Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Garden of Ridván

The painting found a home in New Zealand!

Thursday, April 24, 2014


It has been raining a lot in the Northwest this year.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Yellow-rumped Warbler


I spied a Yellow-rumped Warbler at the suet this morning.  I haven't seen one since last May.

(Photo credit:  Jim Williams)

Friday, April 18, 2014



I want to scream, but who'd listen?  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ornamental Cherry

The Ornamental Cherry is putting on a show this year.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014



One of my duties as a minimum-wage laborer in the maintenance department at the Highlands Inn in Carmel, California in 1969 was to each week drive a battered 1953 Chevrolet dump truck full of garbage--a good portion of which I had a hand in loading-- to the landfill in Marina, and then drive to the Betty Green Stables at Asilomar for a truckload of manure, 100% of which I loaded by hand with a scoop.  The owner of the Inn, Mr. Ramsey, was a Scotsman who couldn't pass up a truckload of free fertilizer each week, and Betty was happy to be rid of the mess effortlessly.

 I remember noisily crawling up Carmel Hill from the south in compound low with a load of trash and rotting garbage from the kitchen, only to return hours later with a hot load of fresh manure.  What a job! I was a kid earning a living driving a '53 Chevy dump truck around the Monterey Peninsula!

The kitchen would give me a box lunch, and after dumping my load of trash/garbage in the Marina landfill, I'd drive through Monterey, then take the PG (Pacific Grove) cutoff to Asilomar.  There was a roadside pullover that had a great view, and that's where I'd eat my lunch.  The approach was a little dicey to say the least,  as it was a blind curve. Once, I damn near caused a head on collision because of my youthful stupidity, and the next week, a 'NO LEFT TURN' sign was posted.  I take full credit, or blame.

Google Streetview screenshots.  It looks today just as it did then.

Here are a couple of Google Earth screenshots of the pullout and the view I had while eating my box lunch.

The Del Monte Forest

 On a clear day, you can see Santa Cruz across Monterey Bay.  The words NO LEFT TURN are visible on the pavement--a testament to my idiocy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It was a dumb idea

One of my boys once left me this note...