Eastern Sierra

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Eastern Sierra snow October 2010

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A couple of new items!

I made this poster of one of the photos I took up in the Valley of Fire, Nevada.  It's from several years ago.  I was struck by the tenacity of this little grass in the middle of the sea of red sand.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/515029347/look-deep-into-nature-quote-valley-of?ref=shop_home_active_1


It's a quote from Albert Einstein!  I never realized how much he appreciated nature!

Cheers!
~Cheryl Ann~

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ETSY shop started! Please come visit!

I've been busy lately trying to get my ETSY shop going.  It isn't easy going through thousands (Yes!  literally THOUSANDS) of photos!  Phew!  I only have these up so far!  Some are framed and some are just photos (5x7).  It has taken me a FULL WEEK to just get this much done!

Between babysitting, running errands, getting stuff to Goodwill, babysitting, getting the car fixed, babysitting  (do you notice a pattern here?)...I haven't had much time to just SIT DOWN and post more photos!  I have some I want to post...maybe this weekend.

Anyway, here's the link to my shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesertsandBeyond?ref=search_shop_redirect

I wanted a name that reflected my love of the desert, mountains, and all areas in between.  So, I used the name of this blog!

PLEASE do stop by and take a look!
Thanks!
Cheryl Ann


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shadows on water~Shadow Shot Sunday2

Pretty tree shadows and reflections on the water.  SSS2 for January 29, 2017.  To visit SSS2, please go to:   http://shadowshotsunday2.blogspot.com/.  This would be a nice spot in the summer, don't you think?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Visit to Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage

Gosh, I haven't posted here since Thanksgiving!!!!  It's hard keeping up with 3 blogs and Facebook!

However, yesterday I went to Sunnylands with two of my now-retired colleagues from my school.  We try to get together a couple times each month, even if we just meet for coffee.  

Sunnylands is the "playground of presidents" and is located in Rancho Mirage, CA.  It is a 15 acre estate.  I think every president since Eisenhower has stayed there at one point and played golf there.

So, off we went!  We bypassed the $21 tour of the house (too sterile for us!) and instead we walked around the gardens (free!).  It was a beautiful but cool day here in the desert, especially with views of the snow-covered San Jacinto mountains!

Here are some of the photos I took yesterday:

 Beautiful snow-covered mountains!
 One of the two water fountains
 Nice lawn...in the middle of the drought?  Of course, Mr. Annenberg owned his OWN water company!
 The house.  Too stark and sterile to take the $21 tour!  (ripoff)
 This bench was donated by President Obama for the leader of China.
 Lots of cacti
Beautiful Mt. San Jacinto

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Just surviving

I didn't realize it has been nearly 3 weeks since I last posted here.  I'm finding that most of my "free" time is now devoted to taking care of hubby.  He is on 3 different medications and frankly, I think they are making him loopy (loopier than usual!).  He is forgetful.  His short term memory is SHOT.  He sleeps 8 hours, and then sleeps again another 4 hours during the daytime.  He SITS in his chair ALL DAY!

Sometimes I just HAVE to get out of the house!  I've visited with my friends (2 of whom retired the same time I did) and another colleague who has been out on disability.  I FINALLY went up to visit the horses.  They are all woolly and ready for winter.  I TRY to get out every day, but some days I, too, just stay at home.  I've got my autumn decorations up and the winter ones ready to get put outside.

I'm reading Stephen King novels and drinking brandy every night, trying to cope with the election results.  Oh, and we DO NOT watch the news anymore...just too depressing!

I took a car load of school stuff over to Goodwill and I have another load of clothes and books ready to go.  After working for 30 years, putting two kids through 5 years of college (each), frankly it is good just to be AT HOME!   :-)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your loved ones.

Just some random photos from the last several weeks:


 They TRY to grow grapes up in Anza, but they freeze!
 Pretty tree and fence up in Garner Valley...
One of the sycamore trees up at the horse ranch.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Geranium~Macro Monday~November 7, 2016

My local family-owned nursery had just watered all their plants the day I wandered up there.  I like to go there every couple of weeks.  They have nice plants, but their prices are much higher than Home Depot or Lowe's.  I often just look at all the plants and wish I were a bit richer!
To visit Macro Monday2, please go to:   http://macromonday2.blogspot.com/2016/11/peeling-bark.html

Macro Monday for November 7, 2016.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Desert Shadows~Shadow Shot Sunday~November 6, 2016

I love to take an early morning walk at the Santa Rosa Mountains Visitor Center, which is at the base of Highway 74 before it winds up into the Santa Rosa mountains.  There is an excellent view of the desert from there and I can smell all the desert plants.  Doves, cottontails, hummingbirds, and lizards are frequently seen.  If you take one of the trails, people do see bighorn sheep.  It is just a great place to go, walk, and relax!

 Shadows on the walkway.  LOVE those long, morning shadows!
 More shadows on the walkway.
LONG morning shadows!
To visit SSS, please go to:    http://shadowshotsunday2.blogspot.com/