senoritafish: (Jet - red)
After school a Friday or two ago, Angus announced he wanted to go see some sea lions - I'd mentioned I'd seen they were taking over the Fish Harbor dock in front of the Army Corp of Engineers trailers. I figured it would be a way to work in a few more waymarks as well.

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War is chaos. This is the WWII Pacific Submarine Memorial West. Turbine end of a torpedo, a great causer of chaos. 

Torpedo
Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station
Seal Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
16 April 2010

+8 )

26. chaos ☺
27. numbers ☺
25. calmness ☺
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Another walk (since it was Spring Break and the kids were home all week), this time to Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve, where we walked from the parking up to the lagoon north of the flood control channel, on a trail at the base of the mesa. We hadn't been along that path before. While trying to get close to some flowers, I looked down and saw this male side-blotched lizard catching some late-afternoon rays at the front of his burrow in the earth.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
7 April 2010

moar... )

23. earth ☺
2. pace ☺
5. flower ☺
20. fruit ☺
1. stair ☺
3. bird ☺
22. camera ☺
senoritafish: (Ignore me!!!)
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I had sushi three times this month before I remembered to have my camera along...

It's still February, right? )

24. Sushi ☺
2. Groundhog, or someone/thing named Phil ☺
15. Sign of Love ☺
23. Something that represents where you live ☺
14. Heart ☺
12. Jelly beans ☺
16. Flowers ☺
senoritafish: (Shiny!)
OC District Flower Show

My garden club usually tries to put on its own flower show, but sometimes the logistics don't work out. Since my friend Carole became the president of the county district garden clubs, we put on a district wide flower show. I helped by registering everyone's entries, and helping to set up and tear down. I think my favorites are the miniature arrangements. This one is only a couple of inches wide.

District Flower Show
Sherman Library and Gardens
Newport Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
17 October 2009

+1 )
senoritafish: (gardener vader)
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These were growing in my friends front yard. I don't know what they're called, but they sure are neat-looking.

Purple flower
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
29 August 2009
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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We went for a walk downtown after the US Open of Surfing was done for the day. Lots of people watching still be had and we cooled off with some Dairy Queen, strolling around as we ate. These old beach bungalows down there are getting fewer and farther between.

Sunflowers and prayer flags
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
25 July 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (Ignore me!!!)
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I spent the 4th laid low by an ear infection, so these are my belated fireworks.

Blooming succulent
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
06 July 2009

also explosive... )
senoritafish: (so tired...)
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I'm not deaf; I'm ignoring you.

Stimpy really prefers our neighbor's front walk to ours. When he's not telling us it's breakfast time, he can usually be found taking a nap there.

Stimpson J. Cat
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
16 May 2009

and several gratuitous flowers... )
senoritafish: (Jet - red)
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Plum blossom
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
13 April 2009

Last days for another tree... )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
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Cesar Chavez Day here in CA - it's a state holiday, so it's one I get off work. The kids don't though, so they came home and said "Why are you home so early?" I pulled a few weeds while I was home, and then later, the Aquarium was having an Autism families night,where the aquarium was open late until 9:00. It was very quiet and relaxed, hardly anyone there, which I suppose was the point - although I also wonder if even the discounted price might have been a hardship for some people.

Spiny lobster
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
31 March 2009

Apparently, some fish like... )
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I had to go to the DMV this morning to renew my driver's license. I was shocked that it took less than an hour or so, despite the innumerable people waiting. The parking lot was jammed so we parked in the residential neighborhood behind the office. These blooming plum? peach? trees (I see a small fuzzy looking fruit in there, so I'm going to go with peach) were in a large yard on the way back to the car and I had to stop and look at them for awhile. I am always impressed by stripy flowers (I have a rose bush with similar flowers), although some were solid red. After I took the picture I noticed a man standing there watering the yard, looking at me suspiciously. Oops.

Peach flowers
Westminster CA
Canon EOS 1000D
30 March 2009
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Strawberry Fields Forever

Lunchtime walkies - the strawberries are ripening.

Strawberry fields forever
Los Alamitos CA
Casio EX-Z80A
25 February 2009

... across the street... )
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)
Chunukah

My friend asked me to help out with the Orange County District flower show. The design section was all Holiday-themed table settings, so Happy Holidays.

Happy Chanukkah!
Sherman Library and Gardens
Newport Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
22 November 2008

...and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Father's Day! )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
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Blooming eucalyptus tree near my bus stop.

Flowers
Garden Grove CA
Sharp VE-CG30
07 October 2008
senoritafish: (so tired...)
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Zeppelin ride
California Adventure, Disneyland
Anaheim CA
Sharp VE-CG30
24 August 2008

+2 )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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Why were the morning glories open after 5 pm?

Behind the bus stop
Los Alamitos CA
Sharp VE-CG30
19 August 2008
senoritafish: (Al runs)

(Posted first at Gather.com)

Very long geocaching photo essay... )

senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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This weekend was the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour; a fundraiser in memory of a local gardener/nursery owner. She started the tour herself as a way to raise money for a local women's shelter - after she passed away, others continued putting it on. It's all free; each home has a donation jar that they ask you donate to. And some of the gardens are just breathtaking. A woman in my garden club particpated in it last year, and said she spent 9 hours a day for two months in her yard getting ready for it! There were 48 homes on the tour, but we only visited six, which was plenty.

Seal Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
04 May 2008

a few more... )
senoritafish: (Shiny!)
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Well, it's spring; can't be helped. ;p

I belong to a garden club and many of the members grow roses; however, I am not a huge rose fan. I tend to regard them as the poodles of horticulture world (just as goldfish are the poodles of the aquarium fish world) - relatively common, but most of them are overbred, they take a lot of maintenance to look good, pests love them, and they're fussy and spoiled. However, I do own just one. I ordered this one from a catalog years ago; called either 'Peppermint Stick' or 'Candy Cane' (I can't remember which), she's just crazy enough to suit my strange tastes. She also thrives on neglect - I didn't even realize she was blooming until Gareth dragged me out in the backyard to see her today.

By the way - to give you a hint to what kind of gardener I am? Gareth refers to the backyard as the "lotsadirt."


Backyard
Huntington Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
21 April 2008

another one... )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Iris

This was a nice surprise when I came home from work - I had forgotten I planted these a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure they didn't bloom last year.

Front yard
Huntington Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
1 April 2008

Who said I like purple? )

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