Nature-watching…a “madia” spring

This spring has been so interesting, cooler days juxtaposed to warmer ones…..but for now it’s pretty perfect. Each spring one wildflower or two seem to be dominant and I name the spring for them. Spring 2011 has been “madia spring” as these cheerful yellow blossoms have stayed and stayed.  For a while they covered theContinue reading “Nature-watching…a “madia” spring”

Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast Embraces the Green of Spring

Each year Spring arrives in its own timing, sometimes early and sometimes later.  As I write these words, I can see the new leaves budding on the blue oaks while Moro Rock, up in Sequoia National Park, is dusted with new snow. It’s like having two seasons in one! I have been walking up theContinue reading “Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast Embraces the Green of Spring”

…there’s no winter, only a prelude to Spring…

I look up the mountain everyday. The green is here. The ravens say hello. (There are actually two ravens sitting side by side on the blue oak branch.) Oh, and the waterfall is running on Case Mountain. And, Cort Cottage is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. photo taken by Elsah on Sunday, January 30,Continue reading “…there’s no winter, only a prelude to Spring…”

sweet swaying in the breeze…

Buckeye trees are in bloom with their long white flowered filled stalks. The wonderful cool breeze is pushing them around. They dance in perfectly choreographed waves, softly brushing against their invisible air partner. I fall in love with them all over again. And then they envelope me with the sweet scent from flower center. IContinue reading “sweet swaying in the breeze…”


Spring has begun…… Fiddleneck are everywhere….some shallow people call them weeds. Wild lilac or Ceonothus AKA Buck Brush bushes are budding out, their wild scent–my favorite– is coming to intoxicate the air. (Native Peoples used to prune these, to have them grow straight for arrows.) The wildflower palette will be exploding over the next 2Continue reading “Wildflowers!”

Rain and art = green hills and wildflowers

Spring has officially arrived because the wild lilac (ceonothus) has begun to bloom.  Fiddleneck is everywhere, making the hills yelllow-orange.  I’ll say it again–Spring is THE best time to come to Three Rivers. I’ve been very busy getting ready for the Three Rivers Artists’ STUDIO TOUR 9 coming up on March 19-20-21. This week IContinue reading “Rain and art = green hills and wildflowers”