Feeds:
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Nature’


Krista over there at WordPress has chosen the topic “Ephemeral” for this week’s photo challenge. The definition of Ephemeral is: Lasting a very short time.

Here is my take on Ephemeral…

What luck to catch this shot of geese landing on a lake…

Ready to touch down

Ready to touch down

Or, watching the hummingbird feeder at dusk and seeing ten at once!

10 Hummer's

10 Hummer’s

Here is a shot of a buffalo who is talking!

This buffalo has something to say!

This buffalo has something to say!

This is a fleeting moment: Catching a fox peeking around a tree!

Teenage fox in our yard!

Teenage fox in our yard!

There is nothing like observing bees. The day I took this photo, I felt lucky that I was able to capture the details of its wings…

Looking at nature up close

Looking at nature up close

How often does one make eye contact with a giraffe?

Giraffe face

Giraffe face

One final shot. This is one of the lions over at PAWS…Isn’t he a beauty?

Close up with a male

Close up with a male

So there you have it! Did I meet the challenge? :)

Thanks for stopping by today and be well! ^..^

Read Full Post »


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… ^..^

Read Full Post »


It is always fun, where ever I find myself, to catch reflections. Here are some photos for today of reflections that I captured in Alaska. I hope that you enjoy these!

Shades of gold

Shades of gold

Icebergs

Icebergs

Moss and fern on a pier post

Moss and fern on a pier post

On stilts

On stilts

To catch a starfish

To catch a starfish

Behind the seagull

Behind the seagull

Straight trees

Straight trees

Moving reflections

Moving reflections

I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a wonderful Wednesday and be well! ^..^

Read Full Post »


We have been having unseasonably warm weather, and very little rain. The drought in California is alive and well and appears to be sticking around for another year. We are 10″ below normal at this point, and the recent measure of the snow pack indicates very little run off from the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Not a good thing. Because of the warm temperatures, trees and shrubs are in full bloom. For today, I wanted to share a few photos of some of the amazing flowers in my yard!

Last year I bought a lovely small shrub that is an herb called Germander. This year is the first year that this plant is covered with lovely little blue flowers. This is one of those deer resistant plants!

Germander

Germander

In the yard is another shrub and it is a rhododendron. What is unusual about this plant is that it likes full sun, where most rhody’s do not. In the winter the leaves turn a deep rust color, which returns to green in spring.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

One of the first trees to bloom here is the redbud. This year, this tree is blooming after many others. I think nature is confused by the weather. This tree is covered with tiny pink/lavender flowers.

Blossoms on a Redbud tree

Blossoms on a Redbud tree

The fleabane plant begins blooming in May, usually, except for this year.

Fleabane

Fleabane

The lovely yellow of the forsythia is amazing in its display.

Forsythia

Forsythia

One final shot of our lovely camellia!

A lovely camellia

A lovely camellia

I hope that you enjoyed these lovely blooms in my garden! Have a great Saturday, and be well! ^..^

Read Full Post »


We had a day of rain on Monday and when it stopped I headed outdoors only to discover the turkeys were back! Taking a glance before running in the house to grab the camera, I thought these were all males. I was wrong! The turkeys were drying themselves off after the rain! So, for today, I will be featuring photos of all the lovelies drying off!

Here is a small group of females, feathers fanned to aid them in drying out!

All wet!

All wet!

There were eleven turkeys in the yard!

The gaggle in the yard!

The gaggle in the yard!

Here is the male bird. He has his eyes on the females!

The male

The male

A female spreads out her tail feathers, shakes, then settles back down with her feathers still extended.

Drying off the rear end

Drying off the rear end

A young male watches the females. You can see his wattle (red skin on the neck) is not as pronounced as it is on the mature male in the photo above!

A male checks out three females

A male checks out three females

They are truly beautiful. In this final shot, a young female is preening.

Preening

Preening

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Be well… ^..^

Read Full Post »


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… ^..^

Read Full Post »


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! ^..^

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »