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  • Cheap Wide Angle Lens

    Matti and I got each other a Nikon D40 for Christmas instead of a bunch of little stuff. It’s takes fabulous pictures. For fun I bought a super cheapo ($30.00) wide-angle lens and it rocks!  This first pic is one I took without the macro part of the lense attached. It’s pretty blurry and has […]

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  • Big Sur Spirit Garden

    We took highway 1 through Big Sur home from the Central Coast a couple weeks ago. We hiked to the beautiful Salmon Creek Falls, stopped at Nepenthe for a yummy brunch/beer at Cafe Kevah in the sun.  Next, we stopped at the fabulous  Big Sur Spirit Garden extravaganza. I love their funky collection of plants […]

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  • Sunset is talking about Outer Sunset

    A couple weeks ago we opened up our Sunset magazine to see an article about our neighborhood: San Francisco day trip: Outer Sunset. That picture was taken a half block away from our place, where the N Judah turns around. All of the places they mention are cool. We like living in the outerlands. Our […]

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  • San Francisco Succulent Society

    Aloe polyphylla   Aeonium arboreum : Swartzkopf   Aloe sp.: bloom   Agave victoriae-reginae How can you not love the SF Succulent Society?  Not only do they have a sweet $1.00 raffle where you almost always win. They offer up cool lectures and unique sale plants that are tough to find at your regular garden […]

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  • Succulents in Glass

        A couple weeks ago I bought some votive candle holder things at Cost Plus for super cheap. Today I finally got around to filling them up with stuff. I clipped some baby succulents in the backyard, filled the glass containers with a layer of sand and soil. After that, I placed the succulents […]

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  • Casper Curto’s Succulent Bromeliad Garden

    In mid-December Matti and I headed over the Bay Bridge to Oakland for a visit to Casper Curto’s fabulous greenhouses and gardens. Casper is the owner of Casper Landscape Design. We met Casper at a  SF Succulent & Cacti Society meeting where he graciously offered a tour of his fabulous grounds. We’ve since joined the […]

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  • Morro Bay Magic

        Before we headed up to Hearst Castle we spent the morning checking out Morro Bay. Baron’s Orchid’s is a cool little wholesale/retail orchid place with a Koi pond. The Shell Shop is fun. They have shell encrusted pretty much anything. I’m not sure why I didn’t take pictures at the Garden Gallery. It’s […]

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  • Hearst Castle is Huge

      Hearst Castle was crazy awesome. We took the “getting to know you” experience tour where we got a good overview of the gigantic estate. Next time we want to check out the garden tour.  They run April through October. The Italian Cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens ‘Stricta’) were amazing. Check out this link where they have […]