Sierra Backdrop~

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transforms seedy,
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into splendid.
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Snow blanketing,

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drought ravaged land.
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Mother Nature cooling,
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her still feverish child.
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Cheers to you from fragile California~

211 thoughts on “Sierra Backdrop~

    • They probably were colder and brighter which is a disconcerting thought. I just learned you have a venomous adder in the UK. I thought you had no poisonous snakes. I do learn the most amazing things from my fellow bloggers. Be well Sarah and cheers~

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      • Yes, and we have a new venomous spider, which I was unlucky enough to encounter last August. Six weeks ago, I had 3 encapsulated bites on my ankles zapped with liquid nitrogen. They’re only just healing up now, having had me hobbling about from the blisters caused by the treatment.

        I’ve seen a few adders, but they’re very nervous and, provided you don’t step on them, they slither away fast. I don’t take my dog on the grassy hills in the middle of the day in the summer if the sun is shining, as the adders are out sunbathing.

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        • I had no idea. I thought Britain was blessed with no venomous snakes, the spiders yes, so sorry about the bites! They are especially nasty I know and make those craters that take forever to heal. I am glad you are on the mend. I’m sure you wear boots (wellies) right. I feel much more secure in my rattlesnake boots, although a spider could crawl in them, so far they haven’t. Although I just went to the doctor for some venomous plant related contact dermatitis. This is our reward for loving nature, we become part of it, which is all good.

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  1. I’m delighted that CA is finally getting some much-needed water! Whether in the form of rain or snow, our earth surely depends on moisture. Love seeing those icicles — and knowing what a blessing they will be.

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    • I have yet to get to Wales, I have been to Cornwall, The Cotswalds, The Hebrides, the Scottish Highlands. Unbelieveably beautiful, all the incredible architecture, the small towns and the English countryside. I stayed for a summer a long time ago in Buford, and went back several times, shortly after that. It was my first taste of Europe and I loved it so! All subsequent visits have been to London. I need to go back and spend some time again and I will, with my camera. I have a date with some foxes, I hope! I always notice the green flying in to England. We don’t have that in California. Beauty is everywhere and you capture a lot of of English beauty with your camera my friend~

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      • My favourite place is Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, which has a mountain railway to take you up Mount Snowden. There also the amazing Portmerion.

        The best time is early July, when the youngsters are still in school and it is less likely to rain than in spring or early summer. Good luck with your travels 🙂

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    • Yes, it definitely helps especially in Central and Nothern California, unfortunately not in Southern California where I live it. We are 85F today at The Holler with no rain in sight. It is like an endless summer in a not good way. LOVED your collaboration post with three of my favorite bloggers. Wonderful!

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  2. Looks like the inside of my house right now! lol 😉 Broken boiler and no gas for heating or hot water is causing penguins in the bathroom and a general sense of Siberia in the rooms lol much warmer outside in the sub zero temperatures!!

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  3. I like how you show the California treasures in this post. Your focusing on the dynamic and contrasting traits made it so interesting. I also have a different picture of California not being fragile. You managed to help me see it a different, more vulnerable way. 🙂

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  4. These photos are testaments on why we love nature ~ majestic backdrops and you bring us the feel of those who wake up every morning to such sights. An incredible series of photos (nothing quite like seeing such snow on such a great draught-stricken area too!).

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    • Seeing natural California finally covered in snow is a joy. It is getting surreal now in SoCal. It will be another 85F+ day at The Holler, as it has been for over two weeks. We have gotten so little moisture. I am so glad the Sierra snowpak is doing better though as the thought of the forests dying is just so distressing. All you have to do is live at The Holler to actually experience global warming. I have lived here all my life and have never seen weather remotely like this.

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  5. We have formalized our travel plans to Mammoth: June 26 – 30! As usual, WAY TOO MANY activities to do in those short number of days. We shall not be bored. Any chance that your journeys would take you that way during that time frame?
    Oscar

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    • It is quite possible. We return from Spain in late May and want very much to visit the Bristol Cones, and hike around Mammoth. Let’s touch base in early June and see where things are. It would be great to meet up with you and your wife in The Sierras Oscar.

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