Category Archives: Flora

Friday Flower Fiesta (7-17-15)—Yahooooooo! It’s Friday!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Yahoooo! It's Friday! Time for another Friday Flower Fiesta!

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IMG_5468 orchid twins faa stamp

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IMG_5469 orchid faa stamp

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IMG_5471 comes in threes faa stamp

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IMG_5533 triplets faa stamp

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IMG_5595 faa stamp

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IMG_5843 pincushion faa stamp

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IMG_5704 purple flowers faa stamp

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Orchid, orchid, orchid, aloe, succulent, leucospermum, unknown

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Friday Flower Fiesta (7-10-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.IMG_5433 orchid faa stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosIMG_5435 orchids faa stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosIMG_5444 day lilies faa stamp

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IMG_5447 orchid faa stamp

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IMG_5453 yellow orchid faa stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosIMG_5466 orchid triplets faa stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photoscarnivorous beauty faa stamp

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Orchid, orchid, day lily, orchid, orchid, orchid, pitcher plant.

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I could not rescue all of them

Out & About

Today is the last day for the 30-day run of the San Diego County Fair, the nation’s sixth-largest fair.

I was afraid that I was going to miss it this year but at the last minute I scored a free vendor/exhibitor ticket courtesy of the Pacific Photographic Society. It’s not that tickets are expensive but it’s always inconvenient to try to find a place selling tickets or to stand in the ticket line at the Fair to buy a ticket. Since my time is a little more valuable right now because of the Big Move, I figured I would just skip it. Fortunately, I didn’t have to.

The garden displays and the flower shows always are my favorite, specifically the bonsai and the dahlias. Here is one of each:

img_3201 bonsai stamp

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img_3215 dahlia stamp

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Friends know that two of my favorite food items are bacon and jalapeños, so imagine my sheer joy when I came up bacon-wrapped jalapeños:

img_3196 bacon wrapped jalapenos stamp

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Although I didn’t see any with my name on them, I’m pretty sure I heard all of them screaming, “Take me! Take me!”

Sadly, I could not rescue all of them….

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Friday Flower Fiesta (7-3-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

IMG_2245 pink hibiscus faa stamp

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IMG_2913 water lily faa stamp

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img_4375 hibiscus stamp

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IMG_4733 faa roses stamp

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img_5158a dahlia faa stamp

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IMG_5427 cup of gold solandra maxima faa stamp

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IMG_5430 floating faa stamp

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SAVED!

Did you know?

My hometown for the last nine years used to have a beautiful downtown area called The Village.

There were mature trees every three to five parking spaces, and I do mean parking spaces, as shown in this photo from Google Maps:

la mesa village trees

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Notice that the two red-arrowed trees are actually planted in the street! It made for a unique downtown experience and provided lots of shade on a hot day.

La Mesa, California, The Jewel of the HillsSadly, about a year ago the City of La Mesa started removing all the trees with the last trees removed a few months ago. The citizenry was in an uproar when it was announced that the trees were to be removed but, as usual, elected representatives and other powers-that-be know best…………………..smh.

Since I have a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Texas A&M University, there’s a special place in my heart for trees. I’m always saddened when the electric company comes along and tops trees near electric lines, virtually killing them, or when apartment and condominium complexes decide to remove trees due to “maintenance issues.” In other words, they don’t want to maintain the trees, preferring concrete or dirt.

When I go to extraordinarily rich neighborhoods, though, it’s a pleasure to see that the inordinately wealthy seem to understand how much trees add to the beauty of the environment.

While I was up in a wealthy La Jolla beachside residence recently, I found evidence of the care that some people exhibit toward their trees.

In this first picture, many people would simply have chopped that pine tree down in order to have their view of the ocean. These people, however, did exactly what I like to do—they laced the tree so that they could see through it, making the tree look like a monster bonsai.

img_3025 tree la jolla stampPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Notice the bottom center of the picture where it looks like a huge branch is coming out of the wall. It looks like that because that is exactly what these people did, saving the huge branch by building the wall around it:

img_3027 tree wall stamp

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Those are my type of people!

When I was a senior at Texas A&M University, my senior project in Urban Forestry was to determine how much value trees added to real estate. My group chose to do our research in River Oaks, the wealthiest area in Houston at the time, and probably still. After eight weeks of monitoring the real estate market there, we were able to determine that a mature tree (usually Texas Live Oaks) added between $50,000 and $75,000 to the value of a home in River Oaks. That was in 1977!

Trees need carbon to survive, so while we humans are breathing in oxygen and expelling carbon, trees via photosynthesis are using carbon and expelling oxygen, one more reason why we need our trees, especially the mature ones! Plants are the air-purifiers for planet earth. So, please, if you have a mature tree on your property, find a way to save it instead of chopping it down!

Here is another mature tree, this one a coral tree, in the same neighborhood:

img_3040 la jolla tree stamp

SAVED!

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-26-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

IMG_2245 pink hibiscus faa stamp

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flower (5)-500 iceland poppy stamp

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IMG_1023 faa amaryllis stamp

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IMG_1747 faa stamp

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_000 rose (7) faa yellow rose stamp

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yellow pincushion faa stamp

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yellow lily faa stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-19-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

yellow lily faa stamp

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yellow flower faa stamp

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wild iris faa stamp

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wild iris stamp

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iris stamp

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wild iris stamp

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daisies faa stamp

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white and purple ice plant faa stamp

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IMG_1391 water lily faa stamp

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unknown flower stamp

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