This Morning in My Backyard ~ CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY

  
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This Morning in My Backyard ~ CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY
 

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    6 days ago

What's in your backyard?

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.1  It Is ME  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    6 days ago
What's in your backyard?

Fun Work ! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

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Should have it done as a Christmas present for my Grandkids to have fun on. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

Oh....and for my kids to have fun with too ! jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

Have had many Hawks, Squirrels, Snakes, a ferret or two, an otter, possums, raccons and a few owls out back, but they're quicker than I am when I try and grab the camera. Damned if I can figure out how most of the "Non-Flyers" get in my backyard though.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    6 days ago

No backyard where I am, unless everything surrounding my apartment building could be considered backyard.  In Toronto, I had a swimming pool in my backyard, and in Spring and Autumn a pair of ducks spent a day on it in their migration both ways. However, most of my photos, being pre-digital, are back in storage there. 

I would have had a huge back yard with lots of wildlife had I been smart and bought this farm for $15,000 back in the 1970s - 300 acres, consisting of a 35 acre wholly contained spring-fed clean lake, 65 acres cleared, the rest forest, and a tight little farmhouse set far back from the rural gravel road in a remote Ontario location.  My life would have been very different if I had. 

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Raven Wing
1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    6 days ago

Mac, both the Fox and the Deer are truly beautiful and realistic in color and image. Very impressive indeed.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    6 days ago

Let's come up with quotations from movies for A'Mac's photo of a buck.  My suggestion is:

"Here's lookin' at YOU, kid."  (Casablanca)

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.5  igknorantzrulz  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 days ago

What's in your backyard?

Which backyard of yours were shots taken from, North or South ?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.5.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.5    5 days ago

My backyard is in the city of Philadelphia which fortunately has preserved many square miles of forests and waterways. Philly has the largest wild population of white-tailed deer of any urban area in the world! And my backyard is right at the edge of one of those forested areas.

I think thats what your question was asking about? Or were you asking whether the shot was taken in the Poconos or in Philly?

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.5.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.5.1    5 days ago

The Pocono Philly question was mine.

If you recall, my grandmother lived only a few blocks from your Philly home in Pennypack park watershed  on Decatur, and i'm also a frequenter of the Pocono's near you such as Robinhood Lakes, Towamincin Trails, Jonas, Indian Mtn Lakes, Jim Thorpe, Boulder Field, etc  

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2  JaneDoe    6 days ago

Peace!!

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A. Macarthur
2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  JaneDoe @2    6 days ago

Peace in a backyard is as good as anything that could be in a backyard!

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.1  JaneDoe  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1    6 days ago

I have to agree!

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2.1.2  JaneDoe  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1    6 days ago

The evening view is even more peaceful.

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Buzz of the Orient
2.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2.1.2    6 days ago

So it is, and slightly different as well. 

 
 
 
Kavika
2.2  Kavika   replied to  JaneDoe @2    6 days ago

Do I see bass in pond?

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2.2.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Kavika @2.2    6 days ago

Probably. There are a few neighbors who take their boats out to fish quite often. Not sure what they catch but they do catch! We were told by the neighbors when we moved here that it is a spring fed lake.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.2.2  Kavika   replied to  JaneDoe @2.2.1    6 days ago

What area/state is that JaneDoe? 

From the palm tree it would have to be a southern or west coast area.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2.2.3  JaneDoe  replied to  Kavika @2.2.2    6 days ago

Yes, we retired our snow shovels last winter and headed down south! 

 
 
 
Kavika
2.2.4  Kavika   replied to  JaneDoe @2.2.3    6 days ago

Welcome to the land of ''no snow''...

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.2.5  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @2.2    6 days ago

Where’s my fly rod and bass poppers?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @2    6 days ago

You're lucky to have such a beautiful and peaceful view.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
2.3.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.3    5 days ago

Yes we are. We spend a lot of our time out there. Nature is beautiful!

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     6 days ago

Hi, my name is Carmella. I spend some time in Kavika's back yard but if you want I can visit you.

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†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    6 days ago
What's in my backyard?

Last month my 8 year old German Shepherd Fanta passed away suddenly. I got a call and ran home, she ate then went up stairs layed on her bed and took a breath and was gone. When i walked in my sons were trying to revive her. Poor kids, she wasn't coming back. She felt no pain, it was quick and I take comfort in that.

After a week of misery at the house my wife insisted we visit the breeder I befriended years ago. She had a litter the day Fanta passed and my wife wanted to look at the parents. I knew this meant my wallet would be emptied and we'd be coming home with a dog.

My breeder had recently purchased a litter from Croatia to acquire a few females for breeding. After losing the negotiating battle with this old German lady, I was cleaned out but meet Jewel.

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She's six months old, I walk her every morning at 7:00 am. It took her just a week or so to leash train. She sits the minute I stop as we worked on. She stays, She knows the leave it command and heels. I tried to give her treats early in the leash training but she just rather take praise. I've never had a pup so eager to train. She's a bundle of joy.

She can't replace Fanta but she is keeping me busy. My male shepherd stopped eating and I was sure he would die. He's 11 and spent the days without fanta waiting by the window hoping she was coming back. It's amazing what a puppy can do. He is really enjoying her. 

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A. Macarthur
4.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

As the owner of a rescued dog, I appreciate how anyone who loses a beloved animal must feel and grieve.

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†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4.1.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  A. Macarthur @4.1    6 days ago

Isn't that the truth.

I waited till my drives in to work but i wept hysterically. (Rough week of allergies, LOL) Fanta was not a dog, she was a full fledged member of our family.

 
 
 
pat wilson
4.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4.1.1    6 days ago

I imagine all the people who lost pets in the California wildfires feel the same.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4.1.3  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  pat wilson @4.1.2    6 days ago

I can't imagine Pat. That is awful.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4.1.1    6 days ago

No shame in weeping when a special pet dies.  I admit I cried longer and harder than I did when my parents died when my cat (that appears as this month's Cat Adorers group avatar) died.  He was my buddy for 17 years. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.1.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  pat wilson @4.1.2    5 days ago

Thank you for thinking of us.jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Sunshine
4.2  Sunshine  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

I am sorry Fish. Our pets are our family. 

 
 
 
JaneDoe
4.3  JaneDoe  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

So sorry for your families loss. German shepherds are the best dogs.

Jewel is beautiful. 

 
 
 
charger 383
4.4  charger 383  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

sorry for your loss of Fanta.  Jewel looks like a fine pup and I like the picture of the 2 dogs

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
4.5  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

Beautiful. As a kid, the first dog I remember was a German Shepherd named Pepper. He was given to my father by an Amish gentleman as a thank you  for my dad giving him a ride into and back from town..................And that dog loved and protected the family. My sister was just a toddler and we lived on a farm. If we played in the front yard and she started moving toward the road, he would nudge her back and sometimes even knock her gently over to keep her from going any farther.

We lived 9 miles from where I went to school and all my friends lived there. My brother and I used to ride our bikes for the day to see them and he would follow us all the way, both ways.

Got hit by a neighbor teen speeding down the road and broke his back. We had to put him down. Loved that dog.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.5.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4.5    5 days ago
My sister was just a toddler and we lived on a farm. If we played in the front yard and she started moving toward the road, he would nudge her back and sometimes even knock her gently over to keep her from going any farther.

We had a mutt that would do the same thing.  If any of "his" kids, and that included us, neighbor kids, visitor, any and all kids, even looked toward the road, he would move between us and the road and herd us back away from it.  Even we older kids who were out watching the younger ones.

An asshole neighbor shot him.  He used to walk with us down to the bus stop, then back home.  Still protecting his kids.  One day, he didn't come home, and another neighbor found him and brought him to my mom.  Only dog she ever cried over.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
4.5.2  JaneDoe  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.5.1    5 days ago
An asshole neighbor shot him

Definitely an asshole! Another reason I like animals more than some people.

 
 
 
Ender
4.6  Ender  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago

Sorry to hear that BF. Did they know what caused it? Seems young.

I have heard Shepherds can be head strong and harder to train.

Very loyal though.

The puppy looks big until seen next to the new bro.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
4.7  KDMichigan  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago
Last month my 8 year old German Shepherd Fanta passed away suddenly.

That sucks. I have a 14 year old dog that I have convinced myself could go any day. 

I was raised by two German Shepherd brothers since the day I was born, I don't recall my age when they died but it was a road with chickens on the other side that got them. Best baby sitters ever.  

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.8  MrFrost  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    6 days ago
Last month my 8 year old German Shepherd Fanta passed away suddenly.

That sucks. Pets are family for me, it stings when they go, that's for sure. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5  Just Jim NC TttH    6 days ago

These folks come out in the early evening.

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Wife calls them and has a few apples and carrots she tosses out a couple times a week.

 
 
 
MrFrost
5.1  MrFrost  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5    6 days ago

Very cool. In the spring I had a mama with two fawns barely bigger than a medium sized dog hanging around my backyard, (eating the leaves off my plum tree!!!!). Also saw a bobcat right outside my window 3 weeks ago. Was just sitting here at my desk and through the blinds I saw something moving and I assumed it was one of my cats, then...it dawned on me that it was too big. So I got up and looked out the side window and he was right on the other side of the glass looking at me. I reached for my phone and when I looked back? Gone. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6  Raven Wing    6 days ago

Hoping everyone has a great weekend....

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MrFrost
6.1  MrFrost  replied to  Raven Wing @6    6 days ago

I love that picture. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6    6 days ago

No less beautiful than the first time I saw it. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @6    5 days ago

Thank you so much MrFrost and Buzz. I am glad that you like it. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
7  MrFrost    6 days ago

A few of my backyard. Didn't take time to crop or any of that stuff. Still a little ways to go as far as clean up goes, maybe tomorrow. 

In any case, my back yard extends 550 feet from the back of my house and beyond that is 2500 acres of forest. So, yea, I live in a forest. Very secluded, rush hour is two cars going by the house in 1 hour. Quiet out here, I love it. 

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The one above...that's a dead maple, been working on cutting it down but it's EXTREMELY dry, so cutting it down is a little risky because the limbs up top tend to shatter as it falls. 

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Picture above. ATTN: Sandy...

Just left of center there is a stand of small skinny maples, just to the right of those, there is a trail I put in last year with an excavator. It goes about 200 feet down into the brush. At the end of that was where I cut the tree down, (~140 foot fir, for firewood), then I had to cut it up, and hand carry every bloody piece all the way up to the house. It doesn't show much in the picture, but from about the center of the picture to the left it drops off dramatically. 

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The one above. Trying to fill in the gap with soil, but I ran out of road so I will have to finish it in the spring. It's mostly clay up here so I can't drive on the lawn to get back to where I need the soil. The soil is up against a 6x6 timber, one of 60, on the other side it drops off 10 feet. It's a retaining wall, what a massive pain in the ass that was to build. Took this picture today, (11/7/19) at 4:23pm. Love this time of year, but it gets dark really early.  This is looking at my neighbors house that's about 250 yards through the trees. 

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Same picture, slightly different angle. To give it some scale. That old dead maple is 110 feet from the camera. The fir tree right behind it is ~110 feet tall. In the foreground is my burn pit.. Still some scraps and brush to get rid of. 

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Last one. My new hot tub. Not a great picture. It's on the deck I just got done building, which is 18'x9'. The tub itself is 300 pounds, getting it up onto the deck which is 36 inches high was.....not fun. I didn't think I would need the step that comes with it, and I was being cheap, but...I needed the step. The sides of the tub are fairly high and I got tired of racking my yam sack on the sides.. I borrowed the neighbors stair step exercise thingy to get in and out until the step that's made for the tub to gets here. 

Most of these pictures were taken from the hot tub. 

Anyway, that's my backyard. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @7    6 days ago

What kind of wildlife and birds do you see there in your woods?

 
 
 
MrFrost
7.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1    5 days ago

Bobcats, black bear, coyote, mountain lion, deer and an elk or two. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @7.1.1    5 days ago

That's quite a menagerie - almost like a trip to the zoo.

 
 
 
MrFrost
7.1.3  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    5 days ago

That's quite a menagerie - almost like a trip to the zoo.

It is indeed. I have seen each one of those listed at least once.. Bear, twice. They are pretty skittish. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8  author  A. Macarthur    5 days ago

Yeah … bears.

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Buzz of the Orient
8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @8    5 days ago

Yeah...bears.  I have no back yard for wildlife, so I went to THEIR back yard.  I took this photo at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province, China.  I call this guy FDR. 

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igknorantzrulz
8.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1    5 days ago

Panera Bred ?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  igknorantzrulz @8.1.1    5 days ago

???  I don't know what that means.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.2    4 days ago

I think the Paniera bred reference is a pun on “breeding” ... it’s a coffee shop type eatery in the U.S. .

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
8.1.4  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.2    4 days ago

???  I don't know what that means.

AMac does, and did explain and simple, a stupid play on words, that which  i attempt on o k assion

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.1.3    4 days ago

I'm not familiar with those eateries, and I know that bread in French is "pain", so it was kind of hard for me to know what he meant.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
9  author  A. Macarthur    4 days ago

Paniera 🥯 BREAD

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @9    4 days ago

Oh, maybe that's "bread" in Spanish. In Canada we study French, not Spanish.

 
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @9.1.1    4 days ago

Thanks, Sandy.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10  Raven Wing    4 days ago

I don't have a backyard where I live now, but, before I moved here 5 years ago I had one. 

One afternoon while I was sitting out on the patio I happened to look up in the nearby palm tree and noticed an odd looking bird sitting on a branch. I had never seen a bird like that before and didn't know what it was. It didn't seem to be afraid, didn't fly away when I walked closer to the tree to get a better look, and was still there when I woke up the next morning. So I got my camera and took some pictures. The next morning it was gone. I posted the pictures at the time and Mac told me it was a Juvenile Night Heron. 

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I was surprised to learn what it was, as there was no nearby lake, river or other body of water that such a bird might be attracted to. And that it was so  blasé  and fearless as I talked to it while i walked around and took pictures also seemed odd for a bird.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @10    4 days ago

Perhaps the story of that bird is that due to some misfortune it was raised by humans.  When birds are raised by humans they could be more comfortable, less frightened by their presence.  That could also explain its distance from water.  Have you ever watched the movie "Fly Away Home"?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    4 days ago
Have you ever watched the movie "Fly Away Home"?

No I have never seen that movie. However, your suggestion that it was raised by humans does make sense. 

 
 
 
lib50
11  lib50    3 days ago

I love seeing all the pictures.  We've recently moved to Washington, and my husband took this picture from our front porch back in August. 

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Buzz of the Orient
11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  lib50 @11    3 days ago

I wanted to come up with one word to describe how that photo struck me, and it was "regal". (rhymes with Eagle).

 
 
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