Friday, August 29, 2008

Big sky ...

Oh, my.  This morning's sky was so beautiful that I had to run back inside and get the camera.

We've had clouds and some rain off and on for a week or so.  Some of those late afternoon heat thunderstorms that don't always even produce rains.  

But the skies have been amazing.  

I don't know much about the different kinds of clouds or the weather (I'm pretty much limited to, "it's hot" or it's cold!") but I can sure appreciate the picture-perfect postcards that Mother Nature has given us of late.

When the sky is lit up in orange and pink hues, my late Oma (German Grandmother) would always say, "Die Engel backen Kuchen."  That translates to "the angels are baking cake," which is a lovely saying that we carry on in our family.

Also enjoying this beautiful morning was this lovely young praying mantis, perched on top of the trash can.  (I'm sad to report that when I came home and checked on him, I found only his legs down on the ground...ugh.  Some bird must have had a good breakfast...oh well.)
And here are my attempts at capturing the long view of my Datura all in bloom this morning.  


Dakota had to come see what I was doing out in her yard this morning!

6 comments:

Kylee said...

I'm so glad you commented on my blog so that I could follow you home and see yours! Thank you!

Oh my, that sky... it almost looks like the Aurora Borealis! Beautiful!

Diana said...

Kylee -- it does kind of look like the Aurora Borealis, doesn't it. I hadn't thoguht of that. It was just so breathtaking.

Wicked Gardener said...

Love the datura. I need some of that for my yard. (Funny post about the sweet potato vine. I was a bit shocked when I saw my first potato from that vine too!)

Diana said...

Wicked Gardener - Thanks - The Datura are so pretty and so fragrant, though they do get messy when those seed pods turn brown and burst open, spilling their tiny seeds everywhere. The pods look like some Medieval torture device! I'll have to do a post on them now...

The Hunky Gardener said...

The Datura is kickin! Great plant for a moon garden.

Lori said...

Great picture of all those datura! I'm curious about seed-saving, though-- how do I know when they're ready? The pods always split open and hide their seeds in the lawn before I expect them to, and I'm wondering whether waiting till they're brown but not completely crunchy is long enough.