Friday Night Photos - Please Let Me Out Of Trumpistan edition

With all the dire news this week, I took a quick turn through sepia Lothlorien....

I would add the requisite Fred shot, but he's on strike.... (kibble issues).

So, a cloud shot from a few days ago instead.

If you too wish to leave Trumpistan posthaste,........ good luck!

Make mine a double.

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I went on a cattle roundup a few years ago when the ranchers were corralling cows for vaccinations and the younger ones for branding and castration. I could not watch that part, but it was a blast to roundup the cows actually the humans didn't do much work. People brought their cow dawgs to do most of the work. They are so smart and I was blown away watching them doing it.

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The way they minded was something to see. Here they are waiting for the call to go in and get their rewards. Yup, they got to eat the things that were cut off the young males.

Thanks for hosting tonight, Bollox. Love the top photo.

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dogs working the sheep on a hill farm in Wales, long years ago.

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@Bollox Ref

The guy in charge would just softly say, "get em up", and off they went. People drop off dawgs to his ranch and someone dropped off a very large shepherd type one. So here we've been all day moving the cows up to go through a gate. Once they got there they started turning around. Why? Because that dawg was at the head of the line doing it. He had no idea what he was doing, but boy was he having fun doing it.

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They were Border Collies on the Welsh farm. Lovely dogs, and I'm not a great dog lover.

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@Bollox Ref

but I don't have a photo of them. Just amazing to watch.

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@snoopydawg

Yup, they got to eat the things that were cut off the young males.

Heh, I've watched my mom castrate numerous horses in my day; theirs get thrown to the dogs too. I'm sure it's a delicacy for them!

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his spare time doing sheep herding contests with his doggie. He wins lots of ribbons. Must be fun. Love the way the guy in front is looking at the guy on the horse.

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I've always wanted to edit the guy in front out so that he doesn't take away from the shot, but guess I was lucky to get this one.

The only dawg I gave away was a border collie/Australian shepherd mix. I couldn't get her attention to discipline her, but I gave her to a friend who had a ranch. She loved it there.

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Hi all,

Here is my attempt at a pleasant distraction...

Indian Blanket, aka Firewheel
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Black-and-white Warbler - juvenile with half-grown tail
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Crab Spider on Lantana
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Pepsis Wasp, aka Tarantula Hawk
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Golden-fronted Woodpecker, male
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There is Americana, and then there is Texicana
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Thanks for all the great posts all week from everyone!

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
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The Crab Spider and the Pepsis Wasp look decidedly worrying.

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Thank you for the varied wildlife photos. I read that the wasp can paralyse a tarantula. That's quite a sting! Thanks for showing us what to look out for. On the other hand the songs of the warblers are quite comforting.

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wonderful photos. Love love love the crab spider on the lantana!

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Despite contractual issues (kibble), Fred has allowed this shot to be released.

Thanks Fred.

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@Bollox Ref

but you still gotta love being his agent.

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@Bollox Ref
not spoiled. Not one tiny bit.

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@Bollox Ref
is so clear and detailed. The texture is tangible. Funny how photos look so important with they are not in color.

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@magiamma

allow you to enjoy the shapes and contrast, without the distraction of colour?

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That's quite an inviting glade to find respite in.

Has Purfleet found an ally in the complaints department? You could show him this ...

A sunny day in Avondale ...

Thanks for hosting Bollox.

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isn't aware of the Complaints Dept. It's a very small space, with a pile of books/files in front. Just the way Purfleet likes it.

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@Bollox Ref

How do the two get along, or does Purfleet take no notice of the new popular 'star' in the house and spend more time in her cosy secret space?

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@janis b
You have such a great eye for composition. The way the shadow hits the side of the building is amusing. And the arching plant is a lovely counterpoint.

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I responded in the exact same way you describe to the cabbage tree shadow on the house and the curve of that other plant.

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@janis b

Someday .....

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@snoopydawg

Would love to share a walk or two with you on a beautiful beach. I will be scarce around here for the next few weeks as I fly and road trip to other beaches and places far away.

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Where all are you going? I can't wait to see the photos from your travels. Guess I could always go out to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, but the flies are horrible this time of year.

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The lake has some great sunsets.

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The lake is half of its normal size which is going to be a huge problem soon. It is so involved with our weather and causes lake effect storms. Without the water in the lake our ski seasons are going to dry up with it. The water is being diverted from it for different reasons and it didn't help that the NSA built their huge fusion center here that takes 2 million gallons of water a day and then there's the new Facebook facility that is going to take much more. SMDH.

One year Ogden only received 2" of snow when I left for work in SLC and the closer I got the more snow there was. By the time I got to work there was 4' of snow. This is called lake effect.

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@snoopydawg

with my sister. Back in Seattle for a day and travelling again tomorrow to Florida. I'll post a few photos next Friday from my travels after I'm settled.

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I'm getting pretty good at photographing singing birds. I also scored four lifers this week; not a bad week!

yellow warbler

(I just wish he weren't mostly hidden by leaves. Sigh.)

dickcissel (lifer)

American redstart

My other lifers this week:
grasshopper sparrow

yellow-throated vireo

ovenbird

Not a lifer, but bird #150 on my eBird life list: eastern kingbird

Imagine my surprise and delight to see this family of hooded mergansers on our pond!

And a white admiral butterfly we saw yesterday; I can count on one hand how many times I've seen them I think.

Gus the Great

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at our Wren box. Complete cock-up on my part.

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Here's a soundtrack and video of the yellow warblers ...

Have you considered video as well?

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@janis b I shot some video of a raven arguing with some magpies back in Utah, but it didn't pick up the raven's squawk very well. I might have to fiddle with some settings.
As for the warbler, they move around so much it seems better to film them when there aren't leaves yet, as in the video you posted. They are so cute!

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Their communication can be so familiar. The Tui here are the most vocally entertaining. Their conversations are at times downright laughable.

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@Daenerys
the little yellow warbler is just inspiring in the way he shouts out to the world. I love what he has to say. Smile

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@Daenerys
all those birds with their mouths open. Wonderful pictures. What a great shot of the hooded merganser family.

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It makes the photo more unique, imo.

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No new photos this week. Just more from the Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden.

Coast Banksia - Banksia intergrifolia, Australian
This is the plant you asked about Snoopy. Here is another stage of the flowering.

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Thanks for posting Bollox ! Smile

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What is that pink fuzzy stuff?

I really the sculpture of waterlily-like pods in a dandelion-like formation.

Thanks for the photos and have a nice weekend.

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@janis b
but I will email the pic to the nursery and they will tell me. The plant has lovely deep magenta leaves. They grow around these parts in peoples gardens.

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Thanks magiamma.

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@magiamma

Very nice shots.

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Coast Banksia - Banksia intergrifolia, Australian

It is a photo of the flower of the same plant that you asked about last week, but the flower is in a different stage of blooming. It is a very odd plant. I like the sculptural nature of it. Smile

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I somehow missed reading it. Blush

It seems to have changed so quickly. Still a very cool plant.

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