Friday, May 16, 2014

Driving east

Did you ever feel like getting in the car and just driving east? You know, leaving the errands behind and crossing the whole country? Maybe it is the extreme heat we have been experiencing. Maybe it is the pull of my family, my daughter, son, sister, brother, in-laws, nieces, nephews... they are all back east. Yes, I want to visit, but more than that, I want to experience the expansiveness of our country, as my husband and I did years ago.

And in about a month, that is just what we are going to do. But of course, there are preparations to be made. Although our kids are grown, we have a dog, two cats, and zillions of plants that rely on us. So today I started setting up the automatic irrigation for the vegetable gardens.

I have posted before (see below) on how to set up a simple low-volume or drip system on an automatic timer, so this time I'll just add a few pictures of the new driveway vegetable garden and the drip irrigation on the raised bed and driveway veg gardens.

Earlier posts on setting up automatic micro-irrigation:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Can you feel the heat?

All of a sudden it got really hot here. And more heat is predicted for tomorrow, the next day and the next day and the next day. Welcome to summer.

I got a few new, used lenses for my Nikon D7100 today. Couldn't wait to try them and they didn't disappoint. I tried to capture the dry heat digitally.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Beats computers

Yesterday I spent most of the day inside trying, unsuccessfully, to "migrate" from a Windows image database (IMatch) to Lightroom. The reason for the move is that I migrated from Windows to Apple about six months ago. I prefer IMatch as an image database but Lightroom has really nice image editing capabilities, and IMatch is not made for the Mac. Although I have my MacBook set up so it can mimic Windows and run IMatch, it is just too time consuming to move between IMatch and Lightroom. So I spent the better part of the day trying to run scripts in IMatch that would convert the tags and labels that I assigned to many of my 80,000 images to something that could be imported and understood by Lightroom. It was tedious, and scary since I know just enough to do some serious damage (yes, I was working on copies, etc., but you know how it is... confusion leads to frustration that leads to disaster). Well the outcome was a lost day, but at least I did not lose my database.

Today I spent my time much more wisely. I weeded and watered in the South Pas Nature Park. The park is looking quite nice. If you haven't been down there recently, do take a stroll. The park is located east of the York Blvd. Bridge in South Pasadena. There is plenty of parking on Pasadena Avenue.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wildflower Weekend at Rancho

This weekend was the Wildflower Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. If you weren't able to see the Wildflower Show, it will be open for a third day, on Monday, April 21st.

Though the irises have past peak, the garden is still looking lovely. The following album shows pictures of the garden taken today. I tried to capture the beauty of the irises as the petals wilt and the seeds swell.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Late rains bring flowers and weeds

Although my own garden is not short on weeds - and being on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour this Sunday, it really should be - I spent much of the day bashing, scything, pruning, pulling, wrestling, and cursing the weeds at the nature park. The late rains have brought more wildflowers, lovely clouds, even a rainbow over the Angeles, but also lots of weeds to the park. The plants we planted on February 1 are doing very well, also thanks to the extra moisture.

Rainbow over Angeles National Forest. It was much more vivid and striking than picture shows.
 So if you have a spare moment, go on down to the park, and be sure to pull a few weeds.