Monday, July 24, 2017

Amazing Hydrangeas

The hydrangeas are putting on a beautiful show in my back garden. 

I only managed to save one plant from the ravages of plumbers last winter; there was a leak in a pipe and they dug up almost all of my back yard trying to locate it.  They never did find it and resorted to capping off the leaky line and running a new one.
The back garden is slowly being put to rights, but I won't post any photos of it until it's completely done.  I'll just focus on the hydrangeas' amazing ability to produce so many colors on one plant!

Linking with: Amaze Me Monday
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunlight and Shadows

Coming home from a friend's house down in Cleghorn Canyon last week I was struck by how autumnal this scene looked.  The trees are dead, but still beautiful, victims of a fire a couple of years ago.  The brush is pretty much this tan color year round, except in the spring.  But, it makes a nice change from up here in Crestline... 
...once in a while.

Linking with: Shadow Shot Sunday

Monday, July 17, 2017

Morning Light

Morning sunlight shining through my studio's windows brought out the light faeries. 
They're very elusive creatures, only coming out when the atmosphere is just right. 
When they appear in the house my cats love to chase them but, happily for the faeries, my studio is a fur-free zone. 

"I beg your pardon!  I have fur, and so do many others who live here, Victoria!  Fur free zone indeed." 


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer Sunlight

Shining through an alder tree at Lake Gregory.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Skywatch Friday

A pretty sunset from several days ago.  The skies have been hazy lately from all the fires in California.  There have been at least four in these mountains since the start of summer, and there's one burning right now about 15 miles to the east of me.  Hopefully, our wonderful firefighters will have it contained soon. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017


A beautiful iris blooming in my studio in a pot.
After the blooms fade I'll plant it in my garden.   
Hopefully, it will like it there and give me more flowers next year!

Linking with:  Macro Monday
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Nothing But Blue Skies

And, horribly hot temperatures.  Our high today was 94...August temperatures in June.  I shudder to think what August will be like.  Some weather people think this is the heat before the monsoon season, which used to bring at least a couple of inches of rain in July and August.  It would be lovely if that happened this year.

Linking with:  Skywatch Friday

Friday, June 16, 2017


These are one of my favorite wildflowers, and they're blooming all over these mountains right now.
Splendid Gilia (Saltugilia splendens) is a member of the phlox family; this particular species is only found in Southern California, growing in the transverse and coastal mountain ranges. 
The flowers are tiny, about the size of a dime, but strikingly beautiful. 
Other common names are woodland gilia and Grinnell's gilia.  They don't make good bouquets, as they wilt after a couple of hours, so I content myself with just taking photos of them.

Linking with: Floral Friday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Ruffles

Linking with: Wednesday Around the World


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Berry Blossoms

Down by the creek the brambles are blooming. 
I can never remember (until the fruit ripens) if these are raspberry or blackberry bushes. 
They're so lacy and delicate.
The bees love them and, after the fruit ripens, so do the birds. 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nature's Gold

Nature has so many shades of beautiful golds and yellows. 
Far more in Her sunsets and flowers than I could ever hope to mix up on my palette. 
I love the crinkly texture of these Icelandic Poppies... 
And, the other-worldly look of their stamens. 
Linking with: Monday Mellow Yellows
                       Macro Monday
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Sunlight

Some pink dogwood blooms at the local nursery back in late April. 
The weather has been so hot/cold/hot here it's a wonder anything has managed to bloom or produce fruit.  The past two days have seen lows of 40 F and highs in the low 50's, while the preceding days saw highs in the 80's and lows of only 60 F!  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Blue Sky and Sweet Scents

This patch of wild sweet peas by Highway 18 in Sky Forest blooms reliably every year.  I always try to make sure I get a photo of them.  I've tried to get them to grow by my house, but I think I get too much shade.  You can find them all over up here in early summer, and the scent is wonderful! 

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Morning in the Studio

Morning sun shining through my studio's largest window looks so pretty...
Especially the sparkly bits.
It made a pretty butterfly (sort of) at the bottom of the glass.
It pointed out something I'd never noticed before...the cuts at the very bottom of the glass look like tiny, clear butterflies. 

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Memories

Memorial Day always reminds me of a conversation I had a long time ago with my brother, Jack.  He fought in World War II on a naval destroyer in the Pacific.  Years and years after it was all over I asked him how he felt about war.  He replied, "I was happy, even eager, to go and fight for my country and for the people I loved.  But now, after that and Korea and with all the horror that's going on in Vietnam...well, this is how I feel about war.  I wish to God that the people in power had to go and fight right along side the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air.  Maybe then they wouldn't be so quick to choose war.  Maybe then, they'd all fight harder for peace."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunlight and Shadows

Sunlight on the blossoms of Lunaria, commonly called money plant.
Casting shadows on little Seely Creek in the Valley of Enchantment in the San Bernardino mountains.

Linking with: Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thank You, Rachel

                     Rachel Carson, 1907 - 1964

She was the mother of the modern environmental movement.  She saw what was coming...forests,  woods, and meadows bereft of birds and animals, oceans devoid of fish.  She saw what was coming...and she did something about it.  So, thank you Rachel, and happy birthday wherever you are.  We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wildflowers and Water

Water flowing in a little creek near Lake Silverwood... 
...and some wildflowers growing on the creek banks, or very near the banks.  This is Ceanothus,
commonly called California Mountain Lilac.  It doesn't smell like real lilacs, but it does have a lovely, sweet scent that reminds me of honey. 
Yellow California poppies.  They're usually orange. 
These pretty little flowers are Phacelia, a member of the waterleaf family.  It's native to California, Nevada and Oregon.
And lots of wild mustard...I don't think there is anywhere that this plant doesn't grow.  It even grows above the arctic circle. 
Further down, the creek picks up speed before finally flowing into Lake Silverwood (pictured below). 

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