Friday, August 11, 2017


I spotted a hang glider today... 
It must be wonderful gliding around... 
It looks like the hang glider was really close to the clouds, but they were off a little to the east of Big Bear. 
She (or he) flew off to the west, into the brightness of the sun, but not, presumably, to the same fate as Icarus. 

Linking with:  Skywatch Friday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Sunlight

A bit of early autumn...not sure if it's heat stress that caused the colors or the couple of cool nights we've had recently. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sky Watching

It's been mostly cloudy here lately, but with very little rain.  The clouds were hanging around to the east and west of Red Rock Wall (it's a turnout on Highway 18 constructed from red rock, making it easy for the locals in the 1930's to give it a nickname).  The photo above is looking east.
This one is looking west towards the San Gabriel mountains.  Wrightwood, which is in the San Gabriels, got so much rain yesterday there was flooding!  I wish that would have happened for my beloved San Bernardino mountain range, but I'm glad it happened for them.
This one is looking down at the San Bernardino valley through the brown smear of smog that is so prevalent down there this time of year.  In the autumn when the Santa Ana winds have scoured the air clean it is sometimes possible to see all the way to Catalina Island (about 126 miles from this turnout).
Zooming in a little on the San Gabriels and that beautiful blue sky.  Even with the high fire danger and overcrowding in the summer and on holidays,  I love living up here.

Linking with Skywatch Friday

Friday, July 28, 2017

Enduring Beauty

These centuries old pine trees on Highway 18 are some of my favorites. 
They've been sculpted by winds, ice, snow and rain into amazing shapes.
Enduring, persevering... 
Growing more beautiful, I think, as time passes. 

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday Around Here

It's almost August and thistles are blooming... 
Thunderheads are dotting the sky here and there.  Mostly there, as in way to the east over Big Bear. 
The elderberries are ripening fast, almost ready to pick. 
I wish some of the rain clouds would rain on us... 
But they keep their distance, eventually disappearing behind the haze of smog that fills the San Bernardino valley this time of year.

If you want to see more of what Wednesday looks like around the world, click here 

And...I just realized it's Thursday!  Oh, well...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Amazing Hydrangeas

The hydrangeas are putting on a beautiful show in my back garden. 

I only managed to save one plant from the ravages of plumbers last winter; there was a leak in a pipe and they dug up almost all of my back yard trying to locate it.  They never did find it and resorted to capping off the leaky line and running a new one.
The back garden is slowly being put to rights, but I won't post any photos of it until it's completely done.  I'll just focus on the hydrangeas' amazing ability to produce so many colors on one plant!

Linking with: Amaze Me Monday
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunlight and Shadows

Coming home from a friend's house down in Cleghorn Canyon last week I was struck by how autumnal this scene looked.  The trees are dead, but still beautiful, victims of a fire a couple of years ago.  The brush is pretty much this tan color year round, except in the spring.  But, it makes a nice change from up here in Crestline... 
...once in a while.

Linking with: Shadow Shot Sunday

Monday, July 17, 2017

Morning Light

Morning sunlight shining through my studio's windows brought out the light faeries. 
They're very elusive creatures, only coming out when the atmosphere is just right. 
When they appear in the house my cats love to chase them but, happily for the faeries, my studio is a fur-free zone. 

"I beg your pardon!  I have fur, and so do many others who live here, Victoria!  Fur free zone indeed." 


Linking with:  Through My Lens

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Sunlight

Shining through an alder tree at Lake Gregory.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Skywatch Friday

A pretty sunset from several days ago.  The skies have been hazy lately from all the fires in California.  There have been at least four in these mountains since the start of summer, and there's one burning right now about 15 miles to the east of me.  Hopefully, our wonderful firefighters will have it contained soon. 

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Monday, June 26, 2017


A beautiful iris blooming in my studio in a pot.
After the blooms fade I'll plant it in my garden.   
Hopefully, it will like it there and give me more flowers next year!

Linking with:  Macro Monday
                        Through My Lens

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nothing But Blue Skies

And, horribly hot temperatures.  Our high today was 94...August temperatures in June.  I shudder to think what August will be like.  Some weather people think this is the heat before the monsoon season, which used to bring at least a couple of inches of rain in July and August.  It would be lovely if that happened this year.

Linking with:  Skywatch Friday

Friday, June 16, 2017


These are one of my favorite wildflowers, and they're blooming all over these mountains right now.
Splendid Gilia (Saltugilia splendens) is a member of the phlox family; this particular species is only found in Southern California, growing in the transverse and coastal mountain ranges. 
The flowers are tiny, about the size of a dime, but strikingly beautiful. 
Other common names are woodland gilia and Grinnell's gilia.  They don't make good bouquets, as they wilt after a couple of hours, so I content myself with just taking photos of them.

Linking with: Floral Friday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Ruffles

Linking with: Wednesday Around the World


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Berry Blossoms

Down by the creek the brambles are blooming. 
I can never remember (until the fruit ripens) if these are raspberry or blackberry bushes. 
They're so lacy and delicate.
The bees love them and, after the fruit ripens, so do the birds. 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nature's Gold

Nature has so many shades of beautiful golds and yellows. 
Far more in Her sunsets and flowers than I could ever hope to mix up on my palette. 
I love the crinkly texture of these Icelandic Poppies... 
And, the other-worldly look of their stamens. 
Linking with: Monday Mellow Yellows
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