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My Tasty Garden!


Yes, I have a tasty garden! At least the deer seem to think so! :) Because the deer like my garden so much, most of what I have planted are deer proof or deer resistant plants. There is a difference between the two. The deer proof plants they just will not touch, like my rosemary. The deer resistant plants are plants that the deer will not normally eat, but they will eat if they are hungry enough. I caught a few photos of one such deer who actually nibbled on the rosemary only to spit it out! So for today, I share with you photos of this lovely doe! The captions speak for themselves! Enjoy!

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

A shake of her head

A shake of her head

Licking her chops

Licking her chops

She's a beauty!

She’s a beauty!

Turning to go

Turning to go

See you later!

See you later!

So? What do you think? Isn’t she a beauty?

Have one heck of an amazing week and an excellent Monday! Thank you for dropping by! Be well! ^..^


The Lava Lamp - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Lava Lamp – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat in the living room with a plate of little blue meanies in front of them. He ate one; she ate one. There were not many, but there were enough. On the turntable was a Yes album; the song playing was “Starship Trooper.” The mushrooms were now gone.

After about a half hour, they both found themselves sitting there with silly grins on their faces. The cat sauntered into the room looking first at him, then at her. As she turned to make eye contact with the cat it jumped straight up in the air and then shot off to parts unknown.

He turned down the lights in the room, and sat back down. She began to giggle. He looked over at her. “Your legs have disappeared,” she said breathlessly.

A wide smile broke his face and he said to her, “Your hair? Snakes!”

They both began to laugh hysterically. As the laughter died down, he got up and went into the back of the house returning with a lava lamp in his hand. He plugged it in. As it warmed the goo inside began to move. A column lifted. As if one they both shouted, “Dead baby!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you for the inspiring photo Al! I have not seen one of these lamps in ages!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by to look at my bit of flash! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^


Marigolds are a very sunny flower and a great addition to any garden! They are beneficial in that this lovely plant has an odor that keeps some of those pesky garden insects away, like the aphid! They are also a deer resistant plant! There are yellow marigold and orange, but I prefer the beauty of the variegated variety called Queen Sophia. They have an amazing rust color and as the blossom ages it changes color! So, for today I give to you Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

Marigolds in the Morning!

An emerging blossom

An emerging blossom

A bit of sunshine!

A bit of sunshine!

Amazing colors

Amazing colors

Positively glowing!

Positively glowing!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

An older blossom of pure sunshine!

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Be well and have an amazing Saturday! ^..^


This week the WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Fray.” This could be a worn or raveled edge from something nature created or from constant rubbing. Photos are already coming to mind as I write this! Ready to see what Fray means to me? Let’s go!

In the spring, the buffalo in Yellowstone try to relieve themselves of their winter coats. They do this by rubbing their bodies up against the trees. We came across a tree that showed evidence of this!

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Buffalo hair stuck to a tree

Here are a couple of palm leaves that I photographed while in Mexico. Notice the strings hanging from the plants!

Palm Green

Palm Green

To me, the petals on the Gilardia always look frayed!

Gilardia

Gilardia

A jumble of seaweed that I discovered floating in the bay at Santa Catalina shows worn edges from being battered in the ocean before settling here.

At the surface

At the surface

The ducks around our local lake shed their feathers. These are the old feathers from a white goose.

Downy feathers

Downy feathers

Enjoy your day and be sure to check out other posts by clicking here!

Be well! ^..^


Accidents Happen - Photo by Roger Bultot

Accidents Happen – Photo by Roger Bultot

Driving slowly, he grabbed the bottle of Wild Turkey. He drank long and slow. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he belched loudly. Resealing the bottle, he tossed it next to him. He looked back at the road. The double yellow line of the road kept crossing over itself. Closing one eye resolved the issue.

Suddenly, something flew out onto the road in front of him. He slammed on his brakes missing the critter, ending up in a wall of ivy. Shaking, he backed out. The turkey standing on the side of the road winked and gobbled.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Roger Bultot for the photo that inspired this story!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Be well! ^..^

Squirrel Face Visits!


One of the most commonly seen critters here in the Sierra Foothills, and elsewhere, are squirrels. This year the squirrels are really packing it in! Could they be telling us that we are in for a rough winter? They have been very busy harvesting pine cones, and not only the brown ones, but the green ones as well! I captured one of these visitors in a series of photos. What caught my attention was him chirping and the continual tapping he was doing on the side of the tree! Let’s go check him out!

He hung in this spot for quite a bit, chirping often and doing that tapping thing. The turkeys were nearby. Maybe he was announcing his presence to them…

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

Something catches his eye at the base of the tree…he moves closer to it!

Spying a pine cone

Spying a pine cone

Here he is checking out the pine cone for its nuts.

Looking for the nut

Looking for the nut

He is hearing the camera shutter clicking, and looks up at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Then he begins to eat. Notice all the pine cone debris around him.

Chowing on a pine cone

Chowing on a pine cone

Having had his fill, he heads back up the tree…

Silhouette

Silhouette

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Thank you for taking some time today to stop by for a visit! Be well! ^..^

The Turkeys Grow Up!


On July 2nd I did a post on the baby turkeys that visited with us. That post: A Family Comes to Visit. So, for today, I am posting a quick video of the babies eating with the mommy turkeys, and then, I wanted to share photos of how big they are today!

Cute aren’t they?

And here is a photo of the babies this last June.

The babies in June

The babies in June

Here they are today!

Not so little babies!

Not so little babies!

Here is a future Mom!

Future Mom

Future Mom

Watchful Mom

Watchful Mom

They really are pretty birds!

Oooo baby!

Oooo baby!

I love it when they ruffle their feathers!

Shake it off!

Shake it off!

We are fortunate that we get to enjoy the wildlife up here in the Sierra Foothills! Stay tuned for more wildlife!

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! I hope that you enjoyed the video and the photos! Be well! ^..^