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Pictures for Pam, Day 145: Heart of a White-Spotted Red Dahlia

Pictures for Pam, Day 145: Heart of a White-Spotted Red Dahlia
(+4 insets!) (please enlarge!) (I hope you don't mind the excessive length of my posts, it's necessary to document the very beginnings of our unfolding RV trip!)

Once again, busy, busy, busy! So many things to do lately it’s got Steve and me running all day!

We had another RV dinner and sleepover last night and it was great! We cooked our dinner from start to finish there and the evening’s fare consisted of pan-fried steel-head trout topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions drizzled with a chili/soy sauce…YUM! The side was a repeat of yesterday's mushrooms, onions and asparagus stir-fried in butter...NOM! Needless to say, everything turned out perfectly! (By the way, Jenny wondered about our cold storage—we have a refrigerator topped with a freezer, roomy enough that hopefully we’ll be able to fend for ourselves for at least a week or so without needing to restock.)

I mentioned yesterday that I needed to add our memory foam topper to my bed and that was the perfect solution! The hip I sleep on most is still tender but I’m now comfortable and it will get better in the next few days. What a wonderful night’s sleep I had!

With all of the ferrying of items back and forth from our house to our RV I neglected to bring Pumpkin’s breakfast over last night. Since I wanted to wash my hair this morning and didn’t want to risk a cold-water catastrophe, I took Pumpkin over to the house with me and I showered there, returning to the RV with Pumpkin and her food.

All of us enjoyed a very nice morning relaxing in the RV. I had a little time to do just a bit of commenting yesterday afternoon and this morning which was very nice. I do look forward to catching up as I can!

We have been keeping an eye on the levels of our “grey” and “black” tanks and today we saw that our grey tank was registering full. A grey tank holds normal water flow from the kitchen and bathroom sink and fills up much faster than the black tank (toilet). In the next couple of days we’ll take the RV to one of the many places that provide grey and black tank dumping. In the time being, our overnight stays will be curtailed since we can no longer use our sinks. We will appreciate a break...we didn't actually plan on more than one night initially but realized it was a really smart thing to do. So we'll take a break but when the tanks are emptied we'll continue fine-tuning our RV camping! :)

On another subject, today we went out and got a new phone and data plan for me. One of the things that’s very important when RV’ing is having unlimited data if at all possible. This allows internet usage without any concerns about running out of a set data amount for that month. The warehouse store we love, Costco, had a special deal that costs only $25/mo for new customers, and it was just too good to pass up. The only drawback is that I won't be able to tether my phone to a computer, but we have a solution for that too. Steve found an excellent deal which does include tethering to computers so we are now set when it comes to getting internet coverage! (Tethering means connecting your computer to your phone's internet data.)

We’ve wondered how we would handle this important issue and it was wonderful to have the best deal we’ve seen drop right into our laps. The truth of the matter is that unlimited data plans used to be $100/mo at the very low end ($150-200/mo was common), and people actually sold their plans online or grandfathered them to family members because they were so rare and valuable.

After all of our errands, I’m home fairly late so again my time is short…I haven’t processed many pictures in the past week but happily we will have a break from our RV overnight testing for a few days and things should settle down for a while!

Oh! New birdies at the feeder today! I looked out and was delighted to find a pair of House Finches happily gobbling up millet! I giggled as I watched them through our binoculars--it’s pretty hilarious to see them with open beakies as they work on breaking the husks of the seeds! They were pretty happy about the treasure trove in front of them though and they stayed for a good ten minutes chowing down! :) It sure is nice to see those lovely birds back here. I’ve included an inset for you to see! :)

Today I’m sharing another knockout from the dahlia exhibit that Steve and I visited a couple of years ago when visiting my dad in San Francisco. I have so many pictures to show but they all must take their turn! :D I've added three insets of other red dahlias I photographed there on my first visit there in 2011. Aren't they just a bunch of divas?! :)

Pam, I wanted to find another travel picture of yours and found a beautiful image of Glastonbury Abbey Fish Pond with an absolutely gorgeous reflection of the cloud-filled sky and lined with lovely silhouetted trees. MAGICAL! Hoping all is well for you my dear, you are in my thoughts! *BIG HUGS*

Explored on 4/4/19, highest placement, #2.

Colette NoËl, Trudy Tuinstra, Eunice Perkins, Mariano and 53 other people have particularly liked this photo

39 comments - The latest ones
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
great macro, amazing red and white combination
16 months ago.
neira-Dan club
très beau close up; beaux dahlias en série
16 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbes macros, ces fleurs sont magnifiques ! Ces oiseaux sur leur mangeoire sont adorables ! Bonne journée Janet !
16 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful Dahlia photos, Janet, and great to hear that things are going so well with the RV. Thanks, too, for using my Red-wing Blackbird photo. Will have to return the favor, one of these days and see that you get some extra visitors.

We have an unlimited data plan with T-mobile and it has served us well. For $27 a month we can tether to our computers and the plan is good in Canada and Mexico as well. We don't even have internet service at home - can't get good service where we live.

Put up Bluebird nest boxes yesterday, but the sparrows and swallows want them. Had to close up the entry holes since the Bluebirds aren't around yet. Hopefully they'll find them and get them. Saw that the Ospreys were visiting their old nest as well.

Found our second wildflower, some Grass Widows. Saw a couple yesterday and more today, so spring is definitely here. Waiting for orchid time, though. The Fairy Slippers should be blooming soon on the other side of the mountains.
16 months ago.
Annemarie club
never saw such a dahlia!
Love love this

Happy days dear friend:)
16 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Magnifiques images ! Amitiés
16 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Très belle photo
16 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Wow j'adore !
16 months ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Wooow!!! Superbe!!! :)))
16 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful PiP's.
16 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
RED as red can be; wonderful PiP's too Janet.
16 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
quelle beauté janet !!
16 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Amazing shots!

Admired in:
16 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Beautiful !
16 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I really like the square format here...........it suits the subject perfectly. I don't think I've ever seen this variety of Dahlia before, but it's absolutely stunning, especially view large. Great work Janet.

Three more cracking Dahlia shots in the PiPs..............all beautifully taken and presented with lovely frames. I particularly like the central PiP - stuffed full of colour and detail..!!

Lovely bird shot too...............you're certainly getting some diversity on your feeders!

Loving your narratives as well................you have a lovely chatty writing style.
16 months ago.
Amazing shot
16 months ago.
Oh, dear, you messed up the flower, I hope it comes off!!! LOL my dear Pod Sister...what a beautiful dahlia and the rest of the insets are awesome too. I find it very hard to plant dahlias cause we have to dig them up in the winter. Never a fun job. Have a great day Janet. Hugs!!
16 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
What a wonderful red ! What a beautiful creation ! Chapeau, Janet !
16 months ago.
cammino club
What a beautiful Dahlia! Very well compost photo!
16 months ago.
Chris10 club
Really wonderful Dahlia's Janet.. Love them all!

Greetz, Christien.
16 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos, notes et couleurs. Nicole.
16 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures. Like especially the first inset.
16 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh these pictures are just absolutely stunning. I love each of the dahlias' photos. My brother was a dahlia fanatic and he had so many different kinds of them in his garden. His favourite was the red and white "Danish Flag". As for the others - words fail me - they are fantastic. The little finches at your feeding station are super - one of them looks as if they've been in the way of being sprayed with red paint.
16 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Gorgeous, all of them!
16 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
van deze kocht ik vanmiddag twee knollen,,om morgen te planten
16 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
A fabulous series, Janet! All perfect shots!
16 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Un tout beau rouge flamboyant, très bonne netteté ! ************
16 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Absolutely wonderful and beautiful Janet.
16 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I really like this simple but extremely effective picture. Just one colour, yet so well taken...

Best Wishes, and a good weekend
16 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Magnifique macro !
16 months ago.
Esther club
The colors are so wonderful. What marvelous flowers!
16 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
That are wonderful dahlia blossoms! I like the colours and the shapes. Dahlias are fascinating flowers. Each blossom has her own character.

The two birds in the inset are so cute. It must be a pleasure to watch them.
16 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Klasse, auch die PiP's, die beiden Spatzen gefallen mir besonders gut!
16 months ago.
Ecobird club
These beautiful flowers are really showy and wonderful Janet. I love the colours. My aunt used to have a garden with lots of different dahlias but I have never seen anything like these. An excellent series of images and I just adore the sweet little birds too.
16 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb series of dahlia close-ups Janet. Lovely details and colours.
16 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Oh extra..
j'ai l'impression de voir une robe
16 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
First class dahlia shots and the birds are so cute!
16 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
wonderful flowers
16 months ago.
 Colette NoËl
Colette NoËl club
Very nice picture !
16 months ago.

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