Posts Tagged With: wildflowers


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The late rains have brought out the wildflowers and we thought it would be a shame to miss them with the lens. So out, we went. I admire every year this knobby hilltop when it get’s taken over by swaths of white and yellow in its green meadows.

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We crossed the bridge to Tuolumne County and noticed the swaths of purple taking over the barren banks of the reservoir.

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The purple is most likely a combo of lupines and purple vetch, above. The lupines are big and showy this year.DSC04301 (Copy)

And they seem to like the same soil as these small yellow California poppies.

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It seems so sweet of them to cover ugly spots and beautify the scraggliest places along the road. Wouldn’t we feel cheated without them in the spring?

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A close up of the poppy blanket.

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Here and there is this orange flower.

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Some pretty blue bells.

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And a buttery yellow flower that grows bushlike.

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Two types of insignificant, tiny, white flowers cover the forest floor.

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Unless you look closely, you don’t notice the difference.

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What they lack in size they make up for in numbers. These tiny beauties and cover acres of ground on a hillside, and make themselves tall in the shade of trees.

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Looking back at the river from our hillside perch, we saw about five red tail hawks combing the area for food.

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Graceful wings, just there to offer more beauty to our day.

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Man made signs, have  beauty too.  We returned to Calaveras County, a day well spent. Tomorrow, I’ll try and figure out how to provide a  slide show of all the pictures. It will probably be my last blog before leaving for Turkey. I heard from our guide today and his information has rearranged my packing and what I will bring.





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USS Lexington Museum On The Bay – Corpus Christi, Texas

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. She is busy with personal matters. She departs with her 14-year-old grandson for a trip to Turkey on April 17th.

In other news…

Two days ago I got my Ford Bronco II back after a transmission rebuild. It seems to run fine. However as part of the 3 year, 50,000 mile warranty, they require to re-inspect the vehicle after two weeks. So I’ll return to the transmission shop on Monday, April 21st. My planned departure date to get back on the road again is now set on Tuesday, April 22nd. During the two-week period, I’ll be busy with routine maintenance and cleaning on both the Bronco and motorhome.

Yesterday Mary wanted to go and see some wildflowers. The smaller flowers hold little photographic interest for me, I did take these few photos…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…





Lucked out and caught this Hawk as he flew by…


In this close-up view you can see the feathers on his wingtip…


Last September during my eye exam at the Seattle, Washington VA Hospital I was told I have a large cataract in my right eye that should be attended to in the next year.

On March 24th, we drove the Bronco 104 miles (one way) to the VA Medical Center at Livermore, California for my new eye exam which confirmed my cataract in my right eye. I was told I’m a candidate for surgery. I now await a phone call to establish an appointment for a consultation with an eye surgeon.

During my eye exam I was told that the surgery would be performed at the large Palo Alto facility near San Francisco. Just like being in the military, I am now standing in line and waiting! 🙂

A more relaxed mode..

After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, we have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months we will be traveling through areas previously explored. Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…


USS Lexington Museum On The Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas


Yesterday was a sunny day at 78 degrees. Forecast for today is a sunny day at 79 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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Yesterday, I printed out all my paperwork associated with my trip. Copies of credit cards, insurance papers and so on. I make a copy of everything important for my grandson to carry with his things. The idea is if your suitcase gets lost, you have the numbers and information in his luggage. And, his information is in my luggage should his get lost. It is a precaution we hope we won’t need, of course.

Then I read about the clothing requirements, or suggestions,  as I prepared to select what I would take with me.  In the country, men and women do not wear sleeveless shirts or shorts. Women cover their hair. In mosques, if you do not have proper attire, you must rent it or stay out of the mosque.

In the cities, one can get by with showing knees, or even a sleeveless shirt, but it is still considered rather impolite to go out in public “improperly” dressed. Boys do not typically wear shorts. They wear trousers. I’d forgotten how much importance is placed on what we wear. It wasn’t too long ago that women wore house dresses. The first time my mother came home with a pair of “slacks”, it was war at her house. She wore her slacks until they were thin and then used them to make a rug which I still have. She wore house dresses most of her life and only rarely reverted to “pants.”  For my generation it was giving up nylons at church and at work. I still had to wear a hat to church as a kid. Not until I met a firebrand teacher in fifth grade, was I allowed to wear anything but skirts and long stockings over long underwear to school. Boys had warm legs, we girls had to freeze. She let us wear “Jeans” which we did at home, by then, on the farm.

That was reversed when we moved back to Escanaba. We were required to wear long stockings, (no Jeans)  to school for seventh and eighth grades. By the time I arrived at school in the winter, my hands were so stiff with cold, I had to warm my hands before I could open my combination lock to my locker.

Now, though it is inconvenient and seems silly to me, I make it a point to obey the dress codes of the countries I travel in.  Each non-westernized country is so unique and interesting, I’m glad that I got to see the colorful clothing of the Inca peoples of Peru. And the folk music and dance costume of Costa Ricans, and that I learned to tie a piece of fabric that covers a man or a woman from head to toe without buttons to assist keeping it in place.

On our boat, we can only wear boat shoes or socks or bare feet. And, there is no electrical connections on the small boat we sail for a short time. I finally have taken the time to be excited about my upcoming trip, and can enjoy it through the printed word, first.

Today, Jim and I are going to go out and look for wildflowers in bloom and stop and take pictures.


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The wild ponies put on a show for us again. They visit the lake  in the morning and evening.  They kept coming, with three colts among them until we counted 17 horses.

This frisky little guy would run circles around his mother, each circle ranging farther away until he’d get tired and drop down for a minute’s rest. Then, he’d start over again.  When it got dark, the mother, stallion and colt came right up behind our motor home and started grazing in the campground.

We decided to hike the park and see what there is to see.  It covers three thousand acres but has no suggested hiking trails. Our first stop, at the marina, we noticed this sign. We’d heard grumbles at the VFW in Grants that the muskie have killed  the trout and are now an unwanted predator fish.  The Fly Anglers Website does not support that claim. The park’s website doesn’t even mention the muskie. The elevation is such that people can fish through the ice on Blue Lake during winter months.

We kept taking pictures of the lake, but as we climbed higher and higher, the lake kept spreading out before us. It takes a huge bend, and we found the biggest leg of the lake.

The park sits between a 685 foot deep canyon and the lake. It is loose limestone and shale and the only way down is over the edge. The little creek was low, as is the lake this year. We decided not to chance it.

At the highest point in the park, we could see down into this dam, basically empty. The website shows this dam half full?

Not only were we at the highest point, but Jim decided he had to be even higher. I thought the wind was going to blow him over the edge.

We got great views of the lake.

We speculated that the ruins, with two wind powered light posts, must have been the dam tender’s house at one time. The propellers have been removed from the lights.

Nearby, at the base of a twisted old pinon pine, a cross suggested that someone had gone over the edge and died on this rugged point.

Tramping around the wide sweep of the point, discovering wild flowers, horse tracks, the gorgeous views; even the cooling  wind was a welcome element.

Daisy like, the flowers are actually the diameter of a pencil eraser.

Past their prime and even smaller, this little blue cluster was difficult to spot.

A rare exception. Rocks here don’t have much color.

We discovered an old dump site that put us in mind of our stop at Petroglyphs National Monument where an expert told us these old style cans were from the 1860’s.  Part of discovery is wondering who passed this way before you. We will never know. We spent the rest of the day playing cribbage, reading and I took a short spin on my bike.

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Late yesterday, we stopped at Sandwich to see the Canal Visitors Center. Very child friendly with interactive exhibits for children. Kids practice tying seamans knots, pilot a virtual boat, learn about fish, eagles, flowers and ships. Fascinating to me was the computer generated view of everything moving on the canal right then. We viewed a good film about wild flowers found along the canal. Tomorrow,  we  bike ride from Sandwhich to Bourne.

The kids learn the names of various fish and then  measure them on these paper models. They also have a new and old lobster pot, an eagles nest and other fun stuff.
We moved the motor home to Bourne and took a short evening walk to the Canal Rail Bridge at Bourne, and it made me remember our walk along the breakwater in Provincetown several days ago.

It was a hot day but the breeze on the breakwater refreshed us thoroughly. This breakwater stretches all the way to the curve of the “fist” on Cape Cod Bay.

Like giant pebbles on the beach, the color and character changes with each step.

Birds were picking among the mussels and little fish in shallow water as the tide moved out.

The birds weren’t the only ones hunting mussels. This gentleman filled his sack before leaving.

I couldn’t resist giving it a try. But, without a sack, I had to throw my low tide treasure back to its home.

We got close to the lighthouses on the far end before turning back. An easy cool walk.

Reluctantly, we returned to shore.

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