Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve

The birds were thick this morning. Flitting, snacking.

Little hummingbird taking a break.

Yucca hearts

The agave were dressed in white. Tequila anyone?

Color contrast



Miners lettuce washed and ready.

Looks frozen


Ribes Speciosa one of my favorite natives, awakening, verdant.

Up in the oaks

Mr Darrow a self described night owl woke up with me and the birds today :) I won't be the only one that wont be able to stay awake til midnight.
Back down to the city now. look at Banjo. Teo is a rental while his family are in Europe.

Low lying clouds in the hills beyond. Fog.

The ripe juicy toyon berries in the lower canyon.

Over the creek and back home. Happy New Years Eve, hiking buddies!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gifts From the Heavens

Look up!

New Years Eve......

Another full moon.

Two in one month!

I's a blue moon month! Marie lives in Alaska and is the only one who has a chance to view a partial lunar eclipse. Lucky! Hope for clear skies.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hogging (hiking and blogging :)

Around here people are gluing seeds and foliage to giant structures preparing for the big day. I think, what strange evolution has gotten us here? Sometimes "normal" things are so "abnormal". Is it just me ?

It felt good to commune with the real world.

The sweep of the hill in the foreground makes this shot look like it's taken with a fish eye lens but it's a real fish eye view.

cross hatch

psychedelic sun

Broken heart

Have a wonderfilled day all!!! Thanks for comin' round.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A few newebies

I'm just popping in to show you what I've been doing. These are in the shop as we speak. Pretty agua nueva stones look like a storm on the ocean.

Mixed metal blooms in the shop later.

And this baby!!!! This beaut has taken an entire work day to cut stamp and construct. There are many solders on this masterpiece and it's going to a very special lady. I'm taking and working on orders again and just having too much fun! I hope you are too :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again.

It was chilly this morning in the high 30's which is a cake walk for some of you but in S. California the crowd is complaining saying "it's freezing". Around here shorts and sandals are the uniform so if the temps dip below 70 the crowd gets dramatic. If a shower of rain is predicted the man on the evening news throws up a graphic that says STORM WATCH! We're a joke. Put a jacket on, relax.

I'm so happy to be out. Its early even the grit cast's a long shadow.

Eric and I hiked last evening. We came across a pack of handsome coyotes.

In the diminishing light it was difficult to get really clear pictures but I wanted you to see the pronounced saddles they are wearing with their new winter coats.

Back up in the hills and back to the metal shop. I'm starting back with a mixed metal project and I'm excited to get back to work.
Thank you for joining me back on the trail.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

To All of You!!

Why be conventional if you don't have to.

I found this beautiful eucalyptus bough on the ground after our wind storm.

Bringing the outside in, keeping it local, reduce, reuse, recycle. Smells wonderful is beautiful.

On our well used work table. Every blemish is a memory.

Lights around the base.

Reflecting on the window glass

A porcelain peace dove I made last year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Change the Batteries

I started out early which is no news. It was cold. I wore wool around my neck and full finger gloves. I'm moving so my body never stays cold. I shot one picture of the first light and my camera shut down and read "change the batteries" how rude I thought. Even our equipment has lost it's manners. It could have said "needs new batteries" of "or batteries need charging" so I got over being offended and decided to tell you what I saw. ( I was hoping I wouldn't see a mountain lion or anything spectacular even though the chances had just become higher due the fact I was without documentation)

I saw what hoped was a kite. A most interesting raptor. This one was gliding along the top of the hill I was facing, tracing its top line. This is a mannerism you see in a marsh hawk but the bird this morning had a long and narrow wingspan white with black tips. If it is a kite it will hang around all winter and I will show you it's hunting mannerisms. It's spectacular.

I passed a man with a backpack and hiking poles that was ecstatic about the morning and said "beeeeeeuuuuuteful day" as he headed on a trail full of ticks :( (having a white dog is a good thing. Tick barometer)

I saw tiny precious goldfinches riding the air in their roller coaster habit, beep an cheep as they pass.

I saw great communities of meadowlarks all pick up at once and move to a new destination disappear into dry grasses.

I saw rusty flashes of flicker wings.

I saw sycamore trees stripped from last nights wind.

I saw pine bows on the ground, pretty as a Christmas card.

I saw burned snags now in repose. They will be reclaimed by a million insects and fungi. I'm reminded...nothing lasts forever.

I heard the squeaking of doves wings.

I saw deer, dog, horse, and coyote tracks.

I saw blue eyed grass emerging.

My body moved and my mind wandered,

a perfect way to start the day.

Thanks for joining me.
Time to change those batteries.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's almost here!

It rained this morning and became very blustery and chilly. Feels like Christmas!
(clivia in the garden)

Emu bush moments ago (in my garden) natural Christmas lights.

The navel oranges are getting big and juicy looking. (almost ready)

Pyracantha in the rain. Coyotes are feasting on these now.

Manzanita, means little apple in espanol.

One of my two pepper trees looking just right for the season.

Toyon in the rain. (California native)

It's been a wonderful year and so much fun making so many new friends on etsy. Banjo and I enjoyed having you along the trail on our early morning adventures. Thank you so much for making this a truly special year.

There's a lot more to explore.
At the end of this chapter, it's time to reflect but also a time to look forward onto new beginnings.

The past is but the beginning of a beginning,
and all that is and has been
is but the twilight of the dawn

h. g. wells