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:heart: oak trees make such great silhouettes!

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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
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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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
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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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
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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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW awsome shot!! :clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This tree is quickly becoming my fav :D
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murkin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
love it
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
:blowkiss: thank you!!
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akseiya Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes indeed they do! :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
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MartinGollery Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Great work, Ruth!!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thanks Marty! Saw a wonderful shot by a friend last night with the moon coming up reflecting over emerald bay :love: Tahoe is beauuuutiful with full moons :iconmoonplz:
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MartinGollery Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
We went to Emerald Bay Yesterday. With no snow, we hiked up to Eagle Lake, which was frozen so everyone was out on it!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
How fun!! I haven't been up to Eagle Lake in years - maybe that'll be next weekend's jaunt...
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HarLeeRider Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Another superb image Ruth ... I commend your effort(s)!! :clap: :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
:blowkiss: thanks :D It was a beautiful evening :love:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thanks Bear! We had another wonderful sunset tonight, but we were walking and I didn't take my camera :( Ah well - we've got the memories :giggle:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional
:tighthug:
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XanaduPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Gorgeous :love:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thanks! I love these trees :love:
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XanaduPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Me too, because the shapes of these trees are so fascinating.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Winter Oaks are made for sunsets :D
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1001G Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
and this one.......what a mighty tree
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
and this is only the upper part! it is a beautiful tree - it is over on the cattle ranch next door...we've recently been given permission to walk there :w00t:
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1001G Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
did you go ask again or did they come tell you
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
it came out with discussion between my husband and the rancher - they use our property so he finally gave in and let us :w00t: after all we've been here going on four years and have shooed a few bulls back onto their property :giggle: along with letting them use our road to haul out cut wood! Seems only fair :nod:
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1001G Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
sometimes neighbors are no fun to be around
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orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
What a magnificent oak and a great sunset shot, wow!!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
they go together so nicely :nod:
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cjosborn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really great shot!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
thanks so much!!
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice sunset color and I like the veined look of the branches.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
:iconlovenodplz: me too!!
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Gellidius Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
beautiful composition and work. :-)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
:blowkiss: thank you!!
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Writer
The only thing I really like about oak trees are all those spooky fingerlings in fog or night that hold owls and bats; and the gorgeous silhouettes in any light. This is a really pretty capture. And looks so familiar, having lived most my life around these parts of CA where oaks are frequent, old, and huge like this.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I loved them down in southern CA too :love: Down there (on the coast) they kept their leave year round - no that's not quite true...they LOST their leaves year round :giggle: Up here we've got some of those too, but I love the ones that actually change color and go bare like this one 'cuz they do make suuuuuch cool silhouettes :iconlovenodplz:
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Writer
One thing I don't like about oaks is, they are one of the first to fall over during droughts and heavy wind/rain. And seems it's the older ones who do, too. Perhaps not as much out in the wild where they can root well. But in city... I've had several drop dead right in my yards, be it CA or AR. But I've also had firs (think it's a fir) fall right over (wasn't real old but wasn't real young). I do love the looks of oaks tho, against the horizon and sky... so pretty.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
That is very, very true! But at least in our "neighborhood" the pine and eucalyptus do the same :laughing:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous silhouette
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
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HouseofChabrier Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Beautiful colors...I need to get out more!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
lol, thanks! this is a short walk from my home :D
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