Surfboards at Venice Beach, CA

Venice Pier, California

Pride of Madeira. Marina del Rey, CA. This drought-tolerant member of the Boraginaceae family is native to the Atlantic archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). It is a commonly cultivated shrub along coastal Southern and Central California, sprouting dramatic cone-like bloomheads up to a foot long, typically in late April-early May.

Pride of Madeira: Marina del Rey, CA. This drought-tolerant member of the Boraginaceae family is native to the Atlantic archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). It is a commonly cultivated shrub along coastal California, sprouting dramatic cone-like bloomheads up to a foot long, typically in late April-early May.

Agapanthus. Marina del Rey, CA. Native to South Africa, Agapanthus is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family and is a common coastal California landscaping plant. The lily-like plant sends up tall stems topped with a bloom cluster in May and June.

Agapanthus. Marina del Rey, CA. Native to South Africa, this member of the Amaryllidaceae family is a common coastal California landscaping plant. The lily-like plant sends up tall stems topped with a bloom cluster in May and June. Shown here are flower buds.

Dahlia (family: asteraceae). Marina del Rey, CA. There are at least 36 species of this perennial; they are prized for their textured blooms and cultivated in frost-free gardens. The genus is native to Mexico and Central America, with many subsequent hybrids. This one is in the garden of John Conner.

Dahlia (family: asteraceae). Marina del Rey, CA. Thanks to the gardener, John Conner.

Venice Pier, CA

Venice, CA (backside #2)

Venice, CA (backside #1)

Diptych (downtown Los Angeles)

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