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South Panorama, 20 Mar 01 Here's a view to the south from our kitchen window.
This was taken in March, so understandably, it's overcast. To create
this panorama, I stood in one spot and took four pictures, turning
to the left with each picture. I then used a good imaging program
to join them together. You can still see where the breaks are, but
I think it gives a good perspective of our 150-degree south view.
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scroll left and right to see the full view. Front Yard Panorama, 16 Jun 01 Here's our front yard in this three-segment panorama photo. This is the tree in front of our front door and to
the right side of our garage. It's an Acer japonica, a Japanese Maple.
This is what it looks like during the spring. During the winter, the
tree is bare, but still very attractive. This shrub is particularly unattractive during the
winter, where it takes on the appearance of an upright tumbleweed. But
during the early spring it has nice lush green foliage. By June (in this photo)
it is covered with brilliant yellow flowers. This is a Potentilla fruticosa
"Jackman's Variety." Here's a close-up of the Potentilla flowers. During the winter, this dogwood tree has long, slender
vertical stems that are a deep red color. Then, in mid spring, it develops
beautiful variegated foliage and dense clusters of tiny white flowers.
While not really "recognizable" as a dogwood, it is actually a Cornus
alba "elegantissima" or flowering dogwood tree. Here's a close-up view of the dogwood's flowers and
foliage. This is a small (8 foot tall by 5 foot diameter)
magnolia tree in our front yard. As I'm typing this (early June) it
still has no flowers, so we're not quite sure what actual variety this
is. This is the side yard on the west side of our house
as seen from our deck above. We have some maturing rhododendrons here.
The farthest one just got done blooming with beautiful bright magenta
flowers. This is the west edge of our back yard as seen
from the second story of the deck. Among the landscaping here is
Heavenly Bamboo (which has bright red berries in the spring) and
the dark maroon cluster on the right is barberry (beautiful, but
really prickly). This is the south side of our back yard. You're
facing west. We have another magnolia back here, which isn't flowering
yet either. For now, we're under the assumption it's the same variety
as the one our front yard. Here's another panoramic view of the south farmland.
This was taken in mid-May.