Friday Night Photos Color Free Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. As always, post any photos, meme's, or music you like.

It's been raining all week in sunny San Diego. Along with the rain we had a tornado warning on Tuesday. The warning advised to head to your basement if a tornado touched down. I had to laugh at that since most homes in San Diego are built on a slab and don't have basements. Thankfully no tornado materialized, so the lack of a basement was not an issue.

Because of all the rain I didn't get out with the camera this week. Instead I occupied my time re-editing some old photos and converting them to B&W and sepia.

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

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@The Liberal Moonbat
Thanks for the great selection of B&W drawings and illustrations.

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@The Liberal Moonbat Very interesting selection, TLM. The second illustration looks like it was influenced by Alice Cooper and Welcome To My Nightmare. One of the best interviews I ever saw was between Dan Rather and the said Mr. Cooper. Smile Talk about listening to two very intelligent human beings converse. It was a delightful wowsers!

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@orlbucfan ...You may recognize that it's Tim Burton, and many of his creations.

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

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some of the others are familiar
amazing what your lens can capture

in the B/W category (Florida)

Secret Garden By Fenqiang Liu:

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@QMS
The two B&W flower shots have not been posted before. All the others have been posted before in their color version.
Great shot of the Egrets by Fenqiang Liu.

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I read about the weather in your parts, and hoped you didn’t get so much rain to cause problems. I didn’t know about the tornado watch. Are houses built on slabs less susceptible to flying off with tornados than wooden ones built on the earth in places like OZ?

I especially like the sepia rose and black cat images.

I wish Bollox would visit and share some of his amazing B&W images, and let us know how life is.

No new photos here as well, but thank you for the prompt to play with shifting colours.

I will be visiting my closest friend, who moved with her husband to a beautiful area on the South Island. I leave on Tuesday for 11 days, and will often be out of connection. I wish you all the best of life and health and pleasure.

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@janis b
Nice shot of the seed pod.
Since we don't get tornado's here I don't know if a house built on a slab is safer than one built on a raised foundation.
Have a good time with your friends on the South Is.

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remember chasing those wispy things around in the fields as a kid
enjoy your holiday in the South Island Janis

an almost B&W vid ..

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@QMS

The magic and beauty of it!

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@QMS

Thanks!

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@janis b

milkweed.

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https://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/attracting-butterflies/milkweed...

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@humphrey

It is a Milkweed. The variety here is called a Swan Plant. The flowers look like this before the seed pod forms.

Also the favourite plant of the Monarch

Thank you for your interest here, it's appreciated

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@janis b
See if it will attract Monarchs.

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@Socialprogressive

Not exactly sure how the Monarchs in your area migrate but in my area they find it starting in May or early June.

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I am sure that dystopian could add more information.

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@humphrey Hi H!

I meant to get by the thread you posted the other day and THANK YOU for your great contributions here!

Of course we have Eastern and Western Monarchs, the two populations divided like so many things by that formidable barrier called the Rocky Mountains. Western Monarchs winter along CA coast and some few in southern AZ. Eastern Monarch, almost all, winter in Mexican mountain fir forest at 7000'. Small numbers winter from south TX along gulf coast to FL, lowland GA and SC.

Lots of good pollinator and monarch stuff here:
https://journeynorth.org/

the monarch page:
https://journeynorth.org/monarchs

current sightings:
https://maps.journeynorth.org/map/?map=monarch-adult-first&year=2024

all sorts of fascinating phenology maps:
https://maps.journeynorth.org/maps

Thanks for your vote of confidence H! Smile

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@dystopian

others here with your knowledge on this and various other topics.

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@dystopian

for providing such essential and interesting knowledge of nature.

Be well and enjoy

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@Socialprogressive Hi SP. May I suggest staying away from Tropical Milkweed? Nurseries sell it commonly and there has been a pathogen found in lots that is harmful to Monarchs. Best to stick with native Milkweeds. Either the CA Native Plant Society, Xerces Society, local botanic gardens, or surely a local area Butterfly group could tell you which are best for your area.

Monarchs will come to many flowers though. The milkweed attraction is primarily due to it being the larval foodplant. The one group adults lay eggs on, what the cats eat as they grow, and what makes them toxic. It is a breeding cycle thing, more than as a foodplant for nectar, for Monarchs. But all butterflies generally love all types of Milkweed. Only the 'milkweeds' lay eggs on them and have larvae that eat them, becoming distasteful due to alkaloids in the process. The Monarch, Queen, and Soldier (Eresimus) are the three 'milkeeds' we get in the U.S. You should get Queens there too in summer or fall. Mulefat is a favorite of theirs.

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@dystopian
My thought process (what little I have) was the milkweed would attract the Monarchs who would then lay their eggs and I could photograph the cats, chrysalis, and butterflies as they hatch.

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@Socialprogressive

Maybe you should invite the kids from the neighbourhood to take a look, of course when you aren't busy photographing ; ).

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@Socialprogressive You would have a blast doing that I am sure SP! Planting any native wildflowers will attract besides nectaring species, those which use it as their larval foodplant, for egg laying. The natives are drought tolerant most requiring little water for lots of flowers and insects. The Buckwheats work very well in socal.

There was a couple in south Texas that did photo life-cycle studies of a hundred species of south Texas butterflies. Shooting the eggs, then each instar of the cats as they grew and molted, chrysalis, and finally emergence. They had a hundred sps. of native plants in their yard, and as many egg-laying butterfly species.

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@janis b Hi Janis,

Great Monarch and Milkweed shots! Nice milkweed ya got there!

Thanks!

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@humphrey

The greatest difference in my experience of the two varieties is that the New England Milkweed is more woody and sturdy. The NZ Swan Plant pod is more delicate, which I assume has mostly to do with a far less harsh environment - no snow, and temperatures that don't go below freezing at its coldest.

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Great sax and piano accompaniment to a still great voice.

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@janis b

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I have a feeling that the 6th image with the snow was not taken in San Diego.

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@humphrey

that may have been Bollox?

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@humphrey
The snow shot was taken in Utah while visiting family back in 2018.

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Hi all, Hey SP!

Great photos as always SP! Glad to hear you didn't have to dig a basement quick. Coming from California I was amazed how so many houses in the east had basements. Made so much sense, great use of space. Wine cellars. Wink

I don't think I have any of my old sepia-tones any more. What worked best for me was shots with wood in them, best was old old fence posts, barns, etc., lend themselves well to it. Need to digitize some of my B&W stuff though...

This is Texas Bindweed, in the Morning Glory family. Not a current bloom. I loved the 'running star' formed by stamens or anthers in the middle of it.
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Hope all are well!

Have good ones!

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@dystopian
Pretty flower. The dark pink in the center really highlights the running star.

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@dystopian

If I were a botanist I'd call it a pinwheel ; ).

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for quite awhile now. You guys/gals' photos are gradually improving in quality. I love the B & W/sepia topic. Sp, your flower photos remind me of jb's pictorial "paintings." I hope you all didn't get flooded out in SD. I asked about it and you in an earlier thread on here. We don't have basements as a rule here in the Sandbar Peninsula due to our sea levels--natch. LOL. Since a hurricane is a big cyclonic storm, its eye is surrounded by tornadoes. I hate and fear them the most weather-wise. They are totally unpredictable and extremely destructive. Anywho, glad you are okay, and the rain is a welcomed change from the drought. Enjoy your trip, jb. Smile Everyone stay safe and take good care! Rec'd!!

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@orlbucfan
According to our local fish wrap (San Diego Union Tribune) last weeks storm dumped as much as 8+ inches of rain in the northwest corner of the county, to as little as 0.42 inches in the desert. My area of the county got about 3-1/3 inches of rain. The upper elevations in our local mountains got a mix of rain and snow. Things are looking up though. The forecast for this week is sunny and 60's. That should help dry things out.

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