Science, Statistics, Politics, Current Events, Photos and Life.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Miscellaneous Year End Photo Edition: Canyon Country

A holiday olio for you.  Dogs and fruit and the ever present sun-washed Canyon Country scenery.

House resident, residing in cool creature comfort.  That's blogsdottir's hand.

Visitor pooch showing off his/her shiny red coat.

Last pomegranates of the year determinedly hanging on for the New Year.

A memorial for Meamer in the Santa Clara wash.  A quick search of the intertubes failed to reveal information on Meamer.

Sun-washed will get old, since virtually every picture of Canyon Country is sun-washed. Still: sun-washed fence and mini-badlands along the Santa Clara wash.

Time for one of those periodic update photos of the Canyon Country bridge over the Wash Santa Clara.  Not the same pizzazz as Bridge over the River Kwai or Bridge of Madison County.

Mythological constructs know as "bike paths".  Trod by lesser gods on their way out of Santa Clara Wash to downtown urban Canyon Country.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Prep

The table, bacon and fruit.

The kitchen, pregnantly awaiting future bustle.

Sun on thanksgiving table.

One in a continuing series of bacon photos.

The fruit salad prep sequence.

Red grapes.

Orange prep.

Orange residue.

Blackberries on a strawberry bed.

And the end result.  Fruit Salad!

And no, there's no bacon in the fruit salad.  Though admittedly many dishes can be improved by the inclusion of bacon.

Canyon Country: Fall Views and Colors 3

A few last color spot photos.

Yellow with hints of gold, rust and green.

Lots of yellow!

The birch/aspen are really beautiful this year.


The Bones of Canyon Country

The bones, o the bones.

Roots up close.

Roots writ grand.

Trees are rather random objects.

Whole Lotta Canyon Country: The Park

Views of, through and beyond Canyon Country Park.

Canyon Country Park upper plaza.

This is why those romantic notions of Costco.

Old wood fence shadow and fence.

Lost Canyon & Soledad intersection.

Drinking fountain, circa when the Santa Clarita valley was first settled by Europeans.  

Canyon Country: Fall Views and Colors 2

More Canyon Country fall colors and trees.  Its been a good year for color, lets milk it for all its worth.

Birch golden yellow.

If this one turns, its a bad sign.

Golden red birch.

A lot of bright red this year.

And bright yellow too.

More red, almost auburn.

People trim the olive trees in some interesting Dr. Seussian patterns.

Red color with bug.  Note the bug's path.

The same bug making an illegal U-turn by another brilliant red tree.

Succulent on this.

Another yellow.

And when winter hits, and the leaves are gone, the birdies are left and cold.  Tweet tweet.

And where do all those leaves go?  Down, to the ground, but not to get out of the rain.

Canyon Country: Views and Things

Some photos, some pretty, some reflecting on less than happy events.

Dramatic mountain views.  But its not for sale.  A view from the backyard.

The new fence to replace the fence the drunk driver knocked over on Canvas.

View of the school.

Two theories:  (i) Santa Claus wanted a bigger entrance.  (ii) Firefighters knocked a hole in the roof to let out the heat.  Notice that you can see through the backside of the roof.  This is commonly known as "not good".  And its been a very rainy season this year.

Canyon Country: Five things

Five things that seemed out of place in Canyon Country.

I thought this was a CVS logo, but perhaps its just the shopping center logo.  A stylized four leaf clover.

Out of place and off color brick work.

Stone in grass.  A common enough occurrence, yet always jarring.

Burglar alarm or air vent.  You decide.

Buried shovel handle?  Upside down horse stirrup?  Something was buried pretty deep.

Canyon Country: Store Fronts

Some store fronts in Canyon Country.

Multi-colored store front.

Dramatic clouds over Art's liquors.

The post office mall, a few weeks after a good Samaritan going to the aid of a robbery victim was shot at the end at the far end.  This is everyone's loss.  However, next time I see someone being robbed, I won't be approaching 3 guys with my baseball bat, but will be on the phone to 911.

Ok, not a store front, but do you really want everyone to know where your swamp cooler and hot water heater are?

Long time rural character of the mobile home park stuck between a busy street and the freeway.

The neighborhood, with mailboxes.