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Moon 20221229

Half-moon tonight - creative tint added.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss

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Hello everybody!
This is a rock, not a slice of cheesecake.
Red agate and White Opal with Botryoidal Chalcedony
This specimen is from Central #Nevada #USA
Credit: Chelsea Thompson
By #GeologyWonders
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Hunker down.

I saw these three Eurasian collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) hunkered down near a treetop, late on Thanksgiving Day at a small town in Georgia. When I noticed them and realized that it made a pretty good composition. Liked both the color and monochrome versions of this photograph but opted for black and white.

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There are three doves close together on mostly barren tree branches..

In this photograph, there is a dark ocean with low waves, the sky is overcast and blue. Above the horizon line, hundreds of black skimmer (Rynchops niger) birds swarm. The swarm of birds reaches all the way through the frame and beyond on both sides. They are silhouettes out at sea.

Downy Woodpecker

Here is a pretty good view of the back of a downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens). I took this in my backyard in west central Louisiana. I must have taken this with my Canon 90D because I had some pretty severe noise to deal with. Anyway, something new I noticed, that I hadn't before, is that the feathers on the bird's legs reach almost all the way to its feet.

"Downy Woodpeckers eat mainly insects, including beetle larvae that live inside wood or tree bark as well as ants and caterpillars. They eat pest insects including corn earworm, tent caterpillars, bark beetles, and apple borers. About a quarter of their diet consists of plant material, particularly berries, acorns, and grains. Downy Woodpeckers are common feeder birds, eating suet and black oil sunflower seeds and occasionally drinking from hummingbird feeders." -

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This little male woodpecker clings to the leaning side of a gray branch looking a bit upwards; his back and left side are visible. He has a short pointed black beak. The top of his head is black, but there is a red spot on the back of his head. There is a black strip that wraps around the back of head, below the red spot, from eye to eye. The rest of the head feathers are mostly snow white.  His back and withs are mostly black with white checkers, though the upper center of the back is white. His lower body is snow white to include most of his legs. His feet and talons are gray. His tail is mostly black.

"Downy Woodpeckers are small versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers. Downy Woodpeckers give a checkered black-and-white impression. The black upperparts are checked with white on the wings, the head is boldly striped, and the back has a broad white stripe down the center. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head. The outer tail feathers are typically white with a few black spots." -

Orange Fan Fungi - Anthracophyllum archeri, are a species of small, bright orange or red mushrooms that grow in clusters on dead wood in native forests of Australia and New Zealand, and have also been introduced to other parts of the world.
Their fan-shaped caps and widely spaced gills match the vibrant cap color.

by Steve Axfor
By #AmazingNature
#NaturePhotography #Plant #Plants #Flower #Flowers #Animal #Animals #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #Photographer

A veces hago fotos que a mí, personalmente, me parecen bellísimas.

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Self portrait in a mirror, inside the mirror you can see another mirror with a man on it


This is just some clouds at dusk. There's been heavy cloud cover for a couple days, so I've been unable to shoot the moon. This photo has been sitting on my camera for about a week now while I've wondered what to do with it, if anything. I decided to go ahead and post it; hence, move it out of my inbox. 😉

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The shots I got of this butterfly, a gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), were lucky shots. In this photo, the butterfly is on some blue mistflowers (Conoclinium coelestinum) at the edge a small lake.

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This is a orange butterfly with black markings.  Its wings are spread, and it sits on a blue mist flower, which is actually lavender in color.

Sticking your neck out.

Here is a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) with its neck stretched almost straight out over the water.

"Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps." -

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This heron might go unseen by somebody passing, it blends quite well.  The heron is on the edge of a lake, where plants stick up from the water.  Its body is mostly gray, but there are some reddish-brown spots on the side of the body which is shaped like a large football.  Long white feathers extend down the front of the body from the base of the neck.  Its long brownish gray neck sticks up and out over the water, like the neck of a giraffe.  Its small head and long black pointed beak look like the head of an ice climbing axe.  Its head is brownish gray with black makings and its amber eyes are fierce. The lower half of the frame is the water that reflects the scene above. 

"Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. Great Blue Herons appear blue gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. A pure white subspecies occurs in coastal southern Florida." -

This is a photograph of a Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) branch with autumn leaves that are red and green. The branch sticks straight up in the frame and the leaves hang down.

Northern Cardinal.

Charlie and I were sitting outside about an hour ago when this cardinal showed up.

"The Northern Cardinal's bright red plumage reminded early European settlers of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, high-ranking bishops who wear red robes and caps. Both this bird's common name and its scientific moniker Cardinalis cardinalis refer to these church officials. A group of Northern Cardinals is called a "college," "conclave," or "Vatican." The Prothonotary Warbler's name also refers to robe colors — in this case, yellow — worn by Catholic Church officials, the chief notaries." -

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Northern Cardinal.

Charlie and I were sitting outside about an hour ago when this cardinal showed up.  

"The Northern Cardinal's bright red plumage reminded early European settlers of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, high-ranking bishops who wear red robes and caps. Both this bird's common name and its scientific moniker Cardinalis cardinalis refer to these church officials. A group of Northern Cardinals is called a "college," "conclave," or "Vatican." The Prothonotary Warbler's name also refers to robe colors — in this case, yellow — worn by Catholic Church officials, the chief notaries." -

Low flying.

Here is an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flying low over the Calcasieu Ship Channel, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

"American White Pelicans cooperate when feeding. Sometimes, large groups gather in wetlands. They coordinate their swimming to drive schooling fish toward the shallows. The pelicans can then easily scoop up these corralled fish from the water." -

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This pelican flies right to left, low over bluish rippled water. Its wingtips almost touch the water.  The pelican is mostly covered with white feathers thought the ends of its flight feathers are jet black.  Its long thick yellow bill points ahead while its orange legs and feet dangle behind.  Beyond the water is an old dock of some sort, rusted and discolored from the brackish water.  Beyond the dock is wire fence and grass land.

This is a photograph of a small field of wildflowers, yellow bitter sneezeweeds (Helenium amarum).  Mixed in among the yellow flowers are three purple morning-glories (Ipomoea purpurea).

 I darkened the grassy background to make the flowers stand out better even though the greed grass looked good as well. I suppose doing something like that made me feel as if I was being creative.

Rats anyone?

This is a Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), I photographed this animal at Roatan, Honduras a couple months ago.

"The agouti (/əˈɡuːtiː/, ə-GOO-tee) or common agouti is any of several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta. They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles. Some species have also been introduced elsewhere in the West Indies. They are related to guinea pigs and look quite similar, but they are larger and have longer legs. The species vary considerably in color, being brown, reddish, dull orange, greyish, or blackish, but typically with lighter underparts. Their bodies are covered with coarse hair, which is raised when alarmed. They weigh 2.4–6 kg (5.3–13.2 lb) and are 40.5–76 cm (15.9–29.9 in) in length, with short, hairless tails." -

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This agouti faces to the left, the front of its snout is hidden behind a root.  Its hair is reddish brown, its large black eys is surrounded by pink skin.  Its ears are round.  Its hind legs are longer that the front.

"Agoutis have five toes on their front feet and three toes on their hind feet; the first toe is very small. The tail is very short or nonexistent and hairless. The molar teeth have cylindrical crowns, with several islands and a single lateral fold of enamel. Agoutis may grow to be up to 60 cm (24 in) in length and 4 kg (8.8 lb) in weight. Most species are brown on their backs and whitish or buff on their bellies; the fur may have a glossy appearance and then glimmers in an orange color. Reports differ as to whether they are diurnal or nocturnal animals." -

Good morning. ☕🥱👻

23 October 2023

Clouds were low enough to mingle with the trees this morning. We get an occasional fog where I live, but it doesn't compare to the fog we got when I was a kid in California. That fog got so thick; you couldn't see far past the front car bumper if you were driving. I was pretty reckless back then, my friends and I would drive out on the canal banks, in the fog, looking for the lady in white. The lady in white was a local ghost story. I didn't really believe the story, but it was fun to pretend that I believed, and it gave us something to do. Remember, this was in the 60s.

“Then came the first hint of fog, all silver and gold, and then more and more, turning grey and blue. Fog like that was beautiful, and it was dangerous, for you could get lost in it easily.” - Chiara Kilian, The First Tale of the Tinners' Rabbits

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #fog #trees #dusk

This is a photograph of treetops and dusk.  The treetops are not more than silhouettes, but the edges are lit up like fire, it looks like a bolt of lightning streaking across the frame, from right to left, and exploding and exploding in taller less dense trees on the left. The sky above is orangish black.

Of course, I created the effect by fiddling with light parameters of the photograph. It's not really deliberate, it's just that while I moved slides and levers, this came about, and I thought, why not.

Good morning. 🍂🍂🍂

18 October 2023

I think that my wife and I are going somewhere today, I'm not sure where, but you can bet there will be a Joann's store first on the itinerary because fabric shopping is our favorite thing. 😂 Well ... it's something my wife likes to do and as long as she's happy so am I.

Hmmm ... happiness and sadness are like good and evil; you can't have one with the other. But I'm fortunate in that regard, while I've had my moments of intense sadness, I choose not to dwell on them. I try to live in the present. We can't change what has already happened, so why not think about what is happening now and what we will do in the future.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” - Tom Bodett

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” - Charles M. Schulz

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #foliage #happiness

This is a couple of crepe myrtle branches filled with red and orange autumn leaves on a darkened background.  

Interesting note: I took this photograph with my Canon 6D Mark II yesterday from a distance to which I had to zoom in digitally quite a bit.  Noise doesn't seem to be a big problem with the camera.  It is a full framed camera.


Ben in the backyard. I'm not sure what he's doing ... probably looking for just the right spot. Those of you with dogs know of what I speak. 😂 Ben is especially particular, he can sometimes take five to ten minutes searching only to end up back where he started. It's frustrating when we're out walking. 🤣🤣

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This is my dog, Ben.  He is walking from left to right on green grass in front of a white fence.

Ben is a black and tan yorkie mix, his hair is cut short and he has schnauzer type beard.  He looks just a bit chubby in this photo, His face is tan with a black nose and brown eyes and his hair is cut so he has eyebrows.  He has longish floppy ears.  Hs back and sides are steel grey, and he has a short stubby tan tail.  His short tan legs are muscular. He has a red and black collar with dog tag dangling under his head.

I'm too sexy for my perch 🎶

This indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) is definitely a pretty bird. I haven't fed the birds today because I'm trying to see if the pigeons will give up and go away.

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This is an incredibly blue indigo bunting perched on a diagonal branch leaning slightly left.  There is a second branch to its left and rear leaning the same way.  He is facing the camera but tilted to the right, though  his head is erect and level.  His head feathers form a little cap that looks a bit like a pompadour haircut. He has a slim black mask that runs from the sides of his black and silver beak to his black eyes, both which are in view.  His breast feathers are puffed out a bit and are a blue fluff ball. His wings are folded at his on his back out of view. The black underside of his folded tail feathers stick down and to the left.  Gray talons for both feet grip the branch.

Black Vultures.

Here's two black vultures who were hanging out with turkey vultures on a water tower yesterday. I looked online because I was curious about black and turkey vultures roosting together. Apparently, it's not unusual. They often roost and event flock together - sometimes by the hundreds. Interesting.

"With sooty black plumage, a bare black head, and neat white stars under the wingtips, Black Vultures are almost dapper. Whereas Turkey Vultures are lanky birds with teetering flight, Black Vultures are compact birds with broad wings, short tails, and powerful wingbeats. The two species often associate: the Black Vulture makes up for its poor sense of smell by following Turkey Vultures to carcasses. Highly social birds with fierce family loyalty, Black Vultures share food with relatives, feeding young for months after they’ve fledged." -

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Black Vultures

Fluorapatite on Elbaite - Alto da Cabeca Mine, #Brazil - 5.5cm —
A jewel-blue cluster of sharp, lustrous Apatite crystals crowns a grass-green tourmaline in this iconic specimen from the Will Johnson Collection @naturalcreationsllc — A slightly different photo serves as Figure 5 in Flawless Beauty avail from @themineralogicalrecord —
By #MineralMasterpiece
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Good morning, friends. 💮💮💮

16 September 2023

My wife will be gone all day today, some kind of special sew day with the local quilting guild, of which she is the president. They've committed to making 300 pillowcases for the local Lions Camp.

Me and the dogs will hold down the fort. Speaking of the dogs, Ben just wandered in and laid down behind my chair. Ben and I go way back to when he could fit on the palm of my hand. Oh ... and here comes Mr. Charlie. Hmmm ... he just wandered in, turned around, and left. Charlie likes to sit at the back storm door and look outside. If there is a squirrel in the yard, he'll let me know.

“Sometimes you're sure dogs have some secret, superior intelligence, and other times you know they're only their simple, goofy selves.” - Deb Caletti, The Six Rules of Maybe

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #morning #sewing #dogs #flower

This is a photograph of some pink moth orchids (Phalaenopsis aphrodite) on a darkened background.

The Emperor's New Clothes.

This is a blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in the bald stage of its annual molt. I've read the head feathers all fall out at the same time and grow back in about a week.

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In this photograph, there is a blue jay on the right side of the gabled roof of a wooden bird feeder.  The blue jay lacks head and neck feathers making it look rather odd.  It also gives a glimpse of just how narrow the bird's neck actually is.  The jay faces right and there is our of focus forest in the background.

"Large, crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.  White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above." -

Hey batter, batter, batter.

About a month or two ago somebody from Texas mentioned seeing some Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) and I commented how I'd love to photograph some of those birds. Well yesterday I got my chance, because there were some hanging around my yard and forest behind my yard.

"The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch. Nearby, you might spot the female weaving her remarkable hanging nest from slender fibers. Fond of fruit and nectar as well as insects, Baltimore Orioles are easily lured to backyard feeders." -

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I think this oriole is perched in one of the crepe myrtles on the near side of my fence.  There is a branch of the tree that runs up the left side of the frame.  Then about midway through the frame a smaller branch rises up diagonally leaning to the right just a bit.  Behind that is a larger branch.

The oriole is on the small branch sandwiched between it and the larger branch behind, facing to the right.  His black head peeks around the branch with a sparkling right eye.  His silvery black beak is a sharp point like a sword or an arrowhead.  His underbody is a bright yellowish orange. His wings are black with two orange bars near the base of the wings the two white bars farther down. His orange tail sticks back and disappears behind the branch on the left.  Bland and pink legs reach down where his talons grip the branch.

"Smaller and more slender than an American Robin, Baltimore Orioles are medium-sized, sturdy-bodied songbirds with thick necks and long legs. Look for their long, thick-based, pointed bills, a hallmark of the blackbird family they belong to. Adult males are flame-orange and black, with a solid-black head and one white bar on their black wings. Females and immature males are yellow-orange on the breast, grayish on the head and back, with two bold white wing bars." -

Manor House - Highbury & Islington

I love the decorative tiles that you can find at each Victoria Line station. This design by Edward Bawden, depicts a manor house which was built in 1271 & owned by a military monastic order. It was destroyed in the Peasant's Revolt of 1381.

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Photography of the decorative tiles at Highbury and Islington. This design by Edward Bawden, depicts a manor house which was built in 1271 & owned by a military monastic order. It was destroyed in the Peasant's Revolt of 1381.

Meanwhile, back at the feeder.

28 August 2023

House sparrows (Passer domesticus) took over a bird feeder, with drama.

"House Sparrows eat mostly grains and seeds, as well as livestock feed and, in cities, discarded food. Among the crops they eat are corn, oats, wheat, and sorghum. Wild foods include ragweed, crabgrass and other grasses, and buckwheat. House Sparrows readily eat birdseed including millet, milo, and sunflower seeds. Urban birds readily eat commercial bird seed. In summer, House Sparrows eat insects and feed them to their young. They catch insects in the air, by pouncing on them, or by following lawnmowers or visiting lights at dusk." -

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There are six sparrows at a hanging bird feeder with a white fence in the background.  One sparrow is on the cable, another is on the left edge of the gabled roof looking over the edge.  Two sparrows are settled on the feeder trough sifting through seeds.  One sparrow is landing on the right rear feeder trough while a another meets it with an aggression.

"House Sparrows aren’t related to other North American sparrows, and they’re differently shaped. House Sparrows are chunkier, fuller in the chest, with a larger, rounded head, shorter tail, and stouter bill than most American sparrows.  Male House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck – although in cities you may see some that are dull and grubby. Females are a plain buffy-brown overall with dingy gray-brown underparts. Their backs are noticeably striped with buff, black, and brown." -

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