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Huntington Library, San Marino, California

By: clearlakemike, 9:23 AM GMT on May 27, 2013

Enjoyed a visit to the Huntington Library whilst in Southern California recently. Amazing, beautiful library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California.

The Dry Garden: Matilija poppies take the stage, showgirls of Southern California slopes -- L.A. at Home

Jacaranda trees in bloom from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs...these are in front of the Huntington Library

When They Were Wild
Recapturing California's Wildflower Heritage
-- The Huntington

"California has one of the most diverse floras in the world, spread across several distinct floristic provinces—regions of plant distribution defined by shared climate, geology, and geography. Three of the state’s primary provinces are the Californian (chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, and grassland), Vancouverian (mixed evergreen and coniferous forests), and Desert (cacti and desert scrub)." -- Huntington Library

"Among the wildflowers depicted in the exhibition are California’s largest native bloom, Romneya coulteri, commonly known as the Matilija poppy or “fried egg flower”; the wild California peony, Paeonia californica, which grows along the shaded margins of the chaparral; the lovely “fairy orchid,” Calypso bulbosa, at home in the rich, moist soil of the evergreen forests of the Coast Ranges; the Mojave aster, Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia; and many representations of the Golden State’s official flower, Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy." -- Huntington Library

Huntington Library's Conservatory

Statuary on one of the many lawns at the Huntington Library

And may I suggest for lunch before going to the Huntington Library, B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers (above photo is not from B-Man's) in nearby Pasadena. I am sure there are much fancier places to eat nearby as well but if you are so inclined like I am, then you might enjoy the B-Man's mahi mahi sandwich on a french roll with wasabi mayonnaise like I did. I stopped there again on my way back up from Palm Springs to L.A. As the Hawaiians would say, it was "ono"!

Updated: 5:04 PM GMT on June 03, 2013


Le sud

By: clearlakemike, 4:34 AM GMT on May 16, 2013


3,000-acre wildfire erupts in area of I-5, Frazier Park
By staff Published: May 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM PDT Last Updated: May 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM PDT

Fire Crews Continue Attack on 3,000-Acre Wildfire North of Los Angeles
The fire started early Wednesday afternoon and consumed 2,000 acres in about 2 1/2 hours
By Jonathan Lloyd | Thursday, May 16, 2013 | Updated 6:27 AM PDT

California Fire Map

Los Angeles Times

Frazier Park, Calif. — A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop as dusk descends on the Los Padres National Forest near Gorman, where the Grand fire has burned more than 3,500 acres.



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You know you are in Southern California when you start seeing car washes like this...

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Updated: 3:15 PM GMT on May 20, 2013


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