Just bathing in the sun

As the days go by these blooms will fade and the new ones now tightly furled and small will open up to take their place. I noticed out in the front of the house, the lavender is making its presence known. this requires some attention over the next couple of days. Right after the rainy days allow some time for inspection.Summer flowersA basket of color Inman South Carolina 05/15/2016

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For the Hummingbirds

Contrary to the myth that they are only attracted to red flowers, hummingbirds will visit many flowers of assorted colors searching for nectar. Philadelphus known as Mock Orange is a great attractant for them and very hardy. Bougainvillea also attracts them. This pot of bougainvillea has the vibrant colors found in that specie. great color for around a deck or sitting area on a front porch.Bougainvillea #2 02 Bougainvillea, Inman, South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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A garden favorite

Any garden, flower bed or hanging basket that doesn’t have a selection of different colored Petunias, is just not a garden. A surfeit of colors makes this flower one that brightens up any border or porch. Easy to start from seed or inexpensive to buy in flats for planting there aren’t many places without some growing somewhere on the property.Petunias 02

Petunias 06Petunias, Inman South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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Magnolia “Little Gem”

This tree started off on the property as a three gallon bucket, has just been transplanted and finally is rooting out. The weather has been dry, we have watered but that isn’t the same as good soaking rains. Anyway, the tree figured out it’s time to flower and is now loaded up with buds.
From two feet tall to seven feet tall in six years. It’s happy.Magnolia 'Little Gem' 01 Magnolia “Little Gem” Inman, South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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Peach Blossom

March is the month of pink clouds on the peach trees here in South Carolina. I sat on the deck sketching many things but I kept coming back to the peach tree. A fast pencil drawing at the tree then I retired to the warmth of the deck and started working on the pen and ink.Peach blossomPeach Blossom, Inman, South Carolina 03/31/2016

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Still life on Table

Seldom do I work in this fashion because it takes an inordinate amount of time to produce a finished produce of this size. This is on paper , 10X8 and consists of pens of several different sizes. There is some eight to nine hours worth of work here. The problem is with me; I need to develop the patience to keep going. The last time I made a piece like this was a fer years ago and it was 24X20 on Bristol Board. After that I swore not to do that again. I have a portrait I attempt in this fashion maybe with colored inks. That can, if I manage it, will produce a pointillist pen and Ink on Bristol Board. Size, hmmm, let me see how I feel.
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Still Like on table, Studio work, Inman South Carolina 03/19-20/2016

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Heading to the yard

Giving someone directions in Spartanburg by telling them to take a turn after crossing the railroad tracks, will guarantee they’re lost. Spartan burg is called the Hub City for good reason; the Norfolk Southern and the CSX have yards here and you can’t drive in any direction for any distance without crossing mainline tracks, spurs or driving around yards.
Once this consist rounds this curve, there is a straight run into the Hayne yard.
A Google map look at the city will show the trackage in and around the city. With this there are a number of people who seem to believe that grade signals are party lights; vehicle-train accidents occur with some frequency with the usual outcome.
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Heading into Hayne 02 Center city near Magnolia St. Spartanburg, South Carolina 02/20/2016

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Power on steel

Whether sitting on a siding or pulling a consist, a locomotive radiates power. They’re massive. Even for their size, sometimes more than one is necessary to move a string of cars, called a consist, from one place to another because of grades. Interestingly enough, real trains act just like model trains. You cannot have a series of empties in the middle of a long line of laden cars. On a curve, the light cars will take the shortest distance; that isn’t on the rails.
As powerful as a locomotive is, a penny placed tightly under each wheel will prevent the locomotive from moving. For all that power, it cannot lift it’s own weight up to go over the height of a penny.On the siding 02 Hayne Yard, Spartanburg, South Carolina 02/20/2016

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Old farm structures

The weathered wood tells of the age. Yet this building stands in the corner of a small pasture, providing storage for fodder for the stock and tools. At the moment, horses are contained here. I doubt sheep are raised here any more.Old Carolina farm 02 Edwards Road, Inman, South Carolina 02/19/2016

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Who you lookin’ at?

Cattle are quite curious. As I mentioned elsewhere, any animal that spends most of the day with their face stuck in the ground don’t rank high on the IQ scale.
Take old Clarence here. If you walk up to him, when you get within five feet he’ll bolt. The area around the front and to the front sides are his ‘guard zone’. However you can walk up behind him and rub his back; he’ll stand there. Lucky for him he’s a herd animal, somebody else is watching his back.Carolina cattle 04 A curious critter, Edwards Rd., Inman, South Carolina 02/19/2016

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