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 – Scent

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I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Scent! Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

I’m going to use this photo challenge as an opportunity to feature a few more of the rose photos I took this past weekend at the rose garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park. You can see the other rose photos here and here.

Here’s another multicolored rose that featured a pleasant rose fragrance. It helps that it’s also very pretty to look at.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a multicolored rose
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a multicolored rose

I loved the fragrance of the next rose. It had a very delicate and pure scent. Mmmmmm…

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a fragrant rose
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of a fragrant rose

Other flowers can smell very look, including lavender, which comes in many varieties and sizes.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of lavender
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of lavender

One scent I really enjoy is the one of wet dirt and grass after the rain. This after the rain scent is not too common in San Diego so I love it when it happens.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of wet dirt after the rain
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of wet dirt after the rain

My favorite flower fragrance is lilac blossoms. Unfortunately common lilacs don’t like the San Diego hot and dry weather too much, so we find a different type here in nature called the Ramona lilac. Its scent is very, very light but it still looks pretty.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of Ramona lilac blossoms
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent of Ramona lilac blossoms

For my last photo, I’ll share one of my favorite scents: the smell of the ocean, here at Coronado Beach. I love the mix of iodine, salt and seaweed. Can you smell it?

Update: I won an honorable mention for this photo in the weekly contest.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent - ocean smell
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scent – ocean smell

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks, paths and trails

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This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge theme is indoor and outdoors walks – anything designed for walking. All my photos are of the outdoors because that’s where I like to be best.

Once you take a trail at the back of Dos Picos County Park and pass the enchanted stone steps I showcased last week, you find yourself walking on a path bordered with many Ramona lilacs. If you hike in the spring, when the lilacs are in bloom, this is what you get to see as you follow the trail:

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Trail in Dos Picos County Park
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trail in Dos Picos County Park

And it only gets better as you walk along. Here’s a blast of green, purple and bright blue! I know, I still owe you a few close-ups of the Ramona lilacs, but at least you can see what the lilac trees look like full size. Aren’t they pretty?

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Trail bordered by Ramona lilacs
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trail bordered by Ramona lilacs

Another favorite spot where we enjoy hiking in Louis Stelzer County Park. On the day I took the photos below, the sky was completely gray but everything on the ground looked very green. In a couple of months, most of it will turn to yellow or brown, and the green probably won’t return until next January.

Here’s the trail that follows the side of the hill. This trail is fun to walk on a cloudy day, but I avoid it like the plague in the heat of summer since there’s no shade.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Trail at Louis Stelzer County Park
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trail at Louis Stelzer County Park

Fortunately, this park offers a lot of wooded areas by the small creek. This is a great trail to walk on any day of the year. This is as green as it gets in San Diego.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Green trail at Louis Stelzer County Park
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green trail at Louis Stelzer County Park

Like many parks in San Diego County, this park is full of coast live oak trees, which tend to feature many thick, often contorted branches. Look how this large tree branch curves over the trail to create an arch.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Trail with coast live oak trees
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trail with coast live oak trees

To me, there’s nothing more pleasant than walking down a shaded trail to make me feel in unison with nature. What about you?

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Walking down the trail
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walking down the trail

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

Lilac trees in bloom in Southern California

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Here are some photos of lilac trees in bloom at Dos Picos County Park, Ramona, California. I took these photos in the spring, on a cloudy day, which made for great lighting effects.

Click on each photos of the lilac trees for a larger view.

This photo below is my favorite. I have never seen grass with such a bright, light shade of green. It seemed so surreal, I knew I had to take a picture of it. I bet that grass turned dry and yellow a few weeks later, but natural green grass is such an uncommon sight in San Diego, this was a treat.

Lilac and green, for a beautiful spring picture
Lilac and green, for a beautiful spring picture

Ramona lilacs have smaller flowers than regular lilac trees and they don’t smell anything (the disappointing part) but they’re still very beautiful.

Ramona lilac tree in bloom
Ramona lilac tree in bloom

Here’s the whole picture, with the lush green grass in the front and the many lilac trees in the back.

Ramona lilac trees in bloom in Dos Picos Park, Ramona, California
Ramona lilac trees in bloom in Dos Picos Park, Ramona, California