These signs are posted at the former home of ceramic artist, Beatrice Wood, and her friend, Krishnamurti in Ojai, Ventura County. The Ojai Valley shares some soulful characteristics with Lake County in that both places lie just outside the mainstream of 21st Century commerce. Ojai's relation to the Los Angeles Basin might be thought of as similar to Lake County's relation to the San Francisco Bay Area. Mountainous terrain allows both areas to stand somewhat apart. Rangelands, chaparral, groves of valley oaks, and hot summers typify both regions.
A cottonwood leaf in the creek bottom.
By the third week of June, this section of Kelsey Creek was bone dry and
hopping with miniscule toadlets (Western toads) and froglets (Pacific tree frogs).
The remains of a culvert sagged in the creek bottom.
Farm workers' latrine on the creek bed.
I looked out from under the fig tree bower.
A gopher pushed up fresh spoils.
Oak leaf hydraenga.
Oleanders of pink and red.
Cones of Digger and Sugar Pines.
June rain drops touched down.
Rusted bike seat in creek bed.
Seedlings of crooked neck squash.
Valley oaks doing their thing.
The feather might be that of a pied guinea fowl.