Friday, August 28, 2015
Recently the county where I have lived since 1989, Del Norte County in California, made number 5 out of 3, 111 counties in a list published in the Washington Post about counties ranked by natural beauty. There was certainly a prejudice in favor of the west coast and away from winter weather, although the county I grew up in, with a lot of snow - Park County, Wyoming - had a high rank as well at 202
anyway, the conversation regarding the post on my facebook page, made me decide to scrounge up some pictures and show you a bit of the diverse beauty that can be found here, marshland, ocean, redwoods, mountains and farmland.
Friday, August 21, 2015
|Entering the small town of Hiouchi|
|the entrance to Ashland Oregon|
|Marc Anthony Hotel in Ashland and smoke beyond|
|smoke enhanced sunset|
|the smoke makes a lovely light|
|my eyes burn but the pictures are like opal skies|
Saturday, August 15, 2015
This summer has been pretty much the exact opposite of what I imagined that it would be. I was going to have lots of quiet mornings at the keyboard to work on writing my novels, while my husband taught summer school 4 days a week for 5 weeks. But of course the computer chose the last week of school to give up the ghost, and my son took on two jobs so, I ended up being grandmother for up to 16 hours a day, which is delightful, but not quiet or conducive to writing.
Then the members of my husband's family got it together for the first time since 2010, to have a family re-union, and his parents are far, but both still there to celebrate 65 years of marriage. So we had to drive nearly 3,000 miles round trip in a car that lost its air-conditioning about 1/2 way through the trip. Also, I'm 52, and when I was 15 and learning to drive, I was really bad at stick shift. And my Mom's car was an automatic. My 3 year old brother, (With Down's Syndrome) would point at me and hold his hands like he was steering, and jerk and jump and refuse to get in my Dad's pick-up if I held the keys. So this summer, on the trip back, I insisted we take my husband's car, with standard transmission because I finally wanted to learn. And I did, but I used every cuss word you can imagine, multiple times.
So we saw my niece who is 15, and had just returned from a Tucson Girl's Choir trip to China. She plays the Guitar and composes her own wonderful tunes and was only 10 the last time we saw each other.
I love birds, but when I was a child in Wyoming, we were told to never shoot at anything alive, unless we planned to eat it, or unless it was that crop pest, the magpie. Now I regret the target practice they provided.
My Granddaughter loves cows, and animal sounds. The latest fascination is Dinosaurs.
Close to where I live there is the Darlingtonia trail. These knee high pitcher plants thrive in serpentine bogs, where almost no other plant can find enough nutrients to grow.
The fires have been thick and my lungs hurt from it, but the sunsets are at times spectacular because of it.
|Newcastle, Wyoming Sunset|
|Sylvan Lake, Black Hills|
|Sunset on Granite Spires looks like fall leaves|
|Echo Canyon, Utah|
|Moooo for the Granddaughter|
|Cow Watching at Sunset|
|Darlingtonia (Cobra Lily) community|
|Smoke and sunset|