Saturday, June 30, 2012


A 3 minute journey back in time to the marble quarry that provided the material for the Lincoln Memorial and, half a century later, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Thanks to Ace of Spades for the tip.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

A seascape by American Impressionist Anders Gisson.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


My daughter captured these shots of Thomas, our visiting cat friend, staked out beneath the bird bath in her garden.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


We stopped for burgers while out on errands this week and had just pulled up along the shore when the squirrel brigade appeared, eager for french fries.

The sea gulls were quick to join in.

One last stop at our favorite fruit stand, bursting with berries galore.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

An outstanding color combination by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, in this stylized crown imperial flower, circa 1897.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

On The Beach Again

Random pictures from a random walk on the beach. Stairs, above, off limits.

Waves washing over creature-encrusted reefs and below, another moss splotched rock teeming with life.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Another Walk In The Neighborhood

The goose up the hill is an unpleasant creature, always charging the fence when we pass and honking up a storm.

Lots of flowers blooming this time of year, including bougainvillea, below.

An odd, striped fruit on a citrus tree - perhaps a grafted combo of lemon and lime.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flora & Fauna In The Neighborhood

There was a lot to see walking in the neighborhood yesterday afternoon. The grapevines that grow along a fence were just starting to bear fruit.

One of the Shetland ponies that lives up the hill was out of his corral, mowing the lawn. As we stood at the fence, he shambled closer.

Walking down the hill for home we saw a curious cat with a crooked tail, too busy working a hole in the field to look up.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First Day Of Summer

This picture of my daughter may be a couple years old now, but it still captures the essence of a southern California summer, which officially started yesterday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday On The Beach

Looking south from the point where my daughter was surfing, seeing some sunny skies.

The first day of summer, school is out and tourists are making the most of it. There were lots of kids cavorting.

The tide was outgoing and left behind plenty of interesting rocks.

A nautical still life with feather.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Monk's Head flowers, by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, published in 1897.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fathers' Day

My dad can do a lot of things - build a house, run a surfboard factory, stay happily married to the same woman (my mom) for 64 years, even keep his sense of humor raising 2 teenage daughters in the 1960s. It's said you can pick your friends but not your family. Well, we definitely would have picked him.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

Ixias are a favorite bulb. A native of South Africa, they naturalize here and multiple in place year after year. They're one of those rare bulbs you can cut down to the ground once they finish blooming without negatively impacting next year's blossoms.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

Long may it wave, "o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave".

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Day In World War II

On June 14, 1940, this Frenchman wept as the Nazis marched into Paris and began their four year occupation.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Walking In The Neighborhood

California poppies are still going strong but getting ready to go to seed.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

Columbines look good even when they're not in bloom, with a lacy, fern like open foliage that rises above other plants. If you want the plant to reseed, wait until the flower stalk dries completely, cut it away and wave the pods upside down across your flower border - no need to even plant the seeds, as the hardiest will find their own way. The flowers look delicate, but they are much hardier than they appear.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Another painting, "Ocean Breezes" by American Edward Henry Potthast.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This Week On The Beach

We parked under the golden lotus tower, made our way down the cliff side stairs and while my daughter paddled out for a surf, my path led north along the shore.

Summer doesn't officially start for another couple weeks, but tourists are already enjoying the sunny days.

There was an uncommon patch of verbena growing wild and purple on the bluff.

There had been a serious slide since my last walk. The cliffs are unstable and always in a state of flux.

My daughter, heading up the stairs for home.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

This Day In World War II

This day in 1944 was D-Day. The Allies launched a massive assault on the French coast that would prove to be the turning point of the war. These color pictures were taken just days afterward. Above, American soldiers ate their rations on stacks of ammunition.

Above, stockpiling fuel for pressing forward. And below, French citizens posing with American soldiers.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Gourds, as stylized by Camille Gabrielle Schlumberger for publication in 1897.

One subject with three totally different interpretations.