Monday, January 26, 2015

California Dreaming #RMBCali

Where to begin? I'm still a bit dazed from taking time off for our trip to Los Angeles, and still coping with the 3 hour time difference. But it's time to get back to work and share some of our adventures. We really did have a great time, though we didn't do nearly as much as we had planned. And that might be why we had a great time. We needed to relax, not rush around to complete a packed agenda of sightseeing.

What we did do - swimming, eating, studio tours, theme parks and Hollywood Boulevard. And I took a lot of pictures. 1005 pictures to be exact. I'm having a heck of a time sorting through them and deciding which ones to share. I think this is one of the downsides of digital photography - it's just too easy to keep snapping away. Remember film? We were so limited to those 24 picture rolls we had to carry around. And the processing costs. Oi! Anyway, today I want to share some of my images with you, ones that remind me there are places in this world where winter means something entirely different than it does here.

For instance, it's January, but there are flowers.

Seeing these colourful beauties did my heart and soul a world of good. The white flower in the bottom middle position is a jade plant. I have never seen one flower before. Neither have I seen one outdoors. They are beautiful and huge throughout this part of California. Even the simple bearded iris in the top left was such a joy to see. Mine won't be blooming in my garden until June.

Gorgeous jade plant in Universal City, CA
At the same time, some things are similar. Many of the deciduous trees in the area drop their leaves for the winter, just like they do here. Apparently they don't turn the lovely fall shades that we get, but some trees do drop their leaves and take a winter's rest. I guess I hadn't thought about it before, so seeing bare trees among the palms startled me at first.

Of course, the citrus trees keep on greening and growing. I took some time for myself one day and went on a long walk and explore. I wandered up a residential street and was so jealous of the gardens with lemon and lime and orange trees growing in them. It's like magic to someone living in Hardiness Zone 6.

I would love to be able to pick oranges in my front yard.
We have a friend whose brother lives in LA. According to him. the climate in LA is "room temperature year-round."  That seemed like an accurate reading to us for January, at least for daytime temperatures. It was about 19-24 degrees Celsius each day we were there, but could get down around 9 or 10 degrees at night.  We were able to swim in the outdoor heated pool, but ran quickly to dry off when we got out.

If you're visiting LA at this time of year, shorts and tees are great for the day, but be prepared with a sweater or light jacket for evenings. Of course, if you're visiting from somewhere warmer, you might want a parka. I love people watching and guessing who's a local and where others might be from, based on how they dress for the weather.

More to come! I think I'll bring you to Hollywood Boulevard next.  Such an odd and fun spot!

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