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Michelle W. over at WordPress has chosen the topic “On the Way” for this week’s photo challenge. She asks that we, “Share a shot of something you saw, did, or experienced on the way: a photo not of your destination, but of an interesting thing along the way. Show us something stunning others might have missed, or find some unexpected beauty in a mundane moment. Maybe we can all start looking at the in-betweens a bit differently!”

Ready for some shots taken on the way? Let’s head out.

The first thing that came to mind was the flight we took to Hawai’i. There was an amazing storm happening on the ocean and this view is with us being up in the air at 35,000 feet.

A storm cloud over the pacific

A storm cloud over the pacific

The next that came to mind was the day on our cruise we headed into Glacier Bay.

Following another cruise ship into Glacier Bay

Following another cruise ship into Glacier Bay

As we drove up Highway 5 in the central valley of California, on our way home from a trip, the mirages on the road were amazing.

A mirage on the road

A mirage on the road

On our way to Red River, New Mexico we drove by the Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Celebrating the birthday of a very good friend, we made our way on this special day to Yosemite National Park, a park he had never been to before. On the one lane road, I snapped this photo. El Capitan is center left, and Half Dome in the center.

A view from the road heading to Yosemite National Park

A view from the road heading to Yosemite National Park

This last photo was on our way into Red Rock Canyon near “Lost” Vegas. The beauty of the mountains had us stopping many times on the way. The colors were amazing!

Heading in the canyon

Heading in the canyon

Thanks for coming along! I hope that you enjoyed my photos of being on the way! 🙂 Be well… ^..^

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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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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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One of the things that I love about where I live is the abundance of the wildlife that is here. We get to see some pretty amazing creatures up close! Today, I am featuring one of the smaller critters in the area. It is the Ground Squirrel. These little critters sure are cute, but I will tell you, they are destructive to the trees and gardens. However, my focus is not on this issue. For today, I wanted to share with you some photos of this critter that I took just the other day. This little fellow was feeding on the wild bird seed we put out.

Please let me introduce you to the Ground Squirrel!

The Ground Squirrel

The Ground Squirrel

This critter loves the bird seed.

Jackpot with bird seed

Jackpot with bird seed

I noticed how the birds give him a wide berth.

The birds keep their distance

The birds keep their distance

After feeding for quite a while, he stops and takes a short break.

Taking a break

Taking a break

He goes back to feeding filling up those cheek pouches.

Filling up the cheek pouches

Filling up the cheek pouches

For the last shot in this series of photos, I would like to ask that you click on the photo to enlarge it. Before this fellow runs off, he raises his face. Notice the chubby cheeks!

Chubby cheeks

Chubby cheeks

Isn’t that cute?

Well, that is it for today. I hope that you enjoyed this post. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I hope that you have a wonderful day! Be well… ^..^

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Krista at WordPress has chosen the topic “Intricate” for this week’s photo challenge! I love this topic! Let’s visit my world of intricate!

Let’s start with a resident neighbor who came to visit.

Looking at him up close

Looking at him up close

Each layer of feathers on a Canadian Goose has infinite details.

Feathers

Feathers

Tiny bubbles form in ice, freezing their amazing details.

Bubbles on ice

Bubbles on ice

The patterning of the wings of a dragon fly…

Loaded with details

Loaded with details

The tiny details of a California Poppy emerge when you look close enough.

The beauty found it the center

The beauty found it the center

An artichoke in bloom draws you in…

Blues

Blues

Look closely at the eye on this wasp. Do you see the spirals in its eye?  Click on the photo to see the intricate details of this amazing creature!

The eye of a wasp

The eye of a wasp

Did I meet this challenge in looking at the intricate details? 🙂 Have an amazing day and thank you for dropping on by today! Be well… ^..^

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Here in the Sierra Foothills where I live, we have a number of lakes, more like ponds due to their size. There is one that I knew about but have not been able to find until recently. It is called Bass Lake. What is ironic is that there are no bass in the lake. It is the home of trout and blue gill. I invite you to join me as I explore this lake…

We find the sign indicating the lake. After walking down a slippery slope (due to pine needles), we come across the lake.

First view of Bass Lake

First view of Bass Lake

Looking to our left we see a house. I am jealous that these folks have a house so close to this lake. Here is another view of the lake. You might just be able to make out two benches, at the left above the waterline, set to look out on the lake. Notice too, how low the water level is. Hello California drought!

Another view of the lake

Another view of the lake

The water is clear and sparkly.

Clear and sparkling water

Clear and sparkling water

Wind crosses over the water causing ripples. This and the increasing depth of the lake offers nice texture and patterns.

Wind on the water

Wind on the water

Along the edge of the lake is pollen from the pines and oaks. We actually saw bees harvesting this pollen off the surface of the water. We also noticed a number of orange and black butterflies. If you look closely, this photo features one of those little beauties!

Butterfly on the shore

Butterfly on the shore

Around the lake, poison oak is emerging and so are the yellow star tulips.

Yellow star tulip

Yellow star tulip

Did you enjoy the visit to this lake? I sure did! Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that your Wednesday turns out to be an amazing day! Be well… ^..^

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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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