I was uplifted above a world of love, hate and storms of passion, for I was calm amidst the eternal silences, bathing in the living blue. Peace rested that one bright day on the mountaintop. ~~ Isabella Bird, "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains"
...and a very cold one. Temperatures haven't been out of the thirties for the past week, and our lows have been in the teens and low twenties. I've been struggling with a cold, or something, for the past several days. Usually I sleep a lot when I have something like this, but I haven't had a night in a week where I managed to sleep longer than an hour without waking up. So, if this post isn't very coherent, that's why...
All the ferns have turned a beautiful pale gold, a sure sign that autumn is on her way out. We haven't had the amount of rain I had hoped we would by this time, but the weather people say big rains are coming...maybe in January. The Santa Ana winds are back, and nearly all of Southern California is under a red flag warning, which means extremely high wildfire danger.
There are little bits of color left here and there in the forest, while inside my house the annual chaotic transition from Halloween to Christmas is going on. The garland is up around the living room ceiling, and the tree is up, but neither are decorated. My collection of witches is still on the living room mantle, but they'll be leaving soon, while the autumn decorations in the dining room and kitchen will remain up until after the Thanksgiving dinner. Every year I say the same thing: "I wish Thanksgiving was in October!"
Taken October 14. This tree is bare now, but it was certainly eye-catching while it lasted. It's a little maple tree, and I like to imagine how it will look when it's fully grown, arching over the road and gently showering passers by with beautiful leaves in the autumn...
The temperature is plummeting (just after 9 p.m. and it's already down to 28 degrees F) and the cats are seeking out their favorite warm spots. I had books on top of the book Purcilla is on, but she she shoved them down on the floor. And, she doesn't like having the camera pointed at her!
"Hmmpf. She's always got that camera with her. She stalks us! I feel like a mouse. She better pay attention to the title of the book I'm laying on...we cats have our ways of getting even...heh, heh, heh."
Autumn mist rising from Lake Arrowhead, so pretty. Cold though. The lows have been in the low twenties for the past several nights, and the highs have been in the thirties and forties. Some of the stores in the village already have their Christmas decorations up, ready to welcome the influx of Thanksgiving tourists.
Lots of beautiful leaves flying about with the wind today. Some of the dogwoods have already dropped their leaves and some only have a couple of red leaves in among the green. The maples are mostly done, unless I can hunt up some down in Crestline.
The trees that haven't dropped their leaves yet are like lanterns, lighting my way home through the forest as I come back from a walk in the too-early November twilight. I hate the time change, whether in the autumn or spring. Time...it goes far too fast. I miss the luxury of the abundance of time that it seemed like I had when I was young. Ah, well...
Last night it rained, so wonderful. It looked like it was going to clear up today, so we went for a drive. After about an hour, it started raining again! Yippee! I took these photos from car in the parking lot of Goodwin's, a market in Crestline.
On my computer I could see the rain in this photo and the one below. I hope you can, too. AND...it snowed today!!! Not enough to stick, but enough for me to get the first snow of the season on my face and hands. Beautiful autumn leaves, the forest soaked by rain, and a tiny bit of snow. Blessings, so many blessings.
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.