Ceanothus is blooming in the Santa Monica Mountains, great blankets of it
marching self-confidently across the chaparral. Inspiring awe. Big pod ceanothus, such an awkward handle for such a feminine display.
Thought: Place manifesting itself, opening a window to universals that we might recognize in our daily lives. Nature as possibility.
Practicing awareness suddenly you become very rich, very happy.
–Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
Details: Ceanothus megacarous–evergreen shrub, grayish green fluted trunk, found throughout the chaparral. Flowers in small clusters, white.
From No Good Deed: Environmentalist Stan Anderson to Brody Cooper, reporter:
“…three kinds of ceanothus. Mountain Lilac to you. This one is big pod ceanothus…Doesn’t root-crown sprout after a fire, seedpods just explode. If you’re around when it happens, which you just might be because you’re nosey, you can hear it.”