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Tis not the swiftness of the finger on the shutter, tho merrily the scheme behind the image.

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Believe they are metamorphosing into some spectacular shutter fly.

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Will leave out the more explicit mating poses in case this is family friendly.
Wink

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Notice the peter built bearing down on tulsi 'tween the insights

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@QMS Hey QMS! What a contrast the gas misers are with the carbon spewing gas hog! Wink

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say "Kiss my ass, Tulsi" in many different ways. /ducking.

I would like to kick into some asses of those, who destroyed Tulsi.

Don't cry for me, America.

How could I not cry? I ask.

You destroyed so much. I cry all the time in my inside these days. You betrayed so many.

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@QMS I thought the first pic was maybe taken down under? Wink

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ass over teakettle so I just left it alone
like anti gravity bugs
reflected in a still lake

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@QMS

...like anti gravity bugs
reflected in a still lake

Ha! And here I was so sure it was a reflection shot!

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You’ve noted that those down under drive opposite to those up over. I hope when I get into my car tomorrow I’ll remember what direction to go in.

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Thanks for the friday photo fun. I'm glad you enjoyed playing with the imagery. Your stone wall is a thing of beauty.

Here are some colourful seaweeds and other beach life. I'll be back later to play if you all aren't already asleep; ).

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Amazing shots Janis!
Some things are upside down.

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@QMS

in the northern hemisphere. Thanks for that QMS.

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@janis b speaking of clever and funny... /eom

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my grandmother's (married to my fish monger grandpa) name was Sally. Neither of us was long and tall except in the shadow of the setting sun.

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@janis b I love yer shadow. Long Tall Sally comes to mind. And bunches of great little bits on the sand. I would have to investigate every one myself. Is that a P. Man-of-War jelly? What a beautiful blue! Wonderful pix as always J!

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https://oceana.org/marine-life/corals-and-other-invertebrates/bluebottle

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@janis b
Nice shots, Janis. The seaweed colors I've seen here on the west coast are really bland compared to what you have in NZ.

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Hope all are doing well livin' la vida quarantina!

This is a first fall (imm. or juv.) male Baltimore Oriole. They take a couple years to get the fully black head of the adult male. They are coming through my area now and a few visit the birdbath.
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The brush pile is adjacent to the bath so birds have shelter to dive into, when things like a Cooper's Hawk make attempts on them. This is a juvenile, just a couple months old. A terror on two wings if you are a little bird.
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A Great Egret
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a little closer
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and a male Red-winged Blackbird in breeding (summer) plumage
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be well, play it safe amigos!

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@dystopian
We don't have Baltimore Orioles here in the west. Sure would be nice if we did.

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with your visitors. It's nice you enjoy such good company.

I don't know why my fish monger grandfather from brooklyn rooted for the baltimore orioles while the rest of my family were avid dodger fans.

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@janis b he would have had more trouble rooting for the yankees or mets in NYC! Wink

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The hawk looks hungry.
Noticed the starlings and sparrows have begun
to flock around here. Hummers have mostly escaped.
Gold finches are active, woodpeckers subdued.
Deer are already slate gray. Early fall?

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I have mentioned my out of control yard is like a botanical garden.
This is a view of my yard from where we sit on my front porch. Many depths of lush greenery, a haven for birds, bees, butterflies, rabbits, and a couple of humans who never tire of the beauty.

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Are those white flowers a climbing vine? I didn't know how lush areas of Texas are. Thank you.

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@janis b However, there are parts of it that do have good soil. Anything and everything in that picture were planted there by me. The flowers are plumerias. They are all blue, and if they appear white in the picture, blame the sun. I do have vines, Morning Glories, running wild all through the foliage in that picture, just haven't grabbed a picture of them in the morning when I am rushing off to work, just at the time they bloom.They are a lovely pink.
At any rate, there were errant Mexican Petunias, blue blooms, that also go for it in the mornings, only.
I do not have to go to a park. All I need to do is open up my front door, and this is what I see.
It is the little things, janis b.

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I didn't recognise them as plumeria, as I know them from hawaii. Here they call them frangipani. I have two recent ones in planter pots, hoping the rainy colder winter has been kind to them so they produce flowers his coming summer.

Yeah, the little things!

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Went to Santee lakes recently where the Dragonflies have been out en masse.

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You must have really enjoyed that experience. How mirror-like and calm that day on the lake must have been. Thank you.

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@janis b
There was no breeze the morning I took these so the water was very calm but the smoke from all the wildfires added a slightly different color cast to everything.

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@Socialprogressive GREAT ode photos SP! Love yer dragonflies! They are: Green Darner, Flame Skimmer, not sure on the immature #3, then a Western Pondhawk, a pair of Green Darner, and a pair of Black Saddlebags. Excellent work! Beautiful! There is a cheap paperback, something like Common Dragonflies of California, by Kathy Biggs, a great learners photo guide. She has a CA dragons and a dragon ponds website too, or used too...

Out west you have the counterpart to Baltimore Oriole, the Bullock's Oriole. Which should be around Santee Lakes, they like willow/sycamore riparian, along any creek good, in breeding season. This time of year look for them in blooming Blue Gum Eucalyptus groves, as at many parks.

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Cheers

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@dystopian
I see Hooded Orioles here during breeding season, but have yet to see a Bullocks Oriole.

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@Socialprogressive With them came Black Headed Grosbeaks, which sang during the day a song like an embellished and fuller vocabulary than a Robin.

As Oaks died, were taken down because, you know, Fall leaves which take three years to decompose, Bullock's Orioles moved in as the Black Headed Grosbeaks faded. I missed those songs.

They (Orioles) are a fascinating bird and colorful. Males and females are bright yellow-orange and both call, sing, talk. Before the females arrive, the male would build several skeletal hanging tear-drop shaped nests around the area. The female on arrival would inspect them all and make her choice. Then the building of the hanging nest continued with gusto.

Watching them weave a nest that hung at the end of an Oak twig but could withstand maybe 30-40 mph winds, was an unbelievable sight. The male and female would talk, chatter and sing to each other, through nesting, young and fledging. The male did the meals, the female tended the nest and babies.
Nest with young in a Pear Tree
Great recording of typical calls:
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It took us three years to figure most of this out, and then the fledging. The male slowed his chatter and meal bringing about a week before the babies were lured out of the nest.

Finally, the female would side step onto the nest branch and call the babies out. It seemed the oldest came out first as they were closer to flight-feathered than the last one. The youngest was not ready to fly and actually fell into Mr. M's lap. He donned leather gloves and climbed a ladder to put the fuzzy one on the peak of our garage.

He called and mom fed him for a week on top of the garage then he flew with the rest.

Now here in France we have the Loriot (lore-ee-oh)
Eurasian Golden Oriole

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Thanks.

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photos, and for hosting this evening--I needed something to make me smile.

A couple things sorta got fowled up for me this evening, and I didn't get the photo screenshot that I had planned to post. Think I've learned my lesson--do it during the week. Or, 'Plan.'

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Want to thank all our excellent and super talented C99 photographers. This Friday OT is one of my favorites, every week.

Thrilled that Fall is finally coming--high of 73, tomorrow. Yeah! Everyone have a nice weekend.

Pleasantry

Mollie

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And......Rec'd!!. Smile

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