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.

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July 27, 2015

Payoff From The Rain

Red Cactus Flowers (1770)

Red Cactus Flowers (1766)

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June 1, 2014

Succulent Flower

Succulent Flower (2337)
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.
Succulent (2338)

I don't know what it is.

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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.

Samuelson's Rocks (5860)
We visited Samuelson's Rocks again
.

Samuelson's (5842)
We were able to find the site of Samuelson's cabin for the first time
.

Samuelson's Vehicle (5848)
And Samuelson's parking lot
.

Scott in Samuelson's Cellar (5846)
This is Scott in Samuelson's cellar
which was in pretty decent shape.

Jumbo Rocks (5907)
The Jumbo Rocks campground was completely filled
.

Jumbo Rocks (5897)
There were Joshua Trees and rocks
.

Jumbo Rocks (5892)
I think I was standing in front of my tent when I took this shot
.

Great Outdoors HIke
That tortoise again
.

Desert Flowers (5857)
Flowers were abundant
.

Cypress at Jumbo Rocks (5881)
Fellow campers informed me that a few million photos of this cypress and and rock were already on the internet
.

Crown Prince Lookout - Live Oak Canyon Loop (5918)
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.

Cactus Flower (5926)
Flower with bugs
,

Many more photos here.

Bonus. Here's a brief GoPro video of our lunch spot one day.

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May 5, 2013

Photos From The Jumbo Rocks Campout

North View Trail Pano
Panorama on the North View Trail.

Alien Footprints At Jumbo Rocks (4614)
This is where the aliens climbed the rock on their way back to the rocket ship.

Camp at Jumbo Rocks (4603)
My newest tent - a little two-man model from REI.
It is destined to suffer the trials of Burning Man.

Fallen Joshua Tree (4623)
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.

Jumbo Rocks (4611)
Jumbo Rocks campground.

Moonrise at Jumbo Rocks (4626)
Pink moon rise at Jumbo Rocks.

Joshua Tree National Park (4627)

Joshua Tree National Park (4633)

Joshua Tree National Park (4645)

Rock Anteater (4644)
Anteater rock.

Rock Face (4642)
Face on a rock.

Huge Nolina (4636)
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.

The complete set of photos is here.

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Hike in Joshua Tree

Earlier in April I went on a hike with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree while the blooms were still blooming.

Joshua Tree Bloom (4581)

Cactus in Joshua Tree (4599)

Yucca Bloom (4587)
The Mojave yuccas were blooming too.

Hike in Joshua Tree (4600)

The complete set of photos is here.

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April 22, 2013

A Visit To The Gardens At Sunnylands

Sunnylands.

Sunnylands

Sunnylands (4399)

Sunnylands (4398A)

Sunnylands (4402)

Sunnylands (4406)

More photos.

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April 16, 2013

Cactus Flower

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A cactus in my yard that had never bloomed before.
Had a few of these blooms for a day and none since.

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February 17, 2013

Cholla!

cholla pieces stuck to a human leg
Not me, not my photo.

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August 15, 2012

Something Loves This Weather

Prickly Pear (3038)

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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.

Boy Scout Trail
Map of the trail.
We hiked one way, roughly south to north.

Boy Scout Trail Elevation Profile
More than a thousand foot drop going in our direction.

Boy Scout Trail (0732)

Boy Scout Trail (0739)

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0769)
There were flowers.

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0770)

Mojave Mound Cactus (0733)

Joshua Tree Bloom (0740A)
Including a few Joshua Tree blooms
.

Yucca Bloom (0771)Yucca Bloom (0729)
Yucca blooms.

Indian Paintbrush (0745)

Watering Trough (0756)
An old, sanded-up watering trough.

The complete set of photos is here.

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July 31, 2011

Cactus & Ants

Cactus Flower (0025)
This is from well before the rain.

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May 13, 2011

Cactus Flowers again and again

Cactus Flowers (1818)

Cactus Flowers (1817)

Cactus Flowers (1816)
These two blooms are on the same plant
. As the bloom ages it turns from yellow to orange.

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May 8, 2011

Yet More Flowers

Cereus Blooms (1814)

Flower (1788)

Cactus Flower (1787)

Cactus Flower (1786)

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May 4, 2011

Flowers In The Yard

Cereus Bloom & Palo Verde (0206)

Cactus Flowers (1782)

Cactus Flower (1780)

Lantana (1784)

Cereus Blooms (0196)

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April 28, 2011

More Flowers

Flowers (1754)

Cereus Bloom (1764)

Cactus Flowers (1752)

Cactus Flowers (1749)

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April 19, 2011

Flowering Cacti at Cabot's

All at Cabot's right now - maybe not tomorrow.
Cacti at Cabot's (9999)

Cacti at Cabot's (0001)

Cacti at Cabot's (9990)

Cacti at Cabot's (9993)

Cacti at Cabot's (9994)

Cacti at Cabot's (9997)

Cacti at Cabot's (0429)

Cacti at Cabot's (0428)

Cacti at Cabot's (0427)

More photos here.

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April 16, 2011

Home Flowers

Cactus (0309)
This guy is putting his/her reproductive desires out there for all to see.

Cactus Flowers (0311)

Ocotillo (0313A)
My ocotillo stick, rescued from the conversion of Arroyo Park to Tedesco Park (what year was that?) has finally, totally established itself and has been attracting the hummingbirds for many days now.

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April 6, 2011

Flowering Cacti

Cactus Flower (0231)
In my backyard.

Flowering Cactus at Living Desert (0139)
At the Living Desert.

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April 2, 2011

Another Hike In The Mecca Hills

Ghost Flowers (1383)

Ghost Flower (1388)

Chuckwalla (1400)

Cactus Flowers (1391)

The complete set of photos from yesterday's hike is here.

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