Searching for the Mojave River

Normally I walk in the desert, but today I decided to go in search of the Mojave River. I walked through city streets not really expecting to find a way to the water, but as I ambled along the house-lined street parallel to the river, I happened to see a narrow passage between two houses, and feeling adventurous, I sidled through the gap.To my surprise, I found myself in a wilderness.

I followed a path until it ended.

Picked my way across shifting sands and did not stop to explore the rustlings I heard in the underbrush. I was not feeling that adventuresome!

And there it was — the Mojave River in all its majesty. Well, perhaps not majesty. There’s nothing particularly majestic about brown water. But it was a river. With trees!

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

Today I will be . . .

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

Gazing at Gazanias

Until this spring, I’d never seen this gorgeus orange and yellow striped daisy-like flower, but it has quickly become a favorite of mine. It’s formal name is Gazania, but it is also known as a treasure flower. And what a treasure! It tolerates poor soils, high heat, drought, the floliage stays green year round, and it only needs to be watered twice a month. Even I could care for a plant such as that, but for now I will stick to gazing at my neighbors’s gazanias.

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

A Peek at Peaks

There is no lack of peaks around here — roof peaks, mountain peaks, hill peaks — so today I hunted for perfect shots of peaks echoed against peaks. I hope you enjoy this peek at the treasures I found.

peak to peak

peak to peak

peak to peak

peak to peak

peak to peak

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

Plum Tuckered

Would you push your way through a thicket

Travel unknown paths

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Brave hordes of grasshoppers

And wasp nests

For a plum?

If the plums are greengages, you would. Think of the sweetest plum you’ve ever eaten, the most perfect apricot, combine them, add a hint of lime and you have the food of the gods — greengage plums.

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

As Busy as a . . .

Awww, you guessed!

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.