I’ve been pulled away from my blog for a few weeks. We are in the process of having an addition put on our home. It takes a lot of time to find and purchase those things we need to make this project complete. So I apologize for failing to send Happy Holiday Wishes your way. I want you to know that you were in my thoughts and intentions to send greetings to. I hope you had a wonderful season filled with family and friends.
A Sierra Winter’s Lake
We have found the smallest of time to go to the Sierra Mountains and look at a Winter Wonderland. The snow has been relatively scarce and it has made the lakes available that would normally be snowed in. The sights are abundant and amazing. Winter there, feels like it is still approaching.
Fragile Ice Near The Shore
For me, looking into the shallow depths of the lake and realizing the stillness that permeates there in the winter months, calms me in a time that seems so turbulent to me. The addition will be done soon and all this will pass also. I wish you all a warm and calming winter.
We’ve been out on some beautiful walks over the last couple of weekends. We were fortunate enough to head up to Sardine Lake in the Lakes Basin area, up the mountain from Graeagle, California. This is the best reflection of the Sierra Buttes that I have ever captured. It was still and silent at the lake, except for the sound of the distant waterfall that echoed from across the deep blue water.
Reflection on Sardine Lake
We continued on to Sand Pond which is adjacent to Sardine Lake. We’ve never been there when you could walk through the first, fresh inches of snow. The road is usually closed all winter. The ice crystals were everywhere and I found that I couldn’t quite capture the diamond like effect that they were giving off.
Snowy Crystals at Sand Pond
As we were walking, I was thinking about my friend, Robbi, who is recovering from a fall and some broken bones. I felt like I was walking for her. She would have loved the sights and sounds during the off-season there. We’ve continued walking to other places too but you’ll have to come back to see where we’ve been. I hope you had a very Blessed Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.)
Over the Labor Day weekend we headed to the mountains. We found that the squirrels and chipmunks had been quite busy with the pine cones. They left pine cobs scattered everywhere about the yard. Some people say that they can tell if the Winter is going to be cold and long if the squirrels are especially busy in the Fall. Our patio was a mess of pine cobs. I’m hoping for a long, snow filled, Winter.
Pine Cobs on the Patio
One of the things we like about the mountains is that the pace seems so much slower than the rest of our world. There is a place where musical artists come to share their songs with the locals on the weekend evenings. Friday night was one of those special events. Karl Larson was singing. He especially likes to sing Cat Stevens and Jim Croce. He looks so happy when he is singing. There is even a brighter spot to his performing though. His daughter, Karlene, comes and sings with him too sometimes.
What makes this so special is that you then have everything from Operator to Girl Crush. She keeps him up to date. It is so much fun to listen and watch them interact.
Changing Colors on the Mill Pond
Fall is certainly settling in and you can see it everywhere.
We hiked to Eureka Lake and found the water levels to be low but still amazingly beautiful. As we sat out having lunch by the lake, we talked about how good our life is.
Lonely Stump Reflection
There is nothing better in life then getting older and realizing how good we have it in the USA. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty grand. We are the fortunate ones.
It’s been really hot and smokey here; triple digits as they say. I don’t like the heat so I was filling my mind with the following images with the hope that, if I could cool my mind, my body would surely follow.
Octopus Ice Image
Well, we all know that I wasn’t exactly successful at that, but it did make me hope for a long, cool, and snowy winter. It’s not that far off, and if the forecasters are correct, I might just fish my wish.
Winter Sunset Over The Mill Pond
Summer is great up in the Sierra’s but it is the stillness of the winter that fills me with one of my favorite sounds, silence. Graeagle, CA is a special place, and when all the summertime families leave, there is a calmness that descends on the quiet little town.
Eureka Peak With Snow
My favorite time is January, February, or March when they hold the “World Famous Longboard Races.” It is some of the best times that I have ever had, but you’ve got to have snow, lots and lots of snow!
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
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 scent lingers
Raging wind sweeps petals up
Blue sky, rain shy 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.