Friday Photography - Late Autumn Light

Good evening everyone. There's not a lot of colour here with so few deciduous trees, but an infinite variety of greens. The red leaves are the last on the Persimmon tree.

Enjoy the weekend.

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If you're only going to have one color, you can do a lot worse than green. NZ and Ireland give green a good name.

Some of the recent visitors in my backyard.

Black Phoebe
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Male Hooded Oriole
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Male Black-headed Grosbeak
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Female\Immature Black-headed Grosbeak
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During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies.
Does anyone know if they have anything like that planned when this one ends?
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I have never been to Ireland, but was always attracted to it, largely because of its green-ness and the delightful people who lived in it.

I'm glad the birds are attracted to you. The oriole's beak looks like it's made for sipping nectar.

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It was heartbreaking when I realize the birds were not attracted to me, but to the food and water I put out.

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Maybe you need to adorn yourself with brightly coloured feathers ; ).

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I'm no bird whisperer.

yeah but can you whistle? Wink

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@Socialprogressive Awesome bird photos SP! Outstanding beautiful stuff man! Awesome Hooded Oriole, they do come to hummer feeders if of a sort they can get their bill in. The Black-headed Grosbeaks are great too. My wife and I had Black Phoebe nest under our eaves once in Torrance (LA Co.). The babies start wagging their tails before they even fledge! That would seem to get bothersome quickly with five in the nest. Wink Wonderful photos!

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When the Hooded Orioles are in town they will empty out my humming bird feeder faster than the Hummers do.

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@Socialprogressive
and definition on those, especially given that they're birds.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris yeah SP has real gear with real resolution. I feel like I am painting with pixels by comparison.

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Hi Janis, Great light! And great greens! You have the best best greens. Wink Looks like your palm is going to seed? I love the decaying leaf. I shoot those on occasion when I find a good one.

In film, Fuji had the best green IMHO. Sure I loved Kodachrome, great for still life work, flowers, but too slow for much nature photography. We were often relegated to Ektachrome, which was really blue tinted. Agfa was kinda cold to my eye. Fuji had the best greens. The color dye tech they used was built around the green, not the blue as Kodak. Maybe high end digital does greens like Fuji did? I wouldn't know.

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@dystopian
pics and the splash of red in the bottom one is fantastic.

I'm playing with a new camera and shot this at a pretty good distance on a recent trip to the coast:

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This one is strictly for documentation purposes and was shot through venetian blinds, a double paned window and a relatively fine mesh window screen. Needless to say, it isn't a great pic but it will suffice for the purpose for which it ws intended, which sort of amazes me:

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be well and have a good one, as well as a great weekend

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What a beautiful bird, possibly even more beautiful in soft focus.

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@enhydra lutris GREAT pics EL! Was it a Long-billed Curlew or a Whimbrel? Bill looks long for a Whimbrel, but maybe a bit thick for a Long-billed Curlew. Maybe a male Curlew? What I really like about the pic is the water surface. Perfectly awesome great background!

Is that a Rufous or an Allen's Hummer? Can't see back color to tell.

GREAT pics!

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bird's head was slightly turned, distorting the bill some. There were a lot of them and the occasional godwit. Big size difference between curlews and godwits.

Hummer is rufous about 95+% certainty, not the first sighting that week, but first one sitting still very long (we do get both). Little solid orange bomb, seriously smaller than our resident annas, moreso than the Allens which pass through now and then, and bill less curved, though always a tricky call (have been known to declare simply "selasphorus") Wink

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I used all with the exception of ektachrome for the same reason. It was much too blue and washed out looking.

The decaying leaf is Rangiora, commonly known as bushman's toilet paper. In it's fresh state it is quite thick and soft. The underside is velvety.

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@janis b Ektachrome was good when you needed speed for a long lens. Particularly if you were shooting birds in flight against the sky, or birds at sea. It was great for that. For when you didn't need the warm end of the spectrum, reds, yellows, oranges.

There is a plant here the most knowledgeable naturalist on the Edwards Plateau says he was taught here as a Texas Boy Scout that it was "Indian Toilet Paper". As if the natives used it for such. Velvety soft, pubescent is the botanical term, leaves. Only problem is the plant is European Mullein. Yes the one with the medicinal properties. Which wasn't here until Euro man came to destroy the land. So pretty funny he was taught otherwise...

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Just a couple quick ones of my favorite rock in the yard. It is my fav because the birds use it going to the birdbath, not because of any aspect inherent to the rock.

A way down south here at 29N we are just passing peak of spring migration. A couple good lookers came into the drip at the bath this week. We had 6" of rain last week sorta busting our drought from D2 up to D1 maybe. Rain knocks migrants down for us mortals to see.

male American Redstart - a warbler, females and imm. gray with yellow color windows and splashes. They flash the wings and tail constantly in an exaggerated fashion and are really quite showy. They are very fast highly aerial flycatchers of leafy woods.
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This is a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, the eastern counterpart of SP's Black-headed above. This is probably a first-spring bird not quite a year old yet indicated by all the worn brown feathers which will be replaced with that nice black the next couple months.
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Hope all are well! Play it safe!

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@dystopian

definition on both, but Redstarts are special. Love the opie down below too, very interesting critters with opposable thumbs, too. Here's a resident non-releaseable rehab and a batch of releases:

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possums

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Here they are considered a #1 pest and are trapped as much as possible because they destroy the native bird life quite effectively.

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pics were from a State approved wildlife rehab center operating under a memo of understanding. The center also did some wildlife education as part of its mission. So, the Virginia Opossum is protected in California, when it gets injured and orphaned protected mammals, it treats them and or raises them until they're at a releasable age and then returns them to somewhere suitable within a few miles of where they were found. They are actually opportunistic scavengers and do do some clean-up, some of which other scavengers can't or generally don't/won't do. There are a lot of orphans, somebody hits a mom with a car, animal control comes out to clean up and it has a batch of live young in its pouch, which are then delivered to the center.

The adult in the house was a non-releasable adult which was kept in an enclosure and used for educational purposes, but it wasn't used for breeding. In fact, such facilities aren't allowed to breed any of their resident animals.

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Here, the mom carries only one or two, mostly one, offspring in her pouch. They were originally brought from Australia to establish a fur trade. They are definitely among the most adaptable animals worldwide. I remember reading that it only took them 75 years to make their way from their warm habitat in Florida to cold New England, suffering only occasional frostbite in the process.

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@janis b down here in central Florida and have adapted to urban areas. They are fearless and will use their claws and fangs to fight even while dying. They are nocturnal critters and love living in trees. I avoid them and so do my dogs. Glad to see the diary as I missed it last week. Rec’d! Smile

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@janis b
No species of possum is native to your habitat. Here they are just part of nature.
Here they've been given a bad reputation just because some consider them ugly. Others find out the hard way that they take advantage of readily available food sources.
I've lived among them for many years and admire them for their ability to survive.
On the plus side, they're edible if need be.

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No question they are survivors, and possibly savoury.

They do make for the softest and warmest clothing.

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@enhydra lutris thanks EL. very cool 'possums! The best thing about Opossum is that they eat ticks. One study estimated 5000 in a year I think it was. Here a lot of people quit killing them when they found out. Apparently they are immune to all the ticks carry.

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so here is another pic to cover up my incompetence... another bird at the bath...

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That's my fav too. Come to think of it, it could also be a frosty winter German leaf.

It's so nice to see you.

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On top of the freak primrose, which looks like a crazy clump of green hair to me, and it still has four main stocks melded flat and wide with many branches growing out below.
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Crane Fly Lifespan

The average crane fly life span is approximately ten to fifteen days, after it hatches from the egg.

Hello goodbye crane flies, they are eating my beans and squash and sunflower sprouts... I never knew until now reading my own fine link. Huh. Okay. That is not a very good shot of the spider, but she has been hanging around about a week, usually on the primrose.

Yesterday I saw a cicada for the first time, a life bug! right on It had BIG eyes, that's what made me try to focus it on the sunflower stock but as soon as I focused it flew away. If it had buzzed while watching I think I would have passed out from the joy of sight and sound, too much. Whew that was close.

Here is the dirt patch yesterday:
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The magic longbean stalks are growing inches overnight now, ready to climb. I planted more seeds to compensate for all the sucking and chewing bugs, apparently the ant nest was massacred by that borax stuff I stuck out there. sry

Peace and Love bugs

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