Friday Photography - Light Patterns

I wish you all well in body and soul.

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Bollox Ref's picture

Awaiting pizza...

Given the light theme, a Christmas light from last year:

What with Covid, I'm not looking forward to the dark months ahead. You're lucky with warmer weather returning.

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Gëzuar!!
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@Bollox Ref
Reminded my of a Biblical verse our Pastor often quoted when I was a kid.
"And Men loved Darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were Evil." Seems apropos thinking about the election.

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We are so screwed.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

Through any church service... and then ponder the books/pamphlets for purchase and just wonder how people 'believed' in the stuff.

It's still a puzzle.

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@Bollox Ref

you might have snuck some Zinn or McCarthy books in the piles.

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@janis b

The only saving grace is that Anglican church music is quite beautiful, if well composed.

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@Bollox Ref

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@janis b

...you might have snuck some Zinn or McCarthy books in the piles.

Great idea!

But I beat you to it. Except I did it with MAD Magazines. At that age, I'd never heard of Zinn.

By the way, I never got caught. They tried.

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@travelerxxx

You were a budding radical.

Does it count if I was listening to Dylan and Richie Havens as a teenager ; ).

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@janis b

Yep. Dylan and Havens gets you yer Wascally Wabbit Wadical badge. Better than me; I was just a troublemaker, me thinks.

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@travelerxxx

Thanks for making it light and troubleless/trebeless.

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@Bollox Ref

We turn our clocks ahead tonight; and at the same time we’ve been receiving severe weather warnings for overnight from a very powerful antarctic blast. I hope it's less severe than predicted, especially for the lambs and Southerners.

I love your star light. It so beautifully shows the back and the front at the same time? I'm going to send the photo to my sister who loves creating lighting with fairy lights and beautiful surrounding constructions.

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You have a way of taking a mundane subject and making it interesting. Well done.

Some of my friends enjoying a warm sunny day.
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I picked the wrong pandemic to quite sniffing glue.
If your car is running, I'm voting for it.

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@Socialprogressive

Contemplating gorrillas ... what a thoughtful mood you must have been in ; ). Nice.

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@Socialprogressive GREAT apes SP! Figuratively, and litteraly.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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I have a trail/game camera coming that I'm going to mount in our hay field at the corner of the pasture. We have all kinds of critters running around--skunks, badgers, coyotes, fox, deer, opossum, raccoons....The skunks have been digging up our hay field looking for grubs. I've never seen anything like it. I can't wait to see what the camera captures!

Not a lot else going on 'round these parts. Cheers!

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This shit is bananas.

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@Daenerys

You're a birder. This personage visited us in the last week. I know it's a hawk, but....

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Gëzuar!!
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@Bollox Ref I believe it's a juvenile Cooper's hawk. Sharp-shinned is the other possibility and it can be hard to differentiate them. Sharp-shinned has a smaller, rounder head.

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This shit is bananas.

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@Daenerys

Spent a long period of time hopping around the lawn. Searching for a mouse/vole maybe?

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@Daenerys @Daenerys
bird ID as juvie coop, and I have been seriously up close to both coops and sharpies, including having the latter in hand.

be well and have a good one

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@Daenerys Good call Daenerys. I'd say a female, immature Cooper's Hawk. For the others, this is the hawk that is likely most often called 'chicken hawk'. Short wings and long tail, highly maneuverable in tight spots, an Accipiter, which are mostly bird eaters but I have twice seen them female Cooper's with Eastern Fox Squirrel for prey.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@Daenerys

I'd love to see any interesting footage of their activities.

Enjoy the weekend.

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In all my 68 years of living in east Texas, it was this summer I have been visited by this critter. I thought it was a hummingbird. It sounded like a humming bird. It moved and hummed and flew and ate like a hummingbird.
Until I researched. It is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.

The video is 2 min.33 secs. The last 45 seconds are the moth! The video does give you the view that I and my fiance see every day of the lush, wild, overgrown flowers.
The moths come at dusk daily.
Fiance was the videographer. I was merely the scout.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird_hawk-moth

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@on the cusp Were there two of them? Or one moth and one hummingbird? One was smaller. They really do look like hummingbirds huh. They often fool people.

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This shit is bananas.

@Daenerys we took at the time we thought it was a hummingbird with a fat gut.
I have seen dead moths in daylight, but have never seen this one.

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@on the cusp they are pretty incredible! Only paid attention to them in the past two years! Great video

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

@jakkalbessie That is not to say they haven't always been here, but I just never noticed them until now.
Fascinating critters, huh?

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@on the cusp great vid otc! I think in Texas most are of the genus Aellopos, and titan or clavipes are the two most seen but there is a third type here too.
https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Aellopos&search=Search
the links below the pix are for each species and you can see if one matches.
Did you see a white band across adbomen like this one below (in our yard last year)? titan and clavipes show it well. This is likely A. clavipes:
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@dystopian

looks like a wedding photo, somehow ; ).

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@dystopian Since they mostly show up at dusk, they look black, dark brown, or grey. Impossible to tell at dusk.
The hummingbirds I see daily are blue and green hues. For months now, I just thought I was seeing the hummingbirds in the dark. It never occurred to us we were seeing an insect until we tried to identify what hummingbird common to east Texas had a fat belly. That is when this moth info showed up as "Did you mistake a hummingbird for a moth?"
Well...yes.
Glad you enjoyed the flowers.

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pix of a few of the hummingbird hawkmoths amongst these links.

@on the cusp I forgot about Hemaris, the Snowberry Clearwing...
Hemaris
https://bugguide.net/node/view/2637

https://inaturalist.ca/check_lists/63515-Sphinx-Moths-of-Texas

mostly large moths but Snowberry Clearwing is a hummingbird hawkmoth
http://texashighplainsinsects.net/new-page

https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-moth.htm

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/taxonomy/Sphingidae

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

@dystopian I am gobsmacked that I am recognizing them and learning about them for the first time.

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Thank you fiancé for such fascinating and beautifully videoed nature. The similarities are truly amazing. What a steady hand and eye you have.

Thanks for posting OtC.

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@janis b We have been trying to video the "hummingbird" for days.
They like the flowers as much as hummingbirds do.

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@on the cusp

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Flower Bush.jpg

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@edg

it looks like an Azalea?

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@janis b

A sunglow azalea. Not native to southern Arizona, but sun-loving and hardy enough to survive here.

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@edg

in the arid desert. What eye candy it must be for you.

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@edg I have some in front of my office, and assuming they survive the effort to rebuild my office after it burned almost to the ground, they will be 88 years old this year.

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@on the cusp

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@edg bouganvillea? GREAT color!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

I am Prince Obassian Haile Summabondo of Nigeria. My family is trying to disown me and steal my $27.3 million fortune. You can help by forwarding $10,000 to my Swiss bank account so I can pay custom duties and relocate my funds. I will repay you $1,000,000 as a lottery bonus for your assistance. Trust me. You have my word as a gentleman and scholar.

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@edg

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dystopian's picture

GREAT light Janis! Changes everything doesn't it? Beautiful photos!

Thanks for being here...

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

I thank you for the same.

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Hi all!

Hope everyone is doing well!

Sorry I am really bad at themes, since I mostly just shoot one, nature.

This is a Ctenucha - a diurnal moth that is a wasp mimic. The abdomen is metallic blue-black in good light.
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Eufala Skipper on Blue Mistflower (Eupatorium sps.)
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chocolate sprinkles on cream
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just kidding
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Black-crested Titmouse in the bath
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the best revenge is living well...

be well all!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

always look so happy and expressive!

Is that because water is such a pleasure in Texas?

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@janis b

than chocolate crunch on frozen cream and black sprinkles on white mushrooms.

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@janis b water is life, especially in Texas. I think it is against the law to complain about rain here. As they say, because you never know how long it will be till the next one. In the hot summers especially. Coastal and east Texas are quite wet, but the western half is not. Hurricanes are the great drought busters here. The hydrologic cycle in general seems to be very boom or bust for much of the state.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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shots--even a photography 'dunce' like myself, can appreciate the interesting light patterns.

Smile

Been meaning to get a screenshot of Nelle (Harper) Lee sitting in the 'old' Monroe County Courtroom. Last Sunday, LO posted a nice color photo of it at The Weekly Watch, which I'm posting below. (hoping that he won't mind)

Not sure 'why' the screenshot I'm posting is a black and white photo--guess it was probably in an era when few periodicals/magazines took color shots. (maybe?)

Here you go,

LO's photo,

Monroe County Old Courtroom - Color  - LO's photo.GIF

and, the screenshot I took of Nelle (Harper) Lee situated in the balcony of the 'old' Monroe County Courtroom.

Nelle (Harper) Lee_0.GIF

TKAM was filmed at Universal Studios, but, the courtroom in the movie was based upon the actual one in Lee's hometown.

Much thanks to all of our excellent C99 photographers for sharing their work! Pleasantry

And, thank you for hosting this evening, Janis. Hope you're getting along well.

Everyone have a nice, and safe weekend.

Bye

Mollie

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@Unabashed Liberal

for your well wishes and the photo of Nelle (Harper) Lee. I had not seen a photo of her as a young woman before.

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enhydra lutris's picture

second picture with the patterns within patterns effect.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

Now that you mention it, I believe it was also the patterns within patterns that appealed to me.

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