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!

 There goes the day...

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..

“Vintner’s Cellar World Wine Adventure” read all about it below…

World Wine AdventureActually the following message did not arrive in a bottle but it certainly has something to do with receiving messages about the origins of some of the best filled bottles. This is an excerpt taken from a message written by my good friends Alan and Jana Leard owners of Vintners Cellar. This is what they had this to say:

“I wanted to tell you about the Vintner’s Cellar World Wine Adventure. Jana and I will be traveling through Europe for a month experiencing wine, food, and culture in the old world. During that time we will be hosting a live blog about our adventure. It is www.WorldWineAdventure.com and the trip begins on April 28th. We will be posting things about the wine and food that we try as well as the people we meet. Billy & Patrick on Q97 will be hosting trivia questions about the blog every morning on their show for the full month leading up to the grand prize of $1000 travel certificate from Cruise Holidays. As a part of the promotion we are selling pre-ordered cases to raise money for Relay for Life Teams. Basically, people can pre-order a case of 1 of the 3 featured wines from the areas that we will be visiting, and then 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Relay for Life Team of their choice.”

Thanks Alan and Jana and what a great idea! Of course it would be more fun to be traveling along with them but hey…this is the next best thing! Just go to their website…http://www.WorldWineAdventure.com and click on your favorite topic then be sure to click the share link to add it to your social network such as Facebook. Also don’t forget to to sign up for for the blog updates by entering your email address.

Since Alan is well versed in technology from his years of providing IT support and the success in their thriving business adventure at Vintners Cellar….I have no doubt he will be doing a fantastic job keeping us abreast of their adventure through their blog entries while sharing real time photos too! Participate in the Q97 contest and who knows…you might be well on your way to your own world wine adventure!

Only 10 days left before their departure!

Cheers!

clearcut_cover.jpgMy favorite Redding band Clear Cut is alive and well. Wrapping up 2008, Clear Cut will be performing at Johnny’s this weekend and next weekend (December 12/13 and December 19/20) for free, then they will be playing at the Sports Bar on New Year’s (only $10, not bad for New Year’s). Then they kick start the New Year off by playing an acoustic gig at Vintner’s Cellar on January 2 (also a free show).

If you enjoy good music and have never seen or heard this band perform…I highly recommend you try and catch one of the above performances. My favorite is when guitarist Jason Schroeder and lead singer Mark McAbee get together to warm the room in the more relaxing atmosphere with friends at Vintner’s Cellar.

Speaking of Vintner’s Cellar, owners Alan and Jana Leard are now offering the custom labeled “12 Wines of Christmas”. Come check it out and Merry Christmas everyone…cheers!
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Clear Cut
Truman Virdon (new bassist), Mark McAbee (lead singer), Jason Schroeder (guitarist), and Brian Ottman (drummer).
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www.youtube.com/clearcutmusic