Christmas Berries

A native California plant that brightens up the landscape in the winter months.  Also known as Toyon.  You can eat it, too, and it’s supposed to be good in apple pie.

Mmmmm.  Pie.

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Dead in Winter

Last year we had a lot of rain in California where I live.  This winter, none that I can recall.  The weeds – here, wild mustard – grew to enormous heights because of all the rain.  We might get rain tonight.  The fact is, these dried weeds are what made the Thomas Fire so fierce – a lot of dead growth left over from a wet winter a year ago.

When the Wind Blows Inland

3:30 p.m.  The wind shifted from blowing all the smoke from the Thomas Fire (now over 245,000 acres burned) offshore to inland . . . in a matter of a couple of hours, a clear day had moved to this.  Our eyes are stinging and watering.  It’s only going to get worse.