Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
There's a new color of coreopsis out - it's an icy yellow with burgundy around the center. Coreopsis is a great perennial, easily grown with abundant blossoms perfect for bouquets. Be sure and dead head as the season progresses and you'll have even more blooms.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
We took a shortcut to the beach, veering off the path, below, and making our way down a short stretch of sandstone cliff.
There was not a lot of blue sky, so the water looked more gray than usual.
The old cypress trees that grow along the Coast Highway are bent and gnarled from years of onshore winds.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
We were amazed how many people were on the beach yesterday, especially given there's been a red tide running for over a week.
We walked below the campgrounds, north of here, and there were tons of people in the water and on the sand, despite how murky the water was, with the normally white wave foam turned a sludge brown.
We were surprised to see an octopus washed ashore.
And doubly surprised to see a second.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Summer's over, the tourists have headed home and the best surf of the year is commencing. Some of my favorite surf shots of seasons past, of two of my favorite people - my daughter Amanda and favorite neighbor Kevin.
They go for it in cold or warm water, wind or calm, sunny or gray skies.
It's wonderful for me to see them do what they love.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The little bud above opens into a surprisingly beautiful flower - the portulaca.
Although it's an annual, not a perennial, it is drought tolerant and as an added bonus, flowers of multiple colors bloom on the same plant. It's a low grower, so works best at the front of the border or in a rock garden.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The setting sun lights up one of the last of the columbines blooming in this summer's garden. It takes 2 years to get the first blossom, but this is a carefree grower and easy sower - a great addition to a flower border.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Yesterday we had the most welcome surprise - summer rain! Not much more than a smatter, but it was our first rain since May. The hummingbird, below, was undeterred. Rain or no, he was determined to stake his claim on the feeder.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
That's my truck, above, in 1987, loaded down with Victorian walnut and quarter-sawn oak furniture from a buying trip for my antiques store. The same truck, below, photographed yesterday. The tailgate has rusted through in a few spots and the headliner is torn and sags, but it continues to serve me well, still on the road and going strong nearly 25 years on.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
We've spent days getting the stock room organized, stacking floor to ceiling on our new shelves.
The goal has been to become more efficient.
The vintage millinery is still my favorite, all tucked away in drawers to keep from fading and dust.