Monday, February 20, 2017

It's in the Details

We have new pinecones growing on our trees.   They are very small, about an inch or two long.  

This is a big deal to me because a few years ago, a tree squirrel moved in, built a nest, and raised two young scamps.   It was the first time since I've lived here that I've seen tree squirrels on our property.   Over the course of the next few months, these fun loving three ate every single one of our pine cones.   I'm not kidding.   We had pinecone remains everywhere.   Then they moved away,  I suppose to find another property whose pine trees they could ravage.

We have three pine trees.   Although the one shown above only has baby pinecones, another one has some that are a bit more mature.

Maybe it's just me, but I always think the markings on a new pine cone look like a fossil of some sort.   

Here's a closer look.

As much as I enjoyed watching the little furry rascals, I hope they stay away and leave these pinecones alone.   They deserve a chance to grow up and do what pinecones do.   

It's Monday, it's raining, and the wind is blowing again.   Oh boy.   

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Be Quick

The thing with birds is they are so much faster than anyone with a camera.   This sparrow flew off a fraction of a second after I was able to capture this.   Sunday with St. Francis of Assisi.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fade To Gray

As much as I love our blue skies, sometimes I like to work with the gray.   Well, as long as it's not my hair.   I had that covered up yesterday.   We have lots of rain and wind coming in again so I will once again find myself wondering what to do.   But hey, at least my hair looks good.   

And I'm all caught up on People Magazine.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Frogs Are Singing

We have had so much rain, the ground is completely soaked, and the frogs are all singing in full chorus.   I don't know where they live, at least not exactly, but they are all around and sound as though they are right outside the door.   They may be.   All I know is they are happy and if I saw one, I would hope he'd show himself long enough that I could capture his photo.

There is a lake in nearby Atascadero that was completely empty.   A couple years ago there were goats living in the lake bottom, although I don't remember why.   It was a sad situation.   After the rains this past week, the lake is overflowing and running down a small creek through the park into a larger creek.   Everyone is very happy about it and the park is alive with the water fowl and people's smiling faces.   The paddle boats will once again be available for rent and they are considering whether they can stock the lake with some type of fish.   

This family appears to be living on the shore.   I didn't want to get too close because the leader was watching everything going on around them.   I don't trust geese, even though I'd love to get closer for photos.   

There are a few flowers starting to show their color.   I saw a bed of daffodils just about ready to open, and a small bit of purple.   

And then there was this face.   Bassett Hounds have the most expressive eyes.   

And that was my visit to the park.   I hope you enjoyed it too.   Have a nice Friday and as always, thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm Trying

I am so outraged by this new administration.   But I am trying to stay away from posting so much on Facebook because it doesn't help anything.   I've found that a good place for outrage is Twitter.   I can follow a few people/organizations on there, get some perspectives and/or humor, possibly retweet, and nobody cares.   I think three random people are following me so nobody gets their panties in a bunch if I want to say something.   I started on Twitter because I am a San Francisco Giants fan and I enjoy the pages of some players, sports writers, links to articles, and such.   So that's my new place for speaking my mind if I choose.   

For mental health, I've been able to ride my horse on the recent sunny days.   I also took my camera to the coast, took some photos and ate some fish tacos.   Moonstone Beach hasn't yet recovered from the big storms of January.   This inlet formed from a creek that broke through and with the piled up wood, it's taken away the beach.   Alas, no treasure hunting when I was there this week, unless I want some wood to haul away.   I'm not sure what will happen with some of these large trees, whether they will eventually haul them away or just leave them so people can create some bench sitting of sorts.

Today it's raining again.   I have plans to run a few errands and get a massage.   I hope you have plans for a nice day.   Thanks for visiting!

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