An afternoon best spent indoors

A crazy afternoon of rain, thunder, a premature dusk, more rain and then light on the horizon. It was only 3 p.m. but motorists had their headlights on driving through Echo Park today. Meanwhile, in Silver Lake, Sandy Driscoll photographed the noontime downpour that sent water churning into the intersection of  Rotary Drive and Fall Avenue (pictured). Driscoll also reports the rain may have stirred up the animal life; she’s found an approximately 2-inch-long California Trapdoor Spider (they come out in the rain looking for a mate)  in her pond and a lizard slithering across her carpeted, indoor stairway. Even lizards prefer the indoors during weather like this.


  1. That’s a salamander – not a lizard. A Red Car Property neighbor found some in his yard. You know it’s bad if salamanders, a semi-aquatic reptile is coming indoors!
    See: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2009/03/salamanders-on-riverside-place.html

  2. That spider is gonna give me nightmares.

  3. Thanks very much for the info, Diane! Now I’m particularly glad that I immediately (after photographing, of course!) put him/her in my herb garden next to my little pool/water feature.

  4. Best spent indoors, indeed. I dare say I went for a walk around Atwater Village while my truck was being tended to yesterday. The first 30 minutes to the river was awesome. Then the skies opened up at about noon while I was standing in the middle of the Sunnynook Pedestrian Bridge, and by the time I got back to my vehicle I was the Walking Drowned.

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