Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color purple

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “the color purple”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

If you visit my blog regularly, you must know by now that purple is my favorite color to spot and photograph in nature. It doesn’t occur as often as you may think so it’s always a nice surprise to notice it. Here are a few selections of my recent sightings of purple while I was lucky enough to be holding a camera at that moment.

Here’s an interesting looking orchid, with several green and brown petals, and one large purple petal. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a flower with different colored petals before. Have you?

Orchid with green and brown petals, and one large purple petal
Orchid with green and brown petals, and one large purple petal

Aster flowers are some of my favorite, as they come in different shades of purple.

Dark purple aster flower with raindrops
Dark purple aster flower with raindrops
Purple aster with water drops
Purple aster with water drops

I love lavender: its purple color, its smell, its long-lasting blooms. The lavender blooms on the next photo belong to a larger species and they don’t smell, but they still look beautiful.

Bee on a purple lavender flower
Bee on a purple lavender flower

Here’s a little more purple lavender for you.

Purple lavender blooms
Purple lavender blooms

Purple can range for very light to very dark. Here is some dark purple on this white and purple pansy, covered with water droplets.

White and purple pansy
White and purple pansy

I’m saving my favorite purple for last, in this beautiful grape of wisteria blooms. I’ve noticed several wisteria trees blooming around San Diego. I think it’s time to grab my camera and try to get a few new shots.

White and purple wisteria flowers
White and purple wisteria flowers

Macro Monday: the hearts of poppies

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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A few weeks ago, I shared several photos of orange poppies I got the chance to photograph while walking around San Diego’s Balboa Park. Here are a couple more close-ups of those poppies. I find the shapes at the center of each poppy fascinating. On this yellow orange poppy, the center consists of a fuzzy star with 10 arms. Have you ever seen a sea star that looks exactly like this?

Close-up of the heart of a yellow orange poppy
Close-up of the heart of a yellow orange poppy

This white poppy would look quite dull without a bright yellow center. That fuzzy center really is something.

Macro Monday: center of a white poppy
Macro Monday: center of a white poppy

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Frame

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Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “frame”.  I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I recently took these two pictures while walking in a San Diego County park. They show the same tree branches arching over the path, but I took each picture from one side of the path. I think I like the first one better but I’ll let you chime in.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Frame - tree branches curling over walking path
A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Frame – tree branches curling over walking path
Tree branches create opening over walking path
Tree branches create opening over walking path

This is another walking trail in a different county park. I love how the leaning tree branches and tree trunks frame the downhill path.

Tree branches leaning over the walking path
Tree branches leaning over the walking path

I like the framing created by this wooden fence right on the edge on the walking path, especially when it’s lined with wildflowers.

Wooden fence and spring wildflowers in San Diego
Wooden fence and spring wildflowers in San Diego

Wisteria behaves like an invasive tree if you give the vine the space and the structure it needs to grow on. I loved photographing these beautiful wisteria blooms hanging from the wooden frame. Here are a few photos of wisteria flowers from further to closer.

Wisteria blooms on a large wooden frame
Wisteria blooms on a large wooden frame
Wisteria in bloom on wooden trellis
Wisteria in bloom on wooden trellis
White and purple wisteria flowers
White and purple wisteria flowers

Finally, here’s a mama panda bear who doesn’t mind being framed to pose for a picture.

Giant panda bear at the San Diego Zoo
Giant panda bear at the San Diego Zoo

Floral Friday Fotos: Clivia Miniata (Bush Lily)

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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It was a pleasure to spot this bush lily last weekend while enjoying sunny and warm weather. The bush lily, officially Clivia Miniata, is a plant from South Africa. It does well in San Diego weather, which is similarly warm (and hot) and dry. I’ve lived in San Diego for over 15 years and it still feels weird to see flowers blooming in the winter, but it sure makes for great photo opportunities when I’m out and about.

Enjoy these bright splashes of orange on this Floral Friday. I was thinking of using them for my post Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange the other day, but I opted to display orange poppies instead. I’ve seen a lot of orange in the past week!

Floral Friday Fotos: Clivia Miniata (Bush Lily)
Floral Friday Fotos: Clivia Miniata (Bush Lily)
Close-up of an orange bush lily flower
Close-up of an orange bush lily flower
Macro of an orange bush lily (Clivia Miniata)
Macro of an orange bush lily (Clivia Miniata)
Macro of an orange bush lily (Clivia Miniata)
Macro of an orange bush lily (Clivia Miniata)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “the color orange”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I photographed these bright orange California poppies yesterday and I thought they would be a great match for this week’s colorful theme.

Orange poppies are the official state flower of California. You can see them on the side of many freeways as you drive. The ones I saw yesterday are a cultivated type of orange poppy, and a little different from the native state flower. They bloom in the late winter and don’t last long so it’s a great idea to snap a few photos while you can.

I hope you enjoy this burst of orange today.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange - California poppies
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange – California poppies
Orange poppy flower
Orange poppy flower
Close-up of an orange poppy bloom
Close-up of an orange poppy bloom