Where Fairies Dwell

Clearly there is a bit of magic happening along the American River parkway in Sacramento, as my dad and I observed during a recent morning walk.

The trails have everything necessary for fairies, elves, and leprechauns to set up housekeeping:

Cool, clear water from the river,IMG_9890branches of a tree that have grown together, creating whimsy,IMG_9899magnificent oaks to live in,IMG_9896IMG_9894heart shaped grape vine leaves, plenty of grapes, and wild blackberries,IMG_9889a heart shaped rock,IMG_9888and pretty wildflowers. IMG_9887Who could resist making their home right here surrounded by all of nature’s treasures?IMG_9875Open the door…
IMG_9876Wow! Special feathers, pebbles, and clear lids to use as stools.

A pretty painted rock,IMG_9883A peacock feather, sparkling jewels, stones for a path to the door, flower petals and a tiny little doorbell!IMG_9880Here’s a closer look. Open the door! Look how sweet!IMG_9881Here’s another little home.
IMG_9874And another!IMG_9884Someone’s having so much fun! I’d love to come across them as I’m out walking.

I’m going to be on the lookout for more fairy homes on my walks. Hope you’re lucky enough to find them too! And wouldn’t it be fun to make your own? Who knew that last week was International Build a Fairy House & Den Week? Earlier today I came across a free booklet, Build a Fairy House and Den to download. The author includes lots of great ideas. Have a look!

“Hand in hand, with fairy grace, we will sing and bless this place. ~William Shakespeare

Breathtaking Burney Falls

“Come away oh human child! To the waters and the wild.”

~Yeats

A few weeks ago my husband and I had the pleasure of  spending the day with my in laws and taking the short one hour drive from Redding, where they live, to Burney Falls.  Located in beautiful McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, the park offers ample camp sites and plenty of trails to hike, but the 129 foot waterfall is the crowned jewel. I’m just going to let the photos do the talking! Just take a look at this stunning display of nature’s splendor.
IMG_9867IMG_9346IMG_9865IMG_9866IMG_9362It’s easy to see why President Roosevelt called this the 8th wonder of the world! Mother Nature at her finest.

High Sierra Iris Garden

IMG_9089Two weeks ago while out doing errands, I pulled into the High Sierra Iris Garden driveway on a whim. My husband and I had been there for a wedding a few years ago but I had not had the opportunity to return since then. Upon parking, I met a lovely woman named Nancy who was out working in the gardens and we got to chatting. She and her family own this little piece of heaven and she lovingly does all of the upkeep. She let me know that the irises were just a couple weeks past their prime but invited me to wander around. Have a look at all of this beauty!IMG_9245IMG_9092IMG_9099IMG_9102From their website I learned that many years ago Nancy’s husband gave her a potted iris for Mother’s Day. Shortly after receiving that gift she began collecting them and then began creating the gorgeous iris gardens. What a remarkable vision she had!