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EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDENGate and Mosaic East San Jose, CA
This is a detail of the mosaic and ornamental ironwork gate at the really cool Eastside Mayfair community garden in the middle of the ‘dangerous’ part of East San Jose. There is a lot of gang activity here, combined with not much opportunity and an abundance of poor people — many of whom are immigrants.
The garden is in full swing going into summer and is quite large. The plots are tidy and well-maintained, and each is full of vegetables and fruit trees. It feels hopeful.
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EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Gate and Mosaic
East San Jose, CA

This is a detail of the mosaic and ornamental ironwork gate at the really cool Eastside Mayfair community garden in the middle of the ‘dangerous’ part of East San Jose. There is a lot of gang activity here, combined with not much opportunity and an abundance of poor people — many of whom are immigrants.

The garden is in full swing going into summer and is quite large. The plots are tidy and well-maintained, and each is full of vegetables and fruit trees. It feels hopeful.

Phillip Odden | Norsk Wood Works 

Site: norskwoodworks.com

Amazing talent

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SUNDAY VISITOR
Earlier this afternoon, my older Great Pyr puppy was barking and when I went out to see what was going on, I spotted the big, beautiful bobcat on the hill that had set her off. By the time I grabbed the camera, it had ambled off. A few minutes ago, she barked again, and thinking the bobcat was back, I rushed out with my camera to discover this beauty hunting for gophers on the hill about 100 feet from my fence.
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SUNDAY VISITOR

Earlier this afternoon, my older Great Pyr puppy was barking and when I went out to see what was going on, I spotted the big, beautiful bobcat on the hill that had set her off. By the time I grabbed the camera, it had ambled off. A few minutes ago, she barked again, and thinking the bobcat was back, I rushed out with my camera to discover this beauty hunting for gophers on the hill about 100 feet from my fence.

BIG WHITE PULLET* - Cross Easter Egger Roo and Light Brahma Hen
I’m very pleased with this little lady. She’s from my first hatch this year, she’s a wonderful cross of Ameracauna muff and beard, willow green legs, and Light Brahma size and patterning. Hopefully she’ll starting laying in the next week or two, and maybe, if I’m lucky her eggs will be olive green - fingers crossed.
*Pullet is a female chicken that has not begun laying eggs yet. Once she lays, she’ll become a hen. There will be a “flying up” ceremony, like we had in Brownies. :)
P.S. The butt, front-left is a Blue Cochin pullet, in case you were curious.
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BIG WHITE PULLET* - Cross Easter Egger Roo and Light Brahma Hen

I’m very pleased with this little lady. She’s from my first hatch this year, she’s a wonderful cross of Ameracauna muff and beard, willow green legs, and Light Brahma size and patterning. Hopefully she’ll starting laying in the next week or two, and maybe, if I’m lucky her eggs will be olive green - fingers crossed.

*Pullet is a female chicken that has not begun laying eggs yet. Once she lays, she’ll become a hen. There will be a “flying up” ceremony, like we had in Brownies. :)

P.S. The butt, front-left is a Blue Cochin pullet, in case you were curious.

I’m Out of Quail Keeping
A while back In inherited a small covey of quail. They are beautiful animals but there isn’t much of a market for eggs, and / or meat locally, and they are such gentle animals, I couldn’t kill them even if there were. The main problem was that the males are hardier than the females and I was down to one female to 6 males. Not good. I posted them on the rehoming page of a chicken list, and the first responder was a guy grabbing all the “free” stock he could get his hands on. God, I hate people like that. Mostly they are looking for free food, stock to resell, or animals to fight. I declined his offer and sent them off with a friend this morning.
Though this was my decision, I still feel like a failure.
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I’m Out of Quail Keeping

A while back In inherited a small covey of quail. They are beautiful animals but there isn’t much of a market for eggs, and / or meat locally, and they are such gentle animals, I couldn’t kill them even if there were. The main problem was that the males are hardier than the females and I was down to one female to 6 males. Not good. I posted them on the rehoming page of a chicken list, and the first responder was a guy grabbing all the “free” stock he could get his hands on. God, I hate people like that. Mostly they are looking for free food, stock to resell, or animals to fight. I declined his offer and sent them off with a friend this morning.

Though this was my decision, I still feel like a failure.

India Blue PeacockPavo cristatus©Laura Quick
The feral peafowl are back in my hood. This guy was sitting on my car when I looked out the window. I happen to love them in the canyon, a lot of people consider them a nuisance as they are loud and messy. 
I brought him some grain and water then got my camera with the big lens. Didn’t need it but could have used better light. Oh well. He stopped by on Friday with his mate. Today he was solo. Hopefully they will both be back soon.
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India Blue Peacock
Pavo cristatus
©Laura Quick

The feral peafowl are back in my hood. This guy was sitting on my car when I looked out the window. I happen to love them in the canyon, a lot of people consider them a nuisance as they are loud and messy.

I brought him some grain and water then got my camera with the big lens. Didn’t need it but could have used better light. Oh well. He stopped by on Friday with his mate. Today he was solo. Hopefully they will both be back soon.

ALLY IN PINK GOGGLESAlta Sierra Ski Resort, Alta Sierra, CA©Laura Quck
Allly is 9, “…almost 10” she tells me. She’s a smart, quick, athletic girl with a graceful ease about her. We ran around with the dogs, threw snowballs climbed around on rocks and things. I found her to be utterly charming and surprisingly good company.
Here’s she bored waiting for her ski lesson to start and her mom to get her bindings adjusted. By the time the class starts she’s already mastering the snow plow on her own.
I wanted a photo of her with the goggles in place but I liked this shot better.
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ALLY IN PINK GOGGLES
Alta Sierra Ski Resort, Alta Sierra, CA
©Laura Quck

Allly is 9, “…almost 10” she tells me. She’s a smart, quick, athletic girl with a graceful ease about her. We ran around with the dogs, threw snowballs climbed around on rocks and things. I found her to be utterly charming and surprisingly good company.

Here’s she bored waiting for her ski lesson to start and her mom to get her bindings adjusted. By the time the class starts she’s already mastering the snow plow on her own.

I wanted a photo of her with the goggles in place but I liked this shot better.

LOOKS LIKE FALL - KERN RIVER CANYONHighway 178 - Greenhorn Mountains, California©Laura Quick
I took these photos on New Year’s Day while driving from Lake Isabella, California back to Los Angeles. I was surprised to see how much color there was still present on the trees.
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LOOKS LIKE FALL - KERN RIVER CANYON
Highway 178 - Greenhorn Mountains, California
©Laura Quick

I took these photos on New Year’s Day while driving from Lake Isabella, California back to Los Angeles. I was surprised to see how much color there was still present on the trees.

MASAI MAN
Outside Malindi, Kenya
©Laura Quick

I like his fierceness.

The piercing and stretching of earlobes is common among the Maasai. Various materials have been used to both pierce and stretch the lobes, including thorns for piercing, twigs, bundles of twigs, stones, the cross section of elephant tusks and empty film canisters. Fewer and fewer Maasai, particularly boys, follow this custom. Women wear various forms of beaded ornaments in both the ear lobe, and smaller piercings at the top of the ear. More

CORDOBA ARCHITECTURECordoba, Spain©Laura Quick
Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus) and a Caliphate. Such splendor is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city’s prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times.
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CORDOBA ARCHITECTURE
Cordoba, Spain
©Laura Quick

Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus) and a Caliphate. Such splendor is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city’s prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times.

ALHAMBRA - Granada, Spain
©Laura Quick
The Alhambra’s — which is Arabic for Red Fortress, was constructed during the mid 10th century by the Berber ruler Badis ben Habus of the Kingdom of Granada in al-Andalus.
Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 (when the Mulims and Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism or face expulsion from Spain), some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, was inserted in the Alhambra. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was re-discovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers. It was restored and is now Spain’s major tourist attraction, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions.
The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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ALHAMBRA - Granada, Spain

©Laura Quick

The Alhambra’s — which is Arabic for Red Fortress, was constructed during the mid 10th century by the Berber ruler Badis ben Habus of the Kingdom of Granada in al-Andalus.

Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 (when the Mulims and Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism or face expulsion from Spain), some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, was inserted in the Alhambra. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was re-discovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers. It was restored and is now Spain’s major tourist attraction, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions.

The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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