Wednesday our skies filled with smoke from wildfires in California. I’m sorry about the wildfires but that smoke was such a blessing! It kept our temps a good 10-12 degrees below the 88 that was predicted and it gave the sun a lovely orange glow that would have made any hour of the day good for taking photos. Not that I went anywhere to do that. Michael’s new car already broke down so he had my car all day. I did drive over to the church by the power lines just before sunset to see if I could get some good shots of how cool the sun looked. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my 55-210 mm lens and the kit lens couldn’t get the clouds and sun without all the light poles and other junk.
I took one of my sunflowers with me to get the first shot. I tell ya, if you want to get some weird looks, just drive around with a sunflower in your passenger seat and then stop to take photos of it!
I also took a few more shots of the sunset, as seen from my house.
And one from inside the house. The orange spots must be dust on the window.
This morning I woke up to clouds and rain. It’s lovely! Also exciting, my dad, who has become a squirrel-watcher too, called to tell me there was a black squirrel in his yard. I hear a lot about black or white squirrels back east but haven’t seen any here, although I’m hopeful about all the white I’m seeing on the tips of their tails. It appears that there is now more than one squirrel with a white tip tail, although it’s harder than ever to tell them apart now that they’ve shed their winter fur and chub.
Squirrel activity is finally starting to pick up after a month-long lull. I’m not sure if they’ve been quiet because of the heat or because they were all embarrassed to face each other after the 12-hour sex-capade in my yard but there were hardly any around. Now, I’m seeing nursing mothers at my feeder and they’re a friendly bunch. One kept coming toward me while I was trying to take photos of my flowers.
This fall-like weather makes me feel like baking so I think that’s what I’m going to do today after a run to Trader Joe’s for some coffee. I’m going to try baking some paleo zucchini bread and ginger carrot muffins. We’ll see what happens. Most of my cooking this week hasn’t been very successful because I keep forgetting what I’m doing and wander off to another room. I also need to do some laundry because Daniel has no clean clothes, even though I took his laundry to the washing machine three days ago. I guess I wandered off from laundry too. It’s just been that kind of week.
Have a great Friday! 🙂