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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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,
Two weeks ago we went to Napa and realized what a great event this has been with the rain that we’ve been receiving. The mustard is nearly glowing in-between the rows of dormant grapes. It is a beautiful sight. I failed to post last week because we were on our way to Palm Springs. That is where I went to The Integratron and experienced my first “sound bath.” The sounds were made in these crystal bowls. It was loud and soothing all at the same time.
Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls
From The Integratron I ventured on to Joshua Tree National Park. I was nearly there while out in Landers. I drove through lots of outcroppings of boulders until I reached The Arch. I probably should have tried climbing around a bit but I did not have the shoes for it. I’ve been wanting to go visit the national parks for some time now. You never know just what it is that you will find there. I was hoping for red rocks but saw brown ones instead. These photos pretty much tell the story of the landscape. There are miles and miles of rocks and Yucca plants, aka Joshua Trees. My next national park stop is Yosemite and I know what to expect there. I just have never been there during the time of year when we will go. I can’t wait. I have great expectations.
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 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.
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.
I’ve been searching my photo library with the hope that I had some current photos of winter. It appears that I do not, and I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have the rain and the snow this winter.
Storm Across Lake Tahoe
I know it seems inconvenient some days but we traveled over Lake Shasta this fall and the level was so low, it looked like a river instead of a lake. I could hardly believe my eyes.
I want everyone to remember all the beauty and joys that come with the precipitation. I’m even trying to enjoy the valley fog this season.
Plumas Ski Area
We go to a place in the Sierra’s were we feel like we are stepping back in time. If the snow is good this year, then the “World Famous Longboard Races” will be taking place on the third Sunday of January, February, and March.
Successful Run At The Longboard Races
I can’t wait to see those rooster tails at the end of the downhill race. It’s more fun then I can describe.
While I am watching the races, I’ll be giving thanks for the snow, the water in California, and those gorgeous sunflowers that will surely be around the next corner.
These colors of the season are from my backyard. I am so glad that I took the photo when I did because we’ve had wind and RAIN in California and most of my leaves are now covering the ground. The colors of Fall always remind me that Spring is just around the corner. Let yourself soak up those colors while they still hang on the trees.
I know! I’m placing two posts this week. I just had to share this. I just got done starting the seeds for this year’s garden in the indoor greenhouse that I’m trying for the first time. It is a very rainy day in California and my grandma would have thought that it was an excellent day to sow seeds. She would have been very proud of my exactness during this project. If all the plants come up, I’ll have to find neighbors, family, and friends to gift them to.
A few years ago I had the side hill cut into and tiered garden boxes put in. They are about three or so feet high and it takes the backache out of gardening. This is the first year I am trying to start the plants from seed. I have high hopes. I was also recycling my coffee pods this morning with the thought that my gardenia’s would love the grounds during the rain storm. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot this morning and I was helped with the use of a small fork that I picked up at a Pasadena estate sale. I didn’t look too closely at it at the time, but once I got back home, I found that the back side of it had “The Good Wife” stamped on it. Oops, I think it may have been lifted from an event. I must wear my glasses when I am at estate sales. Have you ever acquired something that later surprised you?