• Weather

    Up at dawn

    by  • May 19, 2012 • Something different, Spring, Weather

    Do you get up early?  I do,…but have found that many couples have one.  One that gets up at dawn and the other who sleeps through it all. The cool air, the purplish cast in the early, early dawn, the soft peeping of the first birds all draw me out to sleepily make my...

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    Morning snowy foggy tree

    by  • February 18, 2012 • Sierra Foothills, Weather, Winter

    Across the valley, where Willow Creek flows south, there is a tall sugarpine that becomes backlit at a certain point in the morning.  It must be on our side of the mountain, but far below.  Here it is in November: Early morning, February 15th, I woke up to see everything covered in a frosting...

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    Our valley, one view, two photos

    by  • January 25, 2012 • Sierra Foothills, Weather, Winter

    The first photo is from a set taken this month after a small fire broke out in the valley a mile up from my California mountain garden. It shows a Ponderosa pine tree superimposed over the column of smoke.  The second photo shows the same tree appearing through the gathering storm.  Welcome rain! The...

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    Orange in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • September 14, 2011 • Sierra Foothills, Weather

    Color in the garden Not only plants provide color in the Sierra foothills… On certain days in the fall, the setting sun  focuses its light in a strip of light on the mountain. All these views are looking east onto the Peckinpah Ridge. It’s a sign of the changing season to me. Even on...

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    Celebrate the Summer solstice

    by  • June 21, 2011 • Garden, Sierra Foothills, Summer, Weather

    Welcome Summer! On the summer solstice which is today, the Northern Hemisphere receives more sunlight than on any other day of the year, but that doesn’t mean the first day of summer is also the hottest day of summer,…except here where I live. Garden first, breakfast second Going out to the garden first thing...

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    Enjoying Yosemite, a family tradition

    by  • March 3, 2011 • Weather, Wildlife, Winter

    As some of you know, I live very near Yosemite National Park, a place where my family has vacationed since I was a small child. My parents traveled here in 1950 and fell in love, as a young married couple, with the incredible granite walled canyon and the Merced River running thrugh it all. We...

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    Silent, and soft, and snow

    by  • February 19, 2011 • Garden, Weather, Winter

    Everything in life is speaking, in spite of its apparent silence. ~Hazrat Inayat Khan  There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.                                    ~Linda Hogan  

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    Christmas Day Dawn

    by  • December 25, 2010 • Weather, Winter

    5:30 am- After making the coffee and finishing up last night’s dishes and the family sleeps, turned around to see the sky lit up with red, …another brilliant sky for Christmas Day dawn. Grabbed the camera and bounded up the hill to photograph it over the house and over the goat shed. Not feeling...

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