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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! ^..^

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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! ^..^

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A Wink and a Smile - Photo by Adam Ickes

A Wink and a Smile – Photo by Adam Ickes

It hung on the wall of the accounting office for years, silently watching over the staff. It always gave Celeste the willies. She was glad it was taken down and going to storage along with old records.

Sometimes she thought she had seen the eyes of that darned thing looking at her and sometimes she thought that she saw the mouth smile. Always doing a double take, she realized it was a trick of her mind.

As the boxes dwindled from the corner, she looked over to the goat’s head trophy. It winked and smiled at her. What the devil?

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Adam Ickes for the inspiring photo!

I hope you enjoyed today’s bit of flash! Thank you for dropping by, and have an amazing day and a wonderful weekend!

Be well!

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When we were at Stumpy Meadows there was a mother and son enjoying paddling boarding on the lake. What could be better on a hot day then a day with Mom on a lake? This actually looks like fun and some good exercise too! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

You can see from he ripples on the water that there was a bit of a breeze.

Sunday outing with Mom

Sunday outing with Mom

Stumpy Meadows got its name from all the trees that were cut down to make this reservoir. Look at the shore in this photo…Be sure to click to enlarge the photo!

Taking a break

Taking a break

I could hear Mom calling out to her son to follow her!

Follow the leader

Follow the leader

After a while they got tired and started to head for shore…

Heading to shore

Heading to shore

This boy is very lucky that his Mom spent the day with him doing this! My Mom: Forget getting her out on the water on one of those boards! My Dad might have enjoyed this!

Enjoy your Tuesday! Thank you for dropping in today! Be well! ^..^

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Under the Lake - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Under the Lake – Photo by Alastair Forbes

She had had enough of him. She planned her get away and today was the day she would leave. She picked up the already packed suitcase. The timing was good as he was not at home, or so she thought.

She headed to the garage. Fear welled up in her throat. Out of the darkness, he was there. He grabbed her arm with force. The suitcase dropped and opened on the floor. Looking back at him, she watched as the hatchet came down. A look of shock crossed her face. Blood sprayed his face and clothes.

He drove to the lake. A passerby noticed all the blood covering him. With the body now stowed in the boat, he headed out and looked around. He was alone. He cut the engine dropped her wrapped body secured with the anchor into the lake. He watched as the body sank noticing rainbows shining down in the distance.

This he took as a sign of good luck. No one would ever leave him for another man. When he reached the shore, he tied the boat up and returned to the car. He heard a noise. Looking up, he saw police surrounding him, guns drawn.
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! And for the photo that inspired this bit of flash!

Thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to stop by! Have a lovely Sunday!

Be well! ^..^

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Donncha Ó Caoimh has come up with the subject “Relic” for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! He suggests that we share photos of what this topic means to us! So here we go with my version of relic!

From days past, here is a still standing relic from days gone by: The Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built in 1900.

The Haunted Jerome Grand Hotel

The Haunted Jerome Grand Hotel

Living in the Sierra Foothills, there are many old relics that date back to the gold mining days. Here is one such historic building found in Murphys, CA.

One of the many old buildings in Murphys

One of the many old buildings in Murphys

Old wagons can still be found in our area. This one is in the town of Columbia.

An old wagon

An old wagon

Here is a relic of days gone by. This wall is one of the last standing at the Kinishba Ruins in Arizona.

A look down a side wall of the village

A look down a side wall of the village

This tree is a different relic that the others above. This is one of the fallen trees found at Big Trees State Park. I believe this tree was about 1,500 years old! The man in the photo is 6’5.5″ tall!

One of the smaller trees

One of the smaller trees

One more…This relic is found on the island inside of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Check out the little building on the peak of the Island. You will see it better if you click on the photo!

The island in Emerald Bay

The island in Emerald Bay

I hope that you enjoyed these photos of relics! Enjoy your Friday and thank you for taking the time to drop in!

Be well! ^..^

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The Impending Storm - Photo by Kelly Sands

The Impending Storm – Photo by Kelly Sands

To the folks of the small town of Dingle it looked like ordinary cloud cover. There was to be a chance of rain. And they needed it!

The season had been a fairly dry one. The last few had been fairly dry ones. This was for them a seven year drought! Many in the town said prayers asking that this be the storm to end all storms!

On the other side of clouds, the fleet set up for the attack. The clouds were the perfect cover. Then came the rumble of thunder and the commander shouted, “Fire! Fire! Fire!”
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And thank you to Kelly Sands for the inspiring photo!

Enjoy your Thursday! Thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^

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I love wandering through my garden at this time of year because of all the flowers that are blooming! We have quite a variety and I thought for today’s post I would share these with you. Are you ready to head out into the garden? Let’s go!

Calendula

Calendula

Delphinium

Delphinium

Lily

Lily

Black eyed Susan

Black eyed Susan

Rock Rose

Rock Rose

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Zucchini

Zucchini

Gilardia

Gilardia

Russian sage

Russian sage

Shasta daisies

Shasta daisies

One more…

Yarrow

Yarrow

I hope you enjoyed wandering around the flowers in my garden! Do you have a favorite of all of these?

Thank you for stopping by today and have a marvelous Monday! :) Be well! ^..^

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The Tower Bell - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Tower Bell – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The bell tower was the centerpiece of the town. It was unusual in the sense that it would toll all by itself always at four in the afternoon. No one in the town knew why, no one, except for Violet. You see, she had this unique talent, one that allowed her to touch items and see events that surround those same items.

One night, as the town slept, Violet found a way to access the bell tower so that she could touch the bell. Facing the bell she tentatively reached out to the bell her fingers making contact.

In a rush images came to her. She saw the tower being constructed and heard it ringing for the first time. It was an eventful day for the town, filled with festivities. There was laughter and joy. It was in the middle of the afternoon that a storm came up unexpectedly bringing strong winds, thunder and lightning.

And, what she discovered with the touch of her hand to the bell was that at four in the afternoon that fateful day, the creator of this town bell was struck down by the lightning. She realized that this was for whom the bell tolled!
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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 on by! Be well and have an amazing Sunday!

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Due to the birthday of the United States of America, Nilesh, another blogger, suggested that this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge should be about a party and how you celebrate! Let’s begin this with a photo featured on my 1st birthday of this blog!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

What better way to celebrate than with a glass of champagne!

Celebrating!

Celebrating!

And with a steak dinner!

A steak dinner!

A steak dinner!

Don’t forget the goofy glasses! At a party one needs to have some fun!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

How do you party?

Have a great Saturday and if you are in my neck of the woods, keep water with you during this heat wave!

Thanks for dropping by and be well! ^..^

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