Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reflections and Shadows

Clouds admiring their reflections in Lake Gregory...
While on the other side of the lake, trees cast their shadows.  Or, maybe shadows are how trees see their reflections.
Linking to   Shadow Shot Sunday  

The above photos were taken in March of 2013.  It's pouring rain (2.59 inches so far) here in these mountains today - by tonight it will be snowing - YAY!  Higher up in Big Bear it's already snowing.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

An Unexpected Gift

An unexpected gift from my husband...tulips must be blooming somewhere in the world!  My crocuses aren't even peeking up through the ground here yet.

Linking with Pink Saturday

Friday, January 29, 2016

Skywatch Friday

A cold January sunset at Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino mountains of California.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday

A male Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) was hunting for bugs down by Lake Gregory. 
He spotted a tasty bug... 

and flew off in a blur of blue and rust.
Unfortunately for me, he missed the annoying bug in the lower left portion of this photo...

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


A tranquil corner of Lake Gregory on a winter's day.  San Bernardino mountains, California.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Macro Monday - Ice Dance

Partially frozen water around the edge of the fountain, some in the pool, some still falling, some completely frozen, all shaped by the wind.  Linking with Macro Monday and Through My Lens:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Skywatch Friday

A sunrise (unusual for me!) captured in late December of last year from a little rest area along side the Rim of the World Highway in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.  The San Bernardino valley is far below, hidden under the clouds, and Mt. San Jacinto is the highest peak at the left of the photo. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tea and a Quote

Brew me a cup for a winter's night, for the wind howls loud and the furies fight. ~~ M.T. Antrim 

Last night ~ well, really, this morning ~ I couldn't sleep.  I came down and made a pot of tea in one of my favorite pots.  I didn't realize it was that late ~ or that early ~ until I was settled and looked at the clock.  I decided that, since I probably wouldn't be able to return to sleep, I'd go ahead and make a fire to keep me company through the wee hours.  Then, looking around at the sleeping cats, I thought I'd get my camera and get some photos.  As soon as they heard me getting into the camera bag they took off for upstairs!  So, I took a photo of the teapot and cup instead.  I've always wondered why I wake up on nights like these at exactly 3:00 a.m.  Never mind the "witching hour," I heard someone say once that 3 a.m. is the hour of the demons.  I think that's more appropriate; it seems like that's when my demon, also known as "worry", visits me.  Hopefully, I'll sleep tonight...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday's Winding Road

This was taken coming out of Two Mile Road (Hwy 173) turning onto Highway 18 in February of 2013.  All the snow from our wonderful storm earlier this month is gone...I suppose there might be some left in Big Bear.  I know there's snow on the ski runs because our lows have been very, very cold.  Well, until the last couple of nights.  And our high today was 61 degrees!  In January!!  I hate Global Warming.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday, Dr. King.

When Barack Obama was elected president eight years ago, my first thought was "I wish Dr. King would have been here to see this."  I was so proud of America...I felt we had really turned a corner and Dr. King's dream was coming true.  Boy, was I wrong.  It seems like America is more divided than ever.

To read the words of someone who is far more eloquent than I, hop on over to Vicki Lane's blog.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

More Snow Birds

Another Steller's Jay...
A spotted Towhee...   
A Goldfinch...  
and a Chickadee.  I'm always amazed, and grateful, at how well the littlest birds do in snow!  The snow has melted off the trees now, but there's still a good amount on the ground.   I sure hope this isn't our only good snow storm of the season. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday's Quote

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.  It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.  ~~  William Sharp

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Sunsets

Taken in July of 2008 on Highway 18 near Running Springs.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


We finally got a semi-decent snowstorm!  Not two or three feet like the storms before 2006, but better than the light dustings we've been getting for the past several years.  
A little ways up the mountain in Big Bear they got about a foot and a half, which made the local business owners and ski resorts really happy, too.
Well...maybe not the birds and animals.  It's always hard for them.  But I keep the feeders well stocked so, at least here at my little cottage, they don't go hungry. (That's a Northern Flicker in the photo above and a Steller's Jay in the photo below).
I apologize for the blurriness of some photos, it was still snowing pretty hard when I took those photos.

The snow started to melt a little this afternoon, but I think there will probably be plenty left for tomorrow and the weekend!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday's Quote

"One can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things."  L.M. Montgomery

Photo from Pinterest.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday Sunsets

Monterey, California sunset.  Photo from Pinterest.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day with The Rose Parade

Some of the beautiful floats from the 127th Rose Parade, held every January 1st in Pasadena, California.  I find it pretty amazing that everything on every float, (except humans of course), must be made from flowers, leaves, bark, seeds, and other vegetation.  Nothing else can be used, even for the shiny bits that look like metal. All the floats are made by hand by volunteers.  Amazing! (All photos are from Facebook).
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