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The days move so fast these days, and here it is Sunday once again! I am taking part in Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a challenge that asks that you to write a story using about 200 words that goes along with the photo provided. Here is my story:

The Room with a View

The Room with a View - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Room with a View – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He sat in the window of the tower, a bird’s eye view of the world. The room was warm because of the fire burning in the hearth. He stood and stretched, then sat back down watching as the woodpeckers flew to the roof above.

He was lucky. Very lucky, some would say. He had been alone in the world trying to fend for himself and doing just OK. Others in his world did not care for him, and he had the scars to prove it. He was homeless. His daily amusements were chasing the birds in the park, and sometimes the deer too.

It was a cool spring day when he came upon the castle. Two people were sitting outside and he went to them begging for a bite to eat. He was so hungry. The woman disappeared into the castle and came back out with goodies for him. He was so happy, and so he said to her. She examined him, noting his limp and recent injuries.

Lifting him up in her arms, she carried him inside, gave him a warm bed, water, food, even a name. He looked back out the window knowing he was one lucky cat!

My name is Scrappy!

My name is Scrappy!


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Thank you Al for the great photo and to Scrappy, who inspired this story as I looked at him staring out the window!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a special Sunday and be well! ^..^

Good Camouflage!


The other day when I was wandering around the backyard looking at the little world out back, I came upon another area where mushrooms were sprouting. The only reason I noticed these is because the soil was being pushed up, and resembled a gopher trail. Looking closer I discovered the mushrooms! Great camouflage if you ask me!

Check it out.

They are hard to see

They are hard to see

Did you see them? There are three.

They really do blend right in, so I felt very lucky to capture these hidden beauties!

Blends right in

Blends right in

Here is the mushroom revealed!

The mushroom revealed

The mushroom revealed

Here are a pair from the side. There is a lot of dirt on top, and if I had not walked around the pushed up soil, I might have missed these!

Pushing up

Pushing up

When they do pop the surface, they are hidden amongst the leaf litter and soil debris, as you can see by this next photo.

Hidden by debris

Hidden by debris

One last shot for you…Here are the gills in a close up.

The gills

The gills

While I tried to identify this mushroom I could not find the name. Do you know what this mushroom is? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a splendid Saturday! Be well! ^..^


This week the topic selected for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “Twinkle.” The challenge requires me to find anything that twinkles…I think I have just the photos! Let’s go take a look!

Sunlight on ice crystals catches my eye.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

The twinkling lights on a cruise ship make the interior festive!

Lights

Lights

I would not have seen this spider web if the light didn’t catch the drops of water just right, which is what made me look in that direction.

Raindrops on a spider web

Raindrops on a spider web

I could have taken 100 photos of this scene and all would be different due to the moving water.

Sunlight on the water

Sunlight on the water

You can really see the twinkling in this photo of icebergs floating in Glacier Bay.

Icebergs

Icebergs

One last shot, that of Christmas lights in the square of Prescott, AZ.

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Did I do OK? :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! Be well! ^..^


One Man's Trash - Photo by Sandra Crook

One Man’s Trash – Photo by Sandra Crook


After a storm, Stacy loved hitting the beach by the river. She walked down the ramp to the dock to access the pile of debris left by the last storm. An artist by trade, her mind whirled with ideas as she looked over the beach scattered with driftwood, plastic bottles and balls.

She envisioned the plastics bottles becoming self-watering devices for her houseplants. The driftwood she could use to make some cool artwork. One piece in particular would become a handle for the wood gate at the side of her house.

She thought, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Sandra Crook for her inspiring photo!

I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash fiction today! Thank you for stopping by today, and have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

They’re Back!


Yes, they are! The turkey tails, that is! This is an amazing fungus that grows on dead wood. It is a colorful fungus with ribbons of colors and fuzzy textures. Every year, on one particular pile of dead wood by the woodshed, they are prolific! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here is it looking at it straight on.

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

It has bands of color running across the surface.

Ribbons of color

Ribbons of color

Bands

Bands

One particular growth resembles a flouncy, ruffled skirt!

Ruffled skirt

Ruffled skirt

They grow in layers. These are new and will be larger later on in the season!Layers

This final shot is one that to me resembles a flower!

Looks like a flower

Looks like a flower

Isn’t this a cool looking fungus? I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

The Tiny World Out Back


I have a natural curiosity that always leads me to looking in places that most would not take the time to look at. It is surprising what one can find when you look closely at the miniature world that is right outside the back door! So, with that in mind, I took a stroll out back to look at the tiny world that exists on the two acres we live on!

Here is what I spied:

Sprouting through wood

Sprouting through wood

No longer in the dark

No longer in the dark

Up from the bark

Up from the bark

Renewal

Renewal

Little umbrellas

Little umbrellas

Neat little mushrooms, aren’t they?

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for coming along on my stroll, and be well! ^..^


I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words….Ready?

2014-12-08 - BW Beacham

“Donning her fins and snorkel, she headed out into the deep water.” She carried her special underwater camera. Her last project was in Loch Ness. Using infrared, she captured a photo of Nessie. She was optimistic that in the coastal waters of San Diego she would capture her next!

The chop on the water was actually calm; the water clear. Her target sometimes would reportedly be deep, and sometimes close to the surface. It made an unusual sound, kind of a deep “thrum.”

Having swum a good distance away from the boat, she let herself sink and listen. Pulling out a special underwater sonar device set specifically for this sound, she turned it on. It was heading towards her!

The sound came closer. With the camera ready, she could finally see it coming her way. Raising her camera, she smiled and so did Mr. Limpet, Ladyfish, and Crusty.

They posed and she took the historic shot! Silently, she thanked George Stickle!
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I sincerely hope that you enjoyed today’s story! This story is based upon characters from the 1964 movie starring Don Knotts, Carole Cook and Jack Weston.

I laugh because I met Don Knotts back in the mid-1970’s. It was a meeting I am sure that I will never forget, and he probably didn’t either. On being introduced to this talented man, who was known for his parts in The Andy Griffith Show, and, at the time, the upcoming Three’s Company, I stammered! He graciously shook my hand and I said, “I loved you in the Incredible Mr. Limpet.” His face seemed to freeze, he dropped my hand and walked away. I could have kicked myself! There you have it!

Warner Brothers - Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Warner Brothers – Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Have a wonderful Monday! Thanks for dropping in and be well! ^..^