Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Yesterday I visited a friend down in Crestline. I was amazed to see daffodils blooming already!
And an ornamental fruit tree (I always forget what these are called).
And dandelions already in the puff-ball stage! Crestline is around 5,000 feet in elevation, and Spring usually arrives there about a week and a half before it gets up here. It's just crazy that these things are blooming in February! (Usually, Spring arrives in April, sometimes as late as mid May, and gardeners never planted annuals until after Memorial Day). Also, her Camellia bush is blooming. So pretty...
But, this little creature was such a wonderful surprise:
A squirrel!!! She said she's been feeding two, yes TWO of them for about a month now. We're both hoping that they're a breeding pair, but she can't get a close enough look at the "deciding factors" to tell. A plague wiped out all the squirrels up here in 2008, so most people are very happy when a squirrel is sighted. There were three visiting my feeders, but I've only seen one lately. I'd like to think that the two at my friend's house came from my house, but the distance is just too far.
Meanwhile, the weather people are saying that we're supposed to get a light dusting of snow on Sunday. I'm hoping that this is the first wedge that will break this weather pattern that we're stuck in so the west can get cool, wet weather and the east can thaw out. My thoughts and prayers are with all the animals and people in parts of the U.S. and Canada who are struggling with the terrible cold and huge amounts of snow.
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Was Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Alyce Eloise at the top of the Halloween tree)
Feed the Hungry
A five minute walk from my door...
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
Give a Child a Book
What I'm Reading Now:
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Care for a cuppa?
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.