Around the House and in the Backyard


Sigh. I used to go for a daily morning walk, often with camera in hand. Which was great, because I always had lots of photographs to post.

But these days, I spend my mornings helping my husband with his morning routines, helping him dress, preparing his breakfast. Then I often need to take him to a doctor appointment or to physical therapy. My morning is gone, and frankly, in the afternoon it’s too hot to go for a walk (I live in Arizona, and the temperature in the summer is often over 100 degrees). So I’m taking a lot less pictures.

On Tuesday I decided to see if I could capture ordinary items close to home. Here’s what I came up with:

Baggie of pretzels
A baggie of pretzels
Keychain hanging on the wall
Keychain hanging by the door
Angelfish in one of Greg’s tanks
Piano Keys
Piano keys

And then I stepped outside.

Thorns of red bird of paradise
This is a red bird of paradise plant. I was trying to focus on the thorns.
Red bird of paradise with no blossom
Another view of a red bird of paradise plant. Neither of these has a blossom right now–it was pruned 10 days ago.
Natal plum
Natal plum bush
Cat's claw
Cat’s claw vine with long seed pods
Canary Island date palm
Canary Island date palm
Bark of the same tree.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

3 responses »

  1. I applaud your creativity and adaptability! Your photos are beautiful. Who would have guessed such beauty was right there under your nose? Well done. And I’m praying God blesses your sweet faithfulness to Greg.

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