While on a walk around Lake Gregory I spotted a pair of Acorn Woodpeckers.
One was busy hammering acorns in the holes that they had made in the thick bark of a Ponderosa Pine. I think the other one was looking for bugs on the tree, or perhaps it was a youngster being shown how to store food.
I wonder if they ever get headaches? Poor birds, I hope not!
Happy first day of Spring! Yesterday I found some daffodils blooming at Lake Gregory in a sunny spot...
and a robin who was very suspicious of me and my camera. He kept hopping around so much, only stopping every few seconds to glare at me, I had a hard time getting a photo!
The pussy willows were just beginning to poke their heads out from under the covers...
and a most welcome sight was a little water running in a seasonal creek that flows into Lake Gregory.
However, the lake is still down by about eight feet. This is the lowest I've ever seen it, due in part to the manual lowering of the lake so the dam could have some much needed work done (they're still not finished) and due in part to the lack of rainfall this winter.
It's still beautiful though. We're supposed to get another rain storm coming in tomorrow, and this is supposed to be a really wet, warm one from the south Pacific. I hope the rest of March and all of April is as rainy as the first part of March has been!
To see what the rest of the world looks like on Tuesday click here.
There have been lots of clouds around this month, and we've received nearly nine inches of rain! More is predicted for next Wednesday, and I sure hope the prediction is correct.
This Steller's Jay posed for a portrait at the end of last month. That was the last good amount of snow we got; there was slush on the ground this morning from last night's storm and a bit of hail, but it's all melted now.
To see more beautiful creatures and skies click here and here.
This is one of my favorite photos that I took in the spring of 2013. It's baby oak leaves, and I always love how colorful they are when they're brand new and tiny. It's too early up here for anything to be putting out leaves or blooming yet, but I'm more hopeful than I was a couple of weeks ago that there will be wildflower blooms since we've received more rain and there are several storms predicted to bring rain here.
A mallard couple and a Great Blue Heron at Lake Gregory in the spring of 2013.
I'm happily sitting by my fireplace right now, listening to the sound of...RAIN! Yes, we're finally getting a really good rain instead of the few scattered droplets that have tried to pass for a rain storm so far this year. The weather persons are saying the rest of March might be a wet one for Southern California. I sure hope they're right! A couple weeks of rain won't end our drought, but it will certainly help the forest.
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.