Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 104: Crepe Myrtle

From our bedroom window, we have a great view of the crepe myrtle tree in the small landscaping well outside of our townhouse.  A series of these trees lines our row of townhouses on both sides of the driveway, and the brilliant pink blooms provide a wonderful splash of colour throughout our small complex:

One of the most unique features of these trees is the bark, which is very smooth and sheds in thin layers during the course of the year:

As with the oleanders that line many of the highways in this part of California, these crepe myrtles have become emblematic for me of Sacramento and serve as a representative icon of our home here in the state capital.


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