An assignment at Eufloria Flowers meant flying into San Francisco first - it was a hardship, but everyone survived.
When in San Francisco, the Hotel Triton is a great place to stay. Near the gateway to Chinatown, the Triton features a funky decor demonstrated by the pink lighting in the elevator.
Artwork abounds at the Triton. This mural in the lobby features the hotel's namesake.
At left, the 'fountain' at the hotel entrance. At right, J prepares for the day's big adventure south on highway 1., seated in a chair reminiscent of J's familiar coiffure.
RESTAURANT TIP: Cortez, a restaurant and bar located at the Hotel Adagio (550 Geary St, ph: 415-292-6360) features amazing cuisine and the famous Cucumber Gimlet - made with house cucumber infused vodka - perhaps J's favorite drink of all time. Don't miss it!
After a morning of driving we stopped for lunch in Santa Cruz. J noted the Fresh Seafood that was available.
A beautiful day greeted us at our break on the boardwalk...
...as did this sea lion catching some rays under the dock.
Highway 1 provides many opportunities to appreciate the powerful California coastline. We took several breaks to do so. At right - project photographer and 'artiste' David Ellison contemplates the next shot. "You're awfully close to the edge Davey." J warned.
J, seated perilously close to the edge, takes a closer look at the Pacific. At right, 'fuchsia', from a gorgeous little garden outside a souvenir shop in Big Sur.
"Nice use of foreground element." Our leisurely drive ended at the Spyglass Inn, so after a good night's rest the familiar flower goddess welcomed us to Eufloria Flowers.
J visits with Lili, the General Manager (and so much more) at Eufloria. At right, Sales and Marketing Rep. Jennifer, made sure we had what we needed all during the shoot in the conference room.
David (left) demonstrates his deceptively simple photography technique. "It's as big as my head!" J exclaimed about the Yellow Island bloom at right.
Jennifer, Sales Manager Chad and J discuss the project. Everyone took great care of us during our time at Eufloria, including a delicious catered meal at Chad's home. When we think of Eufloria, we think of not only the world's most beautiful roses, but also the warmest hospitality. At right David digs into the home-made fish tacos - incredible!
Kelly and David go for seconds on the fish tacos, with fish caught by Eufloria owner Andy. At right Rob (Sales and Marketing) and J discuss the shoot.
A portion of one cutting awaits hand-grading. At right David documents one of the careful practices at Eufloria Flowers.
A visit to a local farmer's market nets an amazing dozen Eufloria Roses. Look for the planet's most beautiful roses at California farmer's markets.
Jennifer bids J farewell as the shoot wraps. The photo shoot at Eufloria Flowers was a great opportunity that also proved to be a most fun experience for everyone. At right, J enjoys the sunset.
One last stop on our way back up Highway 1 - the truly fantastic dining room at the Madonna Inn. When in San Luis Obispo do not miss it - even if you can't stay to dine. Check out the famous waterfall men's restroom, too.
And last but not least...a fitting farewell from a flower adorned taxi driver, Lizzi. Lizzi wore a flower in her hair one day and decided to keep doing it every day thereafter.
A true flower fan! It was a great cab ride to the airport - and a special way to end our visit to California! Thanks again Lizzi!