Most of the autumn leaves have fallen now, although a few oaks here and there are hanging on to some leaves.
On my way to my studio, I noticed that some of the leaves on this ivy plant were turning red! It's been hanging in the same place for about 5 years now and the leaves have always been green. I hope this doesn't mean it's got some sort of disease.
It's been really cold up here with lows at night in the twenties. On the 27th we got a little bit of rain and a sprinkle of snow. Only a half inch, but it's all welcome.
Last week, I made a card for a friend. I've just started to get into card making. So far, I'm loving it. It's a nice change from painting, and very relaxing.
It rained last night! We received a little over an inch of rain...not a drought breaker, but it's all important. The ski resorts received a couple of inches of snow, probably not enough to last through the Thanksgiving weekend, but they've been making snow so the runs are good.
The colors are always intensified after rain, and I think a cloudy day makes them even more brilliant.
Everything got a good washing.
It was lovely walking through the damp, cool air today. Even the fallen leaves and pine needles had extra color.
On the north side of the mountains the clouds were chasing each other.
On the south side of the mountains the sun was peeking through.
Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, drat it. The clouds never stay long enough these days...
There are clouds around, but they're not giving any rain to parched California. I think the air is so dry the rain is evaporating before it can even reach the ground, a weather phenomenon that's referred to as Virga. This photo was taken looking south-east from Highway 18 towards the San Jacinto mountain range in the far distance.
Relentless blue California sky...I wish it would rain.
I feel a little better after finding out that Hillary won the popular vote by over 400,000 votes. But, once again, the will of the people has been trashed by the Electoral College. That's a mess that needs to be cleaned up.
My brother, Jack, served on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. Thank you, dearest brother...and thank you, men and women everywhere who have fought on the side of the good, for our freedom.
Starting with the obvious...Q is for "quack, quack, quack!"
Quaint, delicate teacups.
Randi and Rita are so quick, it's hard to get a non-blurry photo of them.
One of my favorite things to do is to listen to a quiet breeze moving through autumn leaves.
It doesn't matter how beautiful the weather is, it's always quake (earthquake) weather in California! As I finished snapping this photo a 3.1 rumbled underneath my feet. Thankfully, no damage anywhere on that day.
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.