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Pathway to Serenity

Today’s Foto Fix is a much-needed respite from the crazy world we live in. This photo was taken just a few weeks ago at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Peace and serenity to all. ~SueBee

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Pops of Color

Today’s Foto Fix was taken at a plant nursery near Carlsbad, California and features the most colorful mushrooms (toadstools?) you’ll ever see! ~SueBee

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Descanso Gardens in March, part 1

Descanso Gardens is a photographer’s paradise in any season, but early in the year has always been my favorite. These pictures were taken two weeks ago during my spontaneous visit to the gardens in La Canada Flintridge, right next door to the city of La Crescenta where I spent a delightful childhood. Enjoy your weekend! […]

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Descanso’s Camellias

I visited Descanso Gardens yesterday, famous for the extensive collection of camellias. It’s a beautiful place in La Canada Flintridge, a town near where I grew up, and about 50 miles from my current home in Orange. Descanso Gardens had once been the estate of Elias Manchester Boddy and family; the history can be found at this […]

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Ferns and Reflection

This picture was taken while I was visiting Portland, Oregon, last September. What a beautiful city it is, lush and green, as this pictures demonstrates! ~SueBee

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A Sunday Afternoon in the Garden

I enjoyed last Sunday afternoon, wandering around the Fullerton Arboretum, on what felt like a springtime day. Such are the reasons we live here in Southern California. We may moan and complain about the intense, seemingly endless hot spells, and worry about the drought and damage it’s done, but we still continue to love our blue […]

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Monday Morning Kitty

This kitty shares the same expression I have each Monday morning as I head off to work. I took this picture on Sunday afternoon at the community garden section of nearby Fullerton University’s Arboretum. It was a gorgeous, warm, breezy day and perfect for a walk in the gardens.~SueBee

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It’s the Great Pumpkin!

While visiting South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes a few weeks back, I felt lucky to see the great pumpkin! The garden has a multitude of pathways, so it’s well possible that I’d have wandered around for hours and never seen this master of pumpkins. As it was closing time, I didn’t have a chance […]

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Brief Visit to the Garden

(11 photos in gallery) Toward the end of September, I was in the area of South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and stopped for a short walk. It was too hot to cover much of the garden, but I enjoyed watching an artist at work, finding numerous benches hidden throughout, and the […]

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Portland’s Japanese Garden, part 1

While in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month, I visited the serene and beautiful Japanese Garden. The day was overcast and drizzly, perfect coming from a parched, over-baked Southern California.  Per their website: “There is meaning in every stone, reason in every plant and tree, and in every shadow a story.” Please enjoy the lush green gardens […]

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Portland Rose Garden, part 3

Today’s set of pictures are the final from my visit to Portland, Oregon’s breathtaking International Test Rose Garden. Enjoy! ~SueBee

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Portland Rose Garden, part 2

(14 photos in gallery) Please join me as I continue my walking tour of the beautiful Portland (Oregon) International Test Rose Garden. We had a downpour of rain in Southern California last night, and I’m hoping if it continues, we might start to see some green here again, like in Portland!~SueBee

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Portland Rose Garden, part 1

(14 photos in gallery) During my visit last weekend to Portland, Oregon, I bought a day pass on the Max Light Rail Service, and headed to Washington Park, home to the Zoo, International Test Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and more. Portland is known as the city of roses (information below gallery). Please enjoy a tour through […]

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Beautiful Black Bird

This gorgeous bird, which may be some sort of duck (?), was resting in the Japanese garden pond at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. I cropped the photo in very closely so you could see that his eyes nearly look like jewels! If anyone knows what sort of bird this is, please let me […]

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Through the Archway

Imagine walking through this gorgeous archway at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino… what a refreshing journey you’ll take! ~SueBee

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Guard of Huntington’s Bamboo

Today’s set of photos were taken at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and show a very attentive guard of the bamboo. But, at times of napping, please refer to the sign. ~SueBee

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At the Huntington, 2

Continuing from my previous post, the photos in this gallery further explore the grounds and a few more statues at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. ~SueBee

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At the Huntington, 1

The grounds of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino in Southern California are extensive, with many different garden areas, from desert plants to Chinese to Japanese to lush rain forest and roses.  The views I’m sharing in post #1 feature some of the vast lawn areas, the lushness of the shaded sections, […]

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Ducks in a Row

Do you have your ducks in a row? If you’re not sure how, take a lesson from these three! (photos taken at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens in San Marino, California.) ~SueBee

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Exploring the Huntington, 4

Today’s post is the final installment of my wandering around the desert gardens at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Springtime is by far the best time to visit this section; the colors and variety of blooms are phenomenal. Upcoming posts will feature my other favorite sections of the gardens… I […]

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