Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Snow, Southern California

We'll likely see a "White Christmas" in Southern California this year.

Winter Storm

The snow level was down to 2000 feet during this week's storms. Snow blanketed the local foothills beneath Saddleback Mountain, not far from my home. Pictured above are the San Gabriel Mountains, seen from Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve.

I often go down to the beach on Christmas, so this is a beautiful change. Here's wishing readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Photo Credit, "
Storm Leaves a Blanket of Snow Across Southland," Los Angeles Times.

21 comments:

Philippe Ohlund said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Donald!

I also love to walk at waterfronts! :-)

The picture in your blog is truly very beautiful.

I have been preparing for a while to move back to Sweden, but I guess destiny wants something else.

I got the news - actually today - that I've been picked for a new position with another company in Brussels.

I will prepare for this transition, as I also will move to Brussels, when my house in Mons is sold.

I will experience great improvements in 2009; a new and better job, a more central habitation, and more harmony in my private life.

What else can I hope for?

I hope you also will have a fantastic 2009, and I wish you all the best for Christmas and for 2009, Donald. :-)

Best Wishes, God Bless, And Take Care!

Donald Douglas said...

That's not far from my home, Philippe. It's very beautiful in Southern California, but we don't often get this white weather.

Righty64 said...

That is an amazing photo! Living in Pasadena, that is right up close, but Bolsa Chica is over 30 miles away from the mountains. See, America, we DO have seasons in So. Cal! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanakah, Happy New Year to you and yours!

Norm said...

Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah and a healthy new year!

We just got about 4 inches of snow here in the NYC area and my shovel is waiting for me. For many years our Christmas morning tradition was to be
among the first skaters at the Rockefeller Center ice rink. Beautiful, but rather it was the beach !

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Righty! You must have some good views of the mountains as well.

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Norm: I love the snow, and we do get it down here, but one has to go up in elevation, to the local mountains, to see it first hand. My mom lives in the high desert, and she was snowed in, so that's unusual.

Have a Happy Chanukah and great New Year.

Philippe Ohlund said...

It is truly a very beautiful landscape, Donald!

The picture is great also. Did you take it yourself?

I have never been to California.

The closest I've come is Las Vegas...

But I agree that California seems to be very beautiful.

I've heard a judge punishes noisy people by making them listen to Barry Manilow songs.

Barry Manilow actually made a song I like with motives taken in California. California as motive.

Donald Douglas said...

No Philippe, that's from the L.A. Times. Click on the link at the bottom of the post for more pictures.

Philippe Ohlund said...

You have a great album there, Donald! :-)

The U.S. is indeed very beautiful.

Sweden has also very nice landscapes.

I like the surroundings of Stockholm and the Baltic sea, but the far north is also very beautiful.

Here in Belgium and central Europe, there are so much people and so many cars.

Otherwise, I really love the Mediterranean sea...

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Jan said...

Donald, that's beautiful scenery.

We have snow here,too, and will get more by the time Christmas is here, I'm sure.

I used to love going to the Laguna Mountains for the snow, which was always fun.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, filled with Peace and happiness.

Donald Douglas said...

Hi Grace: Aren't you in California?

Donald Douglas said...

Thank you, Jan. I cleaned house today to get ready. I have to finish shopping, and we'll buy food for our holiday meal. We'll be staying home, and then traveling to see family in January.

Peace to you and yours.

Natalie said...

What a beautiful picture!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Donald! I hope it's a very blessed time for all of you! :)

brenda cox giguere said...

Thank you for sharing the snow scene, Donald. It's a real treat to see.

This evening at the San Diego Pops concert (an annual Christmas tradition in my household) they created the most amazing snowfall in Symphony Hall. It fell for several minutes, filling the air and settling on everyone there. It was amazing how realistic it was; it was a big hit with everyone.

Sometimes you have to create your own white Christmas!

Be well,
brenda

Tapline said...

DD, Well, we have enough snow for everyone here and its still snowing. Last week it was an ice storm, Now snow and Sunday another one.....We will never shovel out......stay well....

Philippe Ohlund said...

I wish you all of course, a Merry, Christmas and a Happy New Year! :-)

My blog is religiously motivated - I have read the Old Testament 40 times and the New Testament even more times.

When I saw a serpent crawl right out of my body, when I read the Old Testament, many years ago, I decided to keep more to the New Testament.

When I first met Elijah the Tishbite in Athens in 1990, he also tore my Bible asunder in two parts and tossed the parts away in the garbage.

He doesn't like the New King James Version... :-)

One of my former girlfriends in Sweden, who is an expert of Sanskrit; I met her when I stopped her from committing suicide; said she saw I have a big grey serpent, beside me, keeping watch over me, when I sleep, which looks very kind - and eventually can turn white!?

She was too sensible. In the end she got too scared to live with me.

Maybe you understand this, but I lack formal theological education, and I only seldom go to Church.

All I know is that wisdom contains the 7 lower sephiroths in Christ according to Proverbs 9:1.

I have not been celebrating Christmas or the New Year in the Church for more than 20 years.

When I was a kid, 6 - 7 years old, I sometimes played with a Russian kind of doll.

Actually it is a bigger one, and in that there is a smaller one, and so on.

What I did was that I used to place towels in different rooms and then in one towel I placed the smallest doll.

And then by thinking and speaking to it, and waving with a staff, I could make it move to inside a towel in one of the other rooms.

I loved to make things change places.

I also liked to make the wind blow, where there was no wind.

I wanted to know more - and I only find knowledge and wisdom in religion by dreams and prayers.

Well, on my mother's side there were powerful medias in Egypt, who even could say where to find lost people who had drowned in the Nile...

And they have also found very strange inscriptions in the house where my grandfather was born, in a village on the island of Rhodes.

My mother always said Swedish people were barbarians, but I liked myself to associate to people, who are far from God and the spiritual realm, soulless people who are unable to dream, because they will never comprehend, or bother me with any questions.

Apparently, it doesn't work out well either...

You mention Chanukah?, Donald.

What is Chanukah, and why do you celebrate that?

In wikipedia they call it Hanukkah, and apparently it is mentioned in at least the two first of the five books of the Maccabees.

They say it is a Festval of Lights.

Do you always celebrate this at Christmas time?

Myself I love candles.

Is it like the white-blue astral light, the one they find at easter at the Church of the holy sepulchre in Israel?

Or is it maybe more like the greenish light, they say accompanies the Hebrew and Latin alphabets of creativity across the Universe?

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Natalie!

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Donald Douglas said...

That sounds marvelous, Brenda.

Merry Christmas.

Donald Douglas said...

Stay well, too, Tapper. Happy Holidays.

Trish said...

Merry Christmas Donald! I hope your days will be merry and birght, enjoy the itme with your family!
And that is an awesome picture!