Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Snowy road~That's My World 113010

Ugh, no...I didn't drive this road yesterday. It was just too icy and slippery, and since it requires 4 WD anyway, there was no way I was going to attempt it alone. It had snowed again the night before and, as I got out to investigate the road, NOBODY had attempted to travel up it! It is a difficult road without ice and snow anyway. I went up it once and got just about a mile up it and turned around, since it is 10 miles to the cabin up at the end. Maybe next spring....???? That's My World for Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

Yellow tree in mountains~Mellow Yellow Monday 112910

I drove around one of our local mountain communities on Sunday morning, just to view the snow on the ground and to see what was happening and came upon this yellow tree in the middle of the pines. This is such a pretty area and it is near where my cousin Valerie lives. Hubby and I had 5 acres up here before our daughter was born, 32 years ago. We used to drive our VW bus up there and camp out for the weekend. We would bring our German Shepherd along and I would take long hikes with him, so this area has lots of memories for us. Unfortunately, once our daughter and then our son came along, we had to sell our lot because we couldn't afford the payment on it ($99.00 a month!) We never built on it, but in the last couple of years, new owners have completed a house up high in the rocks. I'll have to stop by sometime and take pics of it and post them as I didn't take any yesterday. But, I still enjoy driving through the community and do so as often as I can! Mellow Yellow Monday for November 29, 2010.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Day shadows~Shadow Shot Sunday 112810

Since we all spent the day at our daughter's home on Thursday, I went around with my camera and took some pictures, including this one of her neighbor's tree branches which leaned over her fence and cast these shadows. Shadow Shot Sunday for November 28, 2010.

My picture~Sunday Stills Challenge 112810

That's me, about 30 years ago, holding our daughter and her cousin. Jennifer is in the blue outfit (she would KILL ME if she saw how chubby she was at the time!). Her cousins (she now has two) both live in Ancorage, Alaska, but are very close to Jennifer and her brother and fly down here about twice a year. Last summer, Jennifer and her husband flew to Alaska and spent a week there fishing with her cousins and driving out to my cousin's cabin near Denali. I'm very pleased that these family members are so close knit. I never knew my dad's family or my own first cousins (from his sister), but last year, one of them tracked me down from a post I posted over 7 years ago on!!! Can you believe it? YES!!! And, indeed, this is my first cousin! Since then, I've "chatted" with another cousin, who lives in Texas. I'm pleased that I finally made contact with them, but we've lost a whole lifetime of chances to get together. So, I'm happy that my children and their cousins in Alaska keep in touch! Sunday Stills Challenge for November 28, 2010. My cousin actually took this photo with my camera, I scanned it, and loaded it up on my computer. Isn't technology great? For somebody who has a blog dedicated to the outdoors and landscapes, and who could care less about having her photo taken, this was indeed a difficult challenge!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

A nice view of Deep Canyon on a cloudy day...HAPPY THANKSGIVING! May you and your loved ones have a wonderful day today!
~~Cheryl Ann~~

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"S" is for ... ABC Wednesday 112410

SILHOUETTE. As I was driving down a dirt road above Deep Canyon last weekend, I heard the chatter of a woodpecker. I looked out of my car window (it was misting outside) and saw the SILHOUETTE of this woodpecker in a dead pinyon tree. Of course, when I got out to take a closer look, he flew off! There are many woodpeckers in the pinyon trees above Deep Canyon, as well as blue jays and I always enjoy seeing them. ABC Wednesday for November 24, 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rainbows~That's My World 112310

On Saturday, the desert awoke to a cloudy sky and light mist. I headed up the road next to Deep Canyon to go give my horses some extra feed. On the way back, I was followed by rainbows at different areas. This rainbow was so vivid that I pulled over in a turnout to jump out of the car and take these photos. Several other cars had pulled over, too. It was cold and windy and my car door nearly blew off when I opened it! Brrrrrrr! Our mountains got their first snowfall of the season from this storm and many people drove up into them yesterday. This area, however, did NOT get any snow, as it is only about 3,500 feet. That's My World for Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Stills Challenge~Low tech/high tech 112110

I debated about even posting anything for this week's Sunday Stills Challenge, since I didn't want to take photos of televisions, radios, refrigerators, or washing machines...(yawn...) But, while I was at the Palm Desert park, I spotted this Indian artwork, which represents low tech communication. I had several books in my car, so I put one next to it to show high tech. Which do you enjoy more, the low tech or the high tech? Hubby also has a Kindle, but I couldn't very well run home and put his laptop in the photo, but you get the idea. SSC for 11/21/2010.

"Light" ~See it Sunday 11/21/10

I saw this beautiful sky on Friday morning, while I was out for my morning light. There were three jet trails and then the sun was peeking through a hole in the clouds. It was an inspiring sight and helped soothe me after the passing of my uncle on Thursday. I know it was just a combination of clouds and light, but, to me, it was a sign that he is in a better place. See It Sunday for November 21, 2010.

Rainbow over Deep Canyon~Scenic Sunday and SOOC Sunday 11/21/10

After our dreadful summer here, autumn has FINALLY arrived. We have a series of three wintry storms stacked up out in the Pacific and yesterday the first one passed over the valley. I was up in the mountains at the horse ranch giving an extra meal and some oil to my horses. They were all wet and it was windy. On days like that, they NEED the extra calories to keep warm. On my way back down the mountain, I spotted rainbows at various points, but I especially liked this one over Deep Canyon. I pulled over at a very narrow turnout to hop out of the car and take this photo and when I opened my car door, the wind very nearly tore it off! YES! It was that windy! And, cold! By the time I got home, I was shivering and I had 3 layers of clothes old white t-shirt, a Cabella's vest, and a hooded sweater from Old Navy! I kept shivering until I took a hot shower! Brrrr....our mountains are predicted to get some snowfall from these storms. Apparently the next one is moving in because, here at 4:00 a.m., the winds are kicking up again outside. Scenic Sunday and Straight Out of the Camera for November 21, 2010. To visit Straight Out of the Camera, please visit: To visit Scenic Sunday, please visit:

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I've been taking amorning walk before school and on the weekends and I never know what I'm going to encounter! Some mornings it is huge jackrabbits that scare the @#$& out of me when they run out of shrubs. Other mornings, it is the howling of a coyote pack nearby. But, yesterday morning, it was the sprinklers at the golf course that intrigued me. So, off I went to further investigate them!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Looking toward Deep Canyon~Looking at the Sky on Friday 111910

I love my morning walks and as the sun was rising over the horizon, I looked up toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. Isn't the morning light lovely? Looking at the Sky on Friday for November 19, 2010.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"R" is for raven~ABC Wednesday 111710

There are lots of RAVENS up in and near Deep Canyon. I haven't seen any vultures lately at all. This RAVEN was perched on an agave blossom. While I enjoy the antics of the RAVENS, I miss the quiet majesty of the vultures. I'll have to look for them next weekend! ABC Wednesday for November 17, 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pinyons~That's My World 111610

I love to stop and admire the stark beauty of pinyon trees up in Deep Canyon, even the dead ones. They have a certain symetry to them. I found one of them which had fallen over and I had to take a closer look. That's My World for Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cholla~ouch!~Cactus Monday 111510

Saturday, as I was walking around Deep Canyon, I spotted these cholla spikes on the ground near some cholla cactus. I bent over to take photos of them and then, on my way back to my car, discovered the ready-to-go fire ring (see previous post). I wanted to show you the spikes because THESE are what people often step on, not the cactus itself. These were just lying on the ground. As you walk by them, the weight of your body makes the ground tremble just enough for them to "jump" up on your shoes or socks. That's why I always wear my boots or my heavy-duty WALMART steel-toed $20 boots. However, I always shudder when I see people walking around with flip-flops! Oye vei! I remember one time, up at Lone Pine, we stopped at the visitor's center and I only had tennis shoes and socks on and, as I was walking to the restroom, I walked BY (not on!) some cholla. Yes, they attached themself to my socks. Your instinct is to take your hand and swipe them off. NO, NO!!! They would then attach themselves to your hand! I took some paper towels and swished them off! So, be careful when you are out and about in our deserts or mountains and keep an eye out for cholla! It can be very painful. Cactus Monday for November 15, 2010.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I had quite a scare yesterday!!!!

After I visited my horses yesterday and I was driving back down the mountain toward the desert, I pulled off at an overlook which used to be an Indian site. There are trails and handrails for people to look far down into Deep Canyon. A lot of people pull off there and take walks. I had my camera out and was ready to take photos of the pinyon trees. Unfortunately, when I got out of my car, I stumbled upon a fire ring! YES! In our mountains!!! Not only is that illegal, but with our Santa Ana winds yesterday, it could have been a disaster had somebody actually lit it. The rocks were neatly in a circle and there was dried grass on the bottom, then small branches, and then a large juniper branch on top. I was so upset that I destroyed it and tossed everything away and drove to the nearest ranger station to report it. They were concerned, too. I'm not sure if somebody was planning on coming back last night, but it looked ready to go. And, with our dry, hot winds...well, I shudder to think what might have happened. Additionally, they cut down two agave blooms (again, an illegal act)! This was NOT in a campground, mind you, but near a parking lot of an overlook. There are NO camping facilities nearby, and campfires are NOT allowed in the national forest. There are plenty of signs to that effect! I've stopped at that overlook many times and I've NEVER seen anything like that fire ring. I was scared. That is strictly forbidden! What kind of an IDIOT would do such a thing? Now, tell me, does THIS look like country where you would have an open fire pit? I think not. There is a campground further up the road, next to the fire station, and it is heavily patrolled. This area suffered from a fire about 15 years ago and residents are constantly on the lookout for fires and they have very strict yard requirements, so who would do such a thing???? I simply cannot believe what I found.

Grandma's teacups~Sunday stills challenge 111510

This week's Sunday Stills Challenge is coffee mugs or tea cups. I have my grandmother's collection (part of it, anyway) of tea cups. I was the one who, as a child, wherever we went, bought a tea cup set back for Grandma, since she was well beyond her traveling days. I remember stopping in Kansas, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Nebraska to buy her a set. Unfortunately, when she died, my cousin ended up with the majority of the set (alas...), so I wrote to my aunt and asked for them back. I only got a few back and I have them on display in my china hutch. Right now our kitchen table is against it as we are rearranging our kitchen and I simply don't have the strength to move it and set them out, so I took these pics through the glass. The Alaska cup must have come from my other cousin, who lives in Anchorage, as I've never been there! Does anybody else collect tea cups? Gosh, I haven't bought one in years. Now I buy coffee cups and I have quite a collection of those! Sunday Stills Challenge for November 14, 2010.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Photo Hunt~"Itchy"~November 13, 2010

This week's theme is "itchy" and boy, I just squirm looking at these two photos! But, you know, a cactus like this makes an excellent home for the bird nest (in second photo) and certainly provides protection! Cactus wrens sometimes make their nests in cacti like this one. Photo Hunt "itchy" for November 13, 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Agave~Looking at the Sky on Friday 111210

One morning, while out on my morning walk, I came across this agave blossom stretching toward the sky. Looking at the Sky on Friday for November 12, 2010.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yellow leaves, Oak Creek Canyon~Mellow Yellow Monday 110810

I found this beautiful tree (maple?) in Oak Creek Canyon, AZ this past weekend. The oaks all had yellow leaves and so did many of the other trees there. I'm not sure what kind of tree this is...can somebody help me identify it? Mellow Yellow Monday for November 8, 2010.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oak Creek Canyon Arizona~Scenic Sunday, SOOC, See it Sunday 110710

Hubby and I drove through Oak Creek Canyon yesterday afternoon, in Arizona. The aspen were pretty much gone, but he thought the oaks might be turning. He was right. I'll have to check the ones up Deep Canyon next weekend, when I have a***4 DAY WEEKEND***!!! (I'm so excited!) Anyway, this isn't Deep Canyon, but who knows what lies at the bottom of Deep Canyon? See it Sunday, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, and Scenic Sunday for November 7, 2010.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"P" is for...ABC Wednesday 110310

"P" is for pinyon. While I live down in the desert, I travel through a pinyon forest every time I drive up our local mountains to visit my horses. I board them up in the mountains, out of the desert. I enjoy stopping to view the pinyon trees, especially the dead ones. They have a certain beauty and grace, don't you think? There are some live ones that lean out over the highway, including this one. While there aren't many turnouts, there are a couple of places where one can stop, and I see many people pulled over on the weekends. They are off hiking and exploring our pinyon areas! ABC Wednesday for November 3, 2010. For other participants, please visit: