Tuesday, September 30, 2014

California pepper tree

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I like pepper trees. I love the incongruity of the tree: the gnarly trunk looks rugged and wild, yet the leaves are graceful and airy. It makes for an interesting contrast.

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Despite the name, the California pepper tree is not native to California. It is native to the deserts of Peru but has since been cultivated in warm regions around the world. This tree can be found throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the southern United States, Hawaii, Australia and Africa. It is a fast-growing tree, even though its bark makes it look ancient.

I have always thought the red berries were not edible, but according to one of the sites I researched,  they can be substituted for pepper.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fly me to the moon

Control panel

Kids playing on the space-themed play equipment at Furman Park can practice their take-offs and landings.

Friday, September 26, 2014



The miracle of life and the miracle of science combine to give this mom her first touch with her newborn son, born six weeks early.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Los Angeles County Fair #2


Yesterday I showed you a couple of scenes from the Los Angeles County fair that caught my interest but today I'll show you why I really went. First, I went to see the Photography exhibit. I got some great ideas and really enjoyed the experience.

Next, I went to see the bunnies. They are the most adorable animals (to look at). One of them would pick up straw in its mouth then go and bite the other bunnies on the backside. They would hop away and he would go bite another. Then one bunny had had enough and came and bit the first bunny. He hopped off and stopped biting the other bunnies.

On the human side, this is Dwight, in the white shirt, helping a fair attendee. His badge read "Vice President" so I was surprised that he was walking the hallways among the crowds looking for ways to help.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Los Angeles County Fair


My wife and I went to the Los Angeles County Fair tonight. On our way to the farm area, we watched the Clydesdale horses park the Budweiser wagon. They are huge animals.

I asked the driver if the horses were good for riding. He replied that some people do ride them but they are built to pull. You need some wide legs to straddle those horses.

DSC_0212Once we got to the farm area, we saw a bee exhibit, a blacksmith exhibit, and lots of plants, both vegetable-bearing and just pretty ones.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's a sign

Furman path

What does this strange symbol in the grass indicate? It means that work is starting on the improved walking paths at Furman Park.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Einstein on imagination

Firestone improvement project

For my last Firestone improvement project post (at least for a few weeks), I'm taking this quote to heart. I don't know what these structures are for. Each has a quote on the inside and a decorative D carved on the street side.

So until they're done,  I leave them to your imagination.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zoltar speaks

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There were so many fun extra "touches" for the International Food Festival.

IMG_0988 as Smart Object-1IMG_1040 as Smart Object-1This little area drew me in because of the Eiffel Tower, but once I was there I noticed Zoltar. Do you remember the fortune teller machine from the movie Big with Tom Hanks? I kind of wondered if this man was making the wish that he could be a young boy again...

We arrived in time to see the belly dancers. The ZaZa Dancers were fun to watch. I can't imagine how much practicing this kind of dancing must take.

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I say "Good Job, City of Downey!" The International Food Festival was a Downtown Downey hit.