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We finally got some rain this week, and everything is taller.    The grass will need to be cut soon.  

But there hasn't been much to harvest.  There's a few cherry tomatoes getting ripe, and a lot of various varieties of tomatoes being green, but getting bigger.  Likewise, the various peppers. Most of the pea plants have died, so I planted some more bush beans there; I think I need to plant more, this morning I found many of them dug-up and partially eaten.  I'm suspecting the same culprit is responsible for the fact that I have so few bean plants along the fence. 

Likewise, we haven't yet had much of a second bloom on the roses.  They've been conserving their energy through the dry spell.

Last night and the night before, even the mundane news was talking about the Perseid Meteor Shower, something I've always enjoyed, when I could.

So, in between bits of indoor cleaning and writing, I went out to stare at the sky. We live in the city, with a lot of light pollution; still, I saw a couple of meteors, very briefly. If I really wanted a good view, I should probably have driven to one of the parks by the lake, or out into the country. Still I enjoyed the chance to see what I did, and the time outside in the cool quiet, with all of the neighbors (and their dogs) asleep.

I don't have any pictures of meteors; my camera is, after all, a cell phone.

But here's a few pictures from my garden taken in near-dark (dusk or dawn), or in the middle of the night, with the flash. Some of these were practically black on the cell phone, but a bit of fiddling with the light settings once they were on the computer brings the pictures much closer to what I can actually see as I walk through my garden at night, with the city street-lights always aglow.

It's too bad I didn't get any pictures of these two purple lilies in daylight this year; they are a much softer color in sunlight, more like the purple they call orchid, or lavender. Likewise, the orange lily pictured below is more pastel seen in sunlight.  And doesn't the ragweed look amazingly like fireworks, falling upward?



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Aug. 14th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Cool pictures and thanks for the reminder about the meteor shower--I haven't been spending as much time outside at night as I should be.
Aug. 14th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and you're welcome. And welcome to my journal, if I didn't take the time to say so before.
Aug. 14th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Oooo, the pretties! =)
Aug. 14th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I am loving having a camera with me all the time these days! Even if some of the other photographers on LJ give me real-camera lust. One of the people on my f-list is there solely because of her (his?) gorgeous wildlife photos -- like pictures where you can see the details of every feather around a bluejay's eye. My camera won't do that, any more than it will do meteors. Though it did capture this full moon!
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