The beauty of a rain soaked garden, Descanso Gardens, February 11, 2017

The rains bring a unique kind of beauty to the gardens.  The flowers bow their heads heavy with water droplets, and the oak trees create a sprinkle of showers below as the wind blows through their rain soaked leaves.  Underneath the oaks, graceful calla lilies have started to emerge unfolding in an ethereal vision of pure white against the earth toned backdrop of the forest.  This is an enchanted time to walk through the camellia trees which are canopied by magnificent oaks.  The camellia forest is in full bloom and displays pure white flowers along with vibrant shades of pink and red just in time for Valentine's Day.  It's like walking through a fairy tale!  Throughout the rose garden bright yellow daffodils are popping up everywhere spreading their message of new beginnings, rebirth and an introduction to mother earth who is now beginning to burst forth with new life.  

 The camellia forest looks lovely when the petals fall.

The camellia forest looks lovely when the petals fall.

 The calla lilies are starting to bloom.  These are in a secret spot off the beaten path.  This shot was taken from a distance, as I did not want to walk off the trail and risk destroying the vegetation.

The calla lilies are starting to bloom.  These are in a secret spot off the beaten path.  This shot was taken from a distance, as I did not want to walk off the trail and risk destroying the vegetation.

 Daffodils heavy with rain.

Daffodils heavy with rain.

 My favorite trail.  It's very quiet here in the oaks.  I like to stop here and listen to the birds and meditate.

My favorite trail.  It's very quiet here in the oaks.  I like to stop here and listen to the birds and meditate.

 Tiny white flowers blooming in the grass.

Tiny white flowers blooming in the grass.