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Try as we might to get rid of poison oak, it keeps coming back every year! This year is not exception! As I wander through my yard, I can see bits of it popping up and so, for today, I thought I would share what I discovered with you!

The saying goes, “Leaves of three, let it be!”

Leaves of three, let it be!

Leaves of three, let it be!

This plant springs up in spring!

Emerging in the spring

Emerging in the spring

Brush up against this plant, and the sticky oils transfer to your skin or clothing! If you are not looking for it you might miss it!

Poking up through the duff

Poking up through the duff

This plant can cause a rash that itches like crazy! And you can spread the oils by scratching! I was very allergic to the pretty plant when I was younger!

Pretty colors!

Pretty colors!

You can become sensitized over time as I now am!

Shades of red

Shades of red

The native critters here in the foothills actually feed on this plant as it is full of phosphorus, calcium and sulfur. Birds will eat the berries from this plant…

An artistic shot!

An artistic shot!

Later on as the plant matures it will turn to a solid green. In the fall it will turn a lovely shade of red, similar to that in these photos!

Well, I did get my wish for snow. Looking out my window I am watching the snow fall. It is not enough to keep me home, and I will take the camera with me today so that I can catch some snow photos to feature later!

As usual, thanks for dropping by! I hope that you have a great Tuesday, and if you live in the foothills, drive carefully!

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Well, it is the beginning of the work week once again! So, I thought this morning I would share a bit of sunshine with you all found in the faces of some flowers in my spring garden! The flower: Calendula!

Welcoming in the day

Welcoming in the day

Rays of sunshine

Rays of sunshine

I wanted to share more than these two photos but I need to get ready for work and WordPress is having issues as I keep getting HTTP errors when I try to upload photos!

NEWS FLASH: Low snow is expected in the Sierra Foothills this afternoon, with a winter weather advisory! Here is what the National Weather service has to say: “WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM PDT TUESDAY ABOVE 2500 FEET… * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES.”

I wish you a great Monday! Thanks for dropping by!

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In case you do not know, I love textures and patterns. They make for some pretty interesting photos. For today I wanted to share some photos of amazing patterns in the clouds. These were all taken in one day, and I find it amazing that each is so different! Ready to look up?

Here is the first shot looking up. The tree is one of the digger pines.

Looking up

Looking up

Amongst all the bumpy clouds, here is one that is all fanned out.

Fanned out

Fanned out

Bumpy and cottony…

Cottony

Cottony

There is a lot of contrast!

Contrasts

Contrasts

Here you can see that there are layers and depth.

Depth in the clouds

Depth in the clouds

Clouds sure can be amazing! If you have some amazing cloud photos, please leave a comment with a link to your post!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you for taking the time today to drop in!

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I wanted to feature some of the other photos that I took last Sunday when I ventured out in the rain! What is amazing to me is how the colors come up after getting wet! So let’s go check it out, shall we?

There was just something really lovely about the rainwater dripping off of this oak tree. The background is one of the many ponds in the area.

Rain drips off an oak

Rain drips off an oak

As you know I see faces in nature where ever I go! Here is another face!

Do you see the bear?

Do you see the bear?

One of my new projects here at the house involves used wine barrels. Using my 55-250mm lens I tried to capture the rain drops bouncing up from the surface of these barrels!

Wet barrels

Wet barrels

Here is a photo of one of the local streams. This area has been dry since last April.

Water where there was none

Water where there was none

Patterns, patterns, patterns! I just love them! Check out the patterns in this water shot! I see a face in the water. Do you?

The patterns in rushing water

The patterns in rushing water

One last shot. This bowl filled up from the rain. I like the ripples…

Water filled up a bowl

Water filled up a bowl

The storm just past was the biggest storm that we have had in the last 14 months! This week we are drying out, but the good news is that we have another storm coming this weekend! Maybe the temperatures will drop and I will get the snow that I miss so much! :)

Holy cow! It is Wednesday! Where did this week go? Well, thanks for dropping in and have a wonderful day!

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A storm drifted our way here in the Sierra Foothills last Thursday, February 6th. They call what drove this storm the “Pineapple Express” because when the storm hit our area it was 2099 miles long! This means it went from outside of Honolulu, Hawai’i all the way inland to central California! A huge storm! One much needed.

It's raining!

It’s raining!

To give you some facts on this storm, from our weather station here at our house:

The storm began Thursday morning: Rainfall amount – .34″; Friday rainfall amount – .85″; Saturday – 4.25″; and yesterday, Sunday – 3.06″. This morning the rain was coming down at 2″ per hour and we have gotten almost an inch so far this morning. Overall rainfall total on this storm is over 9″ of rain! The rain season, which started on July 1st, 2013, is at 15.15″. We should be at 21″, not including February as I cannot see the data on the Weather Channel, so we are still way behind!

I did want to share some photos I took yesterday as I braved the storm with my husband in tow…So, here we go!

We took a ride down the hill from our house. You might remember my featuring a shot of Rock Creek in a previous post. Here is a photo of Rock Creek as it normally looks…

Rock Creek with Gold Panner

Rock Creek with Gold Panner

Here it is yesterday!

The river today!

The river today!

Looking along the sides of the river there are trees underwater.

Trees under water

Trees under water

We have waterfalls in several areas by us and here is a shot of one that is usually a trickle.

Looking up at a waterfall

Looking up at a waterfall

Rushing waters

Rushing waters

All along the road there were rock slides everywhere. Some was just small debris, others much larger. The boulder in this shot is about one foot high by a foot and a half long.

A rock slide

A rock slide

This local pond, right around the corner from our house, had about 6″ in it on Thursday in the late afternoon. It has filled up and is now spilling over. The pond is about 10 feet deep!

A local pond

A local pond

One final shot of just some rain drops…

Raindrops

Raindrops

This storm should be winding down for us today giving us a short break. We are in for more coming on Wednesday and continuing on through the weekend! We need it!

I hope that you have a magnificent Monday! Thank you for taking some time out of your day to stop and visit!

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I have some exciting news to share with you! We are expecting! Not a baby, but a mix of rain and snow! Wahoo! This has been one of the driest winters here in the foothills for more than 100 years! The coming rain and snow will begin tomorrow and will be with us through the weekend!

We had more warm days in January breaking a number of records. This warm spell has affected a number of things. The warm temperatures have caused my almond tree to bloom! Yes, two months early!

An almond blossom

An almond blossom

They measured our snow pack recently and it is at 20% of normal. This is where the water comes from for our agriculture here in this state, so predictions are that produce prices will be triple for the consumer here in California.

Have you heard of creative visualization? Well this post is dedicated to the visualization of copious amount of snow and rain with photos from the past! So visualize with me!

Snow at the winery

Snow at the winery

From the kitchen in the morning

From the kitchen in the morning

Snow in December

Snow in December

Snow!

Snow!

Quail crossing in the snow

Quail crossing in the snow

Keep your fingers crossed for us that we do get a lot of rain and snow!

Thank you for dropping by so I could share our news! I wish you a terrific Tuesday!

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We have lived here in the Sierra Foothills for seven years now, and this is the driest winter that we have seen here. We keep getting a slight chance of rain in the forecasts but it disappears from the forecast and we remain dry. We need the rain to keep fire danger down here in our area, and to fill our reservoirs and wells.

It is dry as the desert here!

It is dry as the desert here!

What is causing this very dry spell is a ridge of high pressure that has been over us for quite a while.

To give you an idea of how little water we have had I thought that I would share the averages against what we have actually gotten so far this fall. In October the average rainfall is 2 1/4″, and we got .83″. In November the average is almost 5″ and we got 1.66″. December, usually a wetter month, gave us .37″ and we the average rainfall is 5 1/2″. So we should have had about 12 3/4″ by now and we have only had a total of 2.86″!

I began to wonder why they are not doing cloud seeding and sent the question to CBS’s Dave Bender of Channel 13 here in Sacramento. He was prompt in his response to me and told me, “The state does cloud seed, however we need storms to seed to get the benefit. When they do seed it adds about half the volume of Folsom lake to the state’s reservoirs. We just need the old storm door to open.” Thank you Dave for the information!

Well, there is a slight chance of rain coming on Saturday, and hopefully it will happen! Keep your fingers crossed for us here! Hey — maybe I should do the rain dance again?

Start of the rain dance

Start of the rain dance

Have a great Wednesday! Thanks for the visit today!

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I love it when it snows! We had a low pressure system descend upon us that gave us perfect conditions for snow. Add a bit of moisture to it, and voila! So, today I thought I would share some of the photos I took of what we experienced! Put on your warm jackets and let’s head outside!

At 5:30 p.m. the snow begins…

It begins...

It begins…

After an hour…

One hour later

One hour later

We later headed off to bed and the snow was still falling. When we got up in the morning, this is what our front deck now looks like!

What we woke up to find...

What we woke up to find…

Stepping outside, I shot these photos around our house…

A shot of our house

A shot of our house

Looking towards our backyard

Looking towards our backyard

The truck

The truck

Brrrr! Temperatures never made it above 35 degrees. In the afternoon, it started to snow once again. I love the gently falling snow and how quiet the world becomes…

It starts again!

It starts again!

In the late afternoon, the storm moved off to the east, the setting sun broke through the clouds, and I stepped outside once again and snapped this shot!

The sun breaks through

The sun breaks through

While it has been a couple of days since, we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground. The high yesterday was 38 and the overnight low 19 degrees!

I hope that you enjoyed these snow photos! Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by!

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This year, 2013, has been one of the driest since we have moved to the Sierra Foothills. In November last year we had 10″ of rain for the month. We are celebrating today as we woke up this morning to wet weather! The great thing is that it is predicted to be around for the next couple of days!

One of the things that I am looking forward to is the return of the color green! The dormant moss here will return blanketing our area with its glorious color!

Beautiful color contrasts

Beautiful color contrasts

Moss up close

Moss up close

With the moss comes the mushrooms too!

Mushrooms in moss

Mushrooms in moss

Well, this is a just a short post. I am taking the camera with me today as I head out this Tuesday! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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We took a short road trip and found ourselves in Las Vegas! And there was a storm brewing! It was amazing to watch this develop! So I thought that I would do just a quickie post to share photos of this storm…

Incoming storm

Incoming storm

The contrast in colors I thought was pretty amazing! It was upon looking at this next photo that I realized my lens is really dirty and needs a good cleaning…residue I think from taking crush photos!

I realize my lens is dirty...

I realize my lens is dirty…

It was really coming down as you will see in this photo!

Pouring off in the distance

Pouring off in the distance

As the sun set I stepped outside and got this lovely shot…

Sunset in Vegas

Sunset in Vegas

And then the rain came down again…

It rains again at dusk

It rains again at dusk

Well, thank you for stopping by! I am now heading off the clean my lens as today I go off in search of something for tomorrow’s blog! Have a lovely Sunday!

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