Beautiful blue skies and clouds and the early morning light, with snow on the treetops in Trinity county.

Snowy Weather in Northern California

Blue skies and fog and the Trinity river an early morning after fresh snow.
December snow on the Trinity river in CA.

Finally, we have been getting some snow in northern California! We are still experiencing a drought, but the snow pack is much more promising, so far, this year.  I took these before Christmas and after, and it was a white wonderland in Trinity county.  Luckily, for those without all wheel drive and 4 wheel drive, it melted fast.  Snow isn’t fun when you are stuck in it or at home without food or supplies.  Or if you have to be somewhere and can’t get there, or can’t get home.

 

 

 

Beautiful snow capped trees, and the reflection of them in the Trinity river, on a cold December day.
Beautiful snowy day on the Trinity river in California

I remember as a child when it snowed, often my dad had to go to work.  He used to plow the mountain roads at night.  But for the most part, during the snow days, we would just enjoy the snow.  Many times it snowed so much that it just wasn’t safe to drive anywhere. These days though everyone one has all wheel drive, and four wheel drive.  But sometimes even that isn’t enough.  I’ve been in an accident with all wheel drive it is no guarantee.

The best thing to do is have enough food, heat, and supplies on hand, and just be aware if a snowstorm is coming.  Check the weather too!

Checking the weather and road conditions is a good idea in the winter in northern California. Caltrans Road Conditions 

Early morning snow and blue skies, and fog, on the Trinity river,CA.
Wonderful winter in northern California.

Roads can be closed due to; landslides, snowstorms, and flooding. You never know what you will get in the wintertime. California isn’t just Hollywood, Disneyland, and the beach. The beach is all over the state, but it’s not the same beach in northern California as southern. The water is more frigid in the north.  And the waves can be treacherous.

The road to Eureka via Weaverville highway 299 West and East right now is only open in the daytime due to a landslide.  It’s been going on for a week now.  The road was lost to the landslide and there is one lane road open in the day allowing people to pass by, and the wait could be up to an hour.

 

 

beautiful great white heron, on the trinity river in the winter time.

Great White Heron, Trinity River, CA

Great white heron with reflection of itself in the Trinity river, CA. It has a large yellow beak with black.
Great white heron or egret.

 

Beautiful great white heron feeding on the Trinity river, in the wintertime.   These are such beautiful majestic creatures.  Usually we would see, the great blue heron.  Not so often have we seen the great white heron.

 

 

Great white heron with large long black legs, and a yellow beak with black, feeding along the Trinity river, CA.
Great White Heron in northern California.

 

Other names for the great white heron are, great egret, common egret, and large egret.  The heron or egret is definitely large.  They come here to the Trinity river, in the winter to feed.  Along with, the geese, ducks, and great blue herons.

 

 

Great White Heron, feeding along the Trinity river, in the winter time.
Great egret along the Trinity river, in Trinity county.

 

You will see these large birds often off the Interstate 5 that runs through California, they are in the rice fields, and other large bodies of water, that are marsh like.  There are tons of birds in this area of CA, lots of water, food, and lots of birds.  But often you will see many great white egrets standing in the marshes feeding as you drive by.

 

 

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Batman, the New Kitten.

Batman deux, name of my new maine coon, lookng like tabby.
Batman is so cute!

I went to the local animal shelter, which is a no kill shelter.  I went to find an older cat, but saw this one and only kitten.  It looked very similar to another cat I had long ago, Batman.  But this cat looked exactly like Batman.  He was tiny but his ears were big and paws.

Well I could not resist and I got the kitten and named him Batman Deux.  He has been a joy.  He loves to play, and loves to hunt too.