Friday Photography - More Nikau

Good evening everyone. I hope the isolation many have endured begins to be replaced with more human contact as Spring opens with fresh life.

We have Autumn rain and wind. I am enjoying my first wood fire of the season. We'll still have warm days and sun ahead, but more and more reduced. All is fine here and the new parents and baby girl are doing well.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Stay warm in the coming fall and winter, Janis.
Spring is in swing here on the top side of the world.

Male Spotted Towhee
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Speed Demon
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Male Hooded Oriole
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@Socialprogressive

The Towhee is a very beautiful illustration. I could imagine it in a children's book. What a gorgeous snail. It made me think of Cinderella stepping out of her carriage ; ). Thank you.

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@Socialprogressive Awesome shots as always SP! I love that Hooded Oriole. Whaddabird! The Spotted Towhee is fantastic too. Outstanding work man.

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In fact, they're all fantastic.

Thanks for sharing. Be well and have a good one.

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I have an old Lumix with no viewfinder, that relies on a screen like a cellphone has. In bright light (like the desert) one has to aim at where one hopes the target is and shoot. With that excuse made, this is a series of shots f a small flock of bighorn sheep (Borrego) we stumbled across down in the Anza-Borrego Desert at around 3,300 feet up the surrounding mountains:

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be well and have a good one

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them with larger ones, those ase 400px, I think. So they're now 640 X 480, or should be

Well, it looks like the click takes one to my flickr album, there are a few more there.

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@enhydra lutris great Bighorn pics EL! I spent a ton of time, thousands of hours, in all the socal deserts, Borrego, Mojave, Lower Colorado which borders on Sonoran, as well as the high deserts further north, and in a couple decades of being a desert rat only encountered Desert Bighorns a couple times. And apparently not as closely as you did. Very cool man, great stuff!

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I'm sure it would be mutually enjoyable.

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@janis b yes I too am certain we would have a blast. It is really neat, and amazing, to find another that spent so much time camping in the same areas, sometimes same places, that I did. Great minds think in parallel... Wink

thanks for the good thought J!

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needed binos or a spotting scope. This time they were right off the road (Montezuma Grade) and very close, but by the time I could find a place to pull off the road and hike back they were farther away but still ridiculously close. We were heading out and a steady stream of early bird dune buggy enthusiasts were all rushing down the grade with their toys in tow, completely oblivious to the whole happening.

Like you, I've got vast numbers of hours is all the deserts and never saw anything like this.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris Wow, at Montezuma Grade!?! I know right where you were. I thought that one boulder looked familiar. Wink Too cool, amazing. My (more distant)sheep shots are slides... one day I need to get the scanning project going.

I am always amazed when watching nature how oblivious the masses are to it.

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@dystopian

"I thought that one boulder looked familiar."

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Don't they look like they're perfectly harmonised with their environment! So nice for you to have been able to also enjoy the moments.

Thank you for the sharp, clear photos, even while shooting blind.

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and happy and are perfectly camouflaged. Usually you see them by accident, in the distance, when one of the innumerable rocks moves just as you're looking in its direction.

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@enhydra lutris

a magical and comedic moment.

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@enhydra lutris
I was out there 2 years ago for the super bloom and was lucky enough to get a few shots of the bighorn in Palm Canyon.

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What a beautiful thing this Nikau is. Gorgeous. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing, and hosting! Be well!

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I'm glad you appreciate its beauty. It’s a very beautiful variety of palm -very sculptural and shapely, and provides much nourishment to first bees, then birds.

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otherworldly and sci-fi looking in that shot, and I didn't peg it for a palm, though I can see it pretty clearly now that you id it.

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@enhydra lutris

probably a hundred years or more older.

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@Socialprogressive

; )

Thanks for the laugh!

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@Socialprogressive

Sweet dreams all ...

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Just a quickie drive-by... sorry...

The Pink Mimosa was roaring last weekend. Most of the bushes are 3' tall and across, and have hundreds of these flowers right now.
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I just finished refurbishing an old 4-holer Purple Martin house and got it up.
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Two pair of martin have been coming by daily dive-bombing it, calling, etc., I am still praying to the martin Gods.

The Golden-cheeked Warbler have just returned to their breeding grounds, on the Edwards Plateau of central Texas. They are a threatened species. This male was a half-mile from our place last weekend. Sometimes we get one in the yard.
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Hope everyone is doing well, I am busy working and gotta fly.

Take care all!

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Thank you dystopian for your discoveries and presence.

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warbler, never seen on myself. Awwesome mimosa too.

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@dystopian
That sounds like something you drink with Sunday brunch.
Nice shots, dystopian. Hope your bird house attracts a family of Purple Martins.

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@dystopian I left Texas around about 1980 and visited often, just not when the mimosas (or bluebonnets for that matter) were blooming. We tended to visit at Christmas or late summer. I want to stick my face in those mimosa flowers and inhale deeply. Is there a word for smell memories that bring back a flood from the past? If not, there oughta be.
Thanks for the shots, good stuff!

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"Is there a word for smell memories that bring back a flood from the past? If not, there oughta be."

Fragrant fantasies? For me a familiar fragrance can transport me to places long forgotten, but always welcome.

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I am so grateful for all the reliability you offer to us. Thank you.

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Please get along with each other. We have only one planet. Do not destroy what we have. Do not kill anyone and do not kill yourself. Nature doesn't care about what you think.

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@mimi The feeling is mutual, and throughout I suspect. Y'all beautiful people. Smile

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Thank you for your generous love all around.

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Please get along with each other. We have only one planet. Do not destroy what we have. Do not kill anyone and do not kill yourself. Nature doesn't care about what you think.

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@janis b From the lyrics:

Bridge]
To the country I'm goin'
Lay and laugh in the sun
You can bring your guitar along
We'll sing some songs and have some fun

[Verse 3]
The sky is cryin' and it's time to go home
And we shall hurry to the car from the foam
Sit by the fire and dry out our wet clothes
It's rainin' outside from the skies up above

Being on our last legs ... eyo and lotlizard are not posting anymore. I miss them.

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I hope that eyo’s and lotlizard’s absence is temporary, and they’ll be back. It’s awfully quiet here lately. One hopes that in reality those whose voices are silent are faring well enough in life. I sometimes wonder how much of the silence is covid related, and I hope that people are finding comforting solutions to an imposing challenge.

There's always Leonard ...

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@janis b
dying and broken like collateral damage littering the world. This song was too dark for me right now. I need to go on. ...

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