Monday, August 21, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017


Well my photo isn't a winner but I did get to capture the eclipse.

I took my phone and stood with my back to the sun,

then I lifted the camera over my head and just clicked.

This is the reflection from the shot.




Yes, my phone survived and so did I.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

SATURDAY ADVENTURE


Hubby and I haven't been to the High Hand Nursery for a very long time.

Today was the perfect weather day to go and spend some time.

Beautiful flowers and art pieces every where we looked.







I really think the insides of flowers are just amazing.





The nursery has many vintage pieces of equipment on display.







Love the weathered and shadow dappled look to this buckboard.


Don't forget to enlarge the photos to see the detail.

It was a great day.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

PAPPLES


Papples are really doing their thing in our backyard.

What's a papple?

It's in the Asian Pear family.




This means Fall is definitely in the air.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

BACKSIDES



HaHa  made you look.

These are the backsides and undersides of some beautiful roses.

From my archives.












Thanks for looking.



Sunday, August 06, 2017

AN AWESOME SUNSET WEEKEND



The temperatures dropped a bit and a breeze came by.

What a perfect night for a magnificent sunset.











Thanks for looking.

Enlarging the photos will definitely show more detail.



Friday, August 04, 2017

AN EXTREMELY HOT PLAYING WITH MY PICTURES DAY



A trip to the Forest Hill cemetery a few month ago

gave me a chance to photograph several monuments.

I really like the expressions and age to them.





Which treatment do you prefer?







Kind of creepy in an artsy fartsy way.




It's sad that there is no family around to do the upkeep on these statues.





I've posted this statue before.

This is just another angle and treatment.

I kind of like the sepia coloring.

To me this one is still called PLEADING.



Tuesday, August 01, 2017

TODAY'S ADVENTURE


Today we made a trek to the Gold Bug Mine in Placerville, CA.

We are trying to do a few different things while our son Mark and

Granddaughter Samantha are here visiting.




The ceiling was so low in spots that we definitely needed the hard hats.





A nice volunteer took our photo before we entered the mine.




We were able to take the self guided tour and listen to the info on Mark's cell phone.





Since the temperature was 104F. outside being in the mine felt super good and cool.





I liked this painting on the wall of the patio.

Mr. Studebaker ,of car fame, got his start by selling wheelbarrows to the miners.

He then funneled the money into the car business.

Hard Rock mining is such hard, dirty work.



Monday, July 31, 2017

A SAN FRANCISCO WEEKEND



While our Son and Granddaughter were visiting we made our trek to San Francisco.

Summertime and a Saturday made for a gazillion people on the road.

We did have a good time though and visited the Presidio of San Francisco.




Summer in San Francisco usually means fog.

This Saturday was no exception.

The Golden Gate Bridge was barely visible.




We always visit the National Cemetery at the Presidio.

Hubby's Dad and Mom are buried there.

There are some fascinating tombstones too.

This is one of my favorites.

If you enlarge it you can see the detail on his uniform.


Thanks for looking.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE





And that's my thought for the day......

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GOATS TO THE RESCUE


Hot temperatures...three weeks in the triple digits...

Wild fires are taking their toll here in California.

A very rainy winter made the weeds and grasses explode.

This is our area's way of creating defense-able space.

Goats are brought in to get a juicy meal and we get the grasses mowed.





Here's the posted explanation for the wonderful goats.




It's so great to see the fields cleared and it helps everyone feel safer.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

HAPPY NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY


It's so hot today.
 
The temp will be 106F  in another hour..





Today is National Ice Cream Day.

I think I desperately NEED one of these.




I Will NOT eat one...

I will NOT eat one...

Get thee behind me....

It's just too darn HOT!!!

(:0)



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NICE CROP OF GRAPES


I'm so happy that we got some grapes this year.

We are always fighting with the birds over first choice.

I guess the weather cooperated too.




I know this looks like it's on it's side but that's the way I took the photo without thinking.

They still are tasty...even sideways.



Tuesday, July 04, 2017

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " Z "


This is ABC Wednesday and the letter is " Z ".

It definitely marks the end of an era for me.

10 years is a long time to faithfully post photos every week,

From A to ZED.

I am going to take a break and then we will see....

Today is Independence Day in the USA.

I am not going to get into politics but I do love my Land.....

Warts and all.







This may be the end of  the ABC era but it is also the beginning....




Our younger son has finally found the Love of his Life.

Mark asked Kellie to marry him this past Friday.

We are so happy for them.

Mama approves!





Don't they make a cute couple?

My heart is full.


And so it goes ... from A to Z

THE END.


Monday, June 26, 2017

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " Y "


This YEAR I am having problems downloading my photos

from one device to another.

I may only have one photo to show for ABC Wednesday.

Today's letter is " Y ".




Well, I would say that this photo of the YUCCA tree looks YUCKY.

At least I got a photo posted but this is not my best work.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

HOT AND PRICKLY



This last week has been a real scorcher.

We had temperatures as high as 110F.

Too hot for me.




Yup, we were Hot and Prickly.

Enlarge this photo to get the full effect.



Monday, June 19, 2017

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " X "


ABC Wednesday is coming closer to the end of season 20.

Today's letter is " X ".

All my words don't begin with "X " but some have that sound.





These fire hoses are used to eXtinguish fires in the San Francisco area.




Sadly this 4 year old child eXpired in 1876.




Now the Big Gun Mine buildings are eXtinct.

I really dislike history being torn down because of "progress"





" X " marks the spot at my favorite place to be.




I love this tractor XING sign in Carsland...Disney California Adventure.


Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.



Monday, June 12, 2017

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " W "


WHERE does the time go?

WE are coming close to the end of ABC WEDNESDAY.

Today's letter is " W ", featuring the WORDS

WASHING...WONDER...WACKY...WAVE...WELLS...




I thought this WAS such a strange sign to find in the WOODS.




This is nature's WONDER at it's best.

How giant trees grow from something as small as a pinecone is amazing.




Our two WACKY sons doing crazy things together.





Long my She WAVE.




An historic WELLS Fargo WAGON  WAS on display in Old Town, Sacramento.

Thanks for looking at my post and thanks to all the people that make ABC

WEDNESDAY possible.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

MORE FUN FAMILY


I'm posting these photos so I have them available for my 2017 memory book.

Love my family.