April 16, 2016

In My Momma's and Dad's Backyard...Back-Back Yard!

Skies were pretty dramatic while we waited for sunset color.
My Mom and Dad live on the Sacramento River though the bank is pretty steep, so they don't see the river from their house unless there is serious water flowing.  Most of the time, we have to walk to the back of the yard to see the pretty little rapids.

Leaving Mom-and-Dad's place last Sunday, we decided to go around the back of the Bend to look for the whooping cranes we had heard. Cranes were gone (or napping) but the green was very much awake and singing.

Sunset color never did show up in the sky but the clouds were dancing.
 The sound of frogs, and a hundred different species of birds was fantastic. Isn't it strange how noisy peace and quiet can be?

Occasionally, the breeze would rise up, and the surface of the water would ripple and at other times the water was the perfect mirror.

Did you know that between 1950's and the 1990's, the clarity of the sky became so polluted that we lost 20% of our blue?

Scientists called it Global Dimming. Since we have become more aware of aerosols and other pollutants, we are getting our clear skies back. The vivid blues are returning. Of course, that means the sun's radiation and heat can reach earth more effectively, which makes it warmer.

All I can say, is I am thankful for the blue, which is the last color to be discovered by the human eye! Maybe nature saved the best for last!

We were not disappointed by the amount of birds. As usual, my husbands photos of moving targets are far more beautiful than mine...so mine will stay in the "much to be desired" file!

I have told you that he does have a better (fancier and more expensive) camera than mine, right?

We waited around to see if the sunset would treat us with some brilliant color. It only teased us of sunsets to come with bits of color. Soon....maybe soon!

I enjoyed the evening so much, I decided to make the Bend my Wondering and Wandering background for awhile. It is the perfect place for exactly that, a little wondering and a little wandering and a whole lot of appreciating.


  1. I used to love taking a drive along the Sacramento when I lived out there. And your pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you. We have a really wonderful trail along side the river now. From Redding all the way to Shasta Dam.

      Good bike ride....so I've heard!

  2. They are all beautiful pictures but that last one is absolutely stunning.

    1. Thank you. Photography is so much fun but it would be hard not to take stunning pics of such a beautiful area!

  3. Very purtiful. My niece and nephew-in-law live on the Sacramento too - but in Sacramento so not as gorgeous. :-)

    1. Maybe not as purti in the city but water it still water and brings it own peace.

  4. Enjoyed this thank you for sharing

  5. What a gorgeous area! And what beautiful photographs! Thank goodness science knocks some sense into us. At least some of us :)


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