Here are a few more shots from the blustery spin my mom and I took around our neighborhood.
This stay of horsetails was the largest I've ever seen -- about 6 feet tall and packed stalk-to-stalk. I have a couple of these growing in pots (my grandmother had cautioned me against planting something so invasive in the ground, "They're horrible, they'll break concrete!") but mine are downright tame compared to these.
Up the road, an avocado tree had dropped the world's tiniest avocado -- poor thing was lime sized and probably all pit.
At the risk of shooting side by side and ending up with similar pictures, I took a sneakier approach and tried to capture my mom while she was occupied and unaware.
Past the farthest houses in the distance is the Pacific Ocean and a cliff that slopes about 100 feet down to the beach. Also in the distance down the hill are the train tracks and Coast Highway.
A short cut for pedestrians along a private drive led us to a fence covered in the most beautiful purple blossoms.
Tomorrow check back for a more structured view of our neighborhood.