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Krista over at WordPress has chosen the topic “inspiration” for this week’s photo challenge. She says, “What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.” I get inspired by a number of things. Here is what inspires me.

After a rain, I am inspired to take my camera outside to take close up photos that capture the drops of water on the spring blossoms.

All wet!

All wet!

I am also inspired to look for the abundance of mushrooms that pop up after a spring rain.

Mushrooms in moss

Mushrooms in moss

I like finding places that offer serenity and a place to relax.

The chair seen a second way

The chair seen a second way

Because of the beauty that I find in places, I am inspired to explore. Here are some shots of places that I have seen on these explorations.

Hiking through some rough terrain, I discover this lovely view of a beach.

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Walking the trail gets me to a good viewing area enabling me to capture this shot of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Hiking a trail in Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii, the shrubbery opens up and I am delighted by the view.

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

What inspires you? To see what inspires others, click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^

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Today, the start of a work week, is the day that I devote to hosting the Mondays Finish the Story challenge. In the challenge, I ask that you write a story using between 100-150 words. I ask that you use the opening line and the photo prompt to create your story. Today, I am using the opening line of the challenge at the end of my story. It is in bold and italics. The photo prompt follows the story.

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It was an ordinary day for him. After having a good stretch and getting out of bed, he made his way into the kitchen. He walked over to two legs. He made himself known by rubbing his body against those legs and meowing loudly saying, “Stoke my belly.”

After getting his ears rubbed, a bowl of gravy and shrimp appeared on his placemat. Finishing the meal, he sat, licking the left paw to clean his face, then switching to the right. Purrfect.

He jumped up on one of the dining room chairs, hidden by the tablecloth. The wimpy dog walked by so he had to take full advantage of his concealment. He shot out his right paw, claws extended, swiping the dog on the nose.

The dog yelped and ran. Two legs ran to the dog. The cat heard his name. He was in trouble. Moving from the chair, he thought he found the perfect hiding spot.

You Can't See Me - © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

You Can’t See Me – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my story today! You too can join in on the Mondays Finish the Story challenge by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Be well… ^..^

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Over the years, I have been lucky enough to capture birds bathing.  And, I happen to have a variety of photos of these lovelies in the midst of their abulations. Let’s go check them out.

Join me in a bath?

Join me in a bath?

Bathing White Pelican

Bathing White Pelican

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

Now shake it off!

Now shake it off!

Pulling the water up

Pulling the water up

Taking care of the back

Taking care of the back

Now that was good!

Now that was good!

Drying in the sun

Drying in the sun

Cleaning the face

Cleaning the face

And done! I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a great day and be well… ^..^

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Brie Anne Demkiw over at WordPress has chosen the topic Up Close for the photo challenge this week. Right up my alley! Ready to see a different world? Click on each photo to see the details in more detail!!

How is this face to face with a bee? Check out her beautiful wings.

Looking at nature up close

Looking at nature up close

Did you know that there are curlicues inside the dandelion blossom? I didn’t!

A dandelion

A dandelion

The heavy pollen is hanging on to this daffodil.

Swimming in Salmon

Swimming in Salmon

Lovely colors are found inside an almond blossom.

Almond blossom

Almond blossom

The Birds Nest fungus is 1/4 the size of a dime. Imagine my surprise to find the little “eggs” inside of it.

Inside the Birds Nest

Inside the Birds Nest

I never knew that the inside of a vinca, or periwinkle, was orange and fuzzy.

Periwinkle Center

Periwinkle Center

Did you know that one individual petal of a clover blossom has many parts?

Long stalked clover

Long stalked clover

As each faerie releases, what is left behind looks like a pin cushion.

The last of the fairies

The last of the fairies

There you have it! I hope that you did give each of these photos a closer look. There is a lot of detail to be found in a world up close!

Be well…. ^..^

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Today is the day that I reveal the winner of the 2015 Pretty Feet Contest! Thanks go out to everyone who took the time to vote.

We have a tie at third place! The two winners of the third place award go to the Koala and the Frog!

Koala

Koala

Koala

Koala


Frog

Frog

Frog

Frog

Proud to be in second place in this year’s contest is the Cougar!

Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Drum roll please….The first place winner of the 2015 Pretty Feet Contest: Nicholas the Elephant!

Elephant

Elephant

Let me share with you a bit of his background. He was born on December 19, 1993 at a circus breeding facility. He was an unruly elephant, maybe because they made him ride a tricycle. He was retired from the circus at the young age of 5. His constant companion for years was a female named Gypsy. She became his surrogate mother. When he reached the ripe age of sixteen, he had to be separated from her to “go his own way” which would happen in the wild.

Nicholas is living a happy life in a huge enclosure at the Performing Animal Welfare Society compound located in the small town of San Andreas, CA. His new companion is a deer. Would you like to adopt Nicholas? You can! Here is the link to PAWS to find out how to do it!

Here is Nicholas in all his majestic glory!

Elephant

Elephant

Thanks again go out to those who voted, and may you have an amazing day. Be well… ^..^

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Today, the start of a work week, is the day that I devote to hosting the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. In the challenge, I ask that you use between 100-150 words that uses the opening line and the photo prompt to create your story. Here is today’s photo and the opening line is in bold and italics. I hope that you enjoy my story.

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The petroglyphs told the story of an unusual event.” Now most would look at all the symbols that cover the rock in this photo. What they should be looking at is the area on the upper left.

Do you see the two figures at the left? The one on top is a dog. The one below it is Stands Tall and Points. The two of them used to travel together. The art depicts a story he told the Anasazi.

He tells them that not only would there be a migration of big horned goats, but also snakes. Hunting will be good.  He says the rain is coming. He lets them know to secure the ladder to the cliff dwelling. They were all good signs.

The grandfather looks at his sleeping grandson. He is now asleep. Too bad the grandfather thought. I was just getting to the part where Big Foot comes in. Few paid attention to that symbol.

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Mondays Finish the Story

Mondays Finish the Story

You too can take part in this challenge. To get there just click HERE!

Enjoy the day and sorry for the late post today. A bit under the weather… Dear reader, be well… ^..^

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I was thinking about what to post today, and decided I would share with you some random views that I took of insects. I hope that you enjoy the photos today.

A cricket.

A green cricket

A green cricket

A flame skimmer dragonfly.

Loaded with details

Loaded with details

Green comma butterfly.

The Green Comma

The Green Comma

A swallowtail butterfly.

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

EB’s mothra.

Female Ceanothus Silk Moth

Female Ceanothus Silk Moth

Check out the eye on this wasp! Click twice on this photo to see the detail!

The eye of a wasp

The eye of a wasp

A bumblebee.

The Bumblebee

The Bumblebee

A Sierra Foothills native. The tarantula!

Coming at you!

Coming at you!

I hope that you enjoyed the photos today, and thank you for taking the time to drop on by. Be well… ^..^

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Ben Huberman over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Half and Half” for this week’s photo challenge. He says, “…share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively. You could focus on composition, like me, and take a photo with an explicit dividing line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal). Or take the theme in other directions: zoom in on a pair of objects that together form a whole. Show two people whose demeanor or personality complement each other. Or bring into balance two opposing visual elements — light and dark, color and its absence, sharp focus juxtaposed with blurriness.”

Here is my world of half and half.

Half smooth, half rough.

Sea foam

Sea foam

Two halves of a wine barrel.

Pulling the barrel apart

Pulling the barrel apart

Acorn squash cut in half.

Cut the acorn squash in half

Cut the acorn squash in half

Split image in a reflection.

One lovely reflection

One lovely reflection

Half on, half off.

I was so tired after flying that I fell asleep on the stairs!

I was so tired after flying that I fell asleep on the stairs!

The top half and bottom half.

Yellow cone up close

Yellow cone up close

There you have it! A world of halves. Thank you for stopping by today! Be well… ^..^

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A couple of years ago I planted a Russian sage in my garden. This is the first year that the plant has topped 6 feet. The lovely lavender blossoms are a magnet for not only honeybees but bumblers too. I took some time the other day trying to capture some of these bees. So, today I share with you what I caught.

Russian sage attracts the bees

Russian sage attracts the bees

Heading to a blossom

Heading to a blossom

Some sweet nectar

Some sweet nectar

Seeing all parts

Seeing all parts

Harvesting

Harvesting


I wish you could smell the aroma of the plant. It is heady! Thanks for stopping by today and be well… ^..^

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It is past time that I feature, as I do every year, the pretty feet contest! This year we have a number of exciting contenders! You get to vote on whose feet you like the best and in a couple of weeks I will announce the winner! Are you ready to check out some really pretty feet? Let’s go!

Contestant #1 – Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

Contestant #2 – Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Contestant #3 – Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Contestant #4 – Flamingo

Flamingo

Flamingo

Contestant #5 – Frog

Frog

Frog

Contestant #6 – Koala

Koala

Koala

Contestant #7 – Meerkat

Meerkat

Meerkat

Contestant #8 – Wallaby

Wallaby

Wallaby

There are the contestants for 2015, and now you get to vote! Just click on the button to register your vote.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well… ^..^

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