At the San Diego Zoo, not only is there an amazing array of animals and trees, but flowers too! They filled every available corner of the zoo. I am unsure of the names of most of these, but I still wanted to share these anyway. Are you ready to check them out? Let’s go!
In the area where I photographed the Mandarin Duck, there was this tree that was just glorious with its shades of pink, yellow and orange.
In the pink!
Birds of Paradise were everywhere!
Bird of Paradise
This water lily was most striking!
There were some pretty unusual flowers too! This next shot reminds me of a brush.
We came across a tree that had orchid-like flowers.
Clusters of lavender and red
Here are flowers that remind me of fried eggs! I do know that this is a California native.
Then we came upon an odd looking, hairy and sticky flower!
Odd and sticky too!
Spiky flowers were everywhere, and here are two different varieties.
Splash of orange
This last photo is of a shrub that I have seen in Arizona. It has no leaves and is topped by an amazing red flower.
I hope that you have enjoyed these photos! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by today!
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Inspiring is defined as having an animating or exalting effect. I have once again been honored with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by three amazing bloggers!
Very Inspiring Blogger Award
My humble thanks go out to Susan at Gasm Travels; Julie at Cookie Crumbs to Live By; and to Shlehora at Shlehora!
The rules of this award:
1 – Display the award logo on your blog (top). Done!
2 – Link back to the person who nominated you. Done!
3 – State 7 things about yourself. This and the remaining are below!
4 – Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5 – Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
7 things about myself:
* I love it when it snows!
* My first pet was a toad whom I name Ferdinand Magellen
* I love the patterns found on the Zebra
* I love a good avacado
* On our recent cruise I ate 3 lobster dinners!
* I love to write
* I love yellow roses and white carnations
Now I am to nominate 15 bloggers. This is where I cheat…with less than the 15! Here are my nominations:
Ruth Nina Welsh
Cindy’s Art Blog
Congratulations to you all! You are very inspiring indeed!
Enjoy your Tuesday and have a great day!
Posted in Just for Fun! | Tagged Awards, Blog, Blog Awards, Blogging, Inspiration | 17 Comments »
As you might have figured out by now, I love the textures and patterns that can be found in tree bark. The San Diego Zoo has an unusual array of shrubs, trees and flowers. So for today, I thought that I would share with you some of the amazing bark that I captured while visiting the zoo! Shall we take a look?
Let’s start with the amazing bark on the Sycamore tree. I love the contrasts that can be found on this tree’s bark.
The Eucalyptus is best known for its peeling bark, each shred showing off the inner beauty found at its core!
After visiting the elephants we came across this tree. I am not sure what the name of it is, but I can say that this tree was definitely looking at me! It kind of looks like an owl doesn’t it?
Eye see you!
I also came across a tree with a lovely rust colored bark. There was an interesting knob on this tree that caught my eye!
Then I found this one that actually had spines!
Tree barks are mostly shades of brown, gray and rusts. But I did find this one with a green colored bark!
Stay tuned for some of the amazing flowers I discovered at the zoo! Now go out and have a great Monday and may the week be a good one for you! And, of course, thank you for stopping by!
Posted in Just for Fun!, Photos | Tagged Art, Beauty, Life, Nature, Patterns, Photography, Textures, Tree bark, Trees | 11 Comments »
Who does not love a big, huge kiss from their sweetheart? Of course, it does depend on who the kiss comes from, don’t you think? Well, I got to witness one big kiss that totally tickled my heart. Maybe it will tickle yours too!
Where did I witness this kiss? At the San Diego Zoo! The kissers? The Rhinoceros! So before we get to the kiss, how about we check out the two that reside at the zoo? While this is not my favorite animal…it does come close to the elephant!
Now the two Rhino’s were in different enclosures. One was enjoying the water, and the other was getting face scratches from a docent. When the one in the water stood up, this was my first view of it!
My first view of the Rhino
Here is the other one getting face scratches. Notice there is a fellow right behind the head as you can see his leg just behind the Rhino’s leg and the top of his hat behind the right ear! If Rhino’s could purr, this one was!
The one in the water decided to play with a ball that was just at the edge of its pool.
The other Rhino, having been satisfied with its face scratching decided to lie down.
Do I look enticing?
We notice that the other Rhino, the one in the pool, decides it has had enough with the water and starts to move out.
Coming out of the pool and heading towards…
Sauntering gracefully, it heads towards the other Rhino. Reaching the gates on the enclosure it leans its head down. The other Rhino raises its head. And through the gate they share a kiss!
I feel very fortunate to have captured this special moment!
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mom’s! May your day be truly special! And, thank you for spending a bit of time with me today!
Posted in Just for Fun!, Photos | Tagged Beauty, Kissing, Life, Love, Photography, Rhinoceros, San Diego Zoo | 4 Comments »
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject are patterns. On our recent cruise, I was able to get a number of amazing photos, including patterns! Maybe I was psychic that WP would pick this subject? Or, could it be that this is something I always look for when taking photos? I love patterns, and have taken photos of patterns for years. So this is a mixture of two different types of patterns. One: Man-made; the other found in nature!
Without further ado, if it’s patterns you want, it’s patterns you get!
Lines of color
Stacked lounge chairs
A spider web
I hope that you not only enjoyed the patterns but the contrasts between man-made and nature!
Please do check out some of the other posts for this challenge…you can get there by clicking here!
Thank you for stopping by today, and have a great Friday!
Posted in Photos | Tagged Art, Beauty, Color, Life, Patterns, Photography, Photos, Post a day, WordPress Photo Challenge | 20 Comments »
Our sense of smell is major in our lives. An odor, fragrance, or a scent can in an instant bring back a memory of a place, an event, or even a person! There is a certain scent that I sometimes find in a place that reminds me of the building my Grandma lived in. Or of her cooking. The sweet fragrance of a honeysuckle reminds me of where I lived as a child in the spring when that flower was in full bloom. Looking at photos too, can remind you of a scent or a fragrance or an odor! So, while I’m participating in this week’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge #31 on Scent, I challenge you to experience the scents that my photos depict!
There is nothing more magnificent that the lovely gentle, or strong scents that can come from a beautiful rose! See if you can smell this one!
The smell of a rose!
Can you smell the fresh cut grass?
Fresh cut grass
Or how about the pungent aroma that surrounds these horses?
A bit horsey!
There is definitely nothing quite like the smell of a Bay when the tide goes out.
I love the smell of a campfire! How about you? Can you smell it?
A crackling fire
The smell of sulfur rising off of a caldera still lingers in my memory and I am reminded of it when I look at my photos of the Kilauea volcano.
The sulfur smell of a volcano
I love the crisp clean smell of the air after it rains.
The smell after it rains
And I do love the salty smell of the ocean as it ebbs and flows along a beach!
The smell of the ocean
I do have to head inside though to share this one with you! There is something that is just plain comforting about the smell of a freshly baked apple pie. Can you smell the apples and the cinnamon?
Of all of the above photos, which one could you “smell” the best? Please let me know by leaving me a comment on the LetsBeWild Challenge. You can get there by clicking here! Just look for my black and white kitty gravatar and my name, Barb!
Now go and have a wonderful Thursday, and thanks for stopping by today!
Posted in Photos | Tagged Forests, Oceans, Photo Challenge, Photography, Roses, Senses, The sense of smell, Wild Weekly Photo Challenge | 22 Comments »