Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautiful SDSU campus and abundant critters..

I have may favorite regions in SDSU campus...this area with the rolling lawn, sprawling sycamores,  koi pond, beautiful Scripps cottage is one of them...



I love taking my lunch here...As I sit by the flower bed overlooking the pond, many beautiful critters show up...
the elegant monarch butterfly...

the red-breasted finch...

Anna's hummingbird...

bees ...

and colorful koi...

they certainly drive away stress...and make the  lunch-time a sort of picnic...

South California beaches....

Being South California, spring is already raring to part, giving way to a  loooong summer...
Feasting eyes over the ultimate chill out destinations, yes, the amazing beaches infuses with joy...
Some of the shores, I love visiting again and again...

Laguna beach.........................


Corona del Mar.........................

Crystal cove........................

Newport beach...

Huntington beach...

Ocean beach...

La Jolla...

Point Loma...

Pacific beach...

Mission beach....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flora and fauna spotting in Sycamore park..

I captured these pictures in a park in Sacramento...

A robin with its lunch perched on a pole...

A pretty canopy of oak...not sure which species..

A bloom-covered rain tree...

A avian nest suspended from a tulip poplar tree...

Artistically drilled holes on a sycamore...seems like a woodpecker's craft..

A blue stellar jay...

Such wonders of nature keep me excited and interested in my surroundings..

Decaying conifers..

These shots tell a story of  senescence and decomposition..




the story of conversion from living to nonliving....the formation of soil from trees...

Colored parrots...

Saw these two parrots with intense plumage in Seaport Village, San Diego...

One looked as if soaked in green dye..

Other appeared marinated in turmeric...
They were beautiful and drew lots of crowd though....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Two phases...

Ranunculus field...
Getting ready for the show...
 Putting up the show...

Spring in my surroundings..

Spring is presiding ...many subtle changes are taking place..
Hummingbird are showing up on abloom quince branches...

Indian Hawthorn shrubs are bursting with zillion flowers...

Aloe blossoms are fading, giving way to grapes-like capsules...

Moth plant pods are bursting and the silky, fuzzy seeds are floating in the breeze..

This red-shouldered hawk is visiting our apartment..despite its attempt to camouflage, I could spot him :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Landscapes around San Diego zoo..

The scenic surroundings of San Diego zoo...
Balboa park tower...

Downtown skyline...

Distant hills..

Skyline silhouette..

Memorable hiking in South California....

Of late I have become so occupied with classes and exams and related stuffs....exploring nature has been reluctantly pushed back burner...The happy days of hiking every nook and cranny of South California landscapes are memory only..
I was browsing through my albums and fished out these pictures from hikes that had been very delightful, full of new discoveries, great vistas and abundant wildlife..
We reached on this peak after miles of sweaty walks on the unforgiving trails of Laguna wildernness park..well, the reward was worth the pain..

Its in Whiting ranch..I am standing just below a hummingbird nest, carefully built on  a scrub oak branch...

Its in Chino hills state park....velvety grass, wildflowers, birds, butterflies..it had it all..

Spring in Anza-Borrego desert...relaxing under the palm oasis was experience of a kind..

Atop mount Rubidoux....horizon-to-horizon it was snow-capped mountains... the historic forts and religious symbols infused serenity...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cherishing Tewinkle park..

I have posted several times praising the serene beauty of Tewinkle park in Costa Mesa...As I browse my albums, many happy memories surface..
The lazy strolls around the lawn-covered hillock...

Feeding the mallards and coots..

Feasting eyes over the spectacular show of coral blooms....