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In the mornings, my husband and I sit outside enjoying our coffee and watching the birds. In the quiet, the air is filled with bird song. Last year was the first year that pigeons showed up here. This might have something to do with the drought. They are much larger in number this year.

What makes us laugh, is how they scare themselves and then fly off. So, today I will be featuring photos I took the other morning of the pigeons doing just that! I hope that you enjoy these photos!

A scrub jay and the first pigeon fly in

A scrub jay and the first pigeon fly in

There are now seven

There are now seven

Now they number twelve

Now they number twelve

I count eighteen

I count eighteen

Twenty eight and counting

Twenty eight and counting

As this one lands, they all get scared

As this one lands, they all get scared

They begin to lift off the ground

They begin to lift off the ground

More fly up

More fly up

The rest take flight

The rest take flight

As we sat there with our cups of coffee, we witnessed the pigeons doing this about 5 times. So, I decided to take a video. As soon as I turned the camera on, they never came back! Figures!

I hope that you enjoy today’s post! Have a fabulous day and be well! ^..^

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We have a lot of butterfly activity this year. They came early due to not having a real winter. I feel greatly rewarded when I catch shots of these quick fluttering insect. So, for today I wanted to share some of the amazing butterflies in my yard…Click on any of the photos to get better detail!

I found this one in a corner of my greenhouse. It is a White Swallowtail.

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

This Gray Hairstreak is on my rose bush.

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Here is the Woodland Skipper drinking juice from a marigold.

The early bird butterfly

The early bird butterfly

This one is called a Holly Blue.

A butterfly in the forest

A butterfly in the forest

I caught this one on the rocks. It is a Buckeye Butterfly.

Buckeye Butterfly

Buckeye Butterfly

This next one is a White Sulfur butterfly. Notice that there are two tiny eyes on the wing.

White Sulfur Butterfly

White Sulfur Butterfly

Aren’t they neat? I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Have a splendid weekend! Be well… ^..^

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We have had more cloudy days in May than we had from January to April. The clouds are dark and heavy looking. The sad part is: No rain. The other day, with the dark sky, and the sun just setting, we witnessed turkey buzzards flying in circles. Here are a few of the shots that I captured of them…

Circling

Circling

Looking down

Looking down

Wings fully spread

Wings fully spread

All lit up!

All lit up!

The sun's reflection

The sun’s reflection

Heading out

Heading out

The turkey buzzard is such an amazing bird. My husband said to me the other day, “Can you imagine flying like that looking to find something that has died?” I can’t, but there has to be enough to keep these birds going.

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

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Sundays I devote to writing for Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction. This flash fiction challenge indicates that we are to write a story using about 200 words that goes with the photo prompt. Here is the photo and my story entitled “The Ice Cream Truck.”

Ice Cream Truck - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Ice Cream Truck – Photo by Alastair Forbes

We had moved to this new neighborhood for the peace and quiet that it offered. After unpacking, we decided to enjoy the front porch. I prepared a drink for me and my partner and we headed out front to sit in the rocking chairs.

We sat, quiet within our own thoughts. “Do you hear that?” I asked my partner.

“Yea, what is that?”

“It sounds like that song from Disneyland.”

“Ah, ‘It’s a Small World After All’, I think.”

Down the street rolls an unusual ice cream truck. It’s transparent. It stops in front of our house. Next, we witness children running out from our closed front door heading towards the truck in the street. They laughed in delight as they sat on the lawn to eat their ice cream. My partner and I looked at each other in shock.

Then the truck slowly moves forward. As the music played, it drove off and disappeared. Looking back at the children, their ice cream finished, they slowly walk up the steps and disappear through the closed front door.

“Are you ready for another drink?” I asked.

My partner replied, “Make it a double.”

I took both glasses, and as my partner watched, I disappeared through the closed front door.

“What the heck?” he yells.

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you Al for hosting and providing the lovely photo that inspired this sweet story! I hope that all is going well with your two books.

And, to you dear reader, thank you for dropping by today to visit! I hope that you have a splendid Sunday, and may you be well…. ^..^

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Today is another grey and cloudy day. The last storm gave us .12″ of rain. Not much. I must say, though, that we have had some pretty amazing clouds lately. So I thought that I would share some of the photos I took of these amazing clouds with you today…

Thunderheads forming

Thunderheads forming

I see a face in the clouds

I see a face in the clouds

Looking to the east

Looking to the east

Is there rain in these clouds?

Is there rain in these clouds?

Surely there has to be

Surely there has to be

Roiling clouds

Roiling clouds

Amazing clouds, aren’t they?

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a great weekend! And, be well… ^..^

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Krista, over at WordPress has chosen the subject “enveloped” for this week’s photo challenge. Here is my interpretation of what this means to me…

I picture in my mind developing ears of corn…

Ears of corn!

Ears of corn!

Or, raspberry blossoms before they open…

Raspberry blossoms are showing up

Raspberry blossoms are showing up

Or, a very tasty pork loin chop wrapped in bacon…

Chops wrapped in bacon

Chops wrapped in bacon

Or, enclosed daffodil buds ready to open…

Daffodil buds

Daffodil buds

Or, when preparing enchiladas, wrapping them up in tortillas…

Enchiladas all wrapped up

Enchiladas all wrapped up

What do you think of when imaging the word enveloped? Thanks for dropping by today and have a fantastic Friday! Be well… ^..^

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There are so many things that I look at within my two acre yard, that I thought for today I would share with you some of what I enjoy here. Few words today and just photos…

Clematis

Clematis

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

The tree of hearts

The tree of hearts

A scrub jay at the bird bath

A scrub jay at the bird bath

Fleabane

Fleabane

Thunderheads forming

Thunderheads forming

One heck of a handsome Tom

One heck of a handsome Tom

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope that you have a spectacular day! Be well… ^..^

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