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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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Being that I cannot be around people until my immune system gets back to normal, I wander around my little world. My imagination runs wild with me as I look at all the little details so many miss. So for today I decided to take you into the world of the fairies! The fairies are dainty little things, as they float and dance in the breeze. Their planets are an amazing structure of symmetry and beauty! Are you ready for a trip to a different world? Let’s go!

Planet Fairy

Planet Fairy

Symmetry

Symmetry

Before lift off!

Before lift off!

Lift off!

Lift off!

A visitor

A visitor

Enjoy your Tuesday, and thanks for visiting this other world with me today!

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This week’s topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “On Top.” This got me to thinking about what photos I can share with you that shows you the perspective of being on top. So, here we go!

What better place to start on top than Half Dome in Yosemite!

The top of Half Dome!

The top of Half Dome!

How about this lovely cactus with a blossom adorning its top?

On top of the world

On top of the world

Here is a different spin. This is the topside of one of the many tarantulas that stop by during mating season!

Top side

Top side

Here is a shot in Big Trees State Park, CA, looking up at the tree tops. Make you a bit dizzy? It did me!

Looking up a big tree

Looking up a big tree

Here is a shot looking at the top of one incredible thunderhead. This was in Leavenworth, WA.

A massive thunderhead

A massive thunderhead

Thank you to Sara Rosso for choosing this topic for the now Daily Post Photo Challenge!

Be well and thank you for stopping by! ^..^

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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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“…show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.”

This is the topic for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Let’s see what I can come up with, shall we?

My first thought for this challenge was of the monumental Grand Tetons!

The Grand Tetons from afar

The Grand Tetons from afar

WordPress is currently having issues as I am unable to upload a small 800KB photo. I might add more later, so do check back!

Have a great day 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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