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Birds of Southern California:  Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk

Birds of Southern California: Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk

This morning I was working from home in our office which faces North to the #BalconyGarden. The neighborhood was filled with birds as usual. Doves, Finches, Sparrows, Hummingbirds and Towhees are coming and going from their nest to their favorite snack spots. The youngest birds are learning how to maneuver while flying...
Fall Garden Prep

Fall Garden Prep

The summer heat is here, but we are looking ahead to the fall.  What will we do to get the garden ready?   1. Take out plants that are not working ...
Birds of Southern California:  Joshua Tree Edition!

Birds of Southern California: Joshua Tree Edition!

Aaron and I went on a little weekend getaway to Joshua Tree National Park and Yucca Valley in June.  I fell in love with the landscape and the wild...
The Salad Garden

The Salad Garden

Salad is a staple of a healthy diet, as it is nutritious and easy to customize to your own taste.  A bag of salad greens can cost $3-$7 depending o...
My First House Plant

My First House Plant

Aloe Vera makes a great houseplant, especially as a starter plant.   This plant is useful for its wound and burn healing properties, and is easy ...
Previously Loved *USED* Books

Previously Loved *USED* Books

I've tracked down copies of useful and interesting previously loved books to share with you. I look for books in good or very good condition ...
Take a Hike:  How to Enjoy Amir's Garden

Take a Hike: How to Enjoy Amir's Garden

Amir's Garden has become one of my regular spots for a quick, gorgeous hike.  The paths to Amir's Garden are my nature escape in the middle of the...
Birds of the Balcony Garden

Birds of the Balcony Garden

 The Balcony Garden receives many visitors, but as spring approaches, we are starting to get a few seasonal birds coming through for a snack or a ...
Take a Hike: Stough Canyon Park

Take a Hike: Stough Canyon Park

  Last week I revisited one of my favorite local hiking spots, Stough Canyon Park.  This expansive Burbank park is home to several look-out spots ...
Birds of Southern California:  The Return of the Red-Tailed Hawk

Birds of Southern California: The Return of the Red-Tailed Hawk

The neighborhood was visited by a red-tailed hawk AGAIN. These majestic creatures can be seen flying over the greener parts of LA, looking for a li...
Take a Hike:  Surprising Animal Sightings at Griffith Park

Take a Hike: Surprising Animal Sightings at Griffith Park

There is a magical hike that I love at Griffith Park.  On this hike I have seen a variety of animals...

Birds of Southern California: The Red-tailed Hawk

Birds of Southern California: The Red-tailed Hawk

While sitting at the desk in my home office I am facing "The Balcony Garden."   The balcony's view is north, with a spanning view from east to wes...