Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have You Voted for Your Favorite Scarecrow Yet?

There's More than One Voting Decision to Make Soon in Paso Robles

The deadline to vote for your favorite downtown scarecrow is October 28. Walk around downtown, look at all of them, and when you find the one you like best, go inside the sponsoring business and vote. You just might win a prize. Prize-winning voters and the winning scarecrow entry will be announced at the big Safe and Fun Halloween Party in the park on October 31. Get more details on both contest and party here. 

Do you know who is under the ghost costume in this photo? If you do, please put your answer in the comments. For a hint, consider the location. If you frequent the businesses by the park you will know the identity. 

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Some of My Favorite Scarecrows

I got downtown to look around after most stores had closed and I didn't have a map. Here's what I found as I walked around near the park. 

This is a closer look at the fellow next to the ghost. I wanted you to see his sign. 

I tend to like book-themed characters and costumes, so I was immediately drawn to this scarecrow version of the Cat in the Hat.

His costume is similar to the one below.

Here's one with a pumpkin head.

Here's my last scarecrow  photo. I wish I'd picked up a guide, but I hadn't thought to do that. I did see one scarecrow hidden after the business sponsoring it had closed, but not enough of it was visible to photograph it. My advice is to go look for scarecrows during late morning or early afternoon.  For best results, pick up a guide first at the Paso Robles Main Street Office in the alley between 12th and 13th Streets. Look for the Norma's Way sign.

Which of these might you vote for?  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles

Kennedy Fitness Promotes Local Artists

As a fan of local artists, I was delighted the first time I noticed the art wall at the Kennedy Club in Paso Robles. That was last September when Dean Crawford's photography was on display.  This month we are treated to Linda Loebs' paintings. Here's a sample. 

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles

Below you see some of her oak paintings. 

Here are some brighter colors.

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles

I especially like Linda's painting of Heart Hill you see in the lower right of this grouping. 

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles
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Linda Will Create a Painting Just for You 

Would you like to gift someone with a special painting of a person, pet, or scene that's special to them? Linda Loebs will work from your photo or she will take one of your subject to use as a model. You can contact her by phone or email at 

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What will you commission Linda to paint for you?

Linda Loebs Art Exhibit at Kennedy Fitness, Paso Robles, October, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season

Rain Started On the Way to Ventura County

We left on October 15 on a business trip to Newbury Park in Ventura County. Yahoo told us to expect rain in Paso Robles, but not at our destination in Newbury Park. Sure enough, the rain started to fall about the time we got to Atascadero. You can see the raindrops on our windshield.

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season
Rain on My Windshield, © B. Radisavljevic 

We had lovely views of the sky all the way through the county. It rained off and on as we passed under the clouds. Below we are approaching San Luis Obispo. It rained all the way up the grade and through the city.

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season
Rain as We Approached San Luis Obsipo, © B. Radisavljevic 

We made a rest stop at Carl's Jr. in Santa Maria, and by then the rain was more a mist, though you could see it had rained harder before we got there.

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season
Rain in Santa Maria, © B. Radisavljevic 

Rain in Paso Robles

The day after we got home, on October 16, I could see that the predicted rain for Paso Robles would probably come. The clouds had that look, and the wind was giving fair warning.

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season
Rain Clouds about to Burst in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic 

Finally the rain came hard enough so I could hear it.

As I write this on Sunday night, it appears the rain is over and we won't see more rain for a while. But at least my unirrigated plants got a drink, and maybe the county's thirst oaks got also got some relief.

Rain is a Part of Many Zazzle Gifts

Rejoice in the Rain!

It's a gift of God to everyone in drought-stricken California. Join me in giving thanks for it.

Rejoicing in the First Rain of This Season

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Abandoned Gardens Are Sad


The City Daily Photo Bloggers theme for October is "Abandoned." We can abandon almost anything. I wrote on this theme in May 2015 and featured many of our abandoned buildings. See "N" is for Neglected and Abandoned Buildings. I had to come up with something new for this post,  so I've decided to show you my abandoned gardens in Templeton. 

Photos of My Abandoned Gardens

In the photo below, you see what's left of an herb garden I planted about twenty years ago on a slope behind the house. 

Abandoned Gardens Are Sad
Abandoned Herb Garden on Slope
Nature has a way of taking over when a caring gardener is no longer active. I had to abandon my gardens here after some major surgeries. Someone clears the weeds from around the edges during fire season, but there are still plenty hidden among the herbs. Most of what you see here are three varieties of sage left to do what they will. There are a few irises and they still bloom. Hidden from view are the santolina and lavender, which still hold their own. The oregano has almost been smothered by the sages, but manages to get its head into the sun enough to live. The rosemary has also survived. 

Perennial herbs are hardy. These plants have survived over a year with no irrigation. Of course when a flower bed with no perennial plants is abandoned, it will look like the one below. There may still be some rhubarb here if the drought didn't finally kill it, and some lemon balm may remain alive under the weeds. Now its mostly wild grasses, sow thistle, and mallows in season. 

Sometimes nature presents us with unexpected gifts, like this lupine flower that sprang up in the midst of the weeds on the slope. I actually planted lupine years ago, but it seemed to disappear. Some years it comes up and some years it doesn't. 

Here's yet another view of the abandoned herb garden on the slope. This shows you the lavender that was hidden in the other photo. It's only March in these photos, so lavender isn't blooming yet.  That bit of yellow near the left is a calendula -- the flower that keeps reproducing no matter what. See How Colorful Calendula Brightens My Garden All Year Long.

Abandoned Gardens Are Sad: Although I may have abandoned this garden for now, Mother Nature hasn't.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

The first Saturday in September is International Turkey Vulture Awareness Day. Many people don't appreciate vultures because of their looks and their reputation as scavengers. The turkey vulture is even nicknamed a buzzard -- that bird we often see circling over deer or other dead animals killed by cars on our roads. It has a bald red head and beady eyes that zero in on any dead creature on the ground. 

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

I don't normally consider turkey vultures beautiful. They are actually a bit ugly when compared to some of the other birds of prey. In the air, though, it's a different story.

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

I love watching them fly in groups as they are above. I very often see two or more circling together. Although they are hunting for food, they also fly over buildings and go over and under the power lines. 

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

The photos above were taken on a February rainy day between showers. 

Some people appreciate the turkey vulture enough to use a bumper sticker to tell the world that they love them. Why not? They help keep our natural areas and roads and fields clean. Do you want a lovable little vulture to cuddle?  It's there for you. If you merely want to help your children learn more about turkey vultures with great photos, easy-to-read text, and even some projects, try the books below. 

Some people have to go to zoos to see turkey vultures. Here in Paso Robles and Templeton, all you have to do is go for a walk on a country road or visit a vineyard or open field and you are likely to see the turkey vultures overhead. Take a few minutes and just watch them. Any day can be Turkey Vulture Day.

Looking Up to Turkey Vultures

Do you see turkey vultures where you live? How do you feel about them?