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 photography –

Even Better Roses (35 images): A blistering May heat wave only makes the local roses better. Ninety degrees before noon? Deadly bright sunshine? Dry as a bone? No matter. The roses love it. ~ Saturday, May 14, 2022

Local Exotics (35 images): From the blue agapanthus – Lily of the Nile – through all the varieties of hibiscus – certainly not native to this desert town – to the giant white South African daisies, everything in Los Angeles comes from somewhere else. So do almost all the people here. But it all works out. ~ Saturday, May 14, 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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