The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Photo #121

No Sun=No Shadow...But we have Chukars!
Besides our community garden spaces at Luscher Farm,
we also have the historic Chicken Coop maintained
by Riccardo Spaccarelli of Riccardo's Ristorante.
In addition to the chickens there are pigeons, pheasants
and chukars. Highly entertaining for all ages of gardeners!

Rudy Luscher is smiling I am sure!

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Photo #120

Rosemary is one of my favorites!

I love to cook with rosemary.

I wonder if the blossoms would be

tasty in a peach or apricot jam?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Photo #119

Rusty nails and chains

One last photo from our trip to California.

This was taken at Sausalito's marina.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photo #118

Not Peiking Duck

But a begging duck would be a better name!
This Mallard and his mate have been coming
to our grocery store every spring for at least
5 years. Every morning they tap on the glass
door demanding their duck food with insistant quacks.
Once their eggs have been laid only the male shows up.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Photo #117 and 117.5

Approaching the Siskyous

In the winter driving through these mountains can be a challenge

We must be in Oregon
Ah yes, the familiar sight of loaded logging trucks

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Photo #116

Sunshine !!

We are still at our friends house in Weed.

We leave this morning- hopefully taking some

of the wonderful sunshine with us!

On the road again!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Photo #115 and 115.5

It's a Mystery

Does anyone know what this is?

Found on a hillside in Weed, California

Altitude 3500' in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Headed North Towards Home

After almost 5 hours we are almost

back in Weed. Going past landmark Black Butte.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo #113 and 113.5

Spring in California is absolutely gorgeous

Photo #112

Late afternoon in the old orchard

We are now in Los Altos visiting dear friends for a few days. They have lived here for 30 years. The old apricot orchard
is in decline due to gophers and oak root fungus.
However, their citrus orchard is still thriving and has an
amazing vaiety of oranges, tangerines limes and lemons!
Citrus heaven!!!! Fresh juice at an arms length!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Photo #109

Sausalito, California

We are now visiting my cousin Janet and husband Floyd

Having a great time staying up late and swapping stories!

This is their view of the bay in the early morning.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Photo #108.5

Art Exihibition at Commonweal

Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life April 17-June 24, 2011 The Commonweal exibiton coincides with an exhibition of the same title at the Bolinas Museum from April 23 – June 5, 2011. To learn more about the Bolinas Museum, visit:

At home with Charlie

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Photo #105

Gorgeous Mt Shasta

We know we are almost to our second home!!!

We are travelng from portal to portal-friends

homes to family homes...come travel with us!

More pics tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photo #104

Lucy Looking Out the Front Window

When not playing or sleeping

Lucy spends a lot of

time looking out the windows.

Photo #103.5

Here's the lake side of the new dam

Photo #103

Two Year Project Almost Completed

Our sewer had to be replaced and a lot of it

is under the lake. Two years of seasonal draining

enabled this project to be finished and the lake

will be refilled by rain water. Most likely by May 31st!

Check out my Photos #4 , #6 and #42 for earlier

images of the construtction.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Photo #102

Old Garage

There are a lot of old buildings in Baker City

that are almost beyond repair. This one has

a definite list to the left.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Photo #100

What is wrong with this picture?????

Honestly this is trying to

rotate my horizontal photo to verticle

on Tom's computer here in Baker City

I somehow inadvertantly really flipped

this photo into another universe- sorta

like through the Looking Glass.... Just call me Alice.......

and now that I home here's the original image

before I used Lewis G. Carroll's software.....

Photo #100.5

Early Morning Shadows

We're back in Baker City. Tom lets us use his home when we visit. Thanks Tom! For more Shadow Shots Sunday go here:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Photo #99

Our home grown eggs......nothing better

We have two lovely banty chickens and they

provide us with eggs, bug and slug control and

hours of entertainment just watching them.

Guess I should post a pic of them huh?

Have a great weekend!

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Photo #98

Ewana's Magical Molasses Ginger Cookies

(with a slight twist added by me)**

2/3 cup canola oil, 1 cup sugar

1 egg, 4 T molasses

1 t ground ginger, 1 t cinnamon

2t baking soda, 1/2 t salt

**add zest of one large orange if so desired

Mix ingredients together - add 2 C flour.

Mix well with spoon. Knead just a bit.

Roll into balls, roll in sugar

Bake at 350 degrees C for 9 minutes or more.

Enjoy with a big glass of milk or a pint of Guiness

Photo #97

Yesterday it hailed!

Unbelievably loud thunder and lightning

followed by nickle size hail! This is Spring?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Photo #95

Flowering Red Currant

A must have for a Pacific Northwest garden.

Native plant, drought resistant and bees and birds

love the blossoms and berries. In addition,

they have a wonderful pine forest fragrance.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Photo #94

Remember when you first planted a seed as a child?

I do.


They behave best for kids.

Gestating quickly for impatient young fingers

Wanting to pull up some edible treasure.

I am still that impatient gardner you bet!

Poring over my list of "must have veggies".

Readying my garden plot and now just waiting.

For the sun to warm the earth........

and seeds to give birth.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Photo #93

Garlic Shooting Up to the Sky

Besides rhubarb and asparagus beaming up,

there is lots of garlic coming up where I missed

picking it last spring- yay! And it's sunny at last!

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Photo #92

I see desserts in my future

I went up to our community garden space today.

Checked out all the perennial plants coming up.

Yippee- there's rhubarb and the Spring asparagus!

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