8/8/14

Vichy Springs

We went to Ukiah... a few weeks ago. Here are some pictures? It was hot.

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The poison oak has turned red in all my usual hiking haunts.

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People on Instagram (@chuck_b) thought that log was a hole. Ridiculous! It's a log.

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To beat the heat, there was evening hiking and morning hiking. This is all from evening hiking.

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I did not really beat the heat by hiking in the evening. I was a sweaty mess.

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Now, it's morning hiking, and this was much more civilized.

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The cattails indicate the creek.

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I don't know if you know this, but we're having a terrible drought.

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I mean, it does not really seem that terrible to me. The one we had in the 1970s, when I was a wee one, seemed much worse. But then I was wee, and so impressionable.

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For whatever reason, I'm just not feeling this drought. Ukiah is geo-hydro-thermally active. That's probably not a word. Anyway, mineral springs abound.

Poison oak, so pretty.

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The buckeyes, doing their drought avoidance thing by dropping leaves in mid-summer.

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I neglected to show you pictures of the buckeye flowers in my backyard. I am a terrible blogger. Next year? Right now, I can only go forward.

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I fret a lot about the animals who don't have much water this year.

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I'm sure the drought is real to them.

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Do you fret about the animals?

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I fret emotionally. Intellectually, I'm okay with it.

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The normally deep creek that previously I have never been able to cross (well, we mostly come here in winter) was shallow and spotty.

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Any given segment was full of fish, frogs, and lots of bugs.

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The waterfall at the end was a trickle (why was there any water at all), and the pond beneath looked rather stagnant.

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'Tis the season.

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We soldier on.

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7/13/14

Everyday sights in Bernal Heights

I don't get to do this much anymore -- walk around my neighborhood. Because I work all the time. Well, it's nice to be wanted (for work). Up to a point. And then, blech.

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Am I right?

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The Leonotis leonurus looks particularly good around town right now.

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I seem to recall these old olive trees had been targeted for removal. Someone from the City taped signs to them declaring them to be old and unsuitable. Or something. Figuring out how a few 20' olive trees that managed to get old suddenly became unsuitable, I will leave as an exercise for the reader. Hint: the idea was to replace them with natives. Well, they planted a California buckeye nearby, and it was dead in two years. It's very windy up here. It's fine w/ me if they want to try planting more trees in Holly Park, especially natives, but they should not be removing anything that has not yet died, in my opinion.

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Windy is good for laundry.

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This house looks like it needs some love (or rather some money. Some money-love), but the weedy fennel invariably growing in front of it every spring and summer always catches my eye.

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And so does this brugmansia.

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It's like this always.

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The garden on Gates at Powhattan is looking very fine.

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I've included it on these little walks for years. One day I'll post a retrospective.

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This is not the end. We're about halfway.

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The patch at Salvia spathacea next to the community garden is still going. Not right now tho', it's dormant.

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What do you think is going on with this aloe near the garden fence? I've never seen anything like it.

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That dead Agave attenuata inflorescence has been in that position for a good four or five years now, right? I should do a retrospective on that too.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the immortally dead flower spike.

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The secret succulent garden is doing well.

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I think it's been getting some gardening attention lately.

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Someone set a beehive up. Perfect place for it. Although I'm sure the bees would like to have some more stuff around to eat about now.

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More buckwheat maybe.

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Pretty quiet on the hill today.

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Pretty quiet in general.

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If you plant nothing in San Francisco, there will be fennel, Exhibit #2,451.

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Alas, the urge to garden is strong.

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I could not tell what I was looking at here.

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Is this something Euphorbia will do? I think I would have seen this before.

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Then again, I don't see everything, do I?

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Sometimes, I look but I don't see.

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It's time for me to stop.

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