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November 2008

Santa Barbara Advent Calendar - December 1 - Jade Plants - Crassula

Jade Noel

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

- Georgia O'Keefe

crassula ovata 3

Every December, the jade plants begin to flower. In Santa Barbara, jade plants (crassula ovata) grow to be as large as small trees. These jade plants,  in front of an old Victorian house downtown, are growing in a thick little grove, and some of them are seven feet tall.

I'm posting a photo advent calendar, with a holiday-photo-a-day, December 1 until December 25.

Goleta Beach and Goleta Slough

Yesterday, it rained and washed the city clean. 

It's been a long, hot year, with two major fires:  the Gap Fire (over 9,000 acres) and the Tea Fire (2,500 acres burned, more than 200 homes destroyed, over 5,000 homes evacuated).  The rain was just enough - enough to refresh us, to awaken the grasses that will grow over earth that was scorched, to settle the ash that is everywhere.

I stopped at Goleta Beach today, and watched the storm clouds wheel away from the shore and back out to sea.

Goleta Pier 4

The pier was black and stark above the water.


Goleta Beach Pier

The pelicans claimed the beach. The egrets, ducks, gulls, and hawks preferred the marsh and slough.

 Goleta Slough 9

I breathed in the air of the late afternoon - the fire and rain,  the storm and the calm, the dark and light of it - the wrecked and renewed of it.

Goleta Slough 7

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,

for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913