Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Setting out south in a brisk wind.
Native flora thriving in the sand.
On the top of the bluff.
Above, a native California wildflower that looks more like a salt water sea anemone. And below, a fork in the trail that wound through abundant purple statice and ubiquitous pickleweed, both abuzz with busy bees.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
With yesterday's wind the waves were blown out, so rather than paddle out for a surf, my daughter joined me for a walk on the beach. What little rain we had this season brought out some beautiful native California wildflowers, growing hardily in the sand.
We walked as far south as the incoming tide would allow us and then hiked to the top of the cliff for views up and down the coast.
And took turns taking pictures of each other.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
These designs are circa 1897, made by Maurice Gaudin, his interpretation of periwinkle flowers. The designs lend themselves to so many uses - textiles, tiles, stencils. Even the color combinations are inspiring.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Close to the stairs, a passel of surfers were in a world of their own.
Sea life, pretty in pink.
Two very sunburnt tourists were happily posing for an unseen photographer.
The tide was high and kept me up close to the cliff, choosing a path between moss covered rocks. Below, two fellows were giving a woman surfing instructions, oblivious to the futility of learning to surf without getting wet.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
That's me in the front yard of my childhood home in the early 1950s. Our little cottage was across the street from the cliffs that rise above the ocean. My current home is a few blocks away, so it was easy to swing by and stand in almost the exact same spot to take a picture of what the neighborhood looks like now, below - wall to wall houses.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Photograph by Lewis Hine. His captions reads:
"Home work on tags. Home of Martin Gibbons, 268 [?] Centre Street, Roxbury Mass. James 11, years old; Helen 9 years and Mary 6, work on tags. Helen said she could tie the most (5,000 a day at 30 cents). Mary does some but can do only 1000 a day. They work nights a good deal. The night before Helen and James worked until 11:00 P.M. See also Home Work report. Location: Roxbury, Massachusetts."
Saturday, April 14, 2012
One more look at what the beach was like earlier this week. Above, a very worn shell, tumbled ashore countless times.
There were scores of honey bees stranded on the sand. Migrating perhaps, or drawn onto the sand by instinct?
Heading up the stairs for home, a final look south and west.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Earlier this week, my daughter took me along for a walk on the beach while she surfed. The waves had some size, so there was mist in the air from the foam. Looking up the cliff to the east, however, it was clear as a bell.
Schools seem to stagger their spring breaks now, so there were some tourists about.
There were rooms available at the Worm Motel.
The cliffs are always eroding and a new face had appeared since my last walk.
The cliff was showing off its stripes and moss.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lamb's Ear is grown more for it's velvety leaves than for its relatively nondescript flowers. The grayish green leaves glow silver in a certain light and are sure to delight any children who may visit your garden. It's a reliable perennial and easily grown.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The caption to this Lewis Hine photograph reads:
"9 year old girl carrying garments down Blackstone Street, Boston, Mass., to a Hanover Street home. She finishes 8 pairs of trousers a day and gets 8 cents a piece. Location: Boston, Massachusetts."