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On our trip out to Stumpy Meadows, along the shore, aside from all the tree stumps which give this lake its name, are boulders. Looking at them, I noticed interesting colors and patterns. Tell me if you agree!

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon

The doorway

The doorway

Debris

Debris

Contrasts

Contrasts

Loaded with iron ore

Loaded with iron ore

What do you think?

There was a docent at the lake. He was an elderly gentleman with a definite sense of humor! He asked me if I would like to see a fresh water crocodile. “Certainly!” was my answer. Do you see the crocodile?

Fresh water crocodile

Fresh water crocodile

Do you see it too? :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I love looking at the little things that I find around me! We took a trip to Georgetown, located in the Sierra Foothills of CA, and I wanted to share some views of things that I noticed while we were there! I hope that you will enjoy this series of photos and that you make the trip to this quaint town!

There are a lot of old brick buildings in Georgetown, and I found the look of this corner a lovely mixture of lines and texture.

A corner of a wall

A corner of a wall

Walking on the street, there are overhangs on the sidewalks. Looking up this is what one sees.

A rotting roof

A rotting roof

Inside an antique store I found some lovely glass…

Etched crystal

Etched crystal

You know how I find the shapes and faces of animals and people in the world around me? Well, tell me, do you see the bear too?

Do you see the bear in this wall?

Do you see the bear in this wall?

Insulators can be found on every shelf of every antique store in the area. If you want to buy one of these plan on spending about $5 per insulator.

Insulators

Insulators

A gate and fence outside one of the buildings sported dusty webs…

Webs on a gate

Webs on a gate

A door with no stairs! I found this on the side of a building!

A lone door on the side of a building

A lone door on the side of a building

More glass in another shop! I love the curves on this bowl!

Old glassware on a shelf

Old glassware on a shelf

You never know what you will find in a small town like Georgetown! If you venture there, the sandwiches at the local market are really good, and reasonably priced!

Enjoy your Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^

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We took a drive yesterday up to Georgetown, and decided to go further and head on off to Stumpy Meadows to see how low the water level is on the lake. While there, overlooking the lake by the parking lot a sudden movement caught my eye. It was a squirrel that was scampering amongst the rocks that line a part of the lake.

A squirrel

A squirrel

It’s a cutie – eh? As I watched this little guy I was able to catch the following photos of this foothills critter!

Between the rocks

Between the rocks

On alert

On alert

Posing

Posing

Looking forward

Looking forward

And, one final shot. He was about to disappear on me!

Getting ready to scamper off

Getting ready to scamper off

What a cool looking critter! I made sure to thank him for letting me capture these photos of him!

I hope that you enjoyed this little guy! Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Have a great day and be well! ^..^

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We have been here in our little spot of the Sierra Foothills for 8 years now, and we have rarely seen snakes. I remember seeing a king snake on a drive home and that has been about it. Until recently that is! I would like to suggest that you click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really check out the amazing details! Once the photo is enlarged, if you click it again the photo will fill your screen!

While sitting on our deck having our evening cocktails, I could have sworn that I saw two birds, one dark and one light, fly right under the deck. I actually got up and went to the side to look but found nothing. I sat back down and a minute later my husband is shouting, “Snake! Snake!” Luckily I had my camera with me!

The visiting snake was quick and on the move! It was a King Snake! Running quickly, I had to get to where the snake was heading, which was right into the vinca. Here are the shots I got of this lovely and beneficial snake.

The King Snake

The King Snake

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

He was moving pretty quickly and I did manage to catch one more shot.

Pretty snake!

Pretty snake!

I did get a bit of video so you can see this guy on the move. He is truly a beauty!

A couple of days later, when I took the dog outside to do his business, I noticed he was smelling something that did not look right on our gravel driveway. I then realized what he had his nose to was a snake! And, I panicked! Why? Because Rattlesnakes are common here! After shooing the dog away from the snake, I put him back in the house and grabbed my camera.

On venturing back out, I realized that the snake had not moved. The snake: A Gopher Snake. The other thing of note is that on this particular day we were visited by not only this gopher snake in the morning, but another one in the afternoon! So this next series of shots is the first snake. It measured about five feet in length!

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Here you can see the length of the snake.

The full length of the snake

The full length of the snake

This next series of shots has a bit more lighting as these were taken of the second snake in the later afternoon. This one measured about four feet in length and was a bit more active than the first!

The Gopher Snake

The Gopher Snake

Snaking around our pots

Snaking around our pots

Tasting its surroundings

Tasting its surroundings

Leaving

Leaving

What an exciting series of days! In all of the years of living here, these are the first snake visitors that we have seen. Just like the turkey that showed up! Speaking of which, two female turkies have been visiting us regularly with 9 babies. So stay tuned for a post on those lovely foothills critters!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope that you have enjoyed this post! Have an amazing Tuesday, and be well! ^..^

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We sat down with our evening cocktail last night and as I was talking to my husband, a movement behind him below the deck caught my attention. It was a turkey! She came sauntering up the side path, hopped up to steps, crossed our driveway to where the bird feeder is. The birds that were at the feeder: Well, they all took flight when they saw gargantuan heading their way. This is the closest to the wild turkey either of us have ever gotten and she let me get fairly close and posed for me too! Check out the following photos…the captions say it all!

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Perspective

Perspective

Feeding

Feeding

A big stretch

A big stretch

Coming out of the stretch

Coming out of the stretch

Now ruffle the feathers

Now ruffle the feathers

Now give a good shake

Now give a good shake

One more fluff

One more fluff

It is watching me as I move around

It is watching me as I move around

Heading out

Heading out

Thanks for the grub!

Thanks for the grub!

Pretty cool huh? We hope that this lovely birds comes back to visit again!

Thanks for stopping by today! We are on the home stretch to the weekend! Have a great Thursday!

Be well! ^..^

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As we sat on our deck enjoying our evening cocktail this huge bug flew in and landed on one of the rose trees. I had my camera in hand and was able to capture this insect. After a bit of research, I was able to identify this as the Whitespotted Sawyer!

Whitespotted Sawyer

Whitespotted Sawyer

They have really long antennae!

Long antennae

Long antennae

This insect lays eggs in dead or dying pine and spruce trees.

Hiding

Hiding

From their markings you can see how hard it would be to see one of these on the bark of a tree!

Whole body shot of the Whitespotted Sawyer

Whole body shot of the Whitespotted Sawyer

Interesting bug – huh?

Well, I am off to chemo and just wanted to get a quick post in. I am not sure if I will feel like doing this for the next couple of days! Stay tuned….

Don’t forget to vote for the critter in this year’s Pretty Feet Contest 2014!

Be well! ^..^

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I just wanted to put out a quickie post! I am no longer under quarantine, and have so much to catch up on! I will be doing the Friday Fictioneers later today as well as the WP Photo Challenge!

Just me as I normally am!  Ask my friends!

Just me as I normally am! Ask my friends!

So Stay tuned!

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There is this insect that we have here in the Sierra Foothills that I like to call “Hover Craft.” Why? Because it hovers! While it resembles a bee or wasp, it is actually a fly! This insect is actually called a “Hover Fly” and I believe the variety is Scaeva pyrastri. This is an important fly as it is a pollinator and it is a beneficial too as it consumes aphids, thrips and other plant sucking insects! Shall we take a look at this fly?

The Hover Fly

The Hover Fly

You can see from this next photo why it might be confused with a bee or wasp! This is a protection for them as birds avoid bees and wasps as they do not want to get stung! Smart little fly!

Bee like coloration on the abdomen

Bee like coloration on the abdomen

These flies actually consume pollen. We have plenty of it right now stuck to the leaves of all the plants. Here is a shot of one of these flies having a bit of lunch!

They eat pollen

They eat pollen

The hover fly has a compound eye. This fly is a female. There is space between the eyes called vertex. The space on the female is quite a bit larger than that of the male. On the male the two eyes appear to be touching.

They have compound eyes

They have compound eyes

One final shot just because…

Such a lovely fly!

Such a lovely fly!

Interesting foothills insect, isn’t it?

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

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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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