Author Scott M B Gustafson

San José de Gracia Church


In May of 2009 I visited the San José de Gracia Church on my way home to Denver. It wasn’t on my itinerary; by fortune I happened to drive past it while taking the High Road to Taos. Begun in 1760, the church was once used by Los Hermanos Penitentes, a Catholic religious community with strong roots in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Los Angeles at Night

And oldie but a goodie. Night time aerial footage of downtown Los Angeles. It makes the traffic look so peaceful!

Sit back and go full screen.

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Save Water

Save Water and Plant Cacti

Cacti and Succulents are great candidates for Xeriscaping!

A few days ago a friend of mine posted some great cactus photos to Instagram. She was visiting a magical place in Nipon, California called Poot’s Cactus Nursery. While looking at other photos tagged at Poot’s, I found one of a man standing by a sign that read “Save Water Plant Cacti.” This phrase struck me as being perfect for a WWII “Keep Calm” style remix.

Xeriscaping is the name for a landscaping strategy that uses drought tolerant plants that reduce the need for irrigation. Cacti and succulents are great plants to use, but there are many other native plants that work as well. In Southern California, the Theodore Payne Foundation and the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society are great resources for finding plants to replace your thirsty lawn. The book “Reimagining the California Lawn” by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien provides a thorough and in depth reference for creating beautiful residential landscapes with native plants.

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