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@Mi-Shell, I love all the beaver pictures and the variety of birds. I have a feeling I'd love all the floral and fauna in your neighborhood!

@Wanderer keep posting those beautiful pictures!

@moonglow your cat made me laugh - mine would be jumping at that window.

@Rupicapra, I'm now in love with hairy coos. 😄 Wish I could smell that goarse.

@Raggydoll and @stephanelli, I look forward to seeing what you post.

 

The photos you all have shared have really lifted my spirits! 💓

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Lady Butterfly

Everyone’s neighbourhood pics are so cool!

 

I thought I would share too... here we are surrounded by sugar farms. They burn the cane in controlled fires to make harvesting easier. The farmer behind us burns his at night, and tonight we got some pics from our back door...

 

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Since everyone is relegated to their homes, those in the neighborhood with gardens have gone to town cleaning, weeding, mowing... I have never seen such well manicured lawns and trimmed back trees and bushes. One neighbour has tried his hand at topiary... and it's a little terrifying. 🤣 

 

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Grace said:

Since everyone is relegated to their homes, those in the neighborhood with gardens have gone to town cleaning, weeding, mowing... I have never seen such well manicured lawns and trimmed back trees and bushes. One neighbour has tried his hand at topiary... and it's a little terrifying. 🤣 

 

 

 

 

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Oh wow 😅 Is it an Angry Bird? It sure looks like an angry something😄

 

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27 minutes ago, Raggydoll said:

Oh wow 😅 Is it an Angry Bird? It sure looks like an angry something😄

 

It could be! My first thought was 🐨 koala being in Australia. A substitute for the real thing as the kids can't go out and play? It certainly put a smile on our faces. 

 

13 minutes ago, katrinka said:

Remember The Shining?

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17 minutes ago, Grace said:

It could be! My first thought was 🐨 koala being in Australia. A substitute for the real thing as the kids can't go out and play? It certainly put a smile on our faces. 

 

🤣  

Yes it does look like a bit like a koala (an angry one 😋) so that’s probably it. 

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7 hours ago, Grace said:

It could be! My first thought was 🐨 koala being in Australia. A substitute for the real thing as the kids can't go out and play? It certainly put a smile on our faces. 

I hope it's a koala. It does seem to have a little indication of ears. And that would be much nicer than an angry bird.
A third possibility is a couple of ball gags and a...well, a buttplug. 😳
But that doesn't bear contemplating. Having fetishy neighbors is one thing, but when they start carving it into the shrubbery...

 

3 hours ago, Bodhiseed said:

The oakleaf hydrangeas are in bloom her now.


OMG that's beautiful!

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Expecting severe storms today, but here are some photos from yesterday's walk:

 

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These small resurrection ferns grow high up in the branches of oaks and pecan trees. They can survive without any rain for long periods of time. Though they may look dead - brown and crunchy- as soon as there is rain, they unfurl and turn green again.

 

 

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A green anole giving me the side-eye. 😄

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I'm currently staying in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, about 30 minutes' drive from NYC, where we are overrun with white-tailed deer.  I was surprised by a young pair foraging near my car this morning.  I was sitting in my car while parked in the lot of a small strip mall, which is surrounded by a narrow wooded area between the mall and the backyards of neighbors behind it.  

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Someone noticed me!  

 

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After they both knew I was there, looking out my windows, they must've decided I wasn't a threat because they both plopped down in a pile of leaves together and napped for about 15 minutes!  I couldn't get a shot of that, as they were both behind a tree and the camera wouldn't have caught much.

 

That's my interaction with nature for the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I haven’t been able to go out and take some new pics but I thought I could share some that were taken on the property where I grew up, so it gives you an idea of the environment that I’m the most familiar with 🙂

 

This first one show the home of a fox family. I love this spot, it’s close to a rock where my grandfather told me to sit quietly and wait, if I wanted to meet the wee folk

 

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Here’s a tree behind our house that has had its bark harvested, likely by Sami people (the native people of Scandinavia) a couple of hundred years ago. They removed inner bark either as a source of nutrients or a material for their crafts. The Sami’s traveled with their reindeers through the area and harvested bark as they needed it. When I grew up I was told that this was like a door or a portal and we used to knock on it to contact the tree spirit. My own kids like to knock on it too, as my mom has told them that a family of gnomes live in the tree and that they might come out if they knock gently 😊

 

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This is a picture mom took last year when she was out driving with her car. It’s the perfect illustration of how reindeer act: they will stop to nurse their young ones in the middle of the road and people will have to wait until they are done. I love reindeer but they can obviously cause accidents if people aren’t watchful. I remember a time when there were around 20 reindeer calmly walking on the road and they would of course not move for any cars. We did not honk at them, we simply slowed down and drove slowly behind them. In the end, we got to our destination. But it felt like it had taken forever 🤣

 

Where I live now, a bit south from mom (but still in the northern regions) , we rarely see reindeer on the roads. We might see elks but not very often on the roads. 

 

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3 minutes ago, geoxena said:

I'm currently staying in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, about 30 minutes' drive from NYC, where we are overrun with white-tailed deer.  I was surprised by a young pair foraging near my car this morning.  I was sitting in my car while parked in the lot of a small strip mall, which is surrounded by a narrow wooded area between the mall and the backyards of neighbors behind it.  

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Someone noticed me!  

 

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After they both knew I was there, looking out my windows, they must've decided I wasn't a threat because they both plopped down in a pile of leaves together and napped for about 15 minutes!  I couldn't get a shot of that, as they were both behind a tree and the camera wouldn't have caught much.

 

That's my interaction with nature for the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful pics!!

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6 minutes ago, Raggydoll said:

Wonderful pics!!

Thanks!  I was about to start up the car when I noticed the male in my side mirror.  So then it was about an hour of taking pictures while trying not to alarm them.  I didn't want them to dash away in fear - on the other side of the mall is a busy highway!

 

I love your picture of the reindeer!

 

 

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@Lady Butterfly what a view! Thanks for sharing. Magnificent!

 

@Bodhiseed love Fern! And the lizard. 
 

@geoxena thank you for sharing these pics of the deer.

@Raggydoll I love that mossy fox cave.

 

I am amazed at the good quality of the animal pictures. My phone struggles as soon as I use the zoom.🙃
 

from today: peonies
 

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We haven’t had any rain all month. But the weatherwoman says that will change next week. 

 

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@geoxena, what great pictures of the deer!

@Raggydoll, your stories are as great as the photos. 🙂

@Amberjune, what a lovely peony!

@RavenOfSummer, is that a pink dogwood? Those purple flowers (thistles?) are gorgeous!

 

You're gonna need an ocean
Of calamine lotion
You'll be scratching like a hound
The minute you start to mess around.

"Poison Ivy" - The Coasters

Leaves of three, let them be!

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On 4/24/2020 at 8:30 AM, Bodhiseed said:

@RavenOfSummer, is that a pink dogwood? Those purple flowers (thistles?) are gorgeous!

It is indeed a pink dogwood! And the purple flowers are definitely thistle-related...I didn't grow them myself but came across them in someone else's yard, and I want to get a more specific ID on them as they're so gorgeous. If I find the answer I will let you know 🙂

 

On 4/24/2020 at 8:30 AM, Bodhiseed said:

You're gonna need an ocean
Of calamine lotion
You'll be scratching like a hound
The minute you start to mess around.

"Poison Ivy" - The Coasters

What an appropriate song! 😳

 

1 hour ago, gregory said:

I haven't the talents of many of you - but I have flowers in my yard:

 

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Beautiful, @gregory!

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1 hour ago, RavenOfSummer said:

It is indeed a pink dogwood! And the purple flowers are definitely thistle-related...I didn't grow them myself but came across them in someone else's yard, and I want to get a more specific ID on them as they're so gorgeous. If I find the answer I will let you know 🙂

 

They're cornflowers. NOT thistle related; though some centaurea do get "thistle" in their name, they aren't actually thistles.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_montana

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Amberjune

@Raggydoll wow, there is snow in your picture!! It looks like very early spring.

beautiful these trees...

 

here are some impressions from my weekly walk this morning 

 

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beloved nettle

 

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