You might recall that last week I had some problems trying to load some photos here, I’d followed the instructions to the T but only about a half of my file folder would load, about 4 out of 8 or 9. It didn’t make any sense since all the photos were close to identical in size and resolution. So I’ve been poking at it ever since and today I had a flash of inspiration and it seems to work. My ‘inspiration’ was to select a group of photos from an iPhoto file and click on the email icon at the bottom, I emailed them all to myself. iPhoto compresses, converts and resizes all photos regardless of initial size or resolution. From the received email I put all the photos in a folder and dropped that onto the ‘drop files here’ in the media library upload. I chose a large group to test the limits of WP. This isn’t the photo post that I had in mind last week, I chose these because I have lots of gardening pictures and it’a subject that most people can relate to, but I must tell you that I don’t try to remember names, latin or otherwise so I may not be able to identify plants beyond ‘the red flower’ or some such.
With photos WP gives us the option of a slideshow or a gallery display, I chose gallery. I’m still not totally clear on all the picture editing options and this isn’t exactly how I’d like it to be but it’s fairly close and I’ll keep working at it, WP doesn’t make it easy to go back and make changes, plus there must be a way to add narration and/or music. [as I sit here staring at this I think I now see how to resolve those issues] If this works I’ll do another and try to include audio as I proceed, so, this isn’t a real post, more like another work in progress but it’s getting there. Maybe with all my new found wisdom I’ll have another go at the one from last week that gave me all the trouble.

To activate it, a SINGLE click on the first image.


  1. You have a bison in your garden? Yikes!

    Loved the photos – I don’t know what the blossom tree id called either, but I do know I wish I had one!

  2. Lovely photos! I think the tree is a magnolia, but only because at Westonbirt Arboretum, which we visit regularly there is one like it. Very pretty anyway.

  3. Tfd, SR; He’s not my bison, he’s the neighbor’s, he has a small herd. But they like to come to the fence for windfall apples. It’s not a crepe myrtle, I remember those from LA, I’ll see if there’s still a tag on it anywhere. I have about 5 varieties of russet apples, mostly English, love ’em.

  4. OK ladies, the tree problem is solved, I sent a picture to the horticulture dept. at University of California, Davis and got a prompt response, it’s a leptospermum scoparium, otherwise known as a New Zealand Tea Bush, AKA a Manuka bush. Google it and you’ll get more info than you ever thought you needed.
    An interesting detail, some years ago my sister in Norfolk had a very nasty looking open wound on her big toe, she treated it with Manuka honey and in a couple of days it had cleared up and was well on the way to healing; I’d never seen nor heard of Manuka honey so I googled it and found that it’s from a specific area of New Zealand and is widely known for it’s medicinal qualities and it’s a honey that’s made from leptospermum scoparium pollen! Also Captain Cook made a tea of the leaves to prevent scurvy amongst his crew.
    Amazing what you find out courtesy of Google and Wiki.

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