California part 2

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Before we move on from California, (how does one do that, ps?), let's talk for a minute about eye-popping west coast vegetation. Citrus, cacti, jasmine, eucalyptus, and date palms. Succulents, agave and avocados. Pomegranate trees in parking lots.

One morning, we snuck two ruby red grapefruits from tree branches so heavy that they seems likely to break. Back over the kitchen sink, we didn't even bother with plates or knives to eat them. A revelation for a girl from the mid-atlantic.
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The most bizarrely wonderful thing about Southern California is that you're within two hours of the truest of deserts, the Mediterranean countryside, an overgrown jungle, a palm oasis or a snowy mountain top. Or Beverly Hills with a convertible full of shopping bags like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

I'm eager to go back and take it easy the next trip. Eat a few more tacos, go to the farmers market and Rose Bowl Flea. Sleep a bit later and sun a bit more. I won't be holding my breath for the convertible and shopping combo though, a day in the dirt always wins here.

34 comments:

  1. Pomegranate trees in a car park? Be still my beating heart!!! I steal fruit, foliage, flowers, branches all the time, am I still going to heaven?:)

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  2. It's so funny to see you in your dark clothes and dark hair among the succulents. I'm from Southern California... I look at that stuff, the cacti.. and I think... Bleh. Gross. Pokey stuff. MOW IT! lol We have oranges and citrus fruit in every backyard here. Is that not normal? lol

    What's a car park?

    I like the wide open desert like that, I've always wanted to do a shoot out there. I don't live in So Cal anymore (Nor Cal now) so it's no longer convenient, and no one else sees the beauty in it. I better do a shoot before I move again and it's too late. But all those giant cacti, yelch. LOL. We've fallen into that stuff as kids, YOWZA does that hurt!

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    1. A car park is..... exactly what is sounds like ;)

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    2. In the upper midwest, it's called a ramp ... even if it's a flat lot, but especially if it's multi-storeyed ... with ramps between levels. [I think I have that right, but I'm a transplant from Boston.]

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  3. Beautiful photos! I was so amazed by all the different landscapes in the short vacation I took out there - it's so lovely and so diverse!

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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  4. wow, enormous succulents and great photos. thanks for sharing your west coast adventures, it has always been a dream to travel down that coast line. one day...

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  5. Pomegranate trees in parking lots? So jealous!

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  6. Yes, come back for all the reasons you named. And thanks for the brush up on all the things to be grateful for here. One of my favorite things here is in the summer when the hillsides are a beautiful, rolling gold with grey-green. Everyone else I know prefers the lush green of winter and spring, but the summer and fall are my favorite.

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  7. love how incredibly lush everything feels!

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  8. what a wonderfully descriptive post - so vividly reminding me of my travels through california - that's it, i'm booking my tickets today! mel x

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  9. Yes I spent quite a bit of time as a child/teenager in Joshua Tree national park and loved the Joshua Trees. there is something about the desert that makes you so aware. It's magical.

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  10. Just fantastic pics, love them all!

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  11. I've been dreaming about living in California for so long, may I ask where you were in Southern California? All your photos are wonderful (:

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  12. Glad you had such a wonderful time in our lovely utopia. It really is better out here. ;) Come back soon and often - an infinite amount of discoveries still await you.

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  13. yay for days in the dirt! beautiful photos as always...

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  14. Have to share - have just started a floral design course!! Early days, rigid rules about designs and sore fingers yes. BUT - hope, rules that are made to be broken and the fingers... well as you say "a day in the dirt always wins" :-)
    Thanks for the inspiration Amy.

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  15. Oh my goodness gracious, look at the beauty. When I've thought of California before, images of the state's fruit and plant life never seemed to pop up in my head - after reading this post, indeed they do. Grapefruits, mmm.

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  16. Nice work, chica. Thanks for providing a mid-winter view of southern California.

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  17. Gorgeous spread - you truly captured the spirit of California! Check out today's post at www.bungalowc.com to learn how you can bring that spirit home right now, anywhere!

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  18. I lived in Arizona for a couple years when I was a kid, and sometimes I miss the drastic change of scenery (I'm born, raised, and now live in Ohio). This reminds me of a lot of the cool stuff you get to see out west that just isn't here. Hope you had fun on your trip!

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  19. amazing! as always I love your photos.

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  20. I get it. I finally see how someone can love the desert.

    Thanks.

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  21. wow,how nice picture is! thanks for share with us.
    Visalus

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  22. As a native Angeleno, I am so very glad that you enjoyed California! And as a now-New Yorker, I can relate to the sheer exuberance you feel every time you set foot in that land of wondrous greenery. So much to see in the plant world, everywhere you look! And your photos of the desert are gorgeous. They truly capture the expansive, wild spirit of that magical place. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Viva la succulents! Happy Nesting.

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  24. Looking through your blog, your photography is really quite something. I don't comment about much but I wanted to let you know :) x

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  25. oh I love the one of you with the massive plants!

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