California has a truly remarkable landscape. I've lived here for over 20 years and I still do not fully comprehend the diversity of the natural environment. On our property alone, we have thriving desert cacti, evergreen juniper bushes, bamboo, redwood trees, and geraniums. None of it makes sense together, but somehow, all these different little bits of nature get what they need, with hot, hot sun, and little water. There is no logical reason why this should work.

What is perhaps most remarkable and unexpected is that right outside my studio windows, the most desert of cacti intermingle with several varieties of oak trees covered in moss. I couldn't begin to guess where the moisture comes from in order to feed gorgeous bright green little tubes of moss that drape themselves over tree branches, but there they are. Year after year. Through drought or flood.

The landscape here is full of survivors.

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