Sundial bridge a wide walking bridge with glass and white suspension which is a sun dial also.

Sacramento River and Sundial Bridge in Redding, California

Sundial bridge a wide walking bridge with glass and white suspension which is a sun dial also.
Sundial Bridge at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

The Sundial Bridge is a walking bridge over the Sacramento river in Redding, California, next to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It is something to see if you are visiting Redding, CA.

 

Looking up at the tip of the sun dial part of the bridge, an all white pointed dial.
Sundial.
Large white tower part of the sun dial and also the metal suspensions.
Sundial part of the sundial bridge in Redding, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bridge is an actual sundial and you can tell the time of day with it.  It’s big as you can imagine, the part of the structure that jets out in the sky is the dial part.  Right next to the sundial is a garden a a walkway, bike way also, along the river.

 

 

The bridge is designed by architect, Santiago Calatrava. 

http://www.turtlebay.org/sundialbridge

The design for the Sundial Bridge was conceived by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the world’s premier bridge designer. Calatrava has built bridges, airports, rail terminals, stadiums, and other structures around the world. Though he recently completeda major expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and has been selected to design the new Oakland Cathedral, this is his first freestanding bridge in the United States.

 

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Several jars in different sizes, small and tall of very dark homemade blackberry jam.

Blackberry Jam, Trinity County, California

Blackberries in a metal ladle in a big steel pot cooking down for blackberry jam.
Blackberries cooking on the stove.

My mother and I always picked lots of blackberries.  It was something that we both enjoyed doing.  My mom made the best blackberry jam.  Over the years she would change the recipe a bit, sometimes only using honey, and sometimes using sugar.  When I was little she used pectin also, but not with the honey.  Usually she would leave out the pectin, and just use sugar instead.  I often would help her, but I never made it on my own.

 

 

 

Big steel pot with blackberries boiling lightly, cooking down for blackberry jam.
Blackberry jam in the making.

 

 

I looked up a few recipes, it seemed that many require the same amount of sugar and berries, 4 cups for instance of blackberries, and 4 cups of sugar. For this batch of blackberry jam, organic sugar was used and no pectic.  In order to make the jam thick it was boiled it a little longer than usual.  There were lots of blackberries so much jam was made!.

 

 

 

Picture of a food mill over the steel pot and blackberries inside, turning the mill removes the seedes.
Seedless blackberry jam.

 

 

In addition, I made seedless blackberry jam also using a food mill, which turns and smashes the berries and the seeds are separated.

 

 

 

 

 

Small round jar of homemade blackberry jam, very dark black berry jam.
Blackberry jam.

 

 

After that I cook the blackberries down a little more to make sure they are thickening, and then pour into sanitized jars.  I sanitize the lids, bands, and the jars, and use directly after sanitizing.  Which I did with the dishwasher, it has a “sanitize” setting.

 

 

 

 

Several jars in different sizes, small and tall of very dark homemade blackberry jam.
Homemade blackberry jam.

 

Large blue heron in the Trinity river, hunting, and you can see the reflection of the blue heron in the water.

Blue Heron in Trinity River, California.

Blue Heron on the Trinity river, in Trinity county, California.
Blue Heron feeding on the Trinity river, California.

This is a blue heron on the Trinity river.  They are large and beautiful birds, very majestic.  When they fly it is spectacular.  Herons and cranes are often feeding here, also ducks, and geese.   But the blue heron is one of our favorites.  It was a favorite especially of my mother.  Since she passed, I have seen the blue heron often.  The bird always amazes me.

 

 

Click below to and you can hear the call of the great blue heron.  I hear them sometimes and at night too. They have a croaking call, it can be quite loud too.

Beautiful blue heron on the Trinity river, California.
Blue heron on the Trinity river, in Trinity county.

 

Blue herons are large wading birds.  The ones around here startle very easily and they won’t let you get very close.

 

 

 

Blue heron resting in the sun, on a winters day in Douglas City, California.
Blue Heron on the Trinity river, Douglas City, CA.
Beautiful bright pink hibiscus with a large stigma with yellow and red.

Pink Hibiscus in Shasta County, California

Beautiful bright pink hibiscus with a large stigma with yellow and red.
Beautiful pink hibiscus, Redding, California

Hibiscus flowers are known as being as the national flower for many countries.  It is the state flower for Hawaii.

There are many types of Hibiscus flowers, white, pink, purple, and wild hibiscus flowers too.   Hibiscus also is known as rose mallow.  It grows very well in Redding, California, as it’s moderately sunny and warm throughout the year.  Especially during this drought.

 

Bright pink hibiscus flower with a big blue pot in background.
Bright pink hibiscus.

 

You might have heard of hibiscus tea.  A tart refreshing tea that is enjoyed by many throughout different nations.  It’s a tea, also can be edible, and used in medicinal uses.  Such a wonderful flower, and has a variety of uses.  Not to mention how beautiful the hibiscus flower is.

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