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.