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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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We visited Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. I am happy to report that I made a connection with one dolphin in particular, and today I wanted to share photos that I took while I was there. Also, I am including a short video that I compiled of the Dolphins at this habitat!

This first dolphin was a ham in front of the camera! The docent at the habitat said, “Just as you are watching them, they are watching you!” I think this guy might have been happy to see me!

Posing for me!

Posing for me!

Here are the rest of the photos that I took…

I see you!

I see you!

A pair of females

A pair of females

Coming straight on for you

Coming straight on for you

Another pose

Another pose

Calling out a greeting

Calling out a greeting

Underwater

Underwater

Happy face

Happy face

I hope you liked the photos! Now for a short film…

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Have a great Sunday! Take care!

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There we were sitting there enjoying our evening cocktail, a Limoncello Cosmo was the evenings fare, when we saw a fox come into view. Now this is not unusual and we have been visited quite frequently this year by one, a juvenile male. But this day was different. Maybe it had to do with the phase of the moon…or not…

Such a happy fox!

Such a happy fox!

Anyway, the fox came into view and sat down staring at us. I sometimes toss out some of the dry cat food that my little fussbudgets inside will not eat. And, I just happened to have of an unwanted food. I swear the fox was mentally telling me, “Stoke my belly!” So I grabbed the dry food bag and headed out to where the fox was only to discover that there was not one but three! A family! Here is a video, a little over three minutes, of our encounter. If you turn up the sound you will hear one of the fox growling at me on my second trip up to add more food.

Some facts about the Gray Fox: They are a monogamous critter, and in our area the breeding season is in February. The gestation period is about 53 days. The female will have 1 – 7 kits. The babies will stay with the mother until the fall when they will reach maturity. This fox can actually climb trees, which they will do to get away from predators. Here these fox not only eat moles, voles and birds, but they also love berries! This is why I had to add a screen around my garden because I had one eat all my strawberries!

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

Cute little creatures, aren’t they? I hope that you enjoyed the video! Have a great Monday and thank you for the visit!

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Yesterday was a morning like any other. We sat on the back deck with our coffee, figured out what we were going to do for the day, and then I came in to write my blog. I had just finished when my husband remarked, “Do you smell smoke?”

We are ever vigilant here, particularly in the summer months when fire danger is high. Running out onto the back deck we scanned the horizon, and sure enough, right down the road there was smoke. My husband jumped into the car to investigate. He came back two minutes later running into the house yelling, “Call 911!”

I grabbed the phone and relayed the information to the operator, giving them the address, which was two houses down and across the street from us. There was a camper on fire and it was traveling out into the brush. They got on this right away, and we soon heard sirens.

I grabbed my camera and went out on our back deck where I snapped this photo.

From our back deck

From our back deck

My heart was pounding and I felt very shaky. I went up the driveway and looked down the street. This shot shows you how close this was to us. The distance is about 900 feet, or to really give you perspective, about the length of three football fields.

From our driveway

From our driveway

Our neighbors down the street were hosing down their front yards. No one was home at the property on fire. Two of the neighbors went over there and removed the horses and brought them to a neighbors house behind the fire. The fellow there and his neighbor were busy hosing down their properties. Our volunteer group cordoned off the street to divert traffic in front and to the sides of fire. The sirens kept coming.

I went down the street a bit and took this photos from in front of our neighbors house.

Smoke

Smoke

The sound of the fire was loud. I could hear it crackling as brush went up in flames. The smoke coming up thickened.

The smoke thickens

The smoke thickens

I watched as the flames shot up a digger pine. Then we started hearing explosions, seven in all.

We hear explosions and the color of the smoke changes

We hear explosions and the color of the smoke changes

At this point we went and got everything ready in case we had to evacuate our home. This involved getting the dog’s ramp so we could get him into the car, and finding the two cat carriers. We also had to gather together important papers. I headed back outside and up to the street. This time I brought the video camera. Here is a short film of this event. The sound on the film is that of the fire.

The fire was put out in about an hour and a half. A nerve wracking hour and a half mind you! Later in the day after the fire fighters left, I went down the street and took the following photos of the devastation. You might see these photos and the details better if you click on the photo to isolate it and then click on it again to enlarge it. I did not go on to the property but took these photos from the street.

The charred remains of the camper

The charred remains of the camper

Up close to the charred remains

Up close to the charred remains

Another charred area

Another charred area

Here is the same tree which I saw go up in flames. It is amazing to me that only half of the tree burned.

Half of this tree is burnt

Half of this tree is burnt

Hoses were left behind in case this flared up again.

Hoses left behind

Hoses left behind

We were lucky this time. Lucky in the fact that there was no wind. Lucky to have such a quick response by our fire department. Lucky that two other fire stations came to help. And, lucky that we smelled the smoke and reported it. Lucky that another neighbor driving by called this in as well.

What started this fire? The camper had an electrical cord running to it and there was propane in the unit. Conjecture is that there was a short in the cord and leakage on the propane, which is an explosive combination. We will find out later, more likely next week when the community is holding an emergency evacuation meeting.

Again, our thanks go out to Mosquito Station 75 and their crew as well as to those volunteers who coordinated quickly enough to keep us all safe!

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I decided to do a second post with some film clips of what my neighborhood looks like. The film quality is not very good, so I apologize beforehand.

The first clip is on my drive home when it was snowing a couple of weeks ago, but you get the flavor of the roads that I drive on a daily basis.

This next video I took just this last week. As I was coming down the road a herd of deer came out of a side road and strolled down the street in front of my car. I quickly grabbed the cell phone and captured them as they strolled along!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these views of my neighborhood! Be sure to check out other posts on this WordPress challenge by clicking here!

Have a great day!

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We took a drive on Friday with our good friends the Tumbling Tumbleweeds and found ourselves up in Lake Tahoe! One of the great things about living here in the Foothills is how short of a drive it is to such a beautiful place. We of course had to go and visit Emerald Bay where Eagle Falls makes its home. If you have not been to this spot, I recommend going! It is located on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Snow covered the immediate areas around the falls, but we still had some great photographic opportunities. So let’s take a look at Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls in the winter!

Let’s take a walk with photos! Ready?

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

The island in Emerald Bay

The island in Emerald Bay

Did you see the structure at the top of the island? Here it is close up.

The structure on the island

The structure on the island

Located within the bay is The Vikingsholm. This was the summer home of Lora Josephine Knight, who built this getaway back in 1929. You can visit this site too!

The Vikingsholm

The Vikingsholm

Now off to see the falls!

Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls

If you look closely at the photo above you will see someone sitting right in the center of the photo along the edge of the falls!

Looking at this from the top:

The top of the falls

The top of the falls

Going over the edge

Going over the edge

To get the true flavor of these falls and to hear the amazing sounds of the water as it falls, be sure to watch this video!


Thank you to my husband for the video!

I hope you enjoyed the photos today, and thanks for stopping by! Go and have a great Tuesday!

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I love the snow! As it falls everything gets really quiet. There is something hypnotizing about the gently falling flakes! I could sit for hours watching it, which I did yesterday. I shared some photos yesterday, but wanted to share a bit more of this beauty with you today! I have a few shots in this post, and a video that you can watch too!

Let’s go and check it out!

On my back deck

On my back deck

The dog loves the snow! Here he is eating snow! I swear that he is smiling!
Astro

Astro

A break in the clouds as the sun sets

A break in the clouds as the sun sets

The sunset

The sunset

I love the way the snow sparkles!
The sparkling snow

The sparkling snow

When I got up this morning it was absolutely glorious! Clear skies and blue and white everywhere! Here is the sun rising in the foothills.

The sun starts to rise

The sun starts to rise

One more shot!
Sunrise today

Sunrise today

I did take a video yesterday of the gently falling snow…If you would like to see how beautiful and peaceful this can be…

As I am unable to drive the roads yet, I am grabbing my camera to take some more photos to share! See you tomorrow and thank you for stopping by!

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We had bad weather this last Sunday and I took some videos of this storm, and thought that I would share one of the videos with you. The winds had sustained winds in the 20 mile per hour range with gusts of about 40 mph. My husband kept saying to me on Sunday that for folks to understand this wind they should drive their car at 20 mph with their heads out of the window to feel the strength…It was the gusts that caused damage to our roof, which we have been told should be replaced. :( Please click on the link below and turn up the volume so that you can hear the wind coming before it arrives!

Listen to the wind!

Go have a great Wednesday! And, thank you for the visit today!

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On a recent trip down to AZ, where they are going through their monsoonal season, we were able to enjoy thunder and lightning. So I wanted to do a quick post for you on an amazing capture of some of the lightning! I hope that this struck a chord in you as to how amazing storms can be! Have a great Thursday!

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Frog Walk


During the day, the little Pacific Chorus Frogs are all in hiding. I have a pot on the railing of the deck in the shape of an elephant and there is a family of about 6 frogs living there. The range in size from as small as my thumbnail to the size of a silver dollar. Here is a cute face of one of my friends!

Pacific Chorus Frog

They reside in other pots too. At dusk, they take the frog walk and they all come out to play!

I was able to capture one the other day who was looking for a good place to do some bug catching! Here is a short video of one of our foothill critters that we get to enjoy on a daily basis from spring to the start of winter!

Who knows what other wildlife we shall see this weekend! Enjoy your Friday!

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