Flower Friday rose garden


My favorite winter hardy rose is the rainbow sorbet. This roses is a beautiful orange color with a bold red border.

Title: Rainbow sorbet
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This Europeana rose is a brilliant dark red with deep green foliage.

Title: Europeana
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Tahitian sunset roses have a complex color scheme. I love the peachy apricot-pink blossom with bright yellow highlights. This flower will be the focal point of any garden.

Title: Tahitian sunset
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A cluster of 3 orange-pink All That Jazz roses. This is another winter hardy rose with a holly-like color scheme. The perfect rose for the holiday season.

Title: All that jazz
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Fishing pier sunset


This is a collection of beautiful seascapes. A lot of people were surfing and walking along the fishing pier enjoying the nice day. The sunset at the Port Hueneme beach park was breathtaking today.

Title: Waling along the fishing pier
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Memorize the colors in the sky

Title: In a rush to fly away

Title: Red sky dreams

High speed oil and water drop photography


I love experimenting with high speed water drop photography. This is a collection of oil and water drops. The abstract patterns of the oil and water give each photo a unique look.

Title: Oil and water drop #2
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.4

Title: Oil and water drop #3

Title: Oil and water drop #4

Title: Oil and water drop #5

Santa Barbara rose garden


The Santa Barbara rose garden is one of my favorite places. This first photo is a cherry parfait rose. I love the creamy white color with a kiss of red along the edge of the bloom.

Title: Cherry parfait rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The wild blue yonder rose comes in a wide range of color. The large wavy petal shape and unique pinkish-lavender color make this rose extraordinary.

Title: Wild blue yonder rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The betty boop rose is a beautiful ivory white color with cherry red edges. Betty boop roses have the most amazing fruity fragrance.

Title: Betty Boop rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I saved my favorite for last. This is a glowing peace rose the golden yellow and orange bloom will get anyone’s attention. This large round rose gives off a sweet tea fragrance that I am in love with.

Title: Glowing peace rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Empty eerie beach


It was a cold and foggy week on the California coast. I love how the thick fog gives everything a dreamy feeling. This beach is normally busy. I get an eerie feeling being the only person on the beach.

Title: Empty street
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Evacuate the streets

Title: Dreamy beach

Title: The sky is empty

Flower Friday


Purple glory trees have beautiful big purple flowers. I like the contrast between the flower and green hairy leaves.

Title: Purple glory trees
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The teardrop shape of the flower on the Fuchsia shrub is decorative in any garden.

Title: Teardrop pink flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This Aeonium urbicum succulent is part of the Crassulaceae family.

Title: Aeonium urbicum succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Floral patterns


This is a spider plant I love the greenish-white color of this shrub.

Title: Spider plant
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Succulents are amazing plants. This is a Rainbow Bush succulent the vibrant reddish-brown stems are a beautiful contrast to the creamy green leaves.

Title: Rainbow Bush succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Euryops pectinatus are super hardy shrubs. I love the yellow daisy-like flowers.

Title: Euryops pectinatus
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This last photo is a macro of a small sample of grass.

Title: Macro grass hills
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Exotic shrubs


This is a Banksia pilostylis shrub. It grows on the south coast of western Australia. This pod is in the first stage of germination.

Title: Pilostylis shrub stage 1
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a second photo of a Banksia pilostylis shrub. This pod is in the second stage of germination.

Title: Pilostylis shrub stage 2
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a Grevillea shrub it grows best in the rainforest. The bright red petal-less flowers are big bird-attracting plants.

Title: Grevillea shrub
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This last photo is a Tibouchina urvilleana shrub. I love the big purple flower in bloom.

Title: Tibouchina urvilleana shrub
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Bumblebees


Anthony Parker Bush Sage has beautiful blue violet flowers that bumblebees love.

Title: Violet bumblebee love
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Deltoid-leaved dew plant is a small succulent with pink daisy-like flowers.

Title: Deltoid-leaved dew plant
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The dew plant is a lot like a cactus not needing much water. You can see the pollen on this bumble-bees hind leg.

Title: Bumble bee pollination
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This last photo is my favorite of the day. I got lucky that this little bumblebee was still so I could get this photo.

Title: Bee on a Deltoid-leaved dew plant
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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