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This week The WordPress Photo Challenge asks us to go into the world of motion. Are you ready?

A glacier breaks and the huge piece of ice drops into the water…

Hitting the water

Hitting the water

Catching a glimpse of Orca as they swim by…

Heading right

Heading right

A turkey buzzard lifts off from a branch…

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

Watching a jellyfish swim…

Fanning out

Fanning out

Waves hitting the shoreline!

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Birds fly and a whale lifts its tail. Another blows out air…

Four whale

Four whale

Me and my dog playing in the snow. He smiles…

It snows and we play!

It snows and we play!

One more: Water in motion going over the falls!

The beauty found in a waterfall!

The beauty found in a waterfall!

There you have it! These are my views of motion! Have a fabulous weekend and be well!

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In the evenings, as my husband and I sit outside enjoying an icy beverage, we watch the birds at our feeders. We have an amazing array of birds. We have a good chuckle as we watch the pigeons try to get good footing on the narrow ledges of the feeders. Enjoy these photos of the band tailed pigeon! If you click on the photos you will see greater detail of these birds!

Here is the band tailed pigeon.

Band Tail Pigeon

Band Tail Pigeon

These birds made their appearance here about two years ago. Their numbers keep growing! They are a large bird. Their distinctive features include the half moon shape on the neck.

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Notice the band on the tail…

All a flutter!

All a flutter!

They constantly monitor their surroundings.

What was that?

What was that?

They share the bird feeder with the local black birds.

Incoming and outgoing!

Incoming and outgoing!

They do not fight with other when it comes to feeding, but they do a bit of pushing and shoving as this last photo shows!

Get out of my way!

Get out of my way!

Why do we not see baby pigeons? The reason is that the babies do not leave the nest until they are full grown!

Well, thanks for dropping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I hope that you return tomorrow! Be well… ^..^

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Brie over at WordPress has chosen the topic “early bird” for this week’s photo challenge. She is asking for early morning photos. One of the things that I like about early morning photos is the intensity of the colors. Sunrises can be amazing with an array of color, and so can objects photographed in the morning light. So, now, let me take you on a trek through my early bird photos!

Here is one of the many spectacular sunrises that I get to enjoy in the mornings while having a cup of coffee…

It begins

It begins

On a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, I watch from the deck as the sun lifts up on the horizon!

Sunrise over Mexico

Sunrise over Mexico

From the Sierra Foothills, down to Mexico, we now head out to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is a sunrise over the San Mateo bridge!

Sunrise on the bay

Sunrise on the bay

Heading now to Alaska, here is an early morning photo of the majestic Mt. MkKinley, or Denali as the locals call it.

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

One last shot. This one is back at my house again. As the sun rises, clouds in the sky create shadows that offer up a very “God-Like” photo!

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

Well, that is it for my early morning shots! Thanks for coming along to see these amazing places, and remember, be well! ^..^

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I find myself often hypnotized by water. The swirling patterns, the varying colors, and the white foam do it to me all the time…So, for today I want to share with you the patterns that I stared at while on a cruise ship!

It is artwork!

Artwork

Artwork

The ocean sure is beautiful! I can almost see Neptune looking back at me!

Neptune looks up from below

Neptune looks up from below

The sun sets and the moon rises…

Moonrise

Moonrise

The water darkens.

Darkness

Darkness

The next day, heading to the glaciers, I look down at the wake of the ship. Check out the amazing color!

Tri-color ocean

Tri-color ocean

One final shot…this one as we leave the glaciers behind, I notice the gentle roll of the wake in the bay.

Leaving the glaciers behind

Leaving the glaciers behind

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing day and 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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The ever lovely Krista over at WordPress has chosen the subject “afloat” for this week’s photo challenge. The word afloat is defined as: Floating in water, or not sinking. So the series of my photos in this week’s WP photo challenge post, will show you what floats my boat! Ready? :)

A lovely water lily…

Water lily

Water lily

The beautiful Canadian Geese…

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

A large sailboat looks tiny as it floats on the waters in Emerald Bay…

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Sighting an iceberg and knowing that it will not be able to harm the ship that I am floating on…

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

The amazing color of crepe myrtle leaves floating in water…

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

A lovely water plant that floats on a lake nearby…

Floating islands

Floating islands

What floats your boat? I would love to hear what you have to say! Have one heck of an amazing weekend, and remember: Be well! ^..^

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Yes, snow in spring! It snowed a bit yesterday! I love watching snow come down and I have missed it! Our last snowfall here in the Sierra Foothills was February 19th, 2013 and on that day we had about three inches. Our typical average snowfall for a season is eleven inches. Yesterday we had just a trace. This will most likely be the only snow for the season, which is July 1st 2014 to June 30th, 2015. While it was not a lot, I thought I would share what photos I did take yesterday!

First of all, snow was not predicted for my elevation. When I glanced out the window as I was writing my blog post yesterday, I spotted a snowflake or two. So I went out front with the camera. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the streaks of white. These are the snowflakes coming down!

The snow begins...

The snow begins…

Looking out the back window, I notice that it is now coming down a bit heavier than before…

It comes down a bit heavier

It comes down a bit heavier

Then it comes down heavier still…

Heavier still

Heavier still

To me, there is nothing more peaceful or glorious as watching it snow!

Glorious snow!

Glorious snow!

Well, that is it for today! Thanks for dropping by and be well… ^..^

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