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I have been doing a post a day, on occasion more than one, since I began this blog in June of 2011. I love sharing with all of you my photos, recipes and the “other stuff” that I sometimes do. I would like to thank all of you who take the time to read my blogs for giving me a moment of your time! I appreciate all the likes you give to my posts as well as your comments!

The other day for Sunday Photo Fiction, I did a post called On the Road. This was to be flash fiction, and in reality, this is my story. I have been diagnosed with Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma.

I start chemotherapy today. I am not sure how I will be feeling and so I might not be posting every day as I have done in the past. I will post as I can. Heavy sigh…Writing posts for this blog, I confess, is my one big addiction, to which my husband can attest to.

So, to you my dear readers, I want to thank each and everyone of you for sticking with me, some of which go back to my first post!

Now I am going to be taking a positive attitude and not let this get me down. Daily affirmations and positive thinking are key to me getting through this.

Now, I was asked in the WordPress Photo Challenge to post a selfie…I did not do this because I am really rather shy. Just for today, for those who really want to know what I look like, I decided that you get to see me as I really am!

Just me as I normally am!  Ask my friends!

Just me as I normally am! Ask my friends!

Now I would like for you to do one thing for me if you would be so kind. Please make this post the best day I have ever had with WordPress by clicking on the like button, and leaving me a comment!

I am not sure when I will feel like writing because of the treatments, so please hang in there with me! As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in almost every movie he made, “I’ll be back!”

Peace be with you, and know that I hold each and everyone of you in my heart! I am humbled by the number of followers of which you are one, and, I thank you for your love and support of this blog!

I am heading off for my first chemotherapy treatment…I will see you again when I post next…

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Wandering through my fruit orchard I see that the blooms are fading. This year, due to the drought, I will not have a lot of fruit but I did find that we will have some, that is if I can get to the ripening fruit before the birds and raccoons! So today I wanted to share what I found on my fruit trees!

The 3 in 1 cherry tree is fully loaded! We have never gotten a lot off of this tree, and this year each and every branch is heavy with fruit!

Just one mass of cherries

Just one mass of cherries

Most of the almonds on my tree are close to the top. Not quite what we had last year, but still there will be enough!

Almonds

Almonds

Check out these itty bitty nectarines!

Nectarines

Nectarines

And, this fuzzy little fruit is tomorrow’s peach!

Peach

Peach

On my plum tree, which is a 5 in 1, only one branch is fully loaded. We had some hail damage and that knocked off the blossoms…

Plums

Plums

One final shot…These blossoms are on one of my apple trees. I got lucky with this shot to have this lovely little pollinator in the photo!

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

I can just imagine the flavors of each one of these! How about you? :)

Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time to drop on by today!

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As we sat on the front deck enjoying our evening cocktail, a flash of an iridescent orange caught the eye of my husband. Running inside I grabbed my camera only to miss the photo opportunity. The following evening, I did come out with camera in hand and we sat and toasted the day, loved ones, and to good health. Then we both saw this bright orange bird returning to the oak tree where it landed the night before!

This bird is the Bullocks Oriole!

The Bullocks Oriole

The Bullocks Oriole

Now, we did not know what this bird was until I downloaded the photos for a closer look. Then I was able to identify it by doing a search on the internet! This bird migrates to our area in spring and stays through the summer.

Pretty bird

Pretty bird

The bird that we saw is a male. The females are generally grey-brown in color with a slight tinge of yellow on its face and underside of the tail. They are monogamous for the season and both rear the young.

Radiant orange color

Radiant orange color

What we like about these birds is that they are bug catchers!

They love hanging out in the tree tops!

They love hanging out in the tree tops!

Hopefully this male will find his mate and make their home somewhere in our yard!

Have a spectacular Monday, and thanks for dropping by!

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Our air here in the Sierra Foothills is loaded with pollen! For those allergy sufferers, having Kleenex handy is a must! Right Barb? I am amazed, though, by the blossoms on the Oaks here in the foothills. Why? These flowers hang down in clusters and yet the trees only get one or two acorns from each mass. Shall we take a look at these delicate blossoms?

Oak blossoms

Oak blossoms

To give you an idea of the amount of flower clusters, here is a shot of a few branches loaded with blossoms!

Hanging flowers

Hanging flowers

It is truly amazing how much pollen these put out. And the emerging clusters of leaves are colorful with a hint of rose color around the edges…

Oak leaves budding

Oak leaves budding

Let’s take a closer look at the blossoms, shall we?

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Tiny little flowers

Tiny little flowers

Amazing, aren’t they? One more shot…This is of newly emerging leaves against the bark of a white oak…

Contrasts

Contrasts

As I am writing this my eyes are itchy and watery, my nose is running, and I am sneezing! Spring is definitely here!

I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thank you for taking the time to drop by, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Every spring here in the Sierra Foothills, one innocuous looking shrub goes into full bloom. The fragrance is a bit sweet and fills the air. The flowers on this plant are very delicate and are in clusters that resemble stars. The plant is called Buckbrush Ceanothus.

I wanted to share these lovely flowers with you today. While you cannot smell them at least you can enjoy their beauty! And, I will include some fun facts about how the native Americans used this plant!

Buckbrush

Buckbrush

This shrub can be found throughout the foothills. The variety that grows here is called “Sierra Snow.”

A bug on the buckbrush

A bug on the buckbrush

Various native American tribes had many uses for this plant. They Miwok Indians would use the branches of this plant for firewood. And the stems would be straightened and used as the foreshaft for two piece arrows. They would also take a stem of good length, shave and harden the end in fire, and use this as a tool for digging. With as hard as the ground gets here in the summer, that has to be some hard wood!

Flower buds

Flower buds

This plant is huge for our local pollinators! And the deer eat the newly emerged leaves, while rodents and birds, such as the morning doves and quail, will use this plant to hide themselves in as it provides excellent coverage!

Looking closely at the flowers, they resemble shooting stars, having 5 petals and 5 ancillary petals that complete the look!

Shooting stars

Shooting stars

Isn’t this a pretty flower?

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Have a terrific Tuesday and thank you for visiting with me today!

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In the garden, every spring, I look forward to the delicate blossoms of my rhododendron. What amazes me about this plant, aside from the glorious flowers, are the leaves. In the spring and summer they are a beautiful shade of green, and in the fall and winter the leaves turn a rusty brown. The leaves are in transition, and the blossoms lovely, so I decided to share with you photos I took recently!

From the center

From the center

Delicate

Delicate

Floating

Floating

Light and shadows

Light and shadows

Ruffles

Ruffles

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Have a great Monday! And thank you for dropping by!

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The Cemetery - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Cemetery – Photo by Alastair Forbes

While vacationing in Auvergne, they came across a cemetery in the middle of town. They walked amongst the headstones and found one that was intriguing: The headstone of Marie Blackwood.

The story goes that Marie, a young innocent, at the age of 14, was destined for an arranged marriage with the Duke of Auvergne, a man 30 years her senior. On the day of her wedding, her sisters and mother helped Marie into her wedding dress made of lace and organza, with a high lace collar and lace sleeves. Her long auburn locks cascaded in curls down her back. Her veil: A wreath of silk chiffon, and carefully crafted rosebuds.

At the wedding , the guests admired her beauty as she made her way down the aisle towards the Duke. Despite the age difference they were a handsome couple. It was when they were in front of the minister, that one of the Dukes arch enemies ran to the alter and swiftly killed them both!

Today in Waverly Square, 216 years later, they stood in front of the headstone of Marie Blackwood. Looking closely, one can see her image as if etched in stone, of Marie in her wedding dress.
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If you click on the photo, then click on it again to enlarge it, you will see Marie on the headstone to the left!

Thank you Alastair for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

I hope that you enjoyed my story today! Have a spectacular Sunday and thank you for dropping in!

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‘In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that captures the threshold — that point just before the action happens, that oh-so-sweet moment of anticipation before that new beginning. It could be a door about to open, or something a bit more metaphorical like a flower about to bloom. Looking forward to seeing how you capture “threshold.”’ This is the challenge Krista at the WordPress Photo Challenge is giving us in this week’s challenge! Hmm…what photos do I have that fits this challenge? Let’s go take a look!

Let’s start with this one! Here are a number of river rafters on the threshold of going into the rapids on the South Fork of American River…

On the brink

On the brink

I cannot describe the feeling one gets when entering an old gold mine shaft! What will we find beyond?

The mine entrance

The mine entrance

On the metaphorical side…Here is a black-eyed Susan on the threshold of opening!

Opening

Opening

What lies beyond the throat of this lovely orchid?

Open wide and say ahhhh!

Open wide and say ahhhh!

Ready for a nap? Here is our dear sweet Toby on the threshold of a dream!

Ready for a nap

Ready for a nap

Did I do OK? Be sure to check out other entries by clicking here!

Have an amazing Saturday and enjoy your weekend! Thanks, of course, for dropping by!

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Every year after it rains, the mushrooms pop up and so does the turkey tail fungus! The tails feather out and spread for inches in ribbons of color! I discovered this fungus growing on an old wood pile, where it really seems to thrive! This fungus is actually just another mushroom, and one that is believed to have some properties that may be useful in fighting cancer!

Turkey tail fungus

Turkey tail fungus

I love the layers and the ribbons of color in this delicate looking fungus!

Layers

Layers

Ribbons of color

Ribbons of color

Sometimes you can find turkey tails with a bit of green on them. This is actually an algae growing on the fungus! I didn’t see this on any of the ones I found, but I have seen it before… It seems that this fungus finds a crack in the wood and makes a home there as you can see in this photo!

Draping down

Draping down

If you look closely you can actually see that these little tails are fuzzy!

Fuzzy little things

Fuzzy little things

Isn’t that an amazing looking fungus?

Have a tremendous Thursday, and, thank you for taking the time to visit with me today!

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Today I wanted to feature some photos of the amazingly beautiful cherry blossoms on our trees. We have two trees. One is the tart Montgomery cherry, and the other tree is a 3 in one. This tree has Rainier, Black Tartarian, and a Lapins. So far I have tasted two cherries off of both trees as the birds and raccoons sometimes get there before I do!

So let’s take a look at what will hopefully become this year’s bumper crop of cherries! These trees are now about 6 years old!

I just love the cherry blossoms. They are so fragrant!

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

As I was taking photos of these lovely flowers the tree was humming with bee activity! Check out the chunk of pollen collected by this bee! If you double click on this photo you will see it full screen!

A pollinator

A pollinator

The flowers have a pattern that is unique to the cherry. Check out the striations in the petals. You will not see this in other fruit blossoms.

Patterns in the petals

Patterns in the petals

Here is a blossom raising its face to the sun!

Looking up at the sun

Looking up at the sun

The flowers are in clusters. Here is a shot with five blossoms…Can’t you just imagine five lovely cherries hanging from this tree, ready for me to pick and pop in my mouth? :)

Tomorrow's fruit

Tomorrow’s fruit

I can just imagine the sweet juices filling my mouth…mmmm….

Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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