Walter Mencken 2 p.m., Aug. 22
Waterfalls, Tree Aloes, and the Evening Star
San Diego County's Waterfalls could be at their very best during the next month or two, depending on how much rainfall arrives. Three of the most accessible are: Green Valley Falls at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park; the falls below the first palm grove in Borrego Palm Canyon (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park); and the falls at the midpoint of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve — a three-mile walk from either its east or west entrance. Hikers and climbers can explore many other waterfalls (some with heights up to 100 feet) in remote areas of the county.
Tree Aloes, the familiar succulent plants with red-hot-poker-like flower clusters, are at their showy best this month. Large clumps of aloes can be seen at La Jolla Cove, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, and scattered along the embankments overlooking Highway 163 in Balboa Park.
The "Evening Star" Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation on Wednesday, January 14, standing at a position in the sky 47 degrees "east" of the sun — high above the western horizon at dusk. The interval of time between sunset and the setting of Venus is now approximately 3.5 hours.