Ah.....after being in *Heaven* for two weeks in Santa Fe, then being in *Foggy Purgatory* in San Francisco, it was great to return to the Valley of the Moon - and spend time with Joyce and Mimi!
|Russian Sage...my FAVOURITE plant! I first *discovered it 14 years ago in Santa Fe!|
|Look closely....a flock of Geese, *honking* their way through the Evening Sky....|
|Another gorgeous Sunset...(you know I never enhance my photos..)|
The One and Only Mimi!
The first few days I was there.....*Mother Nature* was petulant....we had clouds and even some rain! (Still, it was in the 70's...so much warmer than SF!)
|Mist over the Valley of the Moon|
Shopping for Mimi....don't you love the name of the Pet Store!
|Look closely....there is Joyce entering the Pawsarottis!|
|Mr. Jack Rabbit|
|Show me your Ears!|
Then there were two!
|Their Tree in Summer|
Sadly, last Winter, there was a terrific storm and one of the tree branches came down...killing one of the Woodpecker Family..
But there they are! Beautiful and angry that *that Girl with the Camera* is back!
|Look closely...there are two! The Streetlight where they go to *complain about me* is just across from their tree!|
|Sunset through the Trees|
*Not So Wild Critters*
On one of my walks, I encountered this sweet, Orange cat! (Sssh....do NOT mention it to Mr. Orange)
|Hmmmm..I like you, might jump down to visit!|
|I really like you! So I will rub against your feet!|
|Mr. Grey lives next door to the *other* Mr. Orange....don't know if they are friends....|
|Mama, Yearling and Fawn|
Darn....though I did see a few, It was hard to photograph them....they are so speedy!
You see, they ARE plentiful... even the Weather Vanes have them!
There was also time for....OPERA! Joyce and I went to a Met HD Broadcast from 2007 of Gounod's *Romeo et Juliet*...with Anna Netrebko (I am a huge Nebtreko fan) and Roberto Alagna.....(I have never seen or heard it before..EXCEPT for this lovely Waltz...) Just loved the Costumes. the Set and the Singers acting abilities...(sadly, the score was for the most part unmemorable)...
Joyce and me (Baseball fans...though not for the same team)..watched a few games..including a 14 inning (that's over 5 hours long, folks) game between the Phillies and giants....Mimi, wisely, gave up and went to sleep!
|Mimi just couldn't take all of the 14 innings of Giants/Phillies Baseball!|
And...I've saved the best for last...
Last night, out for a final *Violet Hour* Walk....I felt someone looking at me.....I glanced around and ...OMG..here's who I saw...
You KNOW I have been wondering for a while *What Does the Fox Say*.... ah...he didn't say anything..except with his beautiful eyes! I was honoured he didn't run...and stayed for me to take these photos...our eyes did meet, and I think he knew I was a friend!
All in all, I had a wonderful and relaxing sojourn in the Valley of the Moon! Just home...and a wonderful surprise....NO FOG! In fact, it's quite warm...70 degrees!
Okay....I am refreshed and ready for August AND Autumn!
Love to you all,
♥ Robin ♥