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You might remember an older post that featured wild turkey: Two hens and 9 chicks. Well, we have now been visited by another group and this one was made up of two Toms and two hens! The Toms are significantly larger than the hens, and there are other differences too! Let’s go check it out!

You can see the size difference in this shot. The Toms are on the left.

Two Toms, Two Hens

Two Toms, Two Hens

Now let us take a closer look at the Toms. First of all, they have caruncles on the top of their beak which the females do not. Their throats are also red compared to the female which is more of a gray color. Check out this Tom!

A Tom turkey

A Tom turkey

They look a bit peckish to me! :)

A bit peckish!

A bit peckish!

When they speak they make a noise that sounds like “Bloop, bloop.”

Speaking out

Speaking out

These birds are always on alert too! They watch us closely and watch the area around them too!

On alert

On alert

The dominant male starts to head out, and the others taking a bit of time do follow eventually. One other difference between the Tom and the hen is the tuft of feathers. You can see them better in this photo. They hang down off the center of the breast.

Tom crossing the driveway

Tom crossing the driveway

Cool, aren’t they?

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Thank you for dropping in today, and have a terrific Tuesday!

Be well! ^..^

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Last night my husband and I were sharing cocktails on our front deck and I went in to feed the dog. When I came back out there was a noticeable difference in the colors outside. Last year when this happened there was a fire and we were seeing evidence of a fire again yesterday. Today I wanted to share photos that I took from our area. We are approximately 17 air miles north of this fire.

Here is a photo taken when we first saw smoke.

Seeing smoke

Seeing smoke

Here is another shot from a different angle.

Smoke rising

Smoke rising

As we watch the smoke thickens.

The smoke thickens

The smoke thickens

Heading inside we turn on the news. KCRA 3 in Sacramento did a fine job of covering the fire for all of us. The next series of photos is from their news broadcast.

From the air

From the air

A house starts to burn. One thing to notice about this place is that they did not create defensible space around their home, which is one of the reasons this went up so fast. The trees are too close to this house.

A house starts to burn

A house starts to burn

A few minutes later, here is the same house.

The house a few minutes later

The house a few minutes later

Here is a property with the fire approaching a fruit orchard. These folks prepared and have defensible space.

Defensible space

Defensible space

One more shot from KCRA 3. This is of one of the airplanes dropping retardant on the fire. The shot is from their helicopter.

Plane dropping retardant

Plane dropping retardant

Heading back outside and looking up, what you see are not clouds but smoke.

Smoke not clouds

Smoke not clouds

Here is a shot as the sun sets…

As the sun sets

As the sun sets

As I sat outside, I thought I should take a photo that shows ash fall. It was coming down in our area like a very light snow. The first shot is when I first sat down; the second is only a few minutes later.

My pants

My pants

My pants 3 minutes later

My pants 3 minutes later

This fire went from 30 acres to 1300 in no time. It is only, as I write, 20% contained. So far this morning we do not see any smoke as the wind is blowing from east to west. We have not yet been told about the cause of this fire.

Where ever you are, we hope that you are safe. And, as Smokey says, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

Thank you for dropping in and be well!

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Summer Lovin’.” Krista asks that we “share a photo that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or your family frolicking on the beach. If summer is on the way in your hemisphere, show us something hot hot hot: your homemade sriracha sauce, some friends shuckin’ and jivin’ on the dance floor, or even the furnace or boiler that heats your home.” Are you ready for some Summer Lovin’? In the summer time, I just have to be near water!

There is nothing like cold water on a hot day!

Going under!

Going under!

There is nothing like spending time on a black sand beach in Hawai’i!

One view of the black sand beach

One view of the black sand beach

Or sitting on the beach enjoying the sea!

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Or, how about snorkeling in it?

A snorkeler in the ocean

A snorkeler in the ocean

And, at the end of the day, enjoying the warm evening sunsets!

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

This is my Summer Lovin’! What is yours?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well! ^..^

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My dear friend Amy over at Petals Unfolding just posted a lovely series of macro photos on the bees she found hovering around her lavender. I realized that I forgot about the series of bee photos that I shot recently! We have lovely crepe myrtles in the yard and the trees hum with the activity of the bees every morning. So, I set myself up with the mono-pod and started snapping photos. My challenge was to capture shots while the bees not only moved, but as the wind blew. I took a whole series of photos and these came out the best!

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

Harvesting

Harvesting

Hairy

Hairy

Pollen ball

Pollen ball

One final shot! :)

Looking right at me

Looking right at me

Neat – huh? Be sure to check out Amy’s post too! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for taking the time to drop by!

Beeeeeee well! ^..^

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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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Ben Huberman was chosen to pick out this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, and the topic he chose is “Containers.” He says, “From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.” So let’s go see what I have to share that fit this challenge!

Let’s celebrate the barrels that hold wine!

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

And the tanks too!

The tanks

The tanks

And the case boxes!

The tanks & wine boxes

The tanks & wine boxes

Let’s not forget the bottle!

5 Liter Wine Bottle

5 Liter Wine Bottle

I hope you enjoyed these containers!

Have a lovely Saturday and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — be well! ^..^

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When we were at Stumpy Meadows there was a mother and son enjoying paddling boarding on the lake. What could be better on a hot day then a day with Mom on a lake? This actually looks like fun and some good exercise too! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

You can see from he ripples on the water that there was a bit of a breeze.

Sunday outing with Mom

Sunday outing with Mom

Stumpy Meadows got its name from all the trees that were cut down to make this reservoir. Look at the shore in this photo…Be sure to click to enlarge the photo!

Taking a break

Taking a break

I could hear Mom calling out to her son to follow her!

Follow the leader

Follow the leader

After a while they got tired and started to head for shore…

Heading to shore

Heading to shore

This boy is very lucky that his Mom spent the day with him doing this! My Mom: Forget getting her out on the water on one of those boards! My Dad might have enjoyed this!

Enjoy your Tuesday! Thank you for dropping in today! 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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