♥ i heart macro ♥ – Clematis

Climbing The Garden Arbor

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

center of a clematis



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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Orchid

Green Orchid With White Edging

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My computer has a serious virus and it’s in the shop.  They were unable to remedy the issues, so they have to back everything up, wipe the disc and then reinstall all the programs.  So not happy about this!

I had a couple of weeks worth of macro shots on my computer, but they are not available to me now.  I’m currently using my husband’s computer.  I do have a number of macro shots from early spring that I had saved to his computer and that’s what I’m sharing today.  This orchid macro was taken in the Botanical Building in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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Monday Meanderings – Botanical Building, San Diego

Botanical Building Orchids

While visiting  San Diego, recently, we visited the Botanical Building in Balboa Park.  Our timing was perfect, as most of the orchids were in full bloom!  I love orchids and  have a few which recently bloomed at home.

Orchids in bloom at the Botanical Building, San Deigo The Botanical Building was built for the 1915-16 Exposition and is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building  includes more than 2,100 permanent plants, including a large collection of  orchids and other tropical plants.

Blooming orchids in Balboa Park in San DiegoI’m going to let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves-no words.  I hope you enjoy the wonderment and beauty of these flowers.  If you are an artist/artisan perhaps their colors and forms will inspire you to create.  Enjoy.

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Monday Meanderings: Desert Garden

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

Playing Nursemaid

I’m getting this posted really late on Monday, because my good friend, Rose, had knee surgery today.  I drove her in to the clinic this morning and then took her home after surgery.  I’ve got homemade soup simmering on her stove now and we’re icing her knee every half hour.  The biggest challenge is keeping her immobile.  I swear, she wants to go to work tomorrow, even though the doctor strictly said, “No!”.

Balboa Park, San Diego – Desert Garden

My husband and I took a train trip to San Diego a couple of weeks ago.  While we were there we visited the Desert Gardens at Balboa Park.  We saw the most amazing cacti and succulents from all around the world.  Did you know that a cactus is a form of succulent?  I didn’t.

I went crazy taking pictures of all the strange and intriguing plants and I’ve been anxious to share them with you.

I love how this picture turned out!

The Desert Garden has more than 150 species of cacti and other desert plants from North and South America and about 1,300 cacti, aloes, and other succulent and drought-resistant plants from around the world.

Each season has something to offer, but the most amazing flowers bloom January through March.  There were fantastic blossoms everywhere.  It was breathtaking, really!

Agave blooms.

I was struck by how each plant has found its own niche and its own unique way to adapt to the environment.  And in spite of harsh conditions, they bloom with regal abandon.  So be it for us, as well.

Monday Meanderings: Sunny San Diego

My husband is a train buff.  He is an amazing font of knowledge about all things public transit.  It’s not unusual to be watching the opening scene in a movie with him and when he sees a train he’ll say something like, “This movie must take place in Chicago in the early 40’s.”  He knows what kinds of train ran where and when.  So for Christmas this year, I gave him a round-trip train ride for two to San Diego.

Amtrak train in front of a station house.

Last week we escaped the gray, dreary winter of western Washington State and caught a train south to sunny San Diego.  The trip takes about a day and a half and we had a small sleeper berth.  We passed through snowy mountains, ocean vistas studded with palm trees; past rivers, farmlands, cities and towns.  Whenever the train had a 10 minute layover, my husband would be out on the platform taking pictures of the trains.  His great happiness meant so much to me.

snow view from the Amtrak train

View from the train window, of mountains in Oregon, on the return trip.

In San Diego we visited Coronado, where they filmed “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe.  I walked barefoot on the beach, luxuriating in the feel of the warm, silky, fine sand.

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

We went up to Cabrillo National Monument, with its incredible views of the San Diego skyline, across the bay, (see yesterday’s post) and we visited San Diego’s first mission.

The mission building and grounds were lovely, but what lingers with me was an old photograph of a class of Native American children, all with sad or grim faces.  These children had been forcibly  removed from their families and sent to the Catholic mission school.  This happened to Native kids all over the country and their tears flood my heart.

San Diego's first mission

I’ll post pictures from our visit to San Diego’s fabulous Balboa Park, soon.  I hope you vicariously enjoyed this trip, too!

Artisan Pewter Giveaway

Green Girl Studios new workAndrew Thorton is having a Giveaway on his blog: The Writings and Art of Andrew Thorton.  There are artisan pewter toggle clasps and charms here, representing the newest work from his family’s business, Green Girl Studios.  Check it out!


I’m busy working on my Bead Soup Challenge necklace.  I can’t wait to share it with everyone.  The reveal date is Saturday, Feb. 25th, but I’ll allow a little sneaky-peeky on Wed. the 23rd!

My husband and I just returned from a train trip to San Diego.  He is a big train buff, but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, too.  I’ll post more on Monday, but here’s a teaser…


Cabrillo National mounument

View of San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument