We finally got a bit of snow this week, the first storm arrived a couple of days ago and the second storm came in yesterday.
The amounts of snow from both were paltry, just a couple of inches.
But the snow made a pretty frosting on things, like this glass globe in my back yard.
I even found a little violet bravely sticking up above the snow. I'm sure there are more underneath the snow patiently waiting for the sun. Our high temperature today was only 29, but it's supposed to be up around 40 by Sunday so those violets won't have to wait too long to feel the sun on their petals.
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This was taken on Wednesday, Valentine's Day. A friend and I went out to lunch and this was the view from the restaurant's windows. It's perched right on the edge of the mountain on Highway 18. I guess the Cloud Creator was in a Valentine's day mood too because the cloud in the center is vaguely heart-shaped. But, I didn't notice that until I got home and uploaded the photos from my camera to my computer and then I wondered about my powers of observation. I mean, I was looking right at the cloud when I took the photo, lol.
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I took these photos in April of 2012. I'm not exactly sure what kind of tree this was, but a safe bet is either pine or cedar.
I think the way this fallen giant weathered is so beautiful.
Some of the striations and grain make it look like it was almost under water.
Of course, it was never under any water since it's on the top of a mountain. But, imagine how patient the wind and rain and snow must have been, working together, to create such a beautiful sculpture over hundreds of years...
A beautiful Steller's Jay was in the garden this morning. There have been a pair of them visiting lately, so I hope there will be babies in the spring!
He seemed a little suspicious of the peanuts.
But eventually he grabbed one and flew off. Really, I've never known jays to turn their beaks up at any food...when I have breakfast or dinner in the back garden they try to snatch the food right off my plate. Cheeky little guys, but I love them.
The skies have been relentlessly blue for far too long. We have some chances for rain next week, and I'm praying the clouds will deliver.
My mother's violets are liking all the sun. I'm surprised they've managed to make any blooms, given the tiny amount of rain they've had this season...and, due to where they're located, I always forget to water them! Soon, I'm going to transplant them to a spot where I won't forget to give them water.
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I took this photo in February of 2009; you could pretty much count on February looking like this until about 7 years ago. This year the ground is totally bare, and the soil is so dry I'm surprised it doesn't blow away. We got about 5 inches of rain back at the beginning of January, but that's all we've received since the start of our rainy season in October. The climatologists are saying that this forest is drier than it was at the end of our five year drought that ended in 2016.
I'm wondering if there will even be any wildflowers blooming this Spring...
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
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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
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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.