Entries by John Poimiroo

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Night and Day

During this festive season, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens is beautiful both night and day. Nightly until Jan. 12, during its Moonlight Forest event, the LA County Arboretum is illuminated with colorful lanterns while sunlit days still hang heavy with the last of LA County’s autumn color. Here’s some of the beauty […]


Behold San Gabriel

Early December is when the San Gabriel Valley is said to peak each year. Appropriate, considering that — scripture records — St. Gabriel foretold the reason for the Christmas season. As predicted, it’s peaking now with ornamental trees heralding heavy loads of yellow, chartreuse and orange-pink foliage in La Canada. John Jackson sends these images […]


Davis Pears and Peppers Up

Just like Healdsburg, Davis’ pears are up. So are its peppers. Philip Reedy was surprised by the bright color to be found in his neighborhood on a weekend walk, exclaiming, “There’s still color!” He found Flowering pear and American pepper carrying magenta and gold color. Davis — Peak to Past Peak, GO NOW, YOU ALMOST […]


Pear Perfect in Healdsburg

Soon after non-Indians settled the Healdsburg area in the late 1850s, they found that anything grows in Sonoma County’s fertile soil. Grapes, lumber and hops were Healdsburg’s biggest cash crops until The Volstead Act (Prohibition) eliminated commercial wine and beer making in 1919. Vineyards were then uprooted and replaced with orchards. To replace the grapes […]


Tujunga Canyon Gets Big

Big Tujunga Canyon is getting big above Sunland-Tujunga, reports Ken Lock. The canyon is coursed by Big Tujunga Creek, a major Los Angeles County stream which drops from the upper San Gabriel Mountains to Big Tujunga Dam/Reservoir. Below the dam, the creek winds through the scenic canyon pictured here, then spills out of the mountains […]