Outside my window there is always a flurry of activity especially as the local resident Anna’s hummers battle amongst themselves over the prized food supply but there are several other species appearing that have begun migrating down the Pacific Flyway. A true sign that summer is pretty much over as fall slips into place. The migrating species are brownish and are the Rufous Hummingbird.

A little female Anna’s Hummingbird takes a break outside my window after feasting on the feeder. Photo is as is from the camera other than it was cropped.

Anna's Hummingbird Resting

Anna's Hummingbird Resting

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Summer is slowly giving up its hold on us as Fall begins to slip into place with the days growing ever shorter. Saturdays weather front brought lots of beautiful scenes as the clouds painted the the sky line above the valley and surrounding mountains. The evening arrived quickly and I just happen to look out to see the setting sun was painting the sky those brilliant colors we often get to see here in the far north California. I missed catching the brightest portion of the sunset…but then I always enjoy that second wave of color that comes from when the sun sets on the distant Pacific coast where the bending rays of light paint the upper atmosphere as seen here in this series of photos.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone! Be safe have fun!

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There goes the day...

Liguid Shimmer

Liguid Shimmer

She is looking beautiful tonight...

She is looking beautiful tonight...

Gradient between day and night

Gradient between day and night

Going to town..

Going to town..

It may not have been a record turn out. According to Asphalt Cowboy Jerry Scheller..still recovering…says his initial unofficial guess is that 9,800 or more turned out for the Asphalt Cowboys downtown Redding pancake breakfast. As always the flap-jacks were a flippin and the mouths a flying open as many of us including your neighbors were enjoying the fun of gathering for the annual Rodeo week tradition. The pancakes were perfect and who needed entertainment for the rodeo atmosphere was present and the cowboys kept the crowd alive while herding everyone through the serving lines.

Congratulations to the Asphalt Cowboys and the Redding Rodeo staff as well as the City of Redding and all those who worked to make the event the success it was. Thanks to everyone who attended showing your awesome support in keeping this long standing tradition alive. See ya at the rodeo! For rodeo event info visit www.asphalt-cowboys.com and www.reddingrodeo.comChita JohnsonKRCR TV Channel 7 Weather Anchor Chita Johnson earning her breakfast,rodeo6.jpgNow that’s a griddle(s)!rodeo9.jpgAsphalt Cowboy Dave Bartle of Shasta.com milking it!rodeo4.jpgClown juice anyone…we support our troops!rodeo13.jpgPlenty of room for everyone!rodeo14.jpgrodeo8.jpgrodeo16.jpgRodeo chorus line…greeters center stage.rodeo18.jpgrodeo19.jpgrodeo21.jpgrodeo22.jpgrodeo24.jpgrodeo23.jpgSee ya next year!

Friday morning put on the feed bag and get yourself downtown for the world’s largest outdoor pancake breakfast! Yeppers…the flap-jacks will be a flippin and the sausage a grillin!

Leave to work an hour early and make a detour to the Roaring Gulch downtown. It wont take you an hour to be served but you will need the time to say hello to people ya know who will be filling their face too.

Serving starts at 5AM on to 10AM. The streets are closed at the Cascade Theater and the tables and chairs are set and ready for ya! So get your getty up a goin and get yourself on down there!

For more info visit www.Apshalt-Cowboys.com This years rodeo will have come and gone before you know it….hope you don’t miss out on all the fun and entertainment. We are on the Million Dollar Circuit this year…yee ha!
Gpa_040.jpgIn the spirit of Redding Rodeo Week….here are some photos my brother took last week where on Thursday nights at Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church near Enid Oklahoma they have a great time.Gpa_044.jpgA Nashville Grandpa brought his 3-year old to perform with him. That’s a realistic toy guitar. He had a wow-wow pedal hooked up to it so he could realistically pretend.

Very cute. Wowed the crowd. This was how we spend our Thursday nights at Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church near Enid Oklahoma.Gpa_051.jpg
Thank you very much, I think. Gosh! Look at all the old cowboys!Gpa_013.jpgJumping the rail and into the arena at Winter’s Livestock Auction Barn’s regular event held every Thursday night at 7p.m…
Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church. Near Enid, Oklahoma.

Thanks brother for sharing!

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Clem’s Weather Forecast for Redding Rodeo week;
Cool mornings and mild afternoons till the weekend where we will top out in the triple digits. Bye Bye spring…happy rodeo. yee ha!

To see rodeo week schedule of events visit www.asphalt-cowboys.com

For details on the Redding Rodeo visit www.reddingrodeo.com

No that is not the money you could be saving with Geico. Clem as I have named him is a resident poser in downtown Redding at the residence on the corner of East and South street. See ya at the rodeo!

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The last evening of summer sure made a grand exit with a spectacular light show over the mountains to the north east of Redding. I missed the most active portion of the lightning as I scrambled to my favorite perch to capture this series which are just a few I selected out of the collection. From where I was standing there wasn’t any thunder to be heard but needless to say, it was clear there was plenty of punch in the electric charged clouds that were seen slipping off to the southeast from the direction of Black Bear Mountain to Lassen Volcanic Range.

This Monday is equally as long as the night with the transition of our Summer slips into Fall. I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temps and the lower utility bill it will help us all have. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge.

Happy Fall everyone…cheers!
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