Macro Monday: The beautiful roses of Balboa Park

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Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. Remember you can click on each image to see it in a larger format.

I spent yesterday morning at San Diego’s Balboa Park with my kids and one of our stops was the rose garden. I actually went there to take photos for another photo challenge (coming up tomorrow) but I ended taking a lot more photos when I saw the beautiful roses in bloom. So many sizes, colors and fragrances, a delight to walk through such garden, even with a slight rain!

Here are a few of my picks. I hope you enjoy this burst of color!

I love this first rose as it displays so many different colors on its petals. When you look at the various roses on the same rose tree, they all have different colors, which makes me think there was some cross-pollination to explain the yellow tint. Multi-color roses are quite something.

Macro Monday: roses at San Diego Balboa Park
Macro Monday: roses at San Diego Balboa Park

I love this purple rose and had to snap a photo of it!  If you click on it to view the larger image, you can see some tiny rain droplets on the petals.

Macro Monday: Close-up of a purple rose
Macro Monday: Close-up of a purple rose

I’m very happy with the composition of this next shot. I took several photos of this yellow rose but when I opened this image, I knew it was it. No cropping or editing necessary. I love these lucky shots!

Macro Monday: Close-up of a yellow rose at Balboa Park
Macro Monday: Close-up of a yellow rose at Balboa Park

It’s worth clicking on this last photo to see the details of the rose pistils. I got a couple of photos of this rose with a bee inside and I’m saving them for another post.

Macro Monday: Rose pistils at the Balboa Park rose garden
Macro Monday: Rose pistils at the Balboa Park rose garden

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

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

Sunday Post: Ongoing

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Ongoing.

It took me a little time to figure out what type of photos I could take to best represent this theme. At first, I thought photographing a sunrise or a sunset in progression would be perfect. Unfortunately we haven’t had the best weather recently, so this opportunity has not presented itself in time.

So I’m offering you my second pick for this ongoing theme: bees, hard at work on a variety of flowers. What I find most amazing about bees is how relentless they are at doing their job, even when you stand right next to them for a photo opportunity. Their work is ongoing and uninterrupted and I love watching them and capturing them on camera.

Remember you can click on each photo so you can see it in a larger size.

I took this photo at Balboa Park in San Diego earlier this week. These are pear blossoms from ornamental pear trees. The bees were super busy collecting nectar from the thousands of flowers available to them.

Sunday Post: Ongoing - bees on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park
Sunday Post: Ongoing – bees on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park

This next photo is also from Balboa Park. Apparently the bees weren’t just busy with the pear blossoms. They were also hard at work on these beautiful aloe flowers. You could see the ongoing flow of bees all over these flowers.

Sunday Post: Ongoing - bees on aloe flowers at Balboa Park in San Diego
Sunday Post: Ongoing – bees on aloe flowers at Balboa Park in San Diego

I took the next photo at the San Diego Botanic Garden a few weeks ago. Bees seemed to love this cactus flower. You can see more photos of these bees and cactus here.

Sunday Post: Ongoing - bees on cactus flowers at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Sunday Post: Ongoing – bees on cactus flowers at the San Diego Botanic Garden

This next photo is from Idyllwild, California. This bee’s ongoing nectar collection on this wild rose made for a great photo opportunity.

Sunday Post: Ongoing - bee on a wild rose in Idyllwild
Sunday Post: Ongoing – bee on a wild rose in Idyllwild

My last photo is not of a bee but a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Just like bees, butterflies go from one flower to the next to collect nectar. This is an ongoing job and gives me an opportunity to chase them around to try to get a good shot. This one ended up on my 2013 photo calendar.

Sunday Post: Ongoing - tiger swallowtail butterfly
Sunday Post: Ongoing – tiger swallowtail butterfly