Thursday, February 28, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach

Yesterday was one of those epic southern California days.  My daughter took me along while she went for a surf, with endless sun and sand and wind feathered waves rolling in one after the other.  The weatherman is calling for temps to hit the low 80s this weekend - sounds good!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Another Day, Another Moonset

Another winter moonset, as the sunrise pinkens the sky.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It's All A Blur

In the predawn western sky, the full moon is big and bright, out the patio window.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What's Blooming In Winter

Nasturtiums have been blooming nonstop, but they're especially prolific now that Spring is so close.  These are out the backdoor on the patio.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Anna's Hummingbird

An Anna's hummingbird, common to these parts,  captured by local wildlife photographer, Chris Mayne.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Out The Kitchen Window

Out the kitchen window, things are starting to green up.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Looking Back

This is the old train station in town, where my dad worked as a telegrapher after he served in the Navy in the Solomon Islands during World War II.  He enlisted on his 17th birthday.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Heat Wave

We had temps in the low 80s on Saturday.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Winter Dawn

Out the living room window, a winter sunrise.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What's Blooming In Winter

The garden isn't exactly bursting with flowers this winter, but the golden feathers, above, are still going strong.

The trumpet vine never stopped blooming this season.  Sweet alyssum, below, can always be counted on to spread like weeds.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Back On The Beach

What a difference a few days can make.   The storm came and went and now we're back to our more typical sunny winter days - ideal for a walk on the beach.  Curlews were out in full force, working rich veins of sand crabs revealed by the outgoing tide.

 They focus on their meal if you keep a distance, but get too close and they're outta there.

Wild stocks are blooming high on the cliffside, not so very different from their cultivated, nursery-bound cousins and just as sweetly scented.

Looking south, a vast expanse of sand and sea before me, and my sweet girl emerging from the sparkling surf.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

101 Years Ago Today

Photographer Lewis Hine captioned this photograph:  "8:00 pm and not yet finished.  The little one on the left is not yet four years old, yet she works, irregularly on flowers all day and sometimes until eight at night.  In spite of a sore throat she was working steadily all the time I was there, occasionally dropping a sigh that was very pathetic.  Father said, "She likes to work."  Oldest sister (who makes six dozen of these little wreaths a day), said the little one makes one dozen wreaths a day.  Family of Peter Mortaria, 8 Downing St.  Apt. 2, New York, New York.

This photograph was made 101 years ago today.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Out The Back Door

Out the back door, apricot clouds color a rainy winter sunrise.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Birthday Girl

Time flies when you're having fun.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gray Day On The Beach

My daughter took me along yesterday to walk on the beach while she went for a surf.

There's a storm brewing, which will approach from the north, circle around and hit from the south, as all our winter storms do.  We need the rain desperately.

The water's in the mid 50s and the air yesterday was in the low 60s, which is still warm in enough in February to walk barefoot.

Soon enough, it was time to head for home.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Los Angeles 1940

A gentleman plying his wares on the streets of Los Angeles, circa 1940.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Harbinger Of Spring

 A spell of warm weather lured me into the garden for some routine clipping and tidying, and who should greet me but the first ladybug of the season.  Once the first picture was taken, wee bug had enough of the limelight and beat a hasty retreat into the leaf cover.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

At The Beach

Tumbling boulders at the bottom of the beach bluff, below the railroad tracks, come to rest on a shelf of sandstone.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

101 Years Ago Today

The caption reads:  Mrs. Montemora, fifty-five years old, is a janitress for a large tenement, 133 W. Houston St., (lives Apt. 7) housing 26 families.  When not tending the furnace or occupied with other duties for others and her own family, she makes flowers, assisted by her niece Josephine, 12 years old.  They both work until 10:00 pm frequently.  Photo taken at 2:30 pm, Feb. 2, 1912, a school day and their only explanation was, "She just stayed out."  Making buds.  Several adult relatives live with them. The flowers bring in only a dollar or two a week.  Location:  New York, New York.

Photo by Lewis Hine, who documented child labor.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Out And About

My favorite neighbors had business in San Diego earlier this week and took me along.

It was fun to wander around the city while waiting for them, looking into shop windows and snapping photos out of town.  The old wavy glass in this window gave beautiful, watery reflections.

One of the local churches had some outstanding memorial windows made of stained and leaded glass.

We walked a southern beach on the way home, where we spied an unusual old concrete culvert running down the face of the cliff, which we decided probably had something to do with the railroad years back, as the tracks run right along the top of the bluff there.