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Wouldn’t it be great if we, humans, could all just learn to live together and coexist peacefully? I took a series of photos after seeing for myself how this is possible. The lesson came from watching the birds in my area.

Imagine a world where we can all live together side by side in peace. None of these birds make fun of one another because their feathers are different colors, or that some are bigger some are smaller.

A mix of birds

A mix of birds

Imagine a world where we can share without bickering.

Sharing

Sharing

Imagine a world where everyone of us cooperates with others without anger, greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy or pride.

Cooperation

Cooperation

Imagine a world where there is no fighting.

No fighting

No fighting

Imagine living in a world of peace.

Living in Peace

Living in Peace

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world? Think about the trees in the forest. Oaks, pines, madrones, tamarack, all share the forest floor. They do not ridicule one another for the differences in their bark. They do not fight each other for ground. They live in peace.

Every day nature shows us a world living in peace. We, humans, just need to stop and take notice that we too can live in a world of peace.

Here is John Lennon, singing one of my favorite songs: “Imagine.” Credit of the video goes to JohnLennonMusic. The video begins with a commercial (sorry about that) and you can click on the bottom right to skip the ad.

Be well… ^..^

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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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I knew that they were watching me. It was that gut feeling. You know the one that I mean. I always ask myself, “Self? Are you listening? Who wants to argue my gut?” Usually, that feeling is right. Something is not write.

It was no different today. Try as I might to reach Joe Owens, the now host, who seems to have disappeared, of Sunday Photo Fiction, my attempts failed. They were watching, and the proverbial “they” had blocked the photo for this week’s flash fiction challenge!

Not wanting to be thwarted from my weekly writing event, I contacted all the commenters of the challenge. I had to let them all know that they were not alone! I had to let them know that there was that secret government agency that had hijacked Joe!

I contacted Agent Al Forbes, of the A.W.O.L., Association of Writers Oversight League, because what else could I do? My Sunday was all out of whack! How can I write a story for a flash fiction challenge, when there is NO PHOTO? Arrgghhhhh….

Being sympathetic to my plight and that of many others, I decided that I would not stand for the Sunday Photo Fiction photo being censored!

To each and every one of you who write for this challenge: Let’s protest against the censorship that has taken our joy of Sunday away! Joe is missing in action, and even so, let us write about those who have censored the weekly photo by Hannah Duncan!

Be there, or be square, or, just write! Let nothing stand in the way of our enjoyment of writing for the Sunday Photo Fiction!

I have done my job…now you do yours!

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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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