14 October 2008
One of my favorite things to do with a computer is to just put in an odd search term and see what pops up of interest. Today, I put in a piece of lyric from the Counting Crows song, Long December "One more day in Hollywood, and one more night up in the canyon". I was feeling a little homesick for my home state and for some reason that song connects to a lot of memories. What turned up was absolutely beautiful and made me absolutely miserable.
RivenRock Gardens is a blog from a place that sells organic edible cactus. Don't laugh. That's their business and someone there takes amazing photographs. Down at the bottom of the home page is a link that says "Our pictoral tribute to the seasons". If you click on the link it takes you to a series of stunning links to years and seasons. All of this is interwoven with quotes, song lyrics, and invitations for people passing by to please steal a screensaver. You can just prowl and browse through the pieces of paradise that still exist and are enough to make a native weep with longing.
One of my granddaughters is named Brandy. Her mother gave her that name because she loved the song and because "my life my love and my lady is the sea". The photos of the central coast capture the power of the place. It didn't help that my November trip to Asilomar got cancelled, but here I was looking at oceans and hills and countryside and getting more homesick by the second.
So go visit RivenRock. Maybe pick up some organic, edible cactus, but don't leave until you've visited California.
I'm going to go cry now while listening to the Mamas and the Papas