The Wild Sunflowers

Sunflowers growing in a storm drain.

The wild sunflowers are growing in a storm drain.

The Helianthus californicus, the scientific name for the California sunflower, can grow anywhere, even among barren rocks.

This species of wild sunflowers are drought tolerant and grow almost anywhere, even in a storm drain among rocks.

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A short video of the wild sunflowers, which have smaller blooms than the domestic kind growing in cultivated fields.



The Pink Hollyhock

The pink hollyhock is growing in the container garden.
Some of the pink hollyhock blooms are open, and others are getting ready to bloom.
The pink hollyhock flowers produce a sizeable amount of pollen.
The blooms on the top of the pink hollyhock will open in the next few days.
A couple of days later, the pink hollhock blooms have opened.
Another closeup of the pink hollyhock flowers.


The pink hollyhock only blooms biannually, so I have been so excited it is back.

By The Soft Glow of The Orange Candle

The orange candle with translucent wax starting to run down the cylinder.

In the modern world, candles are considered more of a decoration, or a source of illumination during rare power outages. However, I also love the artistic feel of soft candlelight, so I decided to photograph my orange candle in a dark bathroom when I took a break from dusting yesterday. I had actually been dusting my candles and crystal candle holders and realized how seldom these are burnt, so I decided to do an orange candle photo shoot.

The orange candle sits in a crystal candle holder, which reflects the light.
In this photograph, the candle appears almost red.
The purplish blue hue of the flame is apparent in this photograph.

Today I am becoming more interested in candles than I have ever been previously, and I am even considering making a candle out of a real orange. Stay tuned to see if I do it.




Power Lines In The Desert

Usually, I just photographed the more natural side of the desert, but sometimes I do capture the artificial parts of the landscape.

Today a friend mentioned how one desert scene I captured looked more industrial, and that was part of the reason I did not post it at first. I feel like only the beautiful nature scenes are worth posting, but the manufactured components in the desert have been there decades before my birth, so I always grew up looking at the large pylons connecting power lines between the mountains and the desert. As a kid, I used to think of large pylons as wearing long full skirts and funny large hats.

The beauty of the boulders, chaparral, and hills are still clear juxtaposed the metal power lines.