Yesterday and today were wonderful. Lots of clouds, some sun and high humidity. Well, high for up here in the mountains...54%. And, our highs were only in the 50's F!
I found a couple of small maples down by the lake that are starting to get brilliant color.
Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!
Sadly, we didn't get a drop of rain, even though the San Gorgonio mountain range got over an inch. That range and the one I live in, the San Bernardino mountain range, are only about 50 miles apart ~ as the cloud travels :D
The clouds certainly looked like they had plenty of rain inside them as they passed over. But they were selfish clouds, and did not give these parched mountains any rain.
This weekend temperatures are supposed to shoot back up into the 80's, and dangerous Santa Ana winds will be blowing, which means high wildfire danger. So, I'm really enjoying right now...it's 44 degrees, the cats are snoozing in front of the fireplace where a cheery fire is burning, and I'm drinking a cup of hot cocoa. Bliss!
Do all kitty cats love paper? I know mine become absolutely crazed over paper and boxes. I think Merlin is thinking, "I hope mom isn't going to throw this paper out right now. We've only had a couple of hours to play with it, and we need days and days!" I think that's wishful thinking, Merlin, because paper usually only lasts for a couple of hours before you guys have shredded it completely, and I need to get out the vacuum cleaner...
This is Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), a California native that's found all over western North America. It has lots of common names: shooting star, crimson columbine and Sitka star are a few.
It's easy to grow in partial shade to full sun, as long as you're not trying to grow it in clay soil. It likes consistently moist soil, as on the banks of a stream or a seeping spring. I've had good luck growing it in pots, too.
Looking out over the San Bernardino valley, it seems like it always has a haze of smog these days.
The berries of the Blue Elderberry bushes are ripening. I tried making jam from these once, but they're a real pain to pick and sort through. Humans can't eat them raw, they must be cooked. The birds love them though, so they don't go to waste.
I worry about the children who have to live in, and breathe in, that smog. It can't be good for their health.
And, I spotted a California Sister in my garden today.
I took these photos in early November of 2009 from about the 5,500 ft. elevation on Highway 18.
The clouds were changing shape and color so quickly...
I was reminded of some of the lyrics from the Joni Mitchell song, Both Sides Now. "Rows and flows of angel hair...
and ice cream castles in the air...
and feather canyons everywhere."
I never get tired of watching clouds. There haven't been too many lately to watch, but yesterday we did have some very early morning fog from a Pacific marine layer that managed to make its way here. The temperatures have been lovely, though, for the past couple of days, even without a cloud cover. Last night our low was 42 F. It was a welcome relief after a stretch of night time temperatures in the 60's.
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
Miss Sunni, a Grey Squirrel
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Mountain Lion
A Black Bear
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
Courage, dear heart ~ C.S. Lewis
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
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
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Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
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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 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.