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Life's a Beach … Depending How One Spells it, On Creative Arts Three Day Weekend

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  one month ago  •  114 comments


Life's a Beach … Depending How One Spells it, On Creative Arts Three Day Weekend
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

No flags this time … at least not from me.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    one month ago

I only really care about one flag anyway, but nice beach picture...

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
1.1.1  shona1  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one month ago

Morning..ohh you mean this flag..

I couldn't agree more..😁🦘🦘

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @1.1.1    one month ago

Lots of stars on that flag.  I could post a flag that has 5 stars on it, but I don't want to get my ass kicked.  

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
1.1.3  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    one month ago

The five stars represent the Southern Cross star formation which can be seen here..

The 7 pointed star is the Commonwealth star...represents the 6 States and all the territories..

I was having a dig at devangy.. seeing he said there is only one flag he cared about..and I couldn't resist the opportunity..I await his response...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
1.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @1.1.3    one month ago

LOL.  I"m sure you're right about which flag it would be.  

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.5  devangelical  replied to  shona1 @1.1.1    one month ago

let's see ...

  • a flag that bears a slight similarity to the old traitor rag here
  • a patch of southern dirt featuring lethal creatures in bodies of water
  • a place where everybody can barely speak english
  • a caucasian population rapidly approaching inbred status
  • local brown people with a history of suffering official oppression
  • a region with some incredibly poor drivers

meh, we have all that here...

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
1.1.6  shona1  replied to  devangelical @1.1.5    one month ago

Morning..see told you..you would be right at home here accept you mob drive on the wrong side on the road..

Just had to be different didn't ya..

We speak proper fine English..we have advanced the language centuries...we speak in code to confuse tourists and it works so well.. could come in handy if we get invaded..

At least you got the colours of your flag right...red white and blue, just like ours..😁🦘🐨

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.7  JBB  replied to  shona1 @1.1.6    one month ago

I rented cars and drove around down there no problem. It did feel all wrong though. A constant panic, like everything was akimbo...

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
1.1.8  shona1  replied to  JBB @1.1.7    one month ago

Morning jbb..yes was the same for us when I was in the US.. nearly had a heart attack on the bus as everything was on the wrong side..

Yet my cousin's son hired a Mustang (his dream car and now owns one) and drove around Dallas etc and said he had no problems in February...

Nope not for me I am afraid.. wouldn't drive in a pink fit...

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.9  JBB  replied to  shona1 @1.1.8    one month ago

Yep, for an American driver making a right turn from the left lane into the left lane goes against every natural impulse...

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
2  Gsquared    one month ago

Wind Chimes (© G.Gam)

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2    one month ago

Good shot - taken at the right angle to include both the bells and the scrolled woodwork, even thought there is neither physical nor visual connection between them. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    one month ago

Thanks.  I did that on purpose, of course.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.2  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @2    one month ago

cool composition.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
2.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @2.2    one month ago

Thanks.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.1    one month ago

here we call that type of woodwork gingerbread and it's very common in the mountain mining town homes...

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
2.2.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  devangelical @2.2.2    one month ago

It's called gingerbread here, too.  I love the look, but the thought of painting it is daunting.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
2.2.4  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @2.2.2    one month ago

It's just a decorative element we added when we had the tool shed built.  We have one on each side of the front.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
3  cjcold    one month ago

Always love your pics. My camera doesn't work anymore. Need a new phone.

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evilone
Professor Guide
4  evilone    one month ago

Life's a beach and then you sunburn. 

Some photos from the beach at La Push, WA.

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devangelical
Professor Principal
4.1  devangelical  replied to  evilone @4    one month ago

great pictures, but going to the beach wearing a parka seems a bit off kilter to me somehow...

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
4.1.1  evilone  replied to  devangelical @4.1    one month ago

Somedays it's better to be on the beach with a parka, than to not be on the beach at all. It's not all that incongruous to me up here at the Head of the Lakes on Lake Superior, where we have beach time in Feb.

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devangelical
Professor Principal
4.1.2  devangelical  replied to  evilone @4.1.1    one month ago

... uh, yeah. no thanks, not a winter person since being snowed in by the blizzard of '65 in south park colorado.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilone @4.1.1    one month ago

That's more like the Lake Ontario beach I used to be on a lot as a kid.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilone @4    one month ago

Wonderful photos - is the second one of a wreck or just a tree?

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
4.2.1  evilone  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2    one month ago
...is the second one of a wreck or just a tree?

Just a tree, but a very large tree.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilone @4.2.1    one month ago

If that's a person standing beside it, the tree is big enough to hollow out and live in it. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5  Gsquared    one month ago

Coyote (© G. Gam)

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This guy just took up residence at our house.  It was pretty great watching him wander around the yard like he owned the place, but after a few days I had to ask him to move out.  We haven't seen him for a couple of days, although he showed up again late last night.                                                      

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @5    one month ago

I predict several missing cat and foo-foo dog flyers posted in your neighborhood.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @5.1    one month ago

Not in our neighborhood.  I live in the hills near a wilderness area.  Yes, we have wilderness areas in L.A.  The coyotes are around here all the time, so everyone knows to keep their pets inside.  This one decided he liked our property and moved in.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
5.1.2  shona1  replied to  devangelical @5.1    one month ago

Morning..ahhh huhhh...see you have got nasties over there on your patch of dirt...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
5.1.3  devangelical  replied to  shona1 @5.1.2    one month ago

I used to have a video on an old phone of 3 coyotes that approached me in a parking lot one very early morning while I was standing outside my car destroying my lungs about 7 years ago. they got within about 20 feet of me before I decided to get back in the car to watch them. when I showed my daughter she got pretty upset with me, since she reminded that I was within about 2 miles of a park where somebody's foo-foo dog got invited to lunch while still on a leash and then a lady jogger was attacked by a few a them. I'd never seen one in the wild until about 25 years ago and now it's not uncommon to see them running thru the open fields and parking lots in suburbia.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  devangelical @5.1.3    one month ago

There's now a bounty on them in Virginia and West Virginia.  They're hard on livestock.  Some neighbors lost all their poultry to them.  I wish they'd go after the damn aggressive "domesticated" geese that try to attack my car on the regular.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
5.1.5  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.4    one month ago

yeah, I can't shoot at them, they look too much like dogs, but I do like to murder varmints...

a lot of the golf courses here employ dogs to keep the geese airborne...

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  devangelical @5.1.5    one month ago

Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV has a dog used to herd geese and other birds away from their airport.  He's also great at PR when he tours the terminal, getting ear scratches.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
5.1.7  shona1  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.4    one month ago

Morning.. the equivalent here is the fox.. introduced by the Brits..

Damn things are everywhere cleaning up livestock and wildlife..

Government use to pay $10 for the skin..was not uncommon for some shooters to make $200 a night..

My brother shoots them if he sees them when duck or rabbit shooting..

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.8  Gsquared  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.4    one month ago
There's now a bounty on them in Virginia and West Virginia.

That's terrible.  I love the coyotes.  I just didn't like the mess he was leaving on the patio that I had to go out and clean up.  Coyote poop.  If he had just done it in the bushes or on the hill somewhere I wouldn't have told him to leave.  He did show up again on one of our cameras at about 4:00 am this morning.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.9  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.8    one month ago

As I understand it, they were brought in to reduce the deer popoulation, which was getting out of hand to the point that diseases like brucellosis and chronic wasting disease (similar to mad cow disease) were running through the deer herd.

Then coyotes, having no natural predators, grew in numbers and became both a nuisance to farmers, and prone to diseases like mange.

We probably shouldn't have interfered.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.10  sandy-2021492  replied to  shona1 @5.1.7    one month ago

We have foxes, too, but I don't think there's a bounty on them.  I see them now and then, but not often.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.11  Gsquared  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.9    one month ago

I've never heard of coyotes being introduced.  I do know that their range has spread across the country.

Coyotes do have natural predators.  I recently read that coyotes are second to deer as mountain lion prey.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.12  Gsquared  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.10    one month ago

Apparently, we have foxes here in the Santa Monica Mountains where I live, but I have never seen any.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.13  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.11    one month ago

My understanding is that they weren't seen much in the eastern US until they were introduced, or perhaps re-introduced.

Coyotes do have natural predators.  I recently read that coyotes are second to deer as mountain lion prey.  

No mountain lions here, or if there are, not in sufficient numbers to do anything about the coyote population.

Whether or not we have cougars or panthers is actually a bit of a controversial subject here.  The official word is that we don't, but there are people who will swear they have seen one or the other.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.14  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.12    one month ago
Coyotes do have natural predators.  I recently read that coyotes are second to deer as mountain lion prey.  

I saw a fox on my drive home last week, but I might not see another one this year.

There used to be one, or maybe a mama and litter, living on my neighbor's property, and we saw her pretty often.  But she seems to have moved on.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.15  Gsquared  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.13    one month ago

Mountain lions, cougars and panthers are all the same creature.  What they are called just depends on where you live.  They are also called pumas and catamounts.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.16  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.15    one month ago

I knew that mountain lions, pumas, catamounts, and cougars were all the same, but I didn't know panthers were.  If they're around here, they are remarkably well hidden, to the point that the forestry department doesn't know it.

We do have bobcats, which I imagine could take down a coyote, but they're not especially common.  I've only ever seen one, other than the stuffed one that was my alma mater's mascot.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.17  Gsquared  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.16    one month ago

Cougars are sometimes referred to as panthers.

A large bobcat could possibly kill a smaller coyote and a large coyote could possibly kill a smaller bobcat.  There is some literature that says coyotes prey on bobcats and some that says they generally co-exist.

We have had bobcats at our house a few times.  One time we had a pair and they stayed in our backyard for about 15-20 minutes.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.18  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.17    one month ago

The one I saw was chasing a deer across a field in Bath County, which is a very rural part of Virginia.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1.19  Tessylo  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.18    one month ago

My sister who lived in Fairfax (now lives closer to Richmond I think) saw a bear on the side of the road from the highway. 

I've seen foxes.  I saw one crossing the road in front of me the other day.

Used to see woodchucks all the time but not in years.  I wonder what happened to them?  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.1.20  sandy-2021492  replied to  Tessylo @5.1.19    one month ago

There used to be bears around my neighborhood, but I haven't seen one for several years.  That one died of mange; just laid down in somebody's yard and gave up the ghost.

Several times, there have been mama bears with cubs.  My dog was convinced he needed to go befriend the cubs.  I dragged him home before he pissed off mama bear enough to kill us both.

There have even been a few in towns in our county, in the residential areas, just strolling through.

We call woodchucks groundhogs,  and I see them all the time.  Usually, there are several on the side of the road on my way to or from work.  One used to live under a rock near the creek on my property, but I haven't seen him for a while.  Probably got sick of the dog trying to dig him out.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.1.21  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @5.1.11    one month ago

The wolf is a natural predator of the coyote. In MN we have very few coyotes in the northern part of the state due to the pack of wolves.

A wolf is an apex predator with a bite force of 1,000 lbs and weighs in at 150 lbs or so. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.1.22  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @5.1.21    one month ago

This is the reason you don't see many coyotes in northern Minnesota. The photo was taken on the edge of the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation by J. Tan.

Male, 150 lbs, 1,000 lb bite force, highly intelligent, able to run in deep snow for hours. They are the APEX predator in Minnesota which has more wolves than any other state in the lower 48.

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Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.23  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @5.1.21    one month ago

I've never heard about any wolf sightings in Southern California.  I imagine they were here in the distant past.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.24  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @5.1.21    one month ago
a bite force of 1,000 lbs

Ouch!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.1.25  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5.1.22    one month ago

That's one of the scariest wolf photos I've ever seen - the kind you might have written about in one of your great stories. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.1.26  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @5.1.23    one month ago

For the first time in over a century there are now two Grey wolf packs in northern Califronia.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.1.27  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.25    one month ago

On Ojibwe reservations in MN the wolf is protected, no one is allowed to hunt or harm a wolf. The Ojibwe and wolf have a very long history both in myth and reality. They are central in our history and culture and in our creation story. Nanaboozhoo and the wolf traveled the world and named all the creatures that exist on Mother Earth.  

When I was young in my teens I used to trap muskrats and would set up trap lines deep in the forest. I would travel by snowshoe in the winter to retrieve the muskrat and their pelts. I would be gone for a couple of days at a time and in one area there was a meadow with a small lake that would be frozen over in the winter and I would take off across the meadow and lake since it would save me a mile or so of traveling in the deep show in thick timber. I clearly remember moving with a pack on my back snowshoes a travois, a recurve bow, a buck knife, and a single shot .22 and an oilskin and I could see the wolf packing tracing me along the tree line. After all I was in their territory and wolves are inquisitive and wanted to know what I was doing there. If I  was far enough in the timber and had to stay overnight I would build a fire, fashion a bit of a leanto and wrap myself in the oil skin to shed off the snow and wet. Many times in the morning I would find wolf tracks within 20 yards of my camp. They came to say ''Boozhoo Kavika''.

A time now lost, the kids on the rez ride around on snow mobiles and could not use snow shoes if their lives depended on it and of course, the cell phones go everywhere with them, the only constant is the Ma'iingan''. 

They are always there, watching and tracking you in their kingdom.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.1.28  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5.1.27    one month ago

Well, if they don't use snowshoes any more, they can always be used as tennis racquets.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1.29  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @5.1.22    one month ago

many years ago when I was a telecommunications installer, I went to a home that had a wolf hybrid, back when it was still legal to own them here. I had no fear of dogs, but it's size and the look in it's eyes literally made the hair stand up on my neck.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5.1.30  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @5.1.29    one month ago

First off I'm happy that having a wolf hybrid is illegal in Colorado, I wish that were true in every state, they are still a wild animal, a powerful and deadly one at that. They are not known as an Apex predator because they are vegetarians. 

Coming face to face with one gives you a feeling of how helpless you'd be if it decided to attack. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.1.31  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @5.1.26    one month ago

I read about that.  It's exciting.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5.2  Snuffy  replied to  Gsquared @5    one month ago

Maybe he's waiting for his latest order to arrive...

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Buzz of the Orient
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5.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @5.2    one month ago

Nice to know that 87 is "too young".

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5.2.2  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.1    one month ago

You never watched the Roadrunner Coyote cartoons when you were a kid? What the heck did Canada put on Saturday morning TV to brainwash the children then? 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @5.2.2    one month ago

Oh, is THAT what that image is from.  Yes, I've watched the Roadrunner, but that image didn't remind me of that. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5.2.4  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.3    one month ago

That wasn't an image directly from the cartoon, it's a photoshopped image to invoke the memory of the show. Hense the bomb strapped to the back of Wiley Coyote there. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @5.2.4    one month ago

Don't remember watching that one.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5    one month ago

The only animals anywhere near me these days are pet dogs and cats.  But back almost 7 decades ago, I came home to my parent's home that was on the edge of a forest to find a deer munching away at the euonymus vine leaves on the side of the house.  Amazingly I never saw any wildlife near us when at my lakeside home that was surrounded by forest, but we drove to the local dump at night with the kids so they could see the bears eating the garbage. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Expert
5.3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3    one month ago

Here in the sticks in Virginia, it's a rare day when I don't see a deer.  They eat the phlox that I planted right outside my bedroom window.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5.3.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3    one month ago

We had a deer eating the roses on our front porch one time.   We also have bobcats and mountain lions.  I saw bobcats on our property a few times many years ago, but none recently.  The mountain lions have shown up on our neighbor's videos in their yards, one just 300-400 feet from our property.  Other neighbors were hiking in the hills around here one day and they saw a mountain lion watching them.  They haven't hiked there again.  That is something I don't want to encounter in person.

We also have the usual jackrabbits, mice, rats, gophers, squirrels.  That's one reason I like the coyotes coming around.

We had a snake recently.  I posted of photo of it eating one of our local lizards.  The lizards are always scampering around outside.  

We also have hawks circling overhead almost every day.  I've seen eagles a couple of times sitting in our trees, and one time we had a group of turkey vultures fly by.  

We used to have families of quail every spring, but they stopped showing up a few years ago. I don't know why.

There was a bear sighting for the first time that I can recall in our local mountains recently.  There are bears in the other mountain ranges nearby, but this was the first time one was spotted here in the coastal range where we live, that I know of.

There are also ducks and geese.  I've had mallards land in our pool a few times, but we chase them away immediately before they bring their whole flock.

I should also mention raccoons, skunks and opossums.

And owls.  I hear the owls almost every night.

All this right in the city of Los Angeles.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5.3.2    one month ago

Hopefully there are no wildfires near you.  When I was on the sacred Buddhist Mount Emei in Sichuan Province I took photos of the wild monkeys and chipmunk that were beside me, but I've never seen a squirrel in China yet.  Maybe they were known to taste good.  LOL

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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6  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

Some shots from around the yard.

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Buzz of the Orient
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6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @6    one month ago

Very creative work on your part, and lucky to have very good subjects to photograph as well. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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6.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.1    one month ago

Thank you Buzz.  I do love my property.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

Did you photoshop me into your second shot?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7    one month ago

LOL.  Good thing Jules Verne didn't see your avatar.

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Hal A. Lujah
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7.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7    one month ago

It is a rather striking resemblance.  I got a good deal on a couple of these guys on Craigslist.

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Drinker of the Wry
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7.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7.2    one month ago

Perhaps cousins from my father’s side.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
8  shona1    one month ago

Morning..poor fozzy is cold..curled up and fast asleep in the gumtree..

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Buzz of the Orient
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8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8    one month ago

I'm sure you're not unhappy because al least then it was quiet.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
8.1.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1    one month ago

Ahh they do carry on during the day at times but it's mainly at night..

They also quieten down during winter though this one was clomping along my fence at 2am heading towards a tree .

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8.1.1    one month ago

The only noise I have to put up with at night is screaming female cats in heat and dogs barking.  I have no problem with thunder once in a while - I've always loved thunder and lightning storms, especially night storms at my lakeside home where we had a velux roof window over our bed. 

 
 
 
shona1
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8.1.3  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.2    one month ago

Ahhh the joys of living in cities..

Not for me I am afraid..give me the country any day..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8.1.3    one month ago

For me, there was a time when I was tempted to buy a farm up near Algonquin Park, but that was before I was married and had kids.  Now, these days, at my age, I prefer to be close to all conveniences, including not too far from a hospital. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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9  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

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Beachcombers at Moonrise, Cape May, New Jersey

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
shona1
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10  shona1    one month ago
Arvo... great photo Mac.. Hard to beat the stars and moon for photos..
 
 
 
Kavika
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11  Kavika     one month ago

Ocala, Florida is known as the Horse Capital of the World and rightly so. 

This is a photo of Gypsy Gold Horse Farms near our home and the horse is known as a Gypsy Vanner.

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Photo taken from the internet.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @11    one month ago

Hope the pythons don't get big enough to eat one - it could make the expression "I could eat a horse" come to life.  

 
 
 
shona1
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11.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @11    one month ago

Evening...what a stunning horse..

I am not particularly fond of horses but that is a magnificent animal..

 
 
 
Kavika
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11.2.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @11.2    one month ago

I've been to the Gypsy Gold Farm and seen this horse up close. It is simply beautiful, there are no other words for it.

 
 
 
devangelical
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11.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @11.2.1    one month ago

sorry, but I cannot imagine any self respecting NA on the back of that horse ...

 
 
 
devangelical
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11.2.3  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @11.2.2    one month ago

meh, maybe I've seen too many westerns...

 
 
 
Kavika
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11.2.4  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @11.2.3    one month ago

LMAO

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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11.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @11    one month ago

I follow the Facebook page of a farm in Oregon that raises Gypsy Vanners.  Their horses, while generally well-behaved, are mischievous and full of personality.  They seem to love a good joke, even one played on themselves (sometimes by themselves).

 
 
 
Kavika
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11.3.1  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @11.3    one month ago

They do have a personality and a fun one at that.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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12  sandy-2021492    one month ago

Met a box turtle this evening while walking the dog.

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Buzz of the Orient
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12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @12    one month ago

The only time I've seen turtles here is if they're in a store that sells them (could be for food or pets) and my wife's nephew had one as a pet that I recall seeing in their home. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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13  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Encountered this big female Snapping Turtle on the way to fishing.

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Walked around her. Waaaaaay around her.

© A.Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
shona1
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13.1  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    one month ago

Morning... nope no snapping turtles here...but we have a few other things that go snap...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @13.1    one month ago

Rice Krispies?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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13.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  shona1 @13.1    one month ago

Wait, we have meaner versions of a reptile than Australia?

Who knew?

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
13.1.3  shona1  replied to  sandy-2021492 @13.1.2    one month ago

We have snappy turtles but they are quite shy, not vicious and not related to your turtles...and better looking..

We are greatful for small mercies..

😁 Not my photo..

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sandy-2021492
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13.1.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  shona1 @13.1.3    one month ago

Our snapping turtles are moody.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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14  Gsquared    one month ago

I brought this sea turtle carving back from the Kingdom of Tonga.  

"Fonu" (© G.Gam)

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Buzz of the Orient
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14.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @14    one month ago

A sea turtle that you landed that we can see - one you can point to and say "see sea turtle".

My God, that was so corny I hope it isn't a sign I'm approaching dementia.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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14.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1    one month ago

Oy

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @14.1.1    one month ago

A fitting response.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @14.1.1    one month ago

A fitting response.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1.3    one month ago

Holy smoke.  My reply wasn't that memorable that it had to be repeated.

 
 
 
shona1
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14.2  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @14    one month ago

Arvo..

A wooden turtle I bought in Vanuatu a few years ago...

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Gsquared
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14.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @14.2    one month ago

Very cool.  Did you enjoy your visit to Vanuatu?  I've read a lot about it and it seems like an interesting place.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
14.2.2  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @14.2.1    one month ago

Evening...yes very nice place... but I would not go there on a cruise ship again..would fly and stay at a resort etc...and then do your own thing in your own time..

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
14.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @14.2.2    one month ago

We usually travel independently and set our own schedules.  We did take a cruise in SE Asia a few years ago that was a lot of fun and we saw a whole lot of places we might not have otherwise visited.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Calling this one; one of our most interesting I believe. Thanks everyone. Back Thursday.

 
 

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