Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Car Property: Some Dumping Never Seems To Leave

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 21, 2014.  A TV has been lurking behind the trashcans at the India St entrance to the Red Car Property since at least April.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 

Other dumping has come and gone, but the TV remains. Technically, this is part of the Red Car Property, "Lot C."  Yet the City trash trucks drive up onto the property to pick the trash here, in addition to using it as a turn around, as India St is so substandard.  So the City should pick up the dumping at India St too.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 21, 2014.  That office chair has been making the rounds on "Lot C" for the past few months too. All of the other debris has been there for years. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 21, 2014.  The baby carriage has been working its way around the north end of the property for a while too.  It's currently stopped on a California Black Walnut sapling behind the Arco Station.

The City won't pick up dumping on private property.  It's the property owner's responsibility.  But if you witness someone dumping on the Red Car Property or anywhere else, get a vehicle/person description, license plate, photo if you can, and call 1-877-ASK-LAPD and make a report immediately.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Red Car Property: Someone Tidied The Piles Of Dumping

 Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 16, 2014.  About a week ago, someone pushed all the random dumping (refrigerator parts, car seats, random trash)  from behind one Riverside Place neighbor's house to another's.  It's still there.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 18, 2014.  Similarly, some of the dumping that was spilling down the hillside from a house on Adelbert was piled up on the the Red Car Property, a few days ago. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 27, 2014.  That TV, along with new dumping is still behind the trashcans at India St.

If you see someone dumping on the Red Car Property, or anywhere else, get a description of the vehicle, license plate and/or person(s) & call 1-877-ASK-LAPD immediately.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Red Car Property: This Weekend Looked More Like Mid-March Than Mid-July

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 19, 2014.  Near the Adelbert cut-through.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Marine Blue

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 14, 2014.  Despite the fact this tiny butterfly with an inch wide wingspan is mostly brownish, it is a Marine Blue.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The blue is positively iridescent in the sun & is barely visible on the backside of the wings, near the body in this photo.  Thanks again to The Bugman of Mt Washington for identifying this Plumbago loving species.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Brown Widow Spider

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 15, 2014.  Brown Widow Spiders are a non-native invasive species that are displacing the native Black Widow Spiders.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

A couple of years ago, there was a lot of panic over Brown Widow Spiders, particularly from neighbors with young children.  It turns out, Brown Widow venom, while stronger than Black Widow venom, is less dangerous because they don't inject as much of it when they bite. 

Learn more about Brown Widow Spiders & their very distinctive egg sacs (with some really spectacular photos): UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Historic Viaduct Footings: Bugs Are Busy - Dragonflies, Multiple Harvester Ant Colonies, Tarantula Hawk

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014. From the Historic Landmark Viaduct Footings looking toward Griffith Park (the second hill in the background).  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Yesterday, I walked the Red Car Property with Daniel Marlos, A.K.A. "The Bugman of Mt. Washington."  The bugs at the north end of the property put on quite a show for him.  Marlos immediately spotted a swarm of large green dragonflies around one of the California Black Walnut Trees growing above the viaduct footings.   In 24 years of walking the Red Car Property I have never seen a swarm of dragonflies.  I was unable to get a clear photo.  See photos & read about Green Darner Dragonflies swarming: What's That Bug?
Photo: Diane Edwardson May 24, 2014.  California Harvester Ants above the viaduct footings.

The Harvester Ants were very busy collecting seeds & plant matter, bringing oversized bounty back to their nests.  We looked at 2 colonies, but acknowledged we were not sure if they were separate colonies or part of a supercolony.  The entrances to the colonies were several hundred feet apart.  Read more about this important "indicator species:" What's That Bug

Marlos caught sight of a large Tarantula Hawk, "flying casually" under the heritage Coast Live Oak Tree on Lot C.  I noted we've been seeing a lot more Tarantula Hawks than ever before on the Red Car Property, especially on the north end, where the soil is less compacted & the habitat  includes more native plant species.   Marlos commented that we must have a lot of tarantulas or even trapdoor spiders in the neighborhood since those are their preferred hosts for egg laying. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Corralitas Public Staircase: Tiny Bee, Native Morning Glory

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 10, 2014.  There are countless tiny bees on Bug Guide.  The native Morning Glories seem to attract them.  We've even seen green bees on these flowers.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Riverside & Fletcher: Tell The Arco Station To Paint Out The Graffiti *Updated

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 9, 2014.  The Arco Station only ever seems to paint out their graffiti once a year, maybe.  According to LA Municipal Code it's supposed to be painted out by the property owner within 24 hours. (Click on photo to enlarge.)  

Submit graffiti removal requests to the City: MyLA311

Download the City's MyLA311 smartphone app

And the brush clearance on the Red Car Property should have been done by May 1.  

*July 21, 2014 UPDATE: The graffiti was painted out by the owner at the request of LAPD Senior Lead Officer for Silver Lake, Lenny Davis.  Thanks Officer Davis!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Corralitas Public Staircase: Tiny Lizard

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 13, 2014.  The tiniest little lizard (mostly likely a Fence Lizard) raced down the Corralitas Public Staircase before posing for a few photos.  It measured about 2" nose to tail.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Red Car Property: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 1, 2014.  Of course that new seating area comes with a fabulous view.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Adelbert: Red Car Property Dumping Ground

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 1, 2014.  Some neighbors persist in treating the Red Car Property as a dumping ground.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Blue Butterfly Drowns *Updated

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 7, 2014.  For weeks, I'd been trying to catch a photo of one of these tiny butterflies that flash brilliant blue in the bright sun.  They never stand still long enough, until I found this one, dead, in the dog's water bowl.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Wingtip to wingtip, the butterfly might measure an entire inch across.  In the sun they look more gray than brown and their blue is iridescent. They particularly like the Plumbago (blue flowers) growing all over the hill.

I am not even going to try to ID this little butterfly.  There are a number of blues with brownish wings.  

Butterfly resources:

What's That Bug?
Bug Guide
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Butterflies of Orange County (I know Orange County is not LA County, but it has a simple, easy to use photo index.)

*7-10-14, UPDATE: After perusing the blue butterflies found in Los Angeles on What's That Bug?, I submitted the photo and story.  The Bugman of Mt Washington thinks it might be a Marine Blue (Leptotes marina).  Thanks Daniel!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Native Blue Elderberries

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 7, 2014.  Many of the native Blue Elderberry Trees (Sambucus nigra) are dying out in the neighborhood.  However, this one on the top of Red Car Canyon on Corralitas Drive is one of the few doing quite well.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

According to UC Berkeley,  Blue Elderberries in California are not "Mexican Elderberries:"  The Jepson Flora Project

According to Cal Flora & California Poison Control, Blue Elderberry Trees are majorly toxic, however the ripe fruit is not.  Eat at your own risk.

Disclaimer: The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as CalFlora and California Poison Control on the issue of toxicity.  We often get email suggesting some plants are edible. If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Red Car Property: Extreme Humidity, Extreme Fungus

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 7, 2014.  Mushrooms are generally a winter work of art on the Red Car Property.  This one is about 12" in diameter, growing at the base of a tree behind Rose Scharlin Preschool.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Disclaimer: We often get emails suggesting some plants are edible.  The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as CalFlora and California Poison Control on the issue of toxicity. MykoWeb is the resource everyone seems to refer to for mushrooms. The Los Angeles Mycological Society has a recommended reading list.  

If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research.

Click here for all the fungus fun in the Red Car Property neighborhood. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Mockingbird & Red Tailed Hawk Had A Lot To Say To Each Other

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  It's not unusual to see Mockingbirds harassing Red Tailed Hawks in the neighborhood.  It is unusual to see the Red Tail scream right back at the Mockingbird.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  The Mockingbird has been routinely chasing the same large Red Tail, who does not seem very confident in flying or soaring.  A couple of neighbors who have also shot lots of photos of our resident hawks, agree this one is does not appear to be one of the nesting pair.  It doesn't hunt squirrels.  It may be injured because it seems to be very "flappy" when it flies.  It does not soar normally either.  It is very awkward, but definitely not a freshly fledged hawk. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  The hawk screamed almost as much as the Mockinbird.  If it was a younger hawk, I would say it was calling to be fed (you know you've lived near nesting hawks for too long when...)

Learn more about Red Tailed Hawks: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Saturday, July 5, 2014

LA River War Zone

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2014.  Despite the lights being left on at Elysian Valley Rec Center, a few fireworks were fired off from there.  This is the first time I've ever seen the lights left on at both the Rec Center & at Taylor Yard.  Usually they are mysteriously out on the 4th of July.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2014.  I noticed an awful lot of folks who have a view of the LA River from the hills seemed to be having parties to watch the illegal fireworks show (that sounds more like a war zone when you live closer to it).  Of course, there were some idiots on top of Echo Park Ave & Landa as well as Cerro Gordo & Fellowship Parkway who seemed to feel the need to participate in shooting off the illegal explosives in the hills in a year of record drought.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2014.  Late July 4th, I exchanged emails with a Fellowship Parkway neighbor, who remarked there seemed to be a lot more fireworks than recent years.  (The economy is doing better.)  

I also noticed the fireworks seemed more concentrated on the east bank of the LA River  in Glassell Park.  Gentrification seems to be changing Elysian Valley.  However, the northern part of Elysian Valley near the 2 Freeway had its usual massive displays shot from backyards, just below my hill. Unfortunately for good photos, the trees block the view.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Feral TVs Multiply When You're Not Looking

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 3, 2014.  The day after the City picked up the last illegally dumped TV on Corralitas Drive - 2 more showed up - all seemed to have been taken apart and something removed prior to dumping.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Last night, neighbors above this portion of the street, upon hearing the sounds of dumping, reported seeing a dark gray or black Toyota pick-up truck pulling away from the curb.  A truck with a similar description has been witnessed in other parts of the neighborhood in conjunction with dumping incidents. 

If you witness dumping anywhere, take a photo with your cell phone.  It not only records vital descriptions & license plate, it also records time & date.  Call the police immediately, tell them what you are witnessing. 

There is no excuse for dumping.  You can take TV's to the City's LA-Glendale S.A.F.E. eWaste Center FOR FREE.  It's ludicrously close to our neighborhood.  They even take it out of your car for you. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Red Car Property Neighborhood: There's Nothing Scarier On The 4th Of July Than Hipsters With Fireworks

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2013.  That giant airborne explosion is not a professional fireworks show, but illegal fireworks shot off by some idiot on the south (Silver Lake & Elysian Heights) side of the 5 Freeway, close to Corralitas Drive.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

It seems every year we see more people shooting off illegal fireworks in the hills.  You can hear the gunpowder raining down on your roof, patios & trees - as I witnessed on Corralitas a couple years ago.  That same year, another neighbor was dumbstruck when he saw drunken hipsters shooting off similar fireworks way up on top of Micheltorena.  

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 27, 2014.  The dying Eucalyptus tree is still hanging above Red Car Canyon today.  (APN 5440-030-033)  

In fact, only 2 of the dozen or so dead and dying Eucalyptus we highlighted in May trees were significantly trimmed back.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  The dead weeds are taller than the allowed 3" within 100' of homes. 

Links: LAFD Brush Clearance Unit
All our brush clearance posts

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Corralitas Drive: If You're Going To Drive Here To Dump Your TV, Drive A Couple Miles Up The 5 Freeway & Dump It Legally

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  Sometime between 10 AM & 6:30 PM, in broad daylight someone bothered to dump a TV where there are no addresses on Corralitas Drive so it is hard for us to call in the illegal dumping to the City.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

There's no excuse - you didn't walk your old TV here.  Rather than drive & dump your TV in someone's neighborhood, drive to the LA-Glendale S.A.F.E. e-Waste Center just up the the 5 Freeway off Colorado Blvd exit FOR FREE!

If you witness someone dumping, take a photo with your cell phone of their truck/license plate or write down as many details of the make/model/year plates/ suspect(s) description(s) etc as possible,  and call the police 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Corralitas Public Staircase: White Butterfly

Photo: Diane Edwardson, Corralitas Public Staircase - bottom 2 flights of stairs.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

It is similar to the one shot on the north end of the Red Car Property in May.