Tag: Long Canyon

Tumbling Down

Tumbling Down

I always enjoy seeing the sandstone boulders and rocks in the Santa Monica mountains.  How do they get the way they are?  Who or what positioned them?  These look as if they were cast down the hillside by some giant hand . . . These are yellow and red and make a wonderful background for the foliage and weeds of the chaparral.

Foxtails

Foxtails

Foxtails are the seeds of a local wild grass.  They are sharp and pointed, and manage to disperse themselves on the winds or by transportation.  They can work their way into your clothes without your knowing it, are uncomfortable against your skin, and seem to work their way into everything.  If you have a dog, keep it out of the foxtails – they have been known to bore into skin and cause infections.  Not pleasant to be around, but they are really lovely backlit, with their slender stalks and foxtailish shape.

Wild Morning Glory

Wild Morning Glory

This morning we went on a rather strenuous hike – up and down hills to get to an inland section of the Santa Monica Mountains.  I am not a fast hiker – rather plodding actually – because of a long history and experience with falls and broken bones.  Every step is conscientiously placed, especially where there is scree and loose rocks.  The flowers along the way provided excuses to pause . . .