Tag: Ventura County
Today we went up to the Reagan Library to view the Thomas Fire from afar. Here, you can see it from the hills around Santa Paula, California, past Ventura on the coast, moving toward Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. Nearly 200,000 acres have burned in 8 days through rough back country. Valiant efforts by fire fighters from around the country are helping, but here and elsewhere in Southern California houses and animals and people are all suffering.
I’ve been rather busy painting and drawing, and keep meaning to get out the camera along with the pen and ink and colors and paper. As well as that, I keep looking for things to draw, and this is where having about 20 years of digital photos is pretty nice – and rather overwhelming! Looking for things to draw prompted me to look through my work. Some is good, some is bad, as in any creative hobby! Success varies and ideas of success vary with the time of viewing.
This is a tree that I visit every spring: the orchid flower tree, or orchid tree, or something like that. It is covered with these ridiculously luscious flowers, and seems as if it is from another world altogether.
Salvia is the Latin name for sage. There are so many kinds! Russian, Mexican, hummingbird, white, purple . . . the California climate where I live is perfect for so many. If I could, I would fill my garden with them – the pungent aroma, the colors, the variety are endlessly fascinating. Additionally, they are easy to grow and don’t need much water.
I love monkey flowers, most likely because the name is so weird. Orange, yellow, and red are the most common colors.
Pomegranates start out as flowers, and then turn into . . . pomegranates! They are fun to watch grow throughout the season.