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Krista at WordPress has chosen the topic “Off-Season” as the topic of this week’s photo challenge. Here in the Sierra Foothills this June, we are experiencing weather that is not typical and is off season. June is usually hot and dry. Well, we have the heat, but we have had rain. Here are some photos taken recently of this odd off-season weather.

Thunderheads off in the distance

Thunderheads off in the distance

A double rainbow

A double rainbow

The independence day ufos are behind these clouds

The independence day ufos are behind these clouds

Lightning shooting off to the right

Lightning shooting off to the right

Looking up at the dark clouds

Looking up at the dark clouds

Since these off-season storms have blown through, we have returned to clear sunny days and hot temperatures. Today will be in the high 90’s. We are melting here!

Have a great Friday and thank you for stopping by! Be well… ^..^

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We have had very odd weather here. Yesterday we had 3 tenths of an inch of rain accompanied by a huge lightning storm! I am posting the stills today that I shot yesterday. I have lots of video footage to review to find all the lightning that I was able to film. I will take stills from those videos to share the lightning with you at a later date. This storm was indeed impressive! Click on the photos to see greater detail. Ready to take a look?

The storm is coming our way…

The approaching storm

The approaching storm

Looking towards the west, you can see where the sky is clear with a few clouds heading that direction.

The leading edge heading west of us

The leading edge heading west of us

There are many layers which look really cool.

Layers

Layers

The storm slides in.

Sliding in

Sliding in

It gets really dark. It is early evening, around 5:30 p.m. It should be very bright still as sunset is around 8:00.

It got really dark

It got really dark

From where I sit, I take a photo looking up.

Looking up from my chair

Looking up from my chair

The clouds appear like a hand with fingers spreading out.

Fingers

Fingers

A bolt of lightning as it starts..

One bolt

One bolt

Then one more. This one spreads quite far.

Then another

Then another

Well, that is it for today. We are to have another storm come in this evening.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing Saturday and be well… ^..^

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As my husband and I have our evening cocktails, we observe one of the local natives: A western fence lizard. I decided that I would share photos I took the other night of this foothills critter. Please do click on the photos so that you can really see the detail on this amazing creature.

Meet the western fence lizard

Meet the western fence lizard

Did you see the blue stripe on his underbelly? This lizard hides in the night blooming jasmine in our front yard. We were please to see him out and about. Here is a photo of this little guy looking right at me. I think it was the sound of the camera as I snapped photos that attracted his attention.

He is looking at me

He is looking at me

Here is a photo where he is watching possible prey.

He spies prey

He spies prey

His prey: A honeybee.

Predator and prey

Predator and prey

He gives up on this bee and heads over to the hose.

Hiding on the hose

Hiding on the hose

While in this spot, he catches a wasp. I missed it, but I did get photos of him consuming his meal.

He caught a wasp

He caught a wasp

As his mouth is clamped down on the wasp, we watch the back end of the wasp wiggling. He quickly swallows and clamps down again.

It's almost gone

It’s almost gone

It now gone. He is smiling!

It's gone

It’s gone

What surprised us next was when he burped! If you look closely at this photo, you will see the hind legs of the wasp sticking out.

Burping after lunch

Burping after lunch

Satisfied after eating, he scratches an itchy spot by rubbing his head on the cement.

Taking care of an itchy spot

Taking care of an itchy spot

Well, there you have it. This is part of our early evening entertainment. We are very fortunate with what we get to see and experience here.

May you have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by. Be well… ^..^

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Over the crest in our driveway, we watched as the first of the male turkeys sauntered into the yard looking for the bird seed that we pull out for the little birds. They have been visiting us quite frequently this year. One female turkey was in the group. But what amazed us was the newest addition to the troop. Want to see? :)

Hanging out with the turkeys

Hanging out with the turkeys

Yes, it is a peacock! A female peacock!

A female peacock

A female peacock

What would happen if she mated with a turkey? What would you call it? A peakey? A turcock? A peturkcock? :)

She has such a lovely profile!

Such a lovely profile

Such a lovely profile

The boys, well, they are admiring her beauty!

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

She hears the sound of the camera shutter and is wondering at the sound…

Curious

Curious

Then she looks in my direction!

I am looking at you!

I am looking at you!

Now you might be wondering why there is a peacock in the Sierra Foothills. Well, the story goes that someone up here at one time raised peacocks, and they got loose, and kept getting loose. So the person gave up on them and let them go do their thing. Their call is very distinctive and we often hear them in the morning and the late afternoon. There are about a dozen that roam in our area!

One last shot…Isn’t she a beauty?

What a beauty!

What a beauty!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have an amazing Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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We took a drive to historic Jackson here in the Sierra Foothills. The town has a lot of charm. I decided that for today I would share some photos of things that I captured that day. Ready to see bits of Jackson? Let’s go!

Let’s begin with an old photo. There is a union sign and an agency sign out front along with four dashing fellows of the day…

An old photo

An old photo

Here is a view of one of the storefronts. The building needs a bit of work…

A storefront with rooms above

A storefront with rooms above

Walking along the sidewalks, I discover that the hardware store used to be in this location. It is another business now, but the pavement still shows what was once here.

Embedded in the sidewalk

Embedded in the sidewalk

Shortly after this we came upon a rather funny historical marker.

A historical marker

A historical marker

In the entryway to one building, I discover a really bad tile job!

A bad tile job

A bad tile job

One final shot, this of the Jackson Hotel! Here you can not only rent a room for the night but enjoy a juicy steak at Stanley’s!

Historical National Hotel

Historical National Hotel

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have a great Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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I need to say “Thank You” to Aquileana over at La Audacia de Aquiles for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am truly honored!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Now, as you know, when one wins an award, there are rules that go along with the award. And, here they are!

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog. – Done

2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do. – Done

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate other bloggers.

5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.

So, seven things about me…I love photography, cooking, writing, gardening, traveling, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and finally, eating lunch out with the gals! There seven things.

Now on to my nominations….I am pleased and happy to pass on this award to:

Scrapydo Dog

Anneli’s Place

Momus News

Petals Unfolding

Lola Rugula

A Yorkshire Lass in Ireland

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you again Aquileana!

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When I started writing this blog I had not idea that I would be continuing on for all the years that I have! I have been blogging since June 2011, and over this time I have had over 126,000 views and 14,200 comments! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have inspired me to keep this going! I wanted to share with you my top five posts of all time!

At number 5, with 1,400 views: Oven Fried Pork Chops!

Half way through cooking

Half way through cooking

Number 4, with 1,700 views is Chemistry in Cooking! People are really curious as to how things work!

Melting butter

Melting butter

Coming in at number 3, with 1,860 views: Sam, its Yosemite!

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

In at number 2, with 3,300 views: Chile Rellenos in the Crock Pot! Yummy!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Drum roll please! At number 1, with 4,400 views, and back on the rise due to the upcoming holidays, Maple Glazed Rotisserie Ham!

The ham goes on the spit!

The ham goes on the spit!

Thank you again for not only inspiring me, but for your loving support of me and this site! I would not have been able to reach these numbers and milestones, if it were not for you! Be well! ^..^

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