Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Porch

New view from the back door. This is the cozier half of the porch. The other side holds some additional seating -- rustic wooden furniture a la New Mexico style, plus junior's punching bag. (I know huh). Oh and a small vintage dryer (North Valley decor, cost $12 about 8 years ago). Last night it rained quite a bit and everything is so cool and cozy out there. Yesterday late afternoon I sat under the roof and sorted joss papers, counted rhinestones, and listened to the crickets. If you look closely in the background you can see the MOTH's birdhouses which he mounted on a board on top of the tall sturdy branches of a deceased Russian olive. And close to the porch is the plum tree, and succulents around and on top of the short stump of a cottonwood whose roots were wreaking havoc on our property values. ;-) The other dark tree in the far background is an almond tree. The two apple trees are hard to distinguish. Don't you love the roof line?

PS You can click the photo for a larger image.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Last night's view from Sandia Peak

Last night we met at the bottom of the tram and rode up well before sunset. By the time we got to the top, we had this amazing view from just below the cloud line. The sun was streaming through the moisture and creating the most amazing white light.

As we ate our dinner at a table by the windows, we watched a huge storm roll in, creating its own cloud over the city and then drawing it back up again.
By the time we jumped onto the tram to go back down, it was full dark and the rain was pounding. (I didn't know they operated that thing in lightning!) So yeah, according to Junior, it was the best birthday dinner ever -- mainly because of the thunderous ending!