Loveliest of Trees

Cherry blossoms

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 11.30.27 AM

Springtime in Oregon. The cherry tree blossoms abound. Between rainy days and rainy hours, the sunshine is magnificent, and the colors are vibrant.


January 2018: Photo Round-Up

A Netflix thriller, Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock, came to Scripps College for a few days of filming.

Construction on the new Pomona College Art Museum became more visible.

My friend told me about her favorite tree along Foothill Blvd (aka Route 66), so I had to take a closer look at it. It’s a live oak.

New signage for the Robert Redford Conservancy (across the street from above tree).

Comedienne Tig Notaro spoke at Scripps, and the Motley Coffeehouse at Scripps will be open this week.

Claremont City Tree

This one could be debated for a long time. Claremont has been a Tree City USA for over 30 years and has over 23,000 trees. Two species, the American Elm and the Eucalyptus are historic specimens.

But because both of those species were transplanted into southern California, I think that one of our native trees should be our city tree, and I submit my vote for the Live Oak Tree. These huge trees are all over the city and in the hills. Here is one in the RSABG and a little grove on the Claremont Wilderness Trail.


The leaves are small, curved and very spiky. It’s not so much fun to walk barefoot under one of these trees.



Trees and Art: It’s Gotta Be Claremont

In our city of Trees and PhDs we have a vibrant art community. Last month art and trees intersected in several events.

The newest exhibit at RSABG features art inspired by Johnson’s Pasture, painted by Kendall Johnson, great-grandson of the people who originally purchased the land in the foothills above Claremont. Ken spoke at the opening reception on July 21.



Earlier in the month on July 17, Sustainable Claremont along with Claremont Heritage hosted a panel of artists at the Claremont Museum of Art to discuss the intersection of art and trees. The Tree Speak exhibit is now over and the current exhibit is Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers – open until November 26, 2017.