Enjoying Life in the Sticks

The most valuable real estate in this environment can be found in the sticks. Walking the desert garden of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s Visitor Center I found the floral population flourished under the shaded canopy of dried branches while embracing the protection of thorny cacti. Diverse fauna grows and blossoms in these locations, locations,…

Santa Ynez Valley Oaks

California’s Santa Ynez Valley revels in its vineyards, however, its most distinguishing natural feature are the gnarled oak trees which perform a twisting ballet throughout this rich landscape. On this rainy day visit, I passed by a grove with moss dangling like garland. Later, I photographed oaks spilling into a gully and along rolling hillside…

Backyard Gems

The first thing I see when I stare at my backyard is green grass growing around the huge patches of barren dirt from years of drought. When I look past this eyesore I realize we’ve also been blessed with patches of color and vitality after an old fashion rainy season.