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There are times in your life when you catch sight of something that is there and then gone. Fleeting moments. This is the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Life here in the Sierra Foothills is full of fleeting moments. And today I will share some of those with you!

I was working between the vegetable garden and the greenhouse one day, and I walked back in to the greenhouse to discover a Swallowtail butterfly had flown in. I was lucky that I was able to go grab the camera and snap this photo before this lovely flew out.

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

We have a strawberry thief in our midst. This photo is from last year, and this year this thief was back and ate over 300 strawberries. After this thief went through the strawberry patch I discovered I only had 6 berries remaining.

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

This is the time of year when the dragonflies start to appear. I was visiting my boyfriend at the lake when I spied a dragonfly perched on one of the weeds along the lake.

Capturing a dragonfly

Capturing a dragonfly

This is also the time of year when the afternoon thunderstorms come in. For this fleeting moment I was able to capture a double rainbow!

A double rainbow

A double rainbow

On another day we woke up to thunderstorms. Holding my finger down on the button on my camera allowed me to actually capture lightning! Quickly it was here and gone!

Lightning at sunrise

Lightning at sunrise

We have two types of hummingbirds here and I was lucky to catch both in this next shot. One is an Anna’s, on the left, and the other a Rufous!

In flight

In flight

The hummingbirds are not the only ones to enjoy our feeders! I was really lucky to capture this fleeting moment of a praying mantis on the feeder. He is looking at me!

Catching a mantis

Catching a mantis

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this fleeting moments! Have a great Saturday, and many thanks for stopping by today!

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The subject of this week’s photo contest, put on by the folks over at LetsBeWild is “Camouflage.” This had me wondering if I had any photos of anything that was camouflaged. It turns out that I do have some photos that are perfect for this challenge!

Sometimes you take a photo and it is only after you review the photo that you discover that you captured something you could not see through your viewfinder! This was the case with this photo.

Find the crabs!

Find the crabs!

Walking along the shore line I snapped this photo. Later I realized there is a Hawaiian Sea Turtle in the photo!

Find the turtle!

Find the turtle!

How many fish can you see in this photo?

How many fish do you see?

How many fish do you see?

This shot is of an amazing looking flowering tree at the place we stayed in Hawai’i. After taking this photo I realized that there was a praying mantis in the photo. Can you find it?

Find the praying mantis!

Find the praying mantis!

Can you find the hermit crab?

Find the hermit crab!

Find the hermit crab!

The colors of birds sometimes blend in perfectly with the background. Such is the case with this sandpiper!

Find the sandpiper!

Find the sandpiper!

Did you find everything? If you did, please leave your comment for me on the LetsBeWild website. Just look for the link to my post! You can get there by clicking here! Be sure to check out some of the other amazing posts!

Have a great weekend! And thanks for visiting today!

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When taking photos sometimes you catch something intended or unintended that appears in the background. This is what Pick over at WordPress has challenged us to find in our photos! I hope you enjoy these photos of what is in the background!

Let’s start with a photo I took at the San Diego Zoo of a Leopard taking a nap!

Taking a nap!

Taking a nap!

In this next photo, see if you can find the cat!

Find the cat!

Find the cat!

And behind the fencing in this photo you will see an unlikely pair of friends!

Unlikely friends

Unlikely friends

On our recent trip, while visiting the town of Ensenada, I captured the town in this background shot!

Ensenada

Ensenada

Standing on the deck of the cruise ship, check out this white building that pops in this photo!

Bright white

Bright white

On the cruise ship I witnessed one seagull watching over another taking a bath!

Get behind those ears!

Get behind those ears!

Please do check out some of the other posts by visiting the WordPress challenge! You can do so by clicking here!

Now go out and have a wonderful day, and thank you for the visit!

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Escape can mean many things, and this is the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! One can escape from the tedium of every day life, or escape can be just a release, or to get away from danger. For this week’s challenge let’s escape to…

One of my favorite ways to escape is to go on a fishing trip! I sure wish I was on this boat!

Gone fishing!

Gone fishing!

Sometimes one needs a break from day to day life. What could be better than a friend calling and saying, “Hey, let’s go fly somewhere shall we?”

Getting away for a while

Getting away for a while

How would you like to have your own private island to escape to?

A place to escape to

A place to escape to

Sometimes one just needs a change of scenery, so they escape the confines of one area and head out to another!

Heading out

Heading out

When we look around us the earth shows us the release of pressure. This results in steam escaping the earth…

Steam escapes the earth

Steam escapes the earth

Pressure can cause other things to escape, like the juice of grapes going through a press.

Juices escapes the press

Juices escapes the press

In my own backyard, escape can be getting away from danger.

Running from danger

Running from danger

Where do you like to escape to? Checking out some of the other posts on this topic, check these escapes out!

Through My Lens
Bob’s Wife
Hope the Happy Hugger
Rolbos
Progress by Accident

Or you can check out other posts by clicking here!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope that you enjoyed this post!

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Today we spend some time on the beach! Yes, those folks over at Let’s Be Wild have chosen this as this weeks subject! They are correct when they say that beaches come in all shapes and sizes and textures as you will see! Ready to go?

On the island of Hawai’i the island is mostly surrounded with black lava. Interspersed with the lava one does come across light colored sand that makes for an interesting contrast!

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai'i

A white sand beach at Honaunau Bay on the Island of Hawai’i

On the southern coast we had to stop to see this amazing black sand beach! Just in case you did not know, the black sand sticks to your feet a bit more than just a regular beach! The colors in the water is dark due to the lava beds beneath the surface.

The Black Sand Beach on the Island of Hawai'i

The Black Sand Beach on the Island of Hawai’i

At the northern end of the island we stopped at Spencer Beach. This beach is quite a contrast to the black sand beach with the waters gleaming in an array of greens and blues! The rocks in the foreground are one of the many fishing traps made by King Kamehameha’s people.

Spencer Beach

Spencer Beach

Here is a close up shot of the sand on the beach were we stayed in Kailua-Kona. If you look closely you will notice sea shells and broken pieces of coral!

What makes up the beach where we stayed

What makes up the beach where we stayed

One of the local birds stopped to take a rest on the beach. With the rough sand this bird still looked comfortable!

A bird resting on the beach

A bird resting on the beach

Heading to Cabo San Lucas, the beach in this photo can only be reached by boat!

The beach at Cabo San Lucas

The beach at Cabo San Lucas

There are long stretches of beach there which this photo shows!

Another beach at Cabo

Another beach at Cabo

Down in Puerto Vallarta many streams run off from the mountains and find their way to the ocean. We came across many of these and here is a shot of one of the folks with me jumping the stream!

Jumping a stream on the beach at Puerta Vallarta

Jumping a stream on the beach at Puerta Vallarta

In my own backyard is South Lake Tahoe. In the area of Emerald Bay is the Vikings Holm which has a huge expanse of beach between the house and the water. Here is a winter shot of that beach covered in snow! There were some adventurous folks who made the treacherous trip down the mountain to get to this beach for a walk!

A snow covered beach

A snow covered beach

Be sure to check out some of the other entries! Please feel free to leave me a comment on their site by clicking here!

I hope you enjoyed spending some time on the beach with me! Now go out and have a lovely Thursday and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject are patterns. On our recent cruise, I was able to get a number of amazing photos, including patterns! Maybe I was psychic that WP would pick this subject? Or, could it be that this is something I always look for when taking photos? I love patterns, and have taken photos of patterns for years. So this is a mixture of two different types of patterns. One: Man-made; the other found in nature!

Without further ado, if it’s patterns you want, it’s patterns you get!

Lines of color

Lines of color

Rectangles

Rectangles

Stacked lounge chairs

Stacked lounge chairs

Reflections

Reflections

Tile

Tile

A spider web

A spider web

Spiral staircase

Spiral staircase

Barrel cactus

Barrel cactus

I hope that you not only enjoyed the patterns but the contrasts between man-made and nature!

Please do check out some of the other posts for this challenge…you can get there by clicking here!

Thank you for stopping by today, and have a great Friday!

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This week the folks at LetsBeWild.com have created a challenge based on “Movement.” Movement happens all around us and to capture it with a photo and stop the action is amazing! Here are some recent photos of movement!

Recently, I went with my friend EB in search of wildflowers. We found ourselves by the South Fork of the American River where I was able to catch rafters going into the rapids!

Going under!

Going under!

My husband and I drove to Long Beach headed for a cruise, and I captured this shot of a farmer working in the fields. You can see he is on the move from the dust trailing after him.

Working in the fields

Working in the fields

A bit further down the road we came upon Harris Ranch. As the temperatures in the valley get pretty hot, they need to cool down the cows. This is how they do it!

Cooling down the cows

Cooling down the cows

We arrived at the cruise ship and walked around the decks. There was a pool area for kids that had some amazing slides and this unusual water feature that they could run around!

A water feature on the cruise ship

A water feature on the cruise ship

From the deck of the ship I was able to catch this amazing shot of a pelican in flight.

Flying away!

Flying away!

After the cruise we met with a friend and went to the San Diego Zoo. When we were at the elephant enclosure we found one of the elephants giving itself a dust bath!

Taking a dust bath

Taking a dust bath

Heading over to where the Rhinos were, this Rhino was in the water and was entertaining itself with a ball that was in the water with it.

A Rhino playing with a ball

A Rhino playing with a ball

One of the newest critters at the Zoo is the White Pelican. I just happened to catch this lovely and colorful bird giving itself a bath!

Bathing White Pelican

Bathing White Pelican

In the area where the ducks were swimming, I spied this pair of turtles enjoying a leisurely swim. They were swimmin in synch with each other which you can see by their outstretched toes on their back feet!

Swimming turtles

Swimming turtles

Then at the camel enclosure, one camel was at rest, and this fellow was busy enjoying an afternoon snack!

Something to chew on

Something to chew on

I hope that you enjoyed this “Movement” photos! If you did, then would you please leave me a comment on the LetsBeWild site? You can find me there by scrolling down the page. Look for my gravatar of Madison, my black and white kitty. Click on the reply button and leave me a message! I will respond! To get there click here!

There are some great entries there already so be sure to check them out! Thanks for stopping by today and for commenting too! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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Those amazing folks over at Let’s Be Wild have chosen the subject “Birds of a Feather” as this week’s challenge! Having just spent 4 1/2 hours at the San Diego Zoo with Russel from Russel Ray Photos, along with his partner Jim and my husband Paul, I was able to put together some photos of lovely birds! Not all are from the zoo, though…Let’s go and check out these lovelies and some not so lovely but still amazing birds!

One of the most colorful and beautiful birds that we observed at the zoo is the Mandarin Duck. They are brilliant in color and they are quite a sight to see!

Mandarin duck taking a break from swimming

Mandarin duck taking a break from swimming

The next really colorful birds are truly amazing! I was able to catch three flamingos lined up in a row napping!

A trio of flamingos sleeping

A trio of flamingos sleeping

We saw a lot of babies at the zoo, and here is a cute little duckling out for a Friday afternoon swim! This photo is what my friend Penny would call an awww photo!

A baby swims

A baby swims

And the birds were nesting too! Here is a pair of cormorants with mother bird on the nest and father bird standing along her side!

Nesting cormorants

Nesting cormorants

The newest bird at the zoo is the White Pelican. It is such an amazing bird that I will do a post featuring this bird at a future date! Be sure to check out the colors on this “white” bird.

A white pelican loaded with color

A white pelican loaded with color

The herons were pretty amazing too! Here is one on the lookout followed by another shot of a different one.  The second photo reminds me of a flasher, and that is because of the way it is holding its wings!

A gray heron

A gray heron

This heron is flashing!

This heron is flashing!

I have no idea what type of bird this next one is, but it is looking right at me!  I see a lovely regal lady wearing a hat and with the most beautiful eyes.  What do you think?  Thanks to Russel Ray for identifying the bird below!  It is a Harpy Eagle!

Pretty bird!

Pretty bird!

Then we came across the condors! They are amazing birds, and I was able to catch this one as he stretched its wings!  Check out the fur collar!  You might want to double click on this photo to really see the detail in the face!

The condor spreads its wings

The condor spreads its wings

From the deck of the cruise ship we were on, I was able to catch a pelican as it flew by!  This is indeed a lucky shot!

Flying high!

Flying high!

The above photo looks to be a bit grainy but it is actually the air that was really hazy!

The funniest thing I saw was on the deck of the ship in the pool area for the kids. I was lucky to find the deck empty of people and was photographing the seagulls on the deck rails. When I turned around, there were three gulls sitting at the edge of a water slide. Then one jumped in to take a bath! The entire series of photos will be another post, but here is a shot of this bird enjoying its bath!

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

I hope that you enjoyed these lovely birds! Please look for the link to my post at the LetsBeWild Photo Challenge! Please feel free to leave a comment on their site for me!

I hope that you have an excellent Monday! Thanks for stopping by today!

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