Monday, September 29, 2014

A trip to Orick

I didn't know where Orick was but my husband wanted to go there. On our way, we stopped at Crescent City for a picnic with a few of our friends. That's them on the pier. They like cheetos.

Near the marina is Ocean World, a very nice aquarium. Below is their geriatric 35 year old Harbor Seal.

Adorable sea lion is so smart and athletic. All these guys look like they are having a blast doing the tricks.

A beautiful ray.

A sturgeon.

Leopard shark.

The aquarium has petting pools, not just for kids!  It was amazing to pet the leopard shark, and the shark seemed to enjoy it too, coming back for more like a cat.

The old girl napping like all old people.

When we came out of the aquarium, one of the aforementioned cheeto eaters from the pier had bestowed a little thank you gift.

We looked up and there he was.  We laughed and laughed. 

The pampas grass has run amok here along the northern California coast.  It's stunning on the tall hillsides. I will remember the trip to Orick as the "pampas trip." Orick is on Hwy 101 just north of Trinidad.

More Cheeto eaters. The weather was incredible the whole day, look at that sky!!  

We saw a wild elk herd browsing at an RV park on the way, we had to stop.  I have never gotten so close to an elk, these guys seem very accustomed to people.  

Elk can't read.

Finally, after some searching and many distractions on the way, we find the lovely beach and bluffs. 

Glorious sky above blue ocean.

A lagoon that looks perfect for our canoe.  Next trip!

Our walk along the bluffs included this road which is mostly eroded away.

Yikes!  We walked far to the right and very carefully.

I call it Pampas Avenue.

 Higher and higher above the beach, the cliffs go from about 15 feet tall to a few hundred!

 The cliffs look deceptively small in photos. 

For scale, note that those are people down in the lower left area.

We hurried to get back over Pampas Avenue before dark, treacherous as it is.

 Going...... going.......


Friday, September 26, 2014

After the big rain.

The skies got very strange after the rain and by evening there was a yellow glow to the light coming in the windows, quite eerie.

If there was ever any doubt, here's proof Glendale has THE most beautiful skies. I promise these are just as the camera took them, I did not enhance or change their appearance.

I saw the interesting color and stopped cooking dinner and ran outside to take photos.  

What doesn't show up in the photos is the yellow tinge to the light that came in all the windows.  All the camera caught was the purple and pink.

Not a tornado, just a neato cloud.

This morning, all the strangeness had passed.  White fluffies and bright blue surround the weather station.

The first new pampas grass plume is emerging.

Back to normal.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Big Rain!

Yesterday was cloudy and promising but no rain.

Hard working weather station.

Beautiful colors and lovely clouds.

Dramatic, but no rain came out of these clouds.

Today it rained.  And it rained a LOT!  1.10" so far. 

We went from empty dry pond bed to half full in just a few hours!

The light clouds look white in these photos, really the sky is pale grey. The air smells fresh and clean after the rain.

The neighbor's trumpet vine hangs over our fence and has gorgeous flowers all of August and September.  Note the hanging seed pods.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall is full of changes.

A cloudy day a few days ago, with sun barely peeking through.

This fat brown mantis can always be found on the same plant. I like these guys, they are good company while weeding. They appear to be as curious about me as I am about them. We have green ones too.

Dramatic sky in the afternoon.

Clouds burning off in the morning.

 Wonderful hot day with bluest of blue sky.

A little visitor in great danger from our cats, who find him fascinating.  He went over the fence finally, whew!

Today we took a picnic up the Umpqua River. It was hot and pretty.

The color of the water is just incredible!  

Blue sky, swirling water, tall trees.  

We came home to some pretty dramatic skies!