I like the clouds, especially the ones just above the mountains, but that flat sky always kicks my claustrophobia into overdrive. There's no translucency to this kind of sky at all, probably because the air here, and most places in the west, is so full of particulates from all the fires. No rain in those clouds either. They're just decorative...
Today I saw a California Sister (Adelpha californica).
They usually don't show up until around the third week of September.
They were so named because Arthur Butler, a British entomologist who "discovered" the butterflies in 1865, thought their wings resembled a nun's habit. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a nun wearing a habit that was orange, black, red, blue, gray and white...
I'm hoping the early appearance of this California Sister means autumn will be making an appearance soon!
Wild California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum). Many Native Americans used to use various parts of the plant to treat headaches, diarrhea, wounds and sore throats. Some still do...
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii) also grows wild in all southwestern desert "sky islands." Hummingbirds love it, and it's also grown commercially. It needs really good drainage and not too much water in the summer.
By 1924, wolves in California had been hunted, trapped and slaughtered to extinction...
In 2011 a wandering wolf, OR-7, was found in Northern California, the first wolf to be sighted in California in nearly 90 years. He and his pack roam between California and Oregon.
Last week a new pack, consisting of a mom, dad, and three babies, were sighted in California's Siskiyou wilderness. The 1.8 million acre Siskiyou wilderness is bordered by the Pacific ocean on the west and extends well into the Siskiyou mountains in the east and the Cascade Mountains in the north. Its a great area for wolves, rich in food, water, shelter and thousands of miles of wilderness. Unlike the poor wolves in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, California wolves are protected from being murdered by humans by the California Endangered Species Act.
Above and below is what some of their home looks like...
I found this photo on Pinterest and noticed an interesting thing. When this photo is viewed in the small size, it looks like a faery who is wearing a blue dress. But, when the photo is enlarged the faery immediately transforms herself into a moth. Or maybe it's just something with my eyesight...
A tiny portion of one of the west end bays of Big Bear Lake. The fish were jumping up for their sunset dinner of bugs. Try as I might (I think I took about sixty photos) I couldn't capture a fish with my camera, just the rings they left as they re-entered the water.
"Hey! It's World Cat Day! Go be kind to a cat, or lots of them. And, while you're at it, rescue some dogs, too. I can't believe it's the 21st century and there are still homeless pets! Well, go on, what are you waiting for!?"
This butterfly, a pale swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon), is common in these mountains. They look like the also-common western swallowtail except they're white and black instead of yellow and black. You can't really tell from this photo, but this one is about as big as they get - 4 to 5 inches across.
Birds tend to leave them alone; their markings tell the birds that they have a terrible taste.
They're such a beautiful gift from nature, I can't help oohing and aahing every time I see one, and it's even better when they stay still long enough for me to get a photo!
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
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
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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.