Views From The Deck

We have a huge deck off the back of our house.  It faces out towards the canyon.  The deck is accessible from the upstairs master bedroom and/or a spiral staircase off of our patio.  It runs close to the whole length of our home.  (It's great for parties!)  We built the deck many years ago to take advantage of the beautiful mountain views we have.  In fact, we can also actually see a small glimpse of the ocean from one corner of the deck.

Briefcase is off vacationing working on a tropical island this week.  He was there all of last weekend too.  Doesn't his life suck?  While he's been gone we've had two back to back storms.  I've been snapping pictures off of our deck almost daily to share with him when he returns.  Last Saturday I posted a beautiful picture of a rainbow.  We get a lot of rainbows off the lake behind our house.

Here are a few more photos.  They were all taken over the last few days from our backyard deck.  I never tire of the mountains.  The colors and look of them change constantly based on the weather and the time of day.  This first shot is of sunset on the mountain behind our house.  You can see the slight dusting of snow on the mountain. It always looks ominous during storms.

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The next photo is another rainbow.

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If you look south, the view changes to smaller mountains and hills.  If I'd taken this next photo a little further towards the right, you'd see a sparkly section in the distance.  The sparkle is caused by the light reflecting off the ocean.
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Yesterday the sun was back out again, but temperatures remained chilly.  The mountain looks much friendlier in the sunlight.  The dirt path towards the bottom of this photo is a trail where Briefcase runs with our retrievers on a regular basis.  It leads down to the lake behind our house.

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The dogs love to run back in the canyon.  When they get hot they swim in the lake to cool off.  Now if I could just convince them to take a shower when they get back home.


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Palm trees and snow.  It's beautiful here – I love it!

69 Responses to “Views From The Deck”

  1. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous photos. How lucky you are to have such a beautiful, powerful presence in your back yard, infinite in its moods and ever-changing light. Enthralling.

  2. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous photos. How lucky you are to have such a beautiful, powerful presence in your back yard, infinite in its moods and ever-changing light. Enthralling.

  3. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous photos. How lucky you are to have such a beautiful, powerful presence in your back yard, infinite in its moods and ever-changing light. Enthralling.

  4. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  5. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  6. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  7. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  8. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  9. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Wow, those pictures make me miss SoCal….enjoy!
    Mhmmm, I get to drive an hour in traffic to North Chicago, in the rain…..want to trade with me a while? I can handle teenagers.

  10. Jan

    Okay, that does it. I’ve GOT to post pictures of the view from my backyard.
    You’ll be drooling with envy at the sight of Jabba the Hut mowing his lawn in pastel plaid Bermuda shorts, I promise.

  11. Jan

    Okay, that does it. I’ve GOT to post pictures of the view from my backyard.
    You’ll be drooling with envy at the sight of Jabba the Hut mowing his lawn in pastel plaid Bermuda shorts, I promise.

  12. Jan

    Okay, that does it. I’ve GOT to post pictures of the view from my backyard.
    You’ll be drooling with envy at the sight of Jabba the Hut mowing his lawn in pastel plaid Bermuda shorts, I promise.

  13. Lori

    Beautiful pictures! I love the mountains so it makes me green with envy. I should take a picture of what it looks out my back door…lots and lots of snow…lol.

  14. Lori

    Beautiful pictures! I love the mountains so it makes me green with envy. I should take a picture of what it looks out my back door…lots and lots of snow…lol.

  15. Lori

    Beautiful pictures! I love the mountains so it makes me green with envy. I should take a picture of what it looks out my back door…lots and lots of snow…lol.

  16. Kelly

    So pretty! I think I’ll move in with you. You wouldn’t mind would you?

  17. Kelly

    So pretty! I think I’ll move in with you. You wouldn’t mind would you?

  18. Kelly

    So pretty! I think I’ll move in with you. You wouldn’t mind would you?

  19. Alan

    Beautiful place ya got there. It’s pouring down rain here. Last week we had an ice storm. Then snow. Then gusting winds.
    It’s posts like this that make me want to change places with the Torturer for one day… 😉

  20. Alan

    Beautiful place ya got there. It’s pouring down rain here. Last week we had an ice storm. Then snow. Then gusting winds.
    It’s posts like this that make me want to change places with the Torturer for one day… 😉

  21. Alan

    Beautiful place ya got there. It’s pouring down rain here. Last week we had an ice storm. Then snow. Then gusting winds.
    It’s posts like this that make me want to change places with the Torturer for one day… 😉

  22. Jan

    Beautiful pictures! When I lived in Cali I was close to the beach most of my life. Then for awhile I lived in Ontario, close to the mountains. Loved both places.

  23. Jan

    Beautiful pictures! When I lived in Cali I was close to the beach most of my life. Then for awhile I lived in Ontario, close to the mountains. Loved both places.

  24. Jan

    Beautiful pictures! When I lived in Cali I was close to the beach most of my life. Then for awhile I lived in Ontario, close to the mountains. Loved both places.

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