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May 7th, 2012

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May 7th, 2012, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


Honey bees Apis mellifera

 

Bee ball

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May 6th, 2012

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May 6th, 2012, South Park, San Diego, CA

Alatocaerulea Passionflower also known as Imperatrice Eugenie is a Hybrid, Passiflora x belotii, between Passiflora alata and Passiflora caerulea. Dr. Lindley, in 1824, named this hybrid, Passiflora alato-caerulea, and over the years it has been given other names, Passiflora munroi, Passiflora pfortii, Passiflora x belotii. Today one of the most common names is Passionflower "Imperatrice Eugenie" in dedication to the wife of the Emperor, Napoleon III.

The Penta-symmetry, combined with the colors and the complexity fo the reproductive structures, makes this passionflower a botanical beauty and very interesting for macro photography.

"Imperatrice Eugenie"

 

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May 5th, 2012

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May 5th, 2012, South Park, San Diego, CA

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi is a common and easily observed from central Washington, through Western Oregon, Califronia and into the Northern part of Baja California. The squirrel is found in Plains, small meadow, Tree-covered Hillsides, canyons, and Rocky outcrops. It is a large squirrel, with the upper parts mottled a mantle with light gray running from the ears back onto the shoulders, the underside is lighter. The fur around the eyes is whitish, while that around the ears is black. They live in Burrows (And in some cases like the photo they occupay buildings) communally but each individual has his own entrance.

 

California ground squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

 

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May 4th, 2012

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May 4th, 2012, Golden Hill, San Diego, CA

 

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May 3rd, 2012

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May 3rd, 2012, La Jolla, San Diego, CA


Harbor or common seal (Phoca vitulina) is the most common and widely distributed seal, They are found in coastal areas of the north Pacific and North Atlantic. Five separate subespecies are recognized, based principally on geographic distribution. The subespecies are: 1. Eastern Atlantic Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina vitulina; 2. Western Atlantic Harbor Seal phoca vitulina concolor; 3. Eastern Pacific Harbor Seal phoca vitulina richardii; 4. Western Pacific Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina stejnegeri; 5. Ungava Seal phoca vitulina mellonae.


There is much variation in the pelage pattern (as you can see it in the photo). Some seals are light tan or silver with scatered dark spots; Others are black with scattered light, incomplete rings. Harbor seals stick to familiar resting spots or haulout sites like the seal colony, like the one on the photo in Casa Beach/ Children's pool in La Jolla, CA

 

Harbor seal phoca vitulina richardii

 

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May 2nd, 2012

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May 2nd, 2012, South Park, San Diego, CA


Anna's hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Southern California and one of the only three species that are permanent residents of US or Canada.

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

 

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May 1st, 2012

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May 1st, 2012, South Park, San Diego, CA

 

Complementary colors

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April 30th, 2012

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April 30th, 2012, South Park, San Diego, CA

Couple of snail on a passiflora or passion flower. (Passiflora incarnata)

 

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April 29th, 2012

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April 29th, 2012, Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA

 

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