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One Down Four to Go - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Down Four to Go – Photo by Alastair Forbes

There were five levels of magic. One was earth, another fire, and the rest were water, air and spirit. She had to master all five in order for her to feel her full power. If she failed, she would die!

Her first task was to master earth magic. In order for her to master it, she had to be able to manipulate objects from the ground, moving them from one place to another.

Struggling, she held her hand out, palm parallel to the ground over a boulder. She felt the magic start to build inside her. Her hand started to shake, and it began to glow in an amazing rust color. Then it dissipated.

She tried again, hand extended, eyes closed; she visualized the boulder rising in the air. She felt the power building. Breathing deeply she opened one eye, watching the rust color magic encircling the boulder. Her hand was steady, but the boulder refused to move. Her magic ebbed.

Taking a deep breath, she tried once more. Giving it her all she watched as her magic gathered, surrounded the boulder and watched as it lifted into the air. “Wahoo,” she thought to herself. “One down, four to go!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This photo and the last: Old items from days gone by!

Thank you for taking the time to come by and visit! I hope that you enjoyed today’s bit of flash fiction! Be well! ^..^

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Every morning I have been checking on the two praying mantis in the yard to see if the praying mantis that I wrote about earlier in the week are still there. Yesterday I discovered the smaller of the two was no longer there. What I found instead was a large brown one! I got some really neat photos of this big guy and wanted to share what this bad boy looks like! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really see the detail of this beautiful, beneficial insect! Ready?

Hello!

Hello!

All legs!

All legs!

My what big teeth you have!

My what big teeth you have!

Watching

Watching

Beautiful shades of brown!

Beautiful shades of brown!

One final shot…

See you later!

See you later!

Pretty amazing insect, isn’t it?

Enjoy your Saturday! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Be well! ^..^

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Secret Weapon - Photo by Madison Woods

Secret Weapon – Photo by Madison Woods

He had to do something. They always showed up. No one liked them. Jeremy brought his secret weapon recipe. This was guaranteed to work.

He gathered his ingredients, and following directions put it together. Carefully he threaded the meat mixture onto the skewer. Then he headed over to the campfire.

It charred and oozed, the cheese melting perfectly. He set it down a good distance away from the campsite. It looked gruesome! Jeremy thought, “This will keep the meat bees at bay.”

They came. He heard the swarm buzzing. His obituary read that he had been stung over 100 times.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Madison Woods for the inspiring photo!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today and taking the time to read this bit of flash! Have a terrific Thursday, and be well!

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Ten days ago I did a post called Return of the Mantis. This post featured a praying mantis that had camouflaged itself to match the wood on the side of our house. Yesterday I discovered two other mantis, and these are the normal green that we see! They have made themselves homes where we have had aphid activity, and they are filling up their bellies with these delectable treats! Let’s go check out these amazing insects, shall we?

Can you see that I am green with envy?

I am green with envy!

I am green with envy!

Now, your challenge is to find the praying mantis in these photos!

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Or me?

Or me?

Of course the praying mantis got its name because it looks like it is praying. What do you think?

Praying

Praying

When I went to shoot the next two photos, each one of them turned to look at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

These little guys like to not only hang out upside down…

Upside down

Upside down

…they also like to be on top of the world!

On top of the world!

On top of the world!

I think that this insect is one of the coolest insects that we have here in the foothills! Did I mention that they fly?

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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The Lava Lamp - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Lava Lamp – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat in the living room with a plate of little blue meanies in front of them. He ate one; she ate one. There were not many, but there were enough. On the turntable was a Yes album; the song playing was “Starship Trooper.” The mushrooms were now gone.

After about a half hour, they both found themselves sitting there with silly grins on their faces. The cat sauntered into the room looking first at him, then at her. As she turned to make eye contact with the cat it jumped straight up in the air and then shot off to parts unknown.

He turned down the lights in the room, and sat back down. She began to giggle. He looked over at her. “Your legs have disappeared,” she said breathlessly.

A wide smile broke his face and he said to her, “Your hair? Snakes!”

They both began to laugh hysterically. As the laughter died down, he got up and went into the back of the house returning with a lava lamp in his hand. He plugged it in. As it warmed the goo inside began to move. A column lifted. As if one they both shouted, “Dead baby!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you for the inspiring photo Al! I have not seen one of these lamps in ages!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by to look at my bit of flash! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^

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Accidents Happen - Photo by Roger Bultot

Accidents Happen – Photo by Roger Bultot

Driving slowly, he grabbed the bottle of Wild Turkey. He drank long and slow. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he belched loudly. Resealing the bottle, he tossed it next to him. He looked back at the road. The double yellow line of the road kept crossing over itself. Closing one eye resolved the issue.

Suddenly, something flew out onto the road in front of him. He slammed on his brakes missing the critter, ending up in a wall of ivy. Shaking, he backed out. The turkey standing on the side of the road winked and gobbled.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Roger Bultot for the photo that inspired this story!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Be well! ^..^

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Let's Barbecue! - Photo by Bjorn Rudberg

Let’s Barbecue! – Photo by Bjorn Rudberg

“I don’t like it!” said Molly.

“There is nothing wrong with pink” said Raul defensively.

“Yes there is! It just does not fit.”

“Well,” replied Raul, “if you really want to get into it, how about you do something to clean up your deck!”

Molly glared at Raul. “What is wrong with my potted plants and my barbecue?”

“What is wrong is that most of your plants are dead, and let me ask you this: When was the last time you used that barbecue?”

The following day Molly lit the barbecue and started cooking. Raul sizzled as he cooked.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And also to Bjorn Rudberg for the photo that inspired this story!

And, many thanks to you dear reader for taking the time to stop in for a bit! Have an amazing Thursday and be well! ^..^

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