I love looking at photos of pretty pretty birds gathered around people's feeders or ponds or backyards. Bright colors of red, blue, and yellow just pop off the screen and delight the eye. We used to have a few more pretty colors pass through our place, but it's becoming more and more rare. I'm not sure why that is. We had some pretty finches until we took down a tree in front of the house when we did the remodel. I don't see them anymore. An occasional flash of blue or orange catches my eye but rarely the camera lens. Our property is ruled by a pair of crows, which I appreciate. Not only do I enjoy their antics and vocalizations, but they own this territory and that seems to be keeping the hawks from moving in. We also have Magpies, another confident and sometimes entertaining bird. Other than that, we have the joy of hearing an occasional Mockingbird, the annoyance of the Starlings taking daily baths in the chicken bowls, Blackbirds doing fly-ins by the hundreds, and the Sparrows. Ah yes, the Sparrows. First there are 5 or 10. Then there are 50. Before you know it, there are at least 100. They love the chicken feed and consume about half of what I put out. And then leave their little white droppings everywhere. I try to appreciate their cuteness and take a few photos to amuse myself. But still, they are Sparrows. And I want other birds. But life has given us these little creatures. What's a girl to do? Take a few photos and move on. Enjoy your Cardinals and so many others. I will continue to look at your photos with a bit of envy. A frosty morning with sparrows filling the trees.
They are kind of cute, if there just weren't so many.
They also come in brown.
I'll be watching and waiting for something else. If nothing appears, you will see more photos of the Sparrows.
My allergies were not around yesterday. And that was a good thing because I had no time to be feeling poorly. I had a busy day with just regular "stuff" I wanted to do, as well as having fun with the farrier and donkeys. The "stuff" consisted of washing and changing sheets, vacuuming, going to Trader Joe's, going to the farm supply stores, going to the barn to work one of the horses, and all the other daily routine things that need to be done. I slept soundly last night for 9 hours. Awesome, huh! By the way, the dog in yesterday's post is not mine. He was just hanging around the beach with his dad and having more fun than anyone. As I was walking back to my truck, I spotted this guy standing on the rocks. I had no time to be setting up good shots because I knew he was probably paying close attention to all of us who were watching. The shorebirds in this area are quite used to humans, but you never know when a shy one might get tired of being watched. I saw that he didn't go too far so I looked for him as I walked a little farther. Sure enough, there he was hiding his shy self behind a rock. He was probably thinking, "Dang, there's that lady with the camera again."
I'm slurping my morning coffee and it tastes so good. But I have no time to write more in this post because I need to let the dogs out to run on the property and feed the donkey boys. I just know it's going to be another good day. I hope yours is too.
I went to Morro Bay yesterday (yes, again) to enjoy the beautiful weather along with so many people who were each, individually, doing something to enjoy their Sunday. The air was crystal clear, the surf was high, and even with quite a few cars in the parking areas, it never feels crowded. This shows a few of the things to do at Morro Bay. And this doesn't include actually being "in town" where there is typical "beach town" shopping and dining. I am still going through my photos. I have tried not to change the colors too much because it was really that pretty. I post a few on Google+ and it seems to wash out the color a bit, so those I have enhanced for that site.
It's Monday, I hope your week starts off well and you find some beauty to capture where you are.
I love Calla Lilies. I bought these at Trader Joe's. I might need more in other colors. I just think they are the perfect flower and they make me happy to have in my home. I probably did this same post last year when I bought some. Seriously, I might need more.
I drove to the coast again today (Thursday), but took a different route than yesterday. I stopped along Highway 46 and enjoyed a different vista that I haven't photographed before. I have so many photos from this week. I'm not sure how much detail shows up with the upload to the blog, but I think this one is my favorite from today. Of course, that could change when I go through all the rest:-) All I'm doing the past couple days is taking photos...well, besides taking care of the animals, buying groceries, and such. So I have nothing else to share. No little stories, no big adventures, no food, nothing but photos. I hope that's okay. Have a wonderful Friday!
Yesterday was pretty chilly in the morning, after the storm. I knew I wasn't going to ride my horse so of course I took my camera over to Morro Bay. It was warmer there and the surf was beautiful. Those of you who live near the ocean know what I mean by invigorating. It's something you just feel, but can't really describe. If you're not an ocean type, maybe you get that feeling from the mountains or the woods or the city or something else. I understand that also. I just don't happen to have easy access to those places, so for me it is the ocean. Have an invigorating Thursday and thanks for stopping by.
As you know if you follow my blog, I love taking photos of sunsets. I have thousands, I am sure. When I head out in the evening for a light show in the sky, I often spend time playing around with my settings because the light changes so quickly. Shooting the sunset while keeping the foreground light is always a struggle for me and I often don't like the results. So I shoot for the sky which, of course, is the subject of the photo anyway. And then I play with Lightroom. Love me some Lightroom!! Last night we had very dark clouds above the setting sun. I decided to edit this as shown below and I really like how it turned out. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it pleases my eye so I wanted to share it here. It's cold today. How cold? Well, we had hail late last night and very heavy frost this morning. And now the sun is shining and I'm heading out to enjoy it for a while. Have a great day!
We had several days of lovely Springtime temperatures, high 60's to high 70's. And now today it has dropped 20 degrees and we have Winter weather hanging over our heads. We are supposed to get a good soaking (let's hope), high winds, high surf, and cold temperatures. I was able to get in a few good days of working/riding my horse before the weather changed again. Unfortunately, I was feeling a little puny and tired. Not really bad sick, but not really healthy either. I think it's passed after a few days so it was probably a low grade virus. Here are a few random photos that don't seem to fit anywhere, but I like them. Bicycles at the beach are always pretty, all lined up. You know which one I would choose.
I saw this little girl and her dad walking along the beach. All I could think was, who was going to try to comb her hair when she got home? Don't you love her curls and her pink?
So generally, I've just been swinging in the breeze. This photo is from 2 years ago when we had blossoms on the tree. Last year, hardly any blossoms for the first time I can remember. Fingers crossed that we will have a gazillion this year because I LOVE taking photos of them.
First, let me say I have always loved the music from "Fiddler on the Roof." But that's not what this is about. Every time I drive to our coast, I am in awe of the beauty of the landscape. I am also in awe of the fact that so much of it is private land, fenced off, unspoiled, often times with a few cattle grazing. It is a treasure. And it is a treasure that George Hearst was able to purchase in 1865, initially 40,000 acres which eventually grew to 250,000 acres. The history of the land and the castle are interesting and rich with celebrities of the times. I never considered going to the tours, thinking it would be "touristy" and not worth my time. But a few years ago we visited the castle and went on one of the tours. It was so interesting to see the opulence of the time and the beauty of the grounds. Besides being wealthy landowners, the Hearst family lived around our area and were quite generous with donations to projects such as the restoration of the San Miguel Mission after an earthquake. George and Phoebe Hearst both passed away within the past year or so, but the mark they left on our county will live on. If you are ever in this area and have the time, I would suggest taking one of the tours of Hearst Castle in San Simeon. It really would be worth it. http://www.hearstcastle.org/history-art/castle If I were a rich man, I would definitely buy up as much of this land as possible. And then let the animals roam and graze and enjoy their lives here.
...but a very foggy and frosty morning after a rainy day. The only thing that will make me stay outside after feeding animals is a photo op. After that, it's back in the house with Uggs and a warm fleece shirt. I know I'm a sissy, but seriously, it's been 26 degrees here the past two nights. I had a dream last night about being with Oprah. I have forgotten most of it, but I know I was staying at her house. And I know she referred me for a job. Most importantly, I remember going to an office for a meeting and not being able to find a cup of coffee. Most of the details are cloudy, as with most dreams, but one more fun thing was that my sister and I were driving around in a 1967 Mercury Cougar, a car we had when we were teenagers. And I think our brother was sitting in the front between us. There was no music playing, but if there had been, it would have been an 8-track such as In a Gadda da Vida or something by Steppenwolf. Oh yeah!
Looking back through my photos, I found some snow photos from a few years ago. This was a rare event for our part of California. Snow is always so pretty to watch as it gently drifts down from above. It's the aftermath that I don't like. If I could be transported somewhere to watch the snow falling, wake up to the new snow looking so fresh on the ground, take my photos, and then be transplanted back home....well, I think that would be pretty cool.
....except that I just learned it's National Pancake Day. I don't know why I have such a hard time making really good pancakes. I would much rather make French toast, although I rarely cook either for breakfast. If you go to IHOP today, you can have free pancakes. However, they would like you to donate to charity which I think is well worth it. Even if you are eating gluten free, shouldn't you have pancakes at least once a year?
It's nice to hang out with the dogs mid-afternoon when it's their time to cruise around the property, after the donkeys go back in. I usually just walk around, but it was so nice this week that I decided to sit down and maybe take a little video. Zoey does not know how to sit next to me without being in my face. And she tries to lick me. She has been wandering around eating chicken poop and I really don't welcome her kisses at this point. So this is how it goes with a few minutes of Zoey time, trying to sit and relax.
Yesterday was one of those days. It started out with no power when I got up, meaning no heat in the house and no coffee!!!! OMG!!! After a very quick trip to Starbucks, PG&E had finished replacing a pole on our little road that someone had split about 10:30 the night before. It takes a helluva lot of speed to break a pole. And our road only accesses 5 properties, so the idiot had to be flying. I'm surprised he wasn't found dead. I hope the Sheriff figured out who did it because that is so dangerous. The day ended with watching Beau for a few minutes and realizing he was in pain. He had been okay a little earlier when I rode him so it was worrisome. I was waiting for the farrier and just hanging around the barn so I stood by Beau's stall for a few minutes and just knew something wasn't quite right. After about 10 minutes, called the vet who was nearby and came over. Gas colic. So she drugged him and ran the tube down his nose to lube him. I talked to Cheryl this morning and he is doing well. I'm a little wrung out this morning. But fortunately there were no power incidents last night so we have heat and coffee. And that makes all the difference. Enjoy your Friday!