Weekly Photo Challenge: Hanging Orchids

Hanging Orchids

Just some of the many, many flowers growing at the San Francisco California Conservatory of Flowers. Larger version is viewable here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lily Pond Reflection

Lily Pond Reflection

One of the cooler features at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is a lily pond inside the building. If it’s not to crowded, you can walk right up to it and enjoy the view. Considering how many tourists see it every day, it’s amazing how clean and serene it is. Larger version viewable here.

Bonsai, Old And New

Bonsai Old And New

These are just a couple of the many bonsai on display during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Amazing how something so tiny could be so beautiful…Large version available here.

California Scrub Jay

California Scrub Jay

Large version available here. I followed this one around for about fifteen minutes, and he let me get surprisingly close. It’s almost like he’s striking a pose…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale, Or: Bottlebrush

BottlebrushThis week’s photo challenge is all about scaling, so I took this close-up of a bottlebrush plant. These are normally quite small, but they look amazing (if a bit bizarre) up close. For reference (and to mess with the perspective), there’s a car parked just out of focus.

Daily Prompt: Autumn Remnant

Autumn Remnant

Today’s Daily Prompt asks for the last photo you took, and the story behind it. Well, it’s the middle of January, and most of the trees around here are bare. However, there are some out back that still haven’t given in to the ravages of time. I looked out the window and was struck at how beautiful and colorful the fallen leaves were. It also reminded me of a certain song…