Friday Photos - Rush Job Edition

Friends are due to arrive very soon, so this is rushed.

Anyway, here's Purfleet dreaming of Spring (aren't we all):

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And Fred doing his interpretation of a talk show host (via a cheap point and shoot):

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I won't be around much, but feel free to ruminate on the glories of photography.

Avanti!

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magiamma's picture

I get the post and run. I am always rushed on Friday nights but try to drop by often and frequently. Smile

Fred is such a handsome guy. Perfect talk-show host material.

Charlie sits in the sun every afternoon
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Is she hiding or soaking up the sun?

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@snoopydawg
He moves from place to place. This is his afternoon spot.

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@magiamma

The photo of charlie is very elegant and so much reflects the nature of cats as I know them second-hand. Have a wonderful weekend.

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@snoopydawg Great read. Spoke of those pussy willow sorts.

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@QMS

after reading some comments about it. It sounds great, and the fact you confirm increases even more the anticipation I feel in reading it.

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@snoopydawg
Lovely contrast between the soft and hard, near and far, fine and gross. Nice composition too.

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@magiamma

I'm going to photograph the tree as it flowers. I have no idea what kind it is, but it's not a pussy willow tree. Don't they grow on vines? I vaguely remember them from my childhood and that was sadly many decades ago. Sad

Foxtails are nasty little buggers. My beagle used to get them in her nose and if she couldn't sneeze them out it was off to the vet. We had to go there quite a few times because they wormed their way into my dawg's legs. Nasty ....

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@snoopydawg
They do not grow on vines but there are many varieties.
The yellows are particularly beautiful.

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@magiamma

I didn't see that you told me what kind of tree that is. Thanks

@Pricknick

I guess that my memory of them isn't what I thought it was.

This is some of this type of tree and from what I found online, most people buy this type.

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I'd love to do this! Some day when I can moderate the temperature for winter I'm going to get back to doing bonsai.

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Great photo of the deer. Where do you live and walk to see this on yours?

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Attribution: https://www.tuttidecor.co.uk/product/pussy-willow-heart-wreath/?v=8e3eb2...

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@snoopydawg

Pussywillows are a Japanese Beetle magnet, and then the beetles chew up your roses too.

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@magiamma

You weren't naming the tree, you were saying that there's a lot of brown in the photo.

Pardon

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@snoopydawg

I love that photo. There is beautiful order in the chaos. Thank you.

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@janis b

This is why I don't get bored with doing the same walk every day. There is always something new to see there. I need to remember to look for birds.

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Had one like that. Called shadow. Picture a gray-silver black tabby. Could hide in a shadow. Cool cat. Hadda' watch out for that one. Wink

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@QMS
and a very cool cat.

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Thanks for hosting Bollox
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@Pricknick
They are clearly watching you. Do you know what kind they are?

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@magiamma
Southern Michigan.

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@Pricknick

Is that curvy (not straight) path forward you take ; ).

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@janis b
It was more luck than experience.

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@Pricknick

Enjoy your weekend.

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@janis b

And more like being in the right place in the 'right' moment

That's called luck Smile

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@Pricknick

; )

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@Pricknick The dear (deer) on the right looks like she might be quite a bit older than the other (deer).
I've never seen this in whitetails, but maybe they just don't ever get the chance to become grandmothers down south.
There is grace and beauty in both. The same and different. What a great photo. Thanks.

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@peachcreek
It's unknown if her right front leg is a birth defect or a hunting miss.
She's at best six or at least four years old depending on stories told.
I've witnessed her for at least four years and all four she's produced two young.
She's a mother of nature.

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I'll be interested in reading this later. Thanks magiamma.

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Some shots from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park' annual butterfly exhibit celebrating the start of spring.

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slip into a coma and when you wake up you're a butterfly? Great detail on the photos. Very nice.

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@snoopydawg
Definitely worth the coma if you can fly when you wake up.

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to this increasingly ugly world.

Poor things. I’ve hardly seen any butterflies in the past frw years. We used to be blessed with them all summer.

Thank you for the pictures.

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@Amanda Matthews

and finding beauty in "this increasingly ugly world." It's invaluable.

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Glad I could bring a little bit of beauty into our world here at C99.

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@Socialprogressive
That first photo is mighty fine. Nice contrasting colors. The purple really shows off the butterfly.

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@magiamma
The colorful flowers in the aviary where they have the butterfly exhibit are worth taking pictures of even without the butterflies.

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Your enjoyment of it radiates in the photos. Thanks Social.

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Butterflies are both beautiful and fascinating creatures. When I lived in New York, I used to go to the Bronx Zoo and visit the Butterfly exhibit they had there. Butterflies would just land on your outstretched hand. It was amazing. Learned a few things about butterflies too. Two things stuck in my mind.

1. When caterpillars go into the chrysalis stage, they actually dissolve into (for lack of a more official term) caterpillar juice. Imagine that? The caterpillar becomes nothing before it can become a butterfly.

2. Butterflies are a sign of a healthy Eco-system. So if you see butterflies in your garden, you must be doing something right. Smile

Thanks for the stunning pictures and the heads up about the butterfly exhibit. I live in Southern California now so I may have to make a visit there!

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When caterpillars go into the chrysalis stage, they actually dissolve into (for lack of a more official term) caterpillar juice. Imagine that? The caterpillar becomes nothing before it can become a butterfly.

Maybe we're all made from some primordial flavoured syrup.

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@mimi

I missed you and your bright spirit.

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@janis b
Blush
Air kiss

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@mimi

Wishing you an abundance of comforting thoughts to balance the others.

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@zoebear

The butterfly exhibit runs through April 15th. If you make a trip to the park I recommend going during the week when it's not so crowded and I wouldn't wait more than a week. If you wait to long there will be less butterflies and the ones still there will be showing signs of wear.

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About the butterfly exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. Last time I was there back in the 1980's, I visited the children's zoo where I saw baby aardvarks being born and watched a baby Bengal tiger play with the big "cat" toys they had put in one of their enclosed play areas. It was funny to watch this baby Bengal tiger play with cardboard boxes and balls the same way my house cats did. Cuteness meter was off the charts!!!

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Zoebear, the butterfly exhibit is at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, not the San Diego Zoo. I'd hate for you to miss out on the butterflies because you went to the Zoo instead of the Safari Park.

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New place to discover then Smile

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Hello to Purfleet and Fred, and everyone.

Another redpoll visited my seed bowl the other day:

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@Daenerys
Your bird gathering is always a treat.
I saw a small (20-30') tree today on the same walk as the deer and there were six different birds in it.
Tufted Titmouse, Red Wing Blackbird, Sparrow, Chickadee, Junco, and a Nuthatch. I was so stunned to see such a variety that I never touched the camera.
The mind is a wonderful thing.

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@Pricknick

There has got to be other birds that visit that place. There are two ducks who I think have been there for a couple of years, but other than that it's just crows. Loud ones too.

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@snoopydawg Ogden cemetery? I can see if there's any data on eBird for it.

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@Daenerys

I would also be interested in knowing.

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@Daenerys @Daenerys

It's Leavetts cemetery on 36th street between Washington and Quincy. It's funny how I'm always looking at the trees because I do bonsai, but I never "look" to see if there are birds in them.

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@snoopydawg
of Pussy willow.
Beautiful example.

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@snoopydawg There isn't a hotspot for it, but I did a species search for American crow and then found it on the map; this is only one checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S40177419
Other checklists could be found there by searching for other species.

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@Daenerys

200
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Estimate. I left as more were pouring in; probably a popular place for them.


Comments:Good place to bird if you like crows.

I saw the 5 starlings today. And the crows.

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@Daenerys

I enjoy the learning that comes with your bird knowledge and enjoyment.

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@Daenerys

Does s/he like bananas ; ).

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@janis b I guess I missed the joke....

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@Daenerys

and unfortunately off the mark. In my own mind I associated fruit (banana) with what birds enjoy eating, and thought of your "This shit is bananas", at the same time. Voila?

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You can’t tell from these photos, but Autumn is slowly arriving.

Incoming Tide …


An occasional visitor …

ps. I want to mention that I’ll be scarce around these parts for several weeks while preparing for and enjoying a visit from family.

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@janis b

I have been wondering how you're doing and where you were. Love the leaves on the beach, Janis. Great reminder that autumn has arrived. I forgot that your seasons are opposite of ours.
Awe come on, this little bit together doesn't take much time for you to pop in, say hey and post a few photos.

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@snoopydawg

I'm glad you like the leaves on the beach. The purplish things among the leaves are seaweed, and the couple bright green spots are seeds from the Pohutakawa.

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I like your window ornaments (floating flower and stuffed or drawn animal), if that's what they are. Your windows are very clean. I'm waiting for the last minute before family arrive to clean mine. At the moment we have a bit of rain and wind punctuating the sun, leaving lots of spots. What was for dinner?

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@janis b

into a star. And he seems to revel in the role ; ).

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@janis b

I love this picture of him and the way he is sitting on the couch with his arm like that. The look in his eyes says that he knows he's the cat's meow.

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