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I have been doing a post a day, on occasion more than one, since I began this blog in June of 2011. I love sharing with all of you my photos, recipes and the “other stuff” that I sometimes do. I would like to thank all of you who take the time to read my blogs for giving me a moment of your time! I appreciate all the likes you give to my posts as well as your comments!

The other day for Sunday Photo Fiction, I did a post called On the Road. This was to be flash fiction, and in reality, this is my story. I have been diagnosed with Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma.

I start chemotherapy today. I am not sure how I will be feeling and so I might not be posting every day as I have done in the past. I will post as I can. Heavy sigh…Writing posts for this blog, I confess, is my one big addiction, to which my husband can attest to.

So, to you my dear readers, I want to thank each and everyone of you for sticking with me, some of which go back to my first post!

Now I am going to be taking a positive attitude and not let this get me down. Daily affirmations and positive thinking are key to me getting through this.

Now, I was asked in the WordPress Photo Challenge to post a selfie…I did not do this because I am really rather shy. Just for today, for those who really want to know what I look like, I decided that you get to see me as I really am!

Just me as I normally am!  Ask my friends!

Just me as I normally am! Ask my friends!

Now I would like for you to do one thing for me if you would be so kind. Please make this post the best day I have ever had with WordPress by clicking on the like button, and leaving me a comment!

I am not sure when I will feel like writing because of the treatments, so please hang in there with me! As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in almost every movie he made, “I’ll be back!”

Peace be with you, and know that I hold each and everyone of you in my heart! I am humbled by the number of followers of which you are one, and, I thank you for your love and support of this blog!

I am heading off for my first chemotherapy treatment…I will see you again when I post next…

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Our air here in the Sierra Foothills is loaded with pollen! For those allergy sufferers, having Kleenex handy is a must! Right Barb? I am amazed, though, by the blossoms on the Oaks here in the foothills. Why? These flowers hang down in clusters and yet the trees only get one or two acorns from each mass. Shall we take a look at these delicate blossoms?

Oak blossoms

Oak blossoms

To give you an idea of the amount of flower clusters, here is a shot of a few branches loaded with blossoms!

Hanging flowers

Hanging flowers

It is truly amazing how much pollen these put out. And the emerging clusters of leaves are colorful with a hint of rose color around the edges…

Oak leaves budding

Oak leaves budding

Let’s take a closer look at the blossoms, shall we?

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Tiny little flowers

Tiny little flowers

Amazing, aren’t they? One more shot…This is of newly emerging leaves against the bark of a white oak…

Contrasts

Contrasts

As I am writing this my eyes are itchy and watery, my nose is running, and I am sneezing! Spring is definitely here!

I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thank you for taking the time to drop by, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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This week the WordPress Photo Challenge subject is street life. Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to “…capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place…” So, with this in mind, I will take you to a number of places that I have been that do just this! Ready? Let’s go!

Let’s begin with a photo of the town where I live: Placerville, CA.

A view of Main Street

A view of Main Street

Here is a shot of another town here in the foothills…Murphys, CA.

The main street in Murphys

The main street in Murphys

Here is a street scene from Columbia, CA.

A view down an old town street

A view down an old town street

Taking you somewhere different, this street scene is found on the island of Santa Catalina, just off the Southern California coast…

One of the streets in town

One of the streets in town

Going much further south, we took a couple of cruises that brought us south of the border. These next photos are a huge contrast to life here in the foothills!

Here is a street in Puerto Vallarta.

A street in Puerto Vallarta

A street in Puerto Vallarta

This next one is in Mazatlan.

A street in Mazatlan

A street in Mazatlan

And one final shot. This one is in the town of Ensenada!

One of the busy streets

One of the busy streets

II hope that you enjoyed these street scenes! Thanks Cheri for this challenge! And, thank you, dear readers, for taking the time to drop in for a visit!

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One of the things that I love looking at are the different textures and patterns that one can find in bark. The other day, out and about with the camera, I discovered a frog, crickets, mushrooms and the following: Some amazing looking colors and textures in bark! Ready to bark with me?

Here is a shot of the bark sapping on a grey pine. The branch that was here was cut in the fall. To me, this looks like it’s wearing a broach! My mom would have loved to wear something this pretty!

Sapping

Sapping

I loved the texture and cracking on this bark! The sprouting green adds a lovely contrast!

Hazelnut bark

Hazelnut bark

As the grey pine grows the bark expands exposing these lovely colors!

Grey pine bark

Grey pine bark

The colors in the Madrone trees is one of my favorite barks here in the Sierra Foothills. It has such lovely contrasts!

Madrone bark

Madrone bark

One final shot…This is the bark on one of our oaks. I liked the way the bark cracks along this knot in the tree!

Knot for me!

Knot for me!

Well, we made it to Wednesday! Enjoy your day and as always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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Survival here in the Sierra Foothills means that you need to blend in so that you will not be noticed. Not for us humans, but for the critters that make their home here next to us. When I was out and about in the backyard, I saw something flitting through the air and when it settled I was having a hard time discovering what it was. Then I saw one of these things move and caught where it landed! What is it? Well, let’s see if you can find what is in this photo!

Do you see what I discovered?

Do you see what I discovered?

Let’s take another look!

Great camouflage

Great camouflage

There were many of these around me but they are very hard to see!

Here's another one!

Here’s another one!

What caught my eye was they way this little guy was flipping his wings!

Fluttering his wings

Fluttering his wings

Want to check out one of the lovely faces on this cricket?

Up close

Up close

Pretty cool – huh? I think so and hope that you do too!

Well, have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time today to drop by!

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Venturing outside with camera in hand, I went in search of photo opportunities. Sometimes you have to look closely to see what it is that is hiding in plain sight. I poked around for quite a bit and then something caught my eye. So I had to take a closer look. I was rewarded by the discovery of mushrooms! And guess what? They turned out to be in a number of places in my yard!

Now I do not know the names of any of these, and did look to see what I could find, but misidentifying a mushroom can be deadly! So shall we take a look at what I discovered? Well, then let’s go!

Here is one of the first ones that I found. Now you tell me, isn’t this glorious?

One lovely mushroom

One lovely mushroom

Moving on a bit further in the yard I found these little gems. Each one of these is about the size of a nickel.

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

When I headed over to a woodpile of old oak, I found this little winky mushroom popping up between the bark and the surface of the wood underneath. Check out the stem on this baby.

Growing on dry old oak

Growing on dry old oak

When I got around some of the oaks in the back I spied this bright orange color. Here is what I saw.

This caught my eye

This caught my eye

As I poked around I realized that this too was a mushroom! Then I noticed clusters all over the place. Here is a shot of one of the tiny clusters that I found.

Then I found a cluster of mushrooms

Then I found a cluster of mushrooms

Here is another mushroom I found underneath the oaks. This was in a nice shady area, and there were many. What was intriguing was the way they popped up from under the leaf litter that covers the ground around the oaks. You will see the debris on this mushroom…

Popping up from under the oak leaf debris

Popping up from under the oak leaf debris

I returned back to the house to review the photos for this post, and when my husband and I went out to our screened in patio room to enjoy our evening cocktail, I saw what I thought was a huge bug on the deck. Another photo op is what I thought, and one of a bug! I went out the door for a closer look and discovered this mushroom popping up between the boards of our decking!

On deck

On deck

Amazing isn’t it? If you are out in the wild and you see wild mushrooms, unless you are an expert, do not pick mushrooms and eat them!

Enjoy your Monday, and many thanks for dropping by to visit today!

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The other day, camera in hand, I wandered around in my yard snapping off photos. Something moved as I walked and it drew my eye. When I looked closely I discovered a lovely little green foothills critter! Looking it up I found that it is a Pacific Chorus Frog.

Green Pacific Chorus Frog

Green Pacific Chorus Frog

I have not seen these in this color before. The ones that we usually find around here are brown.

Pacific Chorus Frog

Pacific Chorus Frog

I found that these frogs can change color. Sometimes it can takes weeks, other times it can be over a matter of hours! Their color, though, can make them hard to see!

Hiding in the weeds

Hiding in the weeds

The skin on this little guy is bumpier than the brown one. Not sure why…

Bumpy skin

Bumpy skin

I swear this little guy smiled at me as I took this next shot!

Smiling

Smiling

This little one is fairly small, being no bigger than a quarter. The brown one in the photo above: About the size of a half dollar!

I am about the size of a quarter

I am about the size of a quarter

One last shot…I think that this little guy is watching me!

I am watching you!

I am watching you!

Well, that’s it for today! I hope that you enjoyed these photos of this little green guy!

Have a terrific Thursday, and thank you for taking the time to drop by!

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In case you do not know, I love textures and patterns. They make for some pretty interesting photos. For today I wanted to share some photos of amazing patterns in the clouds. These were all taken in one day, and I find it amazing that each is so different! Ready to look up?

Here is the first shot looking up. The tree is one of the digger pines.

Looking up

Looking up

Amongst all the bumpy clouds, here is one that is all fanned out.

Fanned out

Fanned out

Bumpy and cottony…

Cottony

Cottony

There is a lot of contrast!

Contrasts

Contrasts

Here you can see that there are layers and depth.

Depth in the clouds

Depth in the clouds

Clouds sure can be amazing! If you have some amazing cloud photos, please leave a comment with a link to your post!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you for taking the time today to drop in!

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While wandering around that pond the other day, I noticed these little tiny green plants in the water and when I took a closer look I discovered that they are quite beautiful. When we came back home I researched what this lovely gem might be and discovered that this plant is called Parrots Feather!

Parrots Feather

Parrots Feather

As you can see this is an aquatic plant. This plant is becoming very popular for use in aquariums and in aquatic gardens.

Fern like leaves under water

Fern like leaves under water

This perennial plant comes back in the spring and is supposed to bear a lovely pinkish white flower, which just means another photo op when they do! Here are some newer plants coming up in a mass from below!

Random mass

Random mass

In areas the Parrots Feather looks like floating islands…

Floating islands

Floating islands

I did find another interesting water plant that I was unable to identify and thought that I would include in this post. When I loaded the photos on the computer I discovered a face in this plant. Can you see it?

A long nosed man

A long nosed man

Isn’t the Parrots Feather a pretty plant?

I hope that you enjoyed these photos of these beauties! Have a terrific Thursday, and thank you for dropping by!

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The subject of this week’s WordPress Photo challenge is Abandoned! According to Merriam-Webster the definition of the term is: 1) Left without needed protection or care; 2) Left by the owner; or, 3) No longer held or thought of; given up. So, check out these photos that capture this theme!

Driving along the highway in New Mexico, we find the remains of an old home. The only thing left is the chimney.

The remains of a home

The remains of a home

In Jerome, AZ in the ghost town, we find long forgotten mining equipment.

Copper Mining Equipment

Copper Mining Equipment

Near Fort Apache in AZ, we visited the ruins of Kinishba. Why did they abandon this place?

Walking around a bend in the road reveals the ruins

Walking around a bend in the road reveals the ruins

Here by our home, we investigated the remains of the Deer View Lodge. These steps were abandoned long ago which you can see by the growth around this staircase.

Stairs leading down to a path

Stairs leading down to a path

Up at Lake Tahoe, in the center of Emerald Bay is an island. On the island is a watchtower abandoned long ago!

The structure on the island

The structure on the island

One can always find abandoned items from the days of the gold rush. Here is an old mining cart that was used to move ore.

A cart sitting under the air shaft

A cart sitting under the air shaft

No matter where you are around every corner there is evidence of things abandoned! Great challenge Cherie Rowlands! You might want to check out some of the other posts by clicking here!

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope that you enjoyed my photos that capture “Abandoned!” Have a great weekend!

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