In the Garden of Fragrance

I had already spent most of afternoon wandering through the San Francisco Botanical Garden, taking pictures of nearly everything I saw.  When I noticed the sign saying ‘Garden of Fragrance,’ I was tempted to pass it by — “Oh, it’s just a bunch of flowers.” Don’t get me wrong!  I like flowers, and I can even tell you the names of a […]

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Temple Bells

I noticed these wonderful flowers in San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, in the area known as the Exhibition Garden.  They are a rare variety of abutilon, sometimes called Flowering Maple. It’s very easy to see why they’re called Temple Bells.  I was fascinated by their brilliant colors and the appearance of the red veins.  Apparently other varieties of the abutilon are saucer […]

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WPC: Details

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of July 15, 2016. For this week’s challenge, try to look past the big picture and take a more intimate approach. Zoom in on details in unexpected places — it can be something from the natural world, or it can be human-made. The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the […]

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 2

What really helped kick off my current obsession with ground-level macro was my discovery of photographer Kim Leuenberger and her completely awesome Traveling Cars Adventures series.  I wanted to put my own spin on her idea, so I took a tiny ’55 Chevy Nomad and a mini 2001 Mini Cooper to the coast with me and played with a couple of […]

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 1

Two of my very favorite books growing up, and even to this day, have been Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice was always shrinking and growing and being forced to examine her world in completely new ways. I liked to play at being Alice:  peering toward the edges of mirrors and pretending that backward […]

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Blue or Purple Flowers

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, three wildflowers and a cultivated garden beauty. Wild iris   Geraniums (thanks to Mom, when Google failed me!)   Purple wildflowers.  These are everywhere in the spring; but Google as I might, I couldn’t come up with a proper name.  Everybody seems to just call them California wildflowers…   Sweet peas (thank you, […]

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Flora and Fauna

Soda Bay, Clear Lake, California California Poppies along Highway 20, Lake County Alligator lizard near Lake Natoma, Sacramento County Flowers along the American River Bike Trail near Folsom, California   Canada geese in Lake Natoma   Wildflowers in Snipes Ravine, Orangevale  

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