All of a sudden it got really hot here. And more heat is predicted for tomorrow, the next day and the next day and the next day. Welcome to summer. I got a few new, used lenses for my Nikon D7100 today. Couldn’t wait to try them and they didn’t disappoint. I tried to capture […]
Yesterday I spent most of the day inside trying, unsuccessfully, to “migrate” from a Windows image database (IMatch) to Lightroom. The reason for the move is that I migrated from Windows to Apple about six months ago. I prefer IMatch as an image database but Lightroom has really nice image editing capabilities, and IMatch is […]
This weekend was the Wildflower Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. If you weren’t able to see the Wildflower Show, it will be open for a third day, on Monday, April 21st. Though the irises have past peak, the garden is still looking lovely. The following album shows pictures of the garden taken today. […]
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Early explorers and settlers were awed by the variety and profusion of wildflowers throughout what would become the state of California. Hillsides in spring were painted gold, red, yellow, blue and white. Flowering shrubs added frosty blue and snowy white to the landscape. In the heat of summer, the wonderful smells of soft gray sages […]
At LAX waiting to board first flight to India. We will spend about 20 hours in the air! Hard to separate from home and family but looking forward to a big adventure.
It rained for about an hour yesterday. The rain was steady and very heavy at times. Thunder and lightning accompanied the storm. The smell of hot, dry cement being covered with rain brought me back to my roots on the east coast. I have spent more time than I want to admit editing this 33-second […]
I should be doing something else on this hot summer day. Something indoors. But even with the oppressive heat, I leave my desk with camera in hand to stroll the garden. It is hot in the shade and unbearable in the sun. Most of the garden is dry, bunch grasses look like straw, monkey flowers […]
We have lived here for fourteen years and the garden has taught me much. I am glad that I started slowly. Many of the original plants are gone. Some did not meet my aesthetic requirements, others were not well-matched to the site, a few grew out of control, spreading where they were not wanted, and […]
This Saturday and Sunday is the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour and my house, Garden 11, is open on Saturday.Thought I’d upload a few pictures to entice you to come. Althoughsome of the monkeyflowers and gilias are past prime, the garden is almost at peak. Chinese fringe (non-native) and flannel bush compete for showiest. […]