, Janet.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
WATER IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF NATURE !

LOVE THE COLOUR AND THE FLOWERS THANKYOU
21 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Beautiful blossoms...
21 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
A beautiful series of pictures Janet, very nicely done.
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Very beautiful and Original this flower..
nice sunday Janet
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
These are gorgeous!! The colour is magnificent.
21 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
magnifique série de macros !! cette fleur est si originale et exotique
21 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Quelle merveille!
21 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
There's an utter beauty to this!
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful series; beautiful colours and razor sharp details.
Well done (again) Janet.
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Very beautiful flowers !!! Love their uplifiting color which will brighten our day, Janet ! Have a great Sunday, even is the sun is not there ! The same here !!!!!!!!
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
excellent close up and luminous capture, almost pink butterflies !
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
magnifique janet ..... avec un superbe bokeh !!
21 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! beautiful, wonderful light and colours, great detail, superb PiP's.
21 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Seen in such lovely detail the flowers look very elegant! Your macros are first class.
21 months ago.
 Boro
Boro club
Superbe *********
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
What a wonderful color ! Love it, Janet !
21 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Super story..... pictures.... and insets... all nicely done....
''giggling mischievously''.. really tickled me !...
Do have a good Sunday.. Cheers from David J'.. UK..
21 months ago.
 dgmphoto
dgmphoto club
Lovely images, great colours with nicely blurred backgrounds
21 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
An amazing close-up !
21 months ago.
 Zulma
Zulma club
truly gorgeous sweet pea, truly gorgeous macros. Oh Janet, this is amazing, what a world into which to get lost. I think the name is one of my favorites given to any flower. I have even heard it on tv as some people use it as a term of endearment to love ones. I don't think I would dare call anyone that name, it just doesn't translate into any meaning for me, but I can see how native speakers would, and I like it. Fragile beauty for a stormy Sunday for us. Thank you my dear Pod Sister. Are there pods in this sweet pea variety? A huge hug to you and a happy Sunday too.
21 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
This is a very beautiful flower Janet, a lovely way to brighten a very dull and cold winters day, thank you my friend.
21 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Tolles Makro dieser Wickenart. Farbe und Schärfe bis ins Detail begeistern.
21 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A beautiful quartet of images,Janet. Very sorry though to hear of the ongoing issues with your road. You may care to send some of that excess rain in this direction, as we have not only heatwaves but a major drought across most of Australia at present.
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
 Dean Morley (on and off)
Dean Morley (on and… club
Beautifully detailed photos, Janet, and a really eye catching flower. :-)
21 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Magnifique séries d'images !!
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
De toute beauté, des détails incroyables de précision ... couleurs bokeh tout est parfait ! bravo Janet !+++++++++
21 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The blossoms are beautiful. I like the glowing pink color. The insets are great too.
21 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Brillante !!!
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Whenever I see the name Sweet Pea.............I'm always reminded of Popeye and Olive Oyl's baby :-))

A delightful set of images Janet..............it's easy to see the resemblance to the Sweet Pea flower. The fine detail and colour are perfect and they're super-sharp where they need to be as always. Tip-top macro work..!!

I enjoyed reading about your troubles with water flooding your access road............I hope you're getting it sorted OK. Have you thought about just going with the flow......and buying a boat? :-)
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
What a gorgeous colour Janet!! I love all the pictures, as I am sure Pam will and I too hope they chase away the blues. My thoughts are also with her ♥
Have a wonderful new week ahead.
21 months ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Wonderful series; beautiful colours, and details!

Best wishes
Füsun
21 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belles macros de qualité ! Bonne semaine.
21 months ago.
 Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
Finally, finally, rain in SoCal has slacked off! Beuatiful colors in this ....
21 months ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
I hope there will not be too much flooding.... Nothing stops the water from flooding, it's terrible!... But the sky will eventually stop crying to relieve your efforts and Steve's...
Nice series of macros, I like the 3rd pip.. **hugsss**
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful set of pictures!
21 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
These are lovely. All that I see when I look out the window is snow, which will soon freeze and become a sheet of ice.
21 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
de toute beauté mon amie ! bravo
Hug Day
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
so super
21 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Fabulous series!!!
21 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
wunderschöne Blüte, die Details sind sauber fotografiert
21 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Very beautiful flower colour with nice bokeh Janet!

21 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
A beautiful species of the Fabales order!
21 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Sublime partage !
21 months ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
A beautiful series of images Janet. What pretty flowers and I love the vibrant colours and the bokeh also. These lovely shots really brighten up a grey and very cold day. What a time you are having with those awful storms. I do hope things improve for you soon.
21 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb series of close-ups Janet. Lovely colours and detail.
21 months ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Fabulous pink, great series, and narrative :-)
20 months ago.

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