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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Animal Life

Runaway Bunny

I have lately thought of, talked of missing having a pet.
The guy says it weekly.
He really wants a dog, but the landlords do not allow.

So we both get by with the wild birds, bugs and visiting creatures.

The rabbit featured above belongs to my neighbor.
The story (thus far) goes that he got her female rabbit pregnant 
and then dug his way out of the yard.
(insert your own snide humor about the genders here)
He's been living outside our front door in the rock rose or in the back forty 
in the dead sunflower circle and elsewhere.
His coat is so beautiful.
I will try to get a better photo soon.  
He almost lets the guy pet him now.

bug
The guy called me to come see and bring my camera...
There was this tiny bug.
It looked like a beetle moved like an inchworm!
As always, click on photo to enlarge

Anyone know what this is?
We've never seen 'em before.

Turkey Crossing

Leaving for work one morning, as I pull out of the driveway...
what do I see but a wild turkey crossing going on!
Early morning walkers/riders were stopped in amazment!
Fortunately, my camera is always on the front seat.

Gobble Gobble

Gathered

My guess has been that they have come down from the canyon due to the drought.
I've lived here for almost 15 years and not til this year have they been down here near all the houses.  I usually see them when I go walk up the canyon, where there are fewer houses and it is much more rural.
I am fascinated by them.
I have a collection of gathered feathers.

Searching for food
Well, that's all for today.
Enjoy noticing the animals in your world...
and thank you for visiting mine!
~Nancy

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Something Called "Comfort"

I've still been with the cloth diaper, which I've named "Comfort".
I have a few ideas of what I want to do and why.
All of it very simple, holding lots of open space.

This one will travel on.
It is a special gift.

The last you saw, I had begun to add some green.
It has grown up in a stem stitch, vine-like to the top of the woven & bead section.

Dye shapes and green vine

There are a few areas of the dye that hold images to fill your imagination.
In the one above, I like little fan lines on the right or the 
almost an elephant with it's head on the left.

Dog
In this image, I see a dog...or maybe a cow.
The black areas are from a rusty nut!

Goat
In some moments, I see a goat looking straight at me in this one.
This picture is a bit light to see it, but maybe you do.

Last night I added this:

Tiny

It is very tiny, woven right on top of the cloth.

Zoom
See how tiny it is!!

Thumbnail Picture!
I'm not sure what will come next, but I'm patient.

This cloth (so far) has been such a pleasure to work on for the following reasons:
1. I like the dye marks.
2. It is so easy to stitch on.
3. It is an easy size to take with me everyday (even if I don't have time to work on it).
4. The woven parts feel very soft and flexible.
5. It is open and simple, I like that.
6. It brings back good memories of my daughter's childhood.

With that last thought in mind, I've decided to continue creating with these cloth diapers.
I have several left (I'll have to count them).
All of them will be dyed.
They will be a series called "Comfort".

That's the plan thus far.

As always, thanks for looking,
Nancy

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

6~ July Trip 2014

Moonstone Beach...


cairn
We stop at this well-known beach on our way back down the coast.  We notice this large ocean-side cairn right away.

This beach is made up of thousands and thousands of tiny rocks.
Each one unique.

So many
The boy added another rock and I tried to capture the sunlight shining through.

Adding his own

Sunlight

We hung out for a while inspecting tiny rocks.  
The boy spent some time trying to knock down the cairn he had just added to!

Not to worry, it was still standing when we left!

Standing strong
Treasures
I get it into my head that a cairn should be built on my hand, making a cool photo!

Except, I am laughing so hard that I can barely stand still!!
It's super hard to be still while laughing and taking a photo!
First my guy tries...




...and then the boy gives it a shot.
He succeeds by thinking a little bit differently about how they should be stacked.
Thinking outside the rocks!




Ta-Da!!
We hunt around some more, finding beautiful rocks, stitched seaweed, sticks
and proof others were here before us.

Treasures on a nice flat skipping stone

Stitched

The zebra stick ( a silly naming!) and sea stitches
Feathers in a rock circle shrine

Fish bones!

Cairns aplenty

That's it for this installment.
Coming soon gardens, seals, artistic expressions...

I hope you'll join me,
Nancy


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

5~ July Trip 2014

After that long, steep and amazing hike...
we headed over to see the 

*AS ALWAYS, CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE*

This is an easy walk on a man-made trail.
The Boy and his Girl lead the way

The trail starts out very unassuming,
but when you get there...ahhh!

View
We were told that this is the only waterfall 
that feeds directly into the ocean off California, 
however there is also Alamere Falls
further North.

Anyway, this trail was thick with tourists like us, but what I noticed was that everyone was happy.  This was true on the hiking trail of the previous post too.

There is much to be said about being with nature.
It's good for us humans.

We see the cove and the waterfall!

Cove and McWay Falls
Where the falls meet the sea
California Yucca plants in bloom
Layered sea and sky
A gathering of sea birds
Julia and friend
Beautiful views
Old Foundation
Changes
Standing in this open area, reading the informational signage,
one only has to look to the South (to the Falls) and the North to this view below
to begin dreaming.

Looking North at the rugged coastline

There is nothing like this coast, like the ocean hues here, the trees, the cliffs...the everything.
(((sigh))))

A pulled back view
On the rocks
OK, folks that is it for this part of the trip.
A few more stops before we must head home.
Hint: A beach of little rocks!

Thanks for coming along with me.


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Enjoy The Light

Been working on this one.  You can take a look and see what you think.
For me, I like the way it dyed.  I like the weave with beads added.  I like the photo of the green being added as it lets you see what the construction looks like - up close.

So no more cloth process words right now, just some images.  Trying not to over think this one.




Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

4~ July Trip 2014

As you may remember, our last Summer Trip 2014 installment 
had us hiking in Big Sur.
As promised, here are the photos from the top (West side actually) of the lollipop!

Just in case you want to listen again:

California Saga: Big Sur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93Gl7DmmNvE
10.4 minutes

A view of the coast from the top!
I zoom in for a closer look!
I can't get enough of the milky ocean waters

Lunch spot
 After we stop for a while for a hiker's lunch, we hike back down, 
completing the loop part of the trail. 

Patched Ocean
Manzanita branches
Moss weaving
Leaf variety
Leaves and evergreens
Brilliant!
I hope you've enjoyed this section of the hike.  
I was very proud of myself for keeping up well enough with the young folks. 
I wish I could hike here more often (read that as every day!). 
It was awesome!
Thank you for joining me.

Coming up next: A waterfall....


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014