Buildings with ivy and plants climbing over their walls always fascinated me. Haunted castles, romantic villas . . . certainly far from my quoitidian life!
Even though they can cause a bit of damage left unchecked, these vines and their flowers are so cheerful!
I think we may have had 2 inches / 5 cm. of rain this spring. That’s it. The hills are now an August-brown, and the lush growth of a month ago is turning the colors of autumn. Drought.
With the rare rains we have had, life jumps out in a wonderful abundance. In a local park, I walked in an area I had never before seen, and enjoyed seeing and smelling the beginnings of a California spring. In particular, this vine with its small white flowers caught my eye – tucked under the trees in a spot of sunlight, it just glowed.
Los Angeles never ceases to surprise me. This is from a park tucked up into the mountains north of the city, in the middle of a rather nice bit of suburbia. With the recent rains, the hills are green, and soon to be filled with wildflowers, for which I will return better prepared to take pictures.
I pushed this quite a bit because the original picture was quite dull. Somehow, ordinary greens never seem to speak of the lushness of spring, so adding contrast and increasing the yellows already in the picture made it more interesting to me.