July 28, 2016
A Different Sort Of Map Of L.A. Restaurants
This map shows restaurants in Los Angeles that are identified with one of the 50 states. For Massachusetts there are two places: the Dunkin' Donuts downtown and Malibu Seafood in (where else?) Malibu.
It even lists four California restaurants, one of which is Smittens ice cream which comes from San Francisco.
Missouri gets only one entry, a St. Louis style barbecue. Fortunately, the map also includes a Kansas City, Kansas, barbecue joint: Charcoal Silverlake, although when I look at their website their description of how they cook their meet is not Kansas City style.
July 27, 2015
Payoff From The Rain
June 1, 2014
This is a plant I got from my friend Emrys last year. He lived in Concord, California, which has a warm, dry season, but never experiences heat like we do here in Coachella Valley. The succulent is still in the very lovely pot that Emrys put it in. It's in a spot with a little shade and it gets regular water. It didn't seem to be dying, but I couldn't say it was thriving either. Just sort of at stasis. And then today I saw this flower stalk on it. Apparently all it needed was four sequential days of trans-100° heat to achieve rapturous joy so that it could flower.
Here's a picture of the leaves if anyone would care to give it an identity.
I don't know what it is.
April 27, 2014
Jumbo Rocks Campout
These are some photos from the Great Outdoors campout at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park a couple of weeks ago.
This is Scott in Samuelson's cellar which was in pretty decent shape.
We went looking for the Crown Prince Lookout which was an observation point during World War II. We made a wrong turn. The lookout is in those rocks over there, which we did not explore.
May 5, 2013
Photos From The Jumbo Rocks Campout
My newest tent - a little two-man model from REI. It is destined to suffer the trials of Burning Man.
A fallen Joshua Tree. As you see, they have no tap root. We saw several live Joshuas down during this campout and on the hike earlier in April. These were probably due to the big windstorms we had in March.
The biggest damn nolina I've ever seen, by far! I had no idea they could reach this tremendous height. Nearby was a huge clump of nolinas that weren't as tall, but much more massive. Obviously, this little area was ideal for nolinas.
Hike in Joshua Tree
Earlier in April I went on a hike with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree while the blooms were still blooming.
April 22, 2013
A Visit To The Gardens At Sunnylands
April 16, 2013
A cactus in my yard that had never bloomed before. Had a few of these blooms for a day and none since.
February 17, 2013
August 15, 2012
Something Loves This Weather
April 20, 2012
Boy Scout Trail
Yesterday I hiked the Boy Scout Trail with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park. It was my first time on this trail, which is about 8 miles one way from the main park road to near Indian Cove campground. We did a car shuttle, so we could avoid hiking back and uphill. Temperatures peaked at around 90° up there yesterday.
Map of the trail. We hiked one way, roughly south to north.
July 31, 2011
Cactus & Ants
May 13, 2011
Cactus Flowers again and again
These two blooms are on the same plant. As the bloom ages it turns from yellow to orange.