Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Splash!! ~ A Lucky Shot….

Point Lobos, California

Boy, did I luck out capturing this shot! I just happened to take this photo just as the water surged in under that arch and hit the rock. Yep, it was a lucky shot.

This is one of the photos I took when my husband and I visited Point Lobos in October of 2013.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Turning Grapes Into Raisins: A Labor of Love at the LDS Vineyard in Madera, California

On a bright, sunny Saturday morning at the end of August in 2013, my husband and I, along with hundreds of other volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on an 80-acre grape vineyard in Madera, California.

The purpose? To pick the sweet, plump, juicy Thompson Seedless grapes and lay them out on large paper trays. Why did we place these grapes onto paper trays? So that they would dry in the sun and turn into raisins.

The grapes were left to dry in the sun for about two weeks. Then, volunteers returned to the vineyard to roll the grapes, or should I say raisins, inside the paper trays. The raisins were processed and made available to people around the world as part of the LDS Church's welfare and worldwide humanitarian aid programs. If you'd like to learn about the LDS Humanitarian Aid program, please click

This vineyard is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the Church in eight stakes volunteer to work in the vineyard throughout the year. For my non-LDS readers, you may be wondering what a "stake" is. A stake is a geographical unit that is made up of a group of wards. And a ward is a local congregation that is organized geographically. Members of the Church attend a ward near their home. Each ward is assigned a certain number of rows in this vineyard.

I took these photos after my husband and I had finished working in the vineyard.

Newly picked grapes. Isn't that a beautiful sight?

Newly Picked Grapes

A row of grapes in the vineyard. See how they are changing color? These were picked several days before we arrived. They were already on their way to becoming raisins.

Grapes Drying in the Sun

Grapes beginning to dry in the sun.

Grapes Drying in the Sun

Grape vines.

Grape Vines

Grape picking tools – grape pan, grape knives, garden pruner, and water. My husband uses a grape knife. I prefer my garden pruner.

Grape Picking Tools

To learn more about the LDS Vineyard in Madera, please click the following link. There's a great video that accompanies this brief article. The video shows volunteers working in the vineyard.

Raisins: Part of the Lord’s Work

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


It was so interesting to see these trees precariously perched on the sides of cliffs when we visited Bryce Canyon National Park last summer.

Tree at Bryce Canyon National Park

Tree at Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

I am left to wonder how these trees ended up on the edges of cliffs. Could erosion have played a part? What do you think?

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Red Snapdragons

Red Snapdragons

Snapdragons are such beautiful flowers. As I said in a previous post, I love them. I've already planted a few of these pretty flowers in our yard again this year. They are a cool-weather flower, so I have to remove them from our yard once the weather starts heating up later in the spring. We have hot summers where we live, so they wouldn't survive the heat here. But, I can enjoy them during our cool and mild winters.

I took this photo of these lovely red snapdragons in our yard several years ago.

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