Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Solstice on the Mountain

                                          Summer is here in Green Valley Lake

                                    The Summer Solstice was earlier this week.
                     On this day, the sun shines longer than any other day of the year.

                           In these mountains the sky is a deep blue, both because we're
                  above the smog line, and we're that much closer to the heavens up here.

                          The Summer Solstice ushers in the warmest season, and reminds
                                     us that the season is short, slipping away day by day.

                                 A Green Valley Lake resident jumps on his skateboard,
                             fishing poles and oars in hand, and heads down to the lake.
                                  Welcome to the Southern California mountains! :-)

                              Tiny wildflowers spring up from amongst the pine needles

    "Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark." -- Anonymous

                             Fishing is good here at the lake. Wonder if this little guy
                                realizes how visible he is in the crystal clear water?

                                      Sometimes I can't believe we really live here...

                                I love taking our friends dogs out for long walks in the forest.
                             Meet Carmen, our friend Rick's German Shepherd/Rotweiller mix.

                                      Rick shot the bottom one, and his dad shot the top one.
                                    Since I'm not a vegetarian,  I'm in no place to take a moral
                                       stand against hunting. Anyway, it's clear that we're
                                              not in Orange County anymore. :-)

                                            Me and another of my mountain canine friends.
                                               This is Pat and Sandy's golden lab, Soleil.

                                      Captain Chris has been taking advantage of the long days
                                                             by repainting the cabin.

                          While Chris worked on the cabin, I went to the Running Springs farmer's
                           market and bought some fresh local peaches. The peach cobbler I made
                           was to die for, but I won't make it again for several weeks.
                                                    Tooo. Goood. Toooo. Fattening.....      :-/


                                               Summer. What a gift! Wherever you are, enjoy it well...

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