Seasonal Change in Southern California...

We consider ourselves fortunate when the rains finally begin, but it was inauspicious at best...

Thanks to those of you who related to what I said about the struggle to be creative daily. Theresa Reagan summed it up nicely toward the end of the comments when she wrote that it's all about the people of 365 who "...give us each the patience to persevere". I feel as though we're a team with a sense of purpose!
Well said...and a beautiful photo to go with it! I think it's around 45 degrees outside tonight. Quite chilly I must say.
posted October 5th, 2010  
@skt ...I've got fans pointed my direction as I write...
posted October 5th, 2010  
beautiful shot! i love the pop of orange in the background. it is tough to get good shots everyday...i've stopped trying so hard and just realized that the project is documenting my life. :)
posted October 5th, 2010  
Louise what a beautiful flower what kind is it. I remember when I moved to SF way back in 1989 and one of the first flowers I encountered was Jasmine. Oh the heady delight of that flower, something so foreign to a girl from NH. Anyway these blooms remind me of that, perhaps part of the same genus? LOVE LOVE the quote from Theresa, so true. I am not sure if I would have been able to perservere (sp?) if not for the amazing community here!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Is that plumeria I smell? Beautiful and fragrant. A very pretty shot.
posted October 5th, 2010  
@andifree ...Brad got it, being a local boy... That's plumeria, and it's used liberally for floral leis in Hawaii. I bought our first plant, but now cut off branches, put them in dirt and they all grow! It's been warm & humid here...quite like the tropics they're used to!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Very pretty!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Your plumeria is beautiful! I do live near you. I'm in Riverside area, and I believe you're in Orange County, right? My mom's plumeria was originally a cutting her parents brought back from Hawaii. At some point I'll take my own cutting from it and watch it grow!
posted October 5th, 2010  
This plant is known as Frangipani in Australia - a gorgeous scent. Mine is just starting to produce new growth now.
posted October 5th, 2010  
so pretty :D i didn't know frangipani lived out of australia! and with a disguise nonetheless!
posted October 5th, 2010  
" Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust

These flowers are just beautiful! Great shot Louise : )
posted October 5th, 2010  
Plumeria is one of my favorite flowers. I always get a lei if these flowers when I go to Hawaii. The smell is breath taking. Lovely photo.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Lovely picture Louise.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Very pretty shot! Sure wish I could smell them through the computer screen. :)
posted October 5th, 2010  
I can almost smell that. Lovely clear shot.
posted October 5th, 2010  
It's such a lovely plant and the orange in teh background sets it off perfectly. I remember my first visit to S California being ovewhelmed by the beautiful trees and flowers everywhere - very different to England - and no conkers in sight of course!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Frangipanis are my favourite flower - you have captured them beautifully here :)
posted October 5th, 2010  
I just noticed you all call them plumeria - I guess they have two names...?
posted October 5th, 2010  
Lovely flowers. great shot.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Lovely picture.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Very beautiful flowers, I wish I could smell the perfume I am sure it smells beautiful
posted October 5th, 2010  
Another beautiful photo Louise, and a nice sentement in your words, I too feel there is a large sense of purpose in this project, each quite personal in its nature, but yet so much alike.
posted October 5th, 2010  
This looks like Plumeria, do they have those in CA? I don't remember seeing any in Davis when I lived there. Hawaii--yes, lots of them! Beautiful photo!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Oh! Read your comment above--okay! I love how they smell too.
posted October 5th, 2010  
A change of season in southern California is almost an oxymoron...! I know, I know... it's just more subtle than here in NE Ohio! Lovely shot!
posted October 5th, 2010  
those are pretty...not sure I've ever seen Plumeria but I know I've smelled them! I do think we are a great team, this 365 community. We feed off of each other's ideas, thoughts, and inspirations. Nice! I love visiting your photos!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Lovely composition!
posted October 5th, 2010  
very pretty flowers, nice shot !
posted October 5th, 2010  
when i was back in socal last fall i realized i had forgotten all the amazing things that grow there........not enough to make me move back tho!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Scratch and sniff…that’s what we need. This is a beautiful flower – don’t have those around here. Winter, even fall, would do it in…it’s 39° this morning. When I saw this flower, I thought of the gardenias I used to have in my home in the city. Walking by them was intoxicating…that’s how I smell and see this flower. Thanks for that reminder…mmmm!
posted October 5th, 2010  
This is beautiful. The wetness on the leaves makes the whole picture look refreshing. I lived in Hawaii as a kid and love love loved these flowers! I can smell them in my mind just sitting here and it is making me smile.
posted October 5th, 2010  
How pretty. Keep 'em coming! We will be needing to see things like that soon back here in the East. Getting chilly at night!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Plumeria? I want one! I can just about smell it. Beautiful bright colors. I hope they are reflecting your brighter iner feeelings. Though I loved yesterday's, it was a dark one. We are going to Bar Harbor, St. Johns, Halifax via roundtrip Boston. tit is only 7 days. Cruising is our favorite wa to travel and we prefer the longer ones, but we are going with my brother & sister in law and have to go where they choose as they are so picky. Where in Europe are you going? Baby sounds most exciting.
posted October 5th, 2010  
this is so pretty and springy, very different feeling from the fall, i love it! i'm not feeling very creative/inspired either, it more of a "lucky issue" now, if i'm lucky, i will see something interesting, if not, then i will end up going back to take pictures of buildings, haha.
posted October 5th, 2010  
This is so beautiful! I totally understand about hitting a wall. I've kind of been there myself lately... even the shots I took over the weekend that I thought were going to be great seem to be lacking in some way. I'm sure being so busy with preparations for your upcoming travels also makes it more of a challenge to fit in your photography, and it's hard to constantly come up with new ideas around the house.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Beautiful color, flowers! No snow in Southern Ca
posted October 5th, 2010  
I totally agree with the comment you highlighted - I am not sure I would have stuck to this challenge, were it not for the community here - it really gives an extra reason to want to keep going and then looking through everyone else's pictures can help you find inspiration when you find yourself running dry.

Beautiful flowers! It is getting COLD here in Wisconsin, I wouldn't mind some California sun!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Thanks for the lovely words and inspiration - love, love these ! I've always called them frangipangi ?
posted October 5th, 2010  
Love the plumeria and lantana in the background. I have lantana in my yard but have not tried plumeria yet. I wonder if it would survive in the heat or if it needs the humidity?
posted October 5th, 2010  
I've never seen a flower like this, but I think it's beautiful!! it looks like it would smell very sweet, but of course I have no idea...
Great picture!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Plumeria...frangipani....boy, I know where MY head is at. All I hear is FOOD! Plums and Frango Mints, to be exact. I know nothing about plants, but I do have to admit this is an awfully pretty flower. I would have thought the rain would have brought about some cooler temps for you. So strange to hear of your tropical weather what with fall descending on Chicago now. It's been pretty cold here lately, particularly in the morning and evenings, but the colors of the sky and sunsets, always brighter and clearer in the fall, have been spectacular. When do you head out for our parts again?
posted October 5th, 2010  
Beautifull pic of a beautifull floer
posted October 5th, 2010  
Beautiful flowers! I have lantana here, but no plumeria. I remember that smell... It was so intoxicating! Thank you for bringing that memory back to me.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Love it! Louise
Don't have time to say much. That photo is AWESOME!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Thank you for the suggestion. We will check it out. From what we have read about Halifax it is a huge city. We prefer the smaller towns. I am really hoping to see the Bay of Fundi. Heard that often it is too foggy or rough for ships to get into that harbor. I think we may be late for the colors; we're not leaving till the 23rd.
posted October 6th, 2010  
PLUMERIA! In California! Well, I never ... Takes me right back to Maui (I wish!) ...

BTW, most of the leaves in my shot are cottonwood, not aspen ... I wonder if it's something about timing (or lack of) before winter?
posted October 6th, 2010  
@ZG ...and lots of it! And yellow ginger + 3 huge guava trees. The latter are the bain of Ken's existance as they drop *literally* a ton of fruit! As it's just about to begin, he's happy to be leaving town!
posted October 6th, 2010  
So pretty :)
posted October 6th, 2010  
Thanks, I really appreciate all the travel talk. When you don't have much time to spend in a place, it's nice to know where to head and what not to miss. Our "little" town has a 1 block commercial street, can't even call it a main street. There are many outlying areas on lakes though. 4 lane traffic drives many people who rarely leave Lewiston nuts. (I have a few friends like that).
posted October 6th, 2010  
This is very pretty, Louise!! Such bright, vibrant colors!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Those a really pretty flowers! I love the colors and their shape.
posted October 6th, 2010  
such a beautiful shot, Louise! I've loved lantana since the day my mom identified it for me when I first moved to California. It's a fun word to say, don't you think? :)
posted October 6th, 2010  
Sweet picture and such a nice comment to go with it. It's good to be part of your team!
posted October 6th, 2010  
What a beautiful shot!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Yup, for sure a team! Beautiful picture!
posted October 6th, 2010  
Wow! What a beautiful photo - I just love the light!

Louise - I agree with your comments about all of us - 365ers.
We have grown to know about each other through our diaries attached to our daily photo. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I'm sure for many others.
To think how we all started out in January - we have all grown within ourselves & come a long way.. :D
The year is not over yet.
posted October 7th, 2010  
beautiful--is that frangipani? what a glorious smell!!
posted October 7th, 2010  
Lovely flower ... and I love the rain with it. Reminds me of my Grandma's garden. @loey5150 @mommablogsalot : I agree with you guys. This place really makes me feel like I'm in a community. Learning about other people's lives and getting inspiration from everyone through pictures.
posted October 7th, 2010  
Beautifully composed. Crisp focus.
posted October 10th, 2010  
Beautiful
posted October 15th, 2010  
Gorgeous. The focus on this is incredible.
posted October 16th, 2010  
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