Saturday, September 20, 2014

Julian apple picking and other fun...

Today was a fun-filled day for us.....
We had gone to Julian, the scenic agricultural town, about 50 miles east to San Diego...for apple picking from Volcan valley farm...

We had a great time walking through the lanes of bountiful trees and plucking the choicest fruits...

There were three varieties to select from...
Golden delicious...

Empire...

and Jonathon...

The last two varieties appealed to us and we filled our paper bag with them...
After leaving the orchard, we headed to the town...witnessed the historical buildings, the wagons...

Then we grabbed a chicken barbecue pizza from a smokehouse restaurant...

and as  dessert, Mom's famous apple pie...

On the way back to home, we stopped at Cuyamaca lake and spend some time bird-watching....

Wish all weekend could be this enjoyable....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fun about Ocean beach pier........

An exceptionally hot day today...I dare not venture out, though its weekend and I have a whole list of hiking spots ready..
I can just browse through these soothing pictures of my favorite San Diego beach...Ocean beach..
The long pier, about which I love hanging out....and watch the distant ships, surfers, fishing crowd, stunning sunsets.....







Wreathes for seasons....

There is this lady living next-door, who puts up lovely wreathes on her front door.....




I feel thankful to her, for reminding me of the seasons knocking at the door...and let appreciate changes in the air..

Empress three through seasons...

There is this impressive Empress tree in my neighborhood...in fact, the only one, I have seen my life...
As I go for my morning and evening strolls, I see this tree, the variation in its looks brought by changing seasons...

Deep green foliage in summer........

Golden yellow crown with zillion buds in winter...

A strand of inflorescenece...

Full glory of  blossoms in spring...

A single bloom...





Friday, September 12, 2014

Beauty of morning photography

Morning is the perfect time for satisfactory photography...I can't agree more!!

See the sunlight filtering through the Chinese rain tree blossoms...

And this luscious bunch...

The crimson prickly pear berries...

An appetizing pomegranate...

An elegant inflorescence of yucca...

An Anna's hummingbird sunbathing..

The riparian landscape by the San Diego river...




The joy of savouring natural world....

Getting to see the wonders of natural world is a great privilege...and when this amazing experience is gathered with the loved one, the joy becomes manifold..feeling blessed in this regard..

Salt lake of Mono basin...

Geyser in Yellowstone...

The Pacific in La Jolla...

Glacier-carved domes of Yosemite...

Snow-covered pine forest of Sequoia....

And the pictures are taken recently...just to add a flavor of nostalgia and cherishment, I gave it a 1960's looks :)....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Years after years of visit to San Diego Zoo........

Our maiden visit to renowned San Diego zoo in October 2011...we had got clicked with this famous grizzly statue..

Three years have past ...we have dropped in there many times since then...its the latest one, while we shared the frame with this iconic gorilla bust....


Night photography at Mission San Diego...

I frequent the Mission San Diego and take many pictures of its serene surroundings...but, I had never tried my hands at night photography there..I did yesterday...the result, as you can see is decent....

The illuminated facade....

The ivory-whites statues...

 The grotto....

The bough of bougainvillea...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fallen giants in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.....

Two similar pictures..giant sequoia roots..
Difference is that they belong to two different National parks...

Sequoia Nat'l Park.......

Yosemite Nat'l Park.......


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Morning cup of tea by the Merced river....

There are certain things that make me nostalgic, infuse me with indescribable joy...
Summer meadow, foggy morning, rain watch from window, autumnal trees, reading in front of fire place...watching steam rising from a cup of tea or coffee against a  serene backdrop is one of them !!

I took these shots in our hotel room in the outskirts of Yosemite National Park...


Merced river was meandering along our lodge, creating a soothing melody and morning sun was warming the patio..the dense forest on the bank of the river and the colossal rocks were dotting the horizon, cute ground squirrels were scurrying among the boulders...
It was a perfect setting to sip the morning cup of tea!!