Showy Snowy Blossoms

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As you can see, there have been no storm clouds near my town in California this past week.  The trees are in full bloom in most places.  We stopped for a shot of the orchards last week, as they look like snow has fallen beneath the trees.

Fallen Blossoms Near Dixon

Fallen Blossoms Near Dixon

We went to the Almond Festival last weekend in the Capay Valley.  It was a very windy day and the scent of honey filled the air when I paused to take some photos, which spawned this Haiku…..

Honey Scented Almond Blossom

Honey Scented Almond Blossom

Honey scent lingers

Raging wind sweeps petals up

Blue sky, rain shy day

Capay Valley Windy Day

Capay Valley Windy Day

Right before we were moving on up the valley out of Rumsey, I spotted this oak that reminded me of the one my friend and I used to ride in Soquel.  We’d hop on a low limb and pretend that we were riding horses.    

Old Oak in Rumsey

Old Oak in Rumsey

There are days that I miss being a kid.

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Come a Little Closer

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Last weekend I turned and took a look down a quiet pathway at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.  It looked so peaceful.

Wintery Pathway

Wintry Pathway

As I proceeded down the path, I found the light to be growing about me.

Looking Toward the Light

Looking Toward the Light

As I came closer, I could see the geese on the roof.

Geese on the Roof

Geese on the Roof

You see, they’re not real, and I knew they would be there.  They looked so delightful in the sun.  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of them.  

The lady that created MacArthur Place put objects of whimsy all about the property.  If you ever venture out to Sonoma, it is a magical place to wander through.

For the Young at Heart

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about my father and how he never seemed too enthusiastic about that holiday.  Really, he wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about any holiday.  You never would have found him making seaweed hearts in the sand.  (I would have loved to have seen that.)

Seaweed Heart

Seaweed Heart

We’ve been looking at a single story house this week and I’ve been going through some of the stuff that we have acquired with the thought that we have too much junk to move.  Now is the time to unload it.  In doing so, I’ve come across the tetherball that my father had kept for so many years.  He liked playing tetherball on the old pipe pole that he had made by putting cement in an old tire.  It was one of those things that he couldn’t part with.  I wonder what memories, seeing the flat ball, brought back.  He certainly never talked about it.  The ball is now in my garage, and what should I do with it?  His memories were his and my memories of playing the game with him are still quite vivid in my mind.  I’ll have to give this some real thought. 

Heart of the Anemone at the San Francisco Farmers Market

Heart of the Anemone at the San Francisco Farmers Market

While my mind is sorting through this dilemma, I thought I’d share this flower that I found in the SF farmers market last weekend.  It had been raining the day prior, but the morning was clear and we had brunch down by the pier.  It was a lovely morning with all the sights and sounds of the city.  Do go out and have an extra special Valentine’s Day this year.  Do something fun and memorable!

 

Haiku Sunrise Strings

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It occured to me, while writing last weeks post, that I don’t see the sunrise all that often.  I’ve a hill that sits to the east between myself and the sun.  I do watch the sunrise, almost everyday, when we go to the Hawaiian Islands by just not altering from California time.  Yesterday, I went to the writing group and one of the regulars wanted help with her haiku.  It made me think about the fact that I had not written a haiku in a very long time.  Here is one for each of these sunrise photos.  I hope you like them.

Ship Wreck Sunrise

Shipwreck Sunrise

Waves crash, sun rays rise

Birds calling, raindrops falling

Hawaiian sunrise

 

Puddle Reflection

Puddle Reflection

Quietly we wait

Silent, still, focused, watching

Reflecting beauty

 

Kaui's Rising Sun

Kaui’s Rising Sun

Stillness fills the air

World begins without a care

Paradise awaits