1-1-11 Hike, The Final Stretch

Phew! Finally done with this hike. Taking photos of my walk up the hill to our house at 1,000 feet above our downtown sounded like a good idea at the start, but I’m kind of bored with it myself. (If you want to start at the beginning, go back to two previous posts.) This is a Bottlebrush (Callistemon, if you need to know), a native of Australia–thank you Desert Dweller for the accurate ID!



This is a view from an empty lot at the top of a street called Skyline, where an urban wildfire in 1993 swept up the canyon below during our ferocious Santa Ana winds and torched several hundred homes. If you squint, you can make out the white-capped mountains in the distance (we’ve had a ton of rain lately, which means snow out there.)
I have no clue what these dark berries are. Hint: it’s a tree. (Desert Dweller guesses Glossy Privet. But I suspect he’s right.)
I would have taken a better photo of this killer Chocolate Lab, but he started barking and I didn’t want to bug the neighbors.
This house has cool iron fencing, but is about the ultimate in xeroscaping. Xero as in zero plants, except this lone, hurtin’ Mexican feather plant. Still, I like it, especially the rocks.
Still another stretch to the very top, but this is a great view.
You can stop here. Thanks for joining me!

6 thoughts on “1-1-11 Hike, The Final Stretch

  1. Thanks for the hike…looks nicer than our 35F today!

    Fairy duster – I thought it was a Bottlebrush?

    Dark berries – Glossy Privet?

    Minimalist gravel yard – yes, ADD SOME plants, dude! That looks like a builder special landscape we see out here, but there? Yuck! That live oak needs more plant companions, and not soon-to-be Calif invasive species. And interest so you want to be there.

    The top makes it all worth it, doesn't it!

  2. Thanks for the hike…looks nicer than our 35F today!

    Fairy duster – I thought it was a Bottlebrush?

    Dark berries – Glossy Privet?

    Minimalist gravel yard – yes, ADD SOME plants, dude! That looks like a builder special landscape we see out here, but there? Yuck! That live oak needs more plant companions, and not soon-to-be Calif invasive species. And interest so you want to be there.

    The top makes it all worth it, doesn't it!

  3. @desert dweller: Thanks so much for the friendly correction on the showy red plant. i thought i was so smart calling it fairy duster. when it comes to plants, i'm quite the poser! But I am enthusiastic about them, if that counts.

  4. @desert dweller: Thanks so much for the friendly correction on the showy red plant. i thought i was so smart calling it fairy duster. when it comes to plants, i'm quite the poser! But I am enthusiastic about them, if that counts.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment Janine! Your neighborhood is beautiful and visually stimulating. Not a typical boring suburban neighborhood at all! Hope you New Year is joyous and abundant 😉

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment Janine! Your neighborhood is beautiful and visually stimulating. Not a typical boring suburban neighborhood at all! Hope you New Year is joyous and abundant 😉

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