About singlikewildflowers

Writing and daydreaming have always been two of my favorite things to do. I've been an avid journal writer since junior high school. It was a way for me to survive the complex world of being a Korean-American female straddling two cultures. Journal writing continued through graduate school, but that luxury is now replaced with multitasking to raise and homeschool two young kids. As the self-proclaimed domestic C.E.O. of our home, personal reflection occurs mostly in my subconscious dreams, during solo grocery shopping runs, or when my husband Chris takes the kids to Costco for an afternoon trip.

Flower of the day: August 11, 2020. Pepper tree

On a recent park walk, my friend pointed out a large tree with drooping leaves and little berries on its branches as a pepper tree. I didn’t know what to expect since the bulbs were yellow and had no resemblance to a peppercorn. But when I rubbed the yellow bulb between my fingers, it released that distinct spicy smell. When I looked it up online, this pepper is called “pink peppercorn“; it’s an altogether different kind of pepper than commonly used in cooking.

My friend didn’t know it was a pepper tree until her mother pointed it out to her last month. I love how knowledge is passed down and we can keep learning from each other. Now that tree has more significance to me and my kids (since I had to take them to smell it).

Thanks Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge!

Flower of the day: August 9, 2020. Rose garden

We found these pretty blooms in a petite but unexpectedly spacious park in San Jose. All kinds of colorful roses were growing in rows regularly tended by volunteers. If you weren’t specifically looking for this park, it’d be easy to overlook. It’s nestled inside a charming neighborhood; from the exterior, it looks like someone’s very large and well-maintained yard.

It was a quick peripheral stroll with the family, but it seemed like a photo shoot outing for families and couples

Others vistors relaxed on the grass, either reading, napping, or drawing, between rows of roses. What alarmed me was that many park goers did not adhere to the mask rule even though a large official sign (visitors need to wear masks) was placed near the entrance.

We got nervous about this, but decided it would be okay: it’s outdoors; groups of people were unto themselves; and we wore masks; and maintained social distance.

It stirred mixed emotions of frustration and sadness that many people were not taking the COVID-19 precautions seriously. I realize that some individuals cannot wear masks due to health reasons but all those people couldn’t have had that reason. At least groups of people were spread out inside the park.

It’s been hard to stay home when the weather is this lovely and summer vacation is almost ending.

Here are some pictures of my finds, and I hope you all have a happy and safe rest of the weekend!

Thanks Cee for hosting this challenge! Have a great rest of the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

City Sonnet Photo Challenge: August 7, 2020. Tranquil

Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz

The rocky yet relatively flat walk to the tidepool area is stable and full of history in its formation. After a frightful fall on a mossy rock in La Jolla Cove a few years back, I prefer safe walking surfaces.
Tidepool area at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz
A nature path to the right at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz. Calm under the canopy of trees with rays of sunshine.
Tranquil hiding spots for tidepool creatures.

This post is for City Sonnet’s photo-a-day challenge. Thanks for hosting!

Flower of the day: August 6, 2020. Using long lens

Using the long lens for the first time
Surprised at the clarity. It was interesting to walk looking through the camera because everything seemed closer that it was. Filter free pics.
Ellis’ attempt at the flower using the long lens camera. The strap around her neck pulled down her small frame and she could barely hold up the camera. I wish I had taken a picture of her like that but I was too nervous she’d fall face forward if I wasn’t holding onto her shoulder. Is it obvious I’m overprotective?!

This entry is for Cee’s FOTD photo challenge! This is my first time using the badge and putting FOTD in the tag. Whoohoo, learning slowly here.

Thanks and have a good Thursday. ๐Ÿ™‚