On Monday the news was full of stories and photos of the "supermoon," which looks especially large and bright due to its close proximity to the earth. I'd taken several photos of it from our backyard Sunday night but moisture in the night air blurred the image. I got my best shot on Monday night soon after the moon rose.
|The light of the supermoon was bright but it might have been more impressive still without competition from the harbor and city lights|
Monday was also marked by ear-shattering noise that started in the morning and continued ALL day. Noise is common in my semi-rural community. Houses always seem to be in the process of being built or renovated. Tree trimming occurs on a nearly continuous basis. Sirens routinely set legions of neighborhood dogs howling. But this noise was worse than all those combined and it just didn't stop. It didn't take long to pinpoint the source with my camera.
|Fortunately for you, I didn't record the sound associated with this photo of sandblasting in process on this house's exterior|
The next photo provides an update on the status of my lath (shade) house, currently under construction by my husband. He and the neighbor across the street put up the walls on Monday. They expect to raise the roof today.
|Soon I'll have space for all sorts of shade plants! (Photo taken from the main level of the front garden looking down into the area bordering the street)|
Unfortunately, Tuesday morning brought news of wildfires in Southern California, brought on by a combination of exceptionally low humidity and high winds. As the day closed, there were 4 significant fires, the worst of which was the Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County about 2 hours to our north - it's burned 65,000 acres, destroyed more than 150 structures, and is still 0% contained. This morning, I woke just after 4am and smelled smoke. At the time, I thought the wind must be blowing smoke from the Creek Fire in Sylmar our way but this morning brought news of yet another fire, this one near the Getty Center. If the TV news coverage is accurate, this one has already destroyed homes as well. The fires have also prompted widespread evacuations and multiple freeway closures. It's a mess here and utterly heartbreaking for those directly affected.
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