Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Transition Drought Brings to Land and Economy

In Any Language, No Water Means No Jobs

On a recent trip to Madera, we saw firsthand the transition the California drought has brought to what once was prime agricultural land.  As we approached Highway 198 on Highway 41, through the agricultural area, we saw signs like this in English and Spanish in front of dry and barren fields. Many years ago when we passed they were green.  That was before the drought and the water crisis.

Rough Translation of Sign into English: Enough is enough. There's no water. There are no jobs. It's the fault of Congresspeople Jim Costa and Nancy Pelosi.

I saw another sign but I wasn't quick enough to photograph before we passed it. That sign said something like this.


That sign was on the west side of the highway. Here's what was on the east side.

California Aqueduct on East Side of Highway, with Irrigation Pipes, Sign on Hwy 41 near Hwy 198 in California,
 © B. Radisavljevic 
It made me wonder why some farmers get water and some don't. Do some have more political pull than others? I don't know, but I did wonder.

The congressman for this area, Devin Nunes, had much to say about the politics involved, in his blog posts on the water crisis. Fourth District Congressman Tom McClintock also had a lot to say about the politics of the water crisis.  When farmers don't get water, they don't grow our food. They can't do it without water.

I took this photo just a bit farther down the highway.

Crops Growing Along Hwy 41 Near Hwy 198,  in California, © B. Radisavljevic 
Some farmers do have water, but not others.

Then there was this sign:

Sign on Hwy 41 near Hwy 198 in California, © B. Radisavljevic 

Evidently,  some politicians think so.

Families  Protecting the Valley

Most of the signs we saw were placed by an organization called Families Protecting the Valley. Their website explains some of the policies  that they believe are influencing who gets to use the water. They point out that historically the San Joaquin Valley has been one of the world's primary growing areas. It is important in our country's ability to be food independent.

As you might guess, since the water crisis, many people have lost their jobs, since farmers with no water can't employ them.

We saw this sign behind the Carl's Jr. parking lot near the intersection of Interstate Highway 5 and Highway 41. This is near the busiest intersection we passed on our way to Madera,  and there were many  places to buy food clustered here.

 I could not find the website address written on the sign. It seems to have been temporary since the domain is now for sale.

Sign Behind the Carl's Jr. Parking Lot, © B. Radisavljevic 

One of the last signs we saw on the way home was this.

It's obvious who these farmers believe will help them. I hope they are right.

This post was written for City Daily Photo Bloggers Theme Day. This month's theme is "Transitions." I have personally seen the transition of green fields and even trees to brown ones when there is not enough rain. See what photos other City Daily Photo Bloggers have posted to illustrate this theme. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rushing into Christmas

Christmas Decorations are Already In Yards

On my way to the mailbox yesterday I saw a neighbor getting his Christmas yard display up. 

I guess the holiday is all about snowmen and Santa for many today. I like these displays from past years, like the one below, that capture more of what Christmas means to me. 

The Prince of Peace Belongs Not Just in Our Yards

This nativity decoration is simple and to the point. Peace in our hearts comes only when the Prince of Peace lives in our hearts and rules there. 

May you know his peace as you go through all the activities related to this season. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Souvenir Gifts with San Luis Obispo County Scenes

Give Gifts that Reveal the Beauty of San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is one of the most beautiful places in California. We who live here know that. We have vineyards, beaches, mountains, lakes, and some of the most beautiful oak trees I've ever seen. Why not share some of that beauty next time you need a gift for someone?

People Walking at Moonstone Beach, © B. Radisavljevic
Zazzle offers the opportunity to make customized gifts and even customized gift wrap and gift tags for wrapping them. Use designs already on products as is, customize by adding or changing text, or change both text and photos. 

Zazzle has such a diversity of products you are sure to find a suitable gift for almost anyone -- employees, friends, family, newlyweds, new parents -- anyone. I'll how you some of my favorites below. Best of all, they are on sale during Cyber week, which ends Friday, so if you hurry, you can save up to  60% off by buying now. Use code CYBRWEEKSALE at checkout

Let's Start with Ornaments

Ornaments make great commemorative and memorial gifts.  Here's an article that tells you how to personize an ornament as a  pet memorial.You could just as  easily personalize it for "First Christmas Together" or "Baby's First Christmas." The procedure is the same. Here are some of my favorite ornaments of scenes around the county.  Click any one of them and you can find  your favorite places or make your own. 

As you can see above, there are many shapes and styles to choose from. I didn't feature any of the star or shirt shapes above, but you can see my entire wine country selection in all shapes here. If you click on any ornament you will see how it will look on all the different shapes and sizes. The larger ornaments are ceramic. The smaller premium ornaments have silver-color metal frames. The rest of my ornaments that don't relate to wine country are here, including those of the San Miguel Mission. Ornaments are 40% off until Friday. 

A Wrapped Canvas Print Adds Beauty to a Home

These gallery-quality prints are made to last. They are available in many sizes to fit your decor. Here are a few of my own favorite places on premium wrapped canvas. Click through to see all options or to customize. You can substitute your own photo on any product featured on a Zazzle product. Wrapped canvas prints are 60% off until Friday

Wall Clocks Also Add a Personal Touch to a Home

What I like about making clocks on Zazzle is that you can use a favorite scene and add text to make a point or make someone laugh. I did that with most of these clocks below. My favorite of these is on the bottom row on the left. When you are on the beach at Morro Bay, who does care about the time? 

Is Someone You Know Getting an iPad Mini Soon?

Why not get a case to go with it? Here's one of our own Salinas River when it actually had water in it. 

I have reviewed the features of the types of cases one can use to protect the iPad Mini at Let Your iPad Mini Case Reflect Your Love for the California Central Coast. You can also see most of my designs featuring the Central Coast beaches and beach towns there. 

Not Inspired Yet?

There are too many kinds of gifts in my Zazzle stores to show you here. Check out the whole collection of popular cards and gifts with California Coastal Scenes.  See my designs from photos of local wineries on coasters that protect furniture from wet glasses and mugs. Here's a sample of the coasters.

The gifts below are all feature oak trees common to the Central Coast. They show just a sampling of other gift types. 

Clicking any product here will  take you to even more choices and options. Have fun, and maybe you will even want to make your own gift items while you are there. Do it this week while the CYBRWEEKSALE sale is still on.