Lilacs are blooming, so I picked some for my studio. The air up here smells wonderful right now with lilacs blooming all over, and temperatures warm enough to release the scents of the pines and cedars.
Cherry trees are blooming over by the old Ice Castle in Blue Jay.
And this is what I had for breakfast; Octavia Earl Grey Lavender Tea and a cream cheese pastry. Yum!
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The first Grosbeak of the year arrived a couple of days ago, and I was so glad to see him! (Excuse the bad quality photo; I took the picture through a window with my iPhone X. In fact, all of the following photos were taken with it...it doesn't do too badly for a camera phone).
It's been an interesting week, but typical of Spring. Fruit trees blossoming one day.
Fog the next day, so cold that the trees out on the rim (Hwy 18) were iced.
So pretty to see.
And, it's interesting how some of the branches were untouched by the ice.
The next day was gorgeous, but chilly, with high winds pushing the clouds around. (That's Lake Silverwood in the photo).
The Lunaria (Money Plant and Honesty are some other names for it) was undaunted by all the weather extremes. Spring is kind of spotty up here so far. My lilacs have buds but no blooms yet, but I saw lilacs that were already in bloom in some places, and it's the same for all of the other blooming things in these mountains.
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.