I don’t often get out to watch a sunset over the sea – here, in Montana de Oro State Park, overlooking the Pacific. It was gorgeous!
Today I took off for a long-needed walk in the local botanical garden. Spring is ending, summer is here. My own plants are looking good – flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs. The botanical garden, too, is entering the beginning of summer, and the air redolent with the dry scent of pine and sage.
This is a beautiful amaryllis which my mother-in-law had sent to me for a Christmas present. It’s called a “Naomi,” which pleases me no end! It’s a rather stunning one, I think (much like its namesake); a bit short, but with 6 flowers on each stem. It’s also a lovely pale salmon, more pink than orange.
Gifts like this really do “keep on giving” because I have been enjoying it for several months now!
Pepper trees grow all around me. My in-laws have a beauty in their front yard. I find them out hiking. However, I have never researched if their berries are useful in cooking!
These long shots always have such an interesting sense of depth – all squashed and magnified at the same time. Above is a detail from the photo below.
I grew up in the midwest, surrounded by oak trees. In California, the trees are still recognizably oaks, but adapted to a dryer climate, and green for most of the year. I think this may be an import as its leaves are bigger, and changing with the season.
Pepper trees are common where I live, providing bright spots of green against the barren beige of California’s winter hills. The branches are like those of willows – long, slender leaves – with the addition of beautiful, pale red peppers.