Friday, June 28, 2013

#20









My Daddy, My Hero!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sun Setting in Angeles Crest





“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hummingbird's Delight





Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 3–5 in. range. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects. To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate. When the nights get colder, their body temperature can drop significantly and thus slow down their heart and breathing rate, thus burning much less energy overnight. As the day heats back up, the hummingbird's body temperature will come back up and they resume their normal activity. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (34 mph); they are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards. Individuals from some species of hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wild Fires to Wild Flowers













The Station Fire on State Route 2 (August 26 – October 16, 2009), 209 structures destroyed, including 89 homes) started in the Angeles National Forest near the U.S. Forest Service ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway. Two firefighters were killed on August 30 while attempting to escape the flames when their fire truck plunged off a cliff. On September 3, officials announced that the Station Fire was caused by arson and that a homicide investigation had been initiated because of the death of the firefighters involved. Investigators discovered a substance at the fire's point of origin which they believe may have accelerated the flames. At 160,557 acres, the Station Fire is the 10th largest in modern California history, and the largest wildfire in the modern history of Los Angeles County, passing the 105,000-acre (164 sq mi) Clampitt Fire of September 1970.


Monday, June 24, 2013

She'll Be Comin Round the Mtn When She Comes









Along the 2 Angeles Crest HWY


Friday, June 21, 2013

I Luuuuuuuuuv LA

From the South Bay to the Valley
From the West Side to the East Side
Everybody's very happy
'Cause the sun is shining all the time
Looks like another perfect day

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Prima Ballerina



Recital complete with a chocolate shake reward!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vodka Mint Sparkler

2 English cucumbers
Small ice cubes
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 ounces (1/2 cup) vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1 large bottled sparkling water
Cut, peel, deseed, chop and process cucumbers until smooth.  Add all contents with ice into cocktail shaker and shake.  Garnish as desired.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sedona Bests


 


 
 
 



Achieving the 'Energy of Unconditional Love' in Sedona

"A gleaming sun beams over mustard-red buttes, spires and mesas that surround the city like the ruins of fortress walls. The air is warm but crisp. The silence of the vast desert landscape is interrupted only by calls from wildlife, the rustling of birds through trees and the occasional human passer-by. Everywhere you turn, a cartoon-like pinnacle stands higher than the next." -Charmaine Noronha