Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Bark beetles have killed hundreds of Torrey Pines in the last years, including this collapsed pair, which used to across Carmel Valley to the
Reserve and the ocean - here's in a pic from 2013. Or perhaps it was just old age? Already in 2009, below, it was thinning. In any case, RIP.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


In Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension: an avalanche of coast buckwheat, lava sprays of scarlet larkspur - and hummingbirds!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Longest day

Views from airplane windows of our points of departure - Mount Macedon, VIC - and arrival - Del Mar, CA. The first picture was taken at about 9:45am of an Australian winter, the second ostensibly an hour later in Californian summer, diagonally across the vast Pacific!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sunset over the Mount

And so another Australian visit comes to an end...
I'm glad this part of the world is part of my life.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Closing the circle

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally been to see the "footie" at the "G" - an Australian Rules Football match at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds! I'd been told from first arriving in Oz that sport was the national religion, and, in Victoria, footie in particular. I've seen bits on television and made a half-hearted effort at understanding what was going on - there seem to be few rules, as there are few lines on the pitch. I've met people who've played (including my nephews as tykes doing Auskick), and a woman whose father was a famous footballer, who, she proudly told me, broke every bone in his body (the players have none of the armor of American football players), even his fingers!
But it really is different seeing it live, the vast oval below you, seventy thousand fans around you, and unbelievably energetic long-legged players racing one way and another far below, the ball changing sides constantly, the scale of things alternating between graceful long kicks, elegant passing and tangled scrimages. The word "balletic" recurs in people's praise of the game (at least among the people I know), and beyond the moments when a bunch of men rise, Kierkegaard-style, into the air to catch a kicked ball, there is a grace and a fluid joy to the whole thing - quite the antithesis of the US' static pointillistic national sports (except basketball and hockey, I suppose). The teams playing were Collingwood vs. Melbourne, and underdog Melbourne squeaked out a victory against the fearsome Collingwood, so that was nice, too.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Being in Australia with dear friends, delightful family and delicious food doesn't mean not missing home a little.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

We took the road over the mount to the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Proud brother

Photography was not allowed and I usually don't post pictures of little people I know on my blog, but I can't not let you know that at this year's primary school choirs eisteddfod in nearby Bendigo (no, I didn't know what an eisteddfod was), the choir my sister directs won gold! The staid other choirs have numbers, but the scrappy Warblers have swing!