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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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Reflections. This is the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. So, let’s take a look at what I have come up with, shall we?

Here is a photo that for me is a bit nostalgic.  This is one of our local lakes which I like to frequent. I love the range of colors in this photo. How about you?

Reflections of a distant bridge

Reflections of a distant bridge

Visiting this same lake in one of our earlier years here, there was a model boat race. I took this shot at this event…

Reflecting boats

Reflecting boats

I love the way the clouds reflect on Jackson Lake. In the background: The Grand Tetons!

The Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons

In Yellowstone, I fell in love with the reflections in this colorful photo! This is at the Grand Prismatic Pool.

Reflection in a pool in Yellowstone

Reflection in a pool in Yellowstone

One of my most favorite reflection shots, which is the final one for this post, is when my husband and I took a walk along the San Francisco Bay early in the morning. This shot, which I have featured before, is of the sun rising over the San Mateo Bridge. The sun is behind the ever present fog, and gave me this lovely shot!

The rising sun over the San Francisco Bay

The rising sun over the San Francisco Bay

I hope that you enjoyed this challenge and the photos that I have chosen! Please take some time to check out what others have done for this challenge! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Have a great weekend, and thank you for dropping by!

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The experiment - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The experiment – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The laboratory was humming with sound. The professor flipped on the light switch and looked around the room. He went over to his desk picked up his notes. The formula he had come up with was so simple it could not possibly work. But he had to try. Scratching his head he thought to himself that there was only one way to find out. Pushing his chair away from his desk he got up and went over to the central laboratory table.

He gathered what he needed and set to work. He put it all together with the exception of the catalyst that would cause the reaction he was hoping for. He walked over to the cabinet and hunted around for the tiny vial that held the secret ingredient. Finding it he picked it up and held it up to the light. It looked good.

Going back over to the table, he grabbed an eye dropper. Carefully he opened the vial and removed a single drop of the compound. He dropped the liquid into the cup. The color changed from blue to clear and started to lift from the cup. The experiment worked. This was his latest version of flubber!
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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Great photo Al!

I hope that you enjoyed this little bit of flash! Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a quick read!

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The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to go inside! After thinking about the subject overnight, I decided to feature the lovely features one can find inside flowers! I hope that you will enjoy these photos!

The inside scoop of an apple blossom

The inside scoop of an apple blossom

The inside of broccoli

The inside of broccoli

Crawling inside a plum blossom

Crawling inside a plum blossom

Inside a daffodil!

Inside a daffodil!

Inside vinca major

Inside vinca major

Inside a helleborus

Inside a helleborus

Check out these other posts that I really like that capture this subject well!

In Da Campo

Fire Bonnet

Chris Breebaart

Travel Words

Captured by Kylie

I hope that you found my photos amazing! Enjoy your weekend! And, as always, thank you for dropping by!

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Did you know that the camellia leaves are used for making tea? It is the camellia sinensis that is used for tea! Other varieties of camellias are also used to make a sweet seasoning or a cooking oil! They make the oil by squeezing the seeds. And another form of camellia oil is used for cleaning the blades of cutting instruments. And, this plant can be found in a number gardens. Today I wanted to share photos from one of our camellias in our garden that is blooming for the first time!

One lovely camellia!

One lovely camellia!

Pretty isn’t it?

Too bad these flowers have little to no fragrance!

Too bad they have no fragrance!

Too bad they have no fragrance!

This blossom is so heavy that it is laying on the ground!

A heavy blossom on the ground

A heavy blossom on the ground

The camellia is the state flower of Alabama.  Sacramento, just west of us here in the foothills, nickname is Camellia City!  White camellias in New Zealand symbolized the women’s right to vote and it is also featured on their 10 dollar note. And Coco Chanel used the camellia bud for the symbol of her haute couture. The best part for us here in the Sierra Foothills is that these plants are deer resistant! Wahoo!

Well I hope that you enjoyed today’s visit with the first blooms ever on this camellia shrub! Go out and have a terrific Tuesday, and see you tomorrow? I hope so!

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The Pond at Evermore - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Pond at Evermore – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat hidden in the bushes at the edge of the pond. Legend has it that this pond is the home to the Evermore Fairies. They were determined to catch a photo that would prove the legend was true.

So for hours they sat, watching, waiting. The hours drifted by and Al nodded off to sleep. His gentle snoring became part of the music of the pond. After another hour, Barb noticed something flitting over the rocks in the distance.

She gently shook Al awake. Stretching and rubbing his eyes he looked at Barb. She put her fingers to her lips to indicate he should keep quiet. She pointed to the platform rock that was in the background on the left. They watched as a tiny winged creature set down. This one was followed by a dozen others. They looked on both smiling.

Al lifted his camera and snapped a series of photos. Quietly, they left the area and headed for the local pub. In the pub Al downloaded the photos to his computer. They reviewed the photos hoping that he caught the evidence they were seeking.

They were unaware that just like vampires one cannot capture fairies in photos!
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Thank you Alastair for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And thanks to you for stopping by! May you have a special Sunday!

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The Wringer -  Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Wringer – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Their relationship had been good at the start, just like most. But then things changed. Thinking back on it she realized that the signs were there.

The first warning bell for her was when they went out to dinner one night. It was such a great evening. They had dinner at La Bonne Panais, an upscale restaurant. It was great food, great wine, great conversation, and then the check came. How could he have left his wallet at home?

The next was when they went on a trip to the coast. He had not made reservations and every place was full. Sleeping in the car was not her idea of a romantic weekend away.

Then there was the dinner at his place. Dinner turned out to be Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and copious amounts of vodka, on his part anyway. He ended up passing out on the couch.

The last straw was when on a sleep over, with him once again drinking too much, that she woke up to find him sitting on the edge of the bed telling her to get out. He accused her of doing something she did not do.

He certainly put her through the wringer!
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Thank you Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

With a break in the weather, and yes we are still having a drought despite the rain we have gotten, I am going to venture out into the neighborhood. What are you doing today?

Thank you for dropping by and may you have a splendid Sunday!

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Prince Charming Escapes -- Photo by Sandra Crook

Prince Charming Escapes — Photo by Sandra Crook

Hidden within the hay of the truck tucked in tight was Prince Charming. This was one method of escape that he had not tried before. He was hoping it would work.

He was being forced to marry the Princess Driselda. He was rebelling against this. He dressed himself like one of the commoners and made a mad dash for the hay truck while no one was looking.

Peering over the top he watched the town glide by. At the bend in the road the vehicle stopped. The King’s men were waiting having placed a homing device in the Prince’s clothes.
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A huge thanks goes out to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! The challenge: Write a story with a beginning, middle and end in 100 words or less….

We made it to Friday! Have a wonderful day and thank you for dropping by!

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The Raven - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Raven – Photo by Alastair Forbes

It was just another day at The Tower. Thor sat on the sign which was where one looked for him if they needed him. He took his job seriously; the job of keeping people off the grass!

Now if you take a good look at the photo of dear, sweet Thor, one of the things that you will notice is how clean the sign is. There is a reason for this. Thor is one heck of a particular bird regarding where and how he relives himself.

So let’s take a moment and watch him in action. Here comes someone now with a camera. See how Thor is watching. The photographer is too far away to see the sign to stay off the grass. Something has caught the eye of the photographer. Watch it…watch it…here it comes! He is crossing the grass to the object of his attention!

Now check out Thor. He has turned on the sign. His wings start to flap. Lift off! Circling up and up goes Thor. Rising above the photographer. Now with wings spread, he swoops in! And there is the release! Bullseye!

The photographer screams and Thor chortles as he flies back to his perch.
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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! To participate, and I dare you to, click on the link above!

Well, thank you for dropping in for the quick read! Have an amazing Sunday and I hope to see you back again soon! ^..^

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Treasure.” The objective is to share with you what I treasure. What I treasure most are my family, friends and life itself. I also treasure the beauty that can be found in the world around us! Here are some photos of beauty!

The art found in nature

The art found in nature

A baby acorn woodpecker

A baby acorn woodpecker

Developing fruit

Developing fruit

One colorful gecko

One colorful gecko

Beauty in a flower

Beauty in a flower

Stacked stone

Stacked stone

I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Here are some other posts with some really great photos of other peoples treasures!

What Is It?!?

Alexandra’s Blog

Veronica Roth

Filimages

Thank you for taking the time to drop in and visit! May you have an amazing Saturday! Enjoy your weekend!

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