Although Saturday is my errand day, I try to squeeze in some photography and so headed off to Torrance, California, for a quick visit to the Pine Wind Japanese garden (where they've removed the water lilies I was anticipating and they were setting up for a wedding). Madrona Marsh Preserve is nearby, so I went there to find that the marsh is temporarily closed due to a possibility of mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus!
Between those two locations I ended up having my car's front tires replaced because one had a seriously split sidewall and the other's tread was low. I was thinking my day was really shot but decided to walk through the California native garden next to the Madrona Marsh visitor center, even though the sun was a little too high and hot for ideal photographic light. My humble homemade diffuser made this capture of red buckwheat, native to Catalina Island, possible without burn-out. The gray bokeh comes from Catalina silverlace foliage in the background. Size reference: the individual blossom clusters are about 3/4 inch in diameter. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 400, diffused bright sun, handheld)