A Beach Day: Torrey Pines State Park

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Visiting Torrey Pines state beach is always beautiful. Shamefully, we don’t live far from the beach and hardly ever go. Weekends are often packed with tourists, which isn’t a bad thing but it makes our pool desirable on hot days. Since it is not tourist season, we decided to hit up the beach Sunday. Torrey Pines has parking, but there is free street parking close by. There are bathrooms and outside showers.IMG_0649

Torrey Pines also has some great hiking. The cliff there has trails that lead down the beach. If you are in the area and enjoy hiking, I definitely recommend checking it out. I believe it is $10 to park. There are also restrooms at the beginning of the trail.

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I’m working on taking pictures of the sun/horizon. I think I need a flare cover, you can see a flare on the bottom left. IMG_0665

The beach here is small but has great rocks. We went when the tide was coming in, which was cool for us because we could easily pick a spot and move back as the water came closer. IMG_0652

A lonely seagull on the beach. Keep your food hidden/wrapped, these guys are brazen when it comes to stealing. IMG_0661

Surfers hanging out. I didn’t catch any of them up on their boards but some of them were pretty good! The water was too cold for my liking but lots of surfers were out. I used my telephoto lens for this shot, I need to work on the light using this lens. I find my pictures are often dark, I’m guessing I need to open up the aperture. IMG_0666Good bye beach 🙂 Until next time.

“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” Unknown

Regrowing an Orchid

Regrowing my Orchid

For my birthday last year, B-rad bought be this beautiful purple orchid. He came home on his lunch break – he cleaned the apartment, set up our little table, placed the orchid on said table with my card, and planned a dinner. It was wonderful. We kept the flowers in bloom for a while, then slowly they fell off.

I saddened at the thought of not having this gift anymore. It was such a beautiful plant and it reminded me of my wonderful birthday celebration. Thankfully, with the internet anything is possible (seriously, what did I do before google). I followed the directions from the link below and a new bloom has arrived.

http://www.luxeandlillies.com/2013/02/how-to-grow-a-love-fern-orchid/

IMG_0437I’m not really sure why, but two side buds fell off – you can see them in the top picture. I’m hoping the ones next to the bloom open up too!

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The flash may have been a little too harsh. Next time I’ll note to use a different fstop or play with the ISO. I also want to try bouncing the flash next time to soften the light.IMG_0566
There are gorgeous textures and the flower is beautiful with intricacy. I’m thrilled that it has bloomed again. Orchids are not a cheap flower and regrowing them to experience their beauty is such a gift.

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson