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Yesterday morning, stepping out the front door, I noticed a herd of turkey’s. The herd was mostly female and there was a Tom looking for a mate! He was all fluffed up, tail feathers spread, and he was gobbling at the females! It was quite a sight to see, so for today, I am sharing the photos I took of this buff male!

It was amazing to watch the male expand his plumage and chuff at the females. Here is the Tom in all his glory!

Tom showing off his plumage!

Tom showing off his plumage!

What was funny was that he kept circling the females but never got really close. Here is a side view of this handsome male.

Side view of a Tom Turkey

Side view of a Tom Turkey

The females make a small peeping sound. It is the male that makes the gobble, gobble sound. Here is a shot of the male while he is calling to his potential mated!

Calling all females!

Calling all females!

The females are listening! They choose which male they will mate with.

The hens listen to the song of the male

The hens listen to the song of the male

Check out his amazing backside!

Lovely backside!

Lovely backside!

Let’s take a closer look at the male’s face. The fleshy thing hanging above his beak is called a snood. The red fleshy part at its neck is called the wattle. The snood fills with blood and elongates when the male is trying to attract a female.  If you go back to the photo where the male is calling to the female, you will see how long the snood gets.   The larger to snood the more the females are attracted to the male…

A face that only a mother could love!

A face that only a mother could love!

Part of the mating ceremony is the fluffing out of the feathers. They fluff out their wings dragging the tips along the ground.

All fluffed up

All fluffed up

I spy another male in the group. This one is a younger male as the face does not show the fully developed snood. He hangs back and is watching the other male!

Another younger male

Another younger male

Turkey’s are really fun to watch! I hope that you enjoyed my photos today! Thank you for dropping in, and be well! ^..^

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This week the topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is the rule of thirds. Here is what Jen H. has to say: “The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.” Here is my go at The Rule of Thirds!

Wild mushroom

Wild mushroom

Fly on a daisy

Fly on a daisy

African Daisy

African Daisy

Fushia

Fushia

Flowerus Unknownakis

Flowerus Unknownakis

Wild Berries

Wild Berries

A white wolf

A white wolf

Did I meet this challenge?

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a wonderful weekend! Be well… ^..^

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With our remodel going on we seem to be getting a lot of help from Toby and Scrappy! They have been getting inside of what we need to remove, grabbing pieces of debris and carrying them off…and the list goes on! We took a break, and came back into the house to find that Toby had commandeered a box that I was going to pack things in. Scrappy had to get involved and they both set to playing! So, today I share the delightful images of our cats and their antics!

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Mr. Cute and Mr. Adorable

Mr. Cute and Mr. Adorable

Scrappy teases Toby with his paw in one of the holes

Scrappy teases Toby with his paw in one of the holes

The claws are out

The claws are out

I see you!

I see you!

I'm going to get you!

I’m going to get you!

Coming over!

Coming over!

Come on now, I still want to play!

Come on now, I still want to play!

They sure had fun! Shortly after this they curled up together and fell asleep!

Nap time!

Nap time!

I hope that you enjoyed the photos of my boys! Thanks for stopping by and go out and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a flash fiction challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to a story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line… Are you ready for my story?

The Musicians - Photo by BW Beacham

The Musicians – Photo by BW Beacham

“Little did they know when the photographer took their picture that they would find themselves trapped in a painting.” The photographer chuckled to herself, smiling as she walked away from the waterfront.

After snapping a couple more photos, she returned the art gallery. Walking into the back room, she hooked up the camera to the synthesizer. Turning it on it began to whir, pop and snap. Heading over to the printer, she watched as the painting emerged.

With everything framed and hung, she was ready for opening night. At six o’clock, she opened the doors. The art community gathered in her gallery, sipping wine and admiring each piece. All was going well.

A man who was admiring the painting of the musicians approached her. Reaching inside his jacket, he pulled out a wallet and flashed his badge. “My name is Detective Schmidt from the New Orleans PD. Can I ask you some questions about your paintings? You see, what I find very odd, is that the people in each of your paintings are folks who have been reported missing.”

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I hope that you enjoyed my entry into the Mondays Finish the Story challenge!

Mondays Finish the Story

If you wish to join in on this challenge, well, then just click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have one heck of an amazing week! Be well… ^..^

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Happy Valentines Day to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For today, I thought I would give you Daffodils from my garden! I hope that you enjoy these flowers! :)

Here is a portion of the poem

Love - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

Throw out her full force on another soul,

Throw out her full force on another soul,

The conscience and the concentration both make

The conscience and the concentration both make

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.♥♥♥♥♥♥.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”

May you have a splendid day filled with love! Be well! ^..^

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Cheri Lucas Rowland over at WordPress has chosen an excellent topic for this week’s photo challenge! The topic: Symmetry. She asks that we share symmetrical images. Are you ready for where I find symmetry?

Symmetry on a dragonfly…

Wings of a dragonfly

Wings of a dragonfly

Symmetry found on the side of a building…

A wall in a building

A wall in a building

Symmetry in stacked stone…

Stacked stone

Stacked stone

Symmetry found in nature…a fairies…

Fairies

Fairies

Symmetry in a hand made quilt…

Up close

Up close

Symmetry found on a cactus…

Spirals

Spirals

I hope that you have enjoyed my depiction of symmetry! Have a splendid Friday and an excellent weekend! Thank you for stopping by and be well… ^..^

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What is too soon to be blooming? Well, it is my almond tree, which is in full bloom already. This is way too early. This is because California is still experiencing the drought. :(

We had a lovely wet December. January, which usually has a few days of rain, was awarded a new record: The Driest January on Record. Temperatures in January were in the 60’s, and we have not had the normal freezing temperatures. We have had four days of rain this month so far, giving us a bit over 5″ of rain. The next anticipated storm is slated for February 21st, and the chance of it raining is only 40%. Not good. Because of the dry January, and because of the lack of rain this month, plants are blooming now which should not be blooming another month or two.

Anyway, I grabbed the camera, threw on my extension tube, and got these photos of the almond blossoms that I want to share with you today!

The almond blossom

The almond blossom

All wet!

All wet!

Reaching out!

Reaching out!

Lost in the details

Lost in the details

Whispering softly

Whispering softly

Spread out

Spread out

Aren’t they just beautiful blossoms?

Thanks for dropping by today! Send the rain our way, or do the rain dance for us! Have a terrific Thursday and be well… ^..^

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