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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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The ever lovely Krista over at WordPress has chosen the subject “afloat” for this week’s photo challenge. The word afloat is defined as: Floating in water, or not sinking. So the series of my photos in this week’s WP photo challenge post, will show you what floats my boat! Ready? :)

A lovely water lily…

Water lily

Water lily

The beautiful Canadian Geese…

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

A large sailboat looks tiny as it floats on the waters in Emerald Bay…

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Sighting an iceberg and knowing that it will not be able to harm the ship that I am floating on…

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

The amazing color of crepe myrtle leaves floating in water…

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

A lovely water plant that floats on a lake nearby…

Floating islands

Floating islands

What floats your boat? I would love to hear what you have to say! Have one heck of an amazing weekend, and remember: Be well! ^..^

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Yes, snow in spring! It snowed a bit yesterday! I love watching snow come down and I have missed it! Our last snowfall here in the Sierra Foothills was February 19th, 2013 and on that day we had about three inches. Our typical average snowfall for a season is eleven inches. Yesterday we had just a trace. This will most likely be the only snow for the season, which is July 1st 2014 to June 30th, 2015. While it was not a lot, I thought I would share what photos I did take yesterday!

First of all, snow was not predicted for my elevation. When I glanced out the window as I was writing my blog post yesterday, I spotted a snowflake or two. So I went out front with the camera. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the streaks of white. These are the snowflakes coming down!

The snow begins...

The snow begins…

Looking out the back window, I notice that it is now coming down a bit heavier than before…

It comes down a bit heavier

It comes down a bit heavier

Then it comes down heavier still…

Heavier still

Heavier still

To me, there is nothing more peaceful or glorious as watching it snow!

Glorious snow!

Glorious snow!

Well, that is it for today! Thanks for dropping by and be well… ^..^

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We took a drive to historic Jackson here in the Sierra Foothills. The town has a lot of charm. I decided that for today I would share some photos of things that I captured that day. Ready to see bits of Jackson? Let’s go!

Let’s begin with an old photo. There is a union sign and an agency sign out front along with four dashing fellows of the day…

An old photo

An old photo

Here is a view of one of the storefronts. The building needs a bit of work…

A storefront with rooms above

A storefront with rooms above

Walking along the sidewalks, I discover that the hardware store used to be in this location. It is another business now, but the pavement still shows what was once here.

Embedded in the sidewalk

Embedded in the sidewalk

Shortly after this we came upon a rather funny historical marker.

A historical marker

A historical marker

In the entryway to one building, I discover a really bad tile job!

A bad tile job

A bad tile job

One final shot, this of the Jackson Hotel! Here you can not only rent a room for the night but enjoy a juicy steak at Stanley’s!

Historical National Hotel

Historical National Hotel

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have a great Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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Michelle over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Blur” for this week’s photo challenge. She says, “This week, share a photo that’s a blur. You could keep your camera out of focus to achieve a blurry photo, or take a photo of something in motion. Or go in a different direction — capture an image of an experience that would otherwise be a blur, or of something in a state of flux.” So, here are my version of blurred photos!

Let’s start with a night shot of a town…

Night lights

Night lights

Some interesting arches…

Arches

Arches

Reflections…

Reflections

Reflections

Wet tile….

Tile work

Tile work

Lines interrupted…

Lines

Lines

Uneven edges create interest…

Uneven edges

Uneven edges

Did I meet this challenge? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking the time to stop on by today, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! Be well… ^..^

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I’ve been challenged by my friend and author Anneli Purchase, to join the Lovely Blog Hop to share some of the things that have helped shape my writing and my life. Many thanks Anneli!

The blog rules include telling a bit about myself and my interests. So here I am, Barb Beacham, sharing bits and pieces of who my life with you!

Selfie

Selfie

First Fond Memory

Putting on the thinking cap, I realized that I have many fond memories. One of the first was as a very young child, and it is of my Grandpa. I lived in New Jersey, and in the winter my Grandpa would break out the sled. We would sit on my Grandpa’s back as we went sailing down the street on that sled. What fun we had!

Books

I was in fourth grade when I joined The Scholastic Book Club. The first book I read was about the life of Babe Ruth. I enjoyed baseball, and wanted to impress the boys too, which is why I read this book. I have been an avid reader ever since. I read every night before going to bed. I enjoy murder mysteries, romance, science fiction fantasy, historical fiction…oh the list could go on and on…The last book I read is The Wind Weeps written by Anneli Purchase. I am currently reading “Embattled” by Darlene Jones.

Libraries

I spent a lot of time in libraries. Either I was researching something for a school project, or looking for something to read. One of the things I enjoy the most, next to the written word, is the smell of books. There is nothing in the world like it, and to me I find it comforting!

Passion

I have not one, but many passions. Photography, cooking, writing, blogging, working in the garden are just a few.

Learning

There is not a day that goes by that I do not learn something new. I love expanding my horizons!

Writing

Oh, how I love to write! I have two books in the works. And, I have notes all over the place all with ideas of stories! I have three blogs that I write. One of my blogs is a writing challenge and I have so much fun choosing a photo from the thousands that I have taken, and then creating an opening line that goes with the photo. If you like to write, come and join me and the many others who write for my blog! It is Mondays Finish the Story. I also write for two other challenges. They are Friday Fictioneers, and Sunday Photo Fiction.

And, this now brings me to the point where I am to nominate another for the “Blog Hop.” This is where it gets difficult! I follow so many wonderful blogs…all of which I enjoy immensely!

As I sat and thought about this, hard choice that it is, I nominate Michael over at Morpethroad.

Be well and thank you again Anneli for passing this on to me!

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“Hey – Barb,” I can hear you say, “You spelled the name of your post wrong.” In fact, the spelling is correct. Today’s post is about a lovely tree in my yard. It is the Red Bud. This beautiful tree is a tree of hearts as you will see from the photos I will share with you today.

The tree gets its name from the blossoms that hug the branches. When they begin to develop, the tree takes on a red hue. Here is what the blossoms look like.

The flowers

The flowers

As the tree begins to leaf, there are hundreds of floating heart shaped leaves. This is why I call this the tree of hearts.

The tree of hearts

The tree of hearts

The leaves are very tiny right now. So, here are some of the many hearts that this tree and nature offers!

Heart shaped leaves

Heart shaped leaves

A lovely pair

A lovely pair

A visitor

A visitor

Tinged with red

Tinged with red

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Isn’t that cool? I love this tree. In the fall the tree turns a lovely shade of yellow.

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Have a special day and be well…. ^..^

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