Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Plant: Silverberries or Elaeagnus....another under-appreciated fruit..........

Elaeagnus or silver berries or autumn olives...
Call whatever you like...don't miss the gold and silver specks on them..fruit gems?
Edible too!! Ripening this time of the year in opulent bunches...


The raw and ripe fruits...........

The reddish pulp below the rough skin........

The single pit......some say, the fat in the seeds are edible too...........

My mouth waters with the anticipation of sweet-sour taste......

The flowers...

I have published a paper on this plant and its permaculture potential...find the link..
http://www.fruits-journal.org/articles/fruits/abs/2015/04/fruits140151/fruits140151.html

Place: Ice sculptures in Long beach...

Some stunning ice-carved statues displayed in Long Beach city..




Monday, February 25, 2013

Place: Quail hill preserve..

A cool place in Quail hill preserve, surrounded by scrub oaks and sycamores, fragrant with lavender and sage, brightened with bush sunflowers......


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Joy: Some random fun memories.......

Checking out the canines of a feline statue in the Universal studios...

After a carousel ride posing with the horse..

Marveling at the function of a shishi-odoshi...the bamboo fountain in Japanese garden.........

In front of a giant antler gate in Jackson Hole...

Atop a a pile of pumpkin and hay.........like autumn queen :)

In front of a lovely knitted house displayed in a county fair............

Subzero condition in a fabulous ice sculpture arena......

With a cardboard cutout of extinct Sabre-tooth tiger 'Diego' in San Diego Zoo...........

Friday, February 22, 2013

Place: Laguna beach reminisces......

A souvenir shop by the Laguna beach...

It is the famous gazebo in Heisler Park, just above the bluffs of the breathtaking Laguna Beach. It's an ideal place to relax and watch the sun, diving behind the Pacific. I liked the silhouette of the two women lost  in conversation leaning against  the wooden pillar.

A flock of brown pelicans perched on a boulder in the Pacific off Laguna beach, CA...

Rocky bluffs ...notice the openings for a peek-a-boo look of the vast Ocean. It is the tide pool area, so the rocks are studded with  gazillions of clams and tiny white corals.....

Sunsets are awesome treat for the eyes...year round...with the silhouettes and coppery tint, even humblest of place looks beautiful....and when its on the Pacific, viewed from Laguna beach, one of the most stunning beaches in West Coast, you can't be not enthralled!!



As sun sinks behind the Pacific, the sky turns amber-hued. The rocky bluffs and the palms framing the sunset create an exquisite view.

We on a summer afternoon...........



On a winter evening..........


Place: Serene neighborhood in Rubidoux, Riverside county....

A calm and pretty residential area in the foothills of Mount Rubidoux...living must be cool here...






Observation: Flower ornamentation at Las Vegas......

Fabulous flower decors in swanky hotels of Las Vegas..





Flower-studded ladybug in Hotel Bellagio..........












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