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There is something that is just plain hypnotic to me about water and watching it move. The patterns, the textures, the amazing colors are what draw me in. Let’s take a look at some recent shots of water in motion. Ready?

As the sun sets….

Ribbons of gold

Ribbons of gold

Contrasts…

Sea foam

Sea foam

Lines…

Lines

Lines

Water collides…

Collision

Collision

Gently moving…

Gentle waves

Gentle waves

Rippling reflection…

Take off!

Take off!

Swirling, swirling, swirling…

Swirling

Swirling

Isn’t water just amazing?

Have a marvelous Monday! Thank you for stopping by today! Be well! ^..^

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A Dragon in the Garden - Photo by Alastair Forbes

A Dragon in the Garden – Photo by Alastair Forbes

It was the strangest thing really. She could not explain it and yet she just had to solve the mystery. She somehow knew that it had to do with the statuary dragon that she recently purchased and put into her vegetable garden.

Ground squirrels, moles, voles and gophers had ravaged her garden. Shortly after adding the dragon to her garden, she began to notice a change. The critters were gone and her plants began to flourish.

She also noticed that the location of the dragon changed on a daily basis. One day it was near the tomatoes, and the next it was over by the squash. She was puzzled.

Determined to solve the mystery she bought security cameras which she attached to the house. All the cameras focused on the garden. Satisfied that she had good coverage, she was certain she would solve what was happening in her garden.

The day following the set up of the camera system, she sat down to review the footage captured of her garden the night before. She was amazed at what she discovered.

You see, at night, the dragon came to life, which solved the third mystery: Why her vegetables were slightly charred.
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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 to visit! Enjoy your Sunday and be well! ^..^

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The Wine Rack - Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

The Wine Rack – Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

He stood in front of the wine rack, looking for just the right one. He reached for one of the Rosé wines.

Taking it over to a table, he picked up the syringe, and inserted the needle, plunging the contents into the wine. He headed back upstairs. Divorce was not an option.

He set the bottle on the bar, then took the syringe out back and tossed it into the river. He headed back inside.

She stood at the bar with the bottle of Rosé open. She handed him the glass of wine as she sipped her vodka tonic.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Marie Gail Stratford for the photo that inspired this story!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by today to visit and read this post! Be well! ^..^

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I was excited when I saw the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! The subject is “Nighttime.” Ben Huberman asks that we share nighttime photos…Ready? OK – Let’s go!

Imagine yourself on a ship and you wake up in the middle of the night. Imagine that under the curtain of your room you see light. Imagine that you think it might be morning, but it certainly does not feel like it. Imagine pushing the curtain back and you see this! You take a photo…

A ship in the night

A ship in the night

Taking another shot you acknowledge that it is the Zuiderdam.

The Zuiderdam

The Zuiderdam

You take a moment and look higher up than the ship, and there in the sky is a perfect full moon shrouded in fog!

The moon in the fog

The moon in the fog

Looking back down, you see the ship is almost straight across from you. You notice details…

Looking at it straight across

Looking at it straight across

Stepping away for a moment, then returning to the view, you see the ship pulling ahead. You say to yourself, “See you later, maybe.”

Moving on

Moving on

So, there it is…my take on “Nighttime.” Did I meet this challenge? Please let me know! I am looking forward to your comments!

Be well! ^..^

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I am happy to report that we were given the OK to return home yesterday! This morning the King Fire is 68% contained. It has burned 97,009 acres and they have now reduced personnel from over 8,000 fighting this fire to 7,749. A huge thanks go out to all the fire responders and the support crews!

Thank you!

Thank you!

As you might know we had to evacuate our home. When we went to get back to the house for some much needed medications here is the road block that we encountered.

The road block to our home

The road block to our home

This next photo is taken at this road block looking across the canyon in front of us. Usually one can see the ridges that make up this canyon. Notice there is only one short hill visible when there should be 5 or 6.

Smoky canyon

Smoky canyon

In town, near the staging area at our local fairgrounds, we saw parking lots filled with fire trucks. They were continually rotating crews. We even saw semis that were outfitted as sleeping quarters for these folks.

Staging area at the local grocery store -1

Staging area at the local grocery store -1

Staging area at the local grocery store -2

Staging area at the local grocery store -2

We stayed at a hotel in Rancho Cordova. All the hotels between Placerville and this area were filled with evacuees and fire responders. Here are some of the trucks that pulled in one day. This shot is from the window of our hotel room.

Fire trucks at our hotel

Fire trucks at our hotel

On Wednesday night we had a number of our neighbors call to inform us that the evacuation order for our area was lifted. It was early evening so we remained at our hotel because we could not get the cats from the local animal shelter where we were lucky to be able to house them. Thank you for this too to the El Dorado County Animal Shelter for housing our cats!

Yesterday morning we awoke to cloudy skies, which then led to some much needed rain. We got almost 2/3 of an inch of rain, which certainly helped the fire fighters. We retrieved the cats and headed for home. Still suffering from a cold, we took it easy the rest of the day yesterday.

This morning, with the fire still burning, I wanted to share one final photo with you. This is what the air looked like this morning. It is still very smoky but the wind will blow out to the east later today, which will clear the air until the morning. It makes for difficult breathing when one has a cold!

This morning

This morning

To see a map of the area involved and information about this fire, click HERE!

Life here will begin to return to normal, which means that I will be posting regularly as I have done in the past. May you have a fantastic Friday, and thank you for visiting with me today. Be well! ^..^

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This is just a quickie post today.

On a river, in another part of the world, quite a distance away from home, where a huge fire rages, I discover a gas station unlike any other that I have seen before. My mind whirls with possible stories that could be written about this spot…

At the pump

At the pump

Can you think of a possible story to go with this photo? 100 words or less! Post it in your comment! :)

Be well! ^..^

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Good morning from Life in the Foothills! I will be posting as I can as we have been evacuated from our home due to the King Fire burning here in the Sierra Foothills.

Fire!

Fire!

The fire is almost 90,000 acres and is 17% contained as of this writing. The fire was intentionally set and they have arrested a man in connection with this fire. The rumor mill is giving us some very creative stories about why this person started this fire.

We were given a short window of time to go back to our house to gather what we could. The amount of time: 10 minutes. We were escorted in by the Sheriff. We, our 3 cats and the pooch are all OK.

We are hoping that we will be able to return home soon.

Be well and take care! Please be fire safe too!

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