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  • half full

    As I have aged, I am definitely become more pessimistic about human beings, and everything we touch. But today I thought I’d play with some optimistic lettering, just for fun. Because allegedly it’s Optimist Day. And it’s always fun to play with a dip pen.

  • Encelia californica

    Encelia californica is native to southern California and Baja California, where it’s a member of the coastal sage plant community. It’s a bushy, sprawling shrub reaching between one half and 1.5 meters in height. The solitary flower heads are daisy-like, and it blooms from February to June, attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects.

    It’s often planted to start a native garden, and then replaced with longer-lived shrubs over time. It can help jumpstart an area to change the soil ecology to help mazanitas and ceanothus plants.

    Our block is covered with bush sunflowers, and they’ve just begun to bloom. Yay! 🌻

  • poor doggie

    Bodie’s been off her game (and her food) for a few days. Hopefully she’ll be back to normal tomorrow, and wanting a W.A.L.K.

  • Meyer mystery

    The lemon tree continues to cause me some head-scratching. I’m hoping that rock dust will help normalise its growth. Gardening is an experiment and an adventure!

  • Melanerpes lewis

  • Macrosiagon sayi

    Wedge-shaped beetles live a part of their life cycle as a parasite on other insects, most commonly bees or wasps.

    The beetle lays its eggs on a flower. The eggs hatch almost immediately into small larvae that lie in wait for a visiting bee. The larva crawls onto the bee and rides it back to the hive, where it dismounts and seeks a cell occupied by a bee larva. It then enters the body of the bee larva and waits until the bee larva pupates. It eats the entire pupa, then pupates in its turn and completes its metamorphosis before emerging from the hive to mate and lay eggs. Clever? Creepy? You decide.

  • Lupinus bicolor

    Week four in the Perpetual Journal. As wildflower season slowly begins, I’m loving recording the first flowers I see.

  • diametric opposite

    I rarely sketch on toned paper, but thought I’d give it a go this time. It’s fun to use white charcoal.

    In India, on January 26, they commemorate the day in 1950 that their constitution went into effect, turning the nation into a republic separate from the British raj.

    January 26 is also the anniversary of the raising of the British flag in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the start of New Holland’s colonisation. Officially known as Australia Day, it has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia, though it is often referred to as Invasion Day or Survival Day by Indigenous Australians and others.

    So while one country is celebrating the removal of British shackles, the other is remembering the diametric opposite.

    (January 26 is also my youngest’s birthday, and that’s a celebration I care about. Has it really been 35 years? Amazing.)

  • oak broke

    Several of the coast live oaks along High Road in Malibu Creek State Park broke and toppled in the recent storms. I hung out with one of them for a while this afternoon, enjoying its glowing heart.

  • I, Claudius

    I need to devote some daytime reading hours to this book if I’m to get it finished in time for our next meeting, which got moved forward by a week. Fifteen minutes in bed at night before falling asleep just isn’t getting me through it fast enough.