on San Bruno Mountain--a "mountain" in name only. Unofficial site & official site.
The view north toward San Francisco.
A little farther along, using the zoom.
The dark skyscraper in the middle is the Bank of America building; it obscures the more well known Transamerica Pyramid behind it in this shot. That bald patch of hill in front of the BofA building is Bernal Hill, the neighborhood where I live.
The growing season begins in a few weeks, but some irises are getting an early start.
This is Iris douglasiana, an iris native to coastal northern California and in to Oregon. I planted some in my backyard under a couple flowering maple bushes.
Farther along, a January inflorescence.
And a dried inflorescence of something whose name escapes me right now.