There is not a lot of choices when gas is like gold. I gave it some thought. We see Mt. Baldy every winter, its broad face filled with snow, yet in our busy lives, we never venture up. Now it is spring, and the mountain called to me. "I'm right here, right out your window...come on up, take a look." (Well, something like that...). As we took the short drive up to our local mountains, both of us were taken aback at the fact that beauty and nature were really so accessible without having to pack up the car and spend a fortune. Grabbing my camera and tennis shoes, that is all we needed on a perfect spring day. It was not long before the wildflowers greeted us along the road. Spectacular in color contrasted to the green hills, these yellow bursts of joy were a pleasure to view. According to our good friend Tony, from the Dept. of Forestry, these are called Yellow Scotch Broom.
|"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." --Vincent Van Gogh|
|"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transfer a yellow spot into the sun."--Pablo Picasso|
Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy as well as spark creative thoughts.
Effects of the Color Yellow
Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt Baldy, at 10,068 ft (3,069 m), is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline.
GeographyMount San Antonio has two peaks: the main peak, with an elevation of 10,068 feet (3,069 m), and a sub-peak, West Baldy, at 9,988 feet (3,044 m). Nearby are San Antonio Creek and San Antonio Falls. The creek descends through a gorge and forms several waterfalls. The last drop has a height of about 75 feet (23 m).
Along our journey, we saw many families also enjoying the day, but the road was not crowded and the drive was great. Going all the way to the top, we circled the parking lot of the Ski Resort and saw many serious bicyclists and hikers. I have heard the hike farther up the mountain is a little tough if you are not in shape, and at that point with Ted's knees and well...my lack of balance, we passed. We did though walk a little route down to the stream at two points to collect a few rocks and enjoy the water and sounds.
|Some of us need a helping hand|
|If a tree fell in the forest and no one heard it...|
| After viewing my pictures, this one inspired the poet in me. |
Lady bugs in a bunch
Enjoying a great big lunch
They’ll meet there for dinner too
But for breakfast, they’ll sleep right through.
I wonder if the whole world knows
That lady bugs have painted toes.
She picks red to wear each day
Her fashion sense is on display.
Lady bugs in a bunch
Ala carte or champagne brunch
Whatever is the soup de jour,
An aphid is the mealtime cure.
June 4, 2011
Coming down from the mountain, we ventured just a bit over to Claremont Village for a wonderful Italian lunch of Pizza and cold drinks.
And some that are a little pooped out too.