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Out of the garage: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

antelope valley poppy reserve

On Sunday my friend B and I ventured out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Because this rain season in Southern California has brought us more of the wet stuff than we have seen in years, ending our seven-year drought, we assumed the poppy fields would be spectacular. There was a nice display but nothing like the blankets of orange we had experienced the last time we visited… back in 2003.

I painted the tile above from photos of that trip and it is still one of my favorites. It greets me when I come in my front door. Of course my late cat, Friday, wasn’t really there but I painted him anyway as my signature!

antelope valley poppies

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the trip. I had Cinnamon Girl, my fifteen-year-old Subaru Outback, tuned up in February and she was raring to take on the 180-mile round trip. I felt a slight hesitancy on the uphill on the way there. But coming back she took those hills at 75 MPH (120 km) without blinking. I know she was happy to get out of the garage and feel the wind whipping around her. I hope she lasts at least another fifteen years!

antelope valley poppies

B and I were also happy to be out of the city and in the open spaces with the wind attempting to blow our hats off.

antelope valley poppies

B mentioned the difference a week makes as last Sunday we were in downtown Los Angeles visiting Little Tokyo. I need to upload that blog post!

antelope valley poppies

The poppy fields were crowded with people. The last half mile was stop and go… worse than traffic on a Friday evening on the 405 freeway! But I was expecting it so I didn’t mind.

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Just being able to see for miles with no buildings or cars was worth the trip!

antelope valley poppies

Windmills in the distance providing alternative power sources.

Unfortunately, despite warnings to stay on the paths, we saw too many people trampling the wildflowers to obtain those important selfies. Aaargh…. PEOPLE!!! Evidently the rules don’t apply to everybody. Way to go, parents, training your kids to selfishly satisfy your own desires and spoil the experience for everybody else…

antelope valley poppies

We were glad we made the effort. We rewarded ourselves with dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant back in Culver City!

A great day!

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Joy to the Hills of Beverly

rodeo drive, beverly hills

Last week I ended up in Beverly Hills so I decided I might as well take some photos of the holiday decorations on Rodeo Drive. This is one place in LA that tourists stand a chance of actually sighting a celebrity. Unfortunately, I am hopeless at recognizing them on the street. So while Angelina and Brad or Kim and Kanye could well have been shopping for gifts, I was too intent on taking pictures of the decorations to notice. Sorry folks…

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
At this point I was walking along Wilshire at Camden, just one block from Rodeo.


Closer, closer…

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Almost there…

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Ta da… at the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo in the heart of Beverly Hills. Note two jewelry stores waiting to greet you: Tiffany‘s and Stephen Webster. I could have picked up a bauble or two but I was on the hunt for other treasure.

Like this colorful tree with a handsome toy soldier.  This is on Two Rodeo, a cobble stone shopping block with no cars allowed.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
The architect did a nice job on Rodeo Two which is designed in an Italianate style.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Just a good place to sit and watch the tourists.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly HillsNow we are on Rodeo Drive proper. A new Louis Vuitton emporium is being constructed behind this façade, opening next year. Needless to say, I can’t wait. (Uh, I don’t think so…)

Rodeo Drive, Beverly HillsAt the corner of Rodeo Drive and Two Rodeo. This is where every self-respecting tourist wants to have their photo taken. Hey, why not…

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

At left you see people boarding the sight-seeing trolley that takes you around Beverly Hills, including the residential areas and the Beverly Hills Hotel (The Pink Palace).

Now, this is kind of a cute idea that went a little wrong. I think it’s fun to see crystal chandeliers hanging on Rodeo Drive. And I realize they wanted to protect them from the elements. But these clunky glass cases really spoiled the effect. Surely, Beverly Hills could come up with a better way… some kind of a seamless bubble maybe… okay, you have a whole year to think about it… I’ll be back next year to check it out.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive, Beverly HillsNice red and white plant choices. Poinsettias, snapdragons and cyclamens.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
You’ll just have to imagine how great this all looks lit up at night.

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And for our finale, the House of Bijan with red bows and pine boughs entwined in the red geraniums. I recommend clicking on the House of Bijan link for a peak inside the showroom which is a blast of yellow.

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The Ginkos put on a show

ginkos san marino

Walking to the Huntington Library from the Gold Line train station last week (see my previous post), I saw this blaze of yellow up ahead.

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I couldn’t figure out what it could possibly be.

ginko trees san marino

When I got up close the leaves looked like Ginkos. When I got home I looked it up to make sure.

ginko trees san marino

I just didn’t know they turned this gorgeous yellow in the fall.

ginko trees san marino

Why haven’t I noticed them in previous years? Maybe the conditions have to be just right for such a brilliant display.

ginko trees san marino

Who says we don’t have seasons in Southern California?

ginko trees san marino

According to Wikipedia: Ginkgo biloba is a unique species of tree with no living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.

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