Cherry Blossoms

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Many Streets downtown are lined with cheery trees and for a few weeks each spring, there is a glorious display of light pink cherry blossoms.

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These particular trees are right outside my office window at work. I’ve never had a desk near a window before so I was quite overjoyed to be looking at these trees every day. One day they were looking so pretty I had to race right back there after going home to get my camera so I could take some pictures. .

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I love walking along the city sidewalks, underneath all the blossoms. I just wish the trees stayed in bloom longer. A few days after I took these photos, some huge storms came through and all the flowers were washed away. I wish flowering trees kept their blooms all summer.

Crape Myrtles



In the late summer, when most of the flowers have finished blooming, and the gardens begin to turn brown from the summer heat, the Crape Myrtle trees bloom.


Many different shades of pink and purple line the streets. It almost feels like spring again. 






I never realized how many of these trees were in my neighborhood. I only wish they stayed this pretty all the time.

Quiet Winter Woods

I love the quiet stillness of the woods during winter.

The way the sun sets early, and casts its orange glow against the bare branches. It gives the illusion of warmth, but the air is bitter cold.


The quiet winter trees make me more thoughtful, more inspired.







Winter can seem like it takes forever to pass, but there’s still beauty to be enjoyed.

Current Inspirations- Bonsai!


I’ve been obsessed with Bonsais ever since I came across a bonsai book at the library almost five years ago.  I was so excited that as soon as I got home I went and dug up a little shrub in my moms yard and trimmed it into a bonsai. 

Sadly I have had terrible luck with growing them and last year my first little bonsai tree got attack by terrible mealy bugs and never recovered. I was so sad and kind of gave up trying to make bonsais. But within the last month I got re-inspired!

I love the classic Japanese Maple ones.
As soon as I saw this chili pepper bonsai, I ran outside and dug up one of my pepper plants!  It’s not doing so hot right now though….
I think this is so neat with the little water part.
I am on the hunt for the perfect rock formation so I can make one like this.
I can hardly believe this is real!!

And these are my sad little guys so far. I have two maples, two mimosas, a cluster of willow oaks and one unidentified one.  If I can keep them alive through the winter I think they will be looking good in the spring!

To me it’s much more fun to dig little sprouts out of the ground and watch them grow, than to buy a mature tree. (And cheaper too!) I’ve tired buying little shrubs from garden stores and trimming them into bonsais, but they ended up dying in the great mealy bug attack of ’13. -_-