Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Pomegranate Tree

There is a lovely, fenced in, neighborhood park about a mile and a half up from our place on Citrus Drive.  I walk Taiga there on days I don't feel like socializing at the dog park.  Monday was one of those days. 

I noticed the bushy tree on the left (above tiny Taiga in the park picture) was bulging with some large, reddish-pink orbs.

 I inspected a bit closer, getting my shoes muddy (we had had some rain).

 This fruit looked familiar, but then again, there are so many sphere-fruit producing trees in southern California, that I thought this was just another "ornamental" fruit tree.

 But my curiosity got the best of me, and I picked it.

 Then I pulled off part of the skin shell.

Pomegranates!!  What?!  At my little neighborhood park?!

 I tasted the seeds.  

 Mmm.  Pomegranate sweetness.

 I am pretty unfamiliar with the pomegranate fruit.  But after sampling this one at the park, it's almost like corn kernels. Inside the pomegranate kernel, is the juice and a tiny white pit, which you have to spit out.  

It's a good fruit for park eating.  Lots of places to spit pits.

Then, on the walk home, I noticed these over the wall by the side walk.

Where do I live, the Garden of Eden?!?!? 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dad's 50th Birthday

Photos from Dad's Surprise 50th Birthday party:

*Photos courtesy of Austin Kelley & Cathy Thompson

Friday, October 22, 2010


Yesterday I was thoroughly disappointed when I realized, about 4 hours into our trek to Yosemite National Park, that I LEFT MY CAMERA!  Major bummer.  Then, while dropping the guys off to climb El Cap this morning, I remembered my new space phone has a decent camera feature on it... so I was totally "that girl" and taking pics with my iPhone.  Lame.  HOWEVER, I dropped the guys off at 6am, then watched the sunrise in the Valley.  It was a gorgeous morning indeed.