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It’s “Purple Season” in San Diego!

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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:

img_1699 amtrak jacaranda train railroad stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-26-14)—Electric Avenue

Friday Flower Fiesta

When one takes an average of 300 pictures each day, there will be pictures that look good on the camera’s little LCD screen but, when seen on the much larger computer monitor, they lack the subjective quality known as composition, have something ugly in them that I don’t want to take the time to fix, or have poor backgrounds, something that I also don’t usually like to fix….

Such is the case with today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

So I made Photographic Art out of them.

I used Redfield’s Fractalius plug-in for Photoshop to create electric flowers. Thus, “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant for your listening pleasure while viewing….

I don’t like all of these, but Fractalius takes several minutes to do its thing on a 5184×3456-pixel image, so I’ll just let you decide.

Fractalius works well when there are good focal points and colors, not to well when there’s too much of one color or not a clear focal point.

I have included the original picture below the Photographic Art so you can see what Fractalius does. I even tell you at the bottom of the original picture what I didn’t like about it so you can see my thought process.

My favorites are #10, #1, #3, and #5.

1Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Didn’t like all the bright spots at the left.

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2Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Didn’t like the background; too out of focus
and the purple doesn’t go with the blue.

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3Anemones

Anemones

Background too glary.

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4Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Dying leaves at left.

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5Anthurium

Anthurium

Too many partial flowers.

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6Alyssum and begonia

Alyssum and begonia

Too many background patterns.

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7Alyssum

Alyssum

A mound of white flowers. Uninspiring.

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8Artichoke

Artichoke

Background too busy;
busy focal points should not have busy backgrounds.

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9Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Almost a perfect example of symmetry…. almost.

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10Azalea

Azalea

Again, busy focal point with busy background.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-9-14)—Flowers for moms

Friday Flower Fiesta

Let’s have some flowers for moms for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Snapdragon

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Cistus

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Blue hibiscus

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Bearded iris

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Freesia

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Foxglove

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Anemone

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Anemone

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Iceland poppy

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Geranium

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Bird of Paradise

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Lily of the Nile

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-2-14)–Miniature works of art

Friday Flower Fiesta

A recent comment on one of my Friday Flower Fiestas called them miniature works of art. I like that. So following are more miniature works of art for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

Agapanthus stamp

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Nasturtium stamp

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Wild Iris stamp

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Wild Iris stamp

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Epiphyllum stamp

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Orchid stamp

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Melianthus stamp

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Magnolia stamp

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Halfway There stamp

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Electric Yellow stamp

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Electric Purple Stamp

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Electric Poppy stamp

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Picture 12 - Hibiscus

Friday Flower Fiesta #18 — Coronado for Memorial Day

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Friday Flower Fiesta

 

I had a very busy week and almost didn’t get out and about to get some flower pictures for our Friday Flower Fiesta. Have no fear, though. I did.

Memorial Day weekend is when I celebrate one of my anniversaries. I have four:

  1. May 26, 1994 — The day we met
  2. July 1, 1995 — The day we started shacking up together
  3. July 31, 2004 — The day we got civil unionized
  4. October 30, 2008 — The day we got married (we did it in California because marriage was legal at the time)

I’m very much a romantic, although Jim would way a devious romantic. I have a full weekend of activities planned for our 18th anniversary of meeting.

We started our anniversary weekend with a great meal at Costa Azul on Coronado Island, home to Coronado Beach, named today as the #1 beach in America. I chose Coronado because the Island is always full of beautiful flowers, flowers that love the cooler temperatures and higher humidity that we don’t have on the mainland.

Without further addoo (that’s Texan for adiuex), today’s Friday Flower Fiesta:

Picture 1 - Aloe

Picture 1 – Aloe


 

Picture 2 - Lily of the Nile bud

Picture 2 – Lily of the Nile bud


 

Picture 3 - Lily of the Nile

Picture 3 – Lily of the Nile


 

Picture 4 - Lily of the Nile

Picture 4 – Lily of the Nile


 

Picture 5 - Canna lily

Picture 5 – Canna lily


 

Picture 6 - Unknown

Picture 6 – Unknown


 

Picture 7 - Biggest, baddest Jacaranda I've ever seen

Picture 7 – Biggest, baddest Jacaranda I’ve ever seen


 

Picture 8 - Rose

Picture 8 – Rose


 

Picture 9 - Canna lily

Picture 9 – Canna lily


 

Picture 10 - Hollyhock

Picture 10 – Hollyhock


 

Picture 11 - Rose

Picture 11 – Rose


 

Picture 12 - Hibiscus

Picture 12 – Hibiscus


 

Picture 13 - Hibiscus

Picture 13 – Hibiscus


 

Picture 14 - Bird of Paradise

Picture 14 – Bird of Paradise


 

Pictures 12 & 13 of the hibiscus is the most unusual stigma and style that I’ve ever seen on a hibiscus.

Flower parts

Flower parts courtesy of Wikipedia


 

Folks who have been following me for a while know that I’ve been on a quest for 34 years to find the perfect Bird of Paradise (Picture 14). That’s not it. Probably #3 in my collection. I like it a lot because the background is water. Rarely do I find a Bird of Paradise growing so close to the water that some of the blossoms are hanging over the water.

 

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Hydrangea

Friday Flower Fiesta #17 — Time-lapse flower photography

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Friday Flower Fiesta

 

I have always loved time-lapse photography. I remember forty years ago when the National Geographic specials would show it. Now you can find it on the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, Nova, and all over the Internet.

Today for our Friday Flower Fiesta, I’ll show you two sets of time-lapse flower photography and then tell you how to do time-lapse without the time. I mean, who wants to wait for days or weeks for stupid buds to bloom into beautiful flowers just so you can have a set of five pictures? 🙂

The first set of five is the Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus sp.), and the second is the hydrangea (Hydrangea sp.) [Editor’s note: Why do some plants use the scientific name as the common name?]

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

 

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

 

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

 

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

 

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

 

Hydrangea

 

Hydrangea

 

Hydrangea

 

Hydrangea

 

Hydrangea

 

To do time-lapse flower photography without the time, simply find a lot of the same flowers in the case of something like the Lily of the Nile, or a large bush with lots of flowers in the case of the hydrangea. Then search until you find different flowers in different stages. Take pictures of them, order them appropriately, and voilá! Time-lapse flower photography! Your friends will be impressed with the patience you have shown to do time-lapse photography. Don’t give away your secret!

 

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