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One of Many - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One of Many – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Standing at the top of the hill, Al looked out over the ruins. All that was left there were the foundation stones. It was the fourth week of his vacation and he needed photos for his Sunday Photo Fiction Blog.

He had thus far taken more than 1,000 photos and he was looking forward to figuring out which he would use for the flash fiction blog. It was not an easy task choosing a photo. He liked the photos that made folks stop and think about what they would write.

He thought about some of the places he had already seen. There was the Bay of Indigo where he photographed the rusted old boat stuck in the sand on the beach. There was that amazing view from the window of his room at Casamere featuring the old church spires in the distance. He was excited about the shots he took inside the Biot glassworks. And, there was that unusual statue in the center of town at Viogneir.

As he stood on top of the hill, looking over the remains of the ruins at Asterlorn he smiled, and thought, “I wonder who AnElephantCant will kill here.”
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by and visit!

Be well! ^..^

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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! ^..^

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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! ^..^

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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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