Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the season of spring. Spring is my favorite season, especially in San Diego. I love witnessing the rebirth of nature and noticing all the beautiful colors popping up around town.

I’m using the gallery format to feature my photos of spring. You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow. To view any photo in a larger format, just scroll down while in slideshow mode and click on “view full size” on the bottom right on the page. Enjoy!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Spring.

Spring happens a little differently in San Diego. The early signs of spring come very early, usually by the end of February, and by the time the end of May is here, everything turns yellow and brown from the hot sun rays. As a sign of renewal and rebirth, spring is my favorite season. Here are a few photos of what spring in San Diego looks like to me. Remember you can click on each photo to see a larger image.

I was lucky to be picked as an honorable mention winner for my photo of California poppies for this challenge.

Blue skies and colorful flowers are common in the spring.

Photo of colorful California wildflowers
Photo of colorful California wildflowers

I love the many California poppies we see all over.

California wildflowers - poppies
California wildflowers – poppies

Ramona lilac is a local plant and it features beautiful, but unscented, clusters of small lilac blooms.

Lilac blooms in Ramona, California
Lilac blooms in Ramona, California

California wildflowers grow just about anywhere they can find some water.

California wildflower blooms
California wildflower blooms

This lupine bloom was standing on its own in a local park. I love the color purple that comes with spring.

California lupine at San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park
California lupine at San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park

These pear blossoms start early at San Diego’s Balboa Park, usually by early February. You can view more photos of these ornamental pear blossoms here.

Close-up of the pear blossoms in Balboa Park
Close-up of the pear blossoms in Balboa Park

I took this photo of dew just last week. Dew usually happens before spring starts here. After that, our mornings are too warm. You can view more photos of dew here.

Purple wildflowers with morning dew
Purple wildflowers with morning dew

I featured these flowers in yesterday’s Macro Monday post. Tiny flowers are a great indication of early spring in San Diego.

Close-up of pink flowers
Close-up of pink flowers

The beautiful pear blossoms of San Diego’s Balboa Park

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A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to photograph the many ornamental pear blossoms in San Diego’s Balboa Park. It was one of those perfect days to take photos: beautiful blue sky with just a few clouds, warm temperatures and a slight breeze. I shared a couple of photos in previous posts, but today I’m displaying the best shots I got on that day in one single post.

Enjoy and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

This is what the ornamental pear blossoms look like from underneath the tree.

Ornamental pear blossoms
Ornamental pear blossoms

This is what the pear blossoms look like from up close.

Beautiful pear blossoms of San Diego's Balboa Park
Beautiful pear blossoms of San Diego’s Balboa Park

I love how these pear trees reach high up to the sky.

Ornamental pear blossoms
Ornamental pear blossoms
Pear blossoms of Balboa Park in San Diego
Pear blossoms of Balboa Park in San Diego

I think this is my favorite photo of the whole lot.

Close-up of the pear blossoms in Balboa Park
Close-up of the pear blossoms in Balboa Park

These pear blossoms have a pretty repulsive smell but bees seem to love it and were very busy collecting nectar.

Bee on the blossoms of a pear tree
Bee on the blossoms of a pear tree
Bee on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park
Bee on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the details

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge. This week’s theme is “lost in the details”. WordPress is asking photographers to capture details in their frames.

For this post, I’ll use some photos I’ve featured in other posts that show great detail. I’ll also use a few new photos I haven’t featured on this website yet.

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Below is one of my newest favorite photos I took recently. It shows some leftover raindrops on new rose bush leaves. I love the various sizes of raindrops and how they catch the light.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of new rose buds
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of new rose buds

San Diego’s Balboa Park recently featured a large display of ornamental pear blossoms. They looks beautiful as a whole, but I think they’re even prettier up close, when you can see the details of each flower. You can see more ornamental pear blossoms here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of pear blossoms
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of pear blossoms

I love the details of the petals on this white powder puff tree flower. You can see more white powder puff flowers here and some pink powder puff tree flowers here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of the white powder puff tree - Calliandra Haematocephala
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of the white powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala

The next photo also shows a lot of details, not just of the cactus flowers, but of the bee itself. I love its fuzzy back.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: lost in the details on a bee on yellow cactus flowers

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of a cactus flower

The last photo is a close-up of a spider web made by grass spiders. I love the details of the dew drops on the spider web, which would look quite messy otherwise. You can view more dew on spiderwebs here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of dew drops on a spider web
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details of dew drops on a spider web

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and White

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is the colors of red, white, or red and white together. How about some hibiscus to illustrate this colorful theme?

Remember you can click on each image below for a larger view.  Here’s a beautiful red hibiscus flower to start with.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red hibiscus flower

A white hibiscus flower is just as pretty, believe it or not. It even has a little pinkish red on it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: white hibiscus flower

There’s also the beautiful ornamental pear blossoms of San Diego’s Balboa Park. They don’t smell good but they sure are pretty!

Pear blossoms at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pear blossoms at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Now, if you’re looking for red and white on a single picture, take a peek at my budding strawberries. Amid the green and red leaves, you can find a few white strawberry blossoms.

Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms
Red strawberry leaves and white strawberry blossoms

Spring is almost here but Christmas wasn’t that long ago and ’tis the ultimate season for red and white!

Santa Christmas lights: red and white
Santa Christmas lights: red and white