February 23, 2009

Change of climate

Sometimes it's a shock to the senses; a two-three hour drive, and one has entered an entirely different climate, visually divergent from the colors and textures of the high desert.  

Wet moss and fern growing along the roadside; 
the air drips with moisture.


The colors of the minerals (?) on the cement at Foster Dam.

The other side of the dam and Foster Lake

Reflections:  sky, clouds and trees in the lake water
We ate a picnic dinner by the lake...
I adore water.

21 comments:

glimmering prize said...

stunning colors!

M.Kate said...

Your photos are stunning :D

willow said...

Adoring water like a true Pisces! That moss is incredible, BTW.

Golden West said...

Lovely!

Sweet Repose said...

It's gonna be Monday all day right...

Love the diversity of your region, the beauty is staggering. I live on the river plain at the base of it's bluff, so my sandy dry region is totally different from my daughters', who lives on the top of the bluff, very fertile and lush.

It's all beauty!!! Have a wonderful Monday...s

Jenn said...

Sounds like a really fun time and a perfectly peaceful location for a picnic :) The trees look like something out of Lord of the Rings, very cool!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Lovely....so glad you went.

I tried to get a party together yesterday because I'm LONGING for the foothills and mountains which are very nearby. Didn't make it but I appreciate seeing your beauty this a.m. Those mini vacations are so restorative.

Helen said...

It is always a pleasure to make the drive cross either pass to the Coast .... I love our ecosystems.

picciolo said...

wow gorgeous photos, what a place for a picnic!
: )

Nancy said...

So pretty! A change of scenery is so good for the soul. I think that's why my soul is so puny at the moment. It keeps wanting to hide under the covers until summer. And it's not easy to tell a puny soul that it has to come out from under the covers to go to the grocery store and the post office; and to pick up the dog poop in the yard. You know what I mean?

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

That is one thing I have always loved about the West...the divergence of climate within relatively short distances! Beautiful photos...

Victoria said...

The moss covered trees are stunning!

Starlene said...

Sometimes just the very sight of green can liberate secret longings for color and lushness and life. I am going mad with spring fever!

Jeanne said...

Those photos are gorgeous. I especially love the one of the dam with all the colors from mineral deposits.

We drove through Washington state on vacation a few years ago, and were astounded at how the scenery changed completely every 100 miles or so....

Nicole R.J. said...

Beautiful shots!

Lisa B. said...

Mmmm...how peaceful. Great photos.

fly tie said...

i'm a big fan of water as well. it has so many facets...bold, powerful, overbearing, quiet, calm, peaceful.

nice pictures. the first one seems unreal!

Cate Holst said...

Love those reflections. Still water always looks so peaceful

Hey Harriet said...

A picnic by the lake sounds lovely! It's funny that you adore water but live in the desert!!!

If you lived by the water you could be called 'Hell or High Water Diva' :) I'm not sure why I said that. It's kinda dumb...

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Looks like a lovely place for a quiet evening! :)

Fog and Thistle said...

Beautiful photographs Charmaine!