July in the Garden

July is not the prime time for floral blooms in the hot Southern California sun. But there are a few hearty sorts ablaze at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden.

The current art exhibit features images as seen from various memorial benches throughout the garden by Terry Givens.

A happy surprise, seeing this hawk up close.




Anna and Abby

Out of tragedy, a renewed hope. In 2013 in Forest Grove, Oregon, two young girls, Anna and Abby were tragically killed in a freak accident. Their mom has turned her grief into an outpouring of love, and you can read about it on her website here.

This tree has been decorated in Abby and Anna’s memory at the site of the accident.

You can read about the Love Rocks here.

IMG_9005Recently an amazingly large tree was cut down across from Rogers Park in Forest Grove as the owners of the house were afraid it would come down by itself and cause damage. This wood will be turned into play structures in the Rogers Park restoration in Anna and Abby’s Yard Memorial Playground.









Utility Poles

Utility Pole ClaremontTelephone poles, or, more accurately, utility poles, are everywhere, yet so easy to overlook. Once you notice one, you start noticing others. Some streets have them on one side, some on both sides. Some are in alleyways instead of along the street. Most have some kind of number on them, some have stepping bars for climbing.




Handprint Utility Pole Sycamore Elementary

Across from Sycamore Elementary School. An Art Project?