Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fresh Snow

Mount Shasta received a "dusting" of fresh snow from our little summer rainstorm and temperature drop last week. Remember that Mount Shasta is over 14,000 feet tall so it is much colder up there.
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Cutting Hay

I love the smell of fresh cut alfalfa hay. The ranchers are busy growing, watering, cutting and baling hay as the season progresses.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another Photographer

I found another guy that takes pictures through the windshield as he drives...

Strange Weather

Within three days we have had the hottest day, then some rain then the coolest day. Saturday, with rare rain for this time of year, was the coolest day for August 28, setting a new record at 66 degrees. The previous coolest day was 78 degrees in 1927. Last Thursday it was 110 degrees in Redding.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oh Dear, More Deer

I had some deliveries in Etna yesterday and was on a little dirt/gravel road that had several deer resting in the shade of the few trees available along the road. Of course, they jump up and run as soon as a vehicle approaches.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oreo Cows

Saw these big oreos in a field near Gazelle.

The Belted Galloway is a rare beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in South West Scotland, adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. The exact origin of the breed is unclear although it is often surmised that the white belt that distinguishes these cattle from the native black Galloway cattle may be as a result of cross breeding with Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle.

Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef, although they are sometimes milked and purchased to adorn pastures due to their striking appearance. In the US these cows are often informally known as "police car cows,""panda cows" or "Oreo cows" after the Oreo cookie.

Hot Day in Redding

Temperatures at Redding Municipal Airport soared to 110 degrees Wednesday afternoon, making it the hottest Aug. 25 on record in Redding. The high temperature beat a record for the date set downtown in 1923 and matched at the airport in 1988. The old record was 108 degrees. Wednesday also marked the first time this summer Redding has recorded a high temperature of 110 degrees or higher. Forecasters expect the late-August heat to continue today, though the high temperature should be closer to 100 degrees.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fort Jones Accident

As I passed through Fort Jones yesterday afternoon, there were firemen directing traffic and a couple of units on the scene of a "rear ender fender bender" right on main street of this quiet little town. Hopefully no one was injured as the speed limit in town is 25 mph.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Secret Mountain Top Place

I noticed this secret place for the first time as the sun was shining off the buildings in the afternoon on top of this place in Etna. The recipient said he thought it was a "secret" Air Force tracking station. Maybe for UFO's?  I did have my camera with me with the long range lens so that was helpful.
(as always, click the image for a larger picture)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is always beautiful from any direction. Most of the snow is gone now. This is from Jackson Ranch Road in Weed. Click image for a larger picture

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Saw a few teepees at a deliver in Weed off Stewart Springs Road.
a tent of the American Indians, made usually from animal skins laid on a conical frame of long poles and having an opening at the top for ventilation and a flap door.

Monday, August 16, 2010

More Work Getting Done

They have been working hard on the bridge project. Both sides of the lake are quite busy these days. They are also moving hundreds of tons of dirt from the south side as they cut the mountains back.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Old Post Office

This old (1870's) restored Berryvale Post Office sits along S. Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. I would suppose that the stage coaches ran up and down "old stage" road in the 1870's and probably delivered mail to and from this old post office.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bus Caravan

I saw a caravan of about 7-8 brand new school buses headed north on I-5. Wouldn't be that strange except they were empty of passengers and were from New Mexico. ??

Mom and two fawns

Saw a doe and her twin fawns as the scampered across the road and hid in the bushes in Yreka yesterday.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Everyone likes a lawn statue of a deer

Everyone likes a lawn statue of a deer, but in Yreka they are usually real.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Birds-Eye View

Got up a little higher tonight and got a nice shot across the lake of the construction on both sides of the lake at the Antler's Bridge Project.
(as always, click the picture for a larger image)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bigger Boat

I passed a "bigger boat" than normal on I-5 near Grenada the other day. They haul some pretty large boats up and down I-5.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Good Ol' Cal Trans

What do you mean I should be in the middle of the road where the cones are?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Melting Snow

I had a delivery up near Macdoel yesterday and saw the north side of Mount Shasta again. The snow is still there but melting away as the summer wanes.