Category Archives: Photos

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:

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Ten Ocean Beach murals

Out & About

When you come to San Diego, make time to visit the neighborhood of Ocean Beach.

It’s an eclectic neighborhood that seems to be stuck in the late 1960s, but they love their murals, which are everywhere, from the sides of buildings to utility boxes on the street corners.

Following are ten Ocean Beach building murals. You can click on them to get a huger picture.

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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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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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Just relax in your favorite spot

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Moving starts in earnest on Friday although preparations have been ongoing for a couple of weeks now.

What that means is that I’ll continue to post daily but posts will be shorter. You’re probably not going to see a post in my San Diego Historical Landmark series since each of those posts takes several hours to research and write.

My Picture of the Moment series probably will have quite a few entries during the next 36 days.

Knowing that, I thought I’d share my most recent picture of Zoey the Cool Cat, taken at 10:15 p.m. last night:

Zoey the Cool Cat all relaxed

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With so many things being moved about, she has all sorts of new places to explore. Such excitement just wore her out yesterday.

Her home comprising a Samuel Adams beer box and a Trader Joe’s sack has been her favorite spot for the last five days.

So when you’ve had a long, tiring day, just relax in your favorite spot!

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I felt honored

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The Pacific Photographic Society (PPS) to which I belong is a Meetup group.

That’s how I found out about it.

After each event—and we have billions and billions of events!—each event attendee is allowed to upload no more than ten photos to our Meetup photo album for that event.

Everyone browses the pictures and sometimes comments.

Along with the picture of Cleo (see this post), this picture got the most comments:

Bench

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The owner of the garden, herself an extremely good photographer with equipment far superior to mine, and a member of PPS, had this to say:

“This is an interesting interpretation of this subject. I like what you have done with the texture.”

I felt honored.

The original picture was all drab, some of it having to do with it being a dull, drab, overcast, gray, rainy day. However, I have discovered that within those dull, drab, My wise old grandmothergray colors are many other colors wanting to get out. Photoshop to the rescue!

As my wise old grandmother (picture ►) would say:

“What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

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But I don’t know for sure….

Opinion

Yesterday morning I had the privilege of traipsing around a couple’s private garden.

It was a lot of un, and I got a lot of great pictures.

In addition to a beautiful garden, they had a dog and two cats.

Here is one of the two cats:

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That’s Cleo.

Cleo is an Abyssinian cat, 15½ years old and suffering from renal failure.

To me, Cleo doesn’t look happy. In fact, he looks in pain.

Zoey the Cool CatZoey the Cool Cat (picture ►) is a mere 7½ years old but it’s obvious to me that she has slowed down, and she’s continuing to slow down. She’s not a kitty anymore….

I know we all love our pets, but at what point do we decide that it is time for our pets to leave us, to cross over that rainbow bridge?

My mother-in-law’s boyfriend spent several thousand dollars on treatments for his cats when they got old.

I want to think that I would easily spend thousands of dollars to keep Zoey the Cool Cat with me as long as possible, but I don’t think I could.

Instead, I think I would say my goodbyes to her and, from the vet’s office, go right down to the animal shelter and get another loving feline friend.

There are so many which need loving homes, and at that point I would have a loving home to give.

But I don’t know for sure….

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Stairs to the birdhouse

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From a photo shoot this morning in a private garden. Click on the picture for a huger version.

Stairs to the birdhouse

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