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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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On our trip out to Stumpy Meadows, along the shore, aside from all the tree stumps which give this lake its name, are boulders. Looking at them, I noticed interesting colors and patterns. Tell me if you agree!

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon

The doorway

The doorway

Debris

Debris

Contrasts

Contrasts

Loaded with iron ore

Loaded with iron ore

What do you think?

There was a docent at the lake. He was an elderly gentleman with a definite sense of humor! He asked me if I would like to see a fresh water crocodile. “Certainly!” was my answer. Do you see the crocodile?

Fresh water crocodile

Fresh water crocodile

Do you see it too? :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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Ben Huberman was chosen to pick out this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, and the topic he chose is “Containers.” He says, “From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.” So let’s go see what I have to share that fit this challenge!

Let’s celebrate the barrels that hold wine!

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

And the tanks too!

The tanks

The tanks

And the case boxes!

The tanks & wine boxes

The tanks & wine boxes

Let’s not forget the bottle!

5 Liter Wine Bottle

5 Liter Wine Bottle

I hope you enjoyed these containers!

Have a lovely Saturday and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — 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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We took a drive yesterday up to Georgetown, and decided to go further and head on off to Stumpy Meadows to see how low the water level is on the lake. While there, overlooking the lake by the parking lot a sudden movement caught my eye. It was a squirrel that was scampering amongst the rocks that line a part of the lake.

A squirrel

A squirrel

It’s a cutie – eh? As I watched this little guy I was able to catch the following photos of this foothills critter!

Between the rocks

Between the rocks

On alert

On alert

Posing

Posing

Looking forward

Looking forward

And, one final shot. He was about to disappear on me!

Getting ready to scamper off

Getting ready to scamper off

What a cool looking critter! I made sure to thank him for letting me capture these photos of him!

I hope that you enjoyed this little guy! Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Have a great day and be well! ^..^

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When we visited the Sacramento Zoo, in the area where the birds are located we found one odd bird! Tell me if you agree!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

That knob on the top might be his nostrils! I am sorry that I do not know what kind of bird this is! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know and I will add it and link that info to you! This bird, to give you an idea of how big it is, is larger than a very large turkey!

UPDATE: Thank you to Veronica Roth who told me that this odd bird is an Abyssinian ground hornbill!

Check out this bird’s eyelashes! Maybelline might just have a new eyelash model with this baby! If you click on this photo you will be able to really see the detail!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

And what about these legs?

Lovely legs!

Lovely legs!

I did manage to get a bit of video! This bird just kept walking back and forth in front of us. So, here is:

May you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you for taking the time today to visit with me, and be well!

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One of my favorite Foothills critters spend their mornings and afternoons on our deck and they join us for cocktails every night! That would be the Pacific Chorus Frogs! I wanted to share some photos of these little gems that come to visit with us every year!

This one is green.

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

This frog can change colors! Here is another one in the brown phase…

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Could this one be green with envy?

Totally green with envy!

Totally green with envy!

It is unusual to see them green against brown. Here is one of the brown ones emerging from his house getting ready to out in search of food! I keep telling them to go after the pesky flies that bother us!

Coming out of the frog house

Coming out of the frog house

And, now he is on the move!

On the move!

On the move!

If I can capture it, I will try to take a video of these critters making their way down our front deck looking for some dinner! We call it the March of the Frogs! :)

Have a lovely Tuesday and thanks for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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Another first in our 8 years here in the Sierra Foothills! We had one single turkey visit us recently, which was the first time we have had this in our front yard. For the last several days we have been visited every afternoon by two families. There have been two female turkeys and 9 babies! So today, I am sharing with you the little brood!

Two families come to visit

Two families come to visit

Both moms and the babies

Both moms and the babies

Babies up close

Babies up close

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Eating and watching

Eating and watching

One final shot…

A mother bird with 8 babies!

A mother bird with 8 babies!

I hope that you enjoyed these family photos! The babies really are cute! If I can get my husband to put together the videos that I took of them and the gopher snakes, then I will include both in a single post!

Have a great Wednesday and be well! ^..^

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We have been here in our little spot of the Sierra Foothills for 8 years now, and we have rarely seen snakes. I remember seeing a king snake on a drive home and that has been about it. Until recently that is! I would like to suggest that you click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really check out the amazing details! Once the photo is enlarged, if you click it again the photo will fill your screen!

While sitting on our deck having our evening cocktails, I could have sworn that I saw two birds, one dark and one light, fly right under the deck. I actually got up and went to the side to look but found nothing. I sat back down and a minute later my husband is shouting, “Snake! Snake!” Luckily I had my camera with me!

The visiting snake was quick and on the move! It was a King Snake! Running quickly, I had to get to where the snake was heading, which was right into the vinca. Here are the shots I got of this lovely and beneficial snake.

The King Snake

The King Snake

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

He was moving pretty quickly and I did manage to catch one more shot.

Pretty snake!

Pretty snake!

I did get a bit of video so you can see this guy on the move. He is truly a beauty!

A couple of days later, when I took the dog outside to do his business, I noticed he was smelling something that did not look right on our gravel driveway. I then realized what he had his nose to was a snake! And, I panicked! Why? Because Rattlesnakes are common here! After shooing the dog away from the snake, I put him back in the house and grabbed my camera.

On venturing back out, I realized that the snake had not moved. The snake: A Gopher Snake. The other thing of note is that on this particular day we were visited by not only this gopher snake in the morning, but another one in the afternoon! So this next series of shots is the first snake. It measured about five feet in length!

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Here you can see the length of the snake.

The full length of the snake

The full length of the snake

This next series of shots has a bit more lighting as these were taken of the second snake in the later afternoon. This one measured about four feet in length and was a bit more active than the first!

The Gopher Snake

The Gopher Snake

Snaking around our pots

Snaking around our pots

Tasting its surroundings

Tasting its surroundings

Leaving

Leaving

What an exciting series of days! In all of the years of living here, these are the first snake visitors that we have seen. Just like the turkey that showed up! Speaking of which, two female turkies have been visiting us regularly with 9 babies. So stay tuned for a post on those lovely foothills critters!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope that you have enjoyed this post! Have an amazing Tuesday, and be well! ^..^

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