Glow

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When I’m counting my blessing, I’m counting the steady flow of the Sacramento River. I’m grateful for the beauty, the water supply, and the life it brings to our part of California. I’m grateful for the excellent soil in its vicinity, that allows for growing crops that feeds much more than our local region. 400 miles long it’s actually the largest river in California. Indeed a glowing jewel in the landscape. Many are those fishermen that still get their daily bread from the river. In the summertime when the temperatures are reaching 110+F we love to jump in, and cool of in the river. During the numerous fires we unfortunately experience in the summer, we borrow water from the river. The river is an important part of our life here.

When nature turns extraordinary, your heart turns humble. You simply bow before the glory.

– Unknown

I always feel grateful when I see it’s life bringing water. I have so many favorite places along the river that it would be impossible for me to count them. I love bringing my daughter to the river to contemplate over the day. To encourage her mind to be still. To leave the days distractions, noise, and gadgets behind for some quiet time. That itself brings new life. Thanks for reading my thoughts around the photo I choose for this week’s photo challenge. Looking forward to see the other entries 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

 

Scale 2

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The beautiful snow covered mountain in this photo is Mount Lassen. It’s one of the major landmarks of northern California. One of the first things I taught my daughter to look for, to get her bearings, in case she ever got lost. If you travel by car it’s a little more than one hour from us, to get to the base of the mountain. However, in 1915 this volcano had a big eruption, and the volcanic rocks from he eruption can be found all over, within minutes from our doorstep. In fact if we go hiking, or horseback riding, on trails near our place, we often have to deal with big boulders, along with smaller volcanic rocks on the trail. The volcanic rocks rained over a 200 miles radius when Mount Lassen erupted.

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This photo is taken from one of our local trails. Notice all the volcanic rocks that are spread out over the landscape. It gives the landscape a magic touch! That was my very first thought, when I experienced it for the first time, a few years back.

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Here is one where you can see the scale of the rocks better, Mount Lassen in the background.

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A close up picture of mount Lassen, from another angle, taken this spring. It’s a magnificent, extraordinary phenomena, no wonder there’s so many legends about this volcano. If you get a chance google “Mount Lassen Legends”, and you’ll be in for some good reading.

Have an awesome day!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Feeling Lucky

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Yes, despite the curves, or maybe because of the curves life throws every once in a while, I feel extremely lucky. Good things are always coming my way, and today I was once again reminded of it. My old car got me stranded a couple weeks ago. I sold it today (as a single mom I need something safe, that runs and drives without needing too much maintenance) = one step closer to the truck I need to make my little farm more efficient. I also have a little (non-farm related) project going on, that I had several people show interest in today, another step closer to that truck!

….and drum whirl I tested the very first, super delicious figs from one of my fig trees, like the first figs ever that I’ve grown myself. My smile is HUGE!  Figs is a passion that I have, that not so many people know of. I have several different varieties planted at my place, but since I’ve started them from scratch they are all young trees. I have two trees with their first fruits on right now, and one of them had a couple figs ripe today. They were absolutely fantastic!! I see many more varieties of figs growing here in the future, along with pomegranates, that also are draught resistant, and perfect for our climate. That they both happen to be super fruits isn’t exactly bad 😉

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Just had to share the smiles 🙂 I hope you’re having a fantastic evening!

Love,

Ms Zen