Sunday, December 29, 2019

December Dahlias

Santa Cruz Mountains

light pink dahlia blossom with bee dripping from rain

As unlikely as it seems, in rare years a giant dahlia blooms in my yard in December. Its frail pink color is decidedly un-winterish.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hues of a Dry November

Santa Cruz Mountains

yellow coreopsis with green spotted bug

Autumn rain nourishes the garden. But lack of autumn rain prolongs blossoming, as plants make more seeds. This coreopsis blooms nearly year round in fair weather.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

October Cheer

Santa Cruz Mountains

As October commences, so does chrysanthemum season. Newly minted spider mums change from burgundy to purple as the month rolls along.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

17-Mile Anniversary Drive

Monterey County, CA

On our anniversary we approach Monterey’s 17-Mile Drive, looking back towards home. From Pacific Grove, the Santa Cruz Mountains loom dreamlike in the distance.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fragrant Four O’Clocks

Santa Cruz Mountains


Harlequin flowers of yellow and magenta 


A strange plant appeared in my garden, uninvited but not unwelcomed. The flowers only open on warm and windless late summer afternoons. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Central Coast Cruisin'

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara is a dreamy summer place: misty in the morning, hot and sunny in the afternoon. Majestic mountains frame the town and its seaside strolling path.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Rocky Mountain June High

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


Longs Peak with snow

Late May snow in Denver hint that  we’d find snowy slopes in the mountains in June. As we begin our hike, Longs Peak is displays snow as we’d anticipated.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Superbloom! The Close-up View

Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA

Closeup of tiny California Goldfields, with tiny purple gilia

In my last post, California Goldfields blankets huge swaths of land with yellow. And yet they are tiny flowers. Some say the Golden State was named for great springtime blooms of Goldfields throughout California.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Superbloom! The Big Picture

Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA

In certain rainy years like 2019, the remote Carrizo Plain National Monument bursts into a wildflower “superbloom” for just a few short weeks in March or April.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Waters of March

Uvas Canyon County Park, CA


Water flowing down several pathways and waterfalls

California winter rains cause creeks to swell and sing, their waters rushing down all possible paths through the stream bed.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Before the Renovation

San Rafael, CA

Back in the 1980s, interior designers often applied an open-air indoor-outdoor theme, both for homes and public buildings. Natural light, plants, and water features abounded. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wintry World

Lake Tahoe, CA

South Lake Tahoe public beach in winter

Even a land-locked lake like Tahoe can produce significant surf in winter when the wind is up.