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No Snow Expected this Winter

#SundayStills, #winter

No Snow

Foggy skies

For days

#Haiku by Marsha Ingrao

On a winter day in Central California, it rains one day and fog rolls in for the next three or four days. The temperatures rarely fall below freezing within Woodlake’s magic circle of foothills. When they slip too low, wind machines roar all night beating the polar air to save the orange crops.

An early December morning on the way into Woodlake for a Kiwanis meeting.

Sometimes you have to pull over and snap pictures of our beautiful foothills. Winter is the best time to photograph them because the air is clean of dust.

Netted peach trees

This scene arrested me and I pulled my car over and captured the clouds and the netted trees in January. You can’t see the foothills past the netting and the clouds.

rows and rows of netted trees

The Kaweah Delta Valley was home to hundreds, probably thousands, of oak trees when the settlers came in 1852. In the winter for a couple of months the oaks are bare and eerie. Mistletoe grows unencumbered by any grooming efforts. Most of the trees have been left to their own devices since the Yokuts Indians quit harvesting acorns in the 1800s.

By February, the still bare oak stands alone in the field but without the stormy sky and with the grass starting to green up, it bears the hope of new life and another year.

Valley Oak stands guard over grassy field where happy cows live.
Our foothills and the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains.

I hope you enjoyed the winter life in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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    • Autumn starts here with temperatures cooling to the 90s, then into the 80s. Today we had our first day that wasn’t in the 90s, a perfect 84 degrees at 3:46 pm. If only we could see the mountains, it would be a perfect day. Here’s to a beautiful fall where you are, Jules. 🙂

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      • We just got back from a early evening walk – 7pm – a delightful 70 F and the sun is quickly setting.

        We sort of live in at the base of a hill… All the rain ends up in the gully between our home and our neighbors. And goes into the creek. Almost time to put the summer veg garden asleep…

        Cheers, Jules

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        • Hi Jules, Your walk sounds perfect. I am jealous of your cool temperatures. Our temperatures have cooled from all the smoke in our air due to forest fires. It was only 83 yesterday – a first in the 80s for probably four months. Even so, I am also putting my summer garden to bed. The plants get dry and unproductive after a while. We also live at the base of the foothills and have a creek behind our property. Most of the year it is dry, but we all love seeing it when it runs. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Jules. 🙂

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  1. Lovely winter scenes, my friend! Not much different here in Sacramento except better views without all that netting. Love that view of the Sierras right at your backyard! With all this heat and smoke I am certainly ready for winter!


    • It’s the best season here for sky and mountain pictures. Spring is pretty with all the blossoms. Fall is beautiful with the changing colors of some trees and plants like grapes. Summer is time to vacation out of here. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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