Friday Night Photos Small World Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

Before last week's camera club meeting at the photo arts building in Balboa Park I stopped by the park's rose garden with the macro lens hoping to find lots of bugs. Unfortunately it was a slow bug day and I didn't find much. Oh well. Some days you bite the bear and some days the bear bites you.
Since the pickin's were so slim I included a few (#3 & #6) from a previous visit to the cactus garden.

Staring into the abyss
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Great shot.

Speaking of small…

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I wish we were exploring space.

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Mars rising

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@snoopydawg
Excellent shots from space. I'd love to go to the ISS and take photos of the Earth. With your selection of photos I'm guessing I'm not the only one that thinks the spiders abdomen looks like the planet Jupiter.

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I love them all.

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love "staring into the abyss", I think we've all been there one time or another.

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@enhydra lutris
With the Dooms Day clock at 90 seconds to midnight, I think we're staring into the abyss on a global scale. Keeping my fingers crossed sane heads will prevail.

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Moonstone Beach Boardwalk (we stay across the road from it).
Mandatory pellies pics
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aquatic mammalia
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foliage
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Thanks for taking us with you.

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The foliage seems incidental to the structure of the trees. Such beautiful examples of being windblown.

Do seals sunbathe in the rain?

Enjoy the weekend

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@janis b

vegetation; it is really the structure of trees that gets my attention. (In fact I have a lot of photos of dead trees.)

Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) haul out for a lot of different reasons and do so in all kinds of weather, but I'm not sure that sunbathing is one of them except as incidental to thermoregulation. Simply resting is one, as is thermoregulation, mating, giving birth, nursing and, no doubt, more.

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@enhydra lutris Hi EL!

GREAT photos man! That is a great section of the central Cal coast. Love those wind-blown Cypresses. The ones on Pt. Reyes have had every eastern vagrant landbird.

Wonderful shots!

Happy trails!

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@dystopian

Definitely a great chunk of the coast, not sure where to draw the line(s). Now that we don't have the trailer we don't stay at El Capitan, Refugio and Gaviota state beaches any more. My medical provider, Kaiser, which is about as close to health care as you will find in the US, is locked out of the central coast because of monopoly/competition concerns or we might move there. Some day we might anyway, we've got friends who moved there and kept a pied-a-terre up here so they can drive up monthly for all their health and medical issues.

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@enhydra lutris Hey EL!

Those are three fantastic state parks. All three are famous for eastern vagrants in fall. All the eastern warblers have been seen at their little creeks with habitat.

MysDys and I have surely woke up a dozen times at Gaviota. We really like it. I have seen Broad-billed Hummingbird, Prairie Warbler, Blackpoll, Am. Redstart, N. Waterthrush, Red-eyed Vireo, and other vagrants there. What a great place! And as soon as you get N. of the Najoqui Falls turnoff, start looking for those southmost Yellow-billed Magpie on the coast. Then there is Anderson's Pea Soup ahead!

happy trails!

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Can you please explain the 3rd photo to me. It’s hard to tell whether the little round pods are plant or animal, or on land or water. When I look at the 2nd to last photo I think the pale green base and the orange pods may be flower buds on a cactus? Anyway, your photos of the unseen world of insects are wonderful, thank you.

Loved the music, will listen to some more of them.

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@janis b
Both bugs were on the same cactus plant, and the pods are part of the cactus plant.

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Enjoy and be well all

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@janis b
Water on glass?

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Water on glass, and reflections of a sort.

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I appreciate your contribution and response to the photos we share.

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Such an elegant home the snail has. I'm assuming It's a snail, not a slug, as it is out in daylight?

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It was moving so fast I barely had time to get a shot of it.

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aren't you ; ?

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you're not buying the BS?

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@janis b Hi Janis,

The dichotomy key would be nearish: 1) External shell = snail, 2) no external shell = slug.

Lots of those socal snails are the Euro snail of escargo fame introduced to make food.

Interesting photo ya got there ms. mysterioso. Wink

be well!

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Do slugs sometimes turn into snails?

And here I am thinking I am an open book ; ).

Enjoy d

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@janis b Hey J!

Not that I know of. Slugs are slugs, snails are snails, and shelled or not is the main difference. A slug is in essence a shelless snail. They are closely related, but different and separate groups.

Your photos are often a mystery! Smile

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Hi all, Hey SP!

Awesome bug shots as always man! Nice spider too. Wonderful Lacewing. Great work!

Thanks!

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Hi all,

I didn't take these a client just sent them. They are some Fiji corals he just got from me.

Acropora sps. cf. tenuis
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These three are in 'brain coral' group, first type 'open' brain, last one a 'closed' brain.
Trachyphillia goefferyi
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another Trachy goeff
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probably Platygyra sps.
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Hope all are well!

Happy trails!

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coral he got from you, dystopian.

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@Socialprogressive Thanks SP!

Yeah man, neat stuff.

Thanks for the OT!

Summer is bug season so should be getting better shortly...

Have a great weekend!

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I could use one ; ).

One of our favourite ...

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@janis b THANKS for that Janis! It was great... very cool!

mysdys had to come in and see what I was doing on the intertubes now. Wink

take care

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@dystopian Very nice photos of healthy coral. Good ecological news, too. Smile

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Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

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scenes of and thru a couple windows ..

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thanks for the montage sp!

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with matching speakers.

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No such thing as being late to this party. I like the hanging decoration in the second shot.

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the story I was told, the round panes are the cut-offs from making fancy
wine glasses. the local folks would take these cast aways and make windows
out of them (with a bit of soldering). Has been resting in my shop for about
20 years, got a creative spur under the saddle last month. Framed and hung it
over my office window. Now I keep the curtain pulled open to see thru history.
Super-imposition. Glad the party is still churning!

It's easy JJ Cale

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That makes it special.

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@QMS A big A++ on anything Cale. Of course, a little Clapton never hurt. LOL. Smile

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Your window photos are very evocative and dreamy. For me they evoke distant memories of the environment you live in, having grown up in a similar one. There's also a sense of serenity in the images. Thank you.

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Sp, I even paused and studied that spider image. That's saying something cos they give me the heebee-jeebees (shudder). Anywho, Rec'd!! Smile

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Glad the spider didn't creep you out too much. If you saw how tiny it was (smaller than the fingernail on you pinky finger) it wouldn't creep you out at all.

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I think you might be providing Arachnophobia therapy for all in need ; ).

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