Purple Pansies

Purple pansies immediately drew my attention as we drove into the Olive Avenue RV Park. We are planning to stay there in a few weeks. We had studied their web site and it looked very nice, but it’s always good to see these places in person ahead of time, if you can. Yesterday we took a drive south, to Vista California, to have a look. Purple pansies decorated the garden surrounding the park’s office. We were very happy with what we saw and are now looking forward to spending part of our vacation there. My hubby Martin especially liked the idea of coffee and doughnuts on Saturday mornings. Sounds tempting to me, as well.

RVing in Hemet California

Diamond-Valley-Lake
Diamond Valley Lake is one of the places we visited while spending the holiday weekend in Hemet, California, at Golden Village Palms RV Resort. Our last visit to the lake was in 2013 and this time, we could definitely see the affects of the drought. Below is the boat ramp which was in active use when we were last there. The launch ramp is unusable now because it no longer reaches the waterline.
Ramp
Science-center
After our visit to the lake, we stopped to look at the nearby Western Science Center.

When I hopped out of the truck to take a few photos, I spotted the sign below.
snake
I tend to forget that we share the landscape with these California natives. So far, I’ve never met up with one, but you can bet that after seeing the sign I watched where I was stepping.
On our way back to the RV park we spotted this old adobe ruin in Tucalota Springs.
adobe
We had a wonderful weekend of relaxing and seeing a few of the sights around Hemet. The days were pleasantly warm, and the nights quite cool, which made for great sleeping. It all made for a great RVing adventure in Hemet, California.

Monochrome Photography

black-and-white-down-the-roadI took this monochrome photo today, as we drove back to our camp ground. We are spending a few days in southern Utah, RVing in our 5th Wheel trailer. While studying my digital camera and the manual, I learned how to photograph in monochrome and  decided that today I would use this setting for all photos.

seeing-zionThe mountains in the far distance are part of Zion National Park. I get goose bumps just looking at this photo. Zion seems even more mystical in monochrome. These photos make me feel like I’m looking at photographs taken in the 1950s.

Ace-hardware-La-VercinWe made a stop at the local hardware shop, and if it wasn’t for the modern car, again I’d think I was looking at the 50’s

purse-and-Jeans-2This last photo is of my camera case resting on my lap. My jeans are dark blue and the case is chartreuse. It’s amazing how the monochrome setting works. I have a feeling I’ll  stay in this particular setting for at least another day, and then on to Sepia, I think.

An Early Morning Walk by San Diego Bay

Walk-along-the-bayMy early morning walk gave me this tranquil view of San Diego Bay. Later while looking at   photos I’d taken, the one above is just one of many, I found myself smiling. It was then I realized that Plum Bird Corner, should be filled with photos that make me feel happy, and hopefully you too. Photos full of bright cheerful colors, beautiful scenery, flowers and birds. African-violet-1Above is my newest African Violet. It’s a perfect example of bright and cheerful, don’t you think? I spotted it by the door, when entering Trader Joe’s to do some grocery shopping, and I just couldn’t resist

Sail-Boat-ChulaSpeaking of cheerful, how could I not include this photo of a sailboat, named Happy. It certainly brought a smile to my face when I saw it resting in the marina this morning.