Saturday, September 4, 2021

Taking Care of Business

Off we went to vote in the recall election today. We in CA are dearly hoping Newsom 

stays put, right where he is. It is a terrifying thought of the way things could evolve.

 On the way we noticed these cacti in full bloom.
Aren't they amazing?!

 This beautiful giant evergreen below smelled so good!
The scent of the crunchy needles carpeting the ground below reminded me of camping trips in years gone by. Perfect.
We also took a moment to peek at the animals we could see (the 'barn' area is getting work done) - so just two could be easily seen.

There was another plant J. wanted to show me, so, off we went around our neighborhood looking for beauty.
J. wanted to show me this great prickly pear! What a beauty. 
I thought of you Marti ☺

Next it was a short drive up the canyon I used to walk. At the end, this huge pine, filled with pine cones. I loved how they looked so stark against the sky.
This Beauty Drive only lasted about 15 minutes, but really filled me. On the way back down the canyon, I told J. about all of the spots and places I used to know there, back when I walked it a lot. I said I have a lot of personal history with this place. Where do you have personal history? Where feels like home to you? Can you still get there? Go, if you can.

The Beauty Drive was a splendid way to balance the weight of this recall election.

May you take care of the business at hand
May you find the beauty, even in the hard times
May you live in the moment, while taking actions to protect the future

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2021   


Marti said...

Very important business it is; I shudder to think what will happen to CA if the Newsom recall succeeds. Your beauty walk was the perfect balance to your important citizen duty.

Can you see why I simply had to touch those tunas? they look so inviting on the prickly pear cactus but boy, what stingers1

5th photo, love how the fronds look like a French braid.

jude said...

so many terrifying thoughts right now

Cam said...

The blooming cactus is beautiful! Have you ever eaten a prickly pear? I have had jam but never the fruit itself. Good to see blue skies! We are thick with smoke….these pictures lightened my outlook!

Deb G said...

How timely...the last part of your post. :) What I've been thinking about.

Nancy said...

Marti~ Yes, it is a scary, scary thought and I can see why you were so tempted by those tunas! I too thought of french braid...the pattern was just so pretty. I thought the tops looked rather 'palm-like'.

Jude~ Indeed. It is too much.

Cam~ I think the cactus part, not the fruit? Not positive...Lupe used to make something, some part of that plant with garbanzo beans. The flavor was so good, but it was a bit slimy :)
The photos of the fire areas and smoke travel look so bad. We've been pretty good down here, considering.
I'm grateful to have lightened your outlook...I keep trying for self and others.

Nancy said...

Deb~ Yes, it's just that. Be well.

Liz A said...

I haven't said, but will now, that I love how you end your posts ... prayers for us and the world both ... hope-full words

Nancy said...

Liz~ Thank you for telling me. It's been a good practice for me. Michelle said a similar thing to me too, so it's good to know I can be helpful. :)

Hazel said...

A beautiful balanced post. Such fascinating plants you have, so many different things going on in each of them, and all of those amazing textures! Crossing fingers for California, and all of us in the times to come.

Nancy said...

Hazel~ Isn't nature grand?! Everything that can be crossed..IS! Such an unsettling time, all the way around. (((hugs)))

Judy Martin said...

Thank you for these photos and your prayer. xoxo

Nancy said...

Judy~ You are most welcome and thanks to you for all you share. The poetry of your posts of words and cloth always leave me serene. :)