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Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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There is something so very delicate looking about jellyfish. They gather up the water creating a balloon effect and then release moving forward. I wanted to share with you today some of the jellyfish that I saw when I was in Alaska! I saw two different kinds: One was a bright orange with long tentacles, the other was white with very short tentacles.

This one was in the bay at the town of Ketchikan. It was the bright color that drew my eye as I looked down on it!

Glowing jellyfish

Glowing jellyfish

Long tentacles

Long tentacles

It’s a real beauty!

Fanning out

Fanning out

This next one is quite different in not only size, but color.

Full of water

Full of water

This jellyfish was also in the bay at Ketchikan.

Release

Release

This last shot is of the same kind of jellyfish, but this one was shot in Glacier Bay!

Swimming along

Swimming along

Aren’t they neat?

Well, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday! Have one heck of an amazing day, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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The other day when I was wandering around the backyard looking at the little world out back, I came upon another area where mushrooms were sprouting. The only reason I noticed these is because the soil was being pushed up, and resembled a gopher trail. Looking closer I discovered the mushrooms! Great camouflage if you ask me!

Check it out.

They are hard to see

They are hard to see

Did you see them? There are three.

They really do blend right in, so I felt very lucky to capture these hidden beauties!

Blends right in

Blends right in

Here is the mushroom revealed!

The mushroom revealed

The mushroom revealed

Here are a pair from the side. There is a lot of dirt on top, and if I had not walked around the pushed up soil, I might have missed these!

Pushing up

Pushing up

When they do pop the surface, they are hidden amongst the leaf litter and soil debris, as you can see by this next photo.

Hidden by debris

Hidden by debris

One last shot for you…Here are the gills in a close up.

The gills

The gills

While I tried to identify this mushroom I could not find the name. Do you know what this mushroom is? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a splendid Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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This week the topic selected for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “Twinkle.” The challenge requires me to find anything that twinkles…I think I have just the photos! Let’s go take a look!

Sunlight on ice crystals catches my eye.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

The twinkling lights on a cruise ship make the interior festive!

Lights

Lights

I would not have seen this spider web if the light didn’t catch the drops of water just right, which is what made me look in that direction.

Raindrops on a spider web

Raindrops on a spider web

I could have taken 100 photos of this scene and all would be different due to the moving water.

Sunlight on the water

Sunlight on the water

You can really see the twinkling in this photo of icebergs floating in Glacier Bay.

Icebergs

Icebergs

One last shot, that of Christmas lights in the square of Prescott, AZ.

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Did I do OK? :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! Be well! ^..^

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Yes, they are! The turkey tails, that is! This is an amazing fungus that grows on dead wood. It is a colorful fungus with ribbons of colors and fuzzy textures. Every year, on one particular pile of dead wood by the woodshed, they are prolific! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here is it looking at it straight on.

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

It has bands of color running across the surface.

Ribbons of color

Ribbons of color

Bands

Bands

One particular growth resembles a flouncy, ruffled skirt!

Ruffled skirt

Ruffled skirt

They grow in layers. These are new and will be larger later on in the season!Layers

This final shot is one that to me resembles a flower!

Looks like a flower

Looks like a flower

Isn’t this a cool looking fungus? I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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I have a natural curiosity that always leads me to looking in places that most would not take the time to look at. It is surprising what one can find when you look closely at the miniature world that is right outside the back door! So, with that in mind, I took a stroll out back to look at the tiny world that exists on the two acres we live on!

Here is what I spied:

Sprouting through wood

Sprouting through wood

No longer in the dark

No longer in the dark

Up from the bark

Up from the bark

Renewal

Renewal

Little umbrellas

Little umbrellas

Neat little mushrooms, aren’t they?

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for coming along on my stroll, and be well! ^..^

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We have been having a series of storms here in the Sierra Nevada foothills giving us much needed rain! I stepped out on Thursday night to see if it was still raining. The rain had stopped and as I stepped out from under the eaves of the house, I noticed that the clouds were transparent enough that I was able to see the moon. I wanted to share with you today the amazing sight that I was greeted with!

Now mind you, with everything in motion, the photos are a bit blurry, but you will see what I saw!

The eye in the sky!

The eye in the sky!

Brilliant and colorful

Brilliant and colorful

Shifting clouds

Shifting clouds

Clouds and the full moon

Clouds and the full moon

A rainbow around the moon

A rainbow around the moon

What I was able to see that was hard to capture, was the fact that at one point there were three rings around the moon! Isn’t this cool?

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for stopping by today, and remember, be well! ^..^

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