Loyal bloggers and faithful followers,
You might remember my post from August 1, 2011, titled My Working Vacation. It describes the wonderfully quirky town of Idyllwild, California. I am again enjoying this place in the mountains for 10 peaceful days. It is rare that I am able to rip myself away from the demands and obligations of city life for such a long stretch of time.
Mother Nature presented three gifts to me yesterday, April 23, 2012, and I will share them with you.
I drove from the ocean, where it was gray and drizzling, to an elevation of 6,500 feet in the San Jacinto mountains. Once I punched through the clouds, the weather was spectacular. Temperatures in the high 70’s, clear, with just a whiff of a stray cloud here and there. I spent the day visiting friends then started back to my cabin in the woods. As I rounded a hairpin turn on Highway 243, a rare vision compelled me to stop and photograph the scene. A cloud bank rolled in below, and stalled as it hit the mountains. It just hovered there, like a white cotton candy carpet. I felt as if I could step off the mountain side and walk on the clouds. A scene to remember.
I teach a landscape and nature workshop in Idyllwild in June. I like to scout out places to take my students. I decided to check out how much water was flowing from my favorite waterfall. The weather was too sunny to get any good shots, but I took my camera anyway. Maybe get some flower photos, I thought. Just as I arrived at the path to the waterfall, Mother Nature smiled on me again. The cloud bank rolled overhead, providing some moody fog and shady weather that is perfect for photographing the waterfall.
I spent about 2 hours shooting the forest path, creek, and waterfall. I felt I had some nice shots to put on my website for the workshop. Once I packed up and started the hike back to my car, Mother Nature again showed her kindness by blowing away the cloud bank and returning the sunny, warm weather. I spent the evening enjoying the sounds of woodpeckers and squirrels on my deck in the wilderness.
The magic of this mountain never ceases. Each day is a different gift. These are the presents I treasure more than the kind money buys. I don’t even remember what I got for my birthday last year, but I will remember this day forever.
If you would like to photograph Idyllwild with me, consider taking my workshop on June 2 & 3, 2012.