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Exploring Nature: Winter Water
Exploring Nature: Winter Water

A sturdy bird bath provides needed winter water.Photo from Metro Creative

Exploring Nature: Winter Water

We are fortunate to live in an area where freezing temps are not all that common, even in the dead of winter. That means water in birdbaths may have a thin skim of ice some mornings, but will seldom remain completely frozen all day.

Shadow Play
Shadow Play

Above, all pieces for the shadow theater productions are handmade by Banerjee and her daughter, Irabati. Below, 10 Dolls with Faces, part of a shadow theater project titled Putus and her 10 Friends. Photos by Debangana Banerjee

Shadow Play

Banerjee’s outdoor classroom resembles the outdoor education she experience in her youth.

Shadow Play

Banerjee’s works on ten dolls for the shadow theater production, Putus and her 10 Friends.

Shadow Play

Recently, Bannerjee designed the book cover for her husband’s work, Indian Science Fiction. Submitted photos

Shadow Play

San Marcos artist Debangana Banerjee grew up in West Bengal, India, in the small, idyllic university town of Santiniketan, where people hold a philosophy of simple living and high thinking. The school in which Banerjee studied is unique, operating in completely natural settings where all classes and activities were conducted outdoors, beneath the trees.

Sunstar Red Pentas performed like champions
Sunstar Red Pentas performed like champions

This Spicebush Swallowtail finds the Sunstar Red pentas to be just perfect.

Sunstar Red Pentas performed like champions

The Ruby-throated hummingbird finds the Sunstar pentas to be on the frequent meal plan.

Sunstar Red Pentas performed like champions

Lady Days of summer as this female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visits the Sunstar Red Pentas and Luscious Golden Gate lantana. Photos by Norman Winter

Sunstar Red Pentas performed like champions

At ‘The Garden Guy’s’ house 2020 was pretty much a miraculous year for butterflies. As you might guess I had an abundance of plants making sure pollinators of all sorts felt welcome in the garden. In May I wrote a column telling you about a new Sunstar pentas series of making their debut. I had already grown Sunstar Pink that seriously had the largest florets of any pentas series I had ever grown. It was a favorite of the Gulf Fritillaries in my 2019 testing. Next, I put the Sunstar Red to the big test, and I am delighted to tell you this has champion written all over it.

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Above, Shai Yo Thai's Pad Thai — a mouthwatering concoction of stir-fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, green onions and special Thai sauce with peanut and lime served on the side. Below,  Drunken Noodles a delicious combination of spicy flat rice noodles with bell peppers, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, chili, basil with brown sauce. Daily Record photos by Nick Castillo & Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Shai Yo Thai

There are a lot of reasons to choose Thai food on your next culinary adventure.

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Above, P. Terry's newly announced Spicy Egg Burger, which comes with cage-free scrambled eggs, all-natural sausage or bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and P. Terry’s house-made salsa. Make it a combo with fresh-cut breakfast potatoes and coffee for $6.45.  Photo courtesy of P. Terry's Burger Stand

P. Terry’s to distribute prized-filled eggs to introduce new breakfast burger

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Heart Warming

Serve with cilantro and pico de gallo for a little extra kick. Photo by Metro Creative

Heart Warming

Few things beat a hot meal on a cold day. Stews and casseroles can fit the bill in such situations, but soup is a go-to solution when looking to warm up.

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