June 22nd, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: Yet more Bluebells

Some of the images I upload to LJ look paler (esp. blues and purples) than they do on the same screen before upload.  This is...just a wee tad annoying.  However, here are some more bluebell pictures from this morning.  Across the (now dry) creek, there are hundreds of the plants, some in clusters and some singly. 


Left: this is an area where clearance of Ashe juniper's in progress--Maximilian sunflower has invaded the non-native King Ranch Bluestem (that's the most obvious foliage) and the Eustoma grandiflorum is growing in between the clumps of sunflower.  Because the sunflower's stunted by drought this year, the bluebells really show.   The plants in this area are mostly about knee-high; each flower is over 2 inches or more across.  This is part of the prairie restoration project on the far side of the creek.  The dead stalks sticking up are last year's flower stalks for the Maximilian sunflower.

Right: this is how the flowers cluster on the top of the plant; these were actually a darker purple (on my screen anyway, and in real life as well.)   The leaves are a soft blue-green. 
woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Beth Ann update: good news

Beth Ann's husband posted that things continue to go well; the heart is chugging along as it should, and she's gained physical strength--is now starting to lift weights in the rehab program.  

He's posted a video of her on YouTube, ringing the bell at the hospital that signifies a transplant patient is being released from the hospital.   That was in April.  As YouTube is hardly a private venue, I feel it's OK to post the URL of that video, so all of you who've been praying for her around the world can finally meet her...sort of.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M-PoX7doM4 .

Her doctors have said that she can make a first out-of-town trip, back to Austin from Houston, for a family reunion there (one of her sisters is singing in a show; the other one is coming from out-of-state.) 

So after all  the scares, and the long periods of no news at all...it's lookin' good in this neighborhood.