Lord Baltimore

This summer has been brutal! Even with our attempts to water regularly, our yard has screamed for relief of its scorched, cracked desert-like terrain. Our vegetable plants have almost perished (the ones the deer and rabbits have not eaten) and the perennials are looking forward to dormancy.

The only bright spot this season is a perennial hibiscus, Lord Baltimore. Every year its ten-inch blossoms bring daily delight  to our meager efforts for a beautiful garden. But only for a short duration. Each blossom only lasts one day and there is no predicting whether there will be single or multiple blooms on a particular day. Finally, this breathtaking display only lasts a couple of weeks.

But when it’s time to exhibit its clusters, Lord Baltimore puts on a performance not easily forgotten. Its bright red blossoms entertain like no other. And this year “he” has brought life, beauty, and refreshing to an otherwise dry and dismal landscape.


This photo was the closest we came to fireworks this Fourth of July!

Hibiscus #1

Three more from previous years.

Hibiscus #16

Hibiscus #4

Copyright 2015 Jim Lockman/Click!


Write a poem!

The fifteenth of April is a special date for Barbara and me. This year we celebrated our thirty-sixth year of bliss or at least something close to that. I really didn’t have funds available for any elaborate trip or anything with bling, so I decided to express my creativity and create a one-of-a-kind gift that would make a lasting impression. I like to utilize my favorite resources; my photography.  Duh!

I remembered some roses I had photographed while I was shooting an apartment complex for a construction company client. After locating the appropriate image in my vast collection, I decided to write a poem and insert it into the picture. My writing has improved over the years, but a poet I am not! Being married to a writer doesn’t help much either.

I decided to create a sample of versification that could only be attributed to me, hoping that my lame attempt would be appreciated for the affection it represented.

Doodling instead of listening to Sunday’s sermon, I was able to forge my attempt to convey the sentiment. Assembling the elements including a custom matte and frame, I was pleased with the result. Yea, Photoshop!

Barb annniversary


Next time you are looking for an idea to express love for someone special, and you have overcome any fear of humiliation, write a poem!