Vacation complicates blogging. So does spring. There is too much to get pictures of now. The pictures that I get are difficult to process while traveling without internet access. As has become typical for the past few weeks, these six pictures are already outdated. I took them prior to last Saturday, but I am only able to post them now. That is not the worst of it though. Even with so much blooming now, the only bloom within my Six for this week is scarcely visible, and half of these Six lack identifiable vegetation. The last is essentially devoid of vegetation. Heck, when it was more foliated between 1966 and 1968, the most prominent vegetation was fake. I might share six more appropriately floral pictures from the same location next week.

1. Opuntia phaeacantha or Opuntia littoralis, prickly pear grows wild in the Hollywood Hills. I got a picture closer to another herd for next week, but it may be another species.

2. Hesperoyucca whipplei, our Lord’s candle blooms with an impressively tall and white floral stalk, but is barely visible at the center of this picture, taken from quite a distance.

3. Pinus pinea, Italian stone pine is obviously not native to the Hollywood Hills. I took a picture of this feral specimen because I thought it might be the legendary Wisdom Tree.

4. Not much vegetation is visible within this picture of an abandoned quarry, but Rhody directed me to this captivating scenery. Because of limited accessibility, we got no closer.

5. Zooming into the previous picture makes its scenery more captivating, and also shows a bit more vegetation within a residential landscape. Most of it is unidentifiable though.

6. Artificial English ivy with random native vegetation formerly inhabited this presently barren landscape. The busted fence is now quite uninviting. Does anyone recognize this?

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Hollywood

  1. Don’t recognize the location of the fenced off tunnel/cave/former movie set. The rest of the pictures felt like home – well, north of home. I guess I am old enough now that I can’t say I lived in San Diego most of my life, but I did spend my formative years in and around southern California. When I saw your pictures, they triggered a memory of what it smells like, the sage/eucalyptus/ocean smell. Here we have, depending on which way the wind is blowing, the smell known as dairy air. On the other hand, the milk I drink comes from 15 minutes away. I have met the cows. It is the best milk I have ever tasted.

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    1. Well, you certainly figured out quite a bit about the cave even without recognizing it. You would recognize it with the Batmobile emerging from it. I did not smell the ocean while there. It is quite a distance from the ocean. The eucalyptus nearby did not smell like much either. The black sage was right nearby. I got a picture of it for next week.

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      1. Awesome! I should have recognized it – coming home from school and watching the cheesy old batman shows – in fact, I think it plays on Sunday mornings here, and I love it almost as much as I love the British marionette superheroes on Thunderbirds Are Go!

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      2. They were marionette superheroes, working for International Rescue. They would save lives and avert disaster in the form of all their lovely models getting blown up! I will still watch it when I get a chance. Clearly the inspiration for the modern and much more irreverent Team America.

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    1. YES! If there is a typical chaparral, it looks something like this. However, when we were in school in the late 1980s, some still considered this region to be desert. It is not dry enough to be desert.

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    1. If you watch movies or television, you may see more of it than you realize. Franklin Canyon Park to the West is the location of many movies and television shows, including the Andy Griffith Show, the Waltons, and distant planets on Star Trek.

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