Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


Four Years Young

This blog reached its fourth birthday a couple of days ago. Posting has been slower this year, but still pretty steady, averaging a little less than a post per week. There have been about the usual number of posts about stone, but fewer posts about gardens this year; a lot of our time was spent designing rather than installing or maintaining, and I just generally seemed to be a bit less plant and garden focused this year. Also, I made a concerted effort to upgrade my drawing skills this year, so I often went out with a sketchbook instead of a camera, drawing landscapes instead of photographing the plants in them. Next year I’m hoping to focus a bit more back on gardens, including making an effort to get photos of some of the ones we’ve designed. We’ll see what happens. My blogging attention wanders a bit, but more or less stays on track with plants, natives, stone, gardens, and Bay Area/California landscapes. This week’s rains have germinated a ton of native wildflowers in our own garden, already has me thinking about what the coming spring is going to be like.

The Bay Trail

Lately, I’ve been walking our dog Carla on the Bay Trail near the Richmond Marina. There’s a section converted from an old rail line that I really like. The views are great, and the changing tides and light conditions make it a little different each time I go. I tend to stay moving and focus on exercising Carla, but I’ve done one sketch and taken a few photos. It’s one of the nicer places in Richmond and I’m likely to post about it again sometime.

Meeker Slough Creek

Meeker Slough and Albany Hill

Meeker Slough


I’m pretty happy to reach four years of blogging. Thanks to everyone who reads or comments.

7 Responses to “Four Years Young”

  1. December 1st, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Greggo says:


  2. December 1st, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Greggo says:

    I should send you some photos of our local siverdale limestone quarries. Lots of limestone masonry work in town.

  3. December 1st, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Brad B says:

    Happy Blogaversary. 4 years is very impressive. Nice pics of the slough by the way. You captured it in some nice light.

  4. December 1st, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    ryan says:

    Thanks, Greggo. Send them along. I always like to see photos like that.

    Thanks, Brad. I’m at that slough a couple of times a week, so I took the camera along one time when I knew it would be looking good.

  5. December 3rd, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Gayle Madwin says:

    Congratulations on four years of blogging! These are beautiful pictures. I especially love the human silhouettes against the skyline.

  6. December 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    James says:

    Congratulations on 4 years of DryStoneGarden! I’m looking forward to the next years ahead and seeing more of your sketches.

  7. October 20th, 2013 at 7:22 am

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Richmond Bay Trail Sketches says:

    […] year I mentioned that I walk our dog, Carla, at the Richmond Bay Trail. For about two years now, I’ve gone […]

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