Category Archives: Plants

COASTAL WILDFLOWERS IN SAN DIEGO – PHOTOS & ART

SAN DIEGO COASTAL WILD FLOWERS BLOOM AFTER THE RAIN.  Four years ago I traveled the coast of San Diego County photographing and researching the wild flowers, which bloomed after our first rainy season in 10 years.  These are a few of my photographs along with ink and black colored pencil drawings for my Pattern Series.

GOLDEN MEDALLION TREES LINE THE STREETS IN SAN DIEGO

GOLDEN MEDALLION TREES BLOOM IN SAN DIEGO IN AUGUST – As if a florist arranged an avenue of sunny yellow “flower bouquet” trees, the trees line the streets delighting the eye.  Golden Medallion trees –  cassia leptophylla – are originally from Brazil, but they thrive now in San Diego.  When the yellow flower petals fall off, they leave a pale green “flower” behind, which is quite lovely.  The sidewalks & yards are covered with strewn flower petals floating on the summer breezes.  After the trees bloom, they leave foot long brown seed pods that rattle when you pick them up!  Nature is simply magic.

JOSHUA TREE IN FULL BLOOM

SUMMER BRINGS BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS ON THE JOSHUA TREE AT LA JOLLA COVE.  The blooms are high up & many visitors walk right underneath them never even seeing them.  The waxy flowers with a tinge of green in the center on a gigantic flower stalk are stunning.  Take a moment to enjoy the beauty around us.