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Checking out today’s WordPress Photo Challenge topic is “connected.” Ben Huberman asks that we “go literal or figurative, abstract or explicit.” Here are my connections…

A father and son…

Spending time together

Spending time together

A fungus found on a tree…The texture found in a spongy tree fungus

One side of the river meets the other because of a bridge…

Crossing a bridge

Crossing a bridge

The north and the south merge…

A mirage on the road

A mirage on the road

Sand and beach…

PV from the waters edge

PV from the waters edge

Pollen + bees = honey…

In flight

In flight

Cheating at cards…

Winning more card games against the neighbors

Winning more card games against the neighbors

Did you see the connections? I hope so! Thanks for stopping by today. Have an amazing weekend! And, be well… ^..^

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Our crepe myrtle trees are in full bloom. The flowers on the pink tree are more abundant than on the magenta tree. In the mornings as we sit outside enjoying a cup of coffee, we hear the hum of the bees. It sounds just like we are sitting inside a hive. Bees are a hard subject to shoot photos of because they are very swift, but I did manage to get a number of photos that I want to share with you today.

Here is a honeybee…

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

If you look closely at this photo you will see that the honeybee is a hairy insect.

Hairy bee

Hairy bee

This little gal is on top of it!

She's on top of it!

She’s on top of it!

I got lucky on this next shot. I captured a pair!

A pair of honeybees

A pair of honeybees

This next shot shows the bee harvesting. You can see pollen on her right hind leg.

Harvesting

Harvesting

My favorite shot is this last one. The wings of the bee move so rapidly. Check out what the wing looks like captured in motion.

Wings in motion

Wings in motion

That’s it for today Thanks for dropping by! Have an amazing day and bee well. `ö´

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I realized that I have not featured our sweet little hummingbirds for a while. We usually have the annas and the rufous. We have not seen the rufous since early summer. We do have plenty of the annas. Here are some shots of these summer hummers in our yard.

They are quick to come and go.

Coming and going

Coming and going

Did you know that aside from nectar, the hummingbirds favorite thing to eat are ants? We stopped washing off the ants from the feeders.

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Here is a lucky shot of an incoming hummer.

Incoming!

Incoming!

They get used to us being around, and even zoom at us to let us know that the feeder is getting low. My husband caught this shot of them sitting on my hand.

On my fingers

On my fingers

Here is a photo of a rufous from earlier

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

We plant flowers in our garden every year that will provide these foothill critters with nectar. We have so many in the garden this year that we have not had to fill the feeder but twice.

Well, there you have it, my summer hummers. Have a great weekend 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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Since going through chemo, I have had issues with my hands. Not only do I have neuropathy, but tremors, or shaking, too. This makes taking photos, especially macro shots, hard to do. I gave it a go the other day and wanted to share with you some of the photos I took.

The center of a clematis

The center of a clematis

Galardia

Galardia

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

Russian sage

Russian sage

Artemesia

Artemesia

Water from a sprinkler

Water from a sprinkler

The top of a red hot poker

The top of a red hot poker

Weedicus Unknownicus

Weedicus Unknownicus

Spirea blossoms

Spirea blossoms

Out of the 175 photos I took that day, these were the best. I am hoping that eventually my hands will stop shaking. Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^

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For today I decided that I would share with you some of the views in my garden. Most of these have been blooming for a while, which is early. This is due to the drought. I hope that you enjoy the shots. The final photo is something a bit different, but sweet!

Gallardia

Gallardia

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Clematis

Clematis

Another clematis

Another clematis

Gerboa

Gerboa

Red hot poker

Red hot poker

This last shot is not a flower, but a hummingbird. Did you know that one of their favorite foods are ants? We watch the hummers as they dart around our gravel driveway eating ants. I caught this little bird with an ant in its bill.

A hummer catches an ant

A hummer catches an ant

Well, that is it for today. I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Have a wonderful day and be well… ^..^

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Lingnum Draco over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Vivid” for this week’s photo challenge. So, let’s head into my world of what vivid means to me. I hope that you enjoy the photos!

When we were on the “Big Island” of Hawai’i, these little guys stuck out with their bright colors.

Gordy Gecko

Gordy Gecko

A splash of red is always vivid for me.

Just Red

Just Red

There are lilies that grow around the area, and the contrast in colors fit this week’s challenge too.

Contrasts of rust and yellow

Contrasts of rust and yellow

This lovely sunset, this photo taken from my back deck, certainly fits the bill.

Sunset in orange

Sunset in orange

What do you think about this sunflower?

A sunflower

A sunflower

The rose of sharon in our yard is quite pretty. Don’t you just love the red contrasting the white?

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

One more shot…I just love peonies. How about you?

Shades of gold

Shades of gold

Well, thanks for stopping by today. It’s the start of the weekend. Make it a good one, OK? 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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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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