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Joshua Tree

I had heard about Joshua Tree National Park for a long time before ever going there, which finally happened over Thanksgiving weekend! It’s obviously pretty famous, since I had heard about it a lot, and a lot (if not all) of you have probably heard about it! I hadn’t actually been into much “nature” stuff before to moving to San Diego…odd, because I was born and lived my entire life (minus college) in Portland, OR, which is well-known for being very beautiful. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it because I had it my whole life? Who knows. I did explore a fair amount up there, but didn’t really make an effort ever. Now that I’m in San Diego though, I find everything overwhelmingly beautiful and actually make an effort to explore all these different areas that are known as natural attractions. What is happening to me?? Ha, it’s obviously great though!

Joshua Tree was AMAZING and way more beautiful than I was expecting, with my prior anti-nature views. How cool can trees and rocks be? I just wanted to see it because we were in the area and it’s so famous, and people would probably like photos from there. I am IN LOVE though, completely in love! Trees and rocks are actually super amazing, FYI. You should probably go to Joshua Tree, if you haven’t. We are definitely going to go back. We unfortunately didn’t get much time there, so we are hoping to take a longer trip, maybe do some camping (gasp!), when it gets warmer of course. I hope you enjoy these photos for now though, until we go again! 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

Alright y’all… This is my FAVORITE thing to photograph.  I don’t post as many of them, because I’m never sure if other people like them as much as I do, but seriously, my favorite thing in the world to take photos of is “ordinary” things.  I am very detail-oriented, so I notice little things that others often do not.  In addition, I find almost everything beautiful.  Give me something “boring”, and there’s a good chance I can pick out something about it that I find beautiful.  And then cry about it, because I cry about beautiful things.  Yup, that’s me…cries about everything.  It’s great!

I had a hard time choosing one photo for this challenge, as you might guess from what I just said…I might have to make my own regular posts of (extra)ordinary things!  I just took this photo yesterday, so I choose it because it was my most recent (extra)ordinary thing, and one I hadn’t edited yet.  I was also excited to have a use for these fabulous mushrooms, because I wasn’t sure what to do with them otherwise. 🙂 I absolutely hate mushrooms as a food, I keep trying but I have not yet found a mushroom that I like, but I am completely fascinated by them, and tend to freak out when I find some.  Just look at them!!  Aren’t they fantastic?!

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Garden Party of the Century

Anything that has this name, of course I had to go! Since this year is Balboa Park’s centennial anniversary, they are doing a bunch of special things all year long, and a big floral party was one of them. I unfortunately had to miss most of it, but did get to see this one small part of it. You can’t go wrong with flowers!

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Coronado Flower Show, part 2

This is the second and last set of photos from the Coronado Flower Show, the first is here.

Coronado Flower Show

As I mentioned in my last post, I LOVE flowers.  I have never been to a show that was just flowers, so I was pretty excited to go to the Coronado Flower Show.  It was AMAZING!!  I’ve never seen so many flowers in one place, and there was a great variety of different types of displays, including tiny arrangements, table settings, children’s creations, etc.  There was even some live music!  This is my first post out of two, because I have so many photos!

Flowers

Here is a random picture of flowers. 🙂 Flowers are my favorite, and I need to work on posting more of my individual photo edits on here, so here’s a start!flowers w (1 of 1)

San Diego County Orchid Society Winter Show

The title on this is pretty self explanatory, ha.  It’s the San Diego County Orchid Society‘s Winter Show. I’m a little behind on posting this, since it’s almost time for their spring show.  I thought I was going to spend a lot of time editing the photos so I put it off, but I didn’t.  Orchids are one of my favorite flowers, and I have tried to have them in my house before, but since I have a black thumb of death and they’re one of the hardest plants to take care of, they of course died.  Now, however, I want to try plumeria, which sound even more difficult.  I’m a flower sadist, I guess.  I LOVE flowers though, and I didn’t even have a clue there were this many varieties of orchids!  So gorgeous.

Hornblower Whale Cruise

I went on a whale-watching cruise with some friends with Hornblower.  This was an AMAZING experience. We saw dolphins, gray whales, and a super playful humpback! The gray whales are a little hard to see, but the dolphins and humpback were quite obliging. Plus, to top it all off, we got a rainbow when we came home, probably to complete the perfect day.  It was my first whale-watching cruise, so I don’t know if this was a typical experience, but we did hear from the crew that it was pretty unique.  So I can’t guarantee that if you go, it will be this amazing, but it was a lot of fun and worth a try!  Plus you can also just come back and enjoy my photos if you don’t get as good of a show as we did. 🙂

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Golden Leaf

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Testing out new Hipstamatic gear. This uses the new purple flash with the Mabel lens. I LOVE that combo, but somehow the effect it had on this leaf was magical. Or maybe it was a magical leaf…?