Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October's Trees

Trees after the rain...
Wet bark...
Brilliant colors...
I wish I could follow autumn around the world.

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 24, 2016

Light and Shadow

San Gorgonio and the eastern end of the San Bernardino valley in light and shadow and rain.  Yes, it finally rained in Southern California!  Up here in the mountains we received a little over two inches of the precious water drops.  The rain was accompanied by the most intense, and longest, thunderstorm I've ever experienced.  It sounded like it was right over us, and it lasted for over six hours!  Happily, the lightening didn't start any fires.

Linking with: Through My Lens

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday's Critters

I caught some cormorants having a meeting at Lake Gregory.
Linking with: Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

O is for October

And October is full of  friends, young and old, dropping by...
Sometimes from unexpected places, waving hello as we observe them from the ground.
Whirling, swirling...
beautifully colored leaves.
October is full of orange pumpkins small...
Orange pumpkins glittery and scary...
And some orange pumpkins that are glowing.
October is full of Halloween parties...
With an over-abundance (as far as my waistline is concerned) of lovely treats to eat. 
And, at my home, October is full of kitties snuggling on the hearth, oblivious to Halloween decorations.  (That's Stella on the left, Penelope on the right).
I hope the rest of October is full of happiness for everyone...

Linking with: ABC Wednesday

Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumn's Colors


Linking with: Through My Lens
                    Monday Mellow Yellows
                    Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ABC Wednesday

N is for:  Newly fallen autumn leaves... 
Nosy (but darling) Randi and her big brother, Max... 
And....it's nearly Halloween! 

Linking with:  ABC Wednesday

Monday, October 10, 2016


Clouds...I never tire of watching, admiring and photographing them.
They sail majestically through the skies untroubled by the woes of this world.
If only they could be persuaded to drop some rain... 

Linking with:  Through My Lens

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

L is For...

Lenticular clouds over...
Lake Gregory.
Large clouds over Lake Arrowhead...
...and lawns around Lake Arrowhead.
Also, lilacs...
and Merlin and Malcolm, two brothers who love each other!

Linking with: ABC Wednesday

Monday, September 26, 2016

Beautiful Colors

When I saw the multi-colored leaves on this Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) tree I was entranced.
The feather from a Steller's Jay made it even better.
Nature sure used all the colors on her palette for this tree...

Linking with: Through My Lens
                    Monday Mellow Yellows
                    Blue Monday

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Arrives

Yesterday and today were wonderful.  Lots of clouds, some sun and high humidity.  Well, high for up here in the mountains...54%.  And, our highs were only in the 50's F! 
I found a couple of small maples down by the lake that are starting to get brilliant color.
Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!
Sadly, we didn't get a drop of rain, even though the San Gorgonio mountain range got over an inch.  That range and the one I live in, the San Bernardino mountain range, are only about 50 miles apart ~ as the cloud travels :D
The clouds certainly looked like they had plenty of rain inside them as they passed over.  But they were selfish clouds, and did not give these parched mountains any rain. 
This weekend temperatures are supposed to shoot back up into the 80's, and dangerous Santa Ana winds will be blowing, which means high wildfire danger.  So, I'm really enjoying right now...it's 44 degrees, the cats are snoozing in front of the fireplace where a cheery fire is burning, and I'm drinking a cup of hot cocoa.  Bliss!

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ABC Wednesday: K is for Kitty Cats

Do all kitty cats love paper?  I know mine become absolutely crazed over paper and boxes.  I think Merlin is thinking, "I hope mom isn't going to throw this paper out right now.  We've only had a couple of hours to play with it, and we need days and days!"   I think that's wishful thinking, Merlin, because paper usually only lasts for a couple of hours before you guys have shredded it completely, and I need to get out the vacuum cleaner...

Linking with: ABC Wednesday

Monday, September 19, 2016

Shooting Stars

This is Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), a California native that's found all over western North America.  It has lots of common names: shooting star, crimson columbine and Sitka star are a few.
It's easy to grow in partial shade to full sun, as long as you're not trying to grow it in clay soil.  It likes consistently moist soil, as on the banks of a stream or a seeping spring.  I've had good luck growing it in pots, too.

Linking with: Through My Lens

                    Macro Monday 2

                    Monday Mellow Yellows
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