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Bihai beach by priteeboy Bihai beach by priteeboy
Wouldn't mind being here right now.
This was a nice change from My more realistic attempts and allowed Me to use more intense,phsychedelic colours. I guess it has a strong Summer holiday feeling.
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amadeusart Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect.
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this, colors are just right. I have seen skies in the evening like this so it is not impossible. The ocean reflects color as well. The plants, that does happen all the time it depends where you live, in California and Hawaii  have many rich colorful plants. Bird of Paradise, some Cactus flowers, and Marigolds--my favorite. Even the humble Rubber Plant-Ficus Decora has a variegated version--red and yellow through its leaves. All in all a most possible place, Lets go there!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a bird of paradise in my garden actually. They are my favourite kind of orange and look great in the afternoon when the sunlight passes through them, making them look almost like they're glowing. Cacti and succulents are interesting too, I have a smaller garden just for those, they seem to come in the biggest variety of leaf-colours and I like them because they look like corals or alien plants, but they too occasionally surprise me with the unexpected flower :)

Marigolds are good, though here they're just an annual flower that can't be expected to last longer than 5-6 months, I try to invest my money and limited garden space into plants that are more permament ^^; But when it comes to flowering plants I tend to go for colours such as orange and pink the most, they always grab my attention :)
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had one in California and a Banana tree as well, we really didn't get any Banana's because the climate is more Mediterranean than tropical so they will grow but won't produce Bananas, some people have tried but California Banana's are a bit hard to come by, Ha Ha. Our claim to fame was of course Oranges, Lemons, Limes, and Avocado's. We had Prickly Pear, Barrel, and Saguaro Cactus. As far as Succulents go, we had Jade plants and Ice plant which came from Southern Africa. The Ice plant is very favored because it doesn't burn like regular plant material and that is very important in California because of all the Fires. It had been listed as an invasive species but now is getting recognized as a home saver. Of course I had to have a Palm tree, a Mexican Fan version although Date Palms and Hawaiian Palms grow as well, San Diego has a large park -- Balboa Park-- which was started in the early part of the last century and has an very extensive collection of flora. San Diego to Los Angeles has Eucalyptus trees, they were brought up from Australia and were going to be hewn into Railroad ties but that didn't work out. They spread through the region but now some type disease is taking its toll on them sadly.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same situation here with the banana trees. They can grow here, but not produce actual bananas. When winter gets the better of them their leaves look a bit frayed and frost-bitten too, making them not so pretty by Winter's end. But a healthy tree will grow a new set of leaves soon enough afterwards and they once again get that lush tropical look (which they have all the time in the actual tropics :XD:) Oddly enough, they seem to be affiliated with "poor" communities though, I only ever see banana trees in the yards of...lets say - less desirable homes and neighbourhoods to be in :paranoid: Maybe that could be because they're cheap to obtain, a lot of other palm tree types can be quite expensive, particularly the rarer or more slow-growing varieties. I kinda wished I planted "Bottle palms" in my garden instead of common "Bungalow Palms", but not having seen any Bottle palms around locally, I wasn't sure I would have any success growing them, they are less cold-tolerant than the Bungalow Palm (which I see lots of here) and mine are making some good progress anyway. Plus the ones I chose do grow faster, I don't want to wait 'till I'm 70 to see them at their best :iconshakecaneplz:

I google searched Balboa park and it looks great :) I even saw a lone Eucalyptus tree standing out in the middle of a garden, which looks healthier than any of the ones I see in my area where they are supposed to grow best :lmao: It's always strange seeing Australian trees and plants growing in other countries, even just as the occasional garden specimen. Everybody wants what they don't get a lot of - all of my favourite plants are from all over the world except Australia :lol: But I will give this continent credit for being home to the Grass Tree westaust.net/photos/components… which looks like a cross between a palm tree and a Joshua tree, but they are rare, expensive and take a year just to add barely an inch of new growth, plus they have a low survival rate when moved from one area to another, so I reluctantly passed on getting one of those ^^;
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

In California too it was the less affluent areas that had them but still they made for a nice coverage better than a bare spot piled with junk. We had tree nurseries out in California and most of the Palms were juveniles. No one really had any babies, people want their trees now! When they redid the Railway Station in San Diego large Palms were brought in, thing is back in the 1940's there were Palms already! They were removed but with a change in attitude in railway travel there they are making the area again a very pleasant spot to be. Los Angeles Station always had courtyards where you could go and sit, Bird of Paradise, Ficus, and other flowering plants are there. Even during the decline of rail service the station and its plant life was attended to but not so much as now a days, its good to see this. The freeways out there are in many parts are landscaped, it is nice but I'd rather see light rail trams running and tear up the concrete and go to small safe electric vehicles--smart cars for city mobility. It could be done but Big Oil and politicians will fight anything like that. Its all about money--as usual and how much they can steal from the electorate.

Balboa park is awesome plus many guys go there and sun themselves--nice scenery no matter what!

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose if I had money to spare I'd buy mature-sized trees and plants for my gardens too. I suppose you can't blame someone for not wanting to wait 20 years before their tree reaches a decent size. But maybe I'm able to be patient because I'm younger so I should have enough time left to see them at their best. Plus I fertilize and water as much as I can to accelerate the process. Even the tougher plant types which can last on their own will always grow a bit faster if someone looks after them :nod:

These days I'm noticing new roads and suburbs are taking the importance of plants and gardens into account here too. No matter how much society grows and develops, I think people always like seeing some green in their urban areas. A city without trees or gardens looks grey and miserable no matter how well-maintained it is. These days I think developers know this and so they are using trees and plants as decorative assets to make new areas more pleasant to look at, people are willing to pay more to live in an area if it looks nicer after all ;) Some developers in my area are even smart enough to plant the trees before starting the actual buildings, so that way the trees would have already started growing by the time the properties become available to buyers :house:

Oil companies and politics are partially to blame for the severe lack of popularity in electric cars. But there's also a social stigma attached to them too which can't be blamed on anyone else but society itself. Electric cars are considered "wussy" cars to the self-proclaimed hot-rods out there who hate the thought of giving up their overpowered machines. But in a city environment where nobody even gets a chance to go faster than 50 - who really needs a car capable of going 300! :disbelief:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You have rekindled my interest in plants. Moving to Michigan literally killed it for me, a lot of Hardwoods and Junipers, few really true ornamental plants plus nothing here gives off an aroma when it blooms. I miss that very much. Bonsai would be nice to get into but our nurseries around here don't really get into it. It would be nice to have a Greenhouse but energy costs here and the weather make it a very expensive proposition. The best anyone does around here is to grow Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and maybe some Peas or Beans or Corn. Everyone has these in their gardens so there is no shortage of such.

In California that is the way our subdivisions were laid out. California is very landscape conscious. I know I appreciate even more since it isn't done here, too much snow and you have to have a place to put it. Now the big thing here is to put in brick sidewalks, come Winter the water seeps down the cracks and will push them up making for an unbalanced walk way, still they do it. A few new suburban areas here are getting some landscaping but mostly it is trees and brush that is around and people are left on their own to plant, sometimes with disaster results! Everyone has their own idea of what looks good and then there are some who just don't care. This in my opinion is not a pretty area but rather dull and boring, the houses are much the same, the house across the street from me is plain bone ugly but it is 60 years old as is my house, they didn't build here to be pretty just functional. Any place that has Winter and a depressed economy is the same through out the eastern U.S., unless your local economy is going good not much happens and that include upgrading the looks--too expensive and cities can't afford it anymore. Some our Parks are closed because of such.

Call me a wussy then, I don't need 300 horsepower or 300 miles an hour, just an Auto that has a good heater and runs well and easy to maintain. I don't need an ego booster or call attention to myself, know me not my car.

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually it was bonsai trees that got me interested in growing plants in general. Got my first bonsai from a show when I was 14, I'd still have it today if my mother didn't forget to water it while I was away from home for two weeks back in 2009 (I think) It was only a sall, cheap Juniper tree - which are most commonly sold as bonsai trees but probably make some of the best ones. Junipers and conifers in general (well, the ones with small needles) make the most classic-looking bonsai trees and they're evergreen so they don't look like death in inter :XD: They are also easier to look after and have a better survival rate among bonsai "n00bs" like I was. I have lost a few maples and azaleas but never any conifer trees which always stand strong in both heat and cold, it's no wonder that almost half the world's forests are composed of them :strong: But I still prefer deciduous and flowering trees more because of their interesting seasonal displays, makes it worth having them "naked" for a few months of the year I think, but I have a pretty even mix of both. Ficus or "fig" trees have a very good success rate too, but only in warmer climates like mine. In colder areas they could be brought inside for the Winter though. Indeed finding good ones for sale is tough (and expensive) that's why i learned how to make my own using ordinary garden shrubs and young trees which are normally bought for planting in the garden, but if you know what you're doing you can start a bonsai out of one and pot it up yourself, it's cheaper and gives you more choice in tree-types :D

My house is about 60-something years old too :lol: in fact, all but one house on my street are pretty old, but it's a small street though and I think developers have eyes on it for the future since this town is growing and if it ever becomes a proper city, my street will be close to the centre and so it could be worth a lot in years to come. The land my house is on is worth more than the house itself I think :XD:
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xSparkledust123x Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I like how the water changes colour the further away it gets...
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