A Walk in the Yard

I love to take a walk in our backyard. It is often an adventure of visual delights. I just captured these images a few minutes ago.

In a recent storm a large branch of a peppercorn tree shattered and crashed over our back fence and crushed one of the smallest redwoods. I now only have five healthy redwoods of the eight that were planted about ten years ago. The drought got one, and branches from the peppercorn tree crushed two others about a year apart. Amazingly, our ancient fence was completely spared.

Speaking of fences, My Beloved has been building them to keep the dogs out of the mini-gardens she’s creating. Below is a photo of one.

As you likely know by now, I love flowers. Here are some that brought a smile to my face today.

I’m also a fan of shadows. This last image caught my eye. It looks like this fellow could use a haircut!

May your days be filled with blessings,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to A Walk in the Yard

  1. willowdot21 says:

    A lovely wonder around your storm swept garden Ross enjoy your Easter break 💜🐰🐇🐣

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you, Willow! I hope you had a delightful Easter weekend.

  3. utesmile says:

    Lovely flowers there in the midst of the bad storm. Hope you can get it all cleared up safely.
    We love our Spring!

  4. Awesome photos, hope you had a good Easter

  5. JanBeek says:

    May your day be filled with blessings, too. Thank you for blessing mine. Your flowers are lovely! I am so sorry about the peppercorn tree shattering and crashing over your back fence and crushing one of the smallest redwoods. I hope you are able to clean up the mess and replant. The storms this winter certainly have caused a lot of damage in the world at large with winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc. So sorry for your loss.

  6. russtowne says:

    Thank you, Jan. Yes, the weather certainly seems to have been intense lately. I hope you’ve been able to escape the worst of it.

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