Garden Update Mid July

We have been fortunate to get so much rain in our area, and I didn’t have to water as much the last 2 months.

The Asian string beans cover the fence trellis,

I like to make spicy green bean salad. I didn’t take a new photo and the one below was taken several years back of Lao String Beans Spicy Salad.

Lots of leaves for the Chayote squash, so far no fruit yet. This is my first year planting it and not sure what to expect.

The peppers are doing well, it’s getting to be top heavy and I will need to get some wooden stakes for support.

The tomatoes ripe about the same time and I have plenty right now. I thought my tomatoes look odd, I went to the farmer’s market on Sunday and those tomatoes looked strange also. They are not round like the tomatoes you see in the supermarket. It might be that the sun, wind, and rains shape the tomatoes. I’m not too concern about the shape since they taste delicious.

I get at least a dozen okras every other day.

My marigolds planted from seeds finally bloom. They are exceptionally tall, late bloomer but well worth the wait.

Butterfly Garden

I would love to have a butterfly garden in my own backyard, but that’s not realistic since it’s so costly to have one, and space is an issue for me.  When I heard that Catawba Science Center were bringing the butterfly garden back this year I was so happy.  They have several local businesses that sponsored them, one being McDonald, and I think it was $10k to open this butterfly garden from May through September. Lee and I visited the garden in the middle of July, and I hope that we will have time to go back this month or September.

This one landed on Lee’s foot.

Photos were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens, and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens.

Saturday Random Photos

The Autumn colors are beautiful at this time of the year. My Ginkgo tree leaves are turning yellow.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

The Japanese maple tree leaves are turning red, it was green about 2 weeks ago.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

This is the last sign of Summer.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

I was surprised to see the butterfly fluttering while taking a picture of the falling flowers.  I haven’t been real happy with my EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens because of the lack of the image stabilizer and my images came out blurry sometimes. I see now that it’s my fault that I didn’t try to work with it harder and my hands are not very steady, something that I need to work on.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 188mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -1step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering