Reflecting Brugge!

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(PLease click to enlarge). Excited about what I’m seeing and had to fire off some pics to you even though it is late~

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Brugge is best at close of day when all the tourists leave.
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The tourist boats are quiet and the sun begins to go to bed.
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The canals get still,

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reflecting Brugge.
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At dusk it’s hard to see where water starts and land begins.

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At night the swans come out,

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to swim with fairies.
Cheers to you from Brugge at dusk~

Love Locks of The Rhine~

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We have just arrived, jet-lagged, in Cologne, Germany. The Cologne Cathedral is on beautiful display outside our hotel window. It is stunning at sunset.
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The Hohenzollern Bridge over The Rhine River leads into the old city. Every inch of the bridge fencing on one side is covered with hundreds of thousands of “love locks!”
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Lovers place these locks on the bridge swearing ever-lasting love and toss the keys into the Rhine.
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We are traveling and I will be blogging as we go. Please understand that I will not be able to follow and comment on your posts as much as I would like. I will check in though, whenever I can.
Until then, cheers to you from beautiful Cologne Germany~

Tattered~

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Madam Butterfly,
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drawn by sweetly scented flowers,
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bearing scars of battles won.
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Beetles drink the nectar too,
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and the garden hums,
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with the thrum of life.
Cheers to you from The Holler garden~

Trouble in Hummerville!

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The bees have swarmed the hummer’s feeders!
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We have massive annual swarms of honeybees and lots of bees year round at The Holler. There are many flowers and orchards to keep all the pollinators happy. We want to provide a safe haven for bee populations which are in decline and for hummingbirds as well.
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But the hummers are not the least bit happy with the bees taking over their feeders. The bees go after the hummers, and can sting them.
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I have to cover up as much as possible to take photos of the action. Of course I covered up with a blue jacket and hood, not knowing bees were specifically attracted to blue, and the bees came after me! It probably would have been better if I had researched this first.
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I haven’t seen a bee sting a hummingbird but the hummingbirds are definitely afraid of them.
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The feeders have been moved to our inner-courtyard to solve this problem which is nice because it seems like the hummingbirds are actually in our house, and they are also protected from the bees!
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Cheers to you from the previously stressed, but hopefully recovering, Holler hummers, and their important cohort pollinators, the honeybees~

The Cat and His Horse~

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Meet Domino the mountain barn cat. He has a horse named Buddy.

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Wherever Domino goes, Buddy is sure to follow. The cat wears the pants in this relationship.
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Just because someone is smaller, it doesn’t mean they can’t call the shots.
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Domino has an attitude. Must be from wrassling with the racoons and gophers and squirrels he protects his horse from up on Round House Ranch on Mt. Palomar.

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Domino likes to sleep in his saddle in his tree on the mountain. All cats like to sleep in their saddles, not just cowboys like you probably thought.
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Buddy is a working horse and loves to round up cattle on the range. He takes charge of the bulls no problem, but Domino? No way.
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Domino is more brains than brawn, and that is always more of a challenge for a working stiff like Buddy.
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Cheers to you from Domino the cat, and his horse, Buddy!

Some Say Hawks are Sacred Birds~

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Visionaries, carrying messages from the spirit world.
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I think they are protectors,
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watching over me from up high.
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Sometimes a thrill, they let me get close!
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But quickly they fly.
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Protecting the earth,
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from the sky!
Cheers to you from the sacred Protectors~

The Banks of the Yellow Sea~

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“This is the land the sunset washes,
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These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
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Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
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These are the western mystery!” Emily Dickinson
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We get some nice sunsets at The Holler.
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Probably due to the sun setting over the ocean and the lack of ambient light pollution.
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Reflection off Holler windows.
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Of course the sun puts on a beautiful sky show for us everywhere! Patagonian Sunset.
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Shining path Mid- Atlantic.
Cheers to you from our yellow sea~