The winter is noticeable for the drought conditions. Although there have been a couple of good rain storms, they have been too far between, too short, and too warm. This region depends heavily on the snow pack in the Sierras and there is little snow there. And what does drought look like? Here are a couple of photos.
|It is a long ways from docks to water at Bass Lake. Bass Lake is in the foothills not too far from where my site is.|
This winter has provided time for some visits with family and old friends. In January Chris and I joined my cousin Bonnie at her house in Albany to celebrate her sister's birthday. Bonnie and Sharon are my second cousins. Besides the two sisters, Bonnie's son and grand kids, in-laws, ex spouse and old friends were there. They are all folks I have known for a long time so it was fun visiting. All the descendants of the Maxfield clan in attendance signed a birthday card for my aunt. Ruth, one of my mom's younger sister, turned 100 the end of January. The card made it in time for her birthday which was celebrated in Florida. I've had a nice note back from her. She still lives independently although she gave up golfing a couple years ago.
In February my cousin Dick Dilley and his wife, Jan, were here from Indiana. We had a day long adventure in Yosemite, and a couple dinners together in Oakhurst. The following weekend I joined them, their son John, his wife Gail and their college son, Paul, near Pinnacles National Monument (south of Hollister). Gail's family has a ranch there. Although rains have been sparse this year, it did rain that weekend and we relished it.
|This coyote was resting near the Bridal Veils parking lot. Later we saw it in the parking lot where it was clearly accustomed to being fed.|
|Jan and Dick during our trip to Yosemite|
|Road into the ranch with another ranch to the left.|
|John, Dick and Jan during our walk.|
|Looking back toward the ranch with outbuilding in view|
|Gail and Paul along creek which had been dry the day before but came up quickly in the rain.|
In February, Carol Kolb, an old friend from our early days in the camera club emailed me to say she would be in Fresno for a horse competition with her daughter. It was a chance to see Carol and visit, meet her daughter who I hadn't seen since she was a toddler (she is now graduated from college), and photograph some of the riding competitions. Here are a few views.
|Sissy with her horse in a jumping event|
|This photo and the ones that follow were in the cross country competitions across the road from where I photographed Sissy.|
|This photo and the following were taken during the cross country events.|