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I certainly am. This has been one strange summer weather-wise here in the Sierra Foothills. We have had more cloudy days then ever, rain and even cooler temperatures. This coming week the temps are slated to be only in the 80’s.

Because of spring starting so early, trees and shrubs are already changing making it appear to be an early fall. It is not early at all considering their time line. They do not use our calendar, so for them, they are right on time. Here are some photos of the fall I am looking forward to.

Golden hazel nut leaves

Golden hazel nut leaves

A red star

A red star

Greens and yellows in a Redbud

Greens and yellows in a Redbud

The lovely colors on the smoke bush

The lovely colors on the smoke bush

The color of the nectarine leaf looks like the color inside the fruit!

The color of the nectarine leaf looks like the color inside the fruit!

The season will be changing in about 3 weeks. Being housebound has been hard but I hear there are rumors of a road trip and I will be bringing the camera along. Have a great weekend, and I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos.

Be well… ^..^

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Good day to you my fellow bloggers and readers. I have been under the weather for a number of days and finally feel, as I recover, able to concentrate on writing a story. I am participating in Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This challenge requires a complete story using 100 words or less. Here is the photo prompt and my story…

Mutated Moths - Photo by Madison Woods

Mutated Moths – Photo by Madison Woods

Few knew about the mutation of moths. These unassuming insects had turned carnivore. I discovered this the other night at home.

I was sitting outside eating my burger. I needed more mustard. I separated the bun from the burg then went to get it. When I came back, moths covered my food. They appeared to be tearing at the meat. I watched for a bit and then waved them off. Reluctantly they left.

Three days later, after work I went back to Mickey D’s to grab a bite. Who do you think I found at the drive up window?

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Thanks go out to Rochelle for hosting, and to Madison for the inspiring photo. To you dear reader, thanks and be well… ^..^

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This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands over at WordPress, has chosen the topic “beneath my feet” for the photo challenge. So, let’s take a look at some photos of where my feet have taken me.

What is beneath my feet is:

The deck of a cruise ship.

Split image

Split image

The dry earth of the desert.

It is dry as the desert here!

It is dry as the desert here!

Winter snow.

My house in December

My house in December

A meadow.

The herd returns - see the ranger?

The herd returns – see the ranger?

Hoover Dam.

The overlook bridge

The overlook bridge

A beach.

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A trail in Big Trees State Park.

One of the smaller trees

One of the smaller trees

I hope that you enjoyed my photos for this challenge. Have a splendid weekend, and be well… ^..^

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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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