Snapdragons- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 8

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Definitely does not look anything like a dragon to me.  Who in their right mind will call these beautiful flowers dragons?  The only snapdragons that I knew of, before looking up the name of these ornamental flowers brightening the front yards of many neighbors, were the processors from Qualcomm that many cell phones use as their cpu.  Seasonal by nature, these beauties are a sight to behold.  We have a few in our garden but they have not started blooming yet. Coming in varieties of color, they really lights up a garden.

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Dragons you are not

Such a beautiful sight

Brighten up a garden

A heart’s delight


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Cistus or pink rock-rose- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 7

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

Is not that a beautiful flower? I had seen that in some other places also at different times in the wild.  Not sure I can call this one wild though.  This was by the side of a fitness trail on a subdivision near our home. Wild or not, the color was what drew me to it.  It was so bright.  

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You touched my heart

With color so bright

Dazzling like a jewel

In bright sunlight


A Rose is a rose

 

 

 

Regal pelargonium- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 5

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

I am sure nearly everyone of my readers will be identify this one.  I have couple of varieties of this in my garden.  This is the season that these bright colored flowers bloom in abundance.  As I walk the streets of our neighborhood, I can some many varieties in peoples front yard and by the roadside.  Though Google lens identifies these as Regal pelargonium, I always knew them as geraniums.  Shows my knowledge about flowers.  When I took this photo, the two flowers together reminded me of a fluttering butterfly just about to take flight.  That was nearly three weeks back.  When I look at it today, it still looks to me like a beautiful butterfly.  Let me know what you think.

As you can see from the photo, it was a very bright day when I took the photo.  Not an ideal lighting condition for taking a photo with a cell phone without much control on aperture , shutter speeds etc,  However the flowers were so vibrant that with some trial and error I was successful in capturing the flowers in the foreground without blowing the highlights completely.  

On a different note, after nearly a month and half, I went out hiking on Stiles Ranch Trails.  Will write about that in another post.  Have a nice weekend.  I hope to go back to writing poems during the weekend, picking up this thread next Monday.  Have a good weekend dear readers and stay safe.

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Where are you heading

My beauty

Spreading your wings to take flight

Rooted to the ground

You fill my heart with delight


A Rose is a rose

Hiking Stile Ranch Trails

 

 

Spring Blossom- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 4

This is a series about the neighborhood flowers and flowering trees that I saw and enjoyed on my walk in the neighborhood during the stay at home months.  Many of the flowers I don’t know much about and depend on Google lens to get a name.  If there are mistakes, apologize for my ignorance.

The photo below was taken during the very early part of WFH (work from home) advisory as a precaution to avoid contracting COVID-19. Stay at home was still a few days ahead.  Since eighteen sixty four, this was the first rainless February in our area and spring came early.  Just to give some space to my better half who was still getting accustomed to the routine of WFH, I used to take long walks in the morning.  The weather was gorgeous, sunny, dry and cool and outdoor was much more inviting than being confronted by an unhappy spouse forced to be confined in an unoptimized workspace.  During one of those walks, mile and a half from my home, I was suddenly blinded by the sight of these beautiful trees in full bloom. I  had walked by this same street a few days back and I was sure that the trees were barren. I took out my cell phone and took few photos.  Sunlight was blinding and I could barely see my cellphone screen due to the glare.  As I was going through my cell phone gallery today, I saw a couple that I could resurrect with a little bit of post processing.  I am still not happy with the end result because the flowers are not distinct enough.  Google lens show this as Eugenia dysenterica but to me it looked more like Cherry blossom.  Ah well, what’s in a name.  Who am I to question what Keats said; ” A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”.   

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Brightened the season

And dazzled my heart

Your beauty

Worth the wait


A Rose is a rose

 

 

Empress Tree(Paulownia)*- Local Flora – Stay at home stroll – 3

Couple of weeks back, on a weekend, I was taking an after lunch walk with my wife around our neighborhood.  The day was sunny and bright but cool.  Our dog Skooby was with us.  Whenever he goes out with both of us he becomes super excited.  As a result our walks become leisurely because he has to stop everywhere trying to take in all the smells that nature presents.  This particular day I was rewarded for my patience with Skooby.  As we were taking a turn on the road towards our home, my eyes were dazzled with the sight of blooming flowers bathed in sunlight.  It was just one tree among few other non-descript trees near a creek. Behind the creek there was a small meadow with tall grass.  I could hardly see any leaf on the tree.  Whole tree, from top to bottom, was just covered in dazzlingly bright flowers.  Sunlight was quite strong and it was difficult for me to get a photo with enough contrast of the whole tree with my cell phone.  So I had to be satisfied with a zoomed in shot of the flowers.  I had no idea what those flowers were.  My knowledge about flowers are minimal.  So I had to use Google lens to identify what it was called.  Empress tree or one of the members of the paulownia family.  If any of my readers can identify it clearly and update, it will be much appreciated. 

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Dazzling jewels

Bathed in sunlight

Fit to adorn a regina

Empress of the wild


A Rose is a rose

*  The name Empress Tree or Paulownia was found using Google lens.

 

The Road to Happiness

Why despair
The road to happiness
Passes through the valley of sorrow
Once you are down
Only way to go is up
On this temporal journey
Of perpetual impermanence
Setbacks are just small road bumps
Accept, do not resign
Regroup, do not retreat
And when you reach the peak
Clutch the sunlight
Fill your heart with joy
To last a few lifetime

Cacophony of Colors

Cacophony of colors, diverse without blending, fluttering in the wind in bright sunlight
Without passing through the melting pot prism, unique and proud, they are all alright
Not differentiated by where they are from, individual but united in their spirit and flight


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Three line poem, maximum 100 words, based on the photo above

Who Do I Thank

Just thankful to be in this beautiful world on a beautiful morning

(Written on Thanksgiving, 2015, morning during a hike on the hills near my home)

Who Do I Thank

Oh! Who do I thank?
This beautiful morning,
What do I call thee,
Creation or evolution?
Or just a marching of time?
Infinity or finite universe,
Does it matter,
Here and now?
Sunlight streaming,
Birds chirping,
Colorful leaves
Caught in an up draft ,
Fluttering
Like butterfles
Glistening in the morning sun,
Mild breeze
Caressing  my face,
Cooling touch
Gently drying my sweaty skin,
Heart pounding
Begging for rest,
One more step,
One more bend on the trail,
Just thankful to be away
Amidst nature so bountiful.
Giving freely all its blessings,
Asking nothing in return.
Just thankful to be
Here and now,
Thanks to be
In this beautiful world.