Monday, October 24, 2016

Self-Portrait and Other Things

I am not photogenic. I don't know why, but whenever I see photos of myself I cringe. Either I don't know what I look like or the camera always manages to capture me in some weird moment. I remember reading once about people who always seem to get photographed in some way that doesn't capture their best features, assuming they have any. Hah! So, anyway, I decided to play the other day, trying to photograph myself in the mirror. It was fun. I'm a total goofball. Here's what I came up with. Do I look like any of these? Maybe. My mom likes the middle one, and Roger and I like the last one. The first pic is the first pic when I was trying to figure out how to get me centered in the photo and have the camera to one side and not have me looking at the screen to see what was going on. I think I captured that moment pretty well. What do you think?

The fall weather and light has truly transformed the skies here. We've even seen part of a parhelic circle and a sundog. I can't tell you how happy this stuff makes me. Oh yes I can, and I know you already know!
 There have been beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets. (I'll post those in the end of the month photos.) I even got to show my mom her very first 22 degree halo. She loved it. I photographed it a short while after this photo with a beautiful display of iridescent clouds, but I can't seem to get the iridescence to show up in the photo as I saw it with my eyes. I'm working on it.

There have been some cloud formations that struck me as utterly beautiful. I've been running outside every five minutes to take a look. I couldn't imagine what it might be like to be indoors when something like this is going on right over our house. To me it is the very essence of awesome!

We're in for more rain over the next few days. I'll be looking for rainbows and surprises in the sky. We're in for two more weeks of election season antics. I'll keep looking for rainbows!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Time For Reflections

We finally had some time on a sunny Thursday to head out to the marsh for a nice long walk and reflect on the times we are living in. Lucky for us, the marsh said, "oh you want reflections, how about these?"
I didn't watch the debate on Wednesday night, but I did read about it and heard some of the one-line zingers. My mom and Roger watched it. The debate upset my mother so much that it took her hours to finally fall asleep, and when she woke in the morning she literally felt sick to her stomach. Roger and I walked and talked about what's being said by friends, by headlines, by fellow bloggers and in-depth reported news stories. We are overwhelmed by all the words, the passion, the fear, but then we noticed that the sky was perfectly reflected in the bay's rising tide.
Cell phone photo

We walked quietly on, noticing in each pond a different perspective of sky. We saw ripples with barely a hint of wind, and we started to sing out loud the Grateful Dead song, Ripple. We had a good laugh about that. We came upon some dabbling ducks sleeping in the reflected sky. They looked like they were floating in air. It was such a trick of light and water. Roger and I both tried to photograph how they looked suspended like that between sky and water, but I don't think we captured it. Ah well, it was really quite a sight.
Camera photo
We walked and walked and saw the sky everywhere; it was above us and below us. It wowed us with its beauty.
And the drama of the political world slipped away, as it should... as it should.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Time Flies Too

Roger and I are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary today. I wrote a post about our wedding day and anniversary here. It's always easy to remember this date because it is the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Our first earthquake together. Oh yes, there have been others since, but none like Loma Prieta.

To celebrate this year, I put on the blouse I wore on our wedding day and Roger put on the tie he wore, and we posed together for this photo. We have always been goofballs. I don't think that's ever going to change. I wish I had smiled more for this photo, but I had just learned how to use the timer on the camera. And even after three tries, running from behind the camera to stand next to Roger and pose, I just couldn't get a more relaxed look. I laughed afterwards, take my word for it. Hah!

It's been raining here for three days. We've already gotten 3.5 inches of it, and it's still pouring. It creates the perfect mood for this election season. Dark, gloomy, blustery, and dreary. We know it will end, the rain and the election, and we can hardly wait.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Time Slips Away

Sometimes called "flying saucer clouds"

So, it's been almost eight weeks since my mom first arrived here on the north coast. We have been settling into a routine. It's not always easy, but we all work at it and have good intentions and high hopes. What I have noticed, though, is that time slips away. I want to post something here on the blog, but by the time I have free time I can't remember what I wanted to write. I'm sure it was great and everything, but what it was about I cannot tell you.

We are having our first storm of the rainy season here. Rainy season begins on October 1st. It has been crazy windy all day. I have no photographs to show you, but I did see a crow fluttering and flying in the high winds. It circled and flew; it circled and flapped and flew. I was glad to see it and be reminded of other lives in the face of adversity. I heard a Hermit Thrush the other day. Its song is so beautiful, it pulls your heart and makes you glad to be alive and in this bird's winter range.
An example of birefrigence

We have a crazy man running for President here. It's true, in case you haven't turned the news on or read any newspapers or checked the internet. It is mind blowing to have such a person be so close to the White House. I almost can't believe it. How can such a thing be true? What does it say about our country's citizens? I would write about it, but time slips away and my mind wanders.

Next week there are doctor and dentist appointments everyday. We may be having our house roofed, but we're not sure. The roofer called more than a week ago to confirm the start date, but hasn't contacted us since about the particular shingles we requested. We should probably contact him, but time slips away.

Night arrives earlier and earlier these days. Soon we will play with time and turn the clocks back an hour. Such a funny trick we humans play with the sun. We are such silly creatures. I have so many things I want to write about like lenticular cloud formations, birefrigence, and swallowtails on teasel but time it does slip away.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dead Heading

I've been doing regular dead-heading of our cosmos and dahlias lately, wanting to keep them blooming for as long as possible. The way they look in the front yard is just so summery and beautiful. I was inspired by this cartoon. We get an email regularly from a wonderful nursery that we visited often when we were still living in Grass Valley. This is what they sent in an August note.

Then, just the other morning I noticed out the window some activity in the cosmos. Something was rattling around in the flowers making the stems move and shake.

I opened the front door to get a better look, and these two Lesser Goldfinches took off and flew into the red maple out there. I was lucky the light was so beautiful that morning, and they hung around for a few photos.

It didn't occur to me that these birds might like it if I would let the cosmos go to seed, rather than dead-heading them all the time. But that is just what they preferred. I was so glad to accommodate them. Makes my life so much easier!