Our storm doors have been opened. Northern California began having incredible rain last week, that is continuing this week. The drought status in this corner of California is said to still be in good standing, but our streams, lakes, and reservoirs are filling nicely, removing a little of the dreary outlook for our water supplies. With just a few days of good drenching rain, the hills have come alive, leaving their golden hue for a lovely green. I took this photo last Friday on the Altamont Pass, a major throughway between San Francisco’s East Bay and the Central Valley.