December Photo Round-Up

Claremont Yoga’s Open House started off my holiday season. Several children thought they were getting into food they shouldn’t have, and were checking out who was watching them.

December means real fall leaves and the house on 8th street with the rotating figures marking the season.

El Roble and the High School Bands and Orchestras presented their holiday music.


Claremont UCC Journey to Bethlehem included sheep and one small rogue angel.

After a day at the Oregon coast, we spent a day in Portland with a little shopping of something for everyone.


Gaming Store

 Coffee, books and antique stores.


An Oregon Christmas


Relief Map of Oregon

We’ve only been to Oregon in summers, October and March, but this year found us together with both daughters and sons-in-law just outside of Portland for a few delightful December days.

One day took us to the coast, to the far upper west corner of the state to Astoria where we enjoyed lunch at the Rogue Public House before we headed to the ocean. The wreck of the Peter Iredale offered up a lovely photo-op, as did the National Historic Site of Lewis and Clark’s winter spot – Fort Clatsop.


While we were at Fort Clatsop, the rain came down (in typical Oregon fashion), giving us empathy for the 33 people who wintered there in 1805-06.


Methodist Church Nativity

img_4697Often the Claremont Methodist Church presents a large, thought-provoking nativity on Foothill Blvd., and I seem to remember that there was none last year. I seem to remember that the original idea might have been considered too controversial.

This year’s nativity looks more like a work of art in colored glass and has proven a little difficult to photograph clearly. Behind the manger scene is a mirror, which would include any photographer standing straight ahead.



Click on the individual photos to get a closer look.


City of Trees: Liquidambar

Winter in SoCal looks so much like fall in much of the world. Every day I am seeing snowy photos from Europe on my Instagram feed, and as I walk the streets of Claremont, I see trees a season behind.

I’ve heard that east coast people planted liquidambar trees (also known as sweetgum) here for their colorful foliage.

Before the colors change, the trees look like this:

Some leaves turn yellow.


These days we are seeing some orange and red.

The seed pods are called gumballs (or ankle busters) and are quite prickly.

47 Things: Winter – Part Two

Many winter suggestions are indoor activities, even though we live in a mild climate. The first two on this list are outdoor activities.

  • 31. Hike the Wilderness Trail. Winter is a great time to head to the hills when it is not too hot.