A Lazy Summer Day

White Bougenvia // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

This is how today feels… bright, sunny, summery, beautiful, and hot.

Shot on the path up Mount Rubidoux, in Riverside, California.

Officially spring in Idyllwild

Pollen // Photo: Cheryl SpeltsSpring comes later up in the mountains. We still had snow when the wildflowers started appearing in the flatlands. And even within Idyllwild, spring came sooner in the downtown area, and later further up the mountain. The altitude change makes a difference in so many different ways… In late summer, when it’s cooler up here, we’ll be grateful for that difference, but for most of the last few months I’ve just been wishing spring would hurry up and get here!

Then this weekend, as I drove up the hill, everything seemed to be in bloom. Wild lilac that bloomed in March in Fallbrook, is at it’s peak right now up here – both versions too – purple and white! And masses of yellow flowers bloom around every corner. And the yuccas? So many of them this year! It’s a really beautiful drive right now between Banning and Idyllwild.

But today there was a brand new sign of spring – pollen! Yellow-green pollen from the oak trees is covering everything.

I grabbed my iPhone to take a photo of my car, when I saw how much pollen was on it – intending to just document it. But then I got into the way the light was reflecting off the shiny paint, and reflection of a rock wall, in the surface, and pretty soon I was more into the art, than in the documenting. Typical!

So yeah, that really is pollen, on the hood of my car – believe it or not. And if you don’t, come up to Idyllwild and see for yourself! It really is pretty up here right now – and cool!

By the side of the road…

Dead bush, by the side of the road in Idyllwild // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Over by the dump, on the side of the road, there is some brush that looks dead. Maybe it’s the time of year? Maybe it will come back when we get further into Spring? Maybe it won’t? But either way, it’s seriously beautiful when looked at through a camera lens!

Yes, it’s snowing again in Idyllwild!

Idyllwild Snow // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

If you look closely you can see the snowflakes falling against the dark background of my neighbors house. It really is falling that hard and fast – about a foot of snow so far – and more predicted tonight and tomorrow.

It’s beautiful, and I’m warm and cozy inside, so I can’t really complain, but I’m definitely ready for a long hot summer!

Bright Blue Sky and a Warm Sun

Snow and Sunshine in Idyllwild // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Much better! Bright blue sky and a warm sun. It’s up to 37° and there’s a constant drip, drip, drip as the snow melts off the tree branches.

My car is totally covered – if you didn’t know, you’d never guess there was a vehicle under that particular mound of snow.

They’re predicting rain or snow tonight, and then more snow tomorrow, so it’s not over yet, but I am definitely enjoying this little break and some bright pretty sun shining through. I love the way the light reflects off the snow – it’s so bright and beautiful! Reminds me of the beach…

My (Current) Favorite Food

Blueberries and Raspberriess // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

The image above is from the summer – so those are local blueberries and raspberries – but we’re still getting blueberries now, even though it’s November. They may be from Guatemala or Honduras or who knows where, but hey, they’re still a super-food, and they make you feel fabulous! Definitely my favorite food…

Cirrus Clouds

The sky was amazing today! Cirrus clouds from horizon to horizon.

Elder House

That’s the balcony off my bedroom – and the view from Elder Street.

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus Clouds

I could look at these clouds all day. Every way you turned, it was like an abstract painting in the sky. Just beautiful!

The last three images were shot at the gas station as I was filling up my tank – and paying $4.09 a gallon. First time ever I’ve paid over four dollars. Thank heaven for a beautiful sky to distract me…