Today was another nice, partly cloudy day, but with a bit more sun than yesterday. This really is my favorite kind of weather, although it has arrived a bit early this year. We are fortunate that more rain is expected, and the next storm will probably bring snow to the areas above 5000 feet. Rather high for the snow line, but every bit helps. The local lakes being low, the town has begun adding more chlorine to the water, and it stinks. A few abundant storms would obviate the need for that precaution. Even though we buy bottles of drinking water, I'd rather the tap water didn't have so much chlorine in it. I can actually smell it on myself for half an hour after taking a shower. Want more rain!
I'm posting another picture, and not putting it behind a cut this time. (It's only 600 pixels wide-- I hope that isn't a problem for anyone with a small monitor.) I want to try out the code posted by edbook which reserves a space of the proper size on the page, even before the picture has begun to load. This is another of the pictures I took down in the south end of town a few weeks ago.
I remember seeing windmills such as this actually functioning to drive water pumps on the vanished farms of Southern California. The apparatus at the top of this one is probably real, but the derrick it sits on is much too short, and I didn't notice any pipes in it. This seems to be another example of what I've long thought of as detritus chic-- although it's only chic to people who wouldn't be caught dead using French words to describe their landscape decorations. Entirely decorative windmills are less common than the classic expression of the genre, the wagon wheel stuck in a fence, but I have seen them before, too. And this particular instance of the form did look rather picturesque, silhouetted against the bright afternoon sky. The owners of the property would probably enjoy this picture for its nostalgic sentiment, but I myself can't look at it without feeling a bit silly for having taken it. Now I can feel even sillier for having posted it in public.
I hope everybody had a nice VD.