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!