I am taking a blogging break after the freak accidental death of my chestnut mare, Beauty, this morning. At least she didn't suffer and went quickly. There were no thrashing marks in her corral. For the full story, please visit http://deserthorses.blogspot.com/. As far as we can tell, she died during the previous night from some type of colic. ***If you can, and want to, please make a donation to either SAFER or TB Friends in her name as she was a feedlot rescue herself. I rescued her when she was an unbroke 2 year old on a horse slaughter lot and trained her and rode her for the first time last summer. She was a wonderful, gentle animal that died way before her time. She was only 5 years old. I'm just not up to blogging right now.
Deserts and Beyond
Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The thunderheads which were over us at June Lake had gathered at the top of the Tioga Pass. The Tioga Pass is the eastern Sierra entrance to Yosemite National Park and it is VERY steep! We paused at "Seagull" Lake (yes, those are seagulls!) to take photos and then continued up the grade. We were already at 9,000 feet! When we got to the entrance of the park, it was sleeting! The ranger said there was a 50% chance of snow that evening. We headed out quickly as we had another 2 hours of driving before we crossed the entire Yosemite road to Merced, where we were staying for the night. Yes, that's sleet hitting the windshield! Once we passed by Olmstead Point, where you can view Half Dome, the weather began to clear and we enjoyed the rest of our ride through the park.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
You know, hubby and I have driven past the Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney so many times and we've NEVER stopped to see them, so this trip we stayed overnight in Lone Pine and drove out to the hills Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. The views and colors were spectacular, especially in the morning light!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last week our skies were clouded by massive thunderheads. This week, we have below-normal temperatures in the mid-80's, which is unheardof here in our desert. Usually by now we are in the high 90's to low 100's. I took advantage of the visiting thunderheads and ran outdoors with my camera! Here are some samples. SkyWatch Friday, June 12, 2009.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
If you have recently bought table grapes, they might have come from the Coachella Valley. Several of my parents have brought me some already. The Coachella Valley is a large agricultural center of California, second only to the great Central Valley. Right now table grapes are being harvested. I took some photos of one vineyard last month when I drove out toward Mecca. Aren't the grapes beautiful? For me, it is very peaceful and restful to see them. Think Green Thursday for June 11, 2009.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Some mornings, when I drive to school, I see incredible sunrises. This was one of those mornings. Look at all the jet trails! And, those tall palm trees, reaching toward the sky! I stopped at the bridge over the wash on Bob Hope Drive to take this pic. Sunday Stills challenge for June 7, 2009.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
These pretty murals were on the building where I took the photo of the water, Agua Blanca, in Rancho Mirage, CA. I don't see many murals here in my town. There is a beautiful one down in Indio, but I don't go that way very often. I thought they blended in well with the building. What do you think? I'll put that on my "summer list" of places to visit! HA! Only 5 more days of school are left and 3 of them are half days, then FREEDOM! Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I got up on Sunday morning not too long along and went for a drive. I spotted this beautiful little center in Rancho Mirage, CA and got out for a look. The sun was just coming up and the light was perfect for this pic of the pool. Right after I snapped this photo, the fountain pump roared to life and the calm water shattered. Watery Wednesday for June 3, 2009, our 37th wedding anniversary!