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Cyber Monday 2019: 20% off all items at my Esty shop.

Double R Creations & Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

Tomorrow will be the first Cyber Monday for which I actually have product to sell and can sell it at a discount.

Everything 20% off at my Etsy shop.

Free U.S. nationwide shipping. Media Mail for the book and First Class for the calendars.

Not shipping internationally yet; still working on that.

  • “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” (174-page soft-cover book with over 600 pictures)
    Regularly $25.
    $20 for Cyber Monday only.
  • 10 calendars: Birds, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Fibonacci Flora, Flowers, Orchids, Roses, Spirals, Succulents
    All pictures are from my own camera.
    Regularly $20.
    $16 for Cyber Monday only.

Use this link to have the 20% discount applied automatically at checkout:

Double R Creations shop at Etsy

Friday Flower Fiesta (12-15-17)—San Diego winter roses

Friday Flower Fiesta

My wise old grandmother often told me that if you meet a plant’s specific needs for water, light, and temperature, you can grow anything anywhere. That, of course, is why we have greenhouses.

Here in San Diego, with our Mediterranean climate, we don’t have to worry much about light and temperature. It’s the water that often is the deciding factor for whether or not we can grow something, especially outdoors.

There is a rose garden over in Balboa Park, and except when the rose experts come along in February and March and destroy all the roses by cutting them back, they bloom year round. Following are pictures of roses in the Balboa Park rose garden taken a few days ago.

Which are your favorites?

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-23-17)—San Diego flowers in Balboa Park

Friday Flower Fiesta

I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning in Balboa Park taking pictures of flowers. Following are fourteen of them.

It was a cold, wet, cloudy morning so there was dew on many of the flowers and plants. My new lenses (16-300mm and 150-650mm) were able to capture the dewdrops, something my older lenses were not good at doing.

Succulent flowers

Unknown purple flowers

Cactus flowers

Succulent flowers

Rose

Yellow rose

Magnolia

Succulent flowers

Cactus flower

Unknown yellow flowers

Cactus flower and thorns

Cactus flowers

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Friday Flower Fiesta (5-30-14)—Peak rose-blooming time is here!

Friday Flower Fiesta

It is peak rose blooming time in San Diego right now so I thought I’d feature roses in today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

However, I created something a little different for you today. Hope you like it.

Rose Photographic Art by  Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Friday Flower Fiesta #15 — It’s like the Energizer Bunny

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Friday Flower Fiesta

 

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is a slide show.

I’m still looking for a good slide show plugin, widget, wadget, gidget, gadget, or doohickey for WordPress. The default one is pretty crummy, which is kind of funny considering the power of WordPress.

The slideshow runs the pictures backwards and I’m not about to go through and renumber all the pictures, so don’t be fooled when the slideshow starts with Picture 18.

Seems like someone ought to be able to come up with one that we can use in our WordPress.com blogs, especially since there are tons of them for WordPress.org.

Irregardless…. (and no comments about my use of the word/non-word “irregardless” :))

Roses bloom non-stop and year-round here in San Diego, but they are at their peak in May and June. If you’re ever in San Diego, the best place to see thousands of roses is at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park. According to the powers that be, it is the largest municipal rose garden in the nation.

I’m not a big rose fan because they take too much water and too much care. I’d rather let someone else do all the work and then simply enjoy them. My favorite roses are the Modern Roses that have a distinct swirl to their petals. I have chosen 18 of them to feature in my rose slideshow:

 

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Sometimes Picture 16 won’t show up in the slide show. I’ve tried everything —
re-uploading, downsizing, upsizing, giving it a foul name. So here’s Picture 16 just in case it’s not showing up for you when you watch:

Picture 16

Picture 16

Picture 18 is from my garden. Unfortunately, that rose is not growing in a rose garden. I don’t have a rose garden. It’s growing in my cactus garden. It’s a weed. As my wise old grandmother said, “A weed is anything that grows where you don’t want it to grow.” Nothing I have done has gotten rid of it. I’ve tried Round-up, chopping it into little pieces, digging to China to get the root system, withholding water. On and on and on it lives, blooming as happily as ever. It’s like the Energizer Bunny.

Something you might not know: Roses are in the same family with apples, plums, and strawberries. Why do I not feel comfortable, then, eating a rose?

 

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos