Friday Photography - A Bouquet of Leaves

Evening everyone and happy Friday.

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Socialprogressive's picture

I've got some flowers to go with your leaves.

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During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies.
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@Socialprogressive

Thank you for filling out the bouquet. I think the blue and yellow flower compliment the leaves nicely.

Enjoy your weekend.

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@janis b

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@Socialprogressive Outstanding photos SP! I love that last one, what a flower! Is it an orchid? What a screaming yellow zonker! Great work man!

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@dystopian
Yes, the screaming yellow zonker is an orchid.

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@Socialprogressive

be well and have a good one

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Wow those are awesome leaves Janis! Great colors, great light, beautiful! What is the name of the plant?

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@dystopian

They are Canna Lilly leaves whose flowers disappeared for the winter. This is their flower ...

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Phalaropes are are swimming sandpipers. They have a whole bunch of downy feathers that catch enough air to make them float well. Three types worldwide, two are cosmopolitan, one is just North American. The cosmo two are high-arctic tundra breeders, that spend the
winters far out at sea as a pelagic species. Floating along current lines working floatsam and current lines. The No. Am. one is a freshwater prairie pothole and inland marsh/lake breeder that winters in Mexico to Cent. America. When I led pelagic trips for seabirds one day we had 100,000 Red-necked Phalarope in fall off socal, one of the oceanic types.

Spectacularly phalaropes are sexually role-reversed. The females have all the pretty colors, the males are dull, to hide on the nest which they incubate. The females choose males to mate with and lay the eggs, if the nest is good enough, and the male dances right, and that is their total involvement, save finding another male to mate with. The male does all the incubation and feeding the young until they depart the nest and are on their own. The males are full of estrogen and the females are full of testosterone. What science has not satisfactorily explained is why when most female Homo sapiens find out about phalaropes, they want to come back as one of them instead of whatever they had in mind. Wink

Where I am now we only get Wilson's Phalarope, the interior freshwater No. Am. species. A few were grounded by the rains recently so here they are. You can google Red Phalarope and
Red-necked Phalarope to see the other two species. The females are fantasticaly beautiful in breeding season colors.

These are Wilson's Phalarope last week at a flood pond here.

These are females, the rear bird is a full adult, the bird in front I suspect is a first spring female, not as colorful yet.
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This is a winter plumaged male in the rear, a breeding plumaged female in front.
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Here is the breeding female again.
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a couple dull males.
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Hope all are doing well!

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@dystopian
I'll have to look for them next time I'm at the beach.

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@dystopian
What does it mean when birds have feathers that hang as if the bird cant hold them anymore in place? It looks as if the birds were sick. They try to use our birdbath and it looks they want to get rid off out of their plumage. They also use it to drink quite often.

The more healthy looking birds fight against the weaker looking ones. Fierce battle over the bird foods in our feeder and birdhouse. It I could send you the noises all of them make you are reminded of human's wars. Then the squirrels occupy the birdhouse and eat up everything that's in there. My sister watches them for hours and is a very biased judge of who does what and curses the ones who chase away the other birds. I am telling you that's like total warfare, like wars of the Middle East Israeli-Palestine style.

May be we need a cat. Or may be we need peace. For sure we all need love, as eyo often tells us.

All be well and much peace and love for ever.

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@mimi

Maybe you need more bird feeders to satisfy the appetite of all contingents - Palestinian and Israeli?

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@janis b
I will try, but so much over eating would lead to certain death

Hi there, glad you are here. Smile

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@dystopian

Red and red-necked phalaropes are unusual amongst shorebirds in that they are considered pelagic, that is, they spend a great deal of their lives outside the breeding season well out to sea. Phalaropes are unusually halophilic (salt-loving) and feed in great numbers in saline lakes such as Mono Lake in California and the Great Salt Lake of Utah.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalarope

Where were you and the Phalropes?

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@janis b They were at a roadside flood pond a couple miles from town... we had a 6" rain event a couple weeks ago, made ponds, just add water and voila!, migrant shorebirds stop at them.

Yeah lots of Wilson's Phalarope at Mono and Great Salt Lakes during breeding season. They live on Brine Shrimp at both sites. Wilson's winters on shore, lakes, ponds, bays, marshes, unlike the other two pelagic winterers that stay far out at sea all winter.

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@dystopian

Water, life, voila!

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@dystopian

You failed to mention phalarope feeding physics, how they spin to create a vortex in the water column which dislodges invertebrates and carries them up to where they feed. Proves that one doesn't need an engineering degree to master hydrodynamics.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris yeah, I even thought about it... figures you would notice... Wink LOL There was a Nat. Geo. special I think that had footage of the Red-necked Phalarope spinning to create the vortex that sucks the brine shrimp for instance that is too deep to reach, up to the surface where they can then grab it. Cool stuff huh?

My late Uncle and I once rafted a few miles of the Rio Grande in Big Bend. When we approached the landing where families were waiting for us we did the last quarter mile in a maneuver we called 'the phalarope'. We couldn't get the vortex going, but were plenty dizzy... and no one asked what took so long.

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Great leaves and a great composition with multiple contrasts in one.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Your photographs are so lovely. This one of the canna leaves is especially gorgeous. Thanks for bringing such beauty to this site.

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@Linda Wood

for your appreciation of the beauty you find in nature and my photos. Your comments bring a sense of warmth and tenderness.

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orlbucfan's picture

Rec’d!!

:-).

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