It’s Raining in California!

bay-sunrise-1The bay area, which I call home and return to between assignments or even on vacations during an assignment when possible, has its icons. There the golden gate bridge, which I cross every time I go to my own physical home after flying into SFO. There’s the corner of Castro & Market, with its massive rainbow flag as a statement to the world that the city’s LGBTQI (did I forget any of the currently-accepted letters?) population is proud and not about to creep back into some box just because some people don’t much like us. There’s Mt Diablo, forming a triangle across the bay as the highest peak in the immediate bay area — visible behind that rainbow flag, down below. There are vineyards…and this year, there’s rain in the vineyards! And snow in the mountains, though I’ve not yet been to see it myself. Perhaps I’ll make it to the mountains after this assignment, before it all melts. Something to keep in mind.ggb-from-crissy-field-approach

In any case, I was recently back amongst these icons for a final vacation during the current assignment. When the weather was sufficiently clear, I walked or biked around and appreciated the greenest vistas I’ve seen in years, since California’s been in a drought that’s grown more severe year by year for a decade or so. As it rained on my way back to the airport for the flight back to PaP, I photographed one of Sonoma County’s lovely hillside vineyards through the bus’s rainy window. On the way up, I photographed the GGB through the bus’s reasonably clear window. And I took as many photos of flowers as I could: so much was in bloom! I’ll admit I’ve been overworked at work, depressed in real life at home about what’s become of government and “civil”  discourse in my native land, and generally rather tired. So I’ve not taken out my camera much. But I do usually have a phone with me and I’m now on instagram (paulbsrca) so every now and then I remember I can snap something with that, then pop it up on instagram. But I remain more of a long-form guy, so here I’m assembling stuff from both camera & phone, to share some of what I’ve seen and thought lately. It’s always lovely when I know folks read and appreciate what I share. Thanks…and let’s all try to add a wee bit more beauty and pleasure into the days and lives of those around us…if that’s not too bold a suggestion. Peace. 🙂

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2 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, these are beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them! And I completely agree with you about trying to bring some peace and beauty into our lives. It’s not all about the dysfunction in Washington, DC all the time. Although admittedly that’s pretty darn bad. But we can’t give those awful folks the victory of ruining those parts of our lives over which we actually have some control. I’m looking forward to seeing you back in the U.S. in the not too distant future!

    February 19, 2017 at 15:44

  2. Mary Louise Jaffray

    Thanks for the lovely pictures and you show the miracle of not only the the raindrops, but the return of the lovely lush green. So nice to have it back. Saturday we were in Sebastopol and took some back roads back to Santa Rosa, and saw areas of vineyards with waters from the Laguna flooding where the vines were poking up from pools of water and lovely sunset reflected in the water. Thinking of you as you are winding up.
    Mary Louise

    February 21, 2017 at 06:07

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