As I invest more time in the yard, I am trying to be better about identifying the flora and fauna around me. We have the usual So Cal suspects of a variety of succulents, jasmine, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, morning glories, etc., but I have been more focused on the birds hovering all around. So far I know we have the following:
Mockingbirds (in abundance)
Allen’s Hummingbird (just one, and it was very bossy and hogged the feeder)
Can you have California nostalgia if you are from California and also currently live there? Not sure. I had the fortunate childhood exposure to some pretty beautiful/bizarre and uniquely Californian architecture. I was researching getaways recently and got sucked into the magical eye orgasm candy that is The Sea Ranch, which I frequented as a child. Sea Ranch owes its character to developer and landscape specifications that obliged the architecture to draw on the landscape, and even for many rental vacationers through the 80s and 90s, these homes’ interiors captured the height of the 70’s aesthetic.