Monday, February 28, 2011

Walking In The Neighborhood



From the hill behind our house, we get just the barest peek of ocean.



There's a lot going on with the vegetation, even in winter. Cactus apples are ripening.



Succulents are colorful all year and more and more popular for landscaping, with water rationing still in effect.



Hibiscus flowers bloom all year, too, and there's always some type of citrus fruit to be had.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Getting His Game On



The Cardiff Kook was recently decked out in sports attire.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ahead Of The Storm



On the way to the beach yesterday we passed some California poppies growing wild in a culvert along the railroad tracks.



The weatherman says there's a 100% chance of rain this weekend, so we hauled beach rocks 3 days in a row, to beat the storm.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Random Pictures



Raindrops caught in a spider's web in a bougainvillea that grows on the hill behind our house.



A cluster of mussels on a reef at low tide.



The detail of an old enameled box on the fireplace mantel.



Watching as the sun departs another day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Sparkling Afternoon



The beach was nearly deserted yesterday afternoon. The north wind was blowing strong and cold.



The afternoon light made the surface of the water sparkle.



We were on a mission - collecting beach rocks for garden projects. My daughter was looking for large dark ones to line a walkway. Mine needed to be small and flat for attaching to a wall.



A single wild stock was blooming among the rocks, oblivious to the salty air, thriving where it grew.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's Blooming In Winter



Rose mallow blooms all year in this area. When fully opened, the flowers look like miniature hibiscus. They're even beautiful in their decline and when the flower is spent, as is the one above, it will drop away cleanly.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hail!



We had a nice drumming of hail at dawn, pinging and bouncing on the patio tiles.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Into The Sea



Yesterday at dawn, the full moon slipped behind feathered fronds, into the storm tossed sea.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happiness Is A Warm Bun



Another stormy Saturday, another drive up the coast for burgers to eat on the bluffs while watching the storm roll in.



Looking south, the ocean was gray and roiling with white caps.



To the west, as the day's light faded, even the birds that usually sail by on the updrafts had taken shelter elsewhere.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Between Storms



We've had a day of sunshine between rainstorms - a chance to get into the yard and take a closer look at what's blooming. The gophers ate most of the Dutch irises this year, but happily, the freesias are back, filling the garden with one of the sweetest scents of spring. Oddly, the one above is growing sideways, along the patio, instead of up.



This one is growing upright, while the one below is pushing its way forward through the shell ginger leaves.

Friday, February 18, 2011

What's Cooking?



Up before dawn on a rainy morning... That calls for home made chocolate chips cookies, improvised with what was on hand - cranberries instead of raisins and coconut instead of walnuts.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And The Sky Is Gray



It's arid enough here that any rain is most welcome. And sometimes a rainy day is just what is needed to wrap up assorted projects and start something new!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's Blooming In Winter



There's no such thing as too many daffodils...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Sunset From Outer Space



This photograph is courtesy of NASA, taken from the International Space Station by the crew of Expedition 15. NASA describes it thus: ..."the Sun's limb still peeks above the distant horizon as seen from Earth orbit. Clouds appear in silhouette as the sunlight is reddened by dust in the dense lower atmosphere. Molecules in the more tenuous upper atmosphere are preferentially scattering blue light".

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ladybugs And The Deep Blue Sea



We had another week of clear days with temperatures in the 70s - beach weather! The sunshine brought a lot of ladybugs down onto the sand - they may have been migrating and decided to stay.



This day's walk was where so many of my childhood and teenage days were spent. That's me, below, some 50 years ago, on the same beach, similarly engrossed by the sea and sand.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

American Old West Saloons - #25 In a Series



When this picture was taken in 1919, the last standing structure in Teller, Colorado was the former saloon and dance hall. Standing out front, Mr. & Mrs. William Kerr and their son. Mr. Kerr had been one of the original stake holders back in 1879 when the mining boom first started.

The photo is courtesy of the Denver Public Library.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Long But Interesting



An interesting take on our failed education system by Sir Ken Robinson, animated by Canada's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Thanks to Dr.John Tierney for the heads up.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sleeping It Off



Thomas stopped by earlier this week, had a bite to eat and vanished. We found him stretched out, fast asleep.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time Flies



They say time flies when you're having fun. It seems to fly even faster when you're watching your child have fun! Another happy birthday rolls around, celebrated in the water and out.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What's Blooming In Winter



The fuchsias aren't doing so hot. Whereas they were lush and full all last summer, they've gotten woody and lean, still putting out blossoms but with very little foliage. If a cutting back this month doesn't promote new growth this spring, they may get the boot.

Monday, February 7, 2011

More City Scenes



It's hard to capture the vitality of the street from the back seat of the passing car.



Odd and a bit disconcerting.



Loved the aqua and pink building - the blankets, not so much.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

100 Years Ago Today



One of the giants of the 20th century, one of our greatest presidents, born 100 years ago today.

"I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts." Ronald Reagan

Saturday, February 5, 2011

American Old West Saloons - #24 In a Series



Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado, at the corner of Myers Avenue and Third Street, circa 1893.

Photo courtesy of The Denver Public Library

Friday, February 4, 2011

On The Road Again



Business took us on the road again this week.



Yikes! That is one scary looking bride!