Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year dear viewers.....

Many warm wishes for the New Year..
Some pictures from my lens,  for your visual delight..





Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nature: Houses in the lap of nature.......

A posh residential area in Riverside county, nestled at the foothills of Mount Rubidoux and the valley of Santa Ana river, girdled by snow-capped mountains...

A pretty, little house tucked away in the lap of lush nature, fringed by blue hills...


A lovely house in the quiet, bucolic outskirts of Costa Mesa town, near the Upper Newport Bay marsh and adjoining Ecological Preserve. I can't help envy the owner for having this picturesque house surrounded by alder and sycamore trees. Birds love thronging this area for the least human interference and the abundance of Toyon, Pyracantha, Nandina, Brazil pepper berries. I have seen cardinal, finch, sparrow, towhee, mockingbird, bushtit and the omnipresent hummingbirds chirping among the rambles. There is a beautiful park in front of this house, boasting of oak, Western Redbud, Pride of Madeira, California poppy, tropical sage, golden grass and many more flora , I am at a loss to recognize. Not far way is a golf course and equestrian trails. Just beyond the house, there is a stable harboring chestnut-hued horses and a grazing pasture for them to graze. The biggest attraction is the reed and meadow flowers covered marsh where each winter thousands of migratory birds descend for foraging. Now, is not that much akin to owning an abode in paradise?
         
Picturesque rows of houses along the shore of the Pacific...It must have been thrilling to live by the mightiest Ocean..

Dusk blankets a row of houses on the edge of Woodbridg lake....

A house near Bluesky preserve.......

Houses up above the bluffs........surrounded by verdant greenery....

A house by the June lake.......

Somewhere in Utah.........

In oak and conifer woodland of Mount Laguna Recreational Preserve.........


Somewhere in Palomar Mountain.......


Season: Fall longings..............

A pretty bauble hanging from a fall-painted flowering pear tree branch...It's lovely against the azure sky, isn't it??

A handful of colored leaves from the flowering pear tree stored in the ornamental box....It's not less than a treasure after all...

The enchanting time of the year, when leaves are red and fruits are green..color reversal...

A lone sycamore leaf floating on the blue pool...

Who can get tired of fall display!..enjoy the annual extravaganza of stunning colors...


An enviable splash of hues....

Robust fall colors. Let the Nature's rich palette do the talking.

Carpet of fallen sweetgum leaves........autumn litter gracing the sidewalks.... 

I can not resist halting for a while to pick some sweetgum leaves or walk on the leafy carpet to bask in the pleasant rustling sound. Gazing at the vibrant color palette of the canopy makes a visual treat.

The first signs of autumn on sweetgum trees....such a pretty sight it creates!


Hope you enjoyed!!
The leafy carpet on the turf near Tewinkle Park. The golden quilt under the bare trees seem to be inviting for a crunchy walk.

A lone eucalyptus leaf stuck on a fence....

A car carpeted with pear leaves..........

Lone sycamore leaf hangs precariously........

Mushroom pops on the lawn........

Lone floating leaf..........

The senile leaves of the strawberry guavas were so appealing in their tinted colors, I ended up making a whorl on the ground..


A pile of cottonwood leaves cradled on a palm..

Mulberry leaves...



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Food: Persimmons fuyu.....one of the most delicious fruits!!

Persimmon across seasons...
Early autumn.........in a Japanese Garden in Seattle......

It's autumn and ripe persimmons are gracing South California yards............






Delicious persimmon fuyu...glory of autumn gardens  and treat for the mouths.....

The leaves in autumn match the color of ripe fruits...an avalanche of orange color!

Fungi and mushroom: Chicken-of-the-woods...........

I had heard a lot about the culinary importance of chicken-of-the-woods mushroom. Autumn came and the eucalyptus trees in our neighborhood sprouted the brilliant yellow mushrooms.

Fully developed fruiting body...




Big fruting bodies growing out of gum tree stumps.......

My phone for size estimation.........

I decided to give it a try......Plucked a piece..washed and chopped...cooked like chicken fry...


Well, it could be eaten..but it did not appeal to my taste buds...what with the woody fungus aftertaste..may be another recipe will do justice to the mushroom..
Have you tasted?...How did it feel to your tongue??
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