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Every year, before the peony blossoms erupt in their glorious shades of pinks and whites, the ants move in. There must be something savory on the blossom heads that attracts them each year. Today, on a trip down to the peony bed, I added some photos to the ones that I took the other day. Would you like to check out the ants with me? Let’s go!

If you look closely at this photo, you can almost see this little ant looking at you!

Can you see my face?

Can you see my face?

If this was a world, then they have it covered!

All over the world!

All over the world!

They truly are colorful. I can see stripes on their rear ends!

Colorful ants

Colorful ants

How is it that they can hang upside down?

Hanging in the shade

Hanging in the shade

Something in that one area must taste pretty good! They keep going back to the one spot where they seem to congregate!

What's that?

What’s that?

Cool aren’t they? As long as they stay outside, they are!

Have a great day and enjoy your evening! Thanks for stopping by!

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Just a quick post for today. The moon was truly amazing the other night as it moved slowly up through the trees. Of all the photos that I took, this one came out the best!

The eye in the sky

The eye in the sky

Have a wonderful Saturday and thank you for taking the time to drop on by!

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This week the WordPress Photo Challenge subject is street life. Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to “…capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place…” So, with this in mind, I will take you to a number of places that I have been that do just this! Ready? Let’s go!

Let’s begin with a photo of the town where I live: Placerville, CA.

A view of Main Street

A view of Main Street

Here is a shot of another town here in the foothills…Murphys, CA.

The main street in Murphys

The main street in Murphys

Here is a street scene from Columbia, CA.

A view down an old town street

A view down an old town street

Taking you somewhere different, this street scene is found on the island of Santa Catalina, just off the Southern California coast…

One of the streets in town

One of the streets in town

Going much further south, we took a couple of cruises that brought us south of the border. These next photos are a huge contrast to life here in the foothills!

Here is a street in Puerto Vallarta.

A street in Puerto Vallarta

A street in Puerto Vallarta

This next one is in Mazatlan.

A street in Mazatlan

A street in Mazatlan

And one final shot. This one is in the town of Ensenada!

One of the busy streets

One of the busy streets

II hope that you enjoyed these street scenes! Thanks Cheri for this challenge! And, thank you, dear readers, for taking the time to drop in for a visit!

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In the Fog - Photo by Alastair Forbes

In the Fog – Photo by Alastair Forbes

April 10th 1912. The passengers on the gangway boarded the newly constructed and state of the art cruise ship. The line moved slowly. Mary Mack was excited about this trip just as everyone else was!

Once settled in her cabin, Mary investigated the ship. She admired the 17th century William and Mary styled stair case with its gold trim. She discovered a Turkish bath on the ship, a reading and writing room, smoking rooms, a formal dining room and what they called the a la carte restaurant. Overall the ship was impressive!

People filled the decks looking over the pier to wave at their loved ones. Shouts of “Bon Voyage” could be heard from many. The ships horns blew as it departed the pier. Excitement filled Mary and the rest of the passengers and its crew.

Little did any of them know that they were headed towards their doom. For the R.M.S. Titanic, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg splitting the hull in two.

Standing on the shore looking at the pier from where the ship had once departed, a fog rolled in. The ghost of one of the lost, Mary Mack, looked on remembering that fateful day.
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Another great photo Al!

Enjoy your Sunday! And thank you for taking the time to drop by! I hope that you enjoyed my flash!

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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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Taking a drive out to one of the ponds in my area, I discovered a pair of Canadian Geese that made for a perfect photo op! So, I thought that today I would share with you this lovely pair! Let’s go check them out, shall we?

Here is the lovely pair!

Checking their surroundings

Checking their surroundings

This fellow decided to pose for me!

Posing for me

Posing for me

Here is one having a bite to eat…

Chowing

Chowing

Here is the pair doing a bit of house cleaning!

House cleaning

House cleaning

One final shot.

Who are you?

Who are you?

Aren’t they a lovely pair? Well, thank you for dropping in, and I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday! See you later!

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Well, yesterday I gave you Cream of Green Chile Soup, and today I give you Cream of Artichoke Soup. I made both of these soups in one day and for dinner we had the two of them combined! It was very, very good! This is an easy soup to make and very tasty with the gentle flavors of the artichoke hearts! Ready to head off into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 TBS butter
1 small onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 #’s of frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted

Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke Hearts

4 cups of vegetable broth, or if you prefer chicken broth
2 cups of heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

First get your butter melted in a stock pot. Then, just like in the cream of green chile soup, start to cook the onions until just soft. Then add in the garlic. When the garlic aromas hit your nose add in the artichokes.

Cooking the artichokes with the onion and garlic

Cooking the artichokes with the onion and garlic

Cook this for about 5 minutes and then add in your vegetable broth.

Add in the vegetable broth

Add in the vegetable broth

Cook this until the artichoke hearts are extremely soft, about a half hour.

Now get out your handy dandy blender or food processor and puree the soup until it is smooth.

Purreed artichoke soup

Purreed artichoke soup

Return this to your stock pot and add in the cream.

Add in the cream

Add in the cream

Bring this to a simmer and cook for about a half hour to reduce it. Then add your salt and pepper to taste. Here is the soup when it is done!

Cream of Artichoke Soup!

Cream of Artichoke Soup!

And here it is combined with the cream of green chile soup and a lovely crusty bread!

Cream of green chile and cream of artichoke soup combined!

Cream of green chile and cream of artichoke soup combined!

I hope that you will try both of these recipes! Please let me know if you do by leaving a comment!

Have a lovely Tuesday and thank you for taking the time to visit with me today!

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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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The subject of this week’s WordPress Photo challenge is Abandoned! According to Merriam-Webster the definition of the term is: 1) Left without needed protection or care; 2) Left by the owner; or, 3) No longer held or thought of; given up. So, check out these photos that capture this theme!

Driving along the highway in New Mexico, we find the remains of an old home. The only thing left is the chimney.

The remains of a home

The remains of a home

In Jerome, AZ in the ghost town, we find long forgotten mining equipment.

Copper Mining Equipment

Copper Mining Equipment

Near Fort Apache in AZ, we visited the ruins of Kinishba. Why did they abandon this place?

Walking around a bend in the road reveals the ruins

Walking around a bend in the road reveals the ruins

Here by our home, we investigated the remains of the Deer View Lodge. These steps were abandoned long ago which you can see by the growth around this staircase.

Stairs leading down to a path

Stairs leading down to a path

Up at Lake Tahoe, in the center of Emerald Bay is an island. On the island is a watchtower abandoned long ago!

The structure on the island

The structure on the island

One can always find abandoned items from the days of the gold rush. Here is an old mining cart that was used to move ore.

A cart sitting under the air shaft

A cart sitting under the air shaft

No matter where you are around every corner there is evidence of things abandoned! Great challenge Cherie Rowlands! You might want to check out some of the other posts by clicking here!

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope that you enjoyed my photos that capture “Abandoned!” Have a great weekend!

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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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