Thursday, December 31, 2009

Horse trail

My cousin, Valerie, often goes out to this trail and moves boulders and rocks off of it. She recently found a series of side trails and is now excited to start work on those! She is often shadowed by a coyote and her two pups! I stopped by one afternoon to find her, but she was far up in the canyon. Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wagon wheel~Ruby Tuesday 122909

This wagon sits up at the ranch where I board our five horses. Hubby zeroed in on it for these photos. Aren't the spokes interesting? Ruby Tuesday for December 29, 2009.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Odds & Ends~Sunday Stills Challenge 122709

I found these items in a little shop in Williams, AZ and couldn't resisit taking a picture through the window. A wall FULL of western "odds & ends"! Sunday Stills Challenge for December 27, 2009.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"W" is for...ABC Wednesday 12 23 09

windows. Back to Bodie we go! Honestly, I think you could find almost anything for any letter at Bodie, if you are creative! It's such a multi-dimensional place. Bodie, CA is an old mining town in the Sierras and it stands (what's left of it) high up on a plateau. As such, it gets lots of WIND. The remaining town and homes all have lots of WINDOWS. Here are some samples of Bodie's windows...ABC Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday decorations~Ruby Tuesday 122209

When I was out and about town early Sunday morning, I came upon these Christmas decorations at a local restaurant which has outdoor seating. Here in the desert southwest, many of our restaurants have outdoor seating all year. In winter, they simply bring in portable heaters. In summer, they turn on the misters. We've had clouds for the past 3 days and it's cloudy again today, with winds in our local mountains. I was glad I got to try out the macro setting on my camera, which I haven't used until this past weekend. Ruby Tuesday for December 22, 2009. For other Ruby entries, please visit:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cactus~Cactus Monday 122009

Early yesterday morning, I went for a walk around both the Palm Desert Historical Society garden and the visitor center garden. It was an overcast day, cloudy and gray, so I decided to try out the macro feature on my Canon. Hubby showed me how to use it, and here are a couple of sample photos. Cactus Monday for December 20, 2009. OUCH! Don't touch!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lake Fulmor~Scenic Sunday 122009

Even though we live in the desert southwest, we still enjoy driving up to our local mountains. Yesterday we stopped in Idyllwild for lunch, and then drove down the "back side" of the mountains. Neither hubby nor I could remember the last time we had driven down this road. We take another route back down to our house in the desert, not this one. It isn't as twisty and turny as ours! We stopped along the way at Lake Fulmor, which is outside of Idyllwild, CA. There were quite a few families there having a picnic Saturday afternoon. It was a nice, warm day, last week's snow had been plowed, and we weren't in any hurry to get home. Scenic Sunday for December 20, 2009.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winding Road~This Way Thursday 121709

This is the winding road that I take from my home in the desert to the horse ranch where I board my horses. It's called the "Palms to Pines" Highway, Highway 74. Don't let the nice, scenic name fool you. This is a killer highway. There is an accident on it nearly every week and sometimes they are fatal. Cars just aren't used to the hairpin turns, drivers drive too fast, they cut corners, and the result isn't pretty. I've personally seen several accidents myself. The most recent one involved a car full of teenagers which drove over the side, resulting in one fatality and another passenger permanently paralyzed. I am always careful when I drive it, always keeping one eye out on other drivers and I often pull over to let the "speedsters" go by. It does have its beauty, however, as you can see in these photographs. It is an especially beautiful highway in Spring, when the desert wildflowers are in full bloom. This Way Thursday for December 17, 2009.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

desert rocks and wash~That's My World 121509

As I drive to see my horses every weekend, I pass by this desert wash. There is a turnout nearby on the winding road and I frequently pull over to let speeding cars go by! Last weekend, another car had pulled over to take photos here, too, and we chatted for a minute. I'm not sure which wash and canyon this is, although it may be "Dead Horse Canyon". I'll have to check! There are a couple of trails at the end of it and cars park further down the road to hike this area of our local mountains. This is an extremely rocky area, rising up from the desert floor and eventually turning into pinyon. That's My World for Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Back to Bodie~Sunday Stills Challenge "Technology" 121309

Bodie, CA is such an interesting place to visit for several reasons. First, it sits high up on a plateau, open and vacant. Second, it is a photographer's dream! Finally, yes, it captures the technology of its time. Of the buildings in Bodie that remain, they showcase only 5% of the city. The other 95% burned down in a fire started by a young child! Incredible, isn't it? In its day, the mines at Bodie were producing silver and it was a thriving place! It was a dangerous place, too, with murders happening almost every day. There is a museum there you can visit to buy books and core samples, but you'll learn a lot about the town by just wandering around. Some of the better-preserved homes are now homes for the park employees and the others have been left as they were, so they have preserved life in the late 1800's in the west. It was interesting to see all their technology.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bodie~Weekend Reflections~December 12, 2009

I found this photo that I took in Bodie, CA when I was going through our photo archives, since my computer is still being fixed. Our son ordered a new video card and is now ordering a new power source, and then, VIOLA! I should be up and running again!!! I like how you can see what's inside, as well as what is reflected in the window. Bodie is a photographer's paradise! There is just so much to see. Weekend Reflections for December 12, 2009. I can't even imagine how cold it is in Bodie right now. We were there in August and the nights were already freezing and with a couple of Sierra storms, I would imagine it is knee deep in snow???

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cottonwoods, Snow, and Mountains~SkyWatch Friday 121109

Last weekend I went out for a drive, to the area with the large cottonwoods. Sometimes the longhorns are out there, but I didn't see them this trip. It was snowing on and off in these mountains, but the clouds opened up just long enough for me to get a peek at the snow on them. Then, they closed in on the mountains and I drove home. SkyWatch Friday, December 11, 2009.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"U" is for...ABC Wednesday 120909

"under". I took this photo last weekend when the mountains were under the clouds. They had just got a fresh dusting of snow, as you can see. ABC Wednesday for December 9, 2009.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Storm's Coming! That's My World 120809

It was cloudy all weekend. The first of three winter storms was heading our way and the clouds were building up. I took a drive down my favorite dirt road, on the way to see my horses and give them an extra meal, and saw these trees silhouetted against the cloudy sky. I also ran into the dad of one of our daughter's good friends, a man we haven't seen for about 7 years! He was out for his morning walk, enjoying the mountain cool, fresh air, that smelled of wet earth. Ahhhhh.....the mountains! That's My World for Tuesday, December 8, 2009.