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What else can I tell you about dragonflies, my favorite insects? How about some basics? - They belong to the order Odonata, which means "toothed ones." - There are 2,874 species of dragonflies worldwide, of which only 316 inhabit the United States. - The largest modern-day dragonfly is the Australian Giant Petaltail, with a wingspan of up to 6.3 inches. The dragonfly above, perching perilously close to the spider web, is somewhat smaller than that! Someday when I go to Australia I'll look for his giant cousin. (11 comments)
I had been working away on a CMA (still suffering from jet lag) since 6:00, when I happened to glance out the window and see the red hues of the dawn. By the time I grabbed my camera and dashed outside, some of the red had faded away, but it was still an unusual color. Sure enough, a cold front later blew into San Antonio, so the old sailor's rhyme still heralds a change in the weather. (5 comments)
I took about a dozen shots of the moon coming out from behind clouds when I visited the Washington Monument a year ago. I waited for 15 minutes as the rest of the group walked around that evening, and kept taking shots until I got the best I could, considering my camera doesn't deal with low light and I have shaky hands. I combined the best two into this one. I don't call it blurry, I call it arty. (6 comments)
My husband and I recently went to Morocco to attend his sister's wedding celebration there. It was spectacular! The first phase of the ceremony included having her hands tattooed with henna, which we all agreed looked quite pretty. It took me a while, but I finally got a chance to shove my way through the crowds and join her on the green velvet throne for a photo opp. Note: I hope the photo is displayed correctly on your browser, since I had to rotate it before uploading it. If not, just turn your head sideways and gawk. (9 comments)
My sister-in-law's fabulous Moroccan wedding was held at Le Jardin des Douars, a resort/hotel in the hills of Essaouira. It bills itself as a guest "palace," or ksar, and it was indeed beautifully built and decorated, with lovely gardens, two swimming pools, restaurant, and bar. We arrived at the hotel in the late morning and I took this photo of the house next door. It didn't look too shabby either. (4 comments)
I saw lots of proteas when I lived in Hawaii, but I didn't know they originated in South Africa. This is a king protea (protea cynaroides) from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. The king protea, or sugarbush, is the national flower of South Africa, and its blooms can grow as large as a foot across. (8 comments)
The worst part about going on vacation is leaving Miles and Kitty behind. I worry about them, even though they are indoors-only cats. Fortunately, my wonderful brother came to stay at our house and look after them while we were gone. The kitties seemed happy to see us when we returned, and it looks like they got along okay. At least they were about the same size and weight as they were when we left, so they had not gone on a hunger strike to protest our absence. Perhaps they didn't even notice we were gone. (9 comments)
The 12 most persuasive words in the English language - or are they? - 10/12/10 07:23 PM
I use lots of words in my marketing, on my website and my blogs, in my emails, buyer/seller guides, and listing remarks. I'm all about words (except I'm all about photographs). Anyway, when I read a recent blog post about the 12 English words that Yale University claimed were the most persuasive ones to use in advertising, I did some research (via Google, of course). I always like to know more about these studies and go to the source in case there is more information I can use. To my surprise, I found that those words aren't the only ones on (6 comments)
Morning view of the Atlantic Ocean from a rooftop in Essaouira, Morocco - 10/12/10 09:55 AM
I spent the day before my sister-in-law's wedding in Essaouira, a fishing town, ancient port, and something of a seaside resort on Morocco's Atlantic coast. It made a nice change from the heat and dust of Marrakesh, in that it was windy, cool, and damp--especially in the morning before the clouds dissipated. I took this photo from the terrace on the roof of our riad (B & B). I am a complete fan of rooftop terraces now. They are wonderful places to eat breakfast and dinner, or read a book. If I tried to create one at my home in San (4 comments)
My sister-in-law, Sophie, is already gorgeous. In the traditional Moroccan wedding finery, I think she made a stunningly beautiful bride. I'll be posting more photos from my latest travels--to Morocco and South Africa--so please check back from time to time! (5 comments)
Sold! Beautifully updated 4-bedroom home at 2818 Peppermill Run, San Antonio, Texas 78231 - 10/09/10 02:36 PM
This Sitterle-built home was completely updated with new flooring, granite-tiled counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms, a neutral color scheme, stainless-steel appliances, newly tiled showers, window treatments, new door and cabinet hardware, and new light fixtures. It's in the conveniently located neighborhood of Oak Meadow, at the corner of N.W. Military and Huebner Road, in North East Independent School District. Enjoy the Real Estate Show below, and click the Details tab for more information.
If your browser won't display the show, you can click here to see it or go to www.realestateshows.com/531237. (5 comments)
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