Stripey Cat

Stripey the cat sits near a wood fence on a late fall day.

Stripey the cat is my parents’ cat, and the only one they have left since Bobby and Annie have passed away. She adopted them back in the fall of 2010 when some weekenders left her behind. She was the sweetest little kitten.

Stripey kitten back in October of 2010.


Stripey cat is sniffing the fresh autumn air.
Oak leaves surround Stripey cat where she sits.
The stripes on this large kitty are my favorite part of her.

The View Of Mount Baldy Through Tree Branches

The view of Mount Baldy through the pine trees in the San Bernardino Mountains
The view of Mount Baldy through the tree branches San Bernardino Mountains.


Mount Baldy is lightly glazed with snow. The mountain range is visible through the oak tree branches up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A blurry oak tree branch in the foreground, with snow on top of Mount Baldy in the distance.

This video is a walk up in the San Bernardino Mountains, where I photographed the view of Mount Baldy.



Manzanita Berries

Manzanita means little rose in Spanish. These berries have small hairs and a fussy texture.

Years ago when I was a child I tried a few manzanita berries, but I have never consumed any since. These berries were used in dishes by the Serrano tribe that visited the San Bernardino Mountains and were also used as an additive for food preservation. I am curious to pick some berries and make a preserve as I have heard this is quite good. I imagine the manzanita berries might taste similar to the chokecherries as I have heard these are bittersweet.

A cluster of manzanita berries on a bush.
A pair of manzanita berries on the bush.


The manzanita berries were an important food source for the California indigenous people. I want to try my hand at making something with these berries next spring.

Opossum On A Wall

I am not sure why I am petrified of opossums, but I have to admit zooming in on this one freaked me out a little. From what I have read they are mostly docile and rarely carry rabies, and after a few minutes of photographing the opossum, I became a bit more mesmerized by him. Am I finally overcoming my didelphiphobia? No, I am still not a major fan of this marsupial, but apparently, they are helpful for killing slugs and other bugs in your garden. So their nocturnal antics might have a silver lining.

Sometimes cats sit on the brick wall, but Thursday night I an opossum was looking down at me.
Sometimes cats sit on the brick wall, but Thursday night I an opossum was looking down at me.

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The opossum’s eyes glow in the dark like a dog and cat. Also, I noticed there was some moisture dripping of the nose of the opossum, but that is natural.

The reason the eyes of some animals like dogs, cats and opossums have eyes that glow in the dark is because of tapetum lucidum, which is a reflective feature that helps certain species see better at night. Sorry, humans do not have this capability unless they are zombies.