Sierra Backdrop~ On February 10, 2016February 10, 2016 By cindy knokeIn Conservation, MY PHOTOGRAPHS, REVERIES transforms seedy, into splendid. Snow blanketing, drought ravaged land. Mother Nature cooling, her still feverish child. Cheers to you from fragile California~ Share this:pinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Gorgeous as always! Makes me dislike the cold and snow a little bit less. 🙂
Oh good! Poor SoCal, 87F today, with only more heat in the forecast. Very minimal rain this winter. At least NoCal is doing better.
We finally got a bit of snow here in Ohio. I guess I can’t complain since it IS February. 🙂
You can always complain over here! 😉 😉
Breathtaking view! Beautiful image!
So pleased you enjoyed. The first two shots are from a fast moving car!
So beautiful, Cindy.
Ah, so glad! Thank you~ <3
Thank you Alison. I have to head over and see if you have posted more about Allende. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures, especially since I am home right now!!! 😉 😉
Very happy you enjoyed them my friend and cheers to you!
Beautiful winter landscapes.
Mil grazi Timothy and be well my friend~
So kind and much appreciated~
Gorgeous! I like your words, “mother nature cooling her fevered child.” The sun always makes it more bearable and beautiful! Cheers!
Yes, the sun really does make the whole difference with snow doesn’t it!
Wow! Fantastic photos!
Yay!! Thanks much and cheers!
You captured the majesty of the mountains, Cindy. Stunning! I feel like I was there… Thank you so much for taking us there. 🙂
The gratitude goes to you Amy for coming along. <3
Amazing photos!!! So beautiful…
I am so happy to see at least part of our state freed from the grasp of drought~
Yes, me too!!
These are awesome shots ,Cindy. 🙂
You are a good friend Ranu. <3
What a lovely backdrop…Cheers!
Cheers back at you and thank you too!
Breath-taking! Snow gives everything new life!
We need more! You can see how brown the land is~
I hope you’ll get more!
A covering of respite and beauty! Lovely 💛
Thank you Val and be well my friend~
They are beautiful! The first 2 pictures brought me to think of the Snowy mountains in Australia. Then the different trees and depth of snow made things very far apart. How I love pine trees. Thank you for sharing these pictures, Cindy!
Yes these were significant distance. Interesting you could detect this. I have driven through this part of central California probably 100 times in my life, and only stop for gas. I want to go back in the spring and stay in cheesey motels and talk to the people and take photos. There are all these tiny towns like Red Mountain with pop around 42! I am curious about life there. There are also lots of ghost towns. The oldest trees in the world, the ancient bristlecome cones, I think the oldest is over 4000 years are nearby and I want to go see them too. So much to see, so much to do, even in the closest and most humble places! Be well Maiko and thank you for your friendship~
Stunning beauty, Cindy. Gorgeous!
Awwww, thank you Eliza. Poor California! She is going through hard days and still needs more precipitation.
Thank you Robert and hope Trump and Cruz aren’t giving you too much indigestion!
Not indigestion, but a whole lot of comic relief… and a little worry – lol!
The worry part is the bad bit isn’t it. This is a country we love and it deserves and requires competent leadership. It is very discouraging. Can you imagine what Jefferson would say about Trump? Even Hilary gives me gas.
Yes, it’s true. America’s political situation is a full-blown crisis. With the fire-breathing nationalist dragon in Trump and the unapologetic corporatist in Hillary as presidential front-runners, even darker days must lay ahead for this nation. I wish we could elicit commentary from Jefferson on what’s happening now. He would be most enlightening, I’m sure.
Never really could have envisioned the day America would sink as low as Trump………
you keep teasing with the clear blue skies and the sparkling white snow… makes me want to snow shoe
I am now officially addicted to snow shoeingI It is so ideal for photography. They have special powder ones that enable you to practically walk on water. They cling to hills like crampons, so you can go up and down mountains. I seriously love it!
good, share the trails… when we can wander off on our own to get really great shots, I used to wander for hours.. been awhile though since I got the snow shoes out, probably need more modern ones.. light frames etc.
So glad to see CA getting rain and snow. The Sierras are just magnificent, especially to the eyes of someone who regularly sees the gently Smokies.
Can you believe I have never seen The Great Smokey Mountains? I want to of course. I have read so much history involving them and seen such beautiful photos. So must to see in only one life!
That is pretty awesome scenery.
It is. I admit it. I love the Sierras and central California. It is like a separate state.
There’s that snow again!
For me it’s an novelty!! I know it is hardly that for you Antionette. I’ll trade you our sunshine for some of your snow, fot LOTS of your snow!
Ok – give me a few days to figure out how to ship it to you!!! Stay warm.
Beautiful photos, they look like paintings!
What a lovely compliment. Thank you~
You have taken me on another stunning journey. I cannot continue to thank you enough.
The thanks go to you for allowing me to share. <3
Wonderful pictures Cindy. The mountains do look magnificent under their blanket.
xxx Hugs Galore xxx
Hugs back to you David and be well my friend~
What wonderful images Cindy. I love the landscape on the drought one.
It clearly shows how much we still need more precipitation doesn’t it~
Lovely pics Cindy…I live in Central California and the snow is a such a blessing to see..El Nino has helped us out in our hour of need but we still have a long way to go…
I know. Thank goodness you have gotten you have gotten the water. SoCal is 87F and still in full bore drought. Our poor state!
Yeh..it has been a rough several years but the pendulum will swing the other way soon, I feel..we seem to have these drought cycles every 7-10 yrs…
Yes. I hope so. I have lived in Caly all my life though and have never seen a drought like this. But the only certainty in life is change, and this may be the reality. I know as a human I want to hold on to things, and nature doesn’t do this. She changes constantly. She should I think. She evolves.
Yup..she’s bigger than all of us..but we will adapt no matter how things play out..so I try not to worry.
Up here in Northern California it’s really nice to see snow all over the Sierra.
Yes indeed it is. The Sierra snow pak is coming back. When we see our state in such distress, it clarifies how much we love it, doesn’t it!
Isn’t it beautiful? The storms have taken a bit of a rest here…I’m hoping it is only a pause to catch up. The Sierras are blanketed for the first time in years. More snow please. 🙂
Yes, please! And please more rain for SoCal. We are in a very bad way with the drought.
Cindy –those icicles!! and you’re right about CA. We’re down south and just longing for some rain.
It is so sad isn’t it. We got bits of rain, and now we are in Santa Ana conditions. We need rain. I feel now, as the drought moves into it’s third year in SoCal, that conditions are truly critical.
Yep, we notice it when we get far afield– how everything is so green! We have a whole fence of English Ivy that has died this fall. so I’m hoping for rain ahead like they keep promising!
I am waiting too, meanwhile it is another summer day!
So beautiful with its white blanket on.
It is so needed for poor parched California!
Beautiful photos and wow for some nice areas Cindy 😀
The older I get, the more I realize how much I love my state. I was born here and it is the only home I’ve known. Be well Irene~
And today, I photographed a purple crocus. Don’t we live in a spectacular world that gives us all the best of seasons. Beautiful photos, Cindy.
I saw you crocus and it was gorgeous and yes I agree Rebecca, the world is a gift in trust that we are supposed to take care of! Be well my friend~ <3
I’m freezing! ((((๑ ॔ㅂ ਂ ॓)و ̑̑ )))
Poor kitty, doesn’t like that white cold stuff! ((((๑ ॔ㅂ ਂ ॓)و ̑̑ )))
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Wow, I’ve never seen the Sierras quite like this! And those icicles are practically verging on becoming curtains of ice. Beautiful! ~Lynn
I was very careful around those icicles as I didn’t want one landing on my head! Hope you are well Lynn and cheers to you my friend~ <3
Stunning captures, Cindy…loved the icicle pic…they are always my favourite… 😀
I have never seen icicles this large and they were spectacular!
I don’t like the cold but even I can appreciate the depth of the beauty in the snowy landscape.
Ah, very pleased that you do! Thank you~
As always, it’s a delicate balance. Wishing you more snow and rain. 🙂
Thank you Mandy and be well my friend! <3
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So thoughtful and so appreciated Sharon. Thank you~
Beautiful photos! thank you!
Thank you more for the very kind appreciation & cheers to you~
I can feel the crispness in the air. I wish I could send you some of our precipitation.
I wish you could too, poor California and her native creatures~
herrlich, liebe Cindy, ich wünsche einen schönen Mittwoch
Danke mein sehr guter Freund und haben eine wunderbare Woche~
wünsche einen guten Donnerstag
Gorgeous shots! I can see you are very blessed! Thank you for sharing these gems with us.
Thank you more for appreciating them!
Really lovely, Cindy.
Thank you Patricia. We live in a beautiful world!
Spectacular! Clean and fresh 🙂
Yes, like the air had been snow cleaned, which of course, it had!
A really nice place
Thank you Christiane~ <3
Beautiful mountains and beautiful snow scenes, Cindy. Wow, those are some icicles! Stay warm and cozy, my friend! 😀
I wonder how you are adapting to your new home in the snow!! Hope you are well my friend~
I’m happy as a clam this week since the temps are creeping up and should be daytime 60s by the weekend! LOL! Now we’re talkin’!
Oooh that is postively….. warmish! 😉 It is about 88F today at The Holler and has been for around ten days with no end in sight, which is terrible as it just worsens our drought.
Lovely photos as always Cindy. We are promised nothing but rain for the next week or so. Can I send you some water? 😉
Please do! I can only wonder how it feels to you in France to see your old home and hear of her troubles. Be well dear Lea and so good to hear from you! <3 <3
Cindy, perhaps you have read enough in my poems to know why that was never really my home. This is my home. Yet there are those there I shall keep in my thoughts and the concern is for them. I am where I belong. Good to hear from you my friend!
Yes, I think I do understand and I am happy for you Lea. I am glad you found your home~ <3
All that snow looks so clean and white. I haven’t seen icicles like that in England since my childhood. The winters seemed so much colder and brighter then, than they do now.
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~
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.
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.
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.
Yes it is so heartening, although we need much more, especially in Southern California, which is still in the throes of major drought. Still, the Sierra snow-pak is major progress~
What could be nicer in the winter time than the blanket of snow? Very nice post, Cindy. As always <3
Thank you my friend and I was just enjoying your gorgeous snow shots from so far away and yet they looked so familiar. It is both a big, and very small world~ <3
Einfach grossartige Winterlandschaften, liebe Cindy! Vielen herzlichen Dank fürs zeigen. Klasse. Ernst
Sie sind sehr freundlich und ein wunderbarer Freund Ernst! Vielen Dank~
Wow, stunning. I’m so jealous.
Thank you, hopefully all of California will get more precipitation. She still needs more! Cheers to you and be well~
So stunning Cindy – straight out of a fairy tale – or Narnia
Ah, I love the Narnia thought, thank you for planting it in my mind Raewyn~ <3
I love them all! Breath taking! But number 3 is just amazing!!!!!
The landscape with the drought juxtaposed with the snow. filled Sierras tells the story of California’s drought. I am so glad you noticed and thank you~
Those icicles are amazing, they are an indication of how cold and how long the winter lasts .
Yes I was moved by them. We need the moisture so. Be well Pauline and thank you~
I love the mountains with the blue sky ! It’s like a postcard !
So motivating and appreciated! Thank you~
amazing pictures <3
Mil grazie Leyla~
We have some pretty countryside here but it is pleasing to see the more awesome on occasion. Keep going and please accept a :bear: for a walk in the snow. 🙂
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~
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 🙂
It is definitely on my list and I am very much looking forward to visiting. Be well Graham~
Stunning! Snow brings the best out of every scenery, in my opinion! Great pictures!
Thanks so much and am very glad you enjoyed! Cheers to you~
Mil grazi & cheers~
Does the snow help drought conditions in the spring? The mountains look gorgeous!
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!
It’s been a lot of fun collaborating w/A&C. I think we did good, too.
Sorry to hear the melting won’t reach you. It’s crazy… you just had major flooding on the east/center side.
Yes, extremes everywhere I am afraid. And I agree, but think you three did something not good but great and special too~
Lovely images – amazing icicles and blue skies
Thank you Diana. Sometimes the stars all line up!
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!!
Yow! Wolfie might even get cold. That sounds terrible and dangerous. I know how cold it gets there in winter. Hopefully your boiler is being fixed now! Seriously hoping you warm up~
Excellent gallery …. the photographs are truly stunning, as always, dear Cindy… Congrats… love and best wishes. Aquileana ☀️‼️ ~
Visa versa 2 U X 2! <3
I want your life, except I’m not a photographer (and find anything but an automatic camera too complicated!) I just want the getting to see the beautiful scenes and places you always show!!!
You know what they say, and I have found it to often be true, “be careful what you wish for!” I hope you get you wish and would not be surprised if you do! <3
Beautiful! I hope that the snow helps with the drought at least a little!
The Sierras are definitely on our must-see list!
You will love the Sierras and I will love your photos of them! <3 Rain is finally in the forecast for The Holler, 60% chance on Thursday!
As I did yours…can’t wait to see them in person!
And hallelujah for the rain…fingers crossed!
I was just over at your blog, admiring your wonderful life. Be well my friend~
You are too sweet, Cindy, thank you. And you be well and stay dry, my friend!
So happy you see them as I do and thank you! <3
All gorgeous winter scenes, Cindy! No snow here in our part of Oregon. The mountains got plenty though!
Thank you Lavinia and glad to hear gorgeous Oregon got a good mountain snow-pak this year!
Spectacular mountains, Cindy.
So pleased you like them too & Happy Friday!
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. 🙂
I so appreciate your open and perceptive mind Robin. Thank you always and Happy Valentine’s Day my friend~ <3
The Sierra scenery is Vermont on steroids set in a beautiful high plains setting. Thanks for inviting us over in pictures.
Thank you much more for seeing, appreciating and understanding! <3
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!).
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.
85+ degrees…that is much warmer than HK that has been around 50-60 degrees. Wishing you a nice wet, Seattle-like, week and weekend 🙂
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So thoughtful and so appreciated. Be well & thank you!
You do like your extreme landscapes. No tame house in the burbs for you. 🙂
I did the burbs for too many years. No more thank you. We now call it ‘civilization’ as in, “oh bummer, I have to go to civilization.” Laughing, but it’s true!
The burbs are a good place for young children — plenty of other kids around to play with. 🙂
Yep, you know me don’t you Brenda. This is why I lived there!
¡Qué preciosidad de sitio! Con esa luz, ese aire tan limpio y esas montañas nevadas, apetece pasear con la máquina de fotos siempre a punto. 🙂
Gracias a mi amiga! Me siento como tu. Me encantan las montanas y aire limpio. Tienes una buena semana y brazos~
What a lovely post and I hope California continues to have its thirst quenched…I think that the whole world is unfortunately vulnerable.
Yes, I am experiencing it first hand at The Holler. I worry for the wild ones~
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Some beautiful shots of lovely, snow-capped mountains!
You are most thoughtful my friend and very appreciated too! Thank you & cheers to you~ <3
I wander how many Centigrade we have in Texas today 🙂
It has been ridiculously hot at The Holler too. It is becoming a world of climate anomalies.
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Stopping to appreciate nature helps us understand why it must be protected.
How perfectly stated. Thank you for your support Tanya!
You’re very welcome!
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?
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.