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Butt in a Sling!


As you may know we have a plethora of Pacific Chorus Frogs here in the Sierra Foothills! They entertain us during the day with their chirping, and at dusk they do a “march” out to the garden to eat more bugs that come out at night! In the early morning hours they return to their spots, where they nestle in for the day. Yesterday, I spotted one of these little critters in an unusual spot! We have a Chinese Maple on our deck at the front door, in a shady spot, and this little guy was resting where we had used a tie to hold the tree to a stake! So, his little butt is in a sling, as it were! Let’s go and check it out!

Here is what I first saw!

Butt in a sling!

Butt in a sling!

Isn’t that cute? Here he is from a different angle!

A different view

A different view

And one final shot of this little cutie! To give you an idea of how small this little guy is, the tape measures 1″ wide!

Tucked in!

Tucked in!

So? What do you think? Isn’t this cute?

Have an amazing Monday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^


One Down Four to Go - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Down Four to Go – Photo by Alastair Forbes

There were five levels of magic. One was earth, another fire, and the rest were water, air and spirit. She had to master all five in order for her to feel her full power. If she failed, she would die!

Her first task was to master earth magic. In order for her to master it, she had to be able to manipulate objects from the ground, moving them from one place to another.

Struggling, she held her hand out, palm parallel to the ground over a boulder. She felt the magic start to build inside her. Her hand started to shake, and it began to glow in an amazing rust color. Then it dissipated.

She tried again, hand extended, eyes closed; she visualized the boulder rising in the air. She felt the power building. Breathing deeply she opened one eye, watching the rust color magic encircling the boulder. Her hand was steady, but the boulder refused to move. Her magic ebbed.

Taking a deep breath, she tried once more. Giving it her all she watched as her magic gathered, surrounded the boulder and watched as it lifted into the air. “Wahoo,” she thought to herself. “One down, four to go!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This photo and the last: Old items from days gone by!

Thank you for taking the time to come by and visit! I hope that you enjoyed today’s bit of flash fiction! Be well! ^..^

More Mantis!


Every morning I have been checking on the two praying mantis in the yard to see if the praying mantis that I wrote about earlier in the week are still there. Yesterday I discovered the smaller of the two was no longer there. What I found instead was a large brown one! I got some really neat photos of this big guy and wanted to share what this bad boy looks like! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really see the detail of this beautiful, beneficial insect! Ready?

Hello!

Hello!

All legs!

All legs!

My what big teeth you have!

My what big teeth you have!

Watching

Watching

Beautiful shades of brown!

Beautiful shades of brown!

One final shot…

See you later!

See you later!

Pretty amazing insect, isn’t it?

Enjoy your Saturday! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Be well! ^..^


Guest host Frederic Biver has chosen a unique topic for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! The topic is “dialogue,” and the challenge is to feature photos that speak to you! So here we go into my world of “Dialogue.”

One of the chimps at the Sacramento Zoo was definitely saying something to me!

You wanna talk to me?

You wanna talk to me?

Sometimes what speaks to you does so very softly that you need to listen carefully! Can you hear the water inviting me in?

Layers in the ocean

Layers in the ocean

And, sometimes something just gets in your face and says to you, “Hey, listen to me!”

Whatcha doing?

Whatcha doing?

Here is a shot of one of weeds in our area. What do you think this plant has to say?

The Star Thistle

The Star Thistle

Photos can not only speak to you but they can cause your mouth to water…Can you just about taste these strawberries?

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Let me close with someone who was definitely communicating with me!

Calling out a greeting

Calling out a greeting

I hope that you enjoyed my take on “dialogue!” Here’s to wishing you a fabulous Friday and a spectacular weekend! Thank you for dropping in! Be well! ^..^


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! ^..^