Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

California poppy~Flowers on Saturday~ 043011

I decided to take a break from posting about our Sierra trip to bring you some California sunshine! This is a California poppy, which is our state flower. I bought a bag of wildflower seeds at Lowe's last autumn and I raked the area next to our neighbor's fence at home and scattered them. I have quite a few poppies and some desert lilacs growing there and some red flowers that I haven't identified yet! With the coming of our late spring heat, however, these will die out and reseed (for next year), but I need to plant some tithonia and cosmos seeds there soon! Flowers on Saturday for April 30, 2011. To see other participants, please go to:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Grasses and sky~SkyWatch Friday 042911

Tall grasses and sky in Pleasant Valley, outside of Bishop, CA. Skywatch Friday for April 29, 2011. To view other participants, please go to:

Silver Lake~Nature Notes~042811

It's hard for me to realize that up in the Sierras, they occasionally still get snow, or still have snow, since I live in the desert. We've pretty much already had our spring down here and now, as the daytime temperatures rise toward the high 90's and maybe even move into the 100's shortly, we all realize that summer will be upon us soon. The snowbirds have left. They have closed their houses and have driven their RVs back to Canada or the Pacific Northwest or the Midwest. RV parks are emptying out quickly. But, up in the Sierras, they are still getting snowstorms like the one they had last weekend. Hubby and I had stopped by Silver Lake, which is one of the 4 lakes by the June Lake loop. We wanted to make reservations at the Silver Lake Resort, which sits right across the street from the boat house and lake. We stayed there last October, on the last weekend that they were open for the season. Unfortunately, on April 23, they still hadn't opened yet, not even for fishermen! And, right after we left, it began to snow again. We did manage to see two waterfalls this last trip. We usually only see one of them. And, the lake's boats were all tied up and sleeping. I'm sure the lake and resort will slowly come back to life and I wish we could be there to enjoy it, but that will have to wait until school is over for the summer. Nature Notes for April 28, 2011. To see other participants, please go to:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"O"~ABC Wednesday 042711

Olancha is a little town on Highway 395, about an hour south of Lone Pine. Actually, it's not much of a town. It's mostly a cattle ranch, a ranch cafe, but it is also the home of the Crystal Geyser bottling company. Oh, and a lot of sage and brush! But, for us, Olancha is the gateway to the Sierras. We don't really relax until we hit Olancha! Then, we KNOW we are getting to where we want to be! "O" for Olancha, ABC Wednesday, April 27, 2011. To view other participants, please visit:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Yellow Flowers~Lone Pine~Mellow Yellow Monday 042511

Hubby and I always stop in Lone Pine and head up toward the Alabama Hills whenever we travel to the Sierras, and this week was no exception. There were some yellow flowers blooming along the road and I bent down to investigate this one. 25 mph? I think we drove about 5 mph, just admiring the scenery! Mellow Yellow Monday for April 25, 2011. To view other participants, please go to:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Desert blooms~Sunday Stills Challenge~042411

The desert is blooming right now, as everybody's allergies can attest! Fortunately, mine don't kick in until the oleanders start blooming, which will be next month. In the meantime, I wandered through the Living Desert Reserve a couple of weekends ago and found these plants blooming. Sunday Stills Challenge for April 24, 2011.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Petroglyphs in the morning~SkyWatch Friday~042201

Hubby and I found more petroglyphs near Bishop, CA, and once again, we headed out early in the morning. I caught these on a rock just as the sun was coming over the White Mountains. Can you see the petroglyphs on the rock? SkyWatch Friday for April 22, 2011.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bishop Indian petroglyphs~Nature Notes~042111

Hubby and I spent the morning today taking photos of the Native American petroglyphs near Bishop, CA. Please do NOT ask me for directions...we found them by accident! We found them last night and went back this morning for more photos. I'm now hooked on finding more of them and I'm DETERMINED to do so!!!!!!!! They are just so fascinating. I have a book, "A Guide to Rock Art", which I bought on and I'm busy reading it. These petroglyphs were carved into the limestone rock (unlike the modern graffiti). I love the designs of the petroglyphs and I can't wait to read about them and find out what they mean. Some of them were obvious designs...the rattlesnake, the turtle, the lizard, the corn, the lightning. But, others are more mysterious...the people look different than people...Isn't it intriguing? Nature Notes for April 21, 2011. Thank you for stopping by my blog! To view other Nature Notes, please stop by:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"N"is for...ABC Wednesday 042011

"N" is for Native American petroglyphs. Hubby and I found some of the rock petroglyphs outside of Bishop, CA. It was late afternoon and the sun was fading fast, so we may drive back in the morning to take more photos. We literally stumbled upon them and they are behind a fence, which we respected. Aren't they incredible? I can't wait to see them tomorrow in the sunlight! ABC Wednesday for April 20, 2011. To see other "N" entries, please visit:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Alabama Hills~That's My World~ 041911

Yup. We've headed for the hills again! The Alabama Hills, that is! Hubby is off for several days and I'm on Spring break, so we've headed to our favorite place in California~the eastern Sierras. We drove out through the Alabama Hills this morning and hubby set my camera on the manual setting (I'm a real dufus about this...I always just use the automatic setting!)....but, enough is enough, right? I compared the ones I took on the manual setting to the automatic (...I also took 1 photo on automatic) and there just isn't any comparison. I'm hooked. Now I just have to figure out shutter speed and lens aperature and I'll be set, or I could just ask hubby to do it for me! Anyway, here are some pics from today. That lizard was up on top of the rock FOREVER. I'm surprised a hawk didn't get him! That's My World for Tuesday, April 19, 2011. To see other participants, please go to:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tale of a rattlesnake

You know, I've driven up the mountain road (Highway 74...the "killer highway") now for 3 years, ever since I moved my horses up the mountain for boarding. I drive that road every weekend (if possible) and sometimes once during the week. In those 3 years, I've seen a couple run-over snakes, a fox that was hit by a car, and various rabbits that didn't make it. But, today, I saw a LIVE rattlesnake! He/she/it was coiled near the middle of the road and it was alive when I slowed down and passed it, looking for a turnout. I didn't want a car to come by and run over it. The nearest turnout was about 100 feet away and by the time I parked, a couple of cars were coming up the mountain. I ran as quickly as I could toward the snake, waving them off, but one of them DELIBERATELY swerved and ran over it. I heard a sickening crunch and saw that yes, it had been hit. A second car behind it also ran over it, in spite of my pointing to it and waving. I screamed and cursed the first driver, who turned and gave me "the birdie". By the time I got to the snake, I knew it was mortally wounded. It was slowly moving its head and TRYING to move the back of its body, but couldn't. The cars had hit it mid-section. The head was intact, but I knew it was dying. I looked around for the LONGEST stick I could find and slowly got it off the road, while cars continued to zoom by me. NOBODY stopped to assist me. Now, I am DEATHLY afraid of snakes, but I wasn't the least bit afraid of this one (knowing that it was dying)...I have had 3 snakes jump out of the tack room at me (all non-poisonous), yet every time, I scream like a little girl and jump up and down in terror! I don't know why I had no fear and a friend said I was absolutely NUTS for moving it, but, like I said, this was the first live one I'd seen in three years of driving that road and I wasn't about to let him or her continue to get run over by cars. I found a nice, shady place at the side of the road, and left the snake there, figuring that I'd check on it on my way back down the mountain a few hours later. When I came back down the mountain, and stopped at the turnout, it was dead and very stiff and not moving. Now it is raven meat...But, you know, it also taught me something. This must have been a young snake (see photos) because it had NO RATTLES. Or, as someone pointed out, there are rattlesnakes nowadays that don't have rattles. YIKES! That means, they don't warn you of their presence! Had this one been in the brush, and had I been walking by, I wouldn't have heard a rattle. I studied its beautiful diamond shapes all over its body and realized that it would blend into its surroundings and I also wouldn't see it! Honestly, I wish the drivers who deliberately ran over the snake would have stopped to think about taking the life of a living creature, but they didn't. And, that makes me sad.

Ocotillo in bloom

This pretty ocotillo was in bloom yesteday morning up at the Santa Rosa mountains visitor center.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Windows at visitor's center~Weekend Reflections~April 16, 2011

It's hard to find water reflections here in the desert. We just don't have that much water! I do know of some places, but I usually post them on my other blog ( However, last weekend I stopped by the Santa Rosa mountains visitor center (and I'll be stopping there again today!). They have now extended their outdoor patio cover and added chairs outdoors on the patio, so it gives the place a whole new perspective! I used to stop and take photos there in the mornings, on my walk, but now I walk down by the city golf resort. But, on weekends, on my way up the mountain to see my horses, I still enjoy stopping by this visitor center. I mean, who wouldn't enjoy walking out on this patio and listening to the quail? Weekend Reflections for April 16, 2011. Yes, that's me in the bottom photo! To see other participants, please go to:

White blossom~Flowers on Saturday~April16, 2011

I have no idea what this flower is. I call it a "mosquito" flower because of its long tendrils, like the long legs of a mosquito. It is growing at our local community college and I really should go over there and ask them what it is, but I kind of enjoy the mystery! Flowers on Saturday for April 16, 2011. To view other partipants, please visit:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Morning glow~SkyWatch Friday~April 15, 2011

I wake up every morning about 4:00 and once I see that morning's light, I peek outside. We don't often get sunrises like this one, however. The sky has to have clouds and the conditions have to be just right. But, on this morning, everything came together...the clouds, the light, and the trees. SkyWatch Friday for April 15, 2011. To view other participants, please go to:

Animal tracks~Nature Notes~April 14, 2011

When I visited the Santa Rosa mountains visitor center, I noticed their animal track tray and sand box outside on their newly-renovated back patio. I wandered over to take a look and saw that they had a mountain lion print. All of the tracks were plaster of Paris molds. Of course, I had to further examine the mountain lion one. So, I smoothed out their box of sand, and planted it in the sand and stood back to look at the print. LOOK how big it actually is! I always enjoy visiting the center and I can't wait for this weekend to grab my coffee and croissant and sit and enjoy the view from their patio! To read other Nature Notes, please go to:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"M"~ABC Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"M" is for "monument" and "morning", two of the ingredients in this photo that I took last Saturday morning at the Santa Rosa MOUNTAINS visitor center. And, look at the dove that landed on top of the monument! ABC Wednesday for April 13, 2011. To see other participants, please go to:

Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center~That's My World~041211

I took an early morning walk on Saturday morning up at the Santa Rosa Mountain visitor center and was surprised to see that they had added a new addition~a covering to their back patio, which faces north. Actually, it is a welcome addition because they have tables and chairs all over now and even a picnic table. I would LOVE to grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant and sit there and listen to the quail and watch all the birds...maybe next Saturday morning? It's a quiet, lovely spot to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. That's My World for Tuesday, April 12, 2011. To visit other participants in TMW, please visit:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

4 directions~Sunday Stills Challenge~041011

I went out early this morning to take my 4 directions pics. It was a beautiful, clear morning here in the desert, after our two days of sprinkles and clouds. The two bottom photos are north and south. That's north, facing the monuments at the Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center, and south looking toward the Santa Rosa Mountains, along Deep Canyon. That's west, looking toward the wall of the Bighorn development and east looking toward Deep Canyon and beyond. I framed it with a smoke tree so that I wasn't shooting into the morning sun! North, South, West, and East...all from the Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center, which is in Palm Desert, CA. Sunday Stills Challenge for April 10, 2011.