Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday Sunsets and Gratitude
I took this photo in 2006 at Lake Gregory. We couldn't see the sunset, either yesterday or today, because of the RAIN! Yes, it rained lightly yesterday, then this morning was clear. I was grateful for the bit of rain yesterday, wished it were more, but thought the storm had moved on out to sea. Happily, oh SO happily, I was wrong. The clouds came back around noon and, at 3:20 p.m., they started pouring down the rain. It was a real old-fashioned California cloud burst. Every place in these mountains got over an inch and a half of rain, some places received over two inches! There was a bit of thunder and lightening to go with the rain, but no fires were started because it was raining so hard! And, it continued for one hour and two minutes...precisely. When it abruptly stopped, it was like some celestial being had turned off the tap. This doesn't mean the drought and fire season is over yet, but at least all the lakes up here have more water in them to be used to fight fires. I'm hoping this is just the prelude to a very wet, very early rainy season!
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 Is 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 Malcolm O'Mewy on the chair)
Feed the Hungry
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
What I'm Reading Now:
Give a Child a Book
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.
Care for a cuppa?
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
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"
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.