Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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
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
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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
Sunday, June 17, 2012
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
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
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
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
Thursday, June 7, 2012
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 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.