Over Thanksgiving weekend, I came across this banana slug in Freestone. While it’s not as yellow as some pictures I find of banana slugs, there seems to be a range of colors from yellow and green to brown. The banana slug grows to a length of 9 inches and it’s native to the Pacific coast. It’s a fascinating creature but not one that I would want to reach out and touch. I think I’ll keep my distance.
We were walking off Thanksgiving in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. I had a chance to admire this big oak tree and its shape in the light late in the day.
We were in Mendocino County last Sunday and stopped by a roadside farmstand. I saw these boxes of multi-colored squash and gourds and thought they would make a good photograph. It certainly seems fitting for the week of Thanksgiving.
I am visiting family in Louisville this weekend. I enjoyed the sight of the Ohio River and I was reminded of T. S. Eliot’s line that “the river is a strong brown god”, one whose power is “almost forgotten” by those like me who are “waiting, watching and waiting.”
From T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets
I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river
Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable,
Patient to some degree, at first recognised as a frontier;
Useful, untrustworthy, as a conveyor of commerce;
Then only a problem confronting the builder of bridges.
The problem once solved, the brown god is almost forgotten
By the dwellers in cities—ever, however, implacable.
Keeping his seasons and rages, destroyer, reminder
Of what men choose to forget. Unhonoured, unpropitiated
By worshippers of the machine, but waiting, watching and waiting.
His rhythm was present in the nursery bedroom,
In the rank ailanthus of the April dooryard,
In the smell of grapes on the autumn table,
And the evening circle in the winter gaslight.
I took these pictures on Sunday after the last of the three storms had come through. Kayakers were out exploring the flooded laguna.
We took our first trip in our Airstream a few weeks ago, about three hours north into Humboldt County in California. We stayed at the Benbow RV Resort near Garberville and then took a day-trip through the Avenue of the Giants. These forests have the largest collection of the largest trees (over 300 feet) in the world.
We have a 2005 Safari 25 foot Airstream trailer.
Check out this album of the road trip on Google Plus.