Tuesday, February 23, 2010


On a recent evening, I stopped at the local sports pub to see what I could see. Actually, I was hoping for a little bit of the Olympics but that wouldn't be broadcast until much later. But the food was good, so it was nice to discover something easygoing for the evening meal. Bonus: almost all the beer, wine, and meat are local products!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Return of the Buckeyes

Adapted to California's cycle of rainy winters and dry summers, the Buckeye trees are among the first to grow new leaves. In the duff below, last year's seeds attempt a toe-hold.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Safety First

This one doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The metal structure there almost certainly houses the controls for the nearby rail crossing safety signals. But it looks hammered, or blasted with a shotgun. Someone wanted desperately to drive into the path of an oncoming train?