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Secret Weapon - Photo by Madison Woods

Secret Weapon – Photo by Madison Woods

He had to do something. They always showed up. No one liked them. Jeremy brought his secret weapon recipe. This was guaranteed to work.

He gathered his ingredients, and following directions put it together. Carefully he threaded the meat mixture onto the skewer. Then he headed over to the campfire.

It charred and oozed, the cheese melting perfectly. He set it down a good distance away from the campsite. It looked gruesome! Jeremy thought, “This will keep the meat bees at bay.”

They came. He heard the swarm buzzing. His obituary read that he had been stung over 100 times.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Madison Woods for the inspiring photo!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today and taking the time to read this bit of flash! Have a terrific Thursday, and be well!

Around the Garden…


This morning I thought that what I would share with you are random photos of flowers in my garden. I am hoping that today my Dr. will take me out of quarantine, so that I can expand my view of the world with you! So let’s head out!

While sitting outside, I noticed a butterfly come in and land on our miniature rose tree! This is, I believe, a gray hairstreak butterfly.

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

When the buds open on the salvia, some are white, some are red and some are a combo of the two!

Salvia

Salvia

When I shot this photo of a black-eyed Susan, I noticed one of those little yellow spiders…

A visitor on a black-eyed Susan

A visitor on a black-eyed Susan

I am singing the blues over my delphinium!

A blue delphinium

A blue delphinium

I discovered this visitor, featured in my post yesterday, on my miniature white roses!

A visitor on the roses

A visitor on the roses

One final shot. I love the softness of this photo and the contrast in colors!

The softness of a California poppy

The softness of a California poppy

Thank you taking the time to drop on by! I hope that your Wednesday is wonderful! Be well! ^..^

Green with Envy


Ten days ago I did a post called Return of the Mantis. This post featured a praying mantis that had camouflaged itself to match the wood on the side of our house. Yesterday I discovered two other mantis, and these are the normal green that we see! They have made themselves homes where we have had aphid activity, and they are filling up their bellies with these delectable treats! Let’s go check out these amazing insects, shall we?

Can you see that I am green with envy?

I am green with envy!

I am green with envy!

Now, your challenge is to find the praying mantis in these photos!

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Or me?

Or me?

Of course the praying mantis got its name because it looks like it is praying. What do you think?

Praying

Praying

When I went to shoot the next two photos, each one of them turned to look at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

These little guys like to not only hang out upside down…

Upside down

Upside down

…they also like to be on top of the world!

On top of the world!

On top of the world!

I think that this insect is one of the coolest insects that we have here in the foothills! Did I mention that they fly?

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

My Tasty Garden!


Yes, I have a tasty garden! At least the deer seem to think so! :) Because the deer like my garden so much, most of what I have planted are deer proof or deer resistant plants. There is a difference between the two. The deer proof plants they just will not touch, like my rosemary. The deer resistant plants are plants that the deer will not normally eat, but they will eat if they are hungry enough. I caught a few photos of one such deer who actually nibbled on the rosemary only to spit it out! So for today, I share with you photos of this lovely doe! The captions speak for themselves! Enjoy!

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

A shake of her head

A shake of her head

Licking her chops

Licking her chops

She's a beauty!

She’s a beauty!

Turning to go

Turning to go

See you later!

See you later!

So? What do you think? Isn’t she a beauty?

Have one heck of an amazing week and an excellent Monday! Thank you for dropping by! Be well! ^..^


The Lava Lamp - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Lava Lamp – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat in the living room with a plate of little blue meanies in front of them. He ate one; she ate one. There were not many, but there were enough. On the turntable was a Yes album; the song playing was “Starship Trooper.” The mushrooms were now gone.

After about a half hour, they both found themselves sitting there with silly grins on their faces. The cat sauntered into the room looking first at him, then at her. As she turned to make eye contact with the cat it jumped straight up in the air and then shot off to parts unknown.

He turned down the lights in the room, and sat back down. She began to giggle. He looked over at her. “Your legs have disappeared,” she said breathlessly.

A wide smile broke his face and he said to her, “Your hair? Snakes!”

They both began to laugh hysterically. As the laughter died down, he got up and went into the back of the house returning with a lava lamp in his hand. He plugged it in. As it warmed the goo inside began to move. A column lifted. As if one they both shouted, “Dead baby!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you for the inspiring photo Al! I have not seen one of these lamps in ages!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by to look at my bit of flash! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^


Marigolds are a very sunny flower and a great addition to any garden! They are beneficial in that this lovely plant has an odor that keeps some of those pesky garden insects away, like the aphid! They are also a deer resistant plant! There are yellow marigold and orange, but I prefer the beauty of the variegated variety called Queen Sophia. They have an amazing rust color and as the blossom ages it changes color! So, for today I give to you Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

An emerging blossom

An emerging blossom

A bit of sunshine!

A bit of sunshine!

Amazing colors

Amazing colors

Positively glowing!

Positively glowing!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Be well and have an amazing Saturday! ^..^


This week the WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Fray.” This could be a worn or raveled edge from something nature created or from constant rubbing. Photos are already coming to mind as I write this! Ready to see what Fray means to me? Let’s go!

In the spring, the buffalo in Yellowstone try to relieve themselves of their winter coats. They do this by rubbing their bodies up against the trees. We came across a tree that showed evidence of this!

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Here are a couple of palm leaves that I photographed while in Mexico. Notice the strings hanging from the plants!

Palm Green

Palm Green

To me, the petals on the Gilardia always look frayed!

Gilardia

Gilardia

A jumble of seaweed that I discovered floating in the bay at Santa Catalina shows worn edges from being battered in the ocean before settling here.

At the surface

At the surface

The ducks around our local lake shed their feathers. These are the old feathers from a white goose.

Downy feathers

Downy feathers

Enjoy your day and be sure to check out other posts by clicking here!

Be well! ^..^