Monday, October 20, 2014

Cherishing the initial days in this country....

Now, I am in my fourth year in this beautiful country....time flied...it was not exactly cakewalk..the struggle to find an identity in a foreign land took its toll, anyway, I surpassed the tough time and a bright future almost beacons....
At this juncture, I feel like looking back and cherish the nascent days..when everything as new and I had started to explore my surroundings...
I was barely a week here...It was my first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean@ Laguna beach....


Maiden visit to Los Angeles...the zoo....

First visit to the local 'Tewinkle park'...which later became an indispensable part of my stay in the town Costa Mesa..

 It was very special...first visit to any US National Park...and it was the formidable 'Grand Canyon' on  Thanksgiving weekend...

The first visit to the marsh Upper Newport Bay...since then I have dropped in there numerous times..for watching the migratory birds, ebbs and tides, sunset, blooming encelia and mustard..

A mesmerizing foggy morning in Laguna beach...by far, my most loved California beach..

Evening in South Plaza mall...many memories of hanging around and gazing at the beautiful holiday decorations.........


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tea on the patio...

It has become a sort of hobby to take a picture of the tea cup as I sip my morning and evening beverage on our patio...it somehow has a therapeutic effect ..





Friday, October 17, 2014

SDSU on an autumn morning!

Varied shades of sweetgum foliage....

Strings of bright red pyracantha berries....

Luscious rose hips...

Rust-hued sycamore canopy....

Yes, that's how my Alma mater San Diego State campus looks on a crisp autumn morning.....

National feral cat day...

I learnt that October 16 is celebrated as National feral cat day...to raise awareness for humane treatment towards them...
decided to post  some pictures of cats in honor of that drive and the felines...




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A day at lake Mission Viejo...

Last week, we had an outing by the lake Mission Viejo, located in the foothills of Santa Ana mountains.....


Surrounded with rows of picturesque houses, it was creating  a scenic landscape...

It was a treat to spend the day boating on its blue water...

And to watch others sail, through the window of sycamore and cassia..lying on the grassy lawn...

Rain, rain come again...

California drought is getting severe with each passing day...
Each of we are feeling the consequence...
The dead gum trees near Lake Murray, the wispy falls in Yosemite National Park....its showing up everywhere...
It's been three years, the dry season is reigning..this year is worse than previous...
These pictures were taken in October last year....





Wish, wish, it happens again....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blooms in fall...

When I see the pictures of autumn splendor in other parts of the nation, I feel bad with what we get in San Diego..its as green and as grey as ever!

We are deprived of rain, snow, get too much sun..as if that's not enough, autumn to eludes us!

Anyway, yesterday, on my stroll by the bank of San Diego river, I saw these Chinese rain trees, covered with pretty pink and yellow flowers...

They were pure treat for the eyes! Now, who could have expected such floral bounty in fall!!

And these cottonwoods were quite pretty, with those golden crown..

A welcome contrast against the stunted chaparral bush and the Torrey pines..

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hunter moon veiled by twigs...

So, autumn is the month of hunter or harvest moon...the big, dazzling, stunning one..
I take the opportunity to frame it behind the veil of plants...

Here is my attempt to place the bougainvillea strand against its shiny body..

And here the reticulum of palm frond spanning it...

Loved the experiment and and happy with its result...

San Diego autumn!!

Well, autumn does not always mean medley of colors,..at least for my neighborhood in San Diego...

Its as verdant green it can be, with those beautiful weeping figs...

Landscape is painted brilliant with patches of bougainvillea...

Rust-foliage of sycamores are quite common....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My small doses of inspiration!!

These pictures below comprise some motivation for my walk, day after day, sun or rain...
Noticing their seasonal change fills me with joy and inspiration...

The wall of bougainvillea..with their brilliance they are bound to attract the attention of any onlooker....I wonder, how incomplete South California floral palette would have been without them!!

The magnolia leaves naturally have the coppery shade...yet the setting sun accentuates it with another layer of gold..

This intrepid little guy stuck to the hibiscus twig, as I clicked away...

Not sure if the Santa Ana wind has anything to do with the skyscape but the diffused clouds looked pretty!

Its definitely the peak bloom time for the tangerine cape honey suckles...

This luscious, pink dragon fruit dangles from one of the many California pepper trees in Mission San Diego...