Thursday, May 31, 2012

Redwood National Park

Foggy Coast At Redwoods National Park, CA
Sea covered by fogs, rocks, wildflowers, but where are the redwoods?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Before and After #EclosBeauty

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Let me take a short break first from my usual nature wandering posts to share this latest personal find. 
Before
 About a month ago, I got a free sample kit from ├ęclos Skin Care valued at $19.99 with a worth of $40.00. The free sample kit included the following:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In My Dreams


The picture above was taken from Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino County, California. The tall grotesque plants in the background are that of Joshua trees, named after how their limbs are outstretched like in a prayer. While the poem above, was written when I think of our dear God in my prayertime. Thus, I used the Joshua Tree picture as background of the poem as the Joshua tree resembles a tree in prayer.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Coast Redwoods

Stout Grove Memorial Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Stout Grove Memorial Trail is the next ancient growth coastal redwoods trail we explored after the Simpson Reed Grove Trail, both of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in the Redwood National and State Parks area. The picture above may not look different from the pictures in the Simpson Reed Grove Trail, but definitely the experience was different. If Simpson Grove trailhead is right next to highway 199, the Stout Grove trailhead is 0.5 mile down the shoulder of Howland  Hill Road. Howland Hill Road is unpaved and amidst the woods. It was a one of a kind experience driving, squeezing between, and zigzagging through the woods. After parking at the dirt turn out, we had to descend 0.5 mile to the trailhead without seeing the redwood groves first, the trail almost parallel to the river. But after a half mile descent, the spectacular Stout Grove loop trail greets our hearts with a warm welcome, suddenly, the trail meanders on these giant and tall trees.

Friday, May 25, 2012

For the love of Music...

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     A clef is a symbol in music used to indicate the pitch of written notes...now that is as far as I can go on reading about the first thing that comes to my mind when I try to recall my music classes way back a long time ago. I know I am not alone when I say that "I love music but music doesn't seem to love me." When I try to read notes on a staff I get dizzy, like really dizzy to the point of nausea hahaha...the image of notes is akin to seeing numbers and mathematical symbols to me. Totally depressing hahaha because I am helpless when it comes to calculations and even the dearest of friends have walked out on me when I tried to sing in public. But you bet, like a hopeless romantic I still dream of one day being able to hit the keys in perfect harmony. In fact when I retire and have all the time in the world one of my plans is to pose exactly like that  lady in the wall decor I took a photo of weeks ago at the home of an uncle. Just what will I play first?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Love Love Love



     LOVE....is a four lettered word that one could describe using all the letters of the alphabet yet one will not be able to comprehend without having to live it; one could ponder on it for ages but without having the openness to embrace it in its wholeness and complexity one is left in vain...for what good is LOVE that isn't expressed and what happiness is there in the silence of unrequited ardor?

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood National and State Parks, CA

In my older posts, I featured the awe inspiring Fern Canyon, part of Redwood National and State Parks, in Northern California which is both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Fellow blogging friend Sharkbytes, a botanical enthusiast and a long distance hiker, showed interest in knowing what kind of ferns these are.
Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Majorca Holidays

Majorca, Spain is a popular beach destination for tourists especially for the holiday makers from Britain and Germany. However, this well loved holiday destination in Europe has only been imprinted in my mind after I have heard from Rafael Nadal that his hometown is Majorca, Spain. 
Rafael Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open @ Indian Wells, CA
I always have enjoyed watching Rafael Nadal plays exciting tennis. Whenever he talks about his hometown which is Majorca, Spain, there was always that hint where the passion in his tennis was coming from.  Majorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. The typical coastal scenery of Majorca is dominated by fine white sandy beaches, caves and rocky coves. I have not been to Majorca yet, maybe someday, I would be able to experience lovely majorca holidays

Simpson Reed Grove Trail, Redwood National and State Parks

Simpson Reed Grove Trailhead, near Hwy 199
One of the parks we visited in our Klamath Region Circle of Parks trip is Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. From Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, we drove South to Oregon Caves National Monument ( I'll feature Oregon Caves later ) and then continued Southwest to Redwoods National and State Parks.

Dreaming of Asian Get-Away

Me, Looking Forward to Summer Break, @ La Jolla, San Diego
In a month, school ends and summer vacation begins. I can't help but think of home. I actually had been wanting to be home since spring. How I wished I were there with my family celebrating my eldest niece's (or first niece from eldest brother) graduation. Time flies. I still could imagine clearly the times where I was baby sitting my two nieces and nephew. Now, the eldest of these three graduated last April with latin honors (magna cum laude) from University of the Philippines-Diliman Campus. Soon, she will be entering the medical world as she continues her journey towards M.D and Ph.D, where she aims to have double major, become a doctor (M.D.) who is involved in molecular medicine research (MS Molecular Medicine towards PhD).

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Green!

The Green World At La Jolla Shores Tidepool
What Do You See in these rocks? I saw Eerie Green Guards of the Tidepool, Look at those watchful eyes!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Nopal Cactus at The Valley of Fire Wave

All pictures in this post are from The Valley of Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. The cactus pictures in this post are beveartail cactus or nopal cactus, otherwise known as Nopalea.

Friday, May 04, 2012

One Weekend San Diego Wandering

Wildflower Carpet near South Shores Park, Mission Bay
Weekend, it's time for this site to get updated again :) As much as I wanted to share more of the joys from my wandering in this site, but it's just hard for me to write on weekdays when my mind is so tired when I get home. Last weekend, I was reunited with two of my friends, one from Chicago, and the other one, also here in San Diego. Time spent with friends always is priceless. We had so much fun celebrating the joys of friendship and togetherness, and sharing our love for the natural world. Our first stop was at Mission Bay for the carpeting of wildflowers (above picture), which of course, can only be observed at spring. After Mission Bay, our next stop was La Jolla.
Wildflowers @ La Jolla Coast Walk