Friday Night Photos - Asparagus Soup edition

I'm in the middle of making said soup, so this will be quick.

Haven't really picked up a camera in the last week, so we'll have to make do with a shot from last year.

Soups of the world, unite!

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Pricknick's picture

I'll go for kelp soup. It's something that Izzy could have agreed with. He passed in his sleep last night at a very ripe age of 15+.
Thanks for hosting.

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@Pricknick

Sounds like it was peaceful though. I had a grandpa named Izzy who died peacefully doing what he loved most, watching baseball.

There's a little blue box with a ? in it, where I assume a picture should be. Are others seeing the photo?

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@janis b
Somebody else please let me know if they're having problems with the photo.

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@Pricknick

I also don't see the shot.

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@Pricknick

But I'm happy to hear that he passed peacefully in his sleep. I've prayed for that so many times...
Take care.

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@Pricknick loss.

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Nice B&W.
No asparagus here, but I do have a nice big artichoke to go with dinner tonight.

Some bird shots from the last few weeks.

Least Bell's Vireo
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Cedar Waxwing
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Spotted Towhee
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Hooded Oriole
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I especially enjoyed the Vireo and Oriole. Thank you.

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@janis b
I rarely see these birds. These are the first photos I've been able to get of them.

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@Socialprogressive

Nice for you and us.

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@Socialprogressive

Birds have built their nests again in my patio awning. I wake up to the sounds of birdsong and little cheeps. I was worried that they got washed out last night during our huge storm. Or fried by the lightening. Crack!

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@snoopydawg
I love to sit out on my patio and listen to the birds singing in the trees.

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I think just about every shot I've tried to take of a bird has ended up as a blur. I just don't have the patience.

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@Bollox Ref
If I were to put all my blurry bird pics in one folder, it would be a really big folder.

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@Socialprogressive

but you bird and nature lovers practice with patience. For that we thank you. Your love and interest is always present in your images.

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@Socialprogressive

talented in so many ways.

I hope your soup turns out as well as your pics.

I really enjoy good soups and stews, especially if a yummy, crusty bread accompanies them.

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@Socialprogressive Awesome beautiful bird photos SP! That first bird is a Cassin's Kingbird. The white chin, throat, and malar area surrounded by medium dark gray is a great mark for them. I expect this bird was flycatching from the perch? Kingbirds run about 9", so close to Robin sized. A Bell's vireo is 5", so warbler or small sparrow sized. And they generally stay in the thickest parts of trees and shrubs, in riparian corridors in the southwest U.S. The bird in the photo probably had fairly saturated yellow underparts?

Great pix, get the shot. You can worry about what it is later. And with a photo it will almost always be ID'able.

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@dystopian
the Cassin's Kingbird, dystopian. I don't remember seeing any yellow on it's underside. I was only able to get the one shot posted here before it flew away.

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Nice Bollox, the single sailboat in relation to the sail-like carvings of the mighty cliff.

Tulip and Rain ...

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@janis b
The lighting is excellent.

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The quality of the petals themselves are like translucent silk.

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@janis b

soft satin.

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@janis b

We had a tremendous thunderstorm just the other night. Rain came down in sheets.

Fortunately, we were all tucked up.

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@Bollox Ref

one of many over this past week of constantly changing weather.

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@janis b great photos Janis! Both are beautiful!

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@dystopian

I so much enjoy your delight and appreciation.

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These mailboxes are on the way to Muir beach.

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The first one here has the beach itself painted on it. It looks just like that. Hope it's not too blurry

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who live down that road. Any beach-scapes in your future this summer?

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@janis b

Lots happening here and everything is up in the air so I'm not sure what the summer will bring. If I had the money I'd buy this house. OMG. It's right up from Muir beach. Check out both the house and beach photos.

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@snoopydawg

You wanna flip a coin for who gets the little cottage ; ). One could easily spend the duration of their lives there. A great place to die peacefully in sleep.

I have some of that Aloe flowering now too.

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This is pretty sweet huh? I like looking at how rich people live and how they decorate their homes. Most look like they are compensating for something lacking in their lives because their houses are just too big and gawdy. This house is exactly where I'd like to live. There are probably some foggy days, but that is great for photography.

BTW. Again I can't see your photos. Darn it!

Edit..I forgot about that cottage. I'd be very happy living in it. Love the colors..
I remember walking on the beach and looking up at the houses and wondering what it'd be like living there. I can come up with a few thousand....

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@snoopydawg

if I sell my house here. Preferably, swapping for a time would suit me! I should send them an email asking whether they'd be interested ; ).

Can you contact JtC to see if he has any understanding about why you can't see my photos. Maybe you have to 'friend' me ; ).

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Thanks for Friday POT

Not much new this week. Off to the races. Happy Friday everbody...

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Enjoy the weekend.

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He looks like he's lived forever. I'm sure you'll miss him.

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like he's seeing the light ; ).

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@Pricknick  
One of the lesson subjects in Hagrid’s “Care of Magical Creatures” class . . .

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Punk band album cover........

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@Bollox Ref

a great punk band album cover. I love the mundane mysteriousness of it. Thanks Bollox.

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@janis b

I like it. Another punk band in the making. All we need is an album cover.

Smile

...and some music

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@Bollox Ref

but I have no musical talent to contribute ; (

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@janis b
with me on flugelhorn, Purfleet on drums, with Fred on bass, we could definitely make some noise.

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@Bollox Ref

the right instrument for me at least ; ).

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as you may already have heard from me ...

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@janis b

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@Bollox Ref

I'll practice and meet you in the studio. Don't forget the album cover.

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I'm in!

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@Bollox Ref B.R. chiseled:

me on flugelhorn

I could have guessed flugelhorn, you seem just the type. Wink

I love yer inter-tidal zone shot, Britain is it?

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@janis b

yeah, but do you have attitude? Smile

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if it's enough ; ).

Hi joe, have a good weekend.

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@janis b

get yourself some shades, a leather jacket and some safety pins and work on it a bit, i'm sure you'll do fine. Smile

have a great weekend!

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just don't know what to do with the safety pins!

; )))

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A saguaro forest on the slopes of Twin Peaks in Marana, AZ.

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Close up of saguaro blooms.

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"Mickey Mouse" cactus. Actually, prickly pear, but you can see where the nickname came from with the head and ears.

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Prickly pear cactus beginning to bloom. This one is about 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

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Now for a sad photo. This is a tree in the Ironwood National Monument (Federal park) strangled to death by mistletoe, an invasive plant running rampant in Southern Arizona. Birds eat mistletoe berries and poop them out on other trees, where the mistletoe embeds itself in the bark and slowly overwhelms the tree. Hundreds of thousands of trees here in Pima county have mistletoe infestations.

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And finally, an oldie but goodie from 1974 when I was in the Army. This bridge over a river in Georgia had seen better days. For some reason, my Captain wouldn't let me cross it.

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for piping in from your corner of this fascinating world.

I always thought mistletoe was benign, guess not.

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Is there anything that can or is being done about the mistletoe infestation?

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The prevailing thought is that it doesn't kill trees, which is nonsense as my picture shows, and that it's a natural part of the desert. I see hundreds of dead trees just driving around locally and many others with serious infestations. I hope prevailing thought changes before it's too late.

[Tidbit: I learned today that both holiday mistletoe (the kind you kiss under) and desert mistletoe like in the photo belong to the same genus Phoradendron which means ‘thief of a tree’. Both are parasites that can harm their host tree.]

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Now I have to look and see what I discover about how mistletoe came to symbolise something so different than 'thief of a tree'.

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@edg  
Treated as a plague in Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia

Prickly pears (mostly Opuntia stricta) were originally imported into Europe during the 1500s[1] and Australia in the 18th century for gardens, and were later used as a natural agricultural fencing[7] and in an attempt to establish a cochineal dye industry. They quickly became a widespread invasive weed, eventually converting 101,000 sq mi (260,000 km²) of farming land into an impenetrable green jungle of prickly pear, in places 20 ft (6.1 m) high. Scores of farmers were driven off their land by what they called the "green hell"; their abandoned homes were crushed under the cactus growth, which advanced at a rate of 1,000,000 acres (4,046.9 km²; 1,562.5 sq mi) per year.[7] In 1919, the Australian federal government established the Commonwealth Prickly Pear Board to coordinate efforts with state governments to eradicate the weed.

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What a bright idea! Take a desert plant that is very successful on just 10 inches of rain a year and move it to Hawaii where it can get 300 inches of rain. Woo-hoo!

Opuntia ficus-indica was probably introduced into Hawaii from Mexico by Don Francisco de Paulo Marin in about 1809. Originally intended to serve as a barrier in cattle pastures (panini means “fence wall” in Hawaiian*), cattle fodder, and a human food source.

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@lotlizard

of nature and culture.

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Thanks everyone all over the site for all the great stuff posted, comments, open threads, it is all great!

Eastern Kingbird
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Carolina Wren, moments after it left the nest, still downy in parts.
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Mourning Warbler, female just after bathing
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The call is a high-pitched, buzzing and unmusical chirp, frequently compared to an electric fence.[6]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_kingbird

I always enjoy what I learn from your photos and knowledge.

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