Friday Photography - A Nikau in Evening Dress

Early morning light

Evening all, and warm wishes for the weekend.
I can’t stay long but will be back later to enjoy your photography, have fun.

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magiamma's picture

thank you for Friday POT.

more lovely greens. that sun covered hill peaking through the tree ferns is stunning. made me smile.

this is from a walk in Carmel Valley over xmas break. surreal? dada? just could not pass it up. it was just hanging out there on a very groomed path. Lolnot art.jpg

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@magiamma

I guess it's more fitting to a groomed path than carving up the tree with your initials.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend magiamma.

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@magiamma

Well, that seems cold. How about Bill instead, though?

Very bad attempt at a word play-type joke. Pay it no mind.

Understand it or not, gotta love "Not Art."

Reminds me a little of Samuel Clemens preface to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:


Notice

PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.

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Great pix Janis.

Here are a few signs of spring ...

Anemone, aka Wind-flower are usually white, I hear pink is possible and some are this beautiful lavender. They only last a couple days tops. Female Black-chinned Hummingbirds use the fuzz after it goes to seed to line their nests with.
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Henry's Elfin. Elfins are a small subgroup related to Hairstreaks. They are nickel-sized brown butterflies with scalloped wings, and the earliest flyers in most areas. For my area I see flying adults 8 weeks from mid-Feb. to mid-April and that is it for the year. Larval foodplants are Redbud, Spanish Buckeye, and Hollies, which probably includes Agarita (aka Texas Holly) as in the photo.
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Spring is on the way, here are some White-fronted Geese headed north, bringing it to you soon... they were up at a thousand feet so just 'flock shots'. To me, calling geese, like cranes or coyotes, are one of the quintessential calls of the wild.

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Have a great weekend all, and thanks everyone for all the great posts all week all over.

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@dystopian

Cool photos.

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@dystopian

What beautiful designs the geese form.

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So, your photos are just in the nick of time for me. The elfins are so lovely, as are your pics.

So much talent and beauty on the photography threads.

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Didn't see one eagle or any other bird even though I went out to the designated bird area. Just a lot of weeds and got held up by 3 trains.

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I hope the eagles show themselves at some point.

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Of course it was out west on someone's farm, but there are very few farms left. People are building houses way out by the great salt lake area and so many yards are flooded with ground water their homes are surrounded by it and mud. There used to be great old barns but I didn't see any. Then I got lost on my way back which is hard to do because I could see the mountains of course, but I ended up two towns south of mine. Oh well. I haven't been out there since I moved back.

How much time are you spending with your camera? I used my big one and can't believe how heavy it is. I'm sure you have as much magnification as I do and yours is much lighter.

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@snoopydawg

It can be a bit unsettling or disorienting to revisit a place, even one that you once knew intimately, that today is unfamiliar in some ways. Mostly, it's not for the better.

I probably have the camera in my hand an average of almost an hour a day, usually early morning and evening at home.

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It can be a bit unsettling or disorienting to revisit a place, even one that you once knew intimately, that today is unfamiliar in some ways.

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@snoopydawg

("That's for the birds" is one of my mother in law's favorite criticisms.)

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@snoopydawg

Damn trains. Did they take your wallet and camera?
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@snoopydawg I've been seeing FB posts of lots of eagles at Farmington Bay; you should try there. I hear there are barn owls there too; how cool it would be to see one!

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@Daenerys

towards the lake and found the Ogden bird ...something.. which is about a mile from the great salt lake but there were no birds there. At all. I hit construction and while stopped I asked a lady where I was going and if the road went anywhere. She popped out with "I've seen two eagles.." I have no idea how she knew I was looking for them. But that's how I ended up at the bird place. It was very windy and cold so maybe that's why there were none? I was busy looking for eagles in the trees I didn't pay attention to where I was going and ended up in Roy which is just south of Ogden. Trains and rush hour traffic. Joy!

I went by Bues pond Tuesday and thought of you. There was lots of snow and ice, but people were there as were some birds. Ducks and geese I think. Maybe I'll go back there and get some photos this week. Yeah I'll do that.

How's things in your neck of the woods?

Just as I went to take this Charlie came in the front so that's why it's blurry. This is of the weeds I saw everywhere and antelope island. A train came through so I turned around and didn't try another photo. Looonng train.

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Lots of weeds

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@snoopydawg We've got 30 mph sustained winds today, and a huge snow drift blocking the driveway. We'll have lows below zero pretty much all week; I'm afraid winter won't go away on time again this year. Brrr.

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It's so green. I remember when things were green. White is getting so monotonous.

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@Snode

So now I get your name 'Snode'. But you get something I don't, those first Spring green sprouts defying the snow.

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snowed asunder? In the chemical realm it is being unable to feel your nose and toes. The nice thing about being snowed under is the trains have this special scooper in front to clear the tracks. So the wheels stay on the line. Not sure where this was going, but, CHOO CHOO

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and Non-Photographers (like me!) Biggrin Thank you for hosting this evening, Janis.

Still working on transferring photos to hard drive (outside of using email), but for now, will settle for posting a photo of the last gorgeous English Springer Spaniel who took the Westminster Best In Show (BIS) title. (2007)

Below is CH Felicity's Diamond Jim--call name "James." Whoah! How did that happen, the two side-by-side. Not sure, but, hey, sorta cool. So, I'll leave it.

Undoubtedly, James was one of the most perfectly symmetrical and beautiful fellas ever in his breed class. According to Wikipedia, he had 51 Best In Show wins. Not surprising! He was also a Certified Therapy Dog during his retirement.

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Hope Everyone's weather is better than ours. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to travel by sometime next week. Whew!

Hey, you Guys have a wonderful weekend.

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Just email yourself a picture of your new dawg so we can see her. Please? Poor favor?

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be coy--I really don't have a good recent photo of her. She moves so much, all the photos that I've tried to take of her are super blurred; or, she has 'red eye' due to bad lighting, I guess.

Suppose I can post a photo that her first Mom texted me when she was 4 weeks old. (I transferred the photo from a phone that I've now retired, but, which I trusted not to be infected with malware.)

Needless to say, she looks nothing like this now. In this photo, she only has her undercoat, and weighed about 6 or 7 pounds.

Hey, I'll keep working at it, and maybe I can muster a decent photo, soon. She already weighs 23 pounds, and is putting on between 1-2 pounds per week. Also, a couple weeks ago her outer coat began to sprout--it begins on their tail, and works its way up. Appears that it will be a nice shade of light Champagne or Creme. Guess time will tell.

Hey, have a great weekend, SD. My best to the Girls!

[Edited: Removed Photo - Public Display Not Allowed Without Appropriate Attribution. Will post one of my own photos, when I get a decent one. Smile ]

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@Unabashed Liberal

always makes me sigh. To better traveling weather.

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I like your second photo too; I miss seeing green.

I went out looking for birds to photograph one afternoon; I saw a lot of pheasants but couldn't get any good photos of them. They were either too far away or flew away when I slowed down. Then I thought I saw a moose, but it turned out it was just a cutout someone had put out in their field. Bah. -_-

I finally looked at my eclipse photos from last month though and glory be, one of them turned out halfway decent!

I think it looks like a peach.

Cheers!

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It's different from the ones that show every nook and cranny of the moon...

This is way cool.

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science magazine or book. Or maybe something you could buy in the gift shop of a planetarium. It is, literally and figuratively, other worldly, in the best way.

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@Daenerys

Thanks Daenerys. Spring is getting closer.

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On the run, but here's something from yesteryear:

Off again......

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@Bollox Ref

how did you do it?

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@Anja Geitz

from either a low angle at a distance, or he attached his camera to a crab ; ).

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The colours really captured me, especially the rusty colour of the seaweed in the very foreground reflected in the same colour of the cliffs in the background. And then the soft blue of the sky, sea and rocks.

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Palms and ferns growing side by side seems so strange to me. Most of the ferns I come across here in these Missouri hills grow in moist and shady locations while I've always associated plams, (which we don't have here,) with bright sunlit areas. I'm guessing you're liking your new camera. You're certainly taking some nice shots with it.
This is a White-breasted nuthatch, they're pretty common species here but interesting birds and I always enjoy seeing them.They're regulars at the feeders.
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This is an Eurasian-Collard Dove. They're fairly new to North America being artificially introduced sometime in the 70s I think. They aren't plentiful here, not yet anyway, but we've seen their numbers slowly but steadily increasing over the years. They're beautiful birds but there's some concern that as their numbers increase they may eventually compete with our native Mourning doves. I'm hoping they're able to co-exist without causing each other too many problems.
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The House sparrow below is another introduced species here in North America, but been here so long now they may as well be considered a native species at this stage.They sure aren't going anywhere.. They do compete with several native species for food, nest sites and such but for the most part the other species seem to have adapted to having them for neighbors. Not very popular with most folks but they're actually pretty neat little birds. We have a small flock that comes to our feeders year round and they aren't really a problem there. My one beef with them is they sometimes take over nest boxes already occupied by other species.
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My last pic is of an Eastern Meadowlark. Also fairly common here in Missouri but always a welcome sight. As their name implies, they're a bird of meadows and fields. Lovely birds with a very sweet song. One of my favs.
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@burnt out

Those Dove feathers … the colour and song of the Meadowlark, really nice. I remember the Nuthatch from life in CT, especially how they entertainingly walked down trees.

The song of the Eastern Meadowlark ...

The Nikau is the only endemic and native palm to New Zealand, although others grow here as well. The seeds where I live germinate quite easily from seeds that fall, or are dropped by the native wood pigeon and parrot; but they need optimal conditions to reach maturity. Both the Nikau and the Tree Ferns start their life and live their adolescence in the shade, and eventually reach the direct sun where they also live well. They’re ambidextrous ; ).

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@burnt out LOVE your bird photos burnt out. Beautiful, great work! The subspecies of Eastern Meadowlark in south and central Texas is in major decline, probably fire ants. Western Meadowlark to my ear has a better song with increased complexity and the fast warbled fluted notes. When my wife and I lived in New Jersey we had a White-breasted Nuthatch that came in the open kitchen window onto the inner sill to get sunflower seeds. Here (so cent TX) the Eurasian Collared-Dove is still increasing, as are Mourning Doves, they might co-exist OK. Eur. Collared-Dove are mostly tied to areas near human habitation though, especially where livestock feeding. The introduced House Sparrows really are hell on Eastern Bluebird nests in particular. Nest box programs really have saved that bluebird in many areas, and House Sparrows were probably the biggest problem. They will go in a nest box and pull and incubating female bluebird off eggs and peck them all. I have little compassion for an introduced species displacing a native ones.

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Makes me want to breath deeper. Nice pics, Janis.

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@Anja Geitz

does make the air succulent.

Om, zoe.

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The green in those leaves was such a green it glows in you for weeks. Smile

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@mimi

for weeks".

You made my week, mimi. The smile you put on my face will also glow for weeks ; ). xox

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And I learned a new word!

Love the morning light scattering gold, too.

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@HenryAWallace

I appreciate it.

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