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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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Good morning from Life in the Foothills! I will be posting as I can as we have been evacuated from our home due to the King Fire burning here in the Sierra Foothills.

Fire!

Fire!

The fire is almost 90,000 acres and is 17% contained as of this writing. The fire was intentionally set and they have arrested a man in connection with this fire. The rumor mill is giving us some very creative stories about why this person started this fire.

We were given a short window of time to go back to our house to gather what we could. The amount of time: 10 minutes. We were escorted in by the Sheriff. We, our 3 cats and the pooch are all OK.

We are hoping that we will be able to return home soon.

Be well and take care! Please be fire safe too!

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Today I thought that I would share with you some of the places that you can come and visit for yourselves up here in the Sierra Foothills Gold Country! There are many places and it is Highway 49 that will bring you to most of these places.

Let’s start with my town of Placerville. Known as “Hangtown” for the number of hangings that occurred here during the gold rush days, it was a hub of activity back in the 1800’s. It still is today!

Looking back down Main Street

Looking back down Main Street

I fell in love with the charming town of Murphys, which is just south of us. There are caverns that one can visit, and the main street there has a number of shops that just draw you in! Here is an old time photo of the old hotel which still stands today!

Murphys Hotel back in the day

Murphys Hotel back in the day

Angels Camp is another place to visit! It is a center point for visiting Big Trees State Park, and a number of other towns in the area! This is where Mark Twain’s story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is set, and there are plaques all along the sidewalks of winning frogs in this contest, beginning with Mark Twain’s frog featured in his story!

Angels Camp, CA

Angels Camp, CA

One of the big trees in Big Trees State Park

One of the big trees in Big Trees State Park

Jackson is another spot to stop at! This is the location of the huge Kennedy Mine which is the deepest gold mine in North America!

Town of Jackson

Town of Jackson

Does this make you want to come and visit? It is well worth stopping at any of these places!

Have a wonderful day! Thank you for dropping by today, and be well! ^..^

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This morning I was very lucky to catch new queen ants taking flight! It is called the nuptial flight. The virgin queens meet up with males, mate and then start their own colony somewhere else! As this happens quickly I was lucky to catch these photos!

The queen ants and the males are kept separate in the colony until the time is right weather-wise for them to take off. Once the female is in flight she gives off pheromones that attract the male. Their mating is violent at best, and once he has fertilized the female he dies. She drops her wings and begins a new colony. Here are photos I was able to capture in the flight I saw this morning!

If you click on any of the photos you will notice how colorful the wings are, and you will see better detail!

This mass caught my eye.

Winged ants

Winged ants

More and more emerged!

Emerging from the nest

Emerging from the nest

Look for the arrows in this next photo. They point out the ants just lifting off. They have two wings on each side!

Taking off

Taking off

This next photo shows 12 ants in flight. Can you spot them all? Click on the photo to enlarge and you will see them really well!

Aloft

Aloft

Here is one final shot of more that just emerged from the ground.

More

More

Needless to say, the birds were really happy! When I advanced on the area where these little gals were coming up, birds flew off. Our flycatcher birds were all around me!

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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