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Pictures for Pam, Day 42: HFF! Eastern California Ranch

Pictures for Pam, Day 42: HFF! Eastern California Ranch
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December 20…just one more day to go before the shortest day of the year! I'm so happy because of course that means that finally the days will begin getting longer again! Hooray!! I simply can't wait before it starts to get light earlier again!

This morning I saw some familiar red envelopes on the counter that needed to be mailed so I grabbed them as I walked out the door for my daily exercise.

Netflix. We love these guys. In fact, we've been loyal customers since 2001! In fact, the moment I found out about this new movie and tv service, I was on them like white on rice!

Why the fervor? One word: commercials. I hate them. Wait, that's not quite right. I LOATHE commercials. But actually, that wasn't the straw that broke the camel's back. It was the ticker tapes and the pop-ups that began covering the screen during a show. All of this garbage made me so crazy that I stopped watching television entirely, in about 1998. I just couldn't stand it anymore. And you know what? I didn't miss a thing. And I was also much happier.

Then I found out there was a new service that actually mailed dvds to you and included free return mailers. What?! Who?! Where?! I couldn't sign up fast enough! No more schlepping out to a video store and dealing with returns the next day? No more wasted time picking out a title? No more disappointment because the movie I wanted was rented? I was instantly in love with Netflix and remain blissfully happy all these years!

I walked the envelopes down to our mail box and popped the red flag up to alert the postman that we have mail to pick up. Isn't that the coolest thing?! I just love the fact that I don't have to find a public mail box when I need to send something out! Having spent most of my life in San Francisco or a nearby city, I have always relied on public mail boxes. I know you can clip your mail to your mail slot and it will be picked up but I never liked the idea of a stranger noticing and possibly taking your mail. Of course it's possible that our outgoing mail could be stolen from this rural mailbox but the likelihood is very small.

I turned to walk back through our gate when I stopped in my tracks and turned around. On the post that holds our mail box was a zip tie used to hold a sign in place. Somehow an Oak leaf had jammed itself onto the zip tie and was now stuck firmly against the post and the sign. I stared. I goggled. How does that even HAPPEN?! I returned a little while later and took a picture because you guys just have to see this!! (see the inset!)

It's Thursday for me but Friday in Europe so I'm posting my HFF picture now! This one is from the five-day motorcycle trip that Steve and I went on a couple of years ago with our friend Andy. On Day 4 we rode up the eastern side of California with the spine of the Sierras to our left. We traveled from a town near eastern Yosemite called Bridgeport all the way up to a small town called Alturas. Along the way were mind-bendingly huge ranches littered with cattle. I took this picture while we rode along on this incredibly beautiful day! (The Sierras can be seen rising up in the distance.)

Pam, I hope that you've been doing a little better lately! I have seen more of your comments on people's pictures and everyone is so happy for your visit! Here's a wish for a holiday gift from all of us, a healing present that will push you gently towards a happy, healthy you! Thinking of you every day! *HUGGGGGGGS*!

Explored on 12/21/18, highest placement, #1.

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65 comments - The latest ones
 Pam J
Pam J club




22 months ago.
Biobauer club
Die Rinder genießen die Bergkulisse. ;-) HFF
22 months ago.
Leon_Vienna club has replied to Biobauer club
Wäre das nichts für dich Jens? Das platte Land Mecklenburgs zusammen mit den Bergen Tirols - das würde dir jede Menge Fahrerei jedes Jahr ersparen. ;-)
22 months ago.
Biobauer club has replied to Leon_Vienna club
Gottes Willen, ein Land ohne Küste? Grauenvolle Vorstellung!
22 months ago.
 Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart club
I almost lost myself in the mountains around Bridgeport !
Magnificent view !
22 months ago.
WOW! What a view.!
Absolutely stunning!
Perfect work, Janet.
Love it.
22 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Janet, this is very beautiful.
HFF and all the best for Christmas and New Year.
22 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Superbe capture !!
22 months ago.
bonsai59 club
Nice landscape.
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wow, what a wonderful landscape image.
HFF and a nice weekend.
22 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely landscape scene, those mountains are magnificent. HFF and all the best for the festive season, Janet.
22 months ago.
Stormlizard club
Wonderful landscape Janet.
22 months ago.
Anji. club
Magnifique panorama ! HFF, et bonne fin de semaine !
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, such a lovely scene with the cows (I adore them) and this magnificent mountain panorama, Janet !!!!!!!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
Xata club
Happy solstice till new year hollidays, HFF Janet
22 months ago.
uwschu club
HFF Janet
22 months ago.
Boro club
Superbe compo !! HFF Janet
22 months ago.
LotharW club
HFF, Janet. What a wonderful landscape and I love the PiP too!
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Stunning capture and PIP!

Admired in:
22 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
HFF and a very nice weekend !!!
22 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
The great spaces of North America as I saw them in my little boy books !!!!!!*****
22 months ago.
Gudrun club
A wonderful rural idyll with a rustic fence. I love the snowy mountain backdrop and the sky- HFF, Janet!
22 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Beautiful view.

HFF, Janet!
22 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
A majestic panorama'.. there.. Janet'....... superb !
I too really look forward to the 'shortest day' .. I count down on the calendar.....
Have a HFF and a fine weekend too....
Best wishes from David J'... UK.
22 months ago.
niraK68 club
wonderful landscape and of course the PiP
22 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
A PiP with great visual language!
22 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Views
22 months ago.
Zulma club
HFF Janet. The PIP had me going for a bit. Is it a knife as a note reminder for you? It aptly relates as a signal to the mailbox flag that you wrote about!! The wind did it, don't you think? I totally love it. The postman should see it too, he/she would enjoy it. The view of your image is something so new to me...(not the cows LOL) the snow on the mountains in contrast with the field..wow, what a magical treasure to live there. Lucky pod sister!! Have a great WE
22 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
HFF I love the scenery reminds me of home. NZ.
22 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A wonderful vista here Janet. As usual from you a great story too which ring many bells for me too. I too hate TV commercials (and radio/Internet one too) and like you either record commercialized TV and then skip through the commercials or watch full films/box sets. At least our BBC is commercial free. Anyway - Spring will soon be here! Great little Pip too.

HFF and Festive Greetings for the weekend+, Herb
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Chris10 club
HFF and all the best for Christmas is what I'm wishing for you Janet.

Greetz, Christien
22 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
What a fabulous sky Janet!!! Needless to say, a gorgeous picture and PiP also ;-)) HFF and happy weekend.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and will catch up with your gallery when I get the chance....busy, busy, as you can imagine :-))
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful seen and composed ! Rural athmosphere at it's best ! HFF and a very nice weekend, Janet !
22 months ago.
Leon_Vienna club
Nice scenery with beautiful colors - and the winter is far in distance, up in the mountains (where he actually belongs to). ;-)
HFF and have great days coming up.
22 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Fabulous view Janet HFF!!
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful landscape beautifully captured Janet especially like the happy and peaceful looking cattle , HFF and a lovely weekend.
22 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A very beautiful HFF Janet. Have a great Christmas.
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Wonderful Janet and HFF to you too!
Of course I'm used to the BBC without adverts so have been spoilt most of my life!
22 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
quel paysage magnifique !!
22 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Juste merveilleux Janet, quelle belle zénitude, j'adore !+++
HFF et une excellent WE également.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Solch weitläufige Landschaften gibt es bei uns in Mitteleuropa nicht mehr, Janet. Abseits der Straße, besonders in den Bergen wird es wohl ziemlich einsam sein? Ich nehme an, da bekommt man das Gefühl der großen Freiheit. -
Kannst du auf der Karte ungefähr die Position anzeigen?
Liebe Grüße!
22 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
In der Ferne sehe ich Schnee, der eigentlich zum Weihnachtsfest gehört und daher FROHE FESTTAGE vom Cämmerer aus dem schneefreien Dresden
22 months ago.
Angelofruhr club
HFF, ein schönes letztes Adventwochenende und fröhliche Festtage im Kreis deiner Lieben wünscht dir Angelika
22 months ago.
trester88 club
Eine wundervolle Landschaft!
HFF und ein schönes Wochenende!
22 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
This fence is lovely for it's bucolic setting.............especially those majestic snow-capped peaks in the background. An excellent shot Janet.

Just a quick comment today I'm afraid.............we're off to visit family tomorrow and I haven't packed or checked the car yet!

HFF and season's greetings. I'll be back on-line in the New Year.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow, I shouldn't think there are many cows in a field with such a fantastic backdrop.

I wish postmen here in the UK took our envelopes, we have to rely on post boxes. As I'm more or less housebound, I have to rely on friends posting for me.
22 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I love the wispy clouds. The fence and the two closest cows create the ideal foreground interest. HFF and a great weekend to you, Janet. All the best, Joe
22 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photo et vue avec note pur Pam. HFF. Nicole.
22 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful rural scene! HFF, Janet!
22 months ago.
sunlight club
Ein sehr schönes Landschaftsfoto !
22 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
lovely scenery indeed, it's a view that we can observe and enjoy for hours !
very well taken !
22 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful scenery, Janet, with the mountains in the background. We drove through some of this area several years ago on our way to Redlands. Don't care for the busyness of some parts of California but we enjoyed our drive down nonetheless.
I grew up without a TV and we raised our kids without one, so I'm don't spend much time watching anything but an occasional football game. Even there I can't stand the commercials and use mute them or go make myself a cup of coffee.
If there's anything about California that would get me to move there it's the warmer climate, especially in southern California, but I'm not sure I'd put up with the traffic and fast-paced life even for that.
Spokane is so laid back it's almost horizontal. Getting a contractor to do something for you is a waiting game at best and then it's a lottery whether the work they do will be any good. Traffic is at a minimum even during morning and evening rush and I guess that's worth something.
Family start arriving tomorrow and the festivities kick off with 22 of us gathering for a late breakfast - three more will be there in the evening. We've shopped and cooked enough that everyone should be able to relax and not worry about food.
22 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful landscape - HFF Janet, have a nice weekend.
22 months ago.
gezginruh club
Wonderful landscape, great picture!

Have a nice weekend, and a great Christmas!
22 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Marvelous panorama, beyond the fence! HFF, Janet!
22 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A very beautiful view Janet, a nice capture of the snowy mountains and white clouds in the blue sky!
22 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
HFF Janet, belatedly. Lovely, tranquil scene.
22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
belated HFF - and TV is overrated ;-)))
22 months ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
What a gorgeous sky.
22 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
this is very nice
22 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Just the kind of landscape I like, it's a very beautiful composition*******
22 months ago.
slgwv club
Looks like the Bridgeport Valley--one of our favorite areas! We've done a lot of hiking in the Sierras around there. Here's a view southwest across the valley from the hills above Bridgeport to the northeast:
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet and many thanks for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
I wish you a HNY.
21 months ago.
So nice landscape
21 months ago.

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