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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Christmas Eve 2008


The Economy * Winter Rains * Water Temple * Wild Mushrooms

Washington Post

The number of people filing for unemployment hit a 26-year high last week, as the deepening recession forced more employers to cut jobs.

While, for the unemployed -- and those in fear of being jobless -- these are unhappy days, perhaps some good will come out of this. It might take a year or two but the economic recovery will take place; unemployment numbers will start to go down. Are we then going to see a repeat of the unhealthy spending pattern? Let's hope that a sense of balance will prevail. As to changes in the way Wall Street operates, not likely to happen.

The Rains

Late, but the much-needed rains have arrived. Still to make up for the dry period. The level remains below the norm but weather forecasts are promising.

Haven't come across any chanterelles yet but on my walks through the woods I see that a lot of wild mushrooms are beginning to emerge. Last year, too, chanterelles were late because of the dry weather.

Sunrise from my window on a cloudy morning
© Musafir

Golden Waxy Cap - Not edible

Pulgas Water Temple

From Wikipedia

"The Pulgas Water Temple is a stone structure in Woodside, California, USA, designed by architect William Merchant. It was erected by the San Francisco Water Department as a monument to the 1934 completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct and is located at the aqueduct's terminus. In 1938, the original water temple was replaced with the current design.

"The water temple is made up of a number of fluted columns arranged in a circle, upon which a large stone masonry ring with the words "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people " [from Isaiah 43:20] are inscribed. There is a large tree-lined reflecting pool to the east."

Pulgas Water Temple
© Musafir

Reflecting Pool
© Musafir

Deer grazing near Pulgas Water Temple
© Musafir

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