[097] Eschscholzia californica

pdc.redbldg.loomingI had a plan for this post. The Pacific Design Center complex borders a residential neighborhood on its eastern flank. PDC’s Red Building resembles a ship with its curved “hull” and soaring “prow”. As you walk down Huntley Drive toward Melrose, the massive building looms above the neat little houses and small apartment buildings as if it has slipped its mooring. It’s quite something – unless you’re trying to shoot photos directly into the afternoon sun. Which I was. And that’s never a good idea. So here’s one pic to give you an idea of what I was after. To be continued…

poppiesFortunately, my walking route to that ill-fated photo shoot took me through the terraced parking lot below Sunset Plaza. There is an upper and a lower parking lot built into a fairly steep hillside which is planted out with wild grasses and an amazing variety of flowering vines and shrubs and trees. I think many other places would be quite happy to have this as a botanical garden. (You know who you are.)

So I was snapping away – if you think I bombard you with floral fotos, gentle reader, then you should feel especially sorry for my Instagram followers – when suddenly I spied the elusive flora: Eschscholzia californica! The official state flower of the Golden State: The California poppy. “Copa de oro” as the early Spanish settlers dubbed it: “cup of gold”.

I call it “elusive” only because I just read an article lamenting the devastating effect the drought is having on our beloved poppies. But the cups of gold bursting forth in the Sunset Plaza parking lot don’t seem to be inhibited in the least. So, enjoy these snapshots of poppies and more. (And I’ll bring you that other story one of these days.)

hillside.poppies poppies galore

And there were these huge bushes covered in pink flowers…

masses of pink flowering shrub

And Orange Morning Glory – which is strange,
because 99% of the time it is those thousand shades of blue…

orange morning glory

And all these purple daisies, which I googled, so now I can
call them by their proper name: purple daisies.

purple daisies

Poppies & Company

Day 097 #100happydays

 


The End (so far)

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4 comments

  1. You know, I live I. Croft, a five minute walk to PDC before coming here. We lived there about five years, and off of Fairfax before that. Good times. Great memories. And nice photos to remind me.

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  2. So … are Californian poppies only gold ? I thought I had grown up with a bedful of them in the front garden; but they were all kinds of colours. Must’ve been some other kind. :-\
    Glad you sorted the nomenclature of them purple daisies, Steve – it’s a big worry not knowing what a flower’s official name is … [grin]

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