It’s been very wet around here, but the ground is slowly soaking up the excess water, the skies are clearing, and the puffy white clouds gently stroll by in the breeze. It’s been a wild ride this winter in California. It’s made way for budding plants and gorgeous scenery.
Suisun Valley Mustard Fields
I was on my way down the hill from my house, the other day, and noticed this beautiful view. It wasn’t even close to sunset but the colors that the clouds were yielding were amazing. I flipped the car around and got out my phone. I don’t usually take pictures on my phone but I couldn’t resist this one. I have been thrilled with the views this year and we’re only at the end of February.
Cloudy Afternoon Near My Backyard
I can only hope that this weather continues for a while. I am so enjoying the scenery and the thought that we don’t have to worry about water usage every day. So here’s hoping that March and April will continue to be rather moist months to -A few days of rain, on; a few days of rain, off.- It’s a balancing act.
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My sister was disappointed that my first blog, once back from vacation, wasn’t a beautiful sunset from Cabo San Lucas. I was disappointed that I didn’t have a wonderful photo of a sunset from Mexico as well. It just wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t until we were in Barnstable, Massachusetts that we found Sandy Neck Beach. We could see a storm coming, so we headed to Hyannis to grab dinner by the docks.
By the time we finished our lobster meal at the harbor in Hyannis, the skies didn’t seem quite so filled with dark clouds and the stormy weather seemed to be moving on. As we began to drive back to the Bursley Manor, where we were staying, we could see that the sunset might finally be one worth photographing.
We were hoping to make it back to the beach in time to watch the setting sun. We made it with only a few moments to spare. It was a lovely sight. It felt like something I would be viewing while watching the sun on the Pacific Coast.
This one captures the sand dunes and the quiet beach. I was thinking that this beach would be anything but quiet during a storm and though the clouds had seemed very thick, when we were there earlier, they had lifted to reveal this beautiful sunset. I’d like to return to sit on the sand and fully take in another gorgeous East Coast sunset.
I recently drove from Southern California to Northern California through some road conditions that were less then wonderful. As I was driving there was an amazing sunset but I didn’t want to stop to take a photo because of the road conditions. I wrote the following poem to help my mind remember the colors that I saw. I hope you can visualize them too.
Storm Set Colors
This sunset that surrounds me
I haven’t a photo for
I’m driving North through cold slushy rain
But it’s colors, I adore
Bright bubble gum pink and glaucous gray clouds
Form a nimbus line to the East of me
Atomic tangerine with black cumulus legs
Hang eerily as far as I can see
Ochre grays and rusty coppers
Linger throughout the clouds
They push their way around me
Then they drop, rain pounds, out loud
A tiny patch of light blue sky
Glows off in the distant West
Illuminated rolling green pistachio hills
Front snow sprinkled mountain caps
I push on through the misting,
Through the downpours, and endless showers
Remembering the colors
The soft, bright, and wickedly gloomy,
It has been raining in California. I am not complaining, I like the lakes catching water. It does make it difficult to take photographs to share on my blog. I started thinking about places I had been on clear days and this trip in 2005 came to mind. I went for a walk in The Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs. It was a clear, crisp, morning and we had a little time to kill.
First Glimpse of The Garden of The Gods
It was the second time that I had been somepace where there were red rocks. The first was in Sedona Arizona and the rocks were covered with snow. I didn’t have my camera with me and I regret not having those images. I keep them safely tucked away in my mind, unfortunately I can’t share visual memories with other people unless I have photographed them. It was beautiful!
Storm on the Horizon
Towards the end of that day, we watched a storm grow out over the horizon. I had never seen anything like it in California. It was spectacular. It caused me to think about my family and how very fortunate I am to have them in my life. I wrote each of them a little Thank You and sent it, snail mail, to them. The final thought on the thank you was this; “Growing gracefully is a gift one gives one’s self and bestows on those who live around them.” Even though they were still young, I could see that they were growing in a manner that would be pleasing to themselves and those who came in contact with them. I am grateful for my family. They are the loveliest people to know. And yes, I am grateful for the rain and the time it yields me to reflect.
We got up with the sunrise last Saturday morning and headed off to Pete’s. We needed warm drinks to take with us to The Sacramento Valley Veterans Memorial Cemetery. I recently began volunteering for Hospice and they had asked for volunteers to lay wreaths on the veterans grave-sites. I didn’t know what to expect but we have some friend’s who have family members who rest in peace in this cemetery.
Upon Arrival at the Cemetery
We were so taken back by the response of volunteers to honor our servicemen. There were about a thousand of us. The program ran about an hour and I was moved when one person brought to our attention that, “we are one nation, under one flag.” I sat and thought about what that means in this crazy hostile world that we have come to find ourselves living in. I also thought about the price that comes with freedom. Giving up a little time to decorate the graves is a tiny sacrifice of my time. As the sun came out to warm our backs at the end of the ceremony, I realized that I will do this again, and beyond that, I would like to challenge you to volunteer. Find something that is important to you and get involved in 2016. You will meet the nicest people and find true purpose in your life. Maybe this hostile world won’t seem quite as bad when you volunteer.
It only took a few minutes to place a wreath on every grave. Now that I have more time, I can get back into volunteering. I used to volunteer for activities that my children were involved in, now it’s more about what I desire to be an active part of. 2016 is a perfect time to be a part of the volunteers that span America.
We certainly have had some amazing cloud cover recently. Last weekend we went to the Suisun Valley to listen to a friend play with his band. The day was so nice and the clouds were promising rain.
The colors in the valley were amazing and I was sure that the dark clouds were coming our way.
Illuminated Valley Hill
We could see the lightning and hear the thunder, our rainfall was about six and a half drops. They were tiny drops too. I know it’s coming someday. I just wished it was that day.
I shouldn’t forget that, once it rains, I won’t be seeing such beauty about me. It will be grey, wet, and cold and I will be hoping for views like this again with the promise of rain off in the distance.
Sometimes I find it difficult to come up with new ideas to write about on my weekly blog. I was already two days late on this weeks blog, so…..
Clouds Over Italy
I decided to take a walk and see what might pop into my head. I was nearly halfway done, Dave Matthews playing on the iPod, when I noticed how very blue the sky was, so I looked up. (I’ve shared some fabulous clouds from my travels so you’d understand the type of clouds that I saw today.)
Hawaiian Rain Clouds
I found that there was an amazing large cloud above. It was the kind of cloud that makes you wish that you were lying in the grass on your old school yard sharing the shapes that you were finding in the clouds with your closest friends.
Reflective Clouds In Alaska
The shape of the cloud was the Continental United States. It had the land masses of Texas, Florida, and Maine included in it. Hawaii and Alaska were not included; nor was Mexico or Canada. It was just this perfect, puffy, white cloud of the U.S.
Clouds Over Scotland Locks
I didn’t have my camera or my phone on me, but maybe it’s better that way. I’ll just have to keep that beautiful memory tucked away in my mind.