Road Closed/Flooded

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With this year’s wet weather, I need to tell you that should you come upon the following signs, “Road Closed/Flooded,” believe it and do not enter.

Last Saturday we were returning from Chico and found ourselves on this road. We should have turned the car around, and if I had been driving, that surely would have happened. I wasn’t driving and we proceeded into the waters. We proceeded into the waters four times before we saw a large truck pulling a trailer coming towards us. It was at this time that I said, “stop the car, I’m serious, STOP THE CAR!” We had the truck driver roll down his window and asked him where he had come from. He had turned around, in fear that his trailer would be undermined by the rushing waters. I told him that, “we would be right behind him.”

It looked like an ocean around us and when we turned around, we looked up and could see the problem with the Oroville Dam. We were quite a long ways away but it was clear that there was a problem. We continued towards home and passed through many of the towns that were evacuated the very next day. I really have no good reason, that I can think of, for getting into that situation. I won’t be there again. It was stupid and I am partly to blame for my lack of stopping the car earlier. The water problems in California are very real and something that should not be taken lightly.

I’m glad we didn’t end up on the news, with helicopters saving us from the roof of our car. I’m always wondering how people get themselves into those situations. It’s easy to avoid, just stay home, evacuate if requested, and heed the signs. 

Video Link

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Last weekend we rounded a curve on Hwy 70 and found the sun shining down on the hillside. It was beautiful.

I attempted to put a video, that I just finished, into my blog this week but I no longer have that capability. Here is the link to view it if you are not linked to me via Facebook https://vimeo.com/202985562

 You can copy and paste and this should open up for you. It has photos, and music that I wrote, playing in the background. It’s only two minutes long. I hope you like it. I’ve been waiting for a while to share it with you. I hope you have a wonderful day. It’s a stormy one here in California. I hope this photo reminds you that the sun will surely shine for us soon.

Beautiful Canyon

Colors of Hwy 70

Sierra Snow

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Last weekend we had planned a trip to the mountains with our grandchildren.  We figured that the snowfall was done in the Sierra’s and were thankful that the lakes were nearly full after the drought.  We were driving up Hwy 80 and saw a sign that said the Hwy was closed so we diverted and went a different way.  I was happy that we were getting even more water.  The grandkids were happy because it was snowing and they could see it.  Not only could they see it, but they could touch it too.  They were delightful to watch as they had a snowball fight.  It was cold but they had their hands out the windows so they could feel the snowflakes.  They insisted on making a snow angel so we stopped again.  

Do you remember the last time you had a snowball fight and giggled with delight at the sight of something new and amazing?  Children seem so at ease with finding the simplest things exciting.  Look for something that brings you delight this week and take a little extra time to cherish it.

Storm Set colors

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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 Clouds

Storm Clouds

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
Illumnated 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,
Colors

2/2016  Bonnie L DiMichele

Kissing Camels

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Kissing Camels

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

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

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. 

Counting Clouds

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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.

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds

The colors in the valley were amazing and I was sure that the dark clouds were coming our way.

Illuminated Valley Hill

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.

Turning Vines

Turning Vines

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.

Sun Setting Behind the Ridge

Sun Setting Behind the Ridge

The gathering of clouds

I could not ignore

As I stood in the sun

On this valley floor

Soon the hills rumbled

With thunderous cries

As lightning threw sparks

And lit up the skies

I stood still in sunshine

Wishing the rain

Would fall in this place

But my wish was in-vain

© Bonnie DiMichele 2015

Why aren’t we just happy with what we get?

Thunderous

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We had hiked to Lower Salmon Lake in 2006 and it was quite dry.  I didn’t really know why we were returning, as I thought it would be especially dry this year.  What a nice surprise to see the lake full with yellow water lilies growing in it.

We took a hike

The other day

To a place that’s

Not so far away

Very Dry, Lower Salmon Lake 2006

Very Dry, Lower Salmon Lake 2006

Soon wind swirled

High in the trees

Large droplets fell

We were so pleased

Beginning of the Thunder Storm

Beginning of the Thunder Storm

The thunder rolled

Through the valley floor

‘Twas a lovely sight

Standing on that shore

A Pause in the Storm

A Pause in the Storm

Though many of you

Will never see this place

It’s essence is filled

With heaven’s grace

Clearing After the Storm

Clearing After the Storm