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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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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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It is so hot that the trees are fighting over the neighborhood dogs. We are expecting two warmer than normal days. When we got out of bed today, we saw that the temperature, at 6 a.m., was already 80 degrees. Today and tomorrow will be close to 100 degrees. So for today, I thought I would share with you photos of cool, refreshing water. Ready?

I would love to be on this beach just to enjoy the ocean water.

From the water

From the water

I can just imagine standing under this waterfall.

Another waterfall

Another waterfall

Jumping into Lake Tahoe would really cool me down.

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

This lake near where I live looks inviting.

Enjoying a local lake

Enjoying a local lake

I want to jump into this river.

A view of the river

A view of the river

One more. Imagine sticking your feet in the cool rippling waters of this stream.

Rippling waters

Rippling waters

If you are in a hot zone, stay as cool as you can, drink and carry water with you. Have a great day and 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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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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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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