A bit of nature in the land of suburbia.
Actually, this is just one part of a creek which runs throughout my neighborhood and into the open space a few miles away. Rain water washes into the creek from gutters, and you can find breeding ducks and frogs in its water. I have even seen an egret there. After our rains, we have a fair bit of water in it, and I enjoy walking a few blocks to the park, just to hear its trickle and see kids and dogs having a bit of a riot.
We drove to and from California to Arizona last weekend. This is the view from the hotel room as the sun slowly sank into the West . . .
Bored with board games? Cards are always a good alternative, even if another board is involved.
Miner’s lettuce is a “wild edible” that is quite tasty! Here in California it grows in damp places, usually along streams, but on our trip up to Paso Robles last week I found some flourishing beneath an oak tree. After all the rains of this past winter I am not surprised, but I was really delighted to find this little patch.
I bought a travel camera awhile ago – a Canon G7X Mark II – and am playing with it. I am trying out the different modes. This is one of the earlier photos after I just got it, and then I reduced the picture to black and white, not aware that there is a B&W mode in the camera. I want to get comfortable with the camera to get it to do what I want it to do when out and about in strange and exotic places.
I have some really good cameras – but I don’t want to have to change lenses or stay limited to one lens on a range finder. The G7X Mark II was the one I chose after looking at a bazillion digital point and shoots as I can actually set priorities (ie aperture, speed) or go totally automatic or totally manual.
And, it fits in my pocket.
We spent the weekend in the central coastal area of California. The drive up and back were beautiful, with miles travelled in the Paso Robles wine country. This is an oak tree, leafing out in a field alongside the road home. This has been an extraordinarily beautiful spring!
We spent a weekend in the wine country of the central coast in California . . . .