We’ve had unusually cool weather in the spring and most of the summer. We barely got out of the 60s in the spring and the first two months of summer. Now it’s warmer but we’re only in the 70s or low 80s. Not that I’m complaining! Anyway, I’ve found that warmer weather can produce some nice sunsets.
The contrast between the cloud formations was pretty dramatic.
It’s time for the Jacaranda trees to bloom here. They are one of my favorites. The blossoms remind me of bluebells.
Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, is known as Jacaranda City or Jakarandastad in Afrikaans because of the large number of trees, which turn the city blue when they flower in spring. Would love to see that.
I can’t resist uploading a photo of Kwanzan cherry blossoms when I know they’re blooming back East. I think they’re incredible and am grateful I got to photograph them. I do like the way the sun is hitting the leaves here.
We are very fortunate to have an early spring in California. It arrives in mid-February and one of the things I like best about it is the arrival of pink jasmine. I tried to grow it a couple years ago with no success, but last year it finally took root. It’s one of my favorites and smells incredible. When I moved to the East Coast 14 years ago I was very surprised that we couldn’t really plant anything until May. I tried to sneak some plants in, but a brutal frost killed them.
We were in Rancho Santa Fe recently where I took the shots below. They landscape the shops so beautifully there….
Such a great display of succulents.
I’ve photographed this restaurant window before. It’s Thyme in the Ranch.
Another nice use of succulents.
I didn’t mean to be away for so long–it just kind of happened. To be totally honest, I was kind of burning out. Though this isn’t a travel blog per se, it kind of turned into one. I don’t venture out much with Covid-19 and travel is out of the question for now. But the break has been good for me and I’ll keep going as long as I feel inspired.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. Much appreciated.