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When things don’t work out as planned

I have been doing landscaping, both paid and unpaid, for fifty years, all of it in flat, dry, desert conditions between sea level and 338′ above sea level.

In July 2017, I moved from 17′ above sea level to 682′ above sea level. I neglected to check the USDA zone (I’m in 9B-10A), and for the first time in my life, I did not drive the neighborhoods at the elevation to see what the neighbors are growing.

Consequently, I’m discovering that plants that I grew very well at lower elevations just are not happy out here at high elevation in the East San Diego County boondocks. It’s understandable since we have had lows of 28°F and highs of 118°F. The highs are more prevalent than the lows; just two consecutive days of freezing temperatures but, so far, 63 days of temperatures above 100°F and 21 days above 110°F.

The poor plants are sunburned or just barely existing, so I’m in the process of pulling out the plants that are not doing well, mostly aeoniums, and replacing them with ferocactus, red-spined barrel cactus. I have several that are doing spectacular out here, and I like the effect of the red spines.

Ferocactus herrerae
Ferocactus herrerae

Ferocactus gracilis
Ferocactus gracilis

Ferocactus cylindraceus
Ferocactus cylindraceus

I’m buying more to fill in where the aeoniums were. I like the effect, as seen below, which I believe are Ferocactus cylindraceus:

Ferocactus and Euphorbia

On Monday I’m getting about twenty Ferocactus wislizenii. Here’s the picture provided by the nursery:

Ferocactus wislizenii

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Raindrops on not-roses

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According to the great and all-knowing Microsoft Excel, this is my best selling raindrops picture and my #9 best-selling picture overall.

Raindrops on an aeonium

It might rank higher but it hasn’t been available as long as the other best-sellers.

I think it will make a great (that is, difficult) 1,014-piece, 30″ x 20″ puzzle. Yes?

Surprisingly, I have never entered it in either a cactus & succulent show (the plant is an aeonium, one of my favorite succulent species) or a photography show.

I think I shall have to do something about that next year.

This is MY territory!

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One of my goals of driving for Uber and Amazon is to explore San Diego County, the little nooks and crannies that I would never find on my own. I’m quite pleased that I’m accomplishing that goal.

If I don’t have time to stop and take pictures, I simply note the location on my tablet with the intent of going back later. My list is getting quite long because going back later isn’t happening….

Here’s a picture that I took recently in Cardiff-by-the-Sea;

Bee and aeonium flower

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The flowers in the picture are from an aeonium, a succulent that has beautiful leaves, too:

AeoniumPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

My walkaround lens is a Tamron 28-300 mm zoom lens, so getting a good picture of a flying bee is not the easiest thing to do since the shutter speed is slow at the 300 mm end of the lens.

Best lenses for getting good pictures of little flying guys is something like a 50 mm or 100 mm macro lens.

I, however, don’t have an intense desire to get too close to them so I either take a bunch of 300 mm shots and hope for a good one, or I mosey along to find a cute kitty cat keeping its eye on a stranger invading its territory:

Pretty cat

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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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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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Friday Flower Fiesta — #7 (March 9, 2012)

Joni Staples, real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Riverside, TexasFriday Flower Fiesta #7 is dedicated to Joni Staples, a real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Riverside, Texas. I have known Joni for a few years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend her for anyone needing real estate services in the Riverside, Huntsville, and Trinity area in Texas.

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Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta pictures all were taken this past week either at home inspections, at the San Diego Zoo, or in my back yard gardens.

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AloePicture 2

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Eucalyptus treePicture 3

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FoxglovePicture 4

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Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpeum’) from my gardenPicture 9

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Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) from my gardenPicture 10

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I first saw a bird of paradise when I visited my oldest uncle in Chatsworth, California, in 1968. I was 13 years old and living with my wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas. We spent Christmas 1968 with my uncle. Ever since then I have been on a mission to capture the perfect picture of a single flower. You’re looking at my current #1, and I really don’t think I’ll be able to surpass it — great bokeh that doesn’t interfere with the flower, great focus, a straight picture, great lighting, and, most importantly, a great flower.

Bird of paradise flowers last a long time, but part of the flower is usually damaged or dying by the time the whole flower has opened. It’s finding a flower that’s not damaged or partially dead that is the main task with the bird of paradise.

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All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon Rebel XSi camera and a 55-250 Canon lens. Post-processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 4 and picture framing was done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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