Friday Photography - Whatipu and Friends

The vastness of this West Coast beach is truly awe-inspiring. Wish you were here.

Enjoy the holidays all.

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dystopian's picture

So is this the west coast of North or South Island? Beautiful place! A lifelong friend was just there two months ago and saw one type of Kiwi (at night with the red lights, etc.) and
heard another species of them, and he went on a boat and saw a bunch of Albatross.

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@dystopian @dystopian

It's the North Island, actually only a 25min. drive over the mountain from home, and an hours drive from central Auckland.

I'll bet your friend saw the Albatross up the coast, a few miles north of this one.

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climb but a closer look reveals stairs. I think. Hard to see but that's what it looks like.

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@Shahryar

There are ladder-like stairs going up to the lighthouse, which you can see better in this photo (which for some reason I can't get to stick in this comment) I'll try in a seperate comment.

It's closed to the public because of the danger. Not that I would even consider it.

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and all... thanks for the POT

love all the beach photos. Looks a bit like CA except the sand here is gold.

today's drawing site was filled with wils flowers and fog. we got two drawings done. woo hoo

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@magiamma
A very nice piece of landscape to draw and photograph.

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@magiamma

Being in an environment of wildflowers and fog sounds very appealing to me. I must be a little like a meditation for you to be sitting in a beautiful environment and thoughtfully drawing.

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NZ is very high up on my bucket list of places I want to visit. There's a possibility it will happen next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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@Socialprogressive

Please be sure to let me know if you do. Maybe we can do a days photography expedition together.

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This is like the mitt I used when I played "mitt" with my grandpa starting when I was just a wee miss of 3. It was his mitt when he was just a wee lad and I still have it. Lotsa good memories.

For some reason I am unable to see your photos Janis. Are you using a different server?

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@snoopydawg

as I always do but it doesn't show. I'm using the same server as always. Others are seeing the original images in the essay. It's a mystery at the moment.

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@snoopydawg
even I could catch a ball. Nice shots, Snoopy. Where were they taken?

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It was PAC Bell then, but it keeps having its name changed. At the back of it there is a place where you can stand and watch the game. I was able to go to 5 games there and more at the A's stadium. Easier to get to and much cheaper.

This is Cruz who dropped the fly ball which ended up costing them the World Series.

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Looking in from that area.

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@snoopydawg
at Candlestick Park when I was a kid growing up in the Bay Area. I moved to San Diego long before the current ballpark opened. On TV it looks like a great place to catch a game.

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@Socialprogressive

My first game I sat behind home plate. Next was above the dugouts on the 3rd base side and then way up in the seats in this picture close to where they end. Got to see Tony Gwin's last at bat. I'm sure I spelled his name wrong, but I typed out my whole comment in the headline the first attempt and it went out of my brain..

Heh..glad it's Friday.

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@snoopydawg
of watching Tony Gwynn play his whole career here in San Diego. What a joy.

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I used to be a huge baseball fan and always rooted for the giants. Saw an incredible playoff game between them and the dodgers that went 16 innings and was won on a home run. I forgot I had gone more times than I remember. I saw the niners at candlestick. Way cold place that night.

Do you go watch them at Petco? This is a beautiful park too.

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Your human subjects are intriguing with the landscapes as backdrops. Wonder if that is a Kiwi version of an 'muricanish treehouse, up there on the peak? No matter, the monkey in me wants to climb the vertical slope and check out the views all around.

Many thanks for sharing the perspectives from the 'other side' of this spinning top! Yes.

Close to the edge...

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I hardly ever feel confident photographing people, but this landscape makes it easy. Thanks for your appreciation. I'm trying to post a photo that shows the lighthouse at the top more clearly, but unsuccessfully so far.

Thanks for the sweet music monkey man.

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the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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@Socialprogressive

The intensity of expression you capture is amazing.

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@Socialprogressive

I consider late February/March to be the best time.

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@janis b
like to be there when flowers are blooming. My brother wants to go when there is snow and he can go skiing.

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@Socialprogressive

that could present a problem. If you have to compromise maybe consider later October. There would still be snow in parts, while the first Spring flowering will have begun. Auckland and other parts, mostly North, have things flowering all year.

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I can't pick a favorite. What is the first one?

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@snoopydawg
The first one is my favorite, unfortunately I don't remember it's name and a search on the Safari Park website wasn't helpful.

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@Socialprogressive
something I see in the mirror on some strange mornings.

Thanks SP Wink

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@QMS
some strange mornings for you. It's like that every morning for me.

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thanks for the great animal shots. my favorite is the owl. very cool.

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@Socialprogressive Beautiful photos SP!

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@Socialprogressive
like an old drunken sailor through the amazing world of animal creatures.

Love all your work. Thanks for being here on Friday nights.

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It must have something to do with a glitch at Flickr at the moment.

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@janis b
what looks like a lighthouse.

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at the top of the hill pulling up his luggage? And why is he waving his arms?

You NZ Landers are so funny!

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@QMS

One of those arms are made of solar panels.

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@janis b

It looks like volcanic rock and sand mixed together? Do you know what the rock is? How cool for you that it's this close to you. I'd be there every day..

Is that lighthouse still functional?

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@snoopydawg

I'd be there more often if the road was less treacherous, especially so this last two years. It's always been a bit treacherous, being so narrow, with shear drops and unstable ground. Now, with several major slips it is even more so. I hope the money required in engineering will be found to keep the road accessible.

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@janis b

not too much so it wouldn't take that long. However I believe shaharazade would insist I get down immediately! once I got about 5 feet off the ground. Looks like plenty of handholds and footholds. Whether or not it's crumbly, that's something else!

I would think it's also severely frowned upon by whoever's in charge.

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@Shahryar

because it's off-limit to the public. The rock can be crumbly. The next time I go I'll photograph the rock formation more closely.

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@HenryAWallace

It's always a pleasure to see you.

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I saw these two hermit thrushes the other day:

They are small, sparrow-sized; distinguished from other thrushes by their rusty tail color.

I saw one tree swallow today briefly, and one barn swallow the other day. They should be arriving in numbers any day now. There don't seem to be as many water birds around as there were last year; the ice has been going out on lakes more steadily this year so I guess they are more spread out.

One of my coworkers asked me today if I'd come with her and her nieces who are into birding to the local state park one day and help them look for birds. That would be fun!

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This shit is bananas.

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@Daenerys

Loving the sounds of all thrushes I had to listen to yours ...

https://musicofnature.com/video/hermit-thrush/

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@Daenerys Love your Hermit Thrush pix D! What great singers, a beautiful voice they have.

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@Daenerys
I really like the close-up.

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Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar, probably 5th instar just before pupating.
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Wood Scorpion, a 1" baby. I've been nailed several times. Hot water hot as you can stand it for 5 or 10 minutes real quick at the entry site will do much to denature the proteins in the venom. Works with many protein based venoms.
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This is a male Common Grackle. They are iridescent so appear black unless the light source is at the right angle relative to the viewer.
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The same bird turned just a little bit and let the sun hit the plumage.
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Eastern Phoebe is a flycatcher, that often nests under eaves of houses. Phoebes constantly dip their tails downward. It was probably the first bird species banded in the U.S. John James Audubon himself caught the one nesting at his place in NJ and tied a piece of silver thread to its leg to see if it was the same bird that came back the next year. It was. This is one of the pair we have nesting here.
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@dystopian

Thanks for the scorpion advice.

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@dystopian
Being a fan of the color blue, I really like the shot of the Grackle with the iridescent blue feathers.

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here in Dresden — well, at least for families fortunate enough to have access to a Schrebergarten.

My friends’ garden plot area is near the Elbe and the diverse flora and habitat make them a good place to see (and hear) birds.

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@lotlizard

Every city needs them.

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i don't post photos or comment often, i stop by.

Thanks janis and all.

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for hosting last night's Photography OT.

Gotta take a break to walk Kaity, but, look forward to swinging back by, and feasting on all the excellent photography.

Hope you're having a nice weekend!

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Sunday morning. Rec'd X 100!

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