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..

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.

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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!

January's End
Late Saturday afternoon….I noticed the onset of a dark cloud streaking in off the Pacific coast that was filling the sky high above the city. A big fan of weather and sunsets…I was wondering if there would be a chance that the clouds would part at the horizon to allow the reflecting light of the setting sun to paint the clouds. Well it is a funny thing here to how clouds react to the mountains surrounding the valley below….and sure enough…the closer it became evening…a break appeared in the western horizon just above the mountains and foothills. So off I went to one of my favorite perches high above the city up on the river bluff of the river bend formed by the mighty Sacramento River. There…with my significant by my side, I set up my camera between a break in a stand of oak trees right along the crumbling edge. The scene that played out in the following moments was absolutely breath taking as always…..and so peaceful. Click here to see all 25 photos in this series. Cheers!
Home to roost
Goodbye January

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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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