Photography Field Trip to Dana Point Harbor

Last week my photography class took a field trip to Dana Point Harbor. The class was scheduled to meet at 12:00, but I arrived early so I could enjoy a little extra time. The instructor had suggested we wear jackets because it was forecasted to be in the 60s, but it turned out to be t-shirt weather, with a gentle breeze perfect for sailing.


Westwind Sailing has been part of the Harbor for many years and here you see a class out for a lesson. Their boats are easily spotted with their bright yellow sails.

Coincidentally, I’d been to Dana Point the night before, to meet friends for dinner and a walk around the harbor. I hadn’t been to Dana Point since the Christmas boat parade, and suddenly I was there two days in a row.

A few of my photography classmates looking for the perfect photo opportunity. Later, some of us enjoyed a cup of coffee with our instructor. It was a fun way to end a wonderful day.



A Delightful Evening in the Garden

We spent a delightful evening in our garden. This is my newest geranium. (Pelargonium hortorum), or Zonal Geranium. I love geraniums for their vibrant color and hardiness. They do well both indoors and out. I remember admiring them as a child when we visited my aunt’s house in Toronto. I can still picture their bright red color on her window sill. In Southern California most are grown outdoors, and that’s where mine are, planted in containers. This way I can adjust their position in different seasons.They like sun, but mine seem to do best in partial shade, especially during the very hot summer months.

If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you probably know that I also have a great love for African Violets. Not so much for their hardiness, because they need more tender care, but for their color as well.

We are having a very warm spring in Southern California. It was in the high 80’s yesterday, but one of the wonderful things about living in California, is that evenings and nights cool down beautifully. I took advantage of the cooler temperature last evening, to water plants and enjoy the wonderful scent of Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnam). Below is a photo of the jasmine in our side yard. It smells heavenly right now. As you walk along our side path, you brush up against the blossoms and they give off even more of their scent. I wish you could smell them.

After watering the roses out front, I  headed into our backyard to enjoy the sunset.

This is what I saw when I looked over our back wall. It looks like we live in a forest doesn’t it?  It was the perfect ending to a delightful evening in Southern California.