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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Surreal Reflections...





"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning





I am taking a short break from blogging...
I have pre posted for ABCWednesdays,
Skywatch Fridays, Weekend Reflections, 
and the Weekend in Black and White.
I hope to be back November 10th...
Thanks for visiting!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Steeled in Persistence...





"Persistence is to the character of a man as carbon is to steel."
Napoleon Hill





I am taking a short break from blogging...
I have pre posted for ABCWednesdays,
Skywatch Fridays, Weekend Reflections, 
and the Weekend in Black and White.
I hope to be back November 10th...
Thanks for visiting!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sky with a Golden Frame...





"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days."
John Burroughs




I am taking a short break from blogging...

Thanks for visiting!!!
I have pre posted for ABCWednesdays,
Skywatch Fridays, Weekend Reflections, 
and the Weekend in Black and White.
I hope to be back November 10th...
Thanks for visiting!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh My!!!





Oliver the Bear is just letting you know that I will be taking a brief 
rest from blogging...
There will be posts for ABCWednesdays, Skywatch Fridays,
The Weekend in Black and White and Weekend Reflections...
but I will not be commenting...
I hope to return to my regular blogging November 10th!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Color Extraordinaire...





"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
Stanley Horowitz

Unless of course, it's a photograph!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

V-Day Review...




What could be better...



...than our Southern Belle Virginia 
taking a bite of a delectable Violet Macaron in Pasadena???

Fun visit Miss V!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

C'est Si Bon!






"The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it's 
going to go and where you'll wind up.  Following the bend in the river and 
staying on your own path means that you are on the right track.  Don't let anyone
deter you from that."
Eartha Kitt



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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Autumn's Fire...





"Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day
the dead leaves fall and melt."
William Allingham


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Brilliant Forest...





"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, 
but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
Hal Borland

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NOT on my watch!!!




Trying to go upstairs???
If you're a big, blonde, dog...you'd better back off...
'Cause Sadie's got the afternoon watch...
And NO DOG is getting up these stairs!!!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In pursuit of roots...





"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the 
artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
John F. Kennedy

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's a kick-@#* red!!!





"Beauty to me is being comfortable in your own skin.
That, or a kick ass red lipstick."
Gwyneth Paltrow


My favorite kick ass red car in honor of
Virginia...a dear blog friend
from Birmingham, Alabama
coming to visit California!!!

Check out her blog...
and her photo book of Paris...
Paris Rouge

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It was a Black and White world back then...






This is part of the "stamp" mine in Bodie State Historical Park, California...
If you're ever in this neck of the woods...this is a must see!!!
But don't count on getting back there in the winter...as soon as 
the snow sticks and stays, the road becomes relatively impassable...
You can still visit, but you'd better have some cross country skis or a well 
gassed snowmobile!!!  



Friday, October 14, 2011

Clouds with a silver lining...






"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold."
Maurice Setter

I have to admit, the other week when the sky was dumping snow on the ground in
the middle of October, I was ticked off.  I grumbled and groused at the fact that just 
that past weekend I had been in flip flops and wearing summer clothes...then 
all of a sudden it was boots, jackets, hats, and gloves...
Then the sun came out...the clouds lingered but didn't drop loads of snow 
anymore and the temperature warmed...
And what a glorious silver lining it was!!!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's a Woolly Mammoth!!!


"M"



What could be more fitting for the "M" entry for ABC Wednesday
than Mammoth's very own Woolly Mammoth???


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's been a Black and White kind of weather up here...






Rumor has it that there's actually a Sequoia on this side of the Sierras...
and this is it...
Wish my grandpa was still with us...he'd be able to tell me!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Leaves???






"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
Elizabeth Lawrence

I wonder if we'll still be able to stop and watch the leaves turn...
or has the recent snow hastened the inevitable?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekend Reflections...







"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
and not twist them to fit our own image.  
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."
Thomas Merton


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekend in Black and White...





"Black and white are the colors of photography.  To me they symbolize
the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."
Robert Frank

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Skywatch Friday....







"Colors are the smiles of nature."
Leigh Hunt


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

No...this isn't last year's photo...



I was expecting 2-3 inches at most...


About 10:30am Wed...
and no...this isn't in black and white!!!



Darn!!!  We still haven't put away our summer stuff!!!


Our first driveway plow of the year!!!

It's supposed to get warm and sunny this weekend and next week...
yep...a warm 66 degrees!!!

Thank you Steve Jobs...


...for all that you brought to this world...





Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"L" is for Lakes!!!


As in Mammoth Lakes!!!




There's a reason why Mammoth Lakes is plural...
Living up here we Locals have won the Lakes Lotto...
I'd be a Liar if I said I didn't Love it up here...
Life has taken a wonderful turn...
Living in a Lodge-Like Log cabin...
Becoming part of a Lively community...
Living, Laughing and Loving our Life up here!!!

For more participants in ABC Wednesday, click here!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Catching a bit of Summer amidst the gloom and rain...






"I was born in a garden of roses
For so long
I thought my yellow petals were wrong
As I grew into the soil I was planted
I never knew the value of my own bloom

Brown Eyed Susan with the roses
What will she be
Passion burning for tomorrow
Full of possibility"

Inohs Sivad

Monday, October 3, 2011

Where's that darned pot of gold???






Can you see the end of the rainbow???

Just the other day I was driving back to Mammoth from Rock Creek Lake
and it started raining...
I was driving towards the rainbow, when all of a sudden, the rainbow
was on the road in front of me and I was right there...
literally on top of the end of the rainbow!!!

I looked all around me but I couldn't see a pot of gold...
but I did hear faint giggling...do you suppose???

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Reflections of Summer's Passing...






Summer only arrived in June here in Mammoth...
Now there are predictions of snow for next week...

Yesterday, Kelly and I went down to Rock Creek Lake and Rock Creek...
It was cloudy and rainy...chilly too...

Summer's just a little too short up here!!!

For more participants in Weekend Reflections, click here!!!