Category Archives: Flora

Friday Flower Fiesta (10-31-14)—Merry Halloween!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Let’s see if anyone can guess what the theme for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is.

Aloe flower buds

Flower in an organic garden

Flowers at San Diego State University

Friday Flower Fiesta 4-5-13

Friday Flower Fiesta 4-5-13

Nasturtium flower

Ranunculus at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Flower and rain drops

Flower and rain drops

Flower and rain drops

Coneflower

Friday Flower Fiesta

Happy Halloween!

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2015 Photographic Art calendars—Flower Variety

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Here is my first Flower Variety calendar:

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I thought I was only going to make one Flower Variety calendar but I simply have too many favorites, way more than 12. So I’m sure there will be a second Flower Variety calendar, and possibly even a third.

Current list of calendar subjects:

Birds – done
Little Cats I – done
Little Cats II
Big Cats
Dogs
Wildlife Variety I
Wildlife Variety II
Sunrises & Sunsets
Orchids – done
Roses
Hibiscus
Flower Variety I – done
Flower Variety II
Scenes from San Diego County
Railroads & Trains
Great houses (idea provided by a reader)
Stamps (pictures will be framed like stamps)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-24-14)—2015 Orchid Photographic Art calendar

Friday Flower Fiesta

What a long day yesterday….

Although the clock said it was only 24 hours, I’m pretty sure someone slipped in a 36-hour day….

I need a few more 36-hour days, but I also need advance notice of when they are going to be provided….

Please….

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a Photographic Art Orchid Calendar for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

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For more on my 2015 Photographic Art calendars, see these posts:

Little Cats Calendar

Birds Calendar

SNIPPET #5 in SNIPPETS (10-21-14)

2015 Photographic Art digital calendars

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SNIPPETS (10-21-14)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

For the past six months, I have been visiting up to 400 blogs a day and leaving likes and comments. That takes time.

With Julian gone (see Someone’s missing from Photographic Art), I need to use the four hours a day that he was working to find a substitute for home inspections (my main source of income) that will pay my bills. That means I’m going to have to cut down on blog visits.

Since I’m following 3,302 blogs, the result is that it’s going to be a longer time between my visits to your blog.

My records (yes, I really am that AR!) indicate that over the course of my WordPress blogging (since January 7, 2012), I leave one comment for every four LIKEs. I’m going to change that and try to make it one comment for every like.

For the near future, then, blog camping is on an extended vacation, but I hope to make up for it by leaving more comments when I do visit.

SNIPPET 2

Ever since Random Acts of Kindness came about (Wikipedia says it was 1982 or 1983), I have been a huge fan.

Well, last Thursday at 2:40 p.m. I had a tire blow out at a high rate of speed. Having never experienced that before but having visualized it hundreds of times, I had no problem slowing down and getting off the freeway.

I pulled onto a side street in front of a high school and proceeded to try to change the tire. My left shoulder is not capable of provide the torque necessary to operate the jack to raise a 4,400-pound car and untighten the five lug nuts.

I was hot and sweating by the time school started letting out at 3:00. A teenage girl stopped, said hello as she was looking in her backpack, and pulled out a bottle of water, giving it to me along with her kind words, “I know it’s hot out here and you look like you’re struggling.”

Well, I was struggling so I gave up and called AAA to change the tire for me.

I don’t know the girl’s name or even the name of the high school, but I wanted to give a shout-out to some fine parents raising that girl, not to mention to that fine girl herself.

SNIPPET 3

I moved to San Diego in April 1993 specifically so I could live my life as an openly gay man, something I didn’t see myself doing in my native Texas.

Never in my wildest dreams 21 years ago did I think I would ever be legally married, yet that happened when Jim and I got married, legally, in California on October 30, 2008. Prior to that, we had dated for 2 years, lived together for 9 years, and were domestic partnered (such an ugly term) for 5 years.

As of a few days ago, gay marriage is now legal in 31 states and the District of Columbia, covering about 61% of the American population.

gay marriage

It’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the land. I’m going to guess less than two years.

What amazes me is that gay marriage was legal in Iowa before California, and that Utah won’t be the last state carried screaming and kicking into the modern world. I’m predicting that the southeast will be last, all joining at the same time due to an Appeals Court decision covering those states, basically a repeat of history from June 12, 1967, when the United States Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional:

Interracial marriage

SNIPPET 4

California allows permanent voting by mail:

California mail ballot

It doesn’t mean that I have to return my ballot by mail, but I can. I usually simply drop it off at a polling place on election day since there’s one just two blocks from me.

I was a registered Republican from 1976 to September 2013. I was trying to work within the system to change the Republican Party, but with the advent of the so-called Tea Party taking over control of the Republican Party, I finally gave up and registered as a Democrat last year.

Today I will be filling in those little dots on my ballot.

SNIPPET 5

I have finished my first Photographic Art calendar. This will be the one that I print and hang on my wall:

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I plan on creating several more calendars:

Birds
Butterflies
Little cats
Big cats
Dogs
All other wildlife
Sunrises & sunsets
Orchids
Roses
Hibiscus
All other flowers
Scenes from San Diego County
Railroads & Trains
Custom (you pick any 12 Photographic Art from my Fine Art America galleries)
Double Custom (you provide 12 of your own pictures)
Stamps (pictures will be framed like stamps)

Note that calendar weeks begin with Monday and end with Sunday, keeping the weekend together.

I will be offering two versions: one without designations such as New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day…. Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. and one with such designations.

I have plans for one other version but it will be complicated to produce so I’ll not announce that yet, waiting until I’m sure I’m going to do it. I’ll do January this week and then decide.

I have looked at calendar-creating software online and am not happy with any of it. I have also looked at prices to buy calendars and can assure you that I will price my digital calendars for less. I am also considering having some printed for promotional purposes, maybe even for sale. I’ll keep everyone informed.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-10-14)—Day lilies

Friday Flower Fiesta

My home inspection this morning was at a house with beautiful gardens.

Each plant had a name plate next to it.

The owners’ speciality was day lilies, so I thought I would feature day lilies in today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

Until I visited the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden a year ago, I had no idea that there were so many beautiful day lilies.

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Day Lily

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Daylily

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Daylily

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Daylily buds

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
 Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Freeway day lily

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Day lily

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More from the Southern California high desert

Out & About

My last set of scenes from the Southern California high desert:

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

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Cactus & succulents rule!

Out & About

Late last month I went to a Woody gathering at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. I got there well before they opened, so I walked around nearby neighborhoods looking for good subject for Photographic Art. One of the houses that I found looked like this:

Encinitas home

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As you can see, it has nothing but cactus and succulents in its landscaping. Long-time readers know that I’m a big cactus and succulent fan. I spent a couple of hours taking pictures of his garden. Here are some of my favorites, made into Photographic Art:

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

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