Category Archives: Flora

Monarch—Caterpillar to butterfly (WARNING: graphic content)

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I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love it when it brings new knowledge into my little head, like the Internet and new genome techniques. I hate it when it tries to control my life, like cell phones and cable television.

Yesterday at dawn, I went to Balboa Park to get some “golden hour” pictures for my San Diego Historical Landmark El Prado series.

At the two entrances to the Botanical Building are two large bushes. They always look rather scraggly, like this from yesterday:

Scraggly bush at the entrance to the Botanical Building in San Diego's Balboa Park

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They look like overgrown weeds, so adults tend to pass right by them. Children (my friends say that I’m a 10-year-old child trapped in a
59-year-old body) notice very quickly that these bushes are unique. Throughout the year one can find these little critters all over the two bushes:

Monarch caterpillar

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Do you recognize that little one? Sure, it’s a caterpillar, but more importantly it’s the late stage (called an instar) of a monarch caterpillar. That little one is so big that it probably started pupating the moment I got my picture and left.

Here is a picture of one that is just beginning to pupate:

Pupating Monarch butterfly

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If you see a caterpillar hanging upside down and curling up like that, take a look 24 hours later and you’ll probably see a chrysalis, also called a pupa. Looks like this:

Chrysalis of a Monarch butterfly

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Keep an eye on that chrysalis for the next two weeks and you might be lucky to see a monarch butterfly emerge.

Monarch out of bounds

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(If you’re interested in creating the “out of bounds” effect like above, see my post here: http://russelrayphotos2.com/2013/10/22/how-to-create-the-out-of-bounds-effect-in-photoshop/ .)

Most people know that the Monarch caterpillar feeds only on milkweeds but that plant in the red circle in the first picture does not look like any milkweed I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s not a milkweed. According to the little sign at the bottom of each bush is this:

Calotropis gigantea

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Sure enough, that’s not a milkweed.

Ah, but not so fast, grasshopper!

See what it says in the bottom left corner? Asclepiadaceae. That’s the subfamily. That’s where modern genetics and genetic coding (genome) comes into play. Except in the rarest of cases, we didn’t use to have subfamilies. This plant would have been noted as being in the Apocynaceae family, also known as dogbanes. Ah-ha! Guess what other plants are in the dogbane family? That’s right, boys and girls! Milkweed! Milkweed and this crown plant also are in the same Asclepiadaceae subfamily. That means they are very closely related, according to the folks decoding those genomes. That explains why the monarch butterfly loves this plant!

Although it is a scraggly bush, along with the monarch caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies, the flowers are very beautiful, albeit small and well camouflaged with the leaves. Flowers look like this:

Calotropis gigantea flowers

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The Botanical Building, according to sources, is the most photographed building in San Diego, and when you’re casually traipsing through Balboa Park, you can’t possibly miss it. Looks like this:

Botanical Building in San Diego's Balboa Park

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Lastly, in the second picture, you might have had problems (like I did!) determining which end of the caterpillar is the front end and which end is the back end. After looking at a goodly number of the caterpillars, I determined that the back end has shorter antennae. Of course, the back end also is the end that poops. Here is a caterpillar checking out its poop:

Monarch caterpillar and its poop

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If you don’t like using words like crap, poop, and the S word, frass is a term we use in the home inspection industry. Frass is an informal and loose definition usually used when referring to the poop of insects. Since it is a loose and informal definition, I give you permission to use it when referring to human poop, now also known as human frass.

As I was trying to find out which end was the front end, I came across an interesting 39-second video on YouTube that pretty much confirmed my thinking:

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Must be nice to be able to eat and poop at the same time! And on that note:

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-17-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Last week’s Friday Flower Fiesta featured Photographic Art of flowers that I have uploaded to my Flowers Gallery at Fine Art America in preparation for being an approved vendor at the fundraiser May 3 for Cat House on the Kings.

I am going to stick with that theme for this week, so all of the following Photographic Art flowers are at Fine Art America, which means they are for sale there.

OrchidOrchid

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OrchidOrchid

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OrchidOrchid

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FuchsiaFuchsia

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MoonflowerMoonflower

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Time To BloomTime To Bloom

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BeautyBeauty

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PassionflowerPassionflower

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Pink & YellowPink & Yellow

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LilyLily

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Whenever I upload something to Fine Art America, it automatically posts to Facebook, so I usually get at least one LIKE on Facebook for each post…. usually Jim……. :)

This final Photographic Art flower, however, was one that I initially didn’t like, but something struck me about it so I kept it. It is my least favorite of those in this Friday Flower Fiesta, but over at Facebook it is my most popular Photographic Art creation. Go figure….

Pink Lily

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-11-14) from Fine Art America

Friday Flower Fiesta

I have been uploading pictures by the dozens to my Fine Art America galleries in preparation for being an approved vendor at the fundraiser May 3 for Cat House on the Kings.

Knowing that flowers are popular at all times of the year with many people, those have been on my priority list for uploading.

I thought I’d share a few of them here in our Friday Flower Fiesta for April 11, 2014, which happens to be my 709th monthabirthday.

You can click on the picture to go directly to the picture in my Flower Gallery at Fine Art America.

DahliaDahlia

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SoonAloe flower buds

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Pretty in YellowPretty in Yellow

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Umbrella Tree FlowersUmbrella Tree

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Carnivorous BeautyCarnivorous Beauty

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Mother of ThousandsMother of Thousands

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Raindrops on Geranium FlowersRaindrops on Geranium

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Red and YellowRed and Yellow

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Flower BudsFlower Buds

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SuspendedSuspended

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Photographic Art stamp offer

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-4-14)—Photographic Art postage stamps

Friday Flower fiesta

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A selection of photographs of flowers that I found showing off this past week. Fortunately, they were not bullying anyone, so I let them go to Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America and show off there, too.

1¢ Kangaroo Paw stamp

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2¢ Amaryllis postage stamp

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3¢ Aeonium stamp

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4¢ Bottlebrush stamp

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5¢ Calla stamp

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6¢ Clivia stamp

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7¢ Poinsettia stamp

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Yes, poinsettias are blooming in San Diego in early April. They bloom year-round here and grow into large, scraggly bushes, getting up to 15 feet tall.

Poinsettia 15' tall

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Photographic Art stamp offer

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Music on Mondays–I never promised you a rose garden

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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Many decades ago, around 1968, my wise old grandmother had me dig out a huge plot of grass and create a rose garden. I was forever down on roses. Still am. If it had been my idea….

As I was looking for a good subject for today’s Music on Mondays post, I realized that I never got around to doing a Friday Flower Fiesta post last week.

So why don’t we combine this week’s Music on Mondays and with last week’s forgotten Friday Flower Fiesta and let you listen to Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden” while looking at some pictures of the beautiful roses that were blooming this past month, all made into Photographic Art.

Happy End-of-March day!

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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Photographic Art of a rose

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If you see an effect you like, I do custom work using YOUR photos and the cost is only $20.00. Email me at photoartsd@aol.com if you’d like some custom Photographic Art!

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How sweet it is!

I livew in my own little world

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I can’t tell y’all (that’s Texan for “you all” or “you”) how good it is to be able to go blog camping again.

Three months without a campout was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

The extreme speed of Internet Explorer 11, coupled with my reading speed (courtesy of Evelyn Woods back in 1973) and Dragon Naturally Speaking means that I might soon be back visiting 120 blogs each day and leaving LIKEs and comments all over the place.

Goodbye 2014 first quarter, hello 2014 second quarter!

Pelargonium (geranium) from my back yard garden yesterday:

IMG_3364 collage (Custom)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-21-14)—It’s springtime!

Friday Flower fiesta

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Spring is here!

Before you know it, we’ll be putting up Christmas trees and lights!

Wait! What?

Let’s not get ahead of things.

Let’s enjoy the springtime flowers before we start thinking about Christmas!

Yellow Clivia
(the rarer of the Clivia colors)Yellow Clivia

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Orange Clivia
(the more common color)Orange Clivia

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Lily Magnolia (Magnolia quinquepeta)Lily Magnolia

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Pansies
(a winter flower that is still going strong)Pansies

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Pincushion (Leucospermum sp.)Pincushion

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Pincushion (Leucospermum sp.)Pincushion

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AloeAloe

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Flowerus unknowniiFlowerus unknownii

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Ice PlantIce plant

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Flowerus nameii var. iforgotFlowerus nameus var. iforgotii

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Spitting camel
Wait! Huh? ZOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Spitting camel

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What?
I approved all the pictures!Zoey the Cool Cat

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-14-14)

Friday Flower fiesta

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I have been so busy that I almost forgot that it was Friday!

Today’s Tonight’s Friday Flower Fiesta features my Photographic Art creations of flowers that are now available at my store on Fine Art America.

Various versions of these flowers have appeared in my blog before, but the versions here are the versions that are for sale at my store on Fine Art America. Fine Art America offers many different types of prints, such as standard matted and framed prints, prints rolled in a tube so you can do your own matting and framing, metal prints, canvas prints, and acrylic prints, as well as greeting cards and cell phone cases.

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I upload many pictures each day, so follow me here at my WordPress blog or at my store on Fine Art America.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)Bird of Paradise

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CliviaClivia

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Sunflower and CloudsSunflower and Clouds

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Red Hot PokerRed Hot Poker

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Cactus Flowers and Fruits
(of a barrel cactus)Cactus Flowers and Fruits

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ThunbergiaThunbergia

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Pink HibiscusPink Hibiscus Flower

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African Tulip TreeAfrican Tulip Tree Flowers

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Purple GeraniumPurple Geranium

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White DaffodilsWhite Daffodil Flowers

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Pink GeraniumPink Geranium

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Flower & BeeFlower & Bee

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Orange PoppyCalifornia Poppy

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California Tree Poppy & Visitors California Tree Poppy and Visitors

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Raindrops on Gerbera DaisiesRaindrops on Gerbera Daisy Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-7-14)—Bursting out in color

Friday Flower fiesta

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Spring sprung here in San Diego around January 2, but this past week the flowers have really responded to the rain we’ve had for the past two weeks. Some areas got up to 1.8 inches, which basically is a Noah’s Ark type of 40-day flood for San Diego.

All of the following pictures are from this past week. The aloes and bougainvilleas are looking particularly beautiful right now.

I have been exploring Actions in Photoshop and deleting Actions that I don’t like. The brushed aluminum frames are from an Action that I do like, quite a bit!

Coral Tree (Erythrina)Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Some sort of fruit treePhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Unknown flower at a home inspectionPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Some sort of bottlebrushPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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UnknownPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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UnknownPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Honeybee visiting unknown flowersPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Bougainvillea, popular as fence coveringsPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Bougainvillea, popular also as ground coversPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Bougainvillea close-up
The flower is the little white doohickey.
The colorful parts are bracts, just like a poinsettia.Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Mother of Thousands
This is from my garden.
I first planted one of these in the small plot that
my wise old grandmother gave me in 1966.
She loved this plant.Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Unknown flowerPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)
Purple ones are more popularPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Succulent planting offered for sale at
Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Dixieline.
This one was at a home inspection.Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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CliviaPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Aloe in a 1% neighborhood
On the way to a home inspection in Santa Luz. Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Aloe flower close-upPhotographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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My favorite picture of this set.
You can see a home on the hillside
similar to the home I was going to be inspecting.Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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Leaves of three

Out & About

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I do home inspections throughout the ten counties in Southern California:

Southern California

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If my home inspection is than 30 miles from downtown San Diego, it’s highly likely that I will find something interesting to do, visit, or photograph.

Such was the case a few days ago when I had a home inspection in Vista, which happens to be where my mother-in-law and her boyfriend live.

Vista, California

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I arrived in Vista early so that I could make a leisurely drive to the property I was to inspect. That’s when I found The Vista Conservancy Nature Preserve and Trails:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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I know many of you are thinking, “I bet Russel parked the car, took a hike on the trails, and took lots of pictures.” If you were thinking that, well, you would be right. Here are the pictures:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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There were many spectacular homes overlooking the trails. These two were my favorites:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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Apparently the trails were created in 2002 as part of Kevin Krewer’s Eagle Scout project.

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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You want to make sure that you stay on the trails, and if you have dogs, be sure to keep them leashed and on the trails with you, because….

….off the trails, sometimes by a matter of inches, you’ll find lots of this:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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For those who might not be familiar with leaves of three, there is a saying that is well-known among hikers in the wilderness: Leaves of three, let them be. In other words, keep an eye out for poison ivy and poison oak, both of which have leaves of three leaflets. The picture above is of poison oak.

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