Monday, March 23, 2015

Pretty Mission San Diego...

Ever since I got to know this place, been visiting frequently....It holds myriad attractions in the form of...

Spectacular blossoms.............................................
..........purple orchid and pink India hawthorn...

.........hibiscus............

.....pomegranate....

birds....a woodpecker...

Celebratory decors...this time St Patrick's day clover baubles...

and serene statues.........
 

Ocean beach on a Spring afternoon....

Ocean beach holds enough attractions for us to enjoy visiting it any time of the year..

We landed at dog beach...scores of canines with their humans have gathered there...playing, surfing, gazing at the waves....


kids were playing...with their shovels and buckets.....

Surfers were riding the waves...


Street musicians were enthralling the audience...

Docile dogs of a sand sculptor lying on the sand obediently...


Tangerine sky casts golden rays on the Pacific...

 As dusk approached, people celebrated spring equinox with bonfire....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring delights.....

Spring revives the flora and fauna...let the pictures below testify for that.....

Zillion empress flowers....

Refreshing cottonwood....

Canopy of aloe blooms...

Endearing bunny out on sundown foraging...

Carpet of hardy ice.........

Daisies....

Sycamore...........

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring flowers in SDSU campus....

Currently, SDSU campus is brightened with stunning flowers....
Nasturtium.....

Matilija poppy...

 California poppy.........

Manuka flower...

Hardy ice...........

Giant honey flower....

Now, something interesting about the last flower...this time of the year, these flowers bloom profusely in the campus. Being a biologist, I always try to find the identity of each plants I come across...While, I recognized most of the plants, this one eluded me so far..
As I posted it today, decided to search its ID yet again, though my past attempts had been futile. Virtually, I know nothing about this plant, so how will I ask Google to help me?
I typed 'red flower'...obviously I got numerous hits without useful clue...
Then I added a keyword, 'serrate leaves', with a faint hope..guess what!!!!! It was there...botanical name, family and everything else I wanted to know. Feeling good and thankful to the website furnishing the information.

They rightfully say, never quit!!! Give yet another try:).

Thoughts of adventure to beat stress...

Last few days had been and next few days are going to be very stressful for me..........
Its midterm exam season, the scary statistics and population genetics......Tuberculosis research reports.....
Molecular biology talks....My paper communications.....Review duties.........
The only thought motivating me amidst this relentless circumstance is our imminent trip to the Colorado basins in Utah and Arizona...
Anyway, some of my South California hiking shots...

Los Penasquitos canyon preserve...


Sunset cliffs...

Lake Murray....

Mission trails....

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Road trip day nears........

Two weeks from today...we are scheduled to emabark on a road trip...to Utah, Arizona..to explore the National parks, cayons, lakes, deserts...meanwhile some memories from previous sojourns...




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring flowers in my neighborhood..........

Spring flowers are popping up everywhere...with the generous showers so far, the lush vegetation and delightful flowers are putting up an eye-catching show...encelia, bougainvillea, aloe, acacia, wild radish, coral, empress......enjoy their vivid colors...













Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spring break national park trip beacons....

As I have gushed many times before, nothing about this nation interests me more than its wonderful national parks. In the past 4 years of stay here, I have been fortunate to soak in the beauty of 6 of them...

Lassen...........

Grand Canyon............

Glacier.....

Yellowstone...........

Yosemite...........

and Sequoia.........

I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of each of them...and can't wait for the trips to Zion, Bryce and Horseshoe bend national parks in the upcoming spring break.......

The past half dozen trips have taught me some precious lessons for a hassle-free and happier outdoor adventure experiences ..
*No more new food tasting, if you know your hypersensitivity to  many of them....no one wants an anaphylaxis or even allergies to mar the supposed-to-be fun days...I could not enjoy my Glacier trip to the hilt just because I developed severe allergy after eating some blueberry-yoghurt..It caused physical discomfort, leave only the weird photographs with swollen lips and puffy face.
*No more pointy foot wares and enough warm clothes...I hated the whipping chilly wind of Yaki Point in Grand Canyon...
*No more jeans......... soft trousers and yoga pants are perfect for the challenging treks...
*Some dry foods in the backpack for emergencies....

Well, that's the blunders I had done in the past and need to rectify in the ensuing road trip:)