Friday, August 07, 2015

Del Mar plants up and down

On my daily walk downtown - well, down the hill to the Starbucks at 15th Street - I usually read. Not to worry, I am aware of my surroundings - I've done this for years, and Shanghai surely honed my skill in ambient awareness. I don't just notice traffic. This blooming succulent under a palm tree, caught my eye today. If you

look closely you'll see that its blooms have given way to baby leaf pinwheels!

Things overhead aren't as easy to notice: it was first the smell of eucalyptus that alerted me to this tree's pruning yesterday.

Pruning? Today the smell was still there but the tree is gone.

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