Tower Bridge

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Just over a week ago, we were fortunate enough to be asked to attend the Tower Bridge Dinner, that takes place on the bridge that spans the Sacramento River, in Sacramento. I never thought I’d get to go to this event. The tickets are very hard to come by and sell out immediately. When we got the call, we dropped everything else we were doing and said, “Yes!” It was a Farm to Fork event and the weather, people, and sunset couldn’t have been better. The photo doesn’t do it justice as it was taken with a phone but I hope you can see the magnitude of the event and get a feel for the good time that was being had by everyone.

 

What a difference a week makes. The tragedy in Las Vegas is now weighing on all our minds. I can’t make sense of it. It makes me force myself to listen to my own words. My poem, Daffodil Spring, has a final stanza that goes like this:                     So I give to my children                                                                                                         Advice through their years,                                                                                                   “Look for life’s colors,                                                                                                                 Lest you drown in life’s tears.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I leave you with that thought, and this photo, taken last weekend in the Sierra’s. What an explosive sight, this weed going to seed, gives off. So try to remember that the world, though it may be cruel, is also a magnificent place.

Meadow Snog

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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.)

Autumn Sky

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I was  going through a few things the other day and came upon this poem that I had forgotten about. It seems to fit the seasonal change we see here in California.

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Last Sierra Leaf

 

 

Autumn Sky

Today bright colors floating by
In a warm and Autumn falling sky
Are unlike ones, I’ve known before
Which makes me think and question more

I’ve thought a lot in recent times
I’ve wondered why Fall leaves behind
Those boisterous colors that I find
To stay within my seasoned mind

So this untimely Fall puree
Is not unlike a Spring filled day
The colors vibrant to the eye
Bring hope Spring’s season will arrive

Yet still I stand and wonder here
How soon our Springtime will appear
Will it be soon or far away
Or come within a Winters day?

And once it’s here; will it be gone
Or run into a Summers song?
I will soon miss, in Winter’s hue,
Those lovely colors that I knew

© 2007 Bonnie DiMichele

 

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Napa Lane

 

Leopards and Swallowtails

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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.

Leopard Lily

Leopard Lily

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

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

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

Sunset Over The Mill Pond

You really should take a road trip to Graeagle, California some time.  It’s a magical place.

Wishing Flower

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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

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?

Rooster Tails

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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

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.  

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset

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

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

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.

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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.

Going To The Dogs

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Salmon Lake

Salmon Lake

Last weekend my husband and I went fishing at Salmon Lake in the Sierra’s.  It was a rather gusty day but the fishing was good.  It was quite still at times, and then the wind would pick up and you could hear it coming before it swept down and touched your face.  There weren’t many people out on the lake but there were quite a few dogs sitting in kayaks and canoes, looking as pleased to be there as their owners were to have them tagging along.

Cody Taking A Ride

Cody Taking A Ride

The first dog was Cody and I asked his name thinking that it would be the only dog that I would see out floating on the lake.  I have been there many times and have never seen a dog gliding across the water.  Often they are playing fetch or resting on the banks of the lake.  Not too long after Cody had passed by a few times, came two more dogs.

Dog Two and Dog Three

Dog Two and Dog Three

They stopped for some time at the cove next to ours.  They were having a wonderful time playing on the bank and in the water.  Fairly soon after these dogs and owners left, came two more dogs.

Dogs with LIfe Vests

Dogs with LIfe Vests

There were again two dogs, one in one kayak and one in another.  I was a little late in capturing a good photo of the other dog.  But I can tell you that they both looked as happy as they could be.  These two, each had a life vest on.  It was my initial thought that these dogs were the most loved, because they were wearing life vests.  Upon thinking further, wouldn’t it be hard to do the doggie paddle with a life vest on?  Not to worry, as no one tipped over and they all looked like they were having a great time.  If the lake is, “going to the dogs,” I’m happy to see it.  Their presence brought an extra bit of joy to my watery surroundings.

Spring on Salmon Creek

Spring on Salmon Creek

I should mention that it is an excellent time to go see the wildflowers.  They are everywhere, next to streams, springs, and sprouting from the crevices of the rocks.  It’s quite good viewing right now.  I hope you’ll have the time to go enjoy this springtime weather soon.