Friday Photography - Last of the Callas

Evening everyone. I hope this is the start of an enjoyable weekend for you.

With the exception of early mornings and late evenings it's very hot here, and almost no sign of rain in sight for at least another month.

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Bollox Ref's picture

Anyway, I'm tired of looking at the snow, so something from a warmer era:

I remember attempting to play along with a Coltrane recording, but gave up within seconds........

Stan Getz I can follow (kind of).

Oh, and thanks for posting Janis.

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@Bollox Ref

You always put a smile on my face. I was going to block quote the Maria Callas part, but then I realised that your entire comment should be blockquoted!

From the deck somewhere in Colorado?

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@janis b

A gem of a place. Been there about 4 times over the years. Not a national park, so it's never been very crowded, but wonderful all the same. Much flora and fauna.

Also, the downtown of Rapid City (hidden by the surroundings of the interstate), is rather wonderful.

Recommended, but don't tell anyone.

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@Bollox Ref

Thanks for your secret. I promise I won't tell anyone.

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@Bollox Ref

and time to hoist the umbrella. I don’t mean that in a ’nah, nah, nah’ kind of way, more to remind you that Spring is on its way; even if it takes its time.

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@janis b

Ho un nuovo ombrello.

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@Bollox Ref

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@Bollox Ref
Where is that warmer era?

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@Socialprogressive

Lovely place. Just beyond the bad lands.

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@Bollox Ref GREAT pic BR! Beautiful. I missed SD in my peregrinations, always wanted to go see it. Great composition. Vertical framing on sides, good foreground focus on the pine needles, plus the depth of field for the distant hills... great picture!

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@dystopian

But it was something of a mistake. I forgot the flash was on, so the lighting is iffy.

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@Bollox Ref

having the flash on.

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@Bollox Ref too funny... I wondered why the light was so bright on the foreground aspect? ROFL!
The good photog never admits which great pix were accidents!

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blooming here, but in our yard they are like weeds, everywhere all the time. Typical patch of ground
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@enhydra lutris

because they are very prolific! The one in the photo is a cultivated species in a planter, so it's different. I wonder at times whether I should put it in the ground or not. I guess I could google something about that.

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@janis b

by cutting off the seed heads, which helps a lot.

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Love the Calla shot, Janis. Nice color and light. Stay cool in the summer heat.

Feeding time at the zoo.
Some shots from my outing to the zoo Wednesday morning.
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@Socialprogressive

The monkey and baby rhino are priceless. Thank you.

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@janis b

is eating bay leaf? If so s/he can come here ; ).

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@janis b
Rhinos are herbivores and eat various plants. I bet NZ would have something to make a rhino feel at home.

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@janis b
The monkey is a Mandrill from equatorial West Africa. The face on adult males are a very colorful blue and red.

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@Socialprogressive Great pix SP! Is that a Red-cheeked Cordon-blue finch? I'd have to grab my Aussie field guide. Great Toucan and the Beeeater too. Have to get the Africa field guide off the shelf for that one methinks. Great stuff as always!

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@dystopian @dystopian
and yes, that is a Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu.

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@Socialprogressive

That two can tango?

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@Bollox Ref I have a t-shirt with a fake Toucan beer logo on it with a nice Toucan image. Their motto reads "two cans are better than one".

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It was in the teens, but the Snow Leopards didn't care

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The Red wolf was actually outside
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They Grey wolves aren't bothered by the cold at all...
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The Amur leopards should be in their new outdoor enclosure before spring
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@boriscleto
I really like the shot of the snake. Is that an Emerald Boa?

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@boriscleto Beautiful photos BC! What an animal that Snow Leopard is, as is the Amur. We got the short end of the stick on Starlings here in America. If they were going to introduce one, they could have picked Superb or Rose-colored, but noooo we get Shakespeare's. Wink Great pix!

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Your imagery of animals in snow is enchanting.

The Guanaco, with its frosty ears and nose is even more fascinating than the camouflaged leopard in snow and ground or rock.

And, is that the bluest of bluebirds?

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@janis b An East African starling.

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My what a fine lily you have there! Beautiful photo Janis. Where are they native to?

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We finally got some rain here in central Texas, we got 3" in one event and another half plus the other day, lifting my area from D2 to D1 on the drought monitor. So everyone here is happy.

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this is a native snail here
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One of my favorite versions of a "Rain", by a Texan.

I gotta run, will check back later...

Thanks for all the great images everyone!

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@dystopian

you’re running for one of Rosie’s tacos!

Nice snail and smooth Texan jazz. Glad for you, for the rain.

I’m not sure this calla lilly is native to anywhere. Because of the colour I always thought it might have been genetically engineered in a lab somewhere. It’s a gift from my sister while she was visiting me here, and has provided 5 years of enjoyment.

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@janis b

running for one of Rosie’s tacos!

Rosie closes early so I was by there earlier in the day. Guilty as charged. Wink It is the best this side of Durango where she is from, and the only place I ever had a Tamale like hers. You will find me to be very loyal. Smile

So it is Africa for the win! I think there are many engineered flavors/varieties.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Zantedeschia aethiopica, commonly known as calla lily and arum lily, is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.[1]

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@dystopian

Mexican food in whatever direction you go. The closest to me is at least a 45 minute drive.

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@dystopian

is crossing hoar-frosted pebbles - that or an intricate layer of spider webs?

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@janis b It is an old outdoor carpet remnant outside for wiping feet on. But collect water when it rains, and out come the drinkers. Once it rained so much the seeds that come off from my foot-wiping sprouted.

I need to shoot the pix to my friend that spits out the scientific names of any snail here at a glance. Oh a few he has to look down his nose at closer, but what a naturalist Tony is.

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@dystopian

I love snails. They are a pest in the Spring though, when I have to collect them at night before they eat up all the lettuce. The tiny babies are impossible to collect. I don't have the heart to kill them, so I just dump them somewhere far enough away from the garden, where they can munch on other stuff. They have very big appetites.

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Did you see all the photos from the Australian fires?
50 Pics That Sum Up The Hell On Earth That Is Taking Place In Australia
I have no words.
Thanks for trying to lift up our sensibilities.

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@mimi

and thank you.

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ABFAB photos and comments! Rec'd!!

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@orlbucfan

I think that's the first time I've read that acronym. It's a good one!

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Very Georgia O'Keefish!

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@MsDidi

Georgia O’keeffe has always been an inspiration to me. So was Stieglitz. I love the intimacy of their art.

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