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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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This week Brie Anne over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Muse” for this week’s photo challenge. She asks what subject keeps bringing you back to it, and inspires you. My muse has always been water. And, without further ado, here is my muse…

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Nature designs a water and sand pattern

Nature designs a water and sand pattern

Water crashing on the rocks

Water crashing on the rocks

Swirling waters

Swirling waters

A view of the river

A view of the river

Air bubbles

Air bubbles

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for stopping by and be well… ^..^

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Here in the Sierra Foothills where I live, we have a number of lakes, more like ponds due to their size. There is one that I knew about but have not been able to find until recently. It is called Bass Lake. What is ironic is that there are no bass in the lake. It is the home of trout and blue gill. I invite you to join me as I explore this lake…

We find the sign indicating the lake. After walking down a slippery slope (due to pine needles), we come across the lake.

First view of Bass Lake

First view of Bass Lake

Looking to our left we see a house. I am jealous that these folks have a house so close to this lake. Here is another view of the lake. You might just be able to make out two benches, at the left above the waterline, set to look out on the lake. Notice too, how low the water level is. Hello California drought!

Another view of the lake

Another view of the lake

The water is clear and sparkly.

Clear and sparkling water

Clear and sparkling water

Wind crosses over the water causing ripples. This and the increasing depth of the lake offers nice texture and patterns.

Wind on the water

Wind on the water

Along the edge of the lake is pollen from the pines and oaks. We actually saw bees harvesting this pollen off the surface of the water. We also noticed a number of orange and black butterflies. If you look closely, this photo features one of those little beauties!

Butterfly on the shore

Butterfly on the shore

Around the lake, poison oak is emerging and so are the yellow star tulips.

Yellow star tulip

Yellow star tulip

Did you enjoy the visit to this lake? I sure did! Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that your Wednesday turns out to be an amazing day! Be well… ^..^

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There is something that is just plain hypnotic to me about water and watching it move. The patterns, the textures, the amazing colors are what draw me in. Let’s take a look at some recent shots of water in motion. Ready?

As the sun sets….

Ribbons of gold

Ribbons of gold

Contrasts…

Sea foam

Sea foam

Lines…

Lines

Lines

Water collides…

Collision

Collision

Gently moving…

Gentle waves

Gentle waves

Rippling reflection…

Take off!

Take off!

Swirling, swirling, swirling…

Swirling

Swirling

Isn’t water just amazing?

Have a marvelous Monday! Thank you for stopping by today! Be well! ^..^

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One of the things I like to do is to play with photos using my Painter’s Essential program. I recently did a post called “Lights on the Water,” and today I wanted to share with you the photos turned into art! I will start by showing you the original photo and then the “painting” I did with my software!

The Ensenada Pier:

Ensenada pier

Ensenada pier

The painting:

Ensenada Pier Painting

Ensenada Pier Painting

A crowd of people:

A crowd of people

A crowd of people

The painting:

A crowd of people-Painting

A crowd of people-Painting

Reflections #1:

Reflections 1

Reflections 1

The painting:
Reflections 1-Painting

Reflections 1-Painting

Reflections #2:

Reflections 2

Reflections 2

The painting:
Reflections 2-Painting

Reflections 2-Painting

Reflections #3:

Reflections 3

Reflections 3

The painting:
Reflections 3-Painting

Reflections 3-Painting

Reflections #4:

Reflections 4

Reflections 4

The painting:
Reflections 4-Painting

Reflections 4-Painting

Reflections #5:

Reflections 5

Reflections 5

The painting:
Reflections 5-Painting

Reflections 5-Painting

Which one do you like the best?

Enjoy your Thursday! If you are anywhere near my neck of the woods, stay cool! Thank you for the visit today!

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When we were on our cruise I was hypnotized by the lights reflecting on the surface of the water. So, of course I had to take photos and I hoped that they would come out well. I was very pleased with what I got, and I thought that today I would share these photos with you.

I started off with a photo at night of the pier in Ensenada.

Ensenada pier

Ensenada pier

My eyes were caught by the ripples in the water. To me the reflections resemble people standing around. What do you think?

A crowd of people

A crowd of people

Moving from the water around the ship, I turned my attention to the water inside the ship. The lights reflecting off the water look like works of art. Please let me know if you agree!

Reflections 1

Reflections 1

Reflections 2

Reflections 2

Reflections 3

Reflections 3

Reflections 4

Reflections 4

Reflections 5

Reflections 5

So, what do you think? I look forward to reading what you have to say!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a fantastic Thursday!

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I am really excited to announce that I have again won the Audience Choice Award from the Let’s Be Wild website!

Wild Weekly Challenge #4 Award!

I cannot express how ecstatic this is to have won another award in such a short time, and I have all of you to thank! It makes me so happy to entertain you all with my photos! Thank you to those who commented on the Let’s Be Wild site, which is why I was chosen for this award! Here is the photo that they featured from my entry:

Steam rising

For all Editor’s Choice Winner and the honorable mentions, please go and check out the Let’s Be Wild website: Photo Challenge Winners

And congratulations Katlin to the Editor’s Choice winner! To see her lovely photos and the winning photo please visit her site: Backcountry Katlin

Again, I am honored and I thank you for all of your comments on my challenge post!

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