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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! ^..^


In the words of our Dutch relatives regarding MH17:

“Can you imagine a whole country mourning? Yes of course you can, we came in October 2001, just weeks after 9/11, to visit and saw a whole country in shock.

Today the first 40 victims arrived by plane and were transported the last 60 miles in a convoy of 40 hearses. This was shown live on television and a lot of people gathered on the route. Very impressive and emotional, one of the victims is a women of nearly 50 years who was a member of our fraternity/sorority (we were mixed, boys and girls). She was flying with her husband and son.

The whole day there were no commercial breaks on television (a first for the Netherlands I believe).

The Sad Final Journey Home – Mail Online News

One can only hope that the people who did this will see the mourning and understand the grief they caused.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other…That is what the parents wrote whose children died.

So, love to you both!”
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To our Dutch Family: Love to you all!

Nothing can take the pain away from the families of all the victims. Nothing can replace those lives lost. Nothing can eliminate the shock and horror that people around the world felt on hearing the news of what happened to those on flight MH17.

We can only hope that those who committed this atrocity will be brought to justice and made to pay for this crime against all of us!


Kuàizi - Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

Kuàizi – Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

The three women sat down for a dim sum lunch at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge. They were the only non-Asians in the restaurant.

The server came by to drop off tea and one of the women asked the waiter for kuàizi. Surprised, she ran off and returned with three pairs.

As the carts rolled on by, they picked the dishes that appealed to them. The women all began to eat, each one deftly using their chopsticks.

The women realized that the entire restaurant got quiet. All eyes watched them intently, surprised to see these were not fork people!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Marie Gail Stratford for the inspiring photo!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop by for a bit of flash!

Be well! ^..^


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! ^..^

Rock the Lake


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! ^..^


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! ^..^


The Party - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Party – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He slowly dressed for the day. He was not looking forward to seeing anyone because he knew what he would see in their faces: Disappointment.

He had made all the arrangements for the party. It was to be one of the biggest parties that the town would ever see. The caterer had been secured and music too. Decorations had gone up, and the fireworks display was to cap off the evening. The cost of this event was huge with advertising being the most expensive.

The party began in all its glory. The people came dressed in their finest. Drinks flowed, music streamed, and the food just kept coming on. The night air was balmy and comfortable. Then it was time for the fireworks display. Everyone was looking forward to the skyrockets, and they all settled in. The music hit a crescendo and went silent for the beginning of the display…

He quickly lit the first wick of the first firework and ran away. The Piccolo Pete sparked, whistled and popped. He had bought the largest of the Red Devil Fireworks packs. This was not what the people expected. He had truly dropped the ball!
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop by today! Have a wonderful Sunday and be well! ^..^