The Golden State of California

Green and gold roadside central California
I took this photo from our truck as we travelled to Santa Maria. California is known as the Golden State. In this photo you see a closeup of the golden grasses that cover central California hills, and the Live Oak trees that dot those hillsides, creating the beautiful contrast of green and gold, that I have always loved.

Photographs Taken in the Morning

Cloudy sky
I took this photo today during my early morning walk. There is a big storm brewing in Baja California, and we are seeing the effects, with higher than usual humidity and interesting cloud cover.


I’m always amazed at how empty the streets are early in the morning.
Where is everybody?

Once back home, I had a nice bowl of oatmeal, banana, and a few Brazil nuts. So good. Today’s photo challenge topic was morning. I think I covered it. Tomorrow the challenge is to photograph something smooth.

The Portulaca Rio Grande Magenta


I brought my Portulaca, also known as the Moss Ross Flower, into the house this afternoon, for a grooming and shower. The portulaca blooms in summer and early fall, preferring light watering and a sunny exposure. It’s also drought tolerant, a real plus in southern California. Mine grows  in a plant pot, and is easy to move to a sunny location in the winter as the sun shifts its position. Portulaca is know as a hardy annual, but in most of California it grows like a perennial, lasting more than one season.


Sometimes I bring smaller plants inside as I did this morning. The only problem is that I sometimes bring in a hitchhiker like the little spider in the above photo. I hope you can see him in the middle of the picture. Don’t worry, I took him back outside when I returned the plant to its usual spot in the garden. Portulaca comes in a variety of colors and is a cheery addition to any garden.