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Last night my husband and I were sharing cocktails on our front deck and I went in to feed the dog. When I came back out there was a noticeable difference in the colors outside. Last year when this happened there was a fire and we were seeing evidence of a fire again yesterday. Today I wanted to share photos that I took from our area. We are approximately 17 air miles north of this fire.

Here is a photo taken when we first saw smoke.

Seeing smoke

Seeing smoke

Here is another shot from a different angle.

Smoke rising

Smoke rising

As we watch the smoke thickens.

The smoke thickens

The smoke thickens

Heading inside we turn on the news. KCRA 3 in Sacramento did a fine job of covering the fire for all of us. The next series of photos is from their news broadcast.

From the air

From the air

A house starts to burn. One thing to notice about this place is that they did not create defensible space around their home, which is one of the reasons this went up so fast. The trees are too close to this house.

A house starts to burn

A house starts to burn

A few minutes later, here is the same house.

The house a few minutes later

The house a few minutes later

Here is a property with the fire approaching a fruit orchard. These folks prepared and have defensible space.

Defensible space

Defensible space

One more shot from KCRA 3. This is of one of the airplanes dropping retardant on the fire. The shot is from their helicopter.

Plane dropping retardant

Plane dropping retardant

Heading back outside and looking up, what you see are not clouds but smoke.

Smoke not clouds

Smoke not clouds

Here is a shot as the sun sets…

As the sun sets

As the sun sets

As I sat outside, I thought I should take a photo that shows ash fall. It was coming down in our area like a very light snow. The first shot is when I first sat down; the second is only a few minutes later.

My pants

My pants

My pants 3 minutes later

My pants 3 minutes later

This fire went from 30 acres to 1300 in no time. It is only, as I write, 20% contained. So far this morning we do not see any smoke as the wind is blowing from east to west. We have not yet been told about the cause of this fire.

Where ever you are, we hope that you are safe. And, as Smokey says, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

Thank you for dropping in and be well!

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While wandering around the Sacramento Zoo, just as in any zoo, there are flowering plants everywhere! I wanted to share these lovely gems with you that stopped to admire!

Matilija Poppies

Matilija Poppies

Canna

Canna

Pretty Unknownikis

Pretty Unknownikis

African Iris

African Iris

Lillies

Lillies

Mid-flight between visits to many flowers

Mid-flight between visits to many flowers

Trumpet vine

Trumpet vine

I hope that you enjoyed these! Have a peaceful Saturday! And, thank you for taking the time to drop on by!

Be well! ^..^

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Challenging myself once again, today I decided that I would feature some amazing photos of splashing waters! According to Merriam Webster a splash is: “…of a liquid : To move, fall, or hit something in a noisy or messy way: To cause (water or another liquid) to move in a noisy way or messy way: Or, to make (someone or something) wet with large drops of water or another liquid.” Warning: You might get wet! Ready? Here we go!

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

A Yellowstone hot spot

A Yellowstone hot spot

Getting the chest

Getting the chest

Water crashing on the rocks

Water crashing on the rocks

Taking care of the back

Taking care of the back

Splash!

Splash!

Now shake it off!

Now shake it off!

Did you get wet? :)

Thank you for dropping in today! I hope that you have a great Wednesday!

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There was something awe inspiring about the Grand Tetons! So for today I thought I would do a quick post sharing photos of the Tetons taken from a distance and a couple of close up shots! You have already seen photos with Jackson Lake in the foreground…but I thought you should see these majesties from a different view….

At a distance

At a distance

One view across a meadow

One view across a meadow

What is between the mountains?

What is between the mountains?

Covered in a blanket of snow

Covered in a blanket of snow

A peak up close

A peak up close

If you have not been to this area it is well worth the visit!

Thanks for stopping by today! May you have a terrific Tuesday!

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The other day when watching the news they featured a lady with an unusual hobby: She took old costume jewelry and used the pieces to make artwork. I started thinking about what I could do with some of the costume jewelry that I have and decided to photograph some pieces that belonged to my Mom and Grandmother…Two of the items fall a bit out of the jewelry category but are worth including. So let’s start with these…

Back in the days of my Grandmother, women used to adorn their shoes with clips to dress them up. Here is what she used to clip to her shoes…

Shoe Clips

Shoe Clips

And, handbags were made of metal. So were the coin purses!

A handbag and coin purse

A handbag and coin purse

Costume jewelry today is nothing like what it was in days gone by. Check out this lovely clasp on a “pearl” necklace!

A necklace clasp

A necklace clasp

Cloisonne was big and it was well made as you can see from this necklace and bracelet.

Cloisonne Bracelet

Cloisonne Bracelet

Cloisonne beads

Cloisonne beads

Here is an old brooch cast in a silver metal with pearls and rhinestones.

Pearl Brooch

Pearl Brooch

Here is another in the shape of a flower with jade and rhinestones.

A lovely flower

A lovely flower

Here is a lovely bracelet that has silver inlaid with abalone…

The Face on the Bracelet

The Face on the Bracelet

All of these pieces are lovely, and one cannot find something today of this quality, unless it too is old!

Go and enjoy your Monday! Have a great day and thanks for visiting today!

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Shari over at WordPress has set this photo challenge for photos that show beginnings. It reminded me a bit of of the post that I did of spring approaching and the new beginnings of what was developing in the garden. I thought about this challenge for a bit and decided that the beginnings that I will share with you today are photos of the beginnings of dishes that I have made…I love being in the kitchen, so let’s head in!

Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? Here is a photo of the beginnings of a cheeseburger with a twist! Bacon and cheddar in the mix!

Lovely bits of bacon and cheddar abound!

Lovely bits of bacon and cheddar abound!

I absolutely love beef short ribs! Don’t these beginnings look like something you might want to throw together?

The beginnings of a great beef short rib dinner!

The beginnings of a great beef short rib dinner!

How is this for a beautiful beginning? Such wonderful pasta!

Oooh! Ahhh! - Pretty Pasta!

Oooh! Ahhh! – Pretty Pasta!

What does it take to make a really good Hot Sour Soup? These beginnings!

Getting it all together

Getting it all together

Fresh from the garden tomatoes make for good beginnings on a number of dishes!

Pretty slices

Pretty slices

I hope that you enjoyed these lovely beginnings…Now I am hungry! Be sure to check out some of the other posts on this week’s challenge! To get there click HERE!

Have a great Saturday! And, thank you for stopping by today!

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This week’s photo challenge asks that we show sources of light! One light came to mind that I simply had to share, and as we are coming close to Christmas you might remember this lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story.”

A lamp to light the night

A lamp to light the night

So, there you have it! One heck of a source of light! Check out other posts by clicking here!

Have a great Saturday! Thanks for visiting!

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We were hoping for rain yesterday and started out the day wet, but the storm moved off to the east opening the door for another one to drift in loaded with rain! Being that it was dry yesterday, I ventured around and caught some interesting patterns in metal that I thought that I would share with you today!

I caught this photo of a rusted stair that has a really neat texture!

Rusted stair

Rusted stair

The pattern kind of reminds me of the breast cancer ribbons side by side.

Here is the same shot looking at what’s behind…

Looking through the rusted stair

Looking through the rusted stair

I came across stacked metal. Can you tell me what these are?

All stacked up

All stacked up

This piece was laying on the ground with the grass growing through. Isn’t it grate?

In the grass

In the grass

On a less rusty stair…

Nuts

Nuts

And looking through another stack of metal…

Rusty racks

Rusty racks

Well, enjoy the day! And thank you for stopping by today!

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As the days gets shorter, and the temperature drops, and we get closer to the holidays, some of our foothills critters leave, others come in, and some just hibernate. The Pacific Chorus frog is one that will hibernate. Last night as we sat and enjoyed our evening cocktail, we were visited by one of these little frogs…He was very congenial about me taking his photo!

This little fellow climbed out from under the greens of this planter where he has be residing all summer.

Making an appearance

Making an appearance

Here he is heading away from the huge lens in his face!

Heading up to the edge of the pot

Heading up to the edge of the pot

He moved over to the roof of the frog house…

On the roof of the frog house

On the roof of the frog house

Then he looked at me…

I am looking at you!

I am looking at you!

…before deciding I was boring and that it was time to move off.

Time to go!

Time to go!

This was when he climbed the side of our house.

Climbing the wall

Climbing the wall

He turned to head off to another area most likely in search of some grub!

Turning to leave

Turning to leave

Such a good looking little guy! We will miss their “kreeecckkk” and will look forward to them returning in the spring!

I wish you a splendid Thursday, and thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

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babso2you:

Sharla Shults of CatnipOfLife, once again asked me to collaborate with her. My photographs and her poetry! I hope that you will enjoy what we both put together again! Thanks again Sharla for this opportunity and big hugs!

Originally posted on catnipoflife:

catnipoflife is honored to feature more of Barb Beacham’s photography from Life in the Foothills. Barb has been recognized as one of catnip’s featured photographers on You have but one life, LIVE it!and Twilight.

Thank you, Barb, for sharing your awesome photography!

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Flora ’n’ Fauna

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Splendiferous, copious forests
Mark territorial landscapes
Where impressive oaks and lofty pines
Show off their stout and woody shapes

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Desert plants and wildflowers
Adapt to extreme heat and aridity
Fierce, wild, red-to-orange and white
Emerge the cactus and desert chicory

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The ubiquitous howling coyote
Announces its presence at night
Truly a song out of the fierce Wild West
Instead of a cause for sheer fright

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Deciduous trees and shrubs
Common to most habitats
Shed their dry leaves in autumn
Forming nature’s welcome mats

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Crackling sticks, dry leaves underfoot
Announce squirrels, rabbits and such
Deep in the woods silence is broken
As gunshot…

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