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First of all, I want to greet everyone an early “Happy Valentine’s Day”. I want to share with you an old photo taken last year (which I have also shared and posted) in one of my group outings. I hope you don’t mind taking another look at it.  This is also a last minute post.  I am totally unprepared!

Dana Point, CA
Sept 11, 2010

This picture also has been submitted yesterday to the Los Angeles Times, Southern California Moments. The only thing new about this is my watermark. I used a “heart” brush under my name. What do you think?

This photo was taken at the Huntington Gardens, sometime last year and I have also posted this in my blog. The only change I did is my new watermark in hearts!


To my surprise in this morning’s email, The SkyWatch team headed by Klaus notified me  that my photo will be featured as a Guest Host. I simply had forgotten about it because I submitted the photos intended for My World, and that was in July!

I am also linking this post to :

Guest Heart Thursday hosted by Clytie @ Random Hearts

A Winter Garden

That’s My World

Klaus, Sandy, Wren, and Sylvia


Last Saturday,  I went to Descanso Gardens for the camellia festival. As early as 8 a.m. because I have an important engagement at 2 p.m. The only early folks besides me are the regular members who do their exercise in the garden. Others are the volunteers who do some gardening.

Not a lot of spring blooms yet. Winter is still here and you can see some of the bare trees.

The bench was a little bit damp

In the winter time, the camellias are in bloom. There are different varieties and colors. The camellia is also called the Empress of Winter.

Adding more color to the garden are the red berries.

There are also a lot of camellias at the Japanese Garden. I do not remember the name of these pink flowers.  They could be cherry blossoms.

The highlight of the day’s festivities was the fairy tours at the Enchanted Garden.

I know that there has been a huge snow storm in the North East. I hope they are not in the deep freeze.  Sometimes I say, California is just very lucky to have a great sunny weather.


I saw this etched “E” in one of the junk cars painted with hearts everywhere in Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA. I found this particularly interesting because it is also the first letter of my name.

Leonard Knight’s creation of Salvation Mountain was the result of his failure to make a hot air balloon. He went to Slab City to fly his balloon. It did not get off the ground because it had rotten when he did not have time to put it away during the winter in Vermont. He started this project with watered-down cement and sand. One day it exploded in a cloud of dust. He rebuilt his creation with bales of straw and adobe.

Guest Heart Thursday hosted by Clytie @ Random Hearts

If you want to read more about Salvation Mountain, please check out my post about it here.

Highlights of 2010

The past year afforded us to do a lot of travel within the County of Los Angeles and the State of California. We also did Las Vegas, Montana, Salt Lake City, Wyoming and Idaho. The new year also opened new horizons and adventures for me and Zee.

Here are some of our trips and hiking and photo shoots.

In February, our itchy feet swept us to Death Valley National Park. The rain the night before brought snow in Olancha, the northeast entrance to Highway 190 to Death Valley.

March, one of the busiest and most traveled month, there’s always something happening every weekend, locally or even long distance.

From top to bottom:

a) Devil’s Punch Bowl in Pearl Blosson, CA – Spectacular rock formations, lovely pine forests, views of the high desert. The Devil’s Punchbowl is a point where 2 earthquake faults collide, creating upwards jutting vertical walls as high as 300 feet.

b) Fish Canyon Trails and Falls in Azusa, CA – The Fish Canyon Trail, which leads to a three-tiered waterfall, is an easy 5 miles round-trip, with a total elevation gain of approximately 900 feet.

c) Malibu Creek State Park – It was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries and was once used to film numerous movies and TV shows such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H.

d)Point Dume State Beach, Malibu, CA – A gradual ascending trail leads to an ancient coastal bluff sand dune. A boardwalk, just below the summit, leads to a viewing platform. A stairway from the east side of the bluff-top preserve allows access to a more isolated beach and fine tide- pooling opportunities.

Somewhere along RTE 66

Desert mound and salt beds

Spring time flowers are abundant, be it in the wild or low lands. I have put a lot of mileage on my car.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Wind wolves Preserve, Bakersfield

Tulips at Descanso Gardens

Ranunculus Flower Fields, Carlsbad

In the fall, we went to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons.

This is a natural lake, and one of the largest high altitude lakes in the U.S. with an elevation of 6,772 feet above sea level. The length of the lake is up to 15 miles, 7 miles in width and 438 feet deep. The water temperature of the lake averages below 60 degrees in the summer months. During winter time the water can freeze to more than 6 feet thick.

Jackson Lake
Grand Teton National Park
Northwestern Wyoming

“Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest and one of the most brilliant of Yellowstone’s many hot springs. Its massive expanse stretches approximately 200 feet across. The high temperature of its water is 70ºC (160ºF) ensures that the spring is always cloaked in steam.”

The list of places to visit goes on and on. We did RTE 66 again 2 weekends ago, and this weekend, we went to Niland, CA and the Salton Sea area. To see more adventures, please check out my other blog.