California is going to hell in a hand-basket, except for the weather. With the reins to that bit still firmly in Mother Nature’s hands, we continue to canter through heaven.
Started taking down the
Christmas Yule decorations at my mother’s house and was surprised by this lone variegated camellia flower. We’ve had intermittent rain, cold and a few warm days, apparently enough warmth to fool this bud located near the house into thinking spring had sprung.
Lovely things, camellia flowers. Here’s a Georgia-O’Keefe-esque close-up of the ruffled central corolla:
Not as surprising is this “Christmas” cactus, since the plant began showing buds at Thanksgiving time. The flowers are an almost fluorescent magenta, and sadly the wonder of them exceeds my photographic ability.
Winter-time in California is indeed brutal, but somebody has to live here.