Passing Shots: Folsom Lake

Located about twenty five miles northeast of Sacramento is what remains of Folsom Lake.

Folsom Lake

Walking through the stark landscape of what was once the reservoir’s lake bed saddened me, but also inspired me to spend time this week studying color theory.

What will be the formula that re-creates these shades of blue for my next work on paper?

Folsom Lake 2

Folsom Lake 3

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Poetry for Guitar: The Flightless Birds of the Livermore Yacht Club

Sparrows

In colorful silence on a nameless boathouse wall, flightless birds of the Livermore Yacht Club artfully display their tempered rigid wings.  Meanwhile, The Sparrows of Redhook, New York dream of flight in an endless sky, saving their voices for a reverberated cry of freedom.

Livermore birds

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Passing Shot: Driving in the Sierras

Sierra College

Photo credit: Amanda Crownover.

I never would have guessed that Disc Golf would become one of my favorite outdoor recreational activities, but it has.  My partner has been playing the sport for over 20 years and is, in part, responsible for getting me hooked.  That’s me in the photo throwing a backhand drive down the fairway of hole 12 on the Sierra College course in Truckee.  There are an estimated 233 courses in the state of California, and over 4000 registered courses in the United States according to the Disc Golf Association.  It is doubtful that I will play all of them, but I am certain that I will have fun trying.

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Smell the Jelly

Grapes

We’ve been enjoying the Seedless Thompsons (also called Sultanas) since the middle part of June but the past few weeks of triple digit heat began to take its toll on the raisin cultivars. I decided to dedicate most of my weekend to the delectable chore of harvesting what remained on the twenty-something-year-old vine that grows in our yard.

Self Portrait

A reflective moment under the arbor was an opportune time for a self-portrait.

If our freezer would afford us the space to save twenty-four pounds of grapes, I may not have attempted the arduous process of making jelly.  It is trickier than I imagined and despite my good intentions and recipe, did not quite get the formula right.  Instead of jelly, we have a concoction that looks like syrup and tastes like honey.  Pancakes anyone?

Jelly

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Next Year’s Peck of Peppers

pup and pepper seeds

I’m not entirely certain where some of these Bell Pepper seeds are going to land in next year’s garden, but I insist that we make room for some of them.  Peppers of all varieties are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. The seeds from one pepper, if germinated successfully, could yield us a peck if only we had enough acreage to accommodate them.

Bee Feeders

Bee Food

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Bee keepers have varied opinions about which type of bee feeders work best to nourish their hives.  Rusty Burlew’s Honey Bee Suite provides comprehensive information on the subject, along with beautiful photos of bees and other pollinators.  I don’t keep hives, but I do like to feed bees, and find the Black Eyed Susan model is affordable, beautiful to look at, and easy to maintain.

Passing Shot: Sun Valley, Nevada

Reno Pokey Gumby

Art  Clokey’s Gumby and Pokey on tour at The Legend of Lizard Peak Sierra Tahoe Series Opener. © 2015, TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

Gumby and Pokey™ model for the first postcard ever created for the town of Sun Valley, Nevada. Sweeping views of the township located north of Reno as seen from the parking lot of a newly installed 27 hole disc golf course.