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Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

22 Jan

When one thinks of a tree, one rarely thinks simple….

With its complex system of sustaining life, it is indeed not simple at all.

However, seen through my grand-children’s eyes this tree brings  a simple gift of fun and cool relief  from the harsh sun above.

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An amazing tree can also offer some simple sage advice

Advice From a Tree

Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots into the Earth

Be content with your natural beauty

Go out on a limb

Drink plenty of water

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

  Photo: from Me,    Tree: from God,    Advice from: http://www.YourTrueNature.com

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A Welcome Visit

16 Jan

Yesterday I received a visitor at work.  She was just hanging out on the truck that was parked beside my car.  I was about 10 feet from her and at first she pretended like I was not there.

I began to talk to her.  I asked her if I could take her picture….she agreed to one frontal shot but nothing more.  As soon as I put away my camera I gave her some left over fries out of the back seat of my car.

Such a pretty girl, would you agree?  I love her eyes and how she gave a little pose.

When I arrived home I found this in the front yard.

I finally found my way into the house and sat down to warmed by the fire.  I had a pretty great day over all.

all photos taken with the cannon s5is.  no enhancements no croping…although it could have used some i think.

Christmas Eve Morning 2011

25 Dec

This is the same picture I posted on my word blog only I crop and tweaked it a little with the program PrintShop for this blog.  This program is the only one I own that will let me crop and auto correct.  One day, I vow to purchase and more importantly learn how to use Photo Shop.  If you have Photo Shop and would like to tweak it for me I would love to see how it could really be.   You can find the original at Life is a bowl of kibble.  My only request is to not use this photo as your own, however, Photo Shop enhancement credit can be all yours.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

23 Dec

Between:

the lines is a path to our home,

a haven where the fireplace is always warming and hot chocolate is always on.

Family, friends and neighbors are always welcomed

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Between:

the navigational beacons is the road to work,

where everyday is an adventure in human nature.

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Between:

the trees is a little peace of mind,

where neighbors are always helping neighbors.

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Between:

You and the other side is a downed tree. 

An ominous sight when traveling deep in the forest to deliver mail.

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Between:

the bottom branches and the ground are bowls in the snow,

where the deer and elk can rest and wait out the storm

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Between:

you and me, I would not have it any other way.

I mistakenly posted my self portrait on my word blog Life is a bow of Kibble.  Click here if you would like to check it out.

Silent Sunday : once upon a time

12 Dec

Silent Sundays – Geo Cache Adventure Finds

18 Sep

I live at the top of the southern end of the Sacramento Mountains.  To say water is hard to find here, would be an understatement.  So imagination my surprise when on a Cache run I discovered this beautiful find.  Bluff Springs,  Mayhill, NM

To a non resident of this wonderful mountain world, the little trickle of a stream must seem elfin.  But to me, it was like finding gold.  Then!

OOOOOHHHHH, what a treasure I have stumbled upon.  It left me wanting more.  I walk around the bend and I saw this!

A true treat for this misplaced ocean dweller. It took a few minutes to find the cache but we DID  find it under a log.  This picture is not a spoiler so don’t worry geo-cachers.  As we left Hubs grabbed a last minute shot.

Next week I will post another water find that to this date still excites me.

 

How long do you want to be loved?

13 Sep

In order for you to get the full effect of this entry, please,  click on “Lullaby” below.  It will open a new tab and music should start to play… give it a minute to start then come back here to read and listen to the music, don’t watch the video, just listen while you read.  I really wish I was blog savvy and knew how to add music without all the hassle.  Note: The photos are virgin so don’t get mad at me that they are of poor quality.  The point of this entry is to share this interesting story.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.

  Lullaby

This is the first time I have been on a journey of motherhood with a bird. She started this spring making a nest on the front porch.

I started thinking she was a first time mommy.  She made her nest so tall I wondered if she would be able to get in and out okay.    This would be my first time seeing  the beginning of life for a King Bird.  She sits and waits hardly ever leaving her nest. She would see me every day snapping away but she stayed put.  Good mommy.

One day I look up to see a little head poking out.  It was so ugly and cute at the same time.
Mommy was off catching bugs to feed her little one.

A few days later I am looking through the binoculars and I see another head.  Well no wonder she built her nest pretty big.  Mommy is working feverishly to feed her ever crying babies.  I see her in the evening cuddling with her little ones. It is so touching.

Like I said, a face only a mommy could love.
And they fascinate me.

Oh my goodness, they have their eyes open.  Mom is really working now.  She flies non stop all day long looking for food..  I fear she will give herself a heart attack if she doesn’t slow down.  I mean, how much can two growing babies eat?  Hey is that another head in the back????

Those babies grew up quick!  In fact, they are now bigger than mommy.  HEY! there is another head in the   back.  How in the world did mom fit in the nest with them at night?  Way to go mom triplets!  The family and I are very worried that the one on the edge is going to get pushed out.  And mom is still sleeping with them at night.  HOW?  I just don’t know.  The will of a mama is very strong.

Then this morning I notice they have made it out of the nest.  We thought she would have had them out sooner, about 3 days earlier.  I would say she is a very protective, devoted and loving mom.  Her babies cry for her.  She will only let them go to the planter and back up to the wicker shade.  Back and forth they practice.  One is brave! It pushes the boundaries and flies to the railing of the steps.

She flies to the tree and calls them. The brave one flies back to the planter and that is as far as he and the siblings are going.  Mom catches more food.      Comes over to them gives them a little treat then flies away calling for them to follow

….they sit, no one moves. It even seems they turn their head to not see mom.  Sort of like if I can’t see her she can’t see me.  Pretty soon mom coaxes them one at a time to spread their wings and follow her to the next treat.  Two of them take the bait and off they went.  They practice swooping and gliding through the air.  It is wonderful to see.  The third one decides to go back to the nest.  Lo and behold…..

THERE IS ANOTHER BABY!! Four babies.  No wonder that nest was getting flattened out.

The siblings sit together.  The little one is frozen with fear.  The other sibling keeps trying to get him to fly.  Finally he gives up and decides to try his own wings.  Off he goes.  Now there is one left.  Mom comes to sit with him. I went to gather clothes for the wash and when I return they are still there.  She starts flying back and forth from the perch to the rail.  Little one is steadfast.

Then he stands up, stretches, turns in a circle and creeps to the edge.  He gives it a longing look, appears to hold his breath, and gives it ago.  He landed on the rail.  That is him on the right.  Mom was right there with him.  Look at her she has her wing on his back.  She was not going to leave him yet.   They sat together for a minute as if mom asked him how long do you want to be loved?  Then with a sweet goodbye….  she flies to a near by tree and the baby flies into the sky.

I watched all day to see if anyone came back.  Nope, nobody.  This is their beginning.  All that time invested in these babies was worth it…….but it was so stressful sort of like watching your own kids fly off into the world.

And just like after the kids leave home you clean their room.  And now it is now time for me to wash the poo off the porch.

Until next time,

Silent Sundays – Tote

11 Sep

I have had this totem for many, many years now.  It stands and protects.  Well at least I like to think it does.  When I was younger my father would take us  camping on vacations all over the United States.  Every location that had a totem my dad would plop me in front of it and he would take a picture.  My childhood pictures are long gone but the memories remain.  I feel a connection to this Totem Pole and that is why it stands in my yard.