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evening color wall by kayaksailor evening color wall by kayaksailor
:heart: oak trees make such great silhouettes!

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:iconchalutplease:
Oh yes they do and you're lucky enough to have it on a hill. I have one across the pond that I love but there's power lines in front and behind and houses on every side but mine. Doesn't have the same appeal at all. This is lovely and the gradations of color in the sky make it even more so.
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Having them on a hill is all we've got :D We live in the footHILLs after all! There are times I wish we had some FLAT land :rofl:

We've finally been given permission to walk on the ranch "next door"...lots of new trees to photograph :giggle: this one will be even better during the summer when the sun sets further to the right!

I sure do love where we are - we can now walk several miles and not see a single house up close :love: Caitlin and I did the mile long road walk yesterday and saw a bobcat go bounding away with a gopher in its mouth :excited: did I get a shot? Nah, was too excited watching :laughing:
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:iconchalutplease:
I guess it's like everything...we often wish for what we don't have. I wouldn't mind the flat land I guess if there weren't all the buildings and people and wires everywhere. I do prefer the hill country though.

Congratulations on getting permission to go "next door". I was lucky growing up and the farmers would cut the fences so I could snowmobile and ride my horse on their land. I guess it helped that I made myself available for babysitting and when the hay was ready.

What an amazing thing to see. I probably would have missed the shot too. I did that today with the sandhill cranes flying by and the roseate spoonbills.
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I love the hills, it's just occasionally I wish we had a bit of "level" lol, hard to find a place for a jacuzzi or make a veggie garden with out doing a bunch of terracing :D

I'm sure if we'd been here from Cait's youth she'd be over there helping with the roundups :love: she had many years of lessons when she was younger and occasionally gets wistful when we see them riding across the valley...

Sometimes it is good to just 'be' in the moment :laughing: Cait and I have it planned to see if we can find the sandhill cranes that are passing through down in the Sacramento valley - we'd been going earlier this week but her parakeet got sick and subsequently died and she just was too sad...and NOW the rain has finally started and school starts again on Monday so...I Hope we get down...
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:iconchalutplease:
Yup, I understand that. My parents have to terrace the yard even or it ends up running downhill. I think she's given up on a vegetable garden and only has flowers against the house now.

I completely understand Cait's position because I feel the same when I see horses and farms. It was all I ever wanted and I was lucky enough to own some growing up. Living in the city like this has been hard and if it wasn't for the beaches and parks I'd be going crazy. I hope she starts feeling better soon and you find those cranes. I love hearing them and that usually happens before I ever spot them.
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:iconkayaksailor:
the house has been here for about 20 years...and except for the small fenced garden all has been left "natural" with the local grasses being whacked down...we've only dug one small hole to put a tiny 2x3 foot pond in and boy the rocks that came out of that hole!! No way would we be able to put a real garden :no:

I, too, love the sound of the cranes - we hear them and they're sooooo high you can barely find them!
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:iconchalutplease:
Our house has been here since the mid 70's and since moving in we've let things go natural too...I have sand for a front yard! It's far less expensive than irrigating all the time but it's a lot messier than having grass. Most of our neighbors have done the same because the price of city water/sewer has gone up so high. We also had problems with sinkholes appearing and since the insurance has removed the coverage from the policy (but not lowered the rate)we're being more cautious.
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:iconkayaksailor:
we've got a well which has a really good flow so watering wouldn't be a problem, but I know if we tried to have a lawn the deer and jackrabbits and gophers sure would enjoy it :rofl:

What causes your sinkholes? And how can an insurance company quit covering them? Or is it that they won't cover any injuries that result from them?

We dropped earthquake coverage when we moved up here (NO way would we have done that in southern CA!!) as quakes are very, very rare at this point in the state and because we're in a high fire danger area with no hydrant anywhere close the standard fire coverage is major expensive :no:
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cactusmumkate Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW awsome shot!! :clap:
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:iconkayaksailor:
This tree is quickly becoming my fav :D
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