Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Two Views Of Yesterday...

Rainbow Over Lucerne Valley - Monday, 9:48 A.M
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom
One of my obligations as a friend and neighbor is to take Cheri, who lives across the street from us, down the mountain to her monthly doctor appointments. Cheri owns a car but she's disabled and cannot drive herself.
Yesterday I drove her down to Victorville for an appointment and we were treated to this breathtaking view as we came down the Cushenbury Grade, just below the Mitsubishi Cement Plant, and descended into Lucerne Valley.
It was snowing heavily when we left Big Bear Valley and made our way slowly through a white-out of wind-blown powder as we skirted Baldwin Lake (normally dry) and then began winding our way down a very slippery Highway 18 toward the Mojave Desert.
When we came around the last bend, where the narrow pass finally opens to the desert, snow and clouds gave way to a big desert sky being cleansed by fierce winds. A fine mist blown from the clouds behind us allowed the landscape to be decorated with the magical whimsy of a rainbow, of sunlight refracted through atmospheric water.
Oh, the Blue Planet!

3 Hours Later - Back On The Deck At Home
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom
We got between 6 and 8 inches of new snow Sunday night and Monday, but it was somewhat difficult to estimate that measurement because the wind was blowing so hard that the snow piled up in uneven drifts.

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Blogger Wildside said...

Ah, Jim! You live in a beautiful place.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Vickie LeBlanc said...

Nice to hear from you Jim. Had lost you for a couple of weeks but I kept checking daily to see if you had posted. Beautiful pictures as always. Namasté.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I thank Mother Nature for that every day...

5:58 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I take these little blog vacations now & then.

Thanks for not giving up on me...

... and I'm glad you enjoy the photos.

~we are all one~

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely photos...beautiful!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jim,
I understand why you love taking so many pictures they turn out so beautiful!!!!!
I want to thank you for your gift of picture taking.
Your friend Cheri

11:37 AM  

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