Friday, January 10, 2014

FRIDAY, MY TOWN SHOOT OUT

WINTER IN MY TOWN...
So far we haven't had any winter yet.  The temps have been in the upper 60's and lower 70's for weeks.  Next week they are forecasting low 80's!!  We have had only three showery days since March and we desperately need rain.  But people such as my sister who has come down here to escape the deep freeze of  Toronto are truly rejoicing. -- and so are we if we don't think about the rain.

All these photos were taken in the last week.

I found a few trees which have now lost almost all their leaves:


If you look carefully at the lower branches of this tree you can see how some of us decorate for Christmas


This one shows both bare trees, some with all their leaves and the beautiful date palm, so typical of Southern California.

This is our ice plant that blooms thickly in the spring.  The warm weather has brought it out so much earlier than usual.  The ice plant is spectacular when in full bloom -- just a mass of vivid color.


Bouganvillea that has never stopped blooming.

A neighbor's spectacular plant is blooming beautifully.


The creek has nearly run dry, just the water from sprinklers are keeping it flowing.

And look what I found up by the lake all sunning themselves on this rather small slab of cement.  I had no idea we had that many turtles in the lake.

So come on by and stop for a cup of tea on the porch!

This is my entry for FMTSO.  Come and visit others who are showing their town in winter, by clicking HERE


13 comments:

Jane and Chris said...

Now, that's MY kind of winter!
Jane x

snafu said...

Looks a bit different to our neck of the wood. There is too much water here and today is the first day that no new flood warnings have gone out since the 1st of December.

Ruth Kelly said...

Very different from Utah - I am ready to head south and get some warm sunshine. We have sun but it is not warm enough.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Oh, I love your porch. It looks so cozy. :)

Peggy Jones said...

Would I ever love to come to a warm place for a cup of tea. Your photos are great. Trees are always good subjects. Those bright colored flowers sure good good.

Peggy Jones said...

Would I ever love to come to a warm place for a cup of tea. Your photos are great. Trees are always good subjects. Those bright colored flowers sure good good.

Dartford Warbler said...

What a heartwarming post and such a contrast to our English rain and cold! Your gardens are beautiful.

Enjoy your warm winter. You have chosen a lovely place to live.

sandy said...

Some pastors up here in the mountain communities have asked for all people on the mountains to pray for rain and snow. Today was a "group" prayer all across the Rim of the World communities.

I enjoyed seeing pics and love those turtles.

sandy said...

Some pastors up here in the mountain communities have asked for all people on the mountains to pray for rain and snow. Today was a "group" prayer all across the Rim of the World communities.

I enjoyed seeing pics and love those turtles.

Barb said...

Oh, I do love Socal! Great shots. It looks like Palm Springs where I was today.

J9 said...

Looks so warm and inviting.

GingerV said...

loved the photo of your porch, yes it says come-in-lets talk. I liked also the trees, just a clue that you are in Winter. I liked the combination of palm tree and leaf-less. nice photos.

claude said...

Hello Chris !
You can imagine how I would to have the same weather over here in winter.
Any beautiful flower in my garden.