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Friday Flower Fiesta (9-8-2017)—San Diego summer flowers

Out & About San Diego

San Diego summer flowers for all you people who soon will be heading into fall and winter.

Lantana in the center and bougainvillea at the left.
Two of my favorites because they bloom throughout the year,
and it seems the more you neglect them, the more they bloom.Lantana and bougainvillea

Kangaroo paw
Also comes in yellow, but red is my favorite.
Kangaroo paw

Yucca, called Spanish Dagger in some areas.
In 1966 my uncle planted two of these at the sides
of the driveway entrance. When they bloomed, I was sold.
Yucca, or Spanish Dagger

Unknown wildflower
Unknown wildflower

Orchid treeOrchid tree

Water lily
Green water always bothers me.
Next Photoshop goal: Color replacement
Water lily

Hummingbirds visiting Grevillea flowers
The kind of picture I can get with my new
Tamron 150-600 mm lens, hand-held, no tripod.
No need to chase these flyers on foot anymore.
Hummingbird visiting a grevillea
Hummingbird visiting a grevillea

Jimsonweed, this one Datura metaloides
Datura are quite poisonous but they smell oh so good, especially at night.
It grows profusely in the wild here in San Diego. About every 5 years,
a group of high school students will pick the flowers and make a soup out of them. Drinking the soup provides a natural high. Unfortunately, one can also lose one’s voice, damage one’s vocal chords, burn one’s throat and upper intestines, and even die, usually from kidney failure. I am quite allergic to this plant myself so I have to admire it from afar.
Thank you, Tamron, for my 150-600 mm lens!
Datura metaloides

Silk oak
I spent years trying to find out what this tree was.
Then I went out hiking with some bird photographers
one of whom knew all the plants along our hike.
A good reason to hang out with other people.
Silk oak

Castor bean
The beans are very beautiful but toxic due to the presence of ricin,
and since they look like beans, people will eat them.
Four to eight beans will kill an adult.
Often ranked #1 on the list of most poisonous plants in the world.
This plant grows everywhere and is considered
an invasive species here in San Diego.
Castor bean

Wild rose
This flower is only about an inch in diameter.
Wild rose

Thistle
This plant bugs me when it’s by itself,
but a thistle patch can be quite beautiful.
Thistle

Unknown flower with dew drops
Unknown flower dew drops

Unknown flower
Unknown flower

Unknown flower
Unknown flower

Coming up next: The San Diego Jetty Cats.

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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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Need a unique gift? Birthday? Graduation? Marriage? Anniversary? Choose Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

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Yucca in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

They bloom profusely

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

When I was in high school I helped my uncle Rodney build his house in Riviera, Texas. Actually, all I did was go around and gather up all the Schlitz, Budweiser, and Pearl beer cans. One other thing I remember was helping Rodney plant yuccas. I despised them because of their sharp pointed leaves, and the plants were huge…. bigger than me!

Out here in San Diego the darn things bloom, and I actually like them!

Yucca  in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

 

Yucca  in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

 

Yucca  in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

 

Yucca  in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

 

Yucca  in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, California

 

I don’t remember ever seeing one bloom in South Texas. Here in San Diego they bloom profusely.

 

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

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