age is a state of mind (picture taken yesterday from a hike with Chico Hiking Association…this hill was straight up….no stopping) taken from an online article…see source at bottom Last month, I took a 7.5-mile hike near Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. Thanks to a nearly 1,900 foot-elevation gain, I definitely got a good cardiovascular workout. But hitting the trail may offer some additional health benefits, as I learned from Dr. Aaron L. Baggish, associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at…Continue Reading “age is a state of mind”

Snowdrops in Paradise spring is coming 🙂 The lovely snowdrop is one of the first flowers to appear in the spring as it works its way through the snow to bloom. These tiny flowers grow 3- to 4-inches tall and make an excellent ground cover in the garden. They can also be grown in pots or containers and can even be forced into bloom during the winter from bulbs. What Does the Snowdrop Flower Mean? The snowdrop flower has several meanings depending on the context….Continue Reading “Snowdrops in Paradise”

trillion $ rain Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then becomes heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds (those with…Continue Reading “trillion $ rain”

flower power Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology.  It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War. The expression was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Hippies embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. The term later became generalized as a modern reference to the…Continue Reading “flower power”

just now from the backyard – Paradise fall 2017 CA has always struggled with water issues and rainfall… but our experience in the last few years has been very encouraging…this will help with fires, farming and drinking water. “Paradise is sometimes a state of mind” #flyinghorsedesign #photography #getoutside flyinghorsedesign.com

trail around Paradise Whether your an avid fisherman or like just like the gentle nudge of the water against your boat. Paradise Lake is a wonderful place to visit. In addition the boating and fishing, there is a running/biking/walking path around a good portion of the lake. But don’t worry, there are a few benches along the way to rest and enjoy the views on several visits to this trail we have witnessed deer just a few feet from the trail…bear and mountain lion may…Continue Reading “trail around Paradise”

San Clemente blossoms This was taken during a recent trail run in San Clemente in southern California…Everywhere you look you will see unbelievable colorful flowers and plants, that thrive in the “almost perfect climate”  

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) This tailed beauty has a shiny blue body and white spots on the upper side of the hind wings. The blue underneath the hind wings encircle one row of orange colors. These swift fliers are usually low to the ground and do not stay at one flower for a long period of time. They enjoy open wooded areas and forest edges. The chrysalis resembles dried leaves so they are well camouflaged. They are either brown and tan or yellow and green depending…Continue Reading “Pipevine Swallowtail”

by Amour de Monet May 2014 Wildflower “you cannot catch a wildflower” he says. “you are my wildflower.” I am lost inside myself my personal paradise my own euphoric insanity could i be as manic as I sometimes believe to feel as if my soul lives in the earth beneath my feet and stretches from the root of every tree to the tips of their leaves exhaling me into the sky to float with the wind from meadow to meadow I stand with arms stretched spinning…Continue Reading “5 Petal Beauty”

    CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers say the public can help collect scientific information about the effect of Monday’s eclipse on plants for future generations. This will be the first time since 1918 a total eclipse will cross the entire United States. Douglas Bielenberg, a Clemson plant physiologist, said because total solar eclipses are so rare, not many biological observations have been made on what takes place during totality. “There is very little organized information related to what happens to plants, during a total…Continue Reading “eclipse flowers”