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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 (6-12-15)—Now Arriving

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s been almost a month since I’ve published a Friday Flower Fiesta.

Zoey the Cool Cat all relaxedWell, even though I’m still unpacking boxes from the move, cleaning things, and organizing the new home (with Zoey the Cool Cat’s help, of course ►), I decided that I simply needed to take a time out and enjoy some flowers. I’m now at a stage where, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a garden. Ah, well. I have one of the world’s largest botanical gardens just eight miles down the road: The San Diego Zoo! Yes, it’s an internationally renowned botanical garden, too, so be sure to enjoy the plants along with the animals when you come to San Diego!

Meanwhile, here are ten Photographic Art stamps of flowers that I have found blooming since my last Friday Flower Fiesta on May 15:

Spanish Dagger (Yucca)img_0291 spanish daggar stamp

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Unknown Flower
(This was the only flower for miles around in a nature
preserve. I felt obligated to take its picture.)img_0318 unknown flower stamp

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Rose
(but you probably knew that)img_0556 rose stamp

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Coral Treeimg_0557 coral tree stamp

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Cliviaimg_0894 clivia stamp

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Zinniaimg_0915 zinnia stamp

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Giant Hibiscusimg_1086 giant hibiscus stamp

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Bougainvilleaimg_1676 bougainvillea stamp

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Unknown Flowerimg_1681 unknown flower stamp

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NOW ARRIVING
(Honeybee landing on a Datura flower)img_1691 datura bee stamp

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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.

img_9566 stamp

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Mother of Thousandsimg_9533 stamp

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Palmimg_2610 stamp

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img_2536 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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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-24-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Ten Photographic Art stamps created from pictures of flowers taken in March in San Diego County.

img_0221 day lily stamp

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img_0222 flower stamp

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img_0410 orchid stamp

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img_0549 hibiscus stamp

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img_0555 rose stamp

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img_0565 daisy stamp

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img_0886 yellow clivia stamp

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img_0903 yellow cactus flower stamp

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img_0916 zinnia stamp

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img_0914 moth yellow flower stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-13-15)—Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Friday Flower Fiesta

San Diego has had a very long rainy season this year, possibly the longest I’ve experienced since 1993 when I moved here. It started early this winter, with .37 inch in November 2014, 3.95 inches in December, .42 inch in January 2015, .04 inch in February, and .89 inch so far in March. We even had hail earlier this month!

The rain, spread out over several months, means that plants have a better opportunity to drink up some of that water. When that happens, every plant seems to bloom whether or not it’s that plant’s blooming season.

Here is a representative collection of Photographic Art stamps made from pictures taken this past week.

Aloe

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Golden chalice vine

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Orchid

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Aloe

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Flowering maple

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Peace lily

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Paintbrush lily

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Primrose

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Foxglove

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Bromeliad

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Rose

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Hibiscus

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-25-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

More 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.

Twins

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Thunbergia

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Orchid Cactus

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Dressed In Red

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Giant Hibiscus

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Grand Opening Soon

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King Protea

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Mother Of Thousands

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Peach Iris

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Regal Iris

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Sunflower

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Wild Iris

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Day Lily

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Calla

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Rose

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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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Friday Flower Fiesta — #6 (March 2, 2012)

Kathy Schowe, real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, CaliforniaToday’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to Kathy Schowe, a real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, about 90 miles northeast of me. I have known Kathy for a couple of years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend her for anyone needing real estate services in the desert cities of La Quinta, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. Kathy is an expert on living the desert life.

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I had forgotten that Fridays are for my Friday Flower Fiesta and that if I miss a Friday my regular Friday Flower Fiesta readers get upset.

Since I had already done two posts today (Snow pictures from San Diego, California and The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego) before realizing that it was Friday, I was rushing about wondering what flowers to put in my Friday Flower Fiesta today.

I went to Ralphs a couple of blocks away to get some milk and that’s when I realized that today should be an orange day. Just in those two blocks but two different streets, I found all of these orange flowers:

Roses bloom year-round in San Diego, but orange roses are pretty rare. Most people prefer red.

Orange rose

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March and April are when the clivias are blooming. I found a couple of yellow clivias, too, a much rarer clivia color, but it’s not a yellow day. It’s an orange day.

Orange clivia

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The aloes are coming to the end of their spring blooming but you can still find some around, the laggards. Two different aloes:

Orange aloe

Orange aloe

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February through mid-April is also the spring blooming season for ice plant. If you’re ever in San Diego this time of year, the freeways are covered in purple and pink ice plant. Orange is a much rarer ice plant color.

Orange ice plant

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This is also blooming season for the kangaroo paw, so named because its racemes look like kangaroo paws.

Kangaroo paw

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I believe the following is an African daisy, which also tend to bloom year-round in our climate.

Gerbera daisy

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Last is one of my favorite flowers, a protea. My wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas, used to have a protea bush, but only because I bought it for my little cactus garden before she claimed it as her own. 🙂

Protea

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All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D camera and a 55-250 Canon lens. Picture framing was done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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