Friday, June 13, 2014

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Seems lightning-caused wildfires are following me.....

Last night we had one heck of a lightning and thunderstorm here, but no rain. A wildfire was sparked by the lightning in the mountains on the west side of Highway 89 about 4 miles south of Alpine. It's a long way from where I live, but close enough that the smoke is an issue and the sound of helicopters (dumping water) and planes (dumping slurry) has been constant all day.

(Photo taken mid-day, June 13)

I took some decent shots from a friend's deck this evening. I need a better telephoto lens, but you can still see things pretty well with my little under-powered lens:  Wildfire Slide Show.

It's that time of year little ones, when wildfires can happen in a moment. Be fire wise and fire aware!

Sunday, June 08, 2014


This year so far has been a bit on the rough side. I made trips back and forth to my home town, spending time with my mother as her health declined and her journey out of this world began. After her funeral, I came back home to de-stress, grieve, and heal.

I have only lived in this mountain paradise a bit less than a year (and a lot of that year was spent back in my home town), but I know in my soul that this is where I was meant to be at this point in my life. Somehow the forces knew I needed to be smack dab in the pretty, to be surrounded by mountains and all they entail.

The always-breathtaking view from the deck.
Mother Nature's wildflower gifts (Dames Rocket).
Sitting on the deck just taking in the pretty, walking the dog, reclaiming my life in this is all working to slowly help me heal the hole in my heart left by Mom's passing. And it is daily reminding me of how lucky and blessed I am to be where I am at this moment in my life.

Life isn't always easy, little ones, but if you are wise and aware, you will find its gifts even in the difficult moments.....