A Gorgeous Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano


It’s been a couple years since I’ve walked the grounds of the Jewel of the California Mission’s, Mission San Juan Capistrano. They don’t call it the “Jewel” for nothing, it is a very beautiful Mission indeed (my favorite).Β  The flowers were not in full bloom, but they are definitely blooming and so beautiful. I plan to go back in May when spring is in full swing. I saw one Monarch Butterfly today, but it was camera shy, so I really want to go back for some butterfly shots. I did, however, get a shot of a very outgoing Blue Bellied Lizard flexing his muscles for me, and showing off his beautiful blueish/purple scales! I’ve never seen a lizard like that before!Β  πŸ™‚

Here are some of my favorite shots of today. I used both my Canon Mark III and my iPhone 6s+. I am continually impressed with the quality of my iPhone. I used the iPhone for some of the landscape & architecture shots, and my MIII for the florals. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Renew


Every now and then I take a trip down memory lane by browsing through my huge archive of photos from the past 16 years. I started my interest in photography long before I was a mother, but as soon as my first child was born that was when my interest became a hobby, and eventually my business.Β  I love to reminisce through all my photos most importantly to reflect on my boy’s childhood and to (cry) marvel in how much they have grown.Β  There’s always a story to be told with each photo. Some photos make me laugh, others make me cry and some make me scratch my head thinking, “Why didn’t and do anything with these photos before?”.Β  Some photos just didn’t grab my attention back when I first shot them, but tonight I came across a few that really stood out and begged for some special touches. This series is called “Renew” which I will share here and add more as I work on them.Β  Working on these photos rekindled a passion for floral photography.Β  I guess it’s time for new projects and new memories with my new camera.