Shadow effect
The above photo is a honey bee swarm that hung out in my backyard on a cedar redwood tree branch for about 20 hours.  A truly spectacular sight.

I love to garden.  I garden organically - flowers, seasonal vegetables and herbs, shrubs, and fruit and nut trees - and try to create various garden areas that are bird, bee, butterfly, and dog friendly.  I am an avid composter, and use recycled water and reclaimed grey water when possible to water my gardens.  My plantings change throughout the year, and I do love my roses.  These photos provide a peek into some of my past garden adventures. 
A Peek at Mary's Gardens