Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More from Big Bear...

It was a pretty day for walking while my son went snow boarding...the sky was so blue and it was in the high 50's...good for a nice brisk walk!
I found some nice quiet streets near the lodge to start...they weren't too wet...it was quiet and peaceful...

I am amazed at how many types of pines there are in the area...I don't know if you can tell, but there are three different types in this shot. The first one looked very blue, but that didn't show up so well in my photo...the middle was short needles and the last one had really long needles and not as compact. I don't know the names of all the pines, but they are so pretty against the white snow and blue sky. Oh...and the smell...I wish I could send you that...it was wonderful! That's one thing I love about our mountains...they smell heavenly!




I thought this was funny! A lot of places have carved bears in their yards for obvious reasons...but someone was using this to hold their snow board and it struck me as funny. This was in front of one of the condos near the lodge.




As I was walking, I could see how much snow had melted...like I said before...it's been very warm here. It is supposed to start getting colder...I hope so...I hate to see all the snow melt away.


I came across this abandoned cabin...it was right next to a beautiful new one...I wonder if this is their guest house...for unwanted guests...




And the transportation for the guests...









The pines trees are so tall...I stood under them amazed at the beauty of it all...





Our mountains are quite rugged...here you can see the giant rocks...they are pretty to me too!








On the way home, we stopped at a new park on the lake...it was such a pretty view. We saw a fisherman on the new dock, but he said he wasn't having much luck...a couple trout...one more and he had enough for dinner! This is one of the small islands on Big Bear Lake...and I was happy to see the lake so full of water this early in the season...









There were a ton of ducks on the lake..some of the lake was icy and they were actually walking on it. this guy kept going under for his supper...I think he is a Lesser Scaup, but I am not 100% sure...










There were quite a few of these guys and gals...and they stayed paired up. The female stayed right with her mate. They are Mallards...very common...












As we walked over to get a different view...a bunch of pairs of Mallards came up to see us...I think they were expecting a hand-out...sorry guys...we didn't bring you anything...if I had only known you were here...I would have brought a treat...next time! Instead, they got busy picking at some remaining treat from an earlier visitor.
All in all...a wonderful day spent in the mountains...
I hope you are having a great day wherever you are!!











6 comments:

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

Wonderful post...just wonderful - Big Bear is SPECTACULAR isn't it? We too are always amazed at the diversity in tree species in one area. AS wildlife field biologists, we travel from job to job and as soon as we think we have the Taxonomy down for one area...bam..we're off to a new one with completely different flora. Keeps us on our toes for sure :)

Happy Holidays!
-Carrie and Ben
www.benandcarrietracks.blogspot.com

deb said...

your pictures are amazing...just beautiful. I wonder if I can get that cabin cheap?

Kris said...

Beautiful pictures. One of my very favorite places, and very familiar sights to me!!
: )

Mary said...

It looks like a marvelous place to spend a few days. I hope the warmer weather didn't spoil your plans. Have a wonderful day today. Blessings...Mary

Donnie said...

I love your photos. Such a beautiful place but really looks cold. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Abramyan Avenue said...

This honestly looks like paradise to me! I absolutely fell in love!! We have been in the 70's much of this "winter" (Texas). We do have a few tents around town with Oregon pines for sell. We often go just to look around, it's usually so cold inside ..and yes, that smell!
Un-believe-able!
Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures!
-April