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“Hey – Barb,” I can hear you say, “You spelled the name of your post wrong.” In fact, the spelling is correct. Today’s post is about a lovely tree in my yard. It is the Red Bud. This beautiful tree is a tree of hearts as you will see from the photos I will share with you today.

The tree gets its name from the blossoms that hug the branches. When they begin to develop, the tree takes on a red hue. Here is what the blossoms look like.

The flowers

The flowers

As the tree begins to leaf, there are hundreds of floating heart shaped leaves. This is why I call this the tree of hearts.

The tree of hearts

The tree of hearts

The leaves are very tiny right now. So, here are some of the many hearts that this tree and nature offers!

Heart shaped leaves

Heart shaped leaves

A lovely pair

A lovely pair

A visitor

A visitor

Tinged with red

Tinged with red

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Isn’t that cool? I love this tree. In the fall the tree turns a lovely shade of yellow.

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Have a special day and be well…. ^..^

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In spring, what is so lovely about living in the Sierra Foothills are they beautiful green rolling hillsides! In summer they turn to gold, which is one of the reasons why California is called the golden state. I thought that I would share with you today some photos of the verdant green beauty of the Foothills!

Rolling green hillsides

Rolling green hillsides

A hay barn

A hay barn

Oak trees showing off their new leaves!

Oak trees showing off their new leaves!

A town nestled in the trees

A town nestled in the trees

Cows gobbling up the new greens

Cows gobbling up the new greens

Fencing criss-crosses a meadow

Fencing criss-crosses a meadow

Green as far as the eye can see

Green as far as the eye can see

Isn’t it just beautiful?

Thanks for dropping on by today! Have a splendid day and be well! ^..^

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Krista over there at WordPress has chosen the topic “Ephemeral” for this week’s photo challenge. The definition of Ephemeral is: Lasting a very short time.

Here is my take on Ephemeral…

What luck to catch this shot of geese landing on a lake…

Ready to touch down

Ready to touch down

Or, watching the hummingbird feeder at dusk and seeing ten at once!

10 Hummer's

10 Hummer’s

Here is a shot of a buffalo who is talking!

This buffalo has something to say!

This buffalo has something to say!

This is a fleeting moment: Catching a fox peeking around a tree!

Teenage fox in our yard!

Teenage fox in our yard!

There is nothing like observing bees. The day I took this photo, I felt lucky that I was able to capture the details of its wings…

Looking at nature up close

Looking at nature up close

How often does one make eye contact with a giraffe?

Giraffe face

Giraffe face

One final shot. This is one of the lions over at PAWS…Isn’t he a beauty?

Close up with a male

Close up with a male

So there you have it! Did I meet the challenge? :)

Thanks for stopping by today and be well! ^..^

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Spring arrived the other day, and this has turned my mind to what annuals I will be planting this year. We are limited here with what can go into the yard because of the deer and jack rabbits. We are also limited with the unimaginative selection available at the local Home Depot. Rarely do we see anything other than petunias, pansy, lobelia, and alyssum. When we made a day trip to Jackson recently, we stopped into the Lowe’s there, and I was amazed at the array of plants that they have. Why can’t our Home Depot do this too?

I had my camera in hand that day, not wanting to leave it in the car when we went in. So today, I am going to share with you a number of the stunning flowering plants they had available!

Taishan Orange Marigold

Taishan Orange Marigold

Blueberry Shake Bacopa

Blueberry Shake Bacopa

Kangaroo Paws

Kangaroo Paws

Gerboa

Gerboa

African Daisy

African Daisy

Columbine

Columbine

Helleborus

Helleborus

Anthurium

Anthurium

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

And finally, this stunner!

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Thanks for taking the time today to drop on by! Have an amazing day! Be well… ^..^

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I really enjoy the lovely and exotic orchids. There are so many varieties and colors, they are truly an amazing flowering plant! Let’s check out a few…

Looking at these flowers makes me think that they are laughing at me! How about you? Do you agree?

They are laughing at me!

They are laughing at me!

Here are the other beauties…

Lovely veins

Lovely veins

Pretty in white

Pretty in white

Magnificent magenta

Magnificent magenta

Spotted throat

Spotted throat

Stripes

Stripes

Are they beautiful?

Thanks for taking the time to drop in today! Have a spectacular day today! Be well… ^..^

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Jen H. over at WordPress has chosen the topic “fresh” for this week’s photo challenge. What came to mind: Fresh vegetables from the garden! Are you ready to see my view of fresh? Here we go!

Who doesn’t like fresh sweet corn from the garden?

Sweet, sweet corn

Sweet, sweet corn

There is nothing better than fresh broccoli fresh from the garden!

Broccoli

Broccoli

Tomatoes from the garden beat store bought hands down!

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes

Here is a photo of some freshly picked potatoes that I grew last year.

Colorful potatoes

Colorful potatoes

I love the sweet fresh sequoia strawberries from my garden!

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Love my raspberries too!

Raspberries!

Raspberries!

Fresh acorn squash is a perfect accompaniment to ham!

Acorn squash

Acorn squash

I love those green beans too!

Green beans

Green beans

Well, there you have it! My view of fresh!

Thanks for stopping by today and be well! ^..^

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We made a stop the other day, at the local hardware store. Not wanting to leave the camera in the car, I took it with me. As I waited while my husband shopped, I wandered around the store. Some things at the store caught my eye, and I thought I would share the photos with you today! I was in an aisle in the paint department…

The paint tray liners caught my eye because of the amazing colors…

Paint tray liners

Paint tray liners

Looking around the aisle, there were loads of stacked buckets just waiting to have someone notice them! I noticed them!

Handles in silver

Handles in silver

White handles

White handles

Bucket handles

Bucket handles

All stacked up

All stacked up

These are just a few of the photos I took around the store…I will share more with you later of my wanderings through the garden center!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by! Be well… ^..^

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