Well I missed my driver terribly, - no taking pictures out of the side window while he zipped along, - nobody to point out terrific possibilities or special captures, but I had a feeling he might be along and enjoying the drive.
Because I had to stop to take pictures I had to watch for safe places and unfortunately missed some lovely shots as I haven't yet (or likely ever will) mastered the art of snapping photos while I drive....
It was sunny, and the valley was shimmering!
Not just the orchards, but the trees in the river bottom
glowed in the sunlight
Off in the distance the Chapaka hills were that misty blue
fading a little with each passing mile
At the upper end of Ginty's pond the brilliant blue water was edged with grasses,
naples yellow, creams and oranges and cool greens
A few ducks
but the majority of them were in the lower pond, plying their way through the silvery scum
that covers the water
I didn't venture along the river bank, as Charles would have done,
but I found some lovely golden coins clinging to the trees
along the roadway
Closer to home the rich gold of the tree along the front fence
The last of the roses
and a lovely potpourri of colour in the back garden.
A perfect way to spend the afternoon
and treasure memories.......