Archive for the ‘scenery’ Category

Yosemite!  Need I say more?  It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Yosemite the effect is always the same. Breathtaking!  WOW!  And, Yosemite in the Spring when the water falls are so full from the melting snow is absolutely beautiful. I’m so thankful we had this day of relaxing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. Enjoy!

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Here’s a few pictures I took today. The hills are so beautiful this time of year. The winter rains make everything so green. In the summer the hills turn golden but all the trees are in full bloom and green. It is beautiful then too. It’s like God drapes the hills in gold velvet and then takes a handful of emeralds and sprinkles them across the landscape. I’ll try to remember to take some photos in the summer too. Enjoy! (you can click photos to enlarge)

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In Santa Cruz on a

convertible ride.

(click on photos it enlarge)




some surfers having a good time


“Sailin’ takes me away…”

Today in Hollister

around the neighborhood.






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Today I went with several ladies from our church to Filoli House and Garden. Located thirty miles south of San Francisco on the eastern slope of the Coast Range, the 654-acre Filoli estate contains as its central portion a historic house and sixteen acres of formal garden. The house contains 36,000 square feet of interior floor space on two floors and a mezzanine. There are forty-three rooms and seventeen fireplaces. It was quite a site. The manicured gardens are absolutely beautiful. In the rose garden I took several pictures but this one caught my eye the most and reminded me of this poem. It is so true!


It is only a tiny rosebud,
This flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold its petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
This flower God opens so sweetly,
Would in my hands fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
How can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

The pathway that lies before me,
My Heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

(author unknown)

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Just 27 miles south of Hollister is Pinnacles National Monument.  Yesterday Nathan and I drove out there again to see them.  It is amazing.  You are traveling along in the beautiful rolling hills and all of a sudden these jagged peaks are in view.  Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California’s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.  It is quite an awesome sight to see.  It also never ceases to amaze me the micro-climates there are in California.  When we left Hollister it was only 76 degrees and just 27 miles south it was 94 degrees.  When we left the Pinnacles we drove south a little way and then cut back across the hills toward Salinas.  By the time we got to Salinas the temperature was 58.  Then by the time we got back to Hollister it was 72 degrees.  I can’t figure that all out but it’s really interesting to me.

Pinnacles National Monument began as a volcano that first erupted about 195 miles south of its present location. It has traveled northward along the San Andreas Fault, and currently moves at a rate of about 2 – 3 centimeters per year. 



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We found another good restaurant.  Thanks to Rod and Mindy and Kirk and Tina.  They gave us a gift certificate at Christmas and we used it this past Tuesday Night.  The  Shadowbrook is a phenomenal place to eat.  WOW!  It is built on the side of a hill and the way to get to it is on a little trolley.  Or you can take the steps through the beautiful garden but I don’t recommend it in high heels.   It is absolutely beautiful.  If you live close to Capitola, CA (Santa Cruz) it is well worth the time to go and enjoy this dining experience.



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Nathan brought me these beautiful tulips the other day. I just had to share them with you. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. When God paints it is just to beautiful for words!







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Fun Day

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we went over to Santa Cruz to look at a sail boat. (to long of a story to explain here)  It wasn’t much but the weather was great and we had a good time.  You can see by the picture how pretty it was.  Later that evening we ate on the wharf some fish and chips and oh yes a hot fudge sundae.  All good stuff.


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Autumn is almost over.  It is cloudy here today and I was afraid if I waited to take this picture I would miss the beautiful leaves.  If it rains tonight they will most likely let go and fall to the ground.  This was taken out of my bedroom window.  Isn’t that beautiful? 


If you look good enough you can see the hills in the background.

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