The Saturday Botanicals

JUST ABOVE SUNSET – as a commentary site – has gone dark, at least for now. For now there’s just occasional photography, and each Saturday that would be botanical galleries.

Softened Roses (40 images): That was odd. The month opened with cool overcast skies, not like Los Angeles at all, but the soft light softened all the roses in bloom everywhere. They became subtle, and hectic Los Angeles became quiet and still.  ~ Saturday, April 2, 2022

The Survivors (30 images): This is what persists here in Southern California now. There’s nothing new. The last item is Orchid Rockrose – Cistus creticus (Cretan rockrose) – “Cistus is a genus of flowering plants in the rockrose family Cistaceae, containing about twenty species. They are perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands.” No need to water these. Useful out here these days. They’ll survive. ~ Saturday, April 2, 2022

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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