Monday, December 31, 2012

The Calm Before the Storm - Mission Bay

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Balboa Park Founders

Two of the founders of Balboa Park, Ephraim Morse and Alonzo Horton.

OK, actually statues of two of the founders.  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

John Williams is the Man!

Our third fabulous concert in as many weeks.  We saw John Williams conduct the San Diego Symphony - they played a number of his famous compositions, from Close Encounters to Harry Potter to Star Wars.  Fabulous show!

Star Wars fans may enjoy this tribute to John Williams.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Little Christmas Color

According to the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, 80 percent of all flowering poinsettias in the world get their start in the greenhouses on this coastal city just north of San Diego. The Ecke Ranch ships several million vegetative cuttings to growers in over 50 countries, and finishes thousands of potted flowering plants for Christmas, sold to wholesale and retail florist outlets in California, Arizona and Nevada. In fact, the poinsettia is arguably the most popular potted plant in the world today.

A native of Mexico, the poinsettia had been introduced into the United States in the early 1800s by its namesake, Joel Roberts Poinsett. The poinsettia's yearly cycle of blooming during the winter, near the holiday season, gave Paul Ecke the notion that this would make an ideal official holiday flower. Over the years, Ecke's, and later, his son Paul Jr.'s, tireless cultivation and promotion of the flower grew the popularity of the flower into the holiday symbol that it has become today.

Today, the Paul Ecke Ranch cultivates a wide variety of poinsettias that produce a variety of blooms and an array of different colors. Along with the traditional crimson red, poinsettias now come in pink, white, coral, salmon, and a number of different shades of red.

By the way, the beautifully colored petals really aren't flower petals at all, but actually leaf-like bracts. The yellow centers are the actual flowers! In addition, The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. Studies conducted by The Ohio State University in cooperation with the Society of American Florists concluded that no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home environment. In fact, in 1992, the poinsettia was included on the list of houseplants most helpful in removing pollutants from indoor air. So, not only is the poinsettia a safe and beautiful addition to your holiday decor, it can even help keep your indoor air clean!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Coming Soon to a Chimney Near You!

20 Days to Santa!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Buses and Trucks

Loading post-Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Whole Lotta Hot

Another harvest of scorpion peppers, ghost peppers and cayenne peppers.  That's a spicy... fishball?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Another amazing performance!

Saturday, December 01, 2012