The News in my Area - Laydee and Eagle UPDATE




After I did my morning grocery haul - I came home, put everything away we decided to go out to the Dam to take a good look. Beautiful day. 

This is the first view of the Shasta Dam as we round the bend of the mountain. 

Many are stopped there to take photos and just look. 








The surrounding mountains are so pretty this time of the year. I remember when this was all burned out - the year we moved here in 2008 - we had many fires. So it is coming back. 






Such rugged beauty. 








Before going to the top of the Dam was this sign - from the Pioneer Mothers and Fathers of California. 





The loud roar of the water was released into the Sacramento River. It always causes controversy when we have a wet rainy winter - we joyously watch the Lake fill up, then watch the Bureau of Reclamation open the flood gates to let all that precious water (gold) which eventually finds its way to the Pacific Ocean. It seems like such a waste. 

On the other hand, they can't just hoard the water in the Dam. It's already been allocated -  for flood control, hydroelectricity, agricultural use for our Central Valley farmers, and environmental uses. 

Those almond trees take a lot of water! 














Good old Mt Shasta is surely looking pretty this morning. 

That water is icy cold. 






This is one of my favorite views - looking down at the river, as it snakes its way through the mountain valley - 








Yesterday across from where we were today, there was a tragic accident. 

A rockslide and 2 local children. Needless to say, our community is sick about it. I tossed and turned last night thinking of the parents, knowing what that first night after your child dies, feels like. 

No names have been released but God knows. Keep these young families in your prayers. 




Source: Redding Searchlight



50 miles north of us, on Presidents Day (Monday) there was a mind-boggling 60-foot high, 3-mile long Avalanche on Mt Shasta. Miraculously there were no injuries. It started at the 12,000-foot level at what is called Avalanche Gulch and traveled down to 7,000 feet elevation. 

The above photo was the path of the avalanche. 






Laydee - 

The results of the biopsy were pretty much the same - 
It's a neoplasm tumor with no overt malignant features. Removal is the only way to test it and we're not going to do that, because of the risk. 

She's almost 11 years old and still spry - it's hard to believe she is that age because of her activity but we do see the subtle signs of age now and then. 









Eagle News

Liberty has laid her third egg. This is a video of Guardian incubating and he looks like such a good proud father. 



That's it folks - the happenings around my area - 

God Bless, 

 Debby







 

27 comments:

  1. I'm so glad the tumor is not cancer. Gosh, those poor families! I think my favorite is your shot of the beautiful winding river. And the mountains are so beautiful. Mt. Shasta is so different from the rest!

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    1. It's a volcano so that is why it doesn't look like the rest of the mountains.

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  2. Those are nice pictures! I wish they would a way to save the water instead of letting it go to the Pacific Ocean. We were very sad to see all the trees that had burned when we drove to Yosemite back in 2019. When I went to Lake Tahoe in 2022, there was a huge fire burning and smoke was everywhere. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. There are some who are wanting to raise the dam but it would endanger some ancient native American burial grounds. They are actually closing a huge dam, up north of us that will put more pressure on Shasta.

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  3. It is so hearbreaking about the two children that died. I didn't hear anything about it before your post.

    I have several pictures of the lake, dam and mountain from that same stopping point myself but none with the mountain in full winter snow since my visits were always in the summer. I never get tired of that view. We would head to the dam usually after dinner in hopes of watching the deer come off the mountain to the park at the dam.
    I am happy to hear the news about Ladyee and hopes that the eagles are blessed with eggs that hatch this year.

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    1. Oh we do that too, in the summer months. The deer come out at dusk and we can feed them.

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    2. We would take carrots for the deer after we saw others not getting in trouble for feeding them.

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  4. your favorite view is my favorite of your photos today. what an awesome view. It is sad to hear about the children lost. Florida lost a little girl to a cave in of sand that she and her brother dug a hole in the beach sand so deep it caved in and buried them, the boy lived the little girl did not. It makes me happy to see the new growth that was destoryed by fire.

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  5. I enjoyed reading your post today. What a beautiful area you live in. I hope Laydee continues to do well and lives a lot more years. What tragic news of the two boys. I can't even imagine. We're watching on YouTube 2 eagles in our area named Bette and Baker. They had 2 last year and the last time I checked they have 2 right now. Happy eagle watching!

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    1. I do too - she's a keeper and we want her around for as long as possible.
      It's fun to be a eagle watcher.

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  6. Beautiful photos of your day out! It really is sad that all that water has to go into the ocean when you so often deal with drought.
    The rock slide and avalanche are reminders of how dangerous nature can be. It's so sad.

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    1. Yes, nature is dangerous and you just never know.

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  7. Those pictures are gorgeous! That one of the winding river is frame worthy for sure! I would love to have a dam like that close to us to visit! I'm so sorry for the families of those two children killed. So sad. Glad Ladee is doing well.

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    1. They give free tours and we always take our guests there - lol. In fact we need to take in another tour - its been about 5 or more years.

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  8. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures. The video was great. I will keep the family of the two children in my prayers. So sad. Glad Laydee is doing well. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Aww thank you Judy for the prayers. I keep thinking about the parents and siblings. Such a tragedy!

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  9. Beautiful scenery!!!
    So sad about the families and the deaths of their children. Heartbreaking.
    Glad Laydee is going good.

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    1. Yeah Laydee is doing fine. The tumor just looks ugly and its under her chin area of her neck.

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  10. Those are beautiful photos. But even in beauty there can be danger. That broke my heart about the 2 children that died. Those poor parents and other family members. Prayers for them to heal. I pray they know Jesus as their personal Lord & Saviour. I think that's a good call on Laydee. No point in endangering her life at her age. And yay on the 3rd egg! That is good news.
    Blessings. xx

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    1. It's the part of pet ownership I hate - when they get old and sick. So far so good wth Laydee but we know the average lifespan of a black lab is about 12 years. She'll be 11 later in the year.

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  11. I am having trouble with my concerntration this morning so I read bits and pieces but mostly just enjoyed the ohotos and they are stunning photos

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  12. Sorry to read about the terrible accident, i will keep the families in my prayers. So glad that the lump Laydee has is not cancer and that she is still functioning as an aged dog should.

    God bless.

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  13. Such a tragedy. I feel for the parents. Those pictures are just so gorgeous. I am afraid of heights so not sure if I would be able to go on the dam though, but just breath=taking for sure. So glad Laydee is ok. Janice

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  14. Heights don't bother me - but it would definitely not be good for you if you are afraid of heights.

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear about these young boys, that's so tragic and sad. I said a prayer for the families. And poor Laydee, I'm sorry to hear about that also, and I hope she can still live a good life with what's she's going through. Oh my gosh, I didn't know about the avalanche on Mt. Shasta, that's scary. Glad no one got hurt. Giving your $50 gift card is a very thoughtful and great idea, Debby. It's nice that it was sunny in your area. It's been sunny for a couple days here, but we are supposed to get snow in March!

    Have a great week ahead.

    ~Sheri

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