Friday Night Photos - Doing Some Refurbishment

Likely dark times ahead, so taking some time to do things I can control:

Snowed today. Didn't stick, but it's coming.

Have a great evening. Smile

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Pricknick's picture

One of many maples I started from seed 20 years ago.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

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@Pricknick

Trees are our ally in this insane climate fiasco. Plus they provide endless entertainment!

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and looking inside out...
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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

Thank you for inviting us into your environment.

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@Lookout
There's not much in the way of fall colors here in San Diego. It's one of the things you have to give up for nice weather all year. It's in the contract you sign when you move here.

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@Lookout beautiful lookout! Awesome colors. Looks great, is that present time color there?

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@dystopian

but it is getting close...probably another couple of weeks till peak this year.

Those pics are a couple of years old. We have some years when the leaves just turn brown. This year is shaping up nicely. I'll post photos as it happens.

All the best!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Pricknick

Thanks for posting it.

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@Pricknick Great work there PN! It is a wonderful Maple! Awesome! Beautiful. Job well done!

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Is that part of your wardrobe?

Coincidentally Cabbage ...


First flower spray of the Cabbage Tree
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Another cabbage variety …

Today is election day here in NZ, and I just returned from voting. My dream team would be a coalition of the Labour, Green, and Maori parties. I’m hoping that Labour won’t get an outright majority and will need the Greens to form a government.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend.

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@janis b Great pics Janis! That half Red Cabbage (I presume) is awesome! Outstanding! The tree form looks hard to eat. Looks like one of our Yucca or Agave types of plant. Green and lush as always...

Have a good one!

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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

The top, roots and berries of the cabbage tree are edible, and medicinal. I have not tried it myself, but the birds love the berries. I didn't know that the roots can be used for brewing beer, but I might see if I can find a beer that uses them.

https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/cabbage-tree-ti-kouka/

Cheers!

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@janis b
Love the second shot. Nice patterns. It looks like it could be a maze you run through.

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@Socialprogressive

A friend said, "I guess every cabbage has its own design, like a fingerprint."

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The subject in our photo looks like it's part of a military uniform. I'm guessing a shoulder board.

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@Socialprogressive Awesome flower pix SP! Beautiful! I love water drops, on anything. They just lend themselves well to images. Perfect highlights. Bet it smelled good there too.

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Neat stuff! So is that part of your work uniform? Can I get something like that at epaulets.com? Any history would be great. Wink

Thanks for postin' and hostin'!

Have a great one!

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Hope everyone is doing well, livin' la vida quarantina!

Here are some pixels for your distraction pleasure...

Coyote Cloudywing - one of a big group of larger (2") skippers that are all rather dull. This type is less than annual where I am so was a great find this week on the Blue Mist.
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Been a few of the (Eastern) Monarchs are migrating through lately, peak should be soon, if we get a good flight this year.
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A closeup
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This is a poor Chimney Swift photo, but it is good for showing the spines at the tip of the tail. The shaft of the tail feather has a bare area without barbs creating a spine at the tip. They use this as a prop, a third leg sorta, when they roost in chimneys. Like a woodpecker uses its tail to support itself. But which would really mess a tail up in a chimney (trees were used before chimneys), so have a bare tip of the shaft, a spine works.
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I can't remember what I have posted or not, apologies if I did this one before. It is a male Summer Tanager, which alas are now gone for the year. Until next early April...
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Hope all are well! Play it safe! Livin' well is the best revenge!

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@dystopian

for a summer Tanager! Thanks dystopian.

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@dystopian
About eight years ago there was a Summer Tanager that was hanging out in a nearby Cottonwood tree. It was there for a few weeks before it moved on. It's the only time I've ever seen one.

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Otherwise we're still in summer here in the Rogue Valley, which is scary. Summer brought us this:

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Everyone read my masterpiece.

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