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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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Snow in July - Photo by Dee Lovering

Snow in July – Photo by Dee Lovering

Snow in July? I guess anything is possible. I put on some winter clothes and headed to the park.

I grabbed a hot chocolate and went inside the pavilion. Sitting on a bench, I looked at the happy faces of the children on the merry-go-round. They always make me smile.

After sitting for a good hour, I put my mittens back on and headed for home. I turned on the news. “Scientists today are giving us a bit of alarming news. Climatologist Dr. Radovich of NOAA reports that the earth is heading for an ice age.”

So much for global warming.

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Dee Lovering for the photo that inspired this story. And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop on by for a quick read. Have a fantastic day!

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We have had very odd weather here. Yesterday we had 3 tenths of an inch of rain accompanied by a huge lightning storm! I am posting the stills today that I shot yesterday. I have lots of video footage to review to find all the lightning that I was able to film. I will take stills from those videos to share the lightning with you at a later date. This storm was indeed impressive! Click on the photos to see greater detail. Ready to take a look?

The storm is coming our way…

The approaching storm

The approaching storm

Looking towards the west, you can see where the sky is clear with a few clouds heading that direction.

The leading edge heading west of us

The leading edge heading west of us

There are many layers which look really cool.

Layers

Layers

The storm slides in.

Sliding in

Sliding in

It gets really dark. It is early evening, around 5:30 p.m. It should be very bright still as sunset is around 8:00.

It got really dark

It got really dark

From where I sit, I take a photo looking up.

Looking up from my chair

Looking up from my chair

The clouds appear like a hand with fingers spreading out.

Fingers

Fingers

A bolt of lightning as it starts..

One bolt

One bolt

Then one more. This one spreads quite far.

Then another

Then another

Well, that is it for today. We are to have another storm come in this evening.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing Saturday and be well… ^..^

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Recently we had a storm, it was on the 26th I believe, and there was a lot of thunder and lightning. Because lightning is quick to strike, it is very difficult to catch a bolt coming down. Deciding that the only way that I could catch it was to video it, this is what I did. It took about 15 minutes of filming and from that I was able to catch the split seconds of a bolt of lightning! :D

Here is the single bolt captured in 3 frames of the video that I shot.  To get the full details of this photo and the others, I suggest that you click on the photo once, then with the photo isolated click on it again to bring it to full size.  The bolts actually go from side to side and if you look closely, you will see how amazing this bit of nature truly is!

Here it begins…

The bolt of lightning begins

The bolt of lightning begins

Here is the second frame…

Second catch of the same bolt

Second catch of the same bolt

The last bit as it retreats…

Third catch as it finishes

Third catch as it finishes

Pretty cool, huh? June is usually a month were we get the monsoonal flow from Arizona and with it comes more lightning. I am hoping that I can catch more when it comes again!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have one heck of a fine Saturday! Be well…. ^..^

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Anchors - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Anchors – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The forty-foot swells came from out of nowhere. The captain, buckled in to his seat, held tight to the wheel, sweat dripped down his face. The crew battened down the hatches. Water swept across the decks taking with it anything not tied down.

Up and down, the ship rode the waves. The winds howled, making the crew believe that the Seven Sirens sang to them. Water slammed into the ship, tossing the crew to the left, then to the right. The captain was heading for the shore.

Suddenly, all heard the sound of ripping metal. Ice-cold water rushed in. Crewmen were swept out to sea. The captain felt the ship list to the left. Over the loud speaker he yelled, “Abandon ship! Abandon ship!”

He let go of the wheel heading outside. A huge wave rushed in pinning him to the door of the wheelhouse, then grabbed at his feet pulling him out to sea. He thanked God for his life and surrendered himself to a certain death.

The storm raged on and the Odyssey quickly sank. All that remained of this ship: A pair of anchors, now on display at Odyssey Park. None of the crew survived.

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To Alastair Forbes: Thank you for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the amazing photo that inspired my story!

Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thanks go out to you too, dear reader, for taking the time to stop on by for a quick read. Have a splendid Sunday and be well… ^..^

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Today is another grey and cloudy day. The last storm gave us .12″ of rain. Not much. I must say, though, that we have had some pretty amazing clouds lately. So I thought that I would share some of the photos I took of these amazing clouds with you today…

Thunderheads forming

Thunderheads forming

I see a face in the clouds

I see a face in the clouds

Looking to the east

Looking to the east

Is there rain in these clouds?

Is there rain in these clouds?

Surely there has to be

Surely there has to be

Roiling clouds

Roiling clouds

Amazing clouds, aren’t they?

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a great weekend! And, be well… ^..^

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Yes, snow in spring! It snowed a bit yesterday! I love watching snow come down and I have missed it! Our last snowfall here in the Sierra Foothills was February 19th, 2013 and on that day we had about three inches. Our typical average snowfall for a season is eleven inches. Yesterday we had just a trace. This will most likely be the only snow for the season, which is July 1st 2014 to June 30th, 2015. While it was not a lot, I thought I would share what photos I did take yesterday!

First of all, snow was not predicted for my elevation. When I glanced out the window as I was writing my blog post yesterday, I spotted a snowflake or two. So I went out front with the camera. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the streaks of white. These are the snowflakes coming down!

The snow begins...

The snow begins…

Looking out the back window, I notice that it is now coming down a bit heavier than before…

It comes down a bit heavier

It comes down a bit heavier

Then it comes down heavier still…

Heavier still

Heavier still

To me, there is nothing more peaceful or glorious as watching it snow!

Glorious snow!

Glorious snow!

Well, that is it for today! Thanks for dropping by and be well… ^..^

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