Not California

Never more.


escued from my archives.

I found this picture while I was looking for something else. That’s sort of the way I make pictures, on the way to some place else.

The funny thing about the picture is that the subject doesn’t exist. Not anymore. It was a designer’s idea as part of the landscaping of a new venue.

The venue is all angles and made of metal. I suppose bamboo made a nice counterpoint, but the it was planted on the hottest side of the building in really dry soil.

I photographed it the day it was planted. Two weeks later the bamboo was dry and starting to die. Two weeks later there were broken stalks and little more.

Eventually the landscapers got around to clearing it and planting something else. Some of it succeeded. Most did not because they planted it too close to the artist driveway. Big touring trucks rolled over it again, again.

Oh well.


o, while I was working on this post I was listening to a new record by Los Lobos called, “Native Sons.”

It’s all covers.

That doesn’t sound great does it?

But, in their hands the songs are better than the originals. Better yet, I can sing along to most of it.

I can’t sing the two Spanish songs which is my fault for listening to my teachers in high school. They said take Latin. It’ll be fun and prepare you for college.

I never once used Latin in college, but I could have spoken Spanish in a lot of places.

Oh well.



6 responses to “Not California”

  1. beth Avatar

    I can’t see the picture, but it may just be my computer glitching

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It’s fine on two machines here, so it could be your computer.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. beth Avatar

        we are in the middle of a power outage, so no doubt an issue on my end

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Because WordPress is about words and seems to dislike pictures the first thing they drop if there isn’t enough power are the photographs.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. beth Avatar

        Ah, that would explain it

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        And, WP sent me an email. They improved the block system.

        Liked by 1 person

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