Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
|Mount Diablo in the Clouds|
What better way to introduce ourselves to each other?
Next time we get together in Contra Costa County, I hope we'll have time to hike Mount Diablo State Park.
Monday, May 11, 2015
A Ballet San Jose Cinderella performance, was a Mother's Day treat for me, as well as many children, who dance just as beautifully on their own as any professional.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
California Buckeye is in business on Windy Hill * serving up fragrant blooms to hikers, native bees and butterflies, like the Pale Swallowtail butterfly. This shrubby tree, found over much of the Western United States, is a great wilderness plant counted on by many natives. Before European contact, it was also a food source for native peoples, following an extensive toxic leaching process.
It's not a good neighbor in the suburbs, however, since there it may come into contact with non-native bees. That's because it's pollen, though extremely appealing to the European immigrant bees, is toxic to them.
So . . . we love it, but we don't plant it.
*Windy Hill is close to - Silicon Valley, Within the San Francisco Bay Area , is nearby the 280 freeway
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