"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

More *Droughty* Photos

*You looking at me?*

Part of the Flock!  (There must have been over one hundred!)

 The Drought continues.. unseasonable warm weather - no rain... (we normally have over 10" of rain by now.....today - only 1")....  water rationing has begun in the Northern Counties...  we will be next.

White Plum Blossom Tree....  it had the most delicate, delicious scent... a little like Sandalwood..

Yesterday, I went out on a *final walk*  (before I depart for NY) to stroll about in the Sun and warmth... we visited *The Geese* out on the Polo Field...and then came across this wonderful tunnel - painted with bright colours and a great sense of humour!

Mr. Fox is so *smooth*! ♥

Most of you know I adore Bats!  Remember, no Bats....millions of Mosquitoes and ..no Margaritas!


The Peanut Lover

Another glorious Sunrise! 

Tomorrow morning, I am off to NY to spend 10 days with my guys - Chris and Bofie!  Packing all my *Woolies*... although I KNOW it is going to be COLD (I DO listen to your words and photos)...it is going to be a *Shock* leaving 70 degrees and going to 20!  A-ha-ha!

The Beekman Arms Inn in September..

The Beekman Arms Inn in January

I will miss you all.....  see you on FB and e-mail!


♥ Robin ♥

Friday, January 17, 2014



I'm sure most of you know that those of who live in California are experiencing the worst drought in 30 years!  It is getting serious... but the unusual Sunshine has painted some extraordinary pink/red/orange/purple palettes.

I photographed these beauties last year too.....but in March, not January..

SF under BLUE (not Grey) Skies

After my prolonged illness and being in bed *forever*, it was wonderful to be able to walk along the shore and watch the tide come in.


Not yet the Full Moon....one day shy...but that evening, La Bella Luna was at her most translucent beauty and  as she rose against the Lilac Sky, I had to photograph her...


A Snow Goose?

Looking through the Moon Pool at the last of the Autumn Leaves

Watering the Arboretum.... the Trees and Plants are thirsty!

I love the different striations of blue in the Ocean as the Sun sets!

La Bella Luna

 The January Full Wolf Moon!

Even the Ducks are doing their Rain Dance!  We Need RAIN!

I am preparing to leave the *Land of Early Springtime* for *The Land of Winter*!  (This is why I STILL have Snowflakes falling on my Blog!) I know those of you in the Midwest and Northeast (and Europe) are saying: *A-ha-ha! Time to join the REAL World*!  I'm flying to meet Chris and Bofie in NY State for 10 days......this will include attending the Final Dress Rehearsal of the Met's *Prince Igor*!  I can't wait!

Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 At Last!

Sunrise, January 1st, 2014

I FINALLY feel well enough to blog, to post on FB and.....to go OUTSIDE for a walk!  I don't recall ever being so ill in my entire life. I was more than happy to close the book on 2013 - a year which began rather nicely for me....but ended up not so.....as many of you know, when your health is gone....nothing means much.

Enough! The page is turned, the new calendar is up and here we go!

Yesterday, January 2nd, I felt well enough to visit *my* Swans at the Palace of Fine Arts.  

There were other Feathery Friends around to say *Happy New Year* to...

Mr. Grey Heron and Mr. Night Heron


I saw these beauties....(there are four) napping inside a tree...  they are new to the Palace, and as Lisa B says, they are probably Doves released at a Wedding or Funeral....now lost and homeless....so sad and so inconsiderate of people.  They weren't interested in my Cheerios....but I'll keep an eye on them when I visit next and try some birdseed.

  Here's the Grey Cygnet.....although he is not very Grey anymore...he and his siblings  will be 8 months old on the 15th - can you believe it?  The who *gang* was very happy to see me and wish you all a very Happy and HEALTHY New Year!

 Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥