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This week Michelle over at WordPress has selected the topic “achievement” for this week’s photo challenge! Today I am featuring achievements!

They made it through the rapids!

Looking back

Looking back

Making it to the top of Big Hill, I look down upon a lake below.

Union Valley Reservoir

Union Valley Reservoir

I made it to the bottom of Moaning Caverns having navigated this staircase!

The staircase leading up to the surface

The staircase leading up to the surface

Being able to grow vegetables and actually harvest some was a major achievement due to the fight with the critters!

The rest of today's pickings

The rest of today’s pickings

The next is having the opportunity to see Mt. McKinley, or Denali as the locals call it. Only 30% who come to see it get to actually see it!

Denali

Denali

I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^


I am taking part, once again, in Friday Fictioneers! It is a challenge where you are provided with a photo prompt. The challenge is to write a story with a beginning, middle and end using 100 words or less. And the photo this week is:

Lost in the Crowd - Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Lost in the Crowd – Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


She had stopped into the gift shop looking at little souvenirs to bring home. A man stopped next to her. He was looking forward, but she could see him looking at her from the corner of his eye.

She left the store creeped out. She entered the next shop. Looking at the t-shirts, she saw him enter the store. She moved past a corner of the store out of his view, where she could see him but he could not see her. She heard him whisper, “Where is she?”

Leaving the store, she let herself get lost in the crowd!
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Thank you Rochelle for hosting the flash fiction challenge! I am looking forward to your next installment!

Thank you dear reader for dropping in for a quick Thursday read! Have a marvelous day, and be well! ^..^

On the Water


Water does calm me, and I love looking at it and watching the mostly gentle flow of it. For today, I wanted to share with you some calming water views and also show you something that surprised me! Ready to take a look?

Having been on the water for only a day, I fell in love with this sunset!

Sunset

Sunset

I was surprised one day as I looked at the oceans water only to discover some sea life that was beautiful and huge as well! Check out how spread out the tentacles are! Click on the photo to isolate it and then once again to enlarge it to really check out this beauty!

One huge jellyfish

One huge jellyfish

A huge flock of feeding birds caught my eye!

Birds feeding

Birds feeding

We come across a patch of icebergs, and this one caught my attention. The dark areas are part of the rock the glacier slide over, removed and carried with it!

Iceberg

Iceberg

A fishing boat glides along dragging a net behind it!

The net is out

The net is out

Waking up early in the morning, I am greeted with storm clouds hovering over the shore and one heck of a dramatic shot!

Darkness and light

Darkness and light

Do you have a connection with water?

I hope that you have enjoyed the photos I have featured today! Thank you for coming along with me, and have an amazing Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

Orca in the Wild!


On a trip to Alaska, while on a cruise ship, I captured photos of what I thought were Dall’s Porpoise. In writing this post I made a discovery about the photos that I took. What I thought were Dall’s were actually a pod of Orca! The differentiation came as I investigated the dorsal fin of the creature that I photographed! The dorsal fin on the Orca female are curved, where the Dall’s dorsal fin is more chunky.

Orca - Photo from NOAA

Orca – Photo from NOAA

So, for today I will be sharing with you not Dall’s Porpoise, but Orca! Click on each of the photos to really see these precious beasts close up!

I see something approaching the ship…

Off in the distance something breaks the surface

Off in the distance something breaks the surface

From here the captions will describe what I see!

Find the fins

Find the fins

A pod of four Orca

A pod of four Orca

One above, one below

One above, one below

Find the fins

Find the fins

Heading left

Heading left

Heading right

Heading right

I was so surprised to discover the differentiation, and am happy to know that I have finally seen Orca in the wild!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Have an amazing day, and be well! ^..^


Today I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story.
Mondays Finish the StoryThis is a flash fiction challenge where you are given a photo prompt to use, and the opening line to the story. The goal is to write a story, with a beginning, middle and end, using 100-150 words.

2014-11-10 - BW Beacham
“Would anyone know if there truly was an alien invasion?” That was the topic of discussion as my Mom and I sat on the deck watching the praying mantis as it hung from the black-eyed Susan.

“Do you remember that time we were driving back from San Francisco on 280?” I asked.

“What time would that be?” my Mom replied.

“It was night time, remember? All those planes stacked up to fly into SFO; we were saying how would we ever know if any one of those lights in the sky could be an alien craft.”

“Oh, yes, I do remember that. There were what, 15 planes coming in?”

The head of the praying mantis swiveled in our direction; the tiny black pupils looked first at my Mom, then at me. Its jaws began to move ever so slightly.

“Humans,” it said, “you know too much.”

A beam of light shone down surrounding us. In a flash, they took us.
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I hope that you enjoyed today’s bit of flash! If you want to participate in today’s challenge you can by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a magnificent Monday! ^..^


Leave the Light On - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Leave the Light On – Photo by Alastair Forbes

No one had lived in the house for years. The front porch steps were old, and weathered. Grime covered the windows except for one; this one at the top left corner. It was always clean.

A story goes that one hundred years ago, the Whittington family lived in the house. Jenna Whittington was the only daughter of the family. At the young age of 14, she met and fell in love with Peter Crawford. He was 15. They were inseparable.

Unbeknownst to her family, Jenna and Peter had secretly married. Then the war came. Peter found himself called for duty. On November 9th, 1914, before leaving, he assured her that the war would be over quickly. Upon his return, they would begin their lives together; a life filled with love, happiness and many children. Before leaving, he asked her to leave the light on in the hallway for him so he could find his way home.

Peter never returned. Jenna passed away from sorrow. And, on November 9th every year, if you pass by at the right moment, you will see the light in the hallway come on, and the face of Jenna Crawford looking out the window waiting for Peter to return.
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Well, a bit over 200 words…forgive me!

Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the photo that inspired this story!

To you, my dear reader, thank you for taking the time to stop by today! May you have a spectacular Sunday! Be well! ^..^

Susitna River


I always find being near water soothing. There is something about the sound and the sight that just calms me. There is a quiet beauty as I sit by the river. I am lulled by the lapping of the water against the shore. And, the surrounding landscape is truly majestic! Come and sit with me by a river!

I found myself along the Susitna River with the majestic Mt. McKinley (Denali as it is referred to in Alaska) as a backdrop. The river is the 15th largest river in the U.S. and Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America.

Susitna River and Mt McKinley

Susitna River and Mt McKinley

Small waves roll along the shoreline.

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Rafters laugh gaily as they head towards the shore.

Rafting on the river

Rafting on the river

As my gaze wanders I notice the lovely colors not only in the rocks in the river but along the shoreline as well!

Amazing colors in the rocks

Amazing colors in the rocks

Amazing colors along the shores

Amazing colors along the shores

Looking closer at the rocks, I notice how smooth their edges are. This is due them being smoothed as they come off the glacier and roll along the river. The water can be powerful in its ability to sculpture that which is within.

Rocks along the waters edge

Rocks along the waters edge

The river is calming and hypnotic as I watch the waters move along…

The calm of the river

The calm of the river

One final shot of the amazing and majestic beauty from the shore!

Final shot of the Susitna and Denali

Final shot of the Susitna and Denali

Do you find water soothing and calming?

Have one heck of splendid Saturday! Thank you for dropping by! Be well! ^..^