First Daffodils

These are some of the first daffodils in the botanical garden.  I don’t know if I will be able to see too many more as there is rain predicted over the next two weeks.  When this happens, the gardens close down to keep erosion on the hilltop and trails to a minimum.



Spring is on its way, but in Southern California, autumn leaves cling, evergreen plants thrive, and the silhouette of an ancient oak all work their magic together.

Cactus, Shadows

It’s been awhile since my last post – just over a month.  Part of that has been limited time because of a bunch of things going on in our lives, as well as a shift into focusing – and refocusing – on painting.  There is not enough time in the day!  But, a lot of times painting is an indoor activity, and I miss the outdoors.  Cabin fever sets in.

Yesterday was finally a relatively taskless day (compared to every other day!), so I went to the bank, went to have a camera repaired, only to have it fixed right then and there by the store owner, and thence, on to the local botanical garden.  With rain coming up today, I knew the garden would be closed to the public, and with rain forecast for the next few weeks, it will be closed for some time.

It was an absolutely lovely day, and I got a few good pictures of old friends, like ancient oaks and spring bulbs, and the cactus on the top of the hill.

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.