Category Archives: Flora

Friday Flower Fiesta (5-15-15)—Sunflowers for YOU

Friday Flower Fiesta

A shorter Friday Flower Fiesta than usual simply because it takes time to create my Photographic Art and time is in short supply right now due to moving tasks.

I decided on sunflowers…. Well, see the last sunflower for the reason why.

sunflowers faa stamp

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sunflower faa stamp

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sunflower faa stamp

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sunflower faa stamp

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IMG_5179 sunflower faa stamp

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a sunflower for you because you make the world a brighter place small

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-8-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Yesterday when I was up in North County, I stopped by one of the malls that I rarely visit simply because I can’t afford anything at any of the stores. I can’t even afford to look….

One of the stores was selling photographs. Very large photographs. Made into panels of three to five sections. They were pretty neat. I thought panels might be a good subject for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

The last one is my favorite. I like the wide panel borders.

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IMG_9415 triptych

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It’s “Purple Season” in San Diego!

Picture of the Moment

People like to say that we have no seasons in San Diego. I beg to differ. In fact, we have more seasons than most areas of the world:

December 1-January 15—Rainy season
January 1-December 31—Flower season
January 15–March 31—Spring
April 1-October 31—Summer
May 1-May 31—Purple season
May 1-October 31—Fire season
May 15-September 15—Tourist season

Purple season is ramping up significantly right now. The Jacarandas are at the height of their bloom….

Jacarandas on Ash Street in downtown San Diego

….and the lilies of the Nile are bursting out in color everywhere….

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

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Long-time readers know of my love of Mother & Father Nature’s creations, as well as some of man’s creations, like trains….

So when I found a spot where the trains are zooming by some newly planted, and blooming, jacarandas, I had to pull over, get out, and take some pictures.

Here’s my favorite:

img_1699 amtrak jacaranda train railroad stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-1-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures taken in January in San Diego County.

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Mother of Thousandsimg_9533 stamp

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Palmimg_2610 stamp

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Aeoniumimg_1336 stamp

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Callaimg_0989 stamp

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Cycadimg_0891 stamp

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Yellow Cliviaimg_0889 stamp

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Giant Hibiscusimg_0884 hibiscus stamp

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Roseimg_0564 rose stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-24-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken in March in San Diego County.

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img_0222 flower stamp

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img_0410 orchid stamp

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img_0549 hibiscus stamp

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img_0555 rose stamp

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img_0565 daisy stamp

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img_0886 yellow clivia stamp

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img_0903 yellow cactus flower stamp

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img_0916 zinnia stamp

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img_0914 moth yellow flower stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-17-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken this past week in San Diego County.

img_0408 yellow orchid stamp

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img_0411 purple orchid stamp

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img_0417 camelia purple white stamp

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img_0434 wisteria purple stamp

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img_0538 succulent stamp

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img_0539 hibiscus yellow red stamp

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img_0544 flower stamp

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img_0551 flower stamp

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img_0558 coral tree flower stamp

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Where can I get some footprints like this?

Out & About

Yesterday I visited the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. I had known about it for a couple of decades but had never been there because it is massive, and not exactly close to where I live.

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However, I teach chess at several elementary schools in North County, so yesterday, instead of fighting rush hour traffic to come home, I decided to take a hike, literally.

After parking, I studied the map and saw that there was a waterfall. Off I went. Three miles out and three miles back. I am sore, sore, sore.

I’ll have more about Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in a future post. Today I wanted to share just three pictures.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, California

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My wise old grandmotherWhen I was young and living with my wise old grandmother (picture ►), she would take me to Padre Island National Seashore. Before she let me out to run around on the beach and in the dunes, she would tell me, “Don’t pick any flowers. Don’t take anything. Leave only footprints.” I thought of her yesterday when I came upon a set of footprints that had me smiling. Looked like this:

Leave only footprints

After finding those footprints, I looked at my own. I was embarrassed. I need some new shoes with a cool footprint!

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Then there was this bird, either a crow or raven:

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I took that picture just a couple of hundred feet after setting off on the main trail. I know crows and ravens are very smart birds, and this one followed me three miles in and three miles back, flying from dead tree to dead tree, squawking at me to let me know that it was still with me but in a different tree. It stayed with me during my four-hour hike through the Preserve. Maybe it knew I was a newbie and wanted to make sure that I didn’t get lost. Since I got back to my car well after sunset, I was thankful that I had a little one looking after me.

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