San Diego in Bloom

San Diego in Bloom

San Diego and the whole California state, to me, is the most beautiful place right now to visit. Warm air, clear and bright blue skies, and a sparkling, calm ocean. Spring is a time for renewing our energies! Wake up early and appreciate every moment and feels its rejuvenating powers. Watch nature unfold, turning into fields of super blooms in so many different hues to enchant our eyes and intoxicate us with its fragrance.

Here are a few photos that show just a bit of the beauty around town. Hope you enjoy the photos as much I did taking them.

Wishing you a lovely Spring …

Pink dreamy flowers sprout forth ...
Pink dreamy flowers sprout forth and turn their faces toward the evergreens and sun near my home.
Beautiful carpet of purple and white flowers.
Beautiful carpet of purple and white flowers from the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.
Carpet of multicolored flowers.
Carpet of multicolored flowers from the gardens around town.
View of La Jolla shore.
Spectacular view looking of La Jolla shore.
One of the little beaches in La Jolla.
La Jolla beach has some small beaches that are great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Just be mindful of the large rocks in the sand.

Roses in Bloom

Roses in Bloom

Hello, flower friends!!!

So happy to see Spring is finally here. A new season with beautiful fresh flowers blossoming around the city and a brilliant warm sunshine, welcoming us into this special time. For some of us in other places, the bloom will come later.

Wishing you all a lovely Spring!! (◠‿◠) ¸.◦*´`✿✿

These roses are taking their sweet time to grow, standing elegantly tall in long green, prickly branches. Blue skies mixed with white clouds and mild temperatures, soft breezes and the sounds of birds singing around the gardens. Bees and humming birds happily kissing the flowers in celebration.

These delicate buds of roses are sometimes squeezing their way towards the light, in their effort to worship the sun and thrive.

It’s exciting to see the beginning of life slowly appearing through these buds and transforming into a magical blossoms of different sizes, shapes and hues …

The uniqueness and beauty of two-tone roses is the focal point of the garden. Usually no two are alike, as if they are hand painted, each having their the own specific color combinations. The one below is more bright red and white because cooler climates show more white color. They have fewer thorns, while strong stems allow them to grow upright, yet accented with a soft and sweet fragrance.

Spring in Bloom

Spring in Bloom

It’s sunny in San Diego with beautiful crystal blue water and amazing combinations of colors surrounding our homes and gardens. Spring it’s one of my favorites season. I like to watch the little buds transforming into lovely flowers. Enjoy photographing even the little bees that stop by to kiss the flowers, hearing  the birds singing their melodies that I don’t understand but sounds pleasant and tranquil to my ears. All are precious moments to me. Sometimes when I’m photographing I scare a bit when a rabbit jumps up next to me. But then I see them playing with each other and quickly hide between the bushes when they hear someone approaching.

Also this post is in honor of Mother’s Day, in between I selected a few of my photos to dedicate to all the mothers out there. Wishing each mother in the world an amazing and a magical Mother’s Day! We have to cherish our mommy everyday with respect and love because everyday is Mother’s Day to me.

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Greetings Dear Readers!

Hope you all had a great Easter and enjoyed the weekend with family and loved ones! My holiday was quiet, giving me a chance to rest while still going through tons of photos from my long vacation last year.

Below are some of my favorite moments around the city. You’ll notice by the snapshots that Spring was in full bloom everywhere. The season started in September and going through November. It was a perfect time to visit. The air varies between very fresh to chilly, which meant for me to buy some sweaters to walk around town. But the trip was amazing and very interesting to me to see the other side of the world. Everything is completely different from what I’m accustomed to, but the experience was great nonetheless.

I mean where else would you have to explain to restaurant server what a cup of coffee consists of, or see horses and cows in your neighbors’ backyard.  Not good, not bad, just oddities, differences aside from driving on the wrong side of the street … <SNICKER>

From my experience, this is so far and by far the most environmentally conscious country I’ve yet had the pleasure to visit.

By my photographs you’ll see that I wanted to capture moments different from the average tourist shots. What I saw in the town where people who know to have a good time, eat well, play and share things together. Even the animals and birds seemed more natural and relaxed with lots of green shrubs or seeds to eat. I may write another post about where to eat around Auckland.

Hope you enjoy my photos and let know what do think!

Have a wonderful rest of the week. ☼ღ(◕‿◕)

Little Pony walks on the backyard of the home.

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328m (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline due to its height and unique design.

Auckland harbor.

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love & Mr Lewis Flower shop at Ponsonby Central.

Another angle from the Albert Park.

I saw this adorable cat resting under the shade, I couldn’t resist the snap.

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Albert Park with a view of the Sky City Tower.

A little history about the Western Park: The park dates back to the late-19th century, and is considered one of the city’s most distinguished open spaces. It may be considered Auckland’s oldest Municipal park as the Auckland Domain was created by Central Government. The original parcel of land set aside in 1871 consisted of a coffin-shaped wedge going from Ponsonby Road down to Beresford Street, with access to the park being gained from a very narrow frontage on Ponsonby Road. This was land on each side of the stream, which in pre-European times had been called Tuna-Mau by the local Māori, meaning ‘the trapping of eels’. The stream was one of several which emptied into Freeman Bay, now reclaimed as Victoria Park.

In 1873, the City Council decided to call for a new park design, and declared that the sum of ten guineas/pounds (then quite a sum) would be awarded as prize money to the creator of the winning design. Out of 11 different concepts that were submitted, the ‘Lily of the Valley’ design of Hammond and Blackmore was chosen for the new “City Park”. Western Park, as it was eventually called, was soon finished, at a cost of £200 and in 1874 the City Parks Committee did note that “upwards of 1100 deciduous and coniferous trees of the choicest kind [were] to be planted in the park.”

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand

A close up of Love & Mr Lewis’ flower shop.

Chapel Bar & Bistro – Ponsonby. It’s popular bar and bistro located on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Anglesea Road. When you hang out outside, you have a great view of the Sky Tower. The Chapel is at its best and liveliest on Sunday afternoons and in the evening. If you want to eat at the Chapel, the best time is at lunch when you’ll enjoy a great meal, beer and the decor in a tranquil atmosphere.

2016 - Chapel bar & bistro Auckland New Zealand photo 16 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland – New Zealand

Auckland – New Zealand

Hello March and Welcome to Auckland – New Zealand!

A Brief History

Around 180 million years ago New Zealand broke away from a giant landmass called Gondwana and drifted nearly 3,000km south to where it sits today. Polynesians sailed here in the early 1300s, following their ancestor Kupe, who had named the country Aotearoa – “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman arrived in 1642, naming de land “Nieuw Zeeland.” European settlement began in 1769 with the arrival of British navigator Captain James Cook. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi confirmed New Zealand as a British colony and it became an independent nation in 1947.

Going through photos from my vacation last year to Auckland, I found the coolest suburbs that I’ve yet ever seen. It’s rich in culture with an interesting combination of people from all over the world. The city is kept clean, with an amazing selection of all types of food that are fresh, mostly organic and delicious. From authentic Italian food, to fine Thai, Indian cuisine and even amazing Argentinian BBQ. Japanese food is the best where you can taste the freshness of each bite in every meal that you ordered. You can sit and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying conversation with friends in any open space food court without the hustle and bustle of overcrowded malls and have a great time. There’s a bit of everything for anyone, vintage shops, high end clothes and accessories made from New Zealand’s independent designers that absolutely gorgeous, pricey, but so worth it. Also the city offers great art galleries as well as sometourist oriented gift shops.

People in general are very nice and courteous as much as they are health and environment conscious while enjoying spending their time out with friends, and family. Overall it’s a healthy and beautiful city with a great environment to live in.

2016 - Auckland Waterfront New Zealand photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland Waterfront.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Old Ponsonby Post Office.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

The beautiful Western Park.

2016 - Auckland Nea Zealand photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 7 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

2016 - Auckland New Zealand photo 9 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Albert Park is a public park in central Auckland, popular with students and locals alike. A great place for relaxing in the sun, reading, studying or talking with friends.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand Albert Park photo 10 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Auckland is surrounded by classic homes with a lot of greenery if not gardens.

2016 - Auckland New Zealand 11 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Bella Bohemian at Encinitas Spring Street Faire

Bella Bohemian at Encinitas Spring Street Faire

Oooh la la! Hope you all are having an amazing week…

I’m so excited to let you know that Bella Bohemian is heading this weekend to the Encinitas Street Faire, showing our collections of handmade jewelry, home goods and stationary. We’ll offer a few on sale products, are rare occasion given that we’re celebrating our anniversary with you. Plus lots of gift bags to give away. So come visit if you are in the San Diego area, and meet me in person at our booth and say hello.

Come early, the good stuff goes quickly!

Enjoy your week and more news to come soon.

Bellow are few snaps from this past week, I’ve been working for while on a batch of large size paper flowers that will be hanging inside the both this weekend. Also I created a giant garland of paper flowers to embellish the entrance of the canopy like a arc, that I couldn’t photograph quite yet. I handmade all the goodies that come inside of the gift bags, and all the paper shopping bags are shabby inspired, decorated with lace, and handmade fabric flowers too.

I’m so happy how things turned out so beautifully and colorfully.

Paper Flowers 01 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Behind these paper flower I used real leaves which were dried and painted with grass green,  non-toxic acrylic paint and moss hanging from a fishing line.

Paper Flowers back 02 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Paper Flowers 03 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

Peach Paper Flower 04 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

The center of these paper flower are embellished with real dried flowers.

Paper Flowers close up 05 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bellabohemian-com

April and Easter

April and Easter

Easter and Spring always bring me beautiful memories. It’s this time of the year which I like the most, when the flowers are beginning to blossom and their scent fills the air, intoxicating us. I enjoy watching the every year the surprising choreography of nature’s colors exploding into a full bloom, transforming from a little bud to lush vibrant shapes like a rainbow in the sky. These are accentuated by the dazzling beams of the sun, dancing rhythmically in the Spring breeze, fully alive! It is as though the fickle flurries and whirls blow delicate music through the fields of rainbows, melodies to which birds and butterflies joyfully enter in celebration of that which is life’s ultimate experience …

Houses and gardens are embellished with Easter decorations while from the kitchen oven come divine smells of delicious foods being prepared. Families are happy to spend time together eating, laughing, everyone starts to tell stories. Loving each other around the Easter dinner table, fun games usually are played after the dessert, keeping the festive atmosphere, embracing sweet little moments experienced during this time, grateful …

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter, dearest friends!

❤︎

 

Bougainvillea Glabra Vines - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Garden Bunnies - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

It’s March and I can’t believe those cold winter days are still here in San Diego. We had been receiving lots of days with rain and wind. The mornings are passing by too fast and the evenings are getting longer, and after the rain we noticed a dramatic transformation to beautiful clear blue skies. The ocean is cold uniting with a fresh breeze, sunshine quietly reflects in crystal blue waters, strong sounds of the waves break into cascades of water competing with those enthusiastically surfing the swells as they try to stand-up. Then walk barefooted in the sand feeling the waves washing up your feet watching palm trees dancing playfully and gently with the winds.

I know it’s not Spring yet but I’m celebrating the first signs of Spring with these photos, a  reminder that it’s not too far away.

May a cool breeze and the warmth of the sun refresh your week!

Squirrel on the tree 2015 - photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Lavender Fields 2015 - photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

In the garden 2015 - photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love Nature - 2015 photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Waiting for Spring 2015 - photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

California dream 2015 - photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me