Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Loving the Clouds!!

Who knew that a few clouds could make such a difference.  It was so much cooler this morning and I finally was able to get out there and take a few photos.  
The Caesalpinia yellow Pride of Barbados is blooming and they are so pretty.  The regular ones are blooming as well but I only photographed this one as I thought it was so different.
The bark on the Arbutus Madrone 'Marina' is so captivating.  I love how it is red and it peels.  I think it is such a neat tree, someone came in the other day and said they had grown up calling it a Strawberry Tree, as the fruit it sets resembles a strawberry.  (but does not taste like one.... I tried it....).

I have finally been able to capture the fish.  They seem really happy as of late and the lily pads have a really pretty bloom that has opened up. 
 These two little ones (Huey and Duey) love to come up and say hi.  I know they think every time they see me they are going to get fed.  Such is not the case.  Luey did not make it as I reported earlier in a post but these two guys seem happy as can be.
 Cleo has finally warmed up and comes up to the top now.  I will admit I had to throw a little food in there to get her to come up, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
 Here is a shot of Cleo and Alex.  Alex is still realllllllly shy and comes up for a SPLIT second and whoosh is gone again.  This was the best shot I could get.  They are so much fun.  If you have not been to The Austin Aqua-Dome, I highly recommend it.  It is a great place for the fish, lily pads, plants for the pond etc.. and they are so helpful.  (and patient I might add....) I had a lot of questions as this was my first little fish pond/tank and they could not have been more helpful.


  1. Love the yellow Pride of Barbados - saw it at the nursery last week. I'm so excited about our 2" of glorious rain!

  2. Jennifer@threedogsinagrden
    Your waterlily is especially pretty. I am dying to have a pond so I can have some fish. I love how you have named them. Have a great weekend!!

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog! You inspired me to write a post on ISOs, F-Stops, and Shutter Speed that might be helpful in your switch to manual mode: http://notsoangryredhead.blogspot.com/2011/06/fstopshutterspeedisorelationship.html

  4. Well Alex is missing..... He is the shy one too so I can't believe that he came up long enough for something (raccoon I am thinking) to get him. I have given it two days and have not seen him. I am in the process of having Michael make a screen to put over it at night that will be Raccoon Proof- I know- good luck.... Those birds are always at the tank but I just can't imagine they got him- he was so big. I will have to head back to Aqua Dome but not until I get the cover. And still no word on Peat. Customer after customer comes in and everyone is sad to see the sign I have up- he is missed by many. I still hope he saunters up and swaggers on in.