Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Passion: Assortment of botanicals.............

Collection of leaves, flowers and dry  (inedible) fruits from my neighborhood....



English Ivy..............

English ivy...ideal green cover for ground as well as walls.........



Its leaves acquire many shades ...

A creeper navigating its way up a palm.........

Pretty hyacinth...

The beauty of the blue hyacinth flowers are accentuated against the maroon door...


Observation: Window reflections......

I  like the reflections captured on the window pane...

The alder tree branches reflecting on the rain-drenched glass panes of the window and the white curtain.

Autumnal poplars brightening the glass wall.........

A building with glazing curtain wall glass. I liked the reflection of the trees and the rows of cars parked in front of it.


Also this one..........



Mount Rainier, from Paradise valley..through the Visitor Center picture window..

Monday, March 25, 2013

Plant: Mock-orange or Mexican orange blooms..

Mock orange buds are unfurling as summer approaches...soon the ambiance will be redolent with their heady fragrance..


For citrus like smell, they are called mock orange....bees buzz around them during the floral season..

I love making posies and vases out of them..




Plant: Bush lily....

Bush lily flowers are blooming in clusters and brightening the days with their eye-catching radiance!!!
Buds in profusion..........




The heart-warming flowers...


Brightening the dark nooks.........


The berries, when the petals wither away..........

The clusters of brilliant orange flowers crowning the rich green leaves accentuate the landscape in winter...but, with the advent of spring, the petals fade, wither or are chewed by pesky garden snails...


Yellow-colored flower.........

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bird: Mourning doves..

Mourning doves.....conspicuous by their innocent face.......
A lone dove on the old Mission church wall...........


One visiting our patio garden......

A pair of , blending with the bark of common fig...



Canoodling pair.......right behind a mistletoe bunch :).......

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Plant: Calibrachoa flowers...

Calibrachoa flowers...they seem to an essential component of hanging flower baskets...after all, they add a variety of colors....
An assortment of the colorful blooms...




Monday, March 18, 2013

Plant: Bauhinia flowers....

The plant genus Bauhinia, also called orchid tree is economically important...with aesthetic as well as culinary uses...not to forget folkloric medicinal uses...
A stunning tree, gracing Mission San Diego garden....


Among flowers, the purple and while variety is most popular...in South California, they have been planted in good numbers...in spring and summer they are loaded with brilliant blossoms,drawing admiring glances of every passers-by..and attracting nectar-suckers like hummingbirds........
Purple orchid tree blooms.....




White orchid tree blooms...


Another variety of Bauhinia...

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