Friday Photography - Last of the Seasonal Flavors and Fragrances

Evening everyone. I hope this is the beginning of an enjoyable weekend for you and yours.

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magiamma's picture

Thanks for Friday POT.

Beautiful group of photos. I particularly like the last one. The mist is magical.

Bottle brush leaves and grass. I nabbed this on a recent walk.
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@magiamma

It's Rorschach's image. I see a dawg.

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@snoopydawg
or a bird flying in two directions... Smile

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@magiamma

I think that was what I first saw but then saw the legs and thought Dawg. See? Rorschach's test...

Smile

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@snoopydawg

You're dawg crazy!

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janis b's picture

@magiamma

I always enjoy your presence and contributions. The bottle-brush grows well here also. The Tuis and the bees spend a lot of time in them, and they flower for a good part of the year.

That mist is this mornings fog burning off. I don't remember the weather being this consistently warm at this time of year. It seems to be creating more fog, in a place that normally gets very little fog. It's very beautiful to see with a tinge of regret at the same time.

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snoopydawg's picture

From my trip to Patrick's point up by redwood state park

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The long and winding road

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Darn it, Janis I still can't see your photos. I'm missing out...

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@snoopydawg
that is the best area for redwoods ever! Magical. Great memories. love the last photo. great composition.

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@snoopydawg

The road looks like a satin ribbon rolling through the forest, beautiful.

Maybe JtC has some ideas about why you can't see my images?

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@janis b

to another place to get photos of the sunset. You can probably tell that I like roads and trails. They let one imagine what is just around the corner.

I don't understand why all of a sudden I could no longer see your photos. I can see the other ones from Flickr though. I've changed my settings to see if it helps but no luck. Big bummer for me. I loved seeing pictures of your home.

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@snoopydawg

Do you want me to email them?

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here's a sunset from yesteryear.

Particularly like your last shot Janis.

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@Bollox Ref
silver lining in an orange world. the weather must be better there then if your mulching

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@magiamma

But really not May weather.

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@Bollox Ref Awesome photo B.R. Outstanding. Beautiful. Hope you get out of the deep Bandini soon!

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@dystopian

I like your Blue Grosbeak

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@Bollox Ref

I thought of you when I posted that image. You inspired me to make it entirely b&w. There were a few small bits of colour that seemed distracting. Thanks Bollox.

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@janis b

But anyway, colours that work, or shapes and contrasts that work without colour. Things to play with.

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@Bollox Ref

I can imagine you are after moving mulch around. Enjoy a restful evening.

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dystopian's picture

Beautiful photos Janis! The first one looks like a good salad. The second like it smells good. The third is spectacular, great composition and contrast, very evocative, great work!

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@dystopian

The flower is White Ginger. There is no other flower that I've known whose beauty and fragrance are as satisfying to me. Life wouldn't be the same without them ; ).

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@janis b

Never before knew of White Ginger! How beautiful! Just now reading about them, found they can reach a height of six to eight feet! Yikes!

Sounds as though they might grow in here in southern part of Texas...

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@travelerxxx

I've only known them in the mountains of Kauai and here, both very lush places.

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@janis b

they grow on the gulf near New Orleans.

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@janis b

Yes, we got about eight inches in just a couple of days. It was heavy here yesterday, but folks south of us got hit harder. Wife's brother barely made it home due to the flooding San Jacinto river. Both our girls' families had trouble getting home due to flooded streets.

Some homes flooded in our neighborhood, but that was primarily due to people driving four-wheel-drive trucks through high water at speed, causing huge wakes that flooded them.

We were dry today, but more rain is supposed to be on the way Saturday.

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@travelerxxx

I think you should give white ginger a try. If it works it will be definitely appreciated, promise.

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@janis b

Evidently, you can grow them in a pot, albeit a large pot. So I read, anyway. When constrained to a pot, they only make around six feet in height. Only six feet...

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@travelerxxx

You've probably read that the Ginger multiplies by underground tubers. If it likes growing where you plant it, it will happily spread widely.

That sure was a lot of rain you got in such a short time. Those truck drivers should be responsible for the additional flooding they cause.

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The pattern and color in the first picture is really striking. Also love the atmospheric feel of the black and white photo.

My small contribution taken from a little corner of the garden today:

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@Anja Geitz

Thanks for your enjoyment and for inviting us to sit in your garden ; ).

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male Blue Grosbeak
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Clay-colored Sparrow
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Golden-cheeked Warbler
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female or imm. male Purple Martin
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Swainson's Hawk, pale morph first spring bird
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Thanks everyone all over the site for all the great thoughts and ideas.

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@dystopian

Catching the golden cheek in the light, and the wonderful forms the big birds take in flight. Is that a comb on the top of the sparrows head or a leaf in the background. It's very sweet either way ; ).

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@janis b The sparrow has its crown feathers raised a bit, into a sorta crest. Lots of birds can raise them into a semi-crestish look. Crown shape can really change depending on how the feathers are held. These don't actually have crests.

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@dystopian

Why and when do they do that ... raise their feather into a crest or crown? Mating only, or for other reasons as well?

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Daenerys's picture

@janis b You see the same behavior with cockatoos and cockatiels, hooded mergansers, any birds with crests really!

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@Daenerys

Thanks for your observation. You bird watchers are amazing. You have the presence and patience to quietly sit in a mixture of contemplation and desire, awaiting the magic. Greatly appreciated.

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Bollox Ref's picture

Off to bed.

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@Bollox Ref

Hope your as comfortable.

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Daenerys's picture

Your first photo looks like a type of spinach. Something edible, right?

Anyway, things are finally picking up and I've had a lot of good bird sightings over the past week! I saw a long-eared owl in our trees on Saturday but couldn't get a photo. We went looking for red-headed woodpeckers at the park today; we heard one but couldn't see it. The orioles are back, but I haven't gotten any photos of them yet. Saw my first of year ruby-throated hummingbird at my feeder tonight but only got a crappy through-the-window photo of it; I'll sit outside and try to get a better one.
Here are some of the ones I did manage to get good photos of:

field sparrow

robin

Harris's sparrow

red-breasted nuthatch

black and white warbler

white-throated sparrow

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@Daenerys

I only know the white-breasted nuthatch, but they are an amazingly entertaining species. The black and white warbler photos are absolutely beautiful and mesmerising. Thank you for the next best thing to being there.

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@Daenerys @Daenerys Great pix Daenerys! Love your Harris's Sparrow, what a big fancy sparrow they are. Great Black-and-white Warbler pix too. Audubon's name was Black-and-White Tree-Creeping Warbler which was quite poetic. They are the nuthatch of warblers, bark specialists, one of my favorites just for their behavior. I would say yours is a first spring male. Neat pic of the White-throated Sparrow!

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I spend at least three hours now per day watching the birds visiting us on our patio. As a way to keep my sister happy. The folks try to teach me their names, which is a futile effort. We discuss how the birds interact with each other. And how the squirrels disturb the peace. Which bird is married to the other, how they may or may not have babies, who steals the eggs of one bird out of their nests and altogether, who makes the most noise. We try to learn their language. Them birds are pretty noisy too. But they bring life to us half-dead souls.

Beautiful second photo, janis b. And the most soothing Friday night series. Thank You.

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@mimi So great to hear Mimi! Watch them, they hold many secrets. They don't play BS games like people. Wink I think it was a couple gals that figured out at least some (probably all) chickadees (called tits in Europe and Asia) have 9 different alarm notes for different predator threats. The 'lookout hawk' alarm is different than the 'lookout fox' alarm note. Then surely the other birds and even likely some mammals, learn these from them too. They really are talking. Most songbirds have A and B songs, and different calls for contact notes, alarm notes, flight notes, its ok to mate notes, etc. ad. infinitum. Good birders bird by ear first. With landbirds anyway. Seabirds or shorebirds are more visual, but for landbirds, sound is the key. You hear 10 for every one you see, for many species. I ID virtually everything I see by sound first. Lots of birds are easier to tell apart by sound than sight. But no matter what, they are fascinating to watch, you will never run out of questions of interest, and for me have been a lifelong field of pursuit and study.

I have a friend (non-birder) that had a Purple Martin colony with 100 nests. He told me they mostly talk about what ugly babies the other ones had. Wink

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@dystopian

I mean, that's about all they say, "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!" Smile

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@TheOtherMaven

He’s the wrong colour though ; ).

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@dystopian
talking about of others to have ugly babies etc. You made me laugh. It all goes with the sound. Amazingly what they are up to at sunrise here, a good 'ol occupy Wall Street marching crowd from some years back in NY is harmless compared with those birdies shouting all at once and all discussing their view points quarrelling with the others.

This is our favorite birdie:

It's wonderful to have an expert talking about birds here.

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@mimi The English name for that beautiful bird is Bullfinch. And what a beauty it is!

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@dystopian

I have a friend (non-birder) that had a Purple Martin colony with 100 nests. He told me they mostly talk about what ugly babies the other ones had.

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@mimi

Thanks for the life you bring here. What beautiful birds you have in your garden. Thanks for your story and introducing the special Dompfoff. Great way to take a break from the news of the world and keep some perspective. Happy Mothers Day

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@janis b
hmm and what do mothers on Mothers Day ... bookkeeping.
Ach, wenn ich ein Vöglein wär, und auch zwei Flügel hät, flög ich zu Dir ... Wink

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Rec'd!!

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@orlbucfan

Cheers!

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nmi

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@Cassiodorus

I’m leaving it in the garden for awhile longer, as it seems to be comfortable just hanging out there at present. Ultimately I will stir-fry it in a touch of oil, tamari, and chili pepper, or throw some leaves into miso soup or salads.

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Joanie and I went out for a drive, and accompaning all the great smells were lots of sneezes.

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