Monday, February 28, 2011
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
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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
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
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
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
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
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
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
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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".
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
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
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
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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
Sunday, February 6, 2011
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