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For today, a lovely rainy day, I thought that I would share with you photos from the past of the amazing critters we see here in the Sierra Foothills. There are many that come to visit us. Are you ready to check them out? OK! Let’s go!

Here is a young fox. Since living here, I discovered that these little guys love strawberries. I had 300 berries ripening in the garden, and when I went to go and harvest them, they were all gone! Thinking my friend that comes to help me in the yard had eaten them, I found I was mistaken when one day I caught a fox at the berry patch!

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

We have an abundance of deer here too. They come and go, and we consider ourselves lucky when we step outside and they look up at us with those big brown eyes!

Deer Face

Deer Face

There are many squirrels here too. We have the gray squirrel and the ground squirrel. The gray squirrels drop pine cones from the trees, and the ground squirrel steals veges from my garden!

A squirrel

A squirrel

One of the other critters here, that we hope we do not have a run in with, are the skunk! The dog and I got sprayed one night, and it took a week to rid myself of the smell!

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Recently I featured photos of the wild turkey in our hood. We love seeing these birds. They actually end up picking at the ground clearing areas for us. We like that! No weed whacking where these critters have been!

A Tom turkey

A Tom turkey

Nature’s janitor here in the foothills are the turkey buzzards. They are huge birds that keep the area clean for us!

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

In August/September we are visited by a huge spider! It is the male tarantulas looking for a mate. They call it “The March of the Tarantula.” This one was on the frame of our front door!

Tarantula

Tarantula

Ah, but there are many more! I hope that you enjoyed the photos of some of the critters in my yard and neighborhood! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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Krista, over at WordPress has chosen “Reward” as this week’s challenge topic! She says, “Reward is filthy with possibility: it could be your third grader’s beaming smile after reading her first chapter book, a steaming mug of chicken soup after a long run in the cold, a photo of your brand-new baby — your reward for patience during nine months of construction, or your extended family gathered around the dinner table.” Here are my rewards:

A calving glacier splashes into the water after a long wait…

The splash!

The splash!

A hike takes me to a point where I can view the awesome Yosemite Valley…

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

After working hard in the garden…

The garden today!

The garden today!

we have an abundance of plants that gave us loads of vegetables!

The entire bounty

The entire bounty

Tomorrow's bounty

Tomorrow’s bounty

We feed the hummingbirds here in the spring and summer months. I was rewarded, after years of feeding them, to have on actually land on my hand!

Hummer on my finger!

Hummer on my finger!

There is nothing better than being rewarded at the end of the day with a glorious sunset!

The sun descends in the sky

The sun descends in the sky

I hope that you like the photos that to me are all rewards! Thank you for dropping by today! Have a fabulous Friday and be well! ^..^

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Yesterday morning, stepping out the front door, I noticed a herd of turkey’s. The herd was mostly female and there was a Tom looking for a mate! He was all fluffed up, tail feathers spread, and he was gobbling at the females! It was quite a sight to see, so for today, I am sharing the photos I took of this buff male!

It was amazing to watch the male expand his plumage and chuff at the females. Here is the Tom in all his glory!

Tom showing off his plumage!

Tom showing off his plumage!

What was funny was that he kept circling the females but never got really close. Here is a side view of this handsome male.

Side view of a Tom Turkey

Side view of a Tom Turkey

The females make a small peeping sound. It is the male that makes the gobble, gobble sound. Here is a shot of the male while he is calling to his potential mated!

Calling all females!

Calling all females!

The females are listening! They choose which male they will mate with.

The hens listen to the song of the male

The hens listen to the song of the male

Check out his amazing backside!

Lovely backside!

Lovely backside!

Let’s take a closer look at the male’s face. The fleshy thing hanging above his beak is called a snood. The red fleshy part at its neck is called the wattle. The snood fills with blood and elongates when the male is trying to attract a female.  If you go back to the photo where the male is calling to the female, you will see how long the snood gets.   The larger to snood the more the females are attracted to the male…

A face that only a mother could love!

A face that only a mother could love!

Part of the mating ceremony is the fluffing out of the feathers. They fluff out their wings dragging the tips along the ground.

All fluffed up

All fluffed up

I spy another male in the group. This one is a younger male as the face does not show the fully developed snood. He hangs back and is watching the other male!

Another younger male

Another younger male

Turkey’s are really fun to watch! I hope that you enjoyed my photos today! Thank you for dropping in, and be well! ^..^

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This week the topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is the rule of thirds. Here is what Jen H. has to say: “The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.” Here is my go at The Rule of Thirds!

Wild mushroom

Wild mushroom

Fly on a daisy

Fly on a daisy

African Daisy

African Daisy

Fushia

Fushia

Flowerus Unknownakis

Flowerus Unknownakis

Wild Berries

Wild Berries

A white wolf

A white wolf

Did I meet this challenge?

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a wonderful weekend! Be well… ^..^

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Happy Valentines Day to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For today, I thought I would give you Daffodils from my garden! I hope that you enjoy these flowers! :)

Here is a portion of the poem

Love - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

Throw out her full force on another soul,

Throw out her full force on another soul,

The conscience and the concentration both make

The conscience and the concentration both make

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.♥♥♥♥♥♥.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”

May you have a splendid day filled with love! Be well! ^..^

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What is too soon to be blooming? Well, it is my almond tree, which is in full bloom already. This is way too early. This is because California is still experiencing the drought. :(

We had a lovely wet December. January, which usually has a few days of rain, was awarded a new record: The Driest January on Record. Temperatures in January were in the 60’s, and we have not had the normal freezing temperatures. We have had four days of rain this month so far, giving us a bit over 5″ of rain. The next anticipated storm is slated for February 21st, and the chance of it raining is only 40%. Not good. Because of the dry January, and because of the lack of rain this month, plants are blooming now which should not be blooming another month or two.

Anyway, I grabbed the camera, threw on my extension tube, and got these photos of the almond blossoms that I want to share with you today!

The almond blossom

The almond blossom

All wet!

All wet!

Reaching out!

Reaching out!

Lost in the details

Lost in the details

Whispering softly

Whispering softly

Spread out

Spread out

Aren’t they just beautiful blossoms?

Thanks for dropping by today! Send the rain our way, or do the rain dance for us! Have a terrific Thursday and be well… ^..^

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We had the driest January on record here in the Sierra Foothills. With the dry weather we had warmer than normal days. Temperatures ranged mostly in the 60’s with some days in the 70’s. Too warm for winter! Because of the warmer weather, plants in my yard and around the forest that surround us, are blooming way too early! I thought that for today I would share some of what is blooming in my yard!

Let’s start with my roses…Here is a blossom on my wedding rose.

An early rose

An early rose

The helleborus do not usually open until March. Not this year!

Helleborus

Helleborus

I have a load of daffodils in the yard and of the 300 or so, many are in full bloom! Here is one getting ready to open and one that is open!

Daffodil opening up

Daffodil opening up

An open daffodil

An open daffodil

There is nothing that compares to the sweet fragrance of the Daphne. Can you smell it?

Daphne

Daphne

The honeybees are happy because my rosemary is in bloom. In the morning hours, the bee activity in the rosemary sounds like I am standing in a hive! I tried capturing some bees, but was unable to. However, here is blooming rosemary!

Rosemary

Rosemary

Yesterday, today, and thru Monday we will be having some much needed rain. Yesterday’s rain total here was 2.86″ of rain. We have been without power too, and are currently running off our generator!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have a splendid Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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