Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thank You, Rachel

                     Rachel Carson, 1907 - 1964

She was the mother of the modern environmental movement.  She saw what was coming...forests,  woods, and meadows bereft of birds and animals, oceans devoid of fish.  She saw what was coming...and she did something about it.  So, thank you Rachel, and happy birthday wherever you are.  We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wildflowers and Water

Water flowing in a little creek near Lake Silverwood... 
...and some wildflowers growing on the creek banks, or very near the banks.  This is Ceanothus,
commonly called California Mountain Lilac.  It doesn't smell like real lilacs, but it does have a lovely, sweet scent that reminds me of honey. 
Yellow California poppies.  They're usually orange. 
These pretty little flowers are Phacelia, a member of the waterleaf family.  It's native to California, Nevada and Oregon.
And lots of wild mustard...I don't think there is anywhere that this plant doesn't grow.  It even grows above the arctic circle. 
Further down, the creek picks up speed before finally flowing into Lake Silverwood (pictured below). 
 

To see more of what Tuesday looks like around the world, click on the link: Our World Tuesday

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sunlight

Sunlight on dogwood blossoms dancing in the breeze.
The temperatures here are all over the place.  These dogwood flowers have endured rain, snow, and hail and high temperatures that were 40 F one day (4.44 C) and 80 F (26.67) the next day. 
They're holding up pretty well though, all things considered! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Skywatch Friday

Spring blues and greens...and an interesting tree stump. 

Linking with:  Skywatch Friday

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday's Critters

A couple of days ago I spotted this cute little dog at Lake Gregory.
It was desperately trying to convince some ducks to come closer.
The ducks, however, were having none of it.  "Yeah, right...like I'd be that stupid."
Eventually, the dog heeded the calls of the owner and turned away from the ducks.
"I'll be back tomorrow, ducks.  See ya then!"   Well...I'm thinking not if the ducks see you first, darling little dog!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Skywatch Friday

The sky has been sort of washed out here lately. 
It's been really warm though...too warm for May.  Our high temperature yesterday was 80!  Which makes it even harder to believe the weather report.  Temperatures are supposed to drop 50 degrees by tomorrow evening and we're supposed to get 4 inches of snow.  Hmm...I'll believe it when I see it! 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lovely Lilacs

A friend brought a bouquet of lilacs from her yard, in colors that the lilacs around my cottage don't produce.  My lilacs only bloom in pale lavender and brilliant white.   
I love the different colors of these lilacs.  Blueish lavender, lavender pink, and a deep, slightly reddish purple. 
It's so lovely to have a friend that brings you flowers! 

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jeweled Oak Leaves

Water drops on baby oak leaves.  I wish I could say they were raindrops but we've had no real rain here since March 22, just a some cloudy days and a few foggy ones.  I had to resort to using a spray bottle of water.
The leaves liked it though, I think, even though it wasn't real rain.

To see other participants click here:  Macro Monday

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Feral Family

Cindy, her two kittens and the kittens father, Vern, relaxing in the soon to be remodeled cat yard.
I haven't named the kittens yet because I'm not sure of their gender.  Even though they're still little, they're way too fast for me to catch. 

Linking with: Saturday's Critters

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Spring Ramble

I went for a ramble in the spring woods yesterday... 
I said hello to a favorite old oak tree.  Judging by its girth, I think it's nearly three hundred years old.  When I was younger and healthier you could find me perched high in the branches.
It's still thriving though, festooned with lots of new ruby leaves.  I love the way the oak leaves start out red and then slowly turn green.  It's like autumn in reverse. 
The pink Sierra Currant bushes are loaded with blooms.  Come autumn, there will be lots of berries. 
The manzanita bushes are loaded with blooms, too.  I've always thought the blossoms would make wonderful lanterns for the faerie folk. 
I even found a faerie ring in the forest...one not made of mushrooms but cedar trees! 

It felt strange to be wandering around taking photos without my husband.  We used to spend huge amounts of time driving and hiking all over these mountains taking photos.  Another thing I must get used to doing without him.  I feel better, though, now that this first ramble without him is over...perhaps next time will be easier.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Losing Half of My Heart

My husband, Chuck, passed away very unexpectedly on March 1, 2017.  I wasn't going to write about in here, but it didn't feel right to try to keep on blogging as though my heart were still whole. 

The preceding 12 months had been horrible for both of us; I lost my sister on March 16, 2016, then Chuck was diagnosed with cancer in June.  He battled it with chemo and radiation and he won.  In December, he was pronounced cancer free.  The chemo took a huge toll on him, taking him down to just about skin and bones, but he was getting stronger with each day that passed in January and February.  But on the morning of March 1st, I couldn't get him to wake up.  His heart, his enormous, kind, loving, giving heart had just stopped.  I know it was absolutely painless for him because he looked so peaceful.  That's what I tell myself anyway...

I'm still having a hard time truly believing that he is gone.  Everything looks the same...and yet nothing is the same.  The animals and I are trying as best we can to adjust to a world without our center...if one can ever "adjust" to something like that.  Right now, I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

I hope everyone who celebrates Easter is having a good one.  I've been horribly ill for the past four days, so no Easter eggs or chocolate bunnies for me.  (Not necessarily a bad thing).  I'm starting to feel better now, but whatever this thing was that I had really knocked me for a loop.  It's impossible not to feel hopeful at Easter though.
Photos from Pinterest

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Early Lilacs

The lilacs are starting to bloom, such a beautiful sight.  
They're blooming much earlier than they used to do.  Seems like everything is on an earlier schedule nowadays. 
Our lilacs used to bloom in the beginning of June.  I miss the long, cool springs that were normal before Global Warming started.  Ah well...nothing is constant but change.  And taxes, darn it!

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, April 10, 2017

My Favorite Bug

Several days ago I spotted the first of the ladybugs.  I was really surprised because it's been pretty cold here for April.  Last night our low temperature was 30 degrees F.  Happily, I saw more ladybugs today so I guess they're doing all right.   This is the earliest they've hatched; usually the hatch date is around the middle of May.

Linking with: Through My Lens 

                       Macro Monday
           

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Sunlight

Sunlight on apple blossoms dancing in the breeze.  Spring is in full bloom...so are my allergies.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Signs of Spring

Cherry blossoms...
Tulips...
Stinging Lupins...
and tiny Baby Blue Eyes among even tinier chickweed.  All signs that life goes on...

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Summer's Day

A beautiful June day at Lake Arrowhead... 
and at Lake Arrowhead Village, which is right next to the lake. 
It was still early in the summer season, so the village wasn't too crowded yet. 
In July and August the parking lot is jammed with cars and the lake is jammed with boats. 
But in early June...bliss. 

Linking with: Through My Lens
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