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Hello again

downtown


downtown LA

Well that was interesting. Sold the house, traveled and blogged, house hunted and didn't blog and now, voila. Back again.

That's downtown LA as we headed toward LAX three weeks ago, airplane window acting as blue filter.

The drought from above

It's a shock to see the Central Valley these days:

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At least a third of the farmland left unplanted:

Central Valley runs out of water


As our epic drought grinds on and on.

the California drought

The last of the last

Just a few more photos from San Juan Island:

A lavender farm:

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lavender


mix


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A friend's farm:

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Swallowtail:

the swallowtail


Porch:

front porch, lavender farm


Another porch:

front porch flowers


One more porch:

magic castle


The view from that porch:

the view


Onward:

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Upward:

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Back again.

downtown los angeles

Another orca

They're so big and brash and loud and fast that I can't imagine ever being blasé (Orcas? Yawn.) about seeing them:

hello, orca


Also, Roche Harbor. Everywhere we went on San Juan Island, it looked like a postcard.

roche harbor

And yes, vacation's over so after a photo dump tomorrow, back to the 'Bu.

Quail crossing

Mama and papa quail, herding their little family safely across the road on San Juan Island:

mama and papa quail and the kids


quail family


quail crossing

Signs of Saturday: Attention stoners

You know that "customers pay first" sentence on gas pumps that tells you to settle up before filling up?

In Barstow someone did a bit of creative editing:

stoners pay first

Confetti

At a mountain house with cool and nearly Nordic views (hello, Canada)...


the view


...the wildflowers are having a party.

wildflowers

The quick brown black fox

See him?

hidden


The little fox?

on the hunt


Looking.

little fox


Listening.

listening


Waiting.

hunting


(And scratching.)

itchy


Wild thing.

face

And...

When we landed, this happened:

Orcas...

orcas


And a little red fox.

red island fox

The San Juan Islands in Washington, where international data roaming charges (thanks, AT&T) apply,

So, this happened:

our plane


boarding


hello, Seattle


San Juan islands

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