August Sunset

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.

I love the pastel colors here.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Sideways Siberian

Can’t believe I was able to capture this–usually Yuri looks away as soon as I get the camera out.

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Jacaranda Season Once More

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.

Hope you’re all healthy and doing well….


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A Surprise in the Nursery

I paid a visit to one of my favorite nurseries and was pleasantly surprised by a new display there.

Someone did a lot of work here. Aren’t the flowers beautiful?

The train is a nice touch, huh.

Another view.

I thought this would be an appropriate post for Mothers Day, which is this Sunday in the U.S. I hope you have a wonderful celebration!


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It’s That Time Again

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.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Yuri Antics

Lately our cat, Yuri, has been very adventurous.

Here he is on the dining room table trying to eat a fig leaf.

I had turned my back for just a moment and he leapt up to the fridge and walked into the nearby pantry. How he squeezed between the Cheerios and Quaker oats, I’ll never know.

This cat cannot resist an open door of any kind.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Early Signs of Spring

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.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Merry Christmas…

…to all who celebrate.

Happy Holidays! See you next year….


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This is the coastline at Carlsbad Beach. If you look closely you can see and red and white kite.

Carlsbad is home to Lego Land and the Flower Fields. I do love the cliffs there.

Great weekend, everyone!


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A Sunlit Rose for You

Here’s a cream-colored rose to brighten your weekend. I hope you are all enjoying good health and happiness.

Great weekend, everyone!


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