Friday, October 31, 2014

Orange for October.......

Autumn, October and Halloween have one thing in common...and that is the color orange...
Here I present the pictures of that brilliant hue....

Daylily.........

Bird of paradise.......

Cape honeysuckle.....

Angels' trumpet...

Canna..........

Dragon tree fruits......

Golden dew drops..........

Lion's ear........

Ripe date palm fruits...

Blue potato bush fruit...

Orchid....

Cloudscape today..

Sky today was spectacular...sporting clouds of all shapes, sizes, colors, it was a dynamic picture to behold and appreciate...perhaps, it was the harbinger of the imminent winter storm..



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Big cats in San Diego zoo....

Our latest visit to San Diego zoo was very fruitful in terms of watching big cats!

We saw a variety of them.....
Lions..both male and female...we often find the female taking a nap, but this time she was wide awake...

Mountain lions (cougars) Koya and Kima...it was heart-warming to see one of them sleeping on the others back, while the awake one kept vigil...it was one of those aww moments!!

Snow leopard!!...though we have visited the zoo at least half  a dozens time, we never had seen this cat from so close...the long, thick, bushy tail was stunning..I can't tell whether this cat was Ana or Everett!...

The jaguar Nindiri, waiting for food....

We could not spot the Malayan tiger, fishing cat, fossa or the serval this time...,yet, it was very rewarding...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn cottages in Sequoia National Park.....

These are some of the autumn landscapes I had captured during my visit to Sequoia National Park...









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.....