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A swallow tail trying to find her way out of the skylight.

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but I'll add to yours.

The light today is rather weird. I wonder if it's the smoke from the fires in California?

Anyway, some shots from recent travels:

Looking forward to some pizza now the roofers have disappeared.

Did the butterfly make it out?

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@Bollox Ref
All the pictures are wonderful. I love the first one of the grass. And the second one. And the last one. What is it? But I like the first one best. How was the trip?

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was a piece of metal work hanging on a wall. Reminded me of a Moorish piece from the age of The Cid in Spain.

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@Bollox Ref

Love the way you used DoF in the first one and always love black and white photos.

The air in Utah has been dreadful from both our fires and the ones in California.

NASA has an animation of the flow of the smoke from California.

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And visited the Aged P's in London.

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@Bollox Ref It was the smoke in the air. It was so bad here where I am today, the weather kept saying 'clear' but it looked overcast all day. I keep meaning to get a photo of the sun as it's setting but can't seem to time it right. And here I thought we were escaping the crappy air in Utah. NOPE. Sigh.

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When you drove to Beus pond do you remember seeing the mountain to the north and how close it was? Earlier this week if I didn't know that it was there I wouldn't have seen it. Antelope and Fremont islands were invisible. One night after I got back from my walk I smelled like a campfire.There's a new fire at Bear lake today and I've lost track of how many fires we've had here this summer.

Where are your fires?

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@snoopydawg 100 wildfires up there, I saw somewhere. Smoke from the fires out west is reaching us over here too though. And not much wind. Looks like I'll have another shot at getting the red sun tonight.

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@Bollox Ref Guess I was a bit quick on the draw. Yeah, Ms. Swallow Tail eventually figured it out when the sky became dark. The purple disk is amazing.

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@Bollox Ref

I always enjoy your sense of texture and quality of light. Thank you.

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This is the same dead tree that had the new growth in it that o posted a few weeks ago.

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This is for mollie.

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This is MacKenzie and one of Dusty Dawg's puppies. Kenzie was great with the puppies and she let them climb all over her.

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Great shot of the moon. It looks like the tree is holding the moon. Is that digital or a film b&w?

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@magiamma

The one with color was boring, but I didn't expect it to look that much better in b&w. For some reason there are a lot of trees at the cemetery that have died. Even the ones that look healthy are losing limbs from rot.

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@snoopydawg

they're both quite pretty. It has me wondering--how many Springers did you say you've had?

Wink

Guess I've mentioned that 'the B' was our second Springer. Our first was our little Alaskan Sourdough who looked much more like her Dad (a working 'field' Springer) than her 'bench' Springer Mom. She was the 'runt' of her litter, but, that was okay, since she went on to live to age 17-1/2.

Have a good one!

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"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
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Happy Friday Folks...
This is along the path out to the beach. The wind must blow the feathers into this spot.
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Cobwebs and Cactus
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Nice shot of the cactus and the spider (?) webs.

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I think the spiders are pretty safe there from the birds. Smile

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Including the light-struck webs and cactus edges. It's interesting to see how soft even cactuses can look in the right light. Thanks magiamma. Thank you also for your Hot Air essays. I find it easier to read the subject matter when it is presented by you.

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@janis b
It was one of those moments when the light was right and I was there. Your very welcome for hot air. Prognosis for Gaia very bad but I feel better ranting about it. Smile

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Thanks everyone for all the posts all week! Especially JS and the EB, and gj. I really appreciate the work, thoughts, ideas, and spirit of everyone sharing here. Thanks all!

Blacktail Shiner (Cyprinella venusta) a common widespread minnow in eastern No. Am., this male in breeding but doesn't show the pinkish purple that flashes along side when spawning. I just netted him for a pic, he has 2 females in the tank with him.
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Bronze Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscrites aenus) on overexposed Texas Milkweed
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Red-shouldered Hawk
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Acilid (Robberfly) with Bumblebee prey. That was a big Texas sized yeller bumble, the Robberfly (probably genus Promachus) flew out when bee left a flower and grabbed it,
the bumblebee stopped buzzing in less than one second.
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This is the molted exoskeleton of a spider. They molt as they grow. This beast was over 3" across! My buddy the spider expert (Pres. of Am. Arachnid. Soc. - I have friends in high places) says likely Dolomedes sps. , the fishing spiders. They can dive underwater and grab fish!
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Orange-striped Threadtail (Protoneura cara) is endemic to a few counties in central Texas in the U.S., though widespread south in tropics. The female is ovipositing in submerged aquatic vegetation, the male has a hold of the back of her head with his claspers. Each dragon and damsel has unique claspers for this, only one type works.
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Lots of you are lucky to see the birds you do. I mostly see crows, blue jays and sparrows, but today I saw a woodpecker. Brown with a red head. Of course I didn't have my camera with me.

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@dystopian
Thanks for the bird and insect photos and their names and explanations. The fishing spider exoskeleton is quite interesting. We have Redtails here and they come and try to eat the birds at my feeders. My friend told me that they are unusual in that they fly right into the branches to fetch their prey. I saw one do this once.

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for sharing your fascination with nature, even it's harshness.

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Hotel Dubai. She will have to tell us if she stayed there.

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@snoopydawg Second in size to Mecca, the most expensive mosque in the world, containing the largest chandelier in the world.
Before Rihanna took some sexy selfies, women only had to wear a scarf. Now, women pass through security checks and must have arms and legs covered. If the guards can see a bra through your blouse, you are turned away.
Shoes are not allowed. The marble floor in the picture was so hot it would blister your feet.

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Here are some baby barn swallows in our feed shed:


They have fledged since taking these photos.

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Hopefully they are high enough that the cats can't get to them?

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@snoopydawg Until they start trying to fly anyway. If they fall to the ground they're pretty much fair game. It sucks but we don't have a shortage of swallows here.

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@Daenerys
Once the babies get a little bigger, they will turn upside down, with their little butts barely over the top of the nest, and poop over the edge, onto the ground below. I found that fascinating, but I'm on the weird side. Gives new meaning to, "Don't shit where you eat." Wink

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it can be different.

https://www.livescience.com/59601-why-do-animals-eat-poop.html

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@Deja they are gone. They grow so fast!

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Your cheerful support for Friday Photography, as well as your quirky photos and comments are much appreciated. Not to mention your dedication to all open threads. You're a community treasure ; ).

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@janis b But that's OK. Yeah, trying to capture the world I see thru the lens of a camera borders on quirky madness. It's like the monkey in a tuxedo running up a tree backwards. Nobody would believe me. Even if I had a blurry photo (all my shots are blurry), the doubters would say photoshop or unreal. Glad they don't have to spend much time out of their padded universe. It is SHOCKING how much surprising images are available to an open mind. And darn difficult to relate those quirky awakenings to the sleepers. Do they still lace pillows with soma? Sweet dreams.

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Hopefully, this Tweet can pass as my belated contribution.

Can't compare with SP's animal/zoo photography, but, I did think it was quite striking.

Hope Everyone had a nice weekend!

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