As we returned from the Sierra’s this week we came upon some beautiful sights. The old Mill Pond was nearly frozen-over so we stopped and tossed rocks across the frozen part and listened to the echoing sounds that the pond makes in the Winter.
Later we came across a meadow that had fog hanging near the ground. There was a couple walking through the snowy meadow with a photographer following them. Engagement photos, perhaps; ’tis that time of year. It made me shiver and warmed my soul all at the same time. So I wish for all of you who read this, that you Have a Memorable and Prosperous New Year. We all need something to celebrate. There are days I look about me and realize that the amazing land we live in, and the joys that family and friends bring, gives us cause to celebrate every day that we have here. So go out and celebrate the very fact that you are here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
(I always loved how Dr. Seuss would make up words and so I took some liberties and created the title Meadow Snog. It is the blending of snow and fog which is what I saw in the meadow. Snog had no trouble spell checking, so I became curious. Snog is a british term for kissing and caressing amorously, which is exactly what the fog seemed to be doing with the snow in the meadow and the couple were doing while taking pictures. I suppose it really is the perfect word to use for what I was viewing.)
Even though it was hot over the July 4th holiday in the Sierra’s, we managed to hike and find some places of beauty. We came across an area of Leopard Lilies that were attracting Swallowtail Butterflies.
They knew that I was close to them but they were so interested in the flowers that they let me move in on them so I could take a closer shot. There were two of them for a bit but I think this photo is clearer than the other.
Swallowtail Butterfly Enjoying the Leopards
The conditions are pretty dry in the mountains but there have been several thunder storms and the wildflowers are everywhere. It’s delightful to see them when you are expecting to see only a few because of the drought.
Wild Flowers of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
If you read my blog, then you know that I just can’t let a good sunset go to waste. The last evening there, it was especially nice to view the sunset over The Old Mill Pond.
Sunset Over The Mill Pond
You really should take a road trip to Graeagle, California some time. It’s a magical place.
The Sierra, in springtime, is a lovely place. The meadows are filled with lush green grasses and the dandelions fill those fields with golden flowers for a time, and later, white spheres of wishing flowers.
Sierra Spring Dandelion
Remember those times as a child when you couldn’t wait to find a perfectly formed dandelion to make a wish and attempt to blow the seeds into the wind with the thought that your wish would, indeed, come true. I know a couple of little people who love dandelions. I do so enjoy watching them and letting them take me back to my younger years. What were those wishes that I was hoping would come true? I don’t remember; do you?