Archive | September, 2014

I Shrank San Diego

Having a hotel room on the 16th floor, along with the¬†miniature setting on my Nikon d5100, assisted in my shrinking of San Diego! ūüôā ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Peaceful, cool, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, just a wee bit up the coast from Huntington Beach pier, brings a¬†wonderful place for bird watching, or a bit of quiet time. SueBee (photos by SueBee) From their website, “The Bolsa Chica includes over 1400 acres of undeveloped wetlands, lowlands and lower mesa.¬† This area is rich with history […]

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On the West Side, part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post, the photos in this gallery were taken by Kat, as I drove, and we¬†explored parts of West Los Angeles. ~SueBee (photos by Kat)

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On the West Side, part 1

Cruising around West Los Angeles, on or near Melrose Avenue which runs east/west across the city, this gallery of photos (part 1 today)¬†was taken by Kat as I drove. Los Angeles is an interesting city, even in the normal everyday, and it was difficult keeping an eye on the road! I pulled over often as […]

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Sights from the Garden

The photos in this gallery were taken last Saturday as I wandered around at South Coast Botanic Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes, Southern California. It’s a beautiful place; I highly recommend a visit. ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

unyielding stone beneath¬†worn down¬†bone protective cape, a ragged drape shoulders stooped and sagging reflective¬†eyes,¬†wherein memory lies of many tries, of¬†failed¬†ties self-made¬†walls, treasured halls the¬†daily shift, that load to lift cannot stay, don’t¬†care to pray must get through another day endurance,¬†her insurance. This week’s¬†Photo Challenge theme is Endurance, which I’ve interpreted as the plight of the […]

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Fascinated by the Brown Flower Tree

I expect many of us have seen the gorgeous, bright pink flowers of the silk floss tree, but have you ever seen that same tree in yellow and brown?¬†I spotted this beautiful specimen at the South Coast Botanic Gardens this past weekend.¬†One might expect the yellow flowers to turn brown as¬†they’re drying up and ready […]

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Thick as Bees

Buzzing, darting about, causing people to quickly duck, were what¬†I assumed to be¬†dozens of¬†large bumble bees¬†swarming on the purple salvia. Except¬† they weren’t¬†bees at all.¬†Those¬†frantic creatures were¬†hummingbirds! I’ve never seen them gathered in such numbers as I saw¬†at the South Coast Botanic Gardens this past weekend. I tried snapping clear, posed pictures, but it was […]

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South Coast Botanic Gardens in Yellow

The past three days were packed with¬†multiple events I was invited to, all on the west side of Los Angeles, so¬†I stayed at my son’s place. I¬†did manage¬†to grab a few free hours Saturday¬†morning, though,¬†for a¬†long-overdue visit to a favorite place on that side of town,¬†the South Coast Botanic Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes. As […]

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Lady in the Pond

Today’s Foto Fix was taken in the lower garden area¬†at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino. I do enjoy reflections, but found this one particularly confusing/intriguing when flipped upside down.¬†~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

(16 photos in gallery) This week’s Photo Challenge¬†theme of Humanity,¬†interpreted to¬†mean selflessly¬†caring for others,¬†is one dear to the hearts of most of us, and yet truly acted upon by just some. And by those in varying degrees. While many go about their lives living for themselves, simply passing through each day, others spend¬†those same days¬†in […]

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Back Alley Art, part 2

Here’s more cool¬†street art, in a back alley off Melrose. ~Kat (pics by Kat)

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Back Alley Art, part 1

Saw some amazing¬†graffiti driving around Hollywood…something different¬†down every alley way.¬†Never know what you’re going to find on the next wall! ~Kat (pics by Kat)

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Not France, Not Italy, Temecula!

Friends¬†are often surprised by some of our photos, mistaking the settings for somewhere in Europe. As our blog has hopefully proven, beauty and adventure are abundant¬†in our own Southern California backyard. While traveling is awesome, and we’ve done¬†much travel¬†in Europe and throughout North America,¬†there is more to see and do¬†locally than we can even keep […]

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Posters from the Great War

This collection of posters from the first¬†World War (WWI)¬†was on display at¬†the Huntington Library and Gardens when I was there visiting Stinky. Viewing the posters, one naturally reflects that here we are today, nearly a hundred years, and many “great” wars later, still killing each other. A pitiful statement of certain aspects of mankind.¬†I personally […]

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Pontoon Boating on Lake Perris

(18 photos in gallery) Lake Perris, a¬†beautiful, man-made¬†lake in¬†Riverside County,¬†was the location¬†of my son’s¬†31st¬†birthday celebration last weekend.¬†Friends and family¬†pitched in and rented two pontoon boats for the day. We headed this way and that across the lake, sometimes in the same direction, other times opposite ends of the lake. The first few hours had some […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

This¬†week’s Photo Challenge theme of Adventure is demonstrated by a statue I¬†admired at¬†Mount Palomar Winery¬†in Temecula this past weekend. Children heading off on an adventure… what could be better?!! ~SueBee (photo by SueBee) (photo edited in Picasa3)

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Looking Left

Photo taken in a West Hollywood back alley, north of Melrose, vines adding a bit of whimsy to the artwork. ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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On the Water, Lake Perris

Unexpectedly beautiful¬†is how I’d describe Lake Perris, a¬†man-made lake¬†in the Southern California desert, where our family camped and¬†went boating¬†this past weekend. More to come later….! ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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Rosebud

A simple, lovely rosebud for today’s Foto Fix as¬†Kat and I are¬†heading off on a weekend of adventures, including wine tasting, camping, and boating,¬†with family and friends, celebrating my son’s 31st birthday. Where did the years go?!¬†Seems he was just a toddler. This rosebud showed¬†its pretty face at the Huntington Library and Gardens while I […]

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