Article: A Favorite Place: Santa Monica Mountains: beautiful!

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Image A Favorite Place: Santa Monica Mountains
By Kelli on August 17, 2010

There is a good chance that you have never heard of the Santa Monica Mountains. However, there is a good chance that you have seen them masquerading as Korea, Wales, Colorado, the South Pacific, "Olde" England, or even another planet. This is Hollywood's back yard and countless productions have been filmed here. The movie history is fun, but let's meet the Santa Monica Mountains as what they really are, a small mountain range on the Pacific coast.

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Imagevic
Aug 17, 2010 3:43 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Kelli, what beautiful and stunning photos.

Thank you so much for this adventure and telling us "in person" about things we only see on the news.

The mountain photos are just gorgeous but your flower photos are over the top. They just touch my heart.

I think you lost me on the rattlesnakes though Crying I'll take my chances with the lions and poison oak - the snakes, not so much.

You should make posters of your flower photos Thumbs up

vic
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ImageSharon
Aug 17, 2010 11:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
What a lovely article, Kelli, thank you.

I'm with Vic about the rattle snakes, though.

Absolutely gorgeous photos.
Imagevic
Aug 18, 2010 4:20 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'm also wondering how you deal with the fires. Do you have to wear a mask when the fires are there?

Do you have to hose down your home and keep things wet for protection.

vic

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ImageKelli
Aug 18, 2010 10:03 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Thank you. It sound corny, but the flowers are precious little gems. I'm glad that someone saw fit to set aside public land. Sure, it's not Yosemite, but every place has worth.

We live on town, so as for the fires, I've never had any more than a mile or two from my house so we've never had to do anything special here, but I think some people do hose down their roofs. The smell of the smoke can be annoying outside, but since I don't have asthma, I don't need to do anything special. The smell usually doesn't get into the house. The weird thing is when little charred chaparral plant leaves drift into the yard - perfect little replicas of the live leaf. We live miles from the chaparral, so that stuff really travels. You know what a cold fireplace smells like after you've had a fire in it? That's what the smoke smells like. Kinda gross. Just to be on the safe side, though, when it comes time to put a new roof on the house, I'd like to use composite or metal. (Tile is too heavy for this house as it was built.) I can always tell when there is a fire in the area (within ~70 miles), because the lighting looks yellow.
Imagevic
Aug 18, 2010 11:19 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I don't think it's corny at all.

They ARE precious little gems Thumbs up

vic
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Imagemarsue
Aug 18, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau) Piche'
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Another great article, Kelli! I have learned so much from reading your articles and seeing your photographs of the beautiful wildflowers these last 2 1/2 years since I joined DG and now here on Cubits. I never knew there could be so many different flowers in your area!
Thanks for sharing your hiking "adventures" with us!
KathleenC
Aug 18, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Thanks for the beautiful photos, Kelli. You helped me ID another volunteer by our pond - pretty sure it's the bush poppy, but I'll have to wait until it blooms again. Add that to the P. spectabilis, the mimulus, and the lotus scoparius that have moved in via wind or bird, we're pleased. Love the surprises as long as they are not Russian thistle! Can you imagine, I kept an eye on that Penstemon for months as it grew and decided it looked like a keeper, not a weed. I am SO glad I did!
ImageKelli
Aug 19, 2010 5:35 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
You're welcome, Mau.

Kathleen, how fortunate you are to have P. spectabilis come up on its own!
KathleenC
Aug 20, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
I know! I never expected to have good things pop up on their own, so now I look at everything very closely before I pull it! We also have a pine tree growing from some tree trimming mulch. We're hoping it's a good one. :-)
ImageKelli
Aug 20, 2010 12:06 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
You must have magic soil. Rolling on the floor laughing Did you have a fire where the native plants have come up, or did they just come up?
KathleenC
Aug 20, 2010 6:03 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
No fire, heaven forbid, they just popped up. We 'settled' this plot six years ago and we've just been fighting weeds ever since, while planting as much as we could. We certainly don't have magic soil! It was cut and compacted a lot and there are still spots where nothing will grow. Funny thing, the mimulus, penstemon, and lotus scoparius are all growing in a strip that is the most difficult, but on the edge where drainage is better, so I think that's why they survived. We'll take what we can get, as long as they're natives and don't make me sneeze! Rolling on the floor laughing
Imageadinamiti
Aug 21, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Kelli, wonderful article! It was greta to find out more about the mountains and plants from your hikes!
Adina
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Imagedahlianut
Aug 23, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Wonderful article Kelli and fabby pics. I picniced there many moons ago. I grow the little Phacelia campanularia in my garden because it reminds of great parks and recreation areas in CA. Thanks.
Imagevalleylynn
Oct 10, 2010 2:07 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Kelli, I really enjoyed your article. I spent a lot of time hiking those mountains when I was a child growing up. I left CA in the mid 60's, at times I miss parts of the state, like the Santa Monica Mountains.
Thank you for writing the article and bringing back wonderful memories.
ImageKelli
Oct 10, 2010 5:36 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Thank you

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