Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I have shared pictures of red bottle brush flowers before but when I ran into several bottle brush trees that displayed pink flowers a few months ago, I couldn’t resist taking a lot of pictures. There were so many pink bottle brush flowers on the first bush I encountered, they almost looked like Christmas ornaments.

Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree
Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree

Can you count how many pink bottle brush flowers are in this picture? Would you believe there were even more before I cropped the picture? That is some happy tree.

Pink bottle brush blooms
Pink bottle brush blooms

Of course, bees are very fond of those bottle brush flowers, so it’s easy to take a picture of the blooms with bees on them.

Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower
Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower

You can easily understand from their unusual shape why these were named bottle brush blooms.

Bright pink bottlebrush flowers
Bright pink bottlebrush flowers

By the way, I took this set of pictures last August. I don’t want you to think that we’re getting that many blooms right now. Although, bottle brush bottles seem to have an erratic blooming schedule in San Diego, depending on the fluctuating temperatures. So you really never know what you may see.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers
Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

This last picture features another bee on those pink bottle brush trees. I hope you’ve enjoyed this splash of bright colors on this floral Friday.

Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers
Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers

Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

It seems that every hibiscus tree is in bloom right now in San Diego. Yellow, orange, pink, or red hibiscus flowers are everywhere I look. Here are a few hibiscus blooms to brighten your Friday.

Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms
Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms

I really like bright yellow hibiscus flowers but I think they look even nicer with a red center.

Red and yellow hibiscus flower
Red and yellow hibiscus flower
Yellow hibiscus with red center
Yellow hibiscus with red center

This last one is probably my favorite, with a bright purple center and a yellow border.

Purple and yellow hibiscus bloom
Purple and yellow hibiscus bloom
Purple and yellow hibiscus flower
Purple and yellow hibiscus flower

 

Floral Friday Fotos: Pink lotus flower

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

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Going back to our Floral Friday Fotos theme, I found the loveliest pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park a few weeks ago. This was the first decent shot I managed to get.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower
Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower

After a large tourist family left that side of the pond (it’s a very popular photo souvenir spot at Balboa Park for good reasons), I managed to photograph this pink lotus flower from a better angle. By the way, it was the ONLY pink (or any color) lotus flower in bloom in the whole pond.

Pink lotus flower at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Eventually I managed to get even closer and snap this photo. The sun was hiding behind a few clouds at the time, so it made for a softer light and I really like the results.

Close-up of a pink lotus flower
Close-up of a pink lotus flower

Have you ever seen pink lotus flowers in real life? There are not that easy to find around here. I got lucky last summer when I captured this white lotus flower. Happy Friday!

Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms

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I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph my first cherry blossoms earlier this week at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. This is prime season to enjoy the cherry blossoms in San Diego and I wanted to take advantage of them before they disappear for a whole year. I took a lot more photos than these few but I thought this would be a nice sample to start you with, using this Floral Friday theme. Happy Friday and happy first day of spring!

Cherry blossoms at the San Diego Japanese Friendship garden in Balboa Park
Cherry blossoms at the San Diego Japanese Friendship garden in Balboa Park
Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms
Floral Friday Fotos: my first cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms
Close-up of pink cherry blossoms

Floral Friday Fotos: Clivia Miniata (Bush Lily)

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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)