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More Interesting Sights In My Present Neighborhood

I’ve been on my present “leap” journey since Nov. 1, 2012, when I leaped out of Seattle, WA, on faith, thinking I’d be settled somewhere in a month or so. Meanwhile almost 118 weeks later, I’m still “on the road”. I’ve stayed in some homes/hotels/b in b’s for a night, some for a weekend, some for weeks, some for months. I’ve been in OR, No. CA, So. CA, UT and AZ.

Along the way, I’ve always found beauty, something to catch my eye, fill my heart. So here are some more sights I’ve gathered along my walks in my present neighborhood in San Diego, CA.

Many people use more desert plants here and right now there are many succulents flowering. I love the difference in color, texture and shape.

Succulants flowering 9

Succulant flowering 1

Succulant flowering 2

Succulant flowering 7

Succulants flowering 3

Succulants flowering 4

Succulants flowering 5

Succulants flowering 6

Succulants flowering 8

I walked by several poinsettia bushes. I’ve kept them before, after the holidays, as house plants but never seen them as bushes.

Pointsetta bush

One house had a very whimsical but random display of little children’s toys in both their front “flower” beds.

Flower bed play ground

I noticed these lovely garden walls, and enjoyed seeing the textures, and the different shapes.

More borders

Interesting border

It’s always interesting to me to see how people choose to decorate their yard, what kind of adornments they choose, what paths, what plants and colors, etc. I realize that it is a long time investment, so there must be great thought put into the decisions. These two yards are interesting to me. The one seems to speak of the race between the tortoise and the hares and yet there seems to be a chorus of howling wolves to announce the winner, all set amidst the weeds:

The tortoise and the hare judged by the wolves

And this one just had a random, VERY random collection of statues all around the flower bed and behind it was another eagle collection surrounding their American flagpole.

The collection

Then there were these two very different plants that seemed so dramatic and pretty to me. The one reminded me of a hula dancer.

Pretty plant

Hula palm

I walk my host’s dog and have been extending our walks longer and longer and finding new streets to add to our stroll. There is a park at the bottom of our street and it has a dirt path that leads north through a wild area, and onto a street. For a brief moment, I can forget I am in the city and imagine I am in the middle of a forest 🙂

Neighborhood wild space

Hope you have enjoyed my present neighborhood and the fruit of my walks. If you look with eyes to see, you can find beauty everywhere! Thanks for joining me.

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More Balboa Park Photos

Since being in San Diego again, Balboa park has become one of my favorite hang out places.  I’m more of an outdoors/country person and thrive when I can go out on the isolated hikes like I did while in Tucson, AZ.  I have tried to find such places in San Diego but the traffic deters me and being around the city and crowds is a bit overwhelming for me energetically.  So Balboa park becomes my go to place.  I usually go on a weekday when it is less crowded.  Somehow the architecture and landscaping gives me some sense of that nature vibration I’m seeking and the buffer from traffic and city life

This last visit I explored a couple areas I hadn’t explored before:

I love all the arches on the various buildings.

ArchesMore arches

 

I took the time this visit to check out the Spanish Village Art  Center.  There are various studios run by artists using different mediums.  Here is a picture of the bright tiled pathway. the next picture is of the kaleidoscope flower pot, set at the north end of the village. You spin the pot and look through the viewer and see a  kaleidoscope view of the flowering plants in the pot.

Pathway  Kalidiscope flower pot Flower pot view

This is a picture of the lovely detailed columns that appear on buildings throughout the park.

Columns

There are many exhibitions, movies, plays, and performances going on daily at the park in addition to the zoo, museums, restaurants, gardens and attractions to see.  I invite you to go check it out!!!

 

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