Friday, July 20, 2018

Observation: Color of the water.........

Same pool..........so distinctly-different color of the water..........


Mus be something to do it light, and depth.......

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Place: A windy afternoon on the beach......

With a bunch of friends we went to  a local beach on a summer, but cold, windy afternoon....
Gulls were  flocked on the shore.......

Rather empty beach for a summer...a stunning house on the bluff....

The other side...........

We made puffed rice snacks, garnishing with pickle, cucumber, cilantro, apple, and savories..

Then we walked up to this park, in front of the resort.......

A view....

Got to inhale the pleasant smoke from the bonfire.......perfect end to cold evening.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Observation: Life-sustaining snag......

A snag for human can be habitat for so many species....
There is this huge snag, visible from my patio, which is the perch and home for so many birds.....




Thursday, July 5, 2018

Place: A visit to Rancho Santa Margarita Lake....

The other day, we visited  a lake not far from our Mission Viejo house.........
In the foothills of Saddleback mountain, it was pretty.........






In winter, it would look more sublime, I guess........when the peaks will be snow-covered.......

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Passion: My summer garden.........

It's been just a month we moved here....my plants are adjusting so well to the new place.....their blooms say it all!









Monday, July 2, 2018

Passion: Growing food plants.....

I read somewhere that 'growing your own food is like printing your own money'.......it struck  a chord with me.....I always knew the glory of growing food, if not much, at least some.....
My present place has  a patch of sunny place, where I have put any seed or twig I could lay my hands on.........
Taro, peanut, mint, mustard, fenugreek, spinach, purslane,  nasturtium, Malabar spinach, potato, garlic......


My scarlet runner bean seeds just arrived...........

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Place: Hiking at Caspers Wilderness Park .......

We went for  a hike to Caspers Wilderness Park..........
On the way, some California poppy were still blooming...in late June....

It was a hot sunny day........the dry San Juan creek gleamed further......

Chaparral from a view point.......

Opuntia cactus were blooming yellow, pink, and orange.....

In front of the visitor center, there was a bird feeder stand...........dove and scrub jay were the predominant clients.....

A dove on the nearby oak...

The amiable ranger gave us a bag of roasted peanuts to fill the ring feeder.....he could not do, as he was holding a nature center resident, a rosy boa.......my  spouse is helping with the peanut filling......

Some scrub jays deliberately or accidentally dropped peanuts to the ground, which the ground squirrels enjoyed.......

A scrub jay contemplating which nut to grab........


View from the top floor of the nature center...........ringed by hills...


Looks like all jays got their share of peanuts..........

A woodpecker trying to sip from a faucet.........


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Place: Hiking at O'Neill regional park.......

O'Neill regional park, named after Richard O'Neill, an Irish cattleman, in Rancho Santa Margarita, is barely 10 miles from our Mission Viejo place..
On a recent weekend, we hiked there.....

Matilija poppy were in bloom.......golden top and crepe white petals were a sight to behold!

Saw a couple of ground squirrel babies, peeping from their burrow, under an eucalyptus grove......

Rain has created an art on eucalyptus bark.....

Someone has put painted rocks on the trees lining the trail......its a spectacled kitty...

Saw some tree squirrels.......

California buckthorns graced the edges of the cliffs......

Vantage points offered wide view of the Saddleback mountain...



Pine cones were carpeting the ground...

Loved the hike..will do again soon......
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