Friday night nikons

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If y'all can download your nikons
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couple takes on my flogging flags out front
peace en earth

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We're off on some more travels soon, so here's a prior travel shot.

Just before crossing the Missouri to get to the rest of South Dakota:

Oh, and a flag Smile

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join you on the skipping bridge
across the river
gotta have long legs for that crossing
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why are the lions so skinny
and elongated?

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@QMS

As for the lions; just traditional heraldic symbolism for an old banner.

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@Bollox Ref
herald got rung thru a strainer
funny way to get skinny
do you iron your flags?

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@QMS

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some boaters sleep with their code flags...

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@QMS

My latest flag...

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Note the lions.

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@Bollox Ref

Symbolically, it looks like a mixture of Chinese, Japanese anime, French Fleur, and from what you say English. There's even your bridge somewhere in there!

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@janis b

and there's a direct link with the foregoing, as John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, was responsible for the existence of the House of Beaufort (and therefore the Tudor dynasty).

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@Bollox Ref great bridges and river shot BR! Very well done!

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@Bollox Ref ancestral British flag(s) the one below included???

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@Bollox Ref

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Seeing your banners hanging there makes me want to also have one hanging outside. I think I'll try to make that happen.

A couple random photos ...


Swan Plant Flowers

After 39 bone-dry days we have rain, and it’s a good steady rain. What a relief.

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you had me the last time with her legs

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and lives around the corner. We celebrated her birthday last night. I also like the leg one a lot.

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@janis b long legs skipping across
two step or more

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I think I'll send her that gif, and let her know it's a gift from you.

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she'll love it!

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should I send her flowers too!

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@janis b
you shot above would be perfect!

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That would also be a wonderful banner!

I wonder if there is very thin canvas to print on, or velvet like one of those old tacky paintings.

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on rice paper
with a very thin bristled brush

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@QMS

Sounds like a wonderful process.

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the earth is printed on a fine nylon
both sides at once
machine made in Tennesee

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on heavy canvass

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I wish my mother's hands were still agile enough to do needlepoint which she did so well.

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@QMS Those legs were beautiful qms. Wink We owe Janis for that. Smile You have nice flags qms.

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@dystopian

You sure do!

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@janis b Not many things feel better than a drought ending rain.

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@burnt out

With a name like yours I know how much you would appreciate it. Good to see you.

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@janis b what a beautiful flower Janis! Great photo of them. Great light on the 'people pic' too.

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@dystopian

or maybe some strange combination of white swan and flamingo!

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thanks Joe
got my toes a tappin'

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@QMS

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in those sweaty bars on the bayou
waay past midnight
octane levels elevated
two stepping out of everyones
way woozy, but boppin'

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I can definitely see it, and just about smell it.

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Not sure this will go through but I'm not leaving the fire.

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The tree root looks like an elephant trunk!

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You've got a good eye! (get it?) Hahahaha!

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Can you try again? I'd love to see it if you can tear yourself away from the fire.

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@janis b
but I'm into the fire till dawn.
Can nobody see it?

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@Pricknick

          The link is to (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?) with lots of code representing how it is located inside your email structure. The server has no way to access the image file.

RIP

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@PriceRip
I sometimes have trouble posting a pic in a pinch.
Fires still hot till the morn.

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of bugs on the window.

Passion Fruit Hopper (and major pest) ...

A small moth ...

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taking your picture when when your
back is turned

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sure, they look like moths...

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There are so many meanings of drone from what I've googled.

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Mrs burnt and I were out birding today when we came across this super cool armadillo foraging in
the woods. It was unbelievably difficult to get a shot showing it's head as it was almost continuously buried under the leaves as it searched furiously for any late winter bugs hiding there. Armadillos have only been showing up in numbers here in Missouri for about a decade. They were previously only found far south of us but have slowly been advancing their range for many years and it is believed that we now have an actual breeding population here. If the number of road kills are any indication then I'd say we do for certain. But even with the high rate of road kills their numbers seem to be steadily increasing. What's more they even seem to be adapting to our winters now. We were totally surprised to find one out and about in broad daylight since they're usually nocturnal, but even more shocked to find one on such a cold day, about 1 degree C at the time of the sighting. It was wonderful being able to see it out and about in the daytime thus giving us a rare opportunity to observe it's behavior in broad daylight and be able to photograph it without needing a flash. And it was so cool when it stood up on it's hind legs, something neither of us had ever seen before. In fact we weren't even aware they did that. I think it finally became aware that it was being watched and stood up to look around and sniff us out. All in all, even though birding wasn't spectacular this morning, the Armidillo made it an extra cool day.

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The second one looks like s/he is praying.

I only ever saw one, which I'll never forget. My dad and I were sitting out on the patio one night in Florida and this armoured animal comes creeping along. We were awestruck.

Their movement north sounds a little like the Possum's story. Possums were originally tropical animals, who in only 75 years made their way north with little suffering except from frostbite on their tails. How much more adaptable can you get?

What a treat you had.

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@burnt out GREAT dillo shots burntout! What a neat beast they are! It is incredible how far north they have moved in the last 50 years. Birds have wings, these things walk all the way. Fun until they live in your yard. We have to have pig/rabbit/dillo/deer fenced areas to try to grow anything. A pair live under the cottage in our yard. If you spook them they might jump a couple feet straight up in the air. These of course are Nine-banded Armadillo. Sometimes one of ours does backstrokes in the birdbath!

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If you spook them they might jump a couple feet straight up in the air. These of course are Nine-banded Armadillo. Sometimes one of ours does backstrokes in the birdbath!

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Because same-sex quadruplets normally are born, the docile armadillo is an ideal laboratory animal for various types of medical research

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go out of their way to kill them.
Humans suck.

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then buonasera.

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especially when your flat out in front of your subject ; ).

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          I saw this beach for the first time. A little less that 2 years ago I had the pleasure of watching my granddaughter experience this beach for the first time.

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in thought and experience.

I've walked that beach. I can imagine the pleasure.

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where is it?
Welcoming pic all the same.

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          Indian Beach is at the end of Cannon Beach Trail road off the north end of Ecola State Park Rd accessible from Cannon Beach, OR (the city). As @janis b pointed out the locals refer to this stretch of the Oregon coast collectively as Cannon Beach.

          It is a rather hidden treasure for those of us that travel to the tiny niches in the map. 50 years ago, I was struck by how clearly I could read the fault structure at the north end of this rather secluded beach. Also, some features have been filled and dredged by tides, and winds so I will just have to keep going back to explore the nooks and crannies that have disappeared and/or changed over the past half century.

          For many decades I kept wondering where this particular beach was because it, like each beach in Oregon, is so very unique. I thought (from time to time) I would like to go back, but I never could find it, until we took my granddaughter on a mini tour. As we drove away from each of the four beaches we visited that day she announced, "That is my favorite beach!" Indian Beach was our last stop before driving back to Portland to the jet that would take her back home to Nebraska. That was a good day. Maybe in 50 years …

RIP

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is so heart-warming. Thank you.

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@PriceRip Surfers do too. Another great beach is Agate Beach Wayside.

Thanks to everyone for the lovely photos. Nothing better.

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          Enough, all ready! Okay, now I need to get to two more places I missed!

          I looked at my maps, just to be sure, but yep, we have driven along 101 north of Geribaldi many times (My wife's parents owned a bit of property there for a time). Also, yep!, one time we stayed at South Beach State Park and took our BikeEs for a ride to Yaquina Head Lighthouse and back. So alright already I guess we will need to go back there as well!

          But as revenge I plan to post newly created photos this summer, you have been forewarned. Ah-ha, I should talk to my brother about sharing his Waterfalls of Oregon collection.

          I am continually struck by the variety of changing detail as we travel to various parts of the coast. It seems a sysiphean task to "see it all", I am so happy to be back after all those years.

          Thanks, for the awesome suggestions.

RIP

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@PriceRip I have crawled all over the state I love. Lots in a red Jeep.

Short Sands is great: park on the East side of 101 and hike through a lowland forest. Super green ferns, moss, and Big Leaf Maples, with a creek along side. Then break out into a cove where surfers learning their craft love to go. Fairly secluded, pebbles, easy feather making. Walk North as far as you can, and at low tide go out on the rocks to see a few tide pools. Great Sandstone formations there too.

Fished out of Garibaldi in sun, rain, sleet and out the jetty jaws over incoming tide swells taller than a multi story house. Watched 22 foot waves pop up under boats running to sea and they looked like surfers on the face of those huge swells. Beached seven or eight boats that day as the wave line kept shifting and caught on the beach side of the breakers was a short ride to the beach. The tower on the jetty was a busy place.

Tillamook Bay Jetty

Jetty Infrastructure

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Thanks for the chuckles and the photos.

Here are my favorite kind of flags:

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They are fish streamers that are flown in honor of Children's Day in Japan.

The carp flags are known as koinobori 「鯉幟」 and symbolise Children’s Day in Japan, held on May 5 every year.

The koi is a fish that swims upstream, and can even leap out of the water over small obstacles. In the wind the koi streamers appear to be swimming vigorously upstream. The koi is used as an icon for Children’s Day as it signifies parent’s hopes for their children to be determined and strong, trying with all the vigour of the swimming carp.

Kinda nice, eh?

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@Anja Geitz

How are you?

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@janis b

I'm ok. A little sad. Had to put down my cat Pierre last week. Sad

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You must be feeling such an aching loss. I’m sure you gave her all the love you had to give, and she was comforted by it.

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I knew it was coming but I just wasn’t ready to let her go. Now that she’s gone, my home is unbearably Pierre-less.

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@Anja Geitz

and comforting yourself.

This may not be your cup of tea, but when I want to really submerge myself in sadness in a way to feel it deeply so that I can let some of it go, I listen to this ...

Leonard Cohen does it for me too.

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Thanks for all the great pix all! Always love them! Thanks qms!

Here is another pic of the bat I posted last week. I want to walk back my idea that it is a Red Bat. I think the ears are too large for that species. Haven't sent the pix to my bat-friends (yes I have them) yet to get an ID. Anyway it was on the porch last Sunday and though disappeared on its own we haven't seen it since. Probably was not doing well. They have to store enough to make it all winter (for non-migratory types) and last fall there was a dearth of insects due to drought.

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