Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 204 - notice the color purple

I'm reading Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness Project."
One of the personal Twelve Commandments that her readers have shared with her is: Notice the color purple.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 203 - late bloomer

Many flowers & trees have bloomed later than usual this year due to the cool spring.
The agapanthus is finally beginning to bloom. Well worth the wait.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 202 - cairns

Yesterday, we hiked to Horsetail Falls for the first time. On our hike, during the sections of the trail that were granite and boulders, we were guided by stacks of rocks.
This one was especially eye-catching.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 200- Bike Trail Flower

Unknown wild weed/flower along the bike trail caught my eye and I stopped to shoot it with my cell phone.
Hard to tell the size in this photo, but the blooms are about 4 inches in diameter.
Then I had to pedal like crazy to catch up to Sherry who was setting a pretty good pace.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 199 - California State Fair

Fine art exhibit
Fair food (actually these are fat bombs -- deep fried cheese cake?!)

John demonstrating his amazing bike stunts at the Pedaling to Adventure exhibit.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 198 - State Fair Weirdness

Our bike ride today took us by sort of a back lot storage area for the California state fair,
where we came across these characters that looked like they were having some kind of party.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 195 - poolside chardonnay

Lava Cap Winery Chardonnay
The picture was my idea, but John took the shot & I edited the photo. Team work!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 194 - Orange and Blue

Sherry took this shot of her favorite daylilies and complementary blue flowers in the afternoon sunshine.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 193 - wild turkey

Our only resident wild turkey so far this year.
We think she has a nest somewhere on our property.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 191 - Scary Spider

It's not all just birds and flowers in the backyard. There are some things a little more sinister.
This black widow had a very big bright red hourglass on the underside, but she was a bit camera-shy.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Day 187 - Princess Di

The Princess Diana rose
When visiting with my sister Dana last week at Pinecrest Lake, somehow the conversation took a turn in which she related where she was when she heard that Princess Di had died. I remember it vividly too. We were winding our way on a mountain road (Mt. Rose Highway) back home after seeing The Taming of the Shrew during Shakesphere at Sand Harbor (Lake Tahoe). I was very sleepy and when I first heard the announcement on the radio I thought it was part of a dream. A bad dream.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 186 - a midsummer's garden report

These tiny flowers remeinded me of the fireworks we watched on the 4th of July.
I found this daylily at some big box type of store (Home Depot or Lowe's). It was in a sea of generic one gallon plants. But, it's turned out to be one of my favorites. The only downside is that it has a short blooming cycle.
It's at its peak this week.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 184 - everyday

I could eat this everyday of my life. Seriously.
Mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 181 - a three hour tour

The south fork of the Stanislaus River flowing into Pinecrest Lake.

Captain Sean with worthy shipmates Dana & John.
Our brother-in-law Sean, took us on a 3 hour tour of Pinecrest Lake on his boat, the Gustaway.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Day 180 - in praise of waterfalls

Sly Park Falls

Bassi Falls
We hiked to both of these falls today. Bassi Falls blew us away. Magnificent!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Day 179 - curious

I'm always amused when I ride by this pyramid on the bike trail.
[That's a golf course in the foreground.]