Garden Spot

(5 photos) Weather on the last Sunday in January favored a visit to nearby Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

dsc_2812The garden is devoted to research and education in California native plants.

dsc_2803The cactus seem to be celebrating the rains of the past weeks and the sparkling sun of this Sunday.

dsc_2834On my previous visit I saw workmen installing a giant boulder. I thought it a curious choice. But that boulder was drilled in some hidden manner and then fitted somewhere with a water feed. I enjoyed the burbling music while the bees enjoyed the water in the rock.

I’m not yet ready for spring, but then no one asked my opinion.

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  1. Beautiful MK šŸ’ššŸ™šŸ»

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen!

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  2. Very nice set of photographs, MK!! The first one is especially striking.

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    1. Thanks Mic! Glad you like #1 – I was walking out and the light was hitting this cactus just exactly right. For myself, I like #3 the best. Although it’s another cactus, to me it kind of looks like one of those close ups of viruses.

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  3. Oh, my, such beautiful close-ups! Those barbed red edges are marvelous!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed these photos, Eliza. You’re in good company in admiring #1, as did Mic above. (He’s a wonderful photographer. If you haven’t visited him, I highly recommend this image … https://lightmonkey1.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/thirty-two-canada-geese/ )

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      1. Thank you for the link – yes, wonderful images and am now following!

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        1. Glad you enjoyed it also. I’d like to have the skill to see a scene for it’s B&W opportunities.

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          1. Practice, practice, practice! šŸ˜‰

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            1. Exactly. I’m reminded of my photography class where our assignments would be some one specific task. In this case, BW with careful consideration of ranges of tone & whites & blacks. I really just need to go out for hours with just that in mind. No dogs!!!!

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              1. Yes, it’s tough to be ‘free -to-be’ with the pooches!

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  4. Beautiful!! The first photo is definitely my fav!

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    1. Thanks Nora. I’m now officially outvoted 3-1 on the top image! Glad for your feedback.

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  5. So pretty! It’s been nice having a break from that stretch of much-needed rain. I could do without the wind, though.

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    1. We didn’t get any wind (well, not much wind) in our immediate vicinity, although there were gale warnings. I’m enjoying the rain respite myself, but still looking forward to more rain & mountain snow before the long dry summer.

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      1. The roof of my little mobile home leaked and that’s the only reason I was cussing the rain… not the light rain, just that awful bout of storms we had. I managed to get a tarp up there, and then the wind had it whopping over my head like crazy! I’ve had the roofer out twice.. time to find a new one!

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        1. until you find that new roofer, here’s an idea…
          Our house before this one was a hot little sweatbox — no insulation in the back of the house. I read about a product someone used to seal their roof as well as insulate it. We had a leak in the back as well as needing to reduce the heat. The product is a white rubber coating that’s painted right on top of the roof. Not only did it reduce the temp by about 15 degrees in summer, it also sealed the leaks in winter. Win win.

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          1. I’ll definitely check around for that product. Thanks for the tip! Reducing the heat would be extremely nice… feel like I’m in a little microwave oven, lol.

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            1. It’s called Henry’s White Roof Coating. That last house we were in had an un-insulated add-on room at the back of the house, facing the setting sun! It was a sauna back there in the summer. After putting Henry’s on the roof and reflective tinting on the sliding glass doors, and drape on the inside & a drop shade on the outside (yes, ALL of these measures) we enjoyed a significant reduction in temps inside the house.

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              1. Sounds like it was well worth all that work! I’ll look at Home Depot and try it. So appreciate, thanks!!

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  6. Ooops forgot to mention that the white rubber coating is called “Henry White Rooof Coating”

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  7. For what it’s worth, I’m with you as favoring #3. I love the way the sun lights up those spines. It was something I enjoyed playing with when we camped at Mojave.

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    1. I should have titled this post “Southwest Snowflake”. Woulda tipped the votes with us for #3. Really, there’s so much beauty in cacti.
      Thanks Gunta!

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  8. Lovely close up photos! I especially like the first photo (red edges) and the last…can see all the detail in that flower.

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    1. Thanks Nature Inspired Mom! It would appear that we’re practically neighbors! We in Southern California have a lot of nature in the winter to get inspiration from. I’m much less inspired in the summer because I’m hunkered down in air conditioning.

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      1. Yes I completely agree! I melt in the sun and so do my plants :0. But it is so rewarding to see them grow in every season. šŸ™‚

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  9. twenty four darker blog's February 20, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Very lovely šŸ˜‡

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