Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
A snowy egret caught my eye on the beach yesterday.
They usually keep to the lagoons at either end of town, resting on their way north or south along this Pacific flyway.
This one was taking a stroll along the center of the cliff face, unperturbed and casual.
It paused at one point to pluck a juicy caterpillar off a bush and then continued on its way.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A few random pictures from when we were away in April. Above, we'd ducked out of the cold and into a shopping arcade where children were encouraged to take the toys out for a ride.
Above, loading the rented car for our foray into the countryside. We stayed on the uppermost floor of the pink building in the center of the picture. Below, a look down our boulevard from the top of a tower across the way.
Below, at one of our vendor's immaculate factories, a chenille roping spinning machine, unlike anything we'd ever seen.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
My daughter took me along last evening when she went for a surf. She paddled out at the breakwaters for a change. High tide had just peaked so there was a lot of backwash and a thick shorebreak, with piles of seaweed pushed up by the surge.
Looking north from the top of the jetty, there was a steep wall of cobblestones edging the shoreline as far as the eye could see.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
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.
Posted last year, bears repeating.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The purple blossoms are coming into their own. Sweet alyssum, above, will reseed profusely, but each succeeding generation will be lighter and lighter until they bloom white. The rose purslaynes, below, are super easy to grow - you can actually take a cutting from a mature plant, remove the lower leaves until you have a stem and stick it in the ground. With water and a mild fertilizer, it will grow.
The camera caught the existence of little hairs on the penstemon blossoms that aren't visible to the naked eye.
And perennial asters - they spread of their own accord and can be separated easily for transplanting all around the garden.