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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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I love a challenge, and I certainly enjoy the challenge that Alastair Forbes hosts: Sunday Photo Fiction! The challenge is to write a bit of flash fiction using no more than 200 words, and the story has to go with the photo prompt. Here is my entry for today!

After the Snow

After the Snow


He predicted snowfall measuring no more 6″. Forecast models indicated that the days to follow the storm would be sunny and bright. Would he be right?

Cody sat outside on the deck, wearing a down jacket, mittens, and sipped on hot chocolate. The snow was light at first. It started to get heavier with flakes as big as half dollars. He headed indoors early. He had to leave for work at 3:00 a.m.

He awoke to the shrieking alarm clock, wiped the sleep from his eyes, and crawling out of his nice warm bed, made his way to the kitchen. With the coffee just beginning to brew, he went off to shower and shave.

After enjoying his coffee and toast, he donned his jacket to head off to work. Opening the door, he found himself staring at 2′ of snow, and it was still coming down! This was much more than expected.

Heading back inside he realized that he would not make it in to work. Calling the station, he let them know. He loved his job as a weatherman. Why did he? Because it was the only job, where you could be wrong and not get fired!
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Thank you Al for hosting this challenge! And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by for a quick read!
Be well! ^..^

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Get a little bit of rain, mix it with a bit of leaf litter, and the mushrooms begin to pop! You can find them everywhere, even in the grass and mossy areas of the yard! Today I wanted to share some of these lovelies with you that I took after our recent rain!

Coming up from leaf litter

Coming up from leaf litter

I discovered this mushroom which reminds me of…well tell me if you agree from the photo description!

The booby mushroom

The booby mushroom

Here is a newie! You can gauge the size of it by the blades of grass that surround it!

Teeny tiny

Teeny tiny

Here is one that has already shed its spores and is fading…

Curling

Curling

Wandering about, I discovered these flat tops!

Flat tops

Flat tops

And, one final shot of a lovely mix of mushrooms…

A lovely mix

A lovely mix

I hope that you enjoyed these mushrooms! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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As I sit in a train, feeling the bumpity, bumpity, bump, as it goes over the rails, my lens captures the receding waters of a river as the tide slowly pulls the water back and away. It is raining and the the clouds are low, obscuring the mountain range behind. These are the photos that I captured of the adventure I am on…

The water recedes

The water recedes

I notice that was once an island is really land connected!

Water slips away

Water slips away

A lone bird takes advantage of the outgoing tide. Table for one!

A bird feeds

A bird feeds

What appears to be a river is just more land exposed and water slipping away!

Not a river

Not a river

Patterns emerge as the bottom is exposed.

Patterns emerge

Patterns emerge

Imagine my surprise to catch these two birds sharing a table!

A seagull and a bald eagle

A seagull and a bald eagle

Finally the bottom is revealed…

The bottom revealed

The bottom revealed

Isn’t it amazing what time and tides reveal?

Have a great Tuesday and thank you for dropping by! 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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We have been under a red flag warning since yesterday at 11:00 a.m. for fire. This continues on today until 11:00 a.m. The conditions yesterday and this morning are perfect for fire caused by dry lightning. What is dry lightning? It is lightning without any rain. There was a bit of rain and we could see it coming down in tight areas along with many bolts. I did try to catch some shots of the lightning bolts, which is pretty hard, and was unable to. However I did get some amazing photos yesterday during the storm that hit us, and have a few to share of our skies this morning! Ready?

In the front side of house the skies were clear. Here is what we found looking out back.

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

There was a really dark band of clouds and it was between this and the lighter clouds behind where the bolts of lightning were coming down!

The upper dark band produced lightning

The upper dark band produced lightning

Rain came down in a column from one point in the clouds! It was pouring where ever this was falling!

A column of rain

A column of rain

I really enjoyed the contrast in colors of the clouds!

Contrasts

Contrasts

Here is another shot that shows an area of rain!

Rain

Rain

This next photo: Check out the clouds. There appears to be ripples in the clouds. You might want to click on the photo to see the details!

A pool in the clouds

A pool in the clouds

This morning, here is what the sky looked like looking in the same direction of the previous shots.

The moon in the morning

The moon in the morning

Looking towards the east, the sun is starting to come up!

Good morning sunshine!

Good morning sunshine!

One final shot returning to the back and looking west…

Hiding behind the clouds

Hiding behind the clouds

We are hoping that we do not have any lightning today! What you need to do to be safe in a storm:

* If there is a storm with lightning, do not take a shower! Lightning can travel through the metal pipes!
* If you hear thunder, move inside. You can be struck from lightning!
* If in your car during a lightning storm, do not touch any metal in the vehicle.
* Do not use a telephone with a cord during a storm. The lightning can travel through the lines.
* Do not use appliances during a lightning storm.
* Unplug your computers!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow? I hope so! Be well! ^..^

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Flight 13 - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Flight 13 – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The four flew in formation. They had been searching for a downed plane when all of a sudden a fog came up obscuring their view of the ground below. They were now flying following instrument flight rules. This meant using their instrument panels only.

Then the trouble began. All at once, all compasses failed, including the backup compasses. The needles were going haywire, bouncing all over.

“Tommy Fox 13 to Ground control, we are experiencing trouble. The ground: Obscured by fog. Compasses no longer work.”

“Ground control to Tommy Fox 13, we show no evidence of fog.”

“Tommy Fox 13 to ground control, can you give us our location?”

“Ground control to Tommy Fox 13, you are breaking up. Please repeat.”

“Tommy Fox 13 to ground control, can you give us our location?”

All the pilots heard in response was static. Then they all saw the lights in the skies above them. Flashing green and blue lights the disks came into view. A humming sound began. Next thing they knew they were on the flight deck of an alien craft surrounded by little gray beings with huge eyes. They were the fourth crew to disappear over the Sierra Triangle.
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This was a very inspiring photo Al!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by today! I hope that you have a spectacular Sunday!

Be well! ^..^

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