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Brie Anne Demkiw over at WordPress has chosen the topic Up Close for the photo challenge this week. Right up my alley! Ready to see a different world? Click on each photo to see the details in more detail!!

How is this face to face with a bee? Check out her beautiful wings.

Looking at nature up close

Looking at nature up close

Did you know that there are curlicues inside the dandelion blossom? I didn’t!

A dandelion

A dandelion

The heavy pollen is hanging on to this daffodil.

Swimming in Salmon

Swimming in Salmon

Lovely colors are found inside an almond blossom.

Almond blossom

Almond blossom

The Birds Nest fungus is 1/4 the size of a dime. Imagine my surprise to find the little “eggs” inside of it.

Inside the Birds Nest

Inside the Birds Nest

I never knew that the inside of a vinca, or periwinkle, was orange and fuzzy.

Periwinkle Center

Periwinkle Center

Did you know that one individual petal of a clover blossom has many parts?

Long stalked clover

Long stalked clover

As each faerie releases, what is left behind looks like a pin cushion.

The last of the fairies

The last of the fairies

There you have it! I hope that you did give each of these photos a closer look. There is a lot of detail to be found in a world up close!

Be well…. ^..^

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It is past time that I feature, as I do every year, the pretty feet contest! This year we have a number of exciting contenders! You get to vote on whose feet you like the best and in a couple of weeks I will announce the winner! Are you ready to check out some really pretty feet? Let’s go!

Contestant #1 – Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

Contestant #2 – Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Contestant #3 – Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Contestant #4 – Flamingo

Flamingo

Flamingo

Contestant #5 – Frog

Frog

Frog

Contestant #6 – Koala

Koala

Koala

Contestant #7 – Meerkat

Meerkat

Meerkat

Contestant #8 – Wallaby

Wallaby

Wallaby

There are the contestants for 2015, and now you get to vote! Just click on the button to register your vote.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well… ^..^

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This week Jen H. over at WordPress Photo Challenge has chosen the subject “symbol” for this week’s photo challenge. I kept thinking of the symbols that I have seen throughout my travels. Here we go!

An Alaskan native art symbol…

Native art

Native art

The lines shapes and designs in this glass roof, painted by Native Americans, are were found in the desert of AZ.

Lines, shapes, designs  - Geometry!

Lines, shapes, designs – Geometry!

Petroglyphs certainly tell a story! Click on this photo twice to get a close up of something that is thousands of years old.

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

Stained glass created to re-create a symbol.

Stained Glass - 2

Stained Glass – 2

Symbolic art…

Another piece of art on the outside of the building

Another piece of art on the outside of the building

There you have it! A variety of symbols…Have a terrific Friday and be well!

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Last night my husband and I were sharing cocktails on our front deck and I went in to feed the dog. When I came back out there was a noticeable difference in the colors outside. Last year when this happened there was a fire and we were seeing evidence of a fire again yesterday. Today I wanted to share photos that I took from our area. We are approximately 17 air miles north of this fire.

Here is a photo taken when we first saw smoke.

Seeing smoke

Seeing smoke

Here is another shot from a different angle.

Smoke rising

Smoke rising

As we watch the smoke thickens.

The smoke thickens

The smoke thickens

Heading inside we turn on the news. KCRA 3 in Sacramento did a fine job of covering the fire for all of us. The next series of photos is from their news broadcast.

From the air

From the air

A house starts to burn. One thing to notice about this place is that they did not create defensible space around their home, which is one of the reasons this went up so fast. The trees are too close to this house.

A house starts to burn

A house starts to burn

A few minutes later, here is the same house.

The house a few minutes later

The house a few minutes later

Here is a property with the fire approaching a fruit orchard. These folks prepared and have defensible space.

Defensible space

Defensible space

One more shot from KCRA 3. This is of one of the airplanes dropping retardant on the fire. The shot is from their helicopter.

Plane dropping retardant

Plane dropping retardant

Heading back outside and looking up, what you see are not clouds but smoke.

Smoke not clouds

Smoke not clouds

Here is a shot as the sun sets…

As the sun sets

As the sun sets

As I sat outside, I thought I should take a photo that shows ash fall. It was coming down in our area like a very light snow. The first shot is when I first sat down; the second is only a few minutes later.

My pants

My pants

My pants 3 minutes later

My pants 3 minutes later

This fire went from 30 acres to 1300 in no time. It is only, as I write, 20% contained. So far this morning we do not see any smoke as the wind is blowing from east to west. We have not yet been told about the cause of this fire.

Where ever you are, we hope that you are safe. And, as Smokey says, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

Thank you for dropping in and be well!

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While wandering around the Sacramento Zoo, just as in any zoo, there are flowering plants everywhere! I wanted to share these lovely gems with you that stopped to admire!

Matilija Poppies

Matilija Poppies

Canna

Canna

Pretty Unknownikis

Pretty Unknownikis

African Iris

African Iris

Lillies

Lillies

Mid-flight between visits to many flowers

Mid-flight between visits to many flowers

Trumpet vine

Trumpet vine

I hope that you enjoyed these! Have a peaceful Saturday! And, thank you for taking the time to drop on by!

Be well! ^..^

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Challenging myself once again, today I decided that I would feature some amazing photos of splashing waters! According to Merriam Webster a splash is: “…of a liquid : To move, fall, or hit something in a noisy or messy way: To cause (water or another liquid) to move in a noisy way or messy way: Or, to make (someone or something) wet with large drops of water or another liquid.” Warning: You might get wet! Ready? Here we go!

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

A Yellowstone hot spot

A Yellowstone hot spot

Getting the chest

Getting the chest

Water crashing on the rocks

Water crashing on the rocks

Taking care of the back

Taking care of the back

Splash!

Splash!

Now shake it off!

Now shake it off!

Did you get wet? :)

Thank you for dropping in today! I hope that you have a great Wednesday!

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There was something awe inspiring about the Grand Tetons! So for today I thought I would do a quick post sharing photos of the Tetons taken from a distance and a couple of close up shots! You have already seen photos with Jackson Lake in the foreground…but I thought you should see these majesties from a different view….

At a distance

At a distance

One view across a meadow

One view across a meadow

What is between the mountains?

What is between the mountains?

Covered in a blanket of snow

Covered in a blanket of snow

A peak up close

A peak up close

If you have not been to this area it is well worth the visit!

Thanks for stopping by today! May you have a terrific Tuesday!

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