Enter the Dragon

I was out and about enjoying a couple of hours hiking at Henry Cowell Park, which is a state park near Santa Cruz, California, when I ran across (fortunately not literally) an elusive lesser brown dragon!*

Pretty eyes, don’t you think?

My job involves a split shift where I’m at loose ends for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, so I have been filling my time with hiking, running, and working out.  One unanticipated side effect of this is I’ve been seeing all sorts of sights I think are worth taking pictures of and collecting here.  I figure that since I want to post at least somewhat regularly on my blog and I’m not painting as much these days, then I need to expand my horizons a bit … so enter the dragon, as it were.

Beware a dragon on the move!

Our newt, as you can see, blends in pretty well with the detritus of the trail.  I only saw him/her/it because she was legging it pretty hard and the movement caught my eye.  Thank goodness because I would not have been happy at all to accidentally step on such an adorable little creature!**

Time to hide?

The beastie made it to the other side of the trail and I think she’d thoroughly had enough of the strange, probably hideously smelly giant taking pictures of her, and appeared to look for a convenient rock or branch to hide under.  I took this as my hint and decided to leave the lesser brown dragon alone and get back to my hike.

I did play another game of Blood Bowl last night too (busy day) and will post about that soon.  I’m going to work a little on painting today too.  It is pretty nice outside for February, so I might try and prime a couple of Nurgle linemen/rotters.  I also have a couple of pretty sexy pictures of various banana slugs I encountered further along on the Rincon Trail.  So all in all lots to talk about these days.


* My husband did a little poking around online after I mentioned to him that I had done so without success and said that he thought our draconic friend was a rough-skinned newt.  What stood out most to me was reading that the dragon could release a “strong toxin” from its skin, etc. etc.  I’m glad my only designs on our friend were photographic!

** The encounter give me the germ of an idea about a giant who doesn’t want to step on things, which are quite large to us but small to her.  Not sure where to go with that yet but time will tell.

 

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The Hills are Alive …

ItSo I thought I would add a section to my blog for the occasional non-gaming related post like this one.  We get a lot of rain around Santa Cruz in the winter, and we’ve had quite a few slides in my neighborhood lately.  Most of them have been comparatively minor this year, until this one.

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The Hills are Alive!

This is the main road loading into town, so that’s interesting.  It also took out the power and as I type this power has been out for a couple of days.  We own a generator, fortunately.  From the sounds of engines emanating from all directions of our redwood forest, I’m guessing we aren’t the only ones.

You know, when I first moved here a couple of years ago I sort of smiled at the weather since I’m from New England and to my thinking winter includes things like snow.  A couple years of drought conditions, with little rain, lulled me into a false sense of bravado.  I’m not laughing anymore. 🙂

Edit on January 24, 2017:  That tree behind the slide, which looks like it is standing up straight in the road, apparently is.  I originally thought it was a trick of perspective, but it turns out I was wrong.  Here is another picture of the slide.

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