A group of beautiful pink flowers have suddenly appeared on the side ramp that I drive by every day. Today I went around to have a good look. I found that the flowers looked and smelled like lilies, but there were no leaves on the straight stem, I didn’t recognize it so I checked it online and found out that they are called Amaryllis Belladonna. Naked lily is the common name.
It’s raining, the summer plants are happy, watching the raindrops gently fall, it makes me feel great. The rain is graceful, rain is the sky descending upon the earth, without rain, there would be no life.
🔸8.3.2018 This Afternoon (今日黄昏时)🔸
The clouds in the sky are changing constantly. Late afternoon today, I saw a large cloud trying to cover the bright sunlight. Is it going to rain again?
🔸8.4.2018 A Visit To The Casino (赌场一游)🔸
Today was my first time visiting the MGM casino in Maryland, the entrance had a nice view of Washington DC, and it also has a timed water fountain show. I walked around the pool and I found a good angle of the two buildings pointing towards each other.
While I was walking out of the park, with my camera back in my bag, I spotted this Monarch Butterfly, I used my phone to snap a few pictures immediately. It didn’t seem bothered by me, so I got closer and closer, I continued to track and take two more shots as it flew to the wall.
The big sunflower looked like it was smiling at me. So lovely. Under the strong light in the middle of the day, I tilted my phone towards the sky and photographed it.
🔸8.7.2018 Waiting (等待)🔸
While waiting for friends in a fairly empty restaurant, I looked around and found this view, the vases on the sill are bright spots, I have been practicing photo shooting daily, it’s like a second nature for me now to observe the surroundings, if I see something interesting that can be photographed, I don’t want to miss it.
There are willow trees by the pond. Sometimes people sit under the tree, listen to the birds chirp, watch the little red fish swim in the water, and sometimes I see the Canadian geese swimming around, its a good place to relax.
🔸8.9.2018 Red Table & Chair (红桌红椅子)🔸
The flowers on the back of the red chair caught my eye, and the outdoor tables and chairs were waiting for people to come. Such a design brought an easy and relax mood.
🔸8.10.2018 Home Is A Feeling (家是一种感觉)🔸
Walking past the shopping district, I see the printed sentence on the wall: Home is not just a place, home is a feeling. To me, home is a safe harbor, a place with love, a place with good memory, a place to laugh, and a place that gives your heart a warm feeling.
🔸8.11.2018 Summer Backyard (夏日的后园)🔸
Going to my neighbor's backyard to shoot some blooming sunflowers, I see a cluster of bright yellow chrysanthemums in full bloom in the hot August air, they are bunched together randomly，but still look good.
Driving down a winding road in the morning, I saw two deer in the front yard of someone's house. There happened to be a parking space along the roadside, I park the car and photograph the unusual scene from across the street.
While browsing on the internet, I happened to see a picture that looked like a computer generated graphic. It was so beautiful. When I looked it up, I found out that it was created by the app called Frax. By touching, sliding, rotating, and leaning with my finger, I marveled at the abundance of color and the clarity of the details, I tried and created this colorful, passionate burning fire.
It is never easy to photograph dragonflies, because they are very small and constantly flying. Today I spotted a tiny dragonfly with amber-colored wings. It was the first time I had seen such a dragonfly. It was perched on a withered flower by the water, I was afraid it would fly away, so I shot one photo in a hurry, and waited a moment for it to stop on a blossoming flower, to make the photo look more pretty, but it did not happen, the tiny one flew away.
I’ve been standing on the deck for a while, felt a gust of wind blowing which let me smell the sweet fragrance of gardenia, by looking at it closely, it seems this flower is spinning out a beautiful shape from the center.
🔸8.16.2018 Together (在一起)🔸
At the supermarket flower section, I saw two Calla lilies close together, couldn’t help but take a quick snap of them, the light green color, very fresh feeling, the paired flowers always give me a very warm feeling.
The waterfront always has its charm, when the colorful scene appears, it is the most joyful moment, there are three little canoes grouped together, the colors are beautiful, especially in the reflection.
Have you ever tried listening to a book? I do it often, most of the time I listen to books in my car while driving, sometimes I read it after listening, sometimes listerning while reading, it seems more appealing to me when the words come with the voice, especially when it is read by a good voice, one can take you into the plot of the scene. Recently, I have finished listening to two volums of autobiographies by Mark Twain, who was one of America's greatest writers. In the book Twain recalled his interesting life experiences, life stories and philosophies in his own unique way, instead of writing in chronological order, he told the story in a natural way, with stories of each event as it came to his mind. His humor, his careful choice of words, and his wisdom in life, inspires lots of people.
Today, I saw a pale blue morning petunia in my mother's garden. Usually, I see purple ones, this light color is very showy. The petals are paperlike and the middle dark color forms a five-pointed star.
🔸8.20.2018 Autumn Sign (秋天的迹象)🔸
Just by looking at this photo, it seems that it is already autumn. In fact, the weather is still very hot, but the leaves on the trees are beginning to grow darker. From this angle, I can see the signs of autumn. Soon all the leaves will start to change color, I look forward to a colorful autumn garden.
🔸8.21.2018 Begonia (海棠花)🔸
The begonia flowers are small, but very bright colored, it has many different varieties and colors. This bright red one can often be seen in public places. It has a lasting blossom, is easy to take care of, and it likes partially shaded places. They add colors to a variety of corners.
The morning light shining through the tree leaves and onto the green grass. Not an unusual scene, quite common in fact, but each time it brings me joy, and makes me feel happy. I am grateful to be able to live in such an environment, breathing fresh air, watching the sun, moon, clouds and stars. Life here is unexciting, but peaceful, it makes me feel content.
In August garden, the garden’s sweet scent comes from the hostas. It is the late bloomer of the summer, filled my garden with freshness, colors and fragrance. I like this perennial, which is also an easy to grow plant.
Today is Friday, after work I want to go home quickly, but the traffic on the road is not very smooth, the main road is jammed, so I turn to the sideroads, still moving very slow.
🔸8.25.2018 Farmer’s Market (农副市场)🔸
Saturday morning, I went to the farmer's market, to buy some fresh fruits & vegetables. It’s peach harvest time, they are piled up like a small hill. I bought some home, they taste really sweet, juicy and delicious.
Where is this place? If you look closely, you can see Washington's iconic landmark, the Washington Monument. Near the waterside at the southwest corner of DC, which has the long standing old fish market. After several years of development, many new buildings have been built along the waterfront, and many restaurants and shops have opened up to become attractive venues. I wandered around for a while and took a lot of photos here.
🔸8.27.2018 Beautiful Sunset (美丽的晚霞)🔸
As it was getting late at night, I was ready to close the curtains when I saw a bright red light outside. I hurried out the door and found the beautiful sunset colors, quickly captured it with my phone.
🔸8.28.2018 Little Souvenir (小纪念品)🔸
I have received a small souvenir from my colleague after she returned from traveling, a turquoise green hanging ornament: dream catcher, I like the color! It's a small ornament made of string or yarn that holds a circular mesh, feather, and beads together. It's said to bring good dreams to its owner. Originally made by Native Americans.
🔸8.29.2018 Spinning Red Leaves (旋转红叶)🔸
It has been a long time since I took a photo by spinning the cell phone. Today, I thought of using my phone to take some spinning photos. Fousing on the red leaves, I spun the phone around and around again, trying to get a picture that satisfies me. I concluded that I had about 30% chance to get a good spinning photo.
There are huge chess pieces out there for children to play with. It looks big, but made of very light materials, and can be easily moved by a child. Such games can let a kid spend time outdoors, its much better than holding a tablet or a mobile phone to play games all day long.
🔸8.31.2018 In The Garden (公园里)🔸
I went to my favorite garden this afternoon. It was still very hot in the strong sunlight. Some flowers are blooming, also there are many butterflies flying around. The sky was getting darker in the distance, and it looked like a thunderstorm was approching. I stopped to look at the shimmering water, calm lake, and all the green trees facing the sparkling waves. Such a picturesque view. I have photographed it many times, and still like it very much!