Friday Night Photos - Off Travelling Again Edition

But anyway, here's a shot I took at the local nature centre a couple of weeks ago.

Stay cool everyone. It's hot out there (fake news according to Trump.... just about everything is fake news, according to our Lord and Master).

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Here's a recent sunset from suburbia:

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I sat for hours watching them from Patrick's point in Northern California. Love the colors in yours. This is what's fun about sunsets is the many different colors in them.

Where are you traveling and who's taking care of the Fred?

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are being looked after by our wonderful neighbour.

We're off to England on aged parents patrol.

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I saw it right a way. Thought of Narnia or Middle-earth. Magical.

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Love the pink behind the tree. Smile

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This sunset was just stunning to watch as the colors exploded and then faded. Then for a bonus there was an incredible thunderstorm happening to the south of me. The lightening just lit up the sky for well over an hour with some strikes seeming to just hang there for 10 seconds or more. Strikes and sheet lightening inside very dark clouds. There were other people walking that night and totally ignoring both events like nothing unusual was happening. Of course I took my big camera the next night just in case it repeated .....

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I have been caught in a couple of doozies and loved the light shows. A little scary though. I am a sunrise connoisseur due to the fact that I am a morning person. The best ones here are in the winter. They always fill me with awe.

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I would love to bird the nature center... I love B & W, having learned photography in the darkroom as a teen, in the late Pleistocene. Great sunset photos Bx and SD! Beautiful!

Texas Indigo Snake at birdbath, probably washing down a Cotton Rat, the snake is 6' long!
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Yellow-shafted Flicker, first winter female
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Apologies for the fuzzy, male Indigo Bunting
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Eastern Wood-Pewee (a flycatcher) feeding Swift Setwing dragonfly to its young
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Killdeer, which is a plover, which is a group of shorebirds
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I have not keyed this out yet, so it is bug051318a for now
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Have a great weekend!

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bird photos. And the bug. Smile

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I have a severe aversion to snakes. Even when I know that they are harmless they make me squeamish.

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@snoopydawg I saw one on this photo blog: http://www.dpughphoto.com/moths.htm
Great photos, muy bueno. Thanks all.
Bug guide: Species Lycomorpha pholus - Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth - Hodges#8087
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithosiini

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@eyo Thank you very much eyo for the ID! Actually that is what I thought it was but there are some beetles that are very similar I wanted to check first, though I thought they had segmented antennae from memory. Any bug guy is top notch in my book! I love Kaufmann's photo guides to butterflies, and the insect one especially, is kept on my desk. Bug Guide is a great resource folks (have it bookmarked for years)!

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@snoopydawg Hey S.D. Thing is, study them a bit. Snakes, sharks, and spiders are the three things most are afraid of, mostly due to brainwashing. Learn something about them and the fear evaporates. I grew up rustling snakes, studied and have handled lots of sharks, have no fear of either, but am intimately aware of their behaviors. Yet am still a bit ginchy with spiders, as I remain fairly spider stupid. Despite "The Common Spiders of No. America" being on my desk. Knowledge is power, the power to not be afraid when you don't need to be. Smile

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I didn't notice the deer at first glance. Very nice.

The water lilies are blooming here, so I got some shots of them:


It was a cloudy, rainy day with crappy lighting so I turned up the contrast and saturation on these just enough to bring out the colors.

The other day we went to check on the osprey nest again; this one watched me closely:

The cygnets hatched a couple of weeks ago:

One egg didn't hatch I guess:

The biggest surprise of the week was four sandhill cranes in a field near the church I used to go to; I got some better photos of them:

Another early morning for me tomorrow. Cheers!

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I would post a shot of the swan family at a local pub a few years ago, but I've gotta go.

Cheers all!

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This is the wonder of photography. Looking at a photo and missing a detail until you look at it again. Well done.

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a yellow headed black bird and thought of you. It flew right next to where I was sitting. The photo I posted is grainy. There must be a trick because it was quite small. Thanks for all the water lily photos. Smile

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I too missed seeing the deer in his photo until you mentioned it. The third photo of the lilies is my favorite.

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A week away and a few photos from the trip.

Dill weed
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Orange brush in the background
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Yellow headed black bird
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Charlie on top of his favorite new toy. Very glad to see us
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Her name was Mandus McGee Costello. She came from a farm and no one told me that farm cats have such a huge independent streak. I had to go around her because she liked to attack ankles.

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@magiamma Hi mm, GREAT photos, looks like a neat spot! The bird though is not a Yellow-headed Blackbird. I am virtually certain it is a Western Tanager. It has a orangish-red head contrasting with the other yellow color of underparts. Y-h Blackbird is all black below. Also it has a wingbar, which the blackbird does not. Western Tanager is the match. It seems a wooded area, tanager habitat in summer. The Y-head blackbirds are nesting in tule marshes right now. The name of the L.A. Audubon Soc. Newsletter for decades was 'the Western Tanager'. One of the prettiest birds in America.

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White wing bands. Yellow belly. The back looks all black. We were in southern Oregon and the guy at the park said it looked like a yellow headed. I dunno. It was beautiful though and stayed around quite a while eating something off the leaves of the trees. The photo I posted was small but got blown up when posted and became quite blurry. Here are a couple of others with no cropping. They may be clearer.

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