Friday, December 31, 2010

PHUN PHRIDAY - California Spanish Missions (Part 4)

I'm ending this little mini series of photos with scenes from the beautiful gardens of the San Juan Capistrano Mission.  It has been blizzard conditions where I live for the past several days and is predicted to be 5 degrees by tonight, colder than normal for winter where I live.  It has been PHUN for me to recall the color, beauty, peaceful surroundings, and especially the WARM weather when we toured this beautiful place!!! 

P.S. HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE, 
PLEASE BE SAFE THIS NEW YEAR'S EVE!

















(Have you ever seen an artichoke plant????? Me neither!  I threw this photo in because the mission also had a beautiful vegetable garden, and even though I grew up in California, I've never seen one of these plants although I love to eat artichokes drenched in lemon butter.......yum!)

31 comments:

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

Gorgeous! These will warm you up on a winter day. Love the artichoke plant!

Joop Zand said...

BEAUTIFUL garden Karen !!

i wish you all the best for 2011.

greetings, Joop

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is about the largest bougainvillea I've ever seen. I told my wife if we move to the desert we could have them all over as we both like bougainvilleas. Alas, living here in northern California they don't fair too well. I am with you on the artichoke. Yum! 5 degrees, yikes!

Scott said...

What beautiful WARM looking photos as we sit here with a forecast high today of 20 degrees f.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very beautiful garden shots compositions... and no, never seen a artichoke plant !

Happy New Year and thank you for all the lessons in photography.

Wong

justine said...

absolutely wonderful shots, wishing you a very very happy new year.

Enrique said...

Beautiful garden have in that mission.
Happy New Year 2011 ... comes loaded with the best wishes and happiness.

RedWillow said...

Im in Love with this series. Fantastic view thought your lens and Karen your heart.
Thank you so much for sharing with me about your loss of your gandbaby. Im so very sorry. We do and can take comfort in the arms of the King and kneel at feet when we need too and when we dont need to just because he loves us and never gives us more than we can take even when we think we cant take the pain one more second or minute . His comforting arms always find me.
Im grateful for you and so many Karen.
God is Amazing. He Just Is .
Hugs from me to you
Happy New Year and Stay Blessed.
Grace to you also.
Lisa

Robin said...

Karen, wonderful shots. Makes me miss summer!
It's quite cold here as well, but we have clear and sunny skies.
Hope 2011 finds you well and blessed by all that's good!
Cheers!

George said...

What a beautiful way to end the series on the missions. Since it's cold and dreary here in Tennessee, your garden pictures are doubly appreciated.
I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2011.

Ginny said...

Beautiful pictures to end the year! I love the magenta with the backdrop of the architecture. And the fish, and the artichokes, which I really never have seen except on a supermarket shelf! They are so much prettier this way.

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh Yes! My mom has grown artichoke's in her garden - yummy! Those are gorgeous images! Happy New Year to you and yours Karen!! Thank you for a fabulous year of lessons and friendship!

Jaymi said...

these are beautiful! i havent been to that mission since a grade school field trip! love the architecture, now I wanna go back and photograph it!

thanks for visiting my blog!

In My Tennis Shoes said...

5 degrees! blizzard conditions! wow! and the south thought we were something crazy with out little "crazy" snow day! stay warm and safe! happy new year new friend!

Char said...

that top photo is really stunning

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

It's very cold here, as well. Your lovely photos warmed my thoughts, but alas not my feet.
Have a Wonderful New Years and may all the best come your way in 2011!

janc@mac.com said...

Fantastic shots of flowers especially. Loved it!!!

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The colours make nearly drunk ! What a joy for the sense of sight. Please have you all a good and with Happiness filled New Year.


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Denise said...

Absolutely gorgeous Karen. Yikes! 5 degrees? I won't moan any more. Stay warm and I would like to wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year.

Mary said...

Oh, how beautiful! It is an especially welcome sight as we still have snow on the ground here in NJ. :)

Wishing you a joyous new year, Karen!

ruma said...

I hope you have a very happy new year.
it is A wonderful 2011.

For you and yours, this year is filled with healthy and prosperity and delight.

A contest of lovely colors. . .

Thank you.
ruma

diane b said...

What a picturesque place! Oh I wish I could take photos like you. My shots of my daughter's wedding were hopeless. I was so disappointed. I think I'll go back to automatic. Funny that you should see artichoke plants because I saw some on our recent trip. They were flowering, big purple flowers. I tried a shot but I was in a hurry as my family was waiting for me, so the shot was a dud too.

Tommy Andre Nekkoy said...

Thanks for 2010! Hope you will have a rich and photogenic new year - 2011!

Nancy said...

Love the hollyhocks -- I can't wait for Spring now to see ours bloom. And is that an azalea in the first picture? I am overwintering one and it has but one pitiful bloom. But I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

I've really enjoyed this series of photographs Karen. Looking forward to your pictures in 2011. :)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Sending you some warm thoughts...looking at these beautiful photos helped me...it's a dreary day in TN and I'm looking forward to some beautiful glorious COLOR!!!

Linda said...

How lovely to see this. I visited here about 30 years ago with a very dear second cousin from LA. Such happy memories.

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, I l♥ve artichoke hearts in my salad w/ parmesan cheese sprinkled on top! YuMmY! And I just want to gather up all these colorful flowers & never let them go... they're so beautiful! Our weather isn't near as bad as yours, but do color & I get bored w/ no color!!! =)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am just in awe of the Spanish Mission photos, Karen! They are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing them and for all the information you share with those of us who know practically nothing about photography, but appreciate it very much. Wishing you and yours a very happy 2011!

Rick said...

Beautiful to see such warm images at this time of year ! Gorgeous shots Karen.

I've enjoyed your posts, tutorials, and photos this past year - and am looking forward to more !

All the best in the New Year Karen !

Photog Ave said...

These are all just wow, but #1 and #4...WOW!

Sandra said...

I went to visit my friend in a nursing home, we were on his computer and i pulled up your sight to show him all you wonderful photos. while scrolling through i found this NY eve post that i missed. these are so pretty and sharp and the colors are magnificent. glad i found it. he loved your photos