Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I wasn't pleased with the capture of the butterfly.
And then the hovering bumblebee to the left caught my eye.

Signs of the Seasons

As August winds down, these deep red berries have popped out in our area.
More of nature's provision to our feathered friends.

This Holly is chock full.

The Robins have the limbs of the Sweet Bay Magnolias bouncing.

Monday, August 29, 2016

♪ ♫ ♪ or 🎹🎹🎹

Started with a downpour

♪ ♫ ♪

and the sun returned

I'll leave the 'singing' to Gene Kelly
or as I've been known to say:
♫ "I can't sing; that's why I play" ♫

Sunday, August 28, 2016


One of our local flea markets is on a Drive-In Theater hillside.
By the time we meandered through we were DRENCHED  😌 from the heat!

But everything I found was water proof  😅

This week's finds were this vase with the zinnias
and the cream and sugar set.

It would have been a nice touch to bring in the bumble bee that was feasting on the zinnias but it didn't seem prudent. 

Joining Blue Monday

Musing Along - 28 Aug 2016

Be Still and Know . . .

. . . never foresaken

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Wildflowers at Sunrise

Enjoyed these on a sunrise excursion this week.

I Favor Pink

well not necessarily but it worked for this week's hunt.

  •  'I' - Incredible Image
Imagining forms in clouds is a simple pleasure.
Do you see the woman at the prow of a ship
and the ocean waves below?

  • 'Favorite'

Undoubtedly my favorite for the week so far.
  • 'Pink'
A photo meme I created for 'Musing Along'.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sand Mountain, NV

Sand Mountain, Nevada
Quartz particles, which the glaciers had ground away from the hard Sierra granite to the west, eventually washed down the Walker River and deposited in the river's delta.  As the wind blew across the delta this sand was picked up and carried high into the air.  More than thirty miles to the northeast, the wind was slowed by a large basin on the southwest flank of the Stillwater Range.  With its force broken by the mountain, the wind's burden of sand would fall into this natural trap.  
Singing Sand Dune
Sand Mountain is a Singing Sand Dune, about 600 feet high, in a corner between two mountain ranges. When you slide down the mountain, it moans loudly. Singing Sand is very rare. It has to do with the shape of the grains of sand and the way they rub each other. Even on a windy day, if you are close enough you can hear it moaning.

A Popular place for recreational vehicles
Located about 25mi. East of Fallon, Nevada.

Fun Shoppe Name

If you saw my Weekend Reflections post - here 
I mentioned this little shoppe at the State Park

This is it's official title

Sunrise at the Mill

How about a sunrise excursion to McConnell's Mill?, says the RG.
I've been a little camera fatigued this week but I said o.k., let's go.

As soon as we arrived and the beauty of nature took over,
my ennui evaporated into the morning mist.



Near the Mill is this natural hillside spring

and man made pool.

The fountain was constructed in the 1950s
in memory of Charles F Chubb
Dedicated to Preservation
of Natural Beauty

and Water World Wednesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two Treasures in One

Today I'm sharing two treasures, The Samuel Justus Trail and glimpses of River Ridge Farm along the way.

Connecting Oil City and Franklin, the Samuel Justus Trail is a 6-mile segment of a 30-mile trail that follows the former Allegheny Valley Railroad. 

In days gone by, the RG and I have ridden this trail several times.

On one of those outings we were sitting on a bench facing the River Ridge Farm when an older gentleman came riding along on his older model Schwinn and stopped to chat.
He was a local and shared his story of the farm during which he pointed out that at the time of the railroad barons and oil boom in this area, a U.S. President would take this side track in his private rail car to visit River Ridge.

The heart of River Ridge Farm was originally the 760 acre Argeon Farm.  It was purchased for $1.00 and other considerations by Joseph C. Sibley on Nov. 15, 1911.  
On October 22, 1913, only 6 months after construction began, Sibley moved into his mansion.

All interior and exterior work was completed by Nov. 29, 1913, one day earlier than promised by Ernesto Louis Grandelis (foreman) and his 75 Italian stone masons in only 7 months.

After the death of Mr. Sibley in 1926, the farm continued to be operated by his two daughters until 1946.  He had no sons.

In 1946, the Sibley's oldest daughter, put the farm up for sale. Josephine's only daughter, Josephine Haskell attempted to stop the sale claiming that she had an oral first option to purchase the farm.  However, the mother fought the daughter all the way to the Pennsylvania state supreme court to prevent her from purchasing the farm.  

The 33 room mansion, 1,038 acres of land and all of the out buildings were sold to the Society of Missionaries of Africa, White Fathers, a Catholic missionary organization.  The mansion became a seminary, a school for young men preparing for the priesthood.  A training program was also established for brothers. 

The chimes in the campanile, bell tower, were sold in 1967 by the White Fathers to the Eglise Notre Dame D'Anjou Church in Montreal Canada

River Ridge was sold to Life Ministries for $150,000 in 1969

side note: The trail runs along the river bank at the base of a mountain. The first time I saw these, I was ready to abandon the excursion.  The RG assured me the bears probably cross the trail to drink from the river and wouldn't get thirsty when the trail was busy. He was right (at least that day :/ ).

Joining Tuesday's Treasures w/Tom

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Wild West

Don't Fence Me In

These photos were taken as we drove 
from Lemoore, CA to Fallon, NV in 2007. 
It seems like yesterday.

Stagecoach Drive

Sand Mountain

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Musing Along - 21 August, 2016

Let go and let God.

 each time you cast your line release one of your cares to Him.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

All Aboard

This reflected bird feeding station is outside the nature shop where tickets can be purchased for a tour of the lake.
The 'ship' is a replica of the large pontoon boat that provides floating transportation for a guided tour.

From Time to Time

This friendly little donkey can be seen grazing unrestrained. It seems to be a workable situation although possibly not the safest.

This particular day he had a friend with him.
I'm glad the owners are more restrictive with their Long Horn cattle.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Just Around the Corner

When we first moved to this little neighborhood
ours was the third house on open fields that had been a potato farm.
One of the first things we noticed was no birdsong - nada.

Well over the next 40 years things have changed
as evidenced by this neighbor's trees.

Now each morning we wake to birdsong from dawn to dusk.

A simple pleasure.