Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tracing back the ramblings...

I felt like tracing back and go down the memory lane.....and asked Google to show what I have been rambling about in my blog since years.....

As expected, my favorite topics...blooms, mist, hiking, wildflowers, sunset, wildlife, autumn...




Yosemite memories...

It's almost two months since our visit to Yosemite National Park...I wonder how it looks in winter!
Anyway, it gave a opportunity to browse the album and refresh memory of the time spent there.......

We were taking a stroll by the bank of Merced river, when this mule deer wandered off to our vicinity...spouse is filming the guy with his new GoPro...

I am standing in front of the iconic Half Dome...hardly visible here, but it was towering over the landscape...

The longest tunnel in California..about a mile...as you emerge from this tunnel, waht you are offered is hands-down world's one of the most breathtaking view...the valley with all major granite domes...

Here, I am perched on a boulder in Olmsted Point...In the background the blue Tenaya lake beacons...

More to come on my reminisces....stay tuned...




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Macro shots of flowers...

Some macro shots of my favorite flowers captured in SDSU campus.....

Camellia.....

Mum.....

Rose.....

Golden chalice......

Hollyhock.......

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 was 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..