Friday, August 22, 2014

Old Town flowers....

These pretty blooms were gracing the gardens and premises of Old Town, San Diego....
Such a riot of colors and assortment of delicate beauty!!It was so fulfilling to take their pictures..
Mum....

Cosmos....

Rose...

Jacaranda...

Hydragnea...

Golden chalice...

Hibiscus....

Black-eyed susan...

Passion flower...

Sequoia sceneries....

Had captured these scenic landscapes in Sequoia National Park....

Love the yellowish and reddish crown of the trees

...against the blue mountains...

Bare oaks are no less beautiful...

The layers of mountain veiled in haze and the mountain mahogany in the front...



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today's critters.....

Saw a bunch of critters in Mission garden....nothing exotic, our regular folks, yet very fascinating...

This jolly guy perched atop the paperbark gazed at me intently and gave some nice shots.....

There were flocks of humming birds...this Anna was sipping nectar from hibiscus and in between posing for my Canon....

This munia on a almost bare pepper tree was a rather unusual spotting..

I was pleasantly surprised to see this male bluebird on the Mission fence..

Song sparrow was singing from the sumac....

Morning sky on a stormy day...

Went walking on this morning, I had little inkling that its rainstorm out there..with thunder and lightening...
Of course North county and beach area were only under weather alert....
I heard some rumbles and captured some shots of sky covered with clouds....







Enjoyed the dramatic weather....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our new GoPro Hero camera..

So, we got this GoPro Hero camera just before our road trip to Yosemite next week....excited about the scenic memories we might capture with this tiny device!

Talking of this I wish, we had it at the time we drove along the vineyards of San Joaquin valley, lavender fields of Utah, potato fields of Idaho, canola fields of Montana, Joshua trees of Mojave, geysers of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and the giant sequoias ...........


Sunday, August 17, 2014

The grueling but rewarding process of being an author...........

Publishing a research paper leads to reputation in scientific circuit (envy from some colleagues as well), citations, impact factors, better job offers, sometimes monetary rewards...there are many attractions of being an author...but perhaps the most important is the satisfaction, the joy of contributing to a cause and utilizing time in the most meaningful way....
However, conceiving an idea to getting published entails mammoth amount of work...
It needs writing and rewriting, before its seems worthy-of-communication....
Months pass, in worst case a year, before any response comes...the comments might be disastrous, leading to out-right rejection...in most cases, asking for major revision...rarely, minor revision...
After all that, agonizing wait starts for final decision, if its accepted that calls for cheers!!!
Then the wait for proof correction, followed by copyright signing and then one fine morning, you see your name online, with your brain-child......time to bask in the fruit of labour!!






Why I love outdoor so much?

Every single time I venture out of  our  house, discover fascinating stuffs...that's why I love outdoor so so much!!
Things that stimulate my visual sense...

... fill with new information...

...astonish with their intricate pattern...

...infuse with serenity...

...excite with the joy of finding the hidden...

...mesmerize with their delicate beauty...

And its just the tip of iceberg...every other stuff I stumble upon dispense some message...

Daylily: many buds, many hues....

Seems daylily bloom season is arriving....many buds getting ready to unfurl...

Today I saw three varieties of daylily...each of them stunning...




Morning gibbous moon shots...

I  missed taking pictures of the recent supermoon...anyway, this morning while taking a stroll, I saw the waning gibbous..

it looked pretty beautiful against the clean azure sky..I clicked some shots from behind the plans, and I think they turned out nice...
The magnolia moon...

The sycamore moon...

The palm moon....

The hibiscus moon...

Finally this interesting shot...I grabbed the right time and captured it as the aircraft seemed flying above the moon...





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fall has arrived on sycamores!!

Fall is my most favorite season of the year, like many of you...
The crisp weather, myriad colors on the plants, holidays, abundant fruits...there are reasons galore...
So, when I stumbled upon this sight near my house, it was a delightful moment...
The sycamore was sporting fall foliage, creating an eye-catching contrast with the cypress, jacaranda, beech....

A closer shot...how precious it is to see the massive tree with a golden crown!!

It came across as a surprise, two sycamores standing adjacent to each other, yet one was all yellow, the other still green...

I could not resist looking up the fall-touched canopy and capture it...