I've Been Chasing Clouds Again
Whenever it is even thinking about raining here, the clouds put on a wonderful sky show. This show lasted from about Thursday night until yesterday, but we got very little rain – just enough to make me worry that my camera might get wet.
I've had to go home to process orders almost every day, and I took advantage of those trips to Templeton to chase clouds at most of my favorite wineries with great views of the sky. In the past few days I've been to Doce Robles, Peachy Canyon, Castoro, Venteux, and Tooth and Wine, which took over our local castle. The picture I've shared here came from next door to the castle.
I walked all over the castle grounds, climbed the spiral staircase to take photos from the second story verandas, and then circled the castle. Next door to the castle on the right is a small farm that often has cattle in residence. In summer I often see them resting under the large tree you see in the photo.
I went to Venteux Vineyards on the way home from my doctor appointment yesterday and discovered they also have a windmill hidden in back. Next to it was a small basketball court on which a youth team was practicing with a coach whle I was there. One of the staff gave me permission to walk up the hill where the water tanks were to get a view of the countryside, and I'd never been there before. It was invigorating and made me feel completely alive to look down at those views in one direction while looking up at the green hills in another.
I hope to be able to share some of the hundreds of photos I took soon. But my blog always gets first priority now. By the time I finish it, I'm witten out. It's harder to work writing on these sites when I have to go to the other house to process orders. I'll also be starting physical therapy for my knee by next week and that will also take up time. I'm back on my going to meetings schedule my surgery gave me a break from, and I've had two meetings in the last week and will have another tomorrow night. So you now know why I haven't been here much this weekend.
What interesting things have you been doing?
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bestwriter wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:20 AM
We all have a life to lead. I have a goal here which I want to reach and then may be I will slow down here a bit.
Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:21 AM
I´m so disappointed you didn´t include more photo´s so will look for them in future posts. It sounds like you knee is getting more than enough physical therapy as it is LOL
Elren wrote on March 4, 2015, 5:42 AM
As for me, I've been chasing the moon and not the clouds. It's too hot here during the day so I can't chase clouds. I can chase the moon though during the night. xD
maxeen wrote on March 4, 2015, 6:51 AM
It's a sort of freedom of the mind,even if we are busy,the taking of photographs !
Ellis wrote on March 4, 2015, 8:58 AM
Always carry a polythene bag for the camera to keep taking pics in the rain..
LilyDay wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:52 AM
Now that the temperatures are moderating a bit, I think that I will be going out and doing some walking and taking photos. I think that I am also going to be trying to spend a lot less time on the computer.
Gina145 wrote on March 4, 2015, 12:38 PM
I've been lazy about both writing and photography lately. I just can't find the motivation I require.
FreyaYuki wrote on March 4, 2015, 1:27 PM
The pic looks nice. Looking forward to seeing more of the photos that you took. Good luck with your blog. Am also working on mine.
CalmGemini wrote on March 4, 2015, 1:40 PM
No need for me to say how beautiful the picture is.Looking forward to seeing some more photos from the hundreds of photos you took.Were you able you take a photo of the Windmill?
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:54 PM
Exactly. Sometimes we have to live more of real life to keep writing over the long haul. And then there's that need to earn a bit more, too.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:56 PM
For some reason, walking doesn't hurt. Getting in and out of bed and dressing does. Does this mean I should no longer bother going to bed? Or dressing, LOL? The photos will come. It's just a busy week. If you like the photos, you should follow my blog.1
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:59 PM
I actually got some moon shots last night, and they turned out better than I expected without a tripod.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
That's true, and the walking part is doctor prescribed.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:01 PM
How do you shoot with the bag on? I was protecting the camera up to the stage when I had to make the shot.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:02 PM
If God had intended us to live behind a computer monitor, he would not have created such a beautiful world for us to walk in.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:03 PM
Health is my motivation. I find when I actually get outside and start feeling the air around me and hearing the birds sing, I'm glad I'm out there. Getting myself out the door and on my way is the hardest part.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:05 PM
That blog requires a daily commitment, and I've never given that kind of commitment to a blog before. I don't have to write much, but I must post a photo and say something about it. I usually post more than one and say lots about them. But I also need to post to my other blogs.
BarbRad wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:07 PM
Yes, I took several photos of the windmill, but it's not as picturesque as the other one.1
MegL wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:39 PM
Lovely greenery, even though you have a drought.
Ellis wrote on March 4, 2015, 4:46 PM
Make a hole in it for the lens to to point out keeping the camera covered,,,
Carmelanirel wrote on March 4, 2015, 6:15 PM
Well BarbRad I am on spring break this week and so far I finished the math assignment that is due Monday (it wasn't a lot) I helped my daughter a couple times at her shop, I started editing a chapter in my one novel I am hoping to publish soon, and I am preparing for when I do go back to school, for my first of eight field trips I am taking in Geology. That is why I have been here more often. I also hope to take many pictures of the various places we are going, not only to share here, but for future use in my writing.
crowntower wrote on March 5, 2015, 3:38 AM
That is so cool. I am looking forward for a success surgery. God bless. I wonder where do you live, it looks like a farm, or do you live in a castle?... but I guess not because I remember a piece of your house where your cat is there... Lol! God bless... Your photo is always Superb!
FreyaYuki wrote on March 5, 2015, 12:30 PM
I know what you mean about commitment. I have several blogs too and it's not always easy to post at least 1 article a day on those blogs. Sometimes, there just isn't enough time to do all the things that you want to. I try to keep some of my posts short too so I can write on the other blogs and sites too.
BarbRad wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:19 PM
It's only green because we got some rain. That's why I'm getting the photos now before it's all brown again.
BarbRad wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:21 PM
Good luck with accomplishing all that. Miss you on tsu. I hope you will share some of your photos there. Keep a photo journal there of those geology field trips. I'd be interested. Or write them here and post the links there to publicize them.1
BarbRad wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:25 PM
I actually live between two houses now -- on on 14 acres in a very small converted barn, and another within the city limit in a residential tract in Paso Robles. The two house are seven miles apart. The cats are my neighbor's. The vineyards and rural scenery comes in on my way back and forth between the two houses. I stop and take my photo walks wherever I go that's pretty, if I have time.
luisga814 wrote on March 6, 2015, 12:43 AM
Actually one of the reasons why i am excited to view your articles is because of your photos. You are a professional photographer too.
BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 1:29 AM
I'm sure most of us here have to deal with "life" as it demands our attention away from blogging!
Carmelanirel wrote on March 6, 2015, 8:41 AM
I would probably save a few here, and yeah that is a great idea, to post them on tsu. I actually had less time than I originally thought and will post about it this morning...
OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:05 PM
It's really rude of real life to intrude on writing time! I've been so busy with offline chores and online things that pay more, I haven't had time to write like I want to, either. Real life isn't all it's cracked up to be.
BarbRad wrote on March 8, 2015, 4:00 AM
I'm not a pro. It's just a hobby. The pros have better cameras and know how to use them. They also know how to use complicated editing equipment. But I enjoy nature photography and it motivates me to get out and walk. Thank you for the compliment.
BarbRad wrote on March 8, 2015, 4:03 AM
Yup. I've done two blog articles today and about four tsu photo posts. I also tried unsuccessfully to edit a short video and failed. Im upset that the software I used to use has been updated and now I can't figure out how to get my videos into the one I know best. It will show in the program and I can't start a project with it.
BarbRad wrote on March 8, 2015, 4:04 AM
You've got that right.