Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Mon, Mar 16 6:25pm

Let's create a space to offer a daily reprieve.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty and fear into our lives. Some of that fear and uncertainty can be caused by over thinking what is going on or unnecessarily worrying. So, I'm making sure I wash my hands frequently, not touching my face, staying away from social gatherings and all of the recommended guidelines to help avoid getting or spreading COVID-19 but it can be a little boring. I try to not watch news all day long while I'm in this self imposed captivity. I like to take pictures of birds and other creatures from my window as a welcome break.

I invite you to join me in sharing pictures, favorite poems, sayings, mottos, funny moments. Let's take a daily break together.

Thank you. Your words are calming. I will enjoy looking at your pictures. Won't be posting any as I am a lousy photographer.

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I'll get us started. Here's a picture I snapped in our driveway last Summer. I live on the side of a small hill. The other side of the hill is a flat area next to a small river. Had I not been observant I possibly could have driven over the small guy. Can you guess what kind? My guess is a baby snapping turtle. Even though we had a ton of rain around the time I took the photo, I have no idea how that baby turtle got over the hill and down to my driveway. I carefully picked the little guy up and walked him back over the hill down by the river then set him free.

How about you, anything you would like to share? I need some cheer, otherwise it's back to the boob tube to find a good comedy.

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@johnbishop

I'll get us started. Here's a picture I snapped in our driveway last Summer. I live on the side of a small hill. The other side of the hill is a flat area next to a small river. Had I not been observant I possibly could have driven over the small guy. Can you guess what kind? My guess is a baby snapping turtle. Even though we had a ton of rain around the time I took the photo, I have no idea how that baby turtle got over the hill and down to my driveway. I carefully picked the little guy up and walked him back over the hill down by the river then set him free.

How about you, anything you would like to share? I need some cheer, otherwise it's back to the boob tube to find a good comedy.

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@johnbishop It IS a sweet little snapping turtle! Haven't seen one in ages. I used to have a frog that lived in the back yard near the patio. His name was Freddy. I miss him. Now have a small sparrow that lives in the rafters of the back porch. I wish I could get a picture of her/him, but she/'he is shy. As for funny, I get a kick out of my 4 dogs' antics. We are a pack. When the big dog–rottweiler/lab mix hows, I like to how with him.

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@johnbishop It IS a sweet little snapping turtle! Haven't seen one in ages. I used to have a frog that lived in the back yard near the patio. His name was Freddy. I miss him. Now have a small sparrow that lives in the rafters of the back porch. I wish I could get a picture of her/him, but she/'he is shy. As for funny, I get a kick out of my 4 dogs' antics. We are a pack. When the big dog–rottweiler/lab mix hows, I like to how with him.

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@alamogal635, You painted a great picture with your words! I can relate to talking or howling with the pets. I find myself talking to my cats all the time. Even they don't listen to me much, unless of course it's feeding time 🙂

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@johnbishop Thank you. I'm glad we have our furry friends with us. Cats rule in one's house as I understand. Of course, dog do too, but in a different way. Not ashamed to say I spoil them rotten and love it. .

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I have a 14 yr. old coon hound who several times a day leads me to the piano where he howls with great passion as I repeatedly play “You Are My Sweetheart, My Only Sweetheart..” And should I miss a key he patiently waits til I make the correction!! He is such a blessing- was my husband’s dog; my husband passed last year & I am so grateful for Brady’s company- he reads my every mood & is such a comfort especially when I am overtaken by sadness.

Maggie 45

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@alamogal635

@johnbishop It IS a sweet little snapping turtle! Haven't seen one in ages. I used to have a frog that lived in the back yard near the patio. His name was Freddy. I miss him. Now have a small sparrow that lives in the rafters of the back porch. I wish I could get a picture of her/him, but she/'he is shy. As for funny, I get a kick out of my 4 dogs' antics. We are a pack. When the big dog–rottweiler/lab mix hows, I like to how with him.

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@alamogal635, Right now I am enjoying my cup of coffee and I can hear the birds chirping as spring is coming here in central KY. I like to watch as they build gather grasses to build their nests. I bet you enjoy watching that little sparrow come and go!
I am not very good at bird photos. I do better with plants if the wind is calm!

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@maggie45

I have a 14 yr. old coon hound who several times a day leads me to the piano where he howls with great passion as I repeatedly play “You Are My Sweetheart, My Only Sweetheart..” And should I miss a key he patiently waits til I make the correction!! He is such a blessing- was my husband’s dog; my husband passed last year & I am so grateful for Brady’s company- he reads my every mood & is such a comfort especially when I am overtaken by sadness.

Maggie 45

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@maggie45, What a beautiful story! When painful realities want to hold us down, you have found a way to find joy. Thank you for the inspiration.
Have you seen this discussion, Music Helps Me ? I think that your "You Are My Sweetheart " duet with your coon hound, Brady, is worth repeating there. Here is the link.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/music-helps-me/

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I'm always changing-up wallpaper on my machine. I like photos and also digital creations.

I've done a lot of photography in my life, but haven't been inspired for a long time (and I'm still not).
I have a fully charged Nikon D200 (one of my favorite cameras) sitting here with the batteries just slowly draining and no new photos on it. We do have some bald eagles that are nesting around here and they visit all around my house fairly close. I'd like to get a couple telephoto shots of them. I don't have any "real" glass, just consumer-grade crapola (70-300) but it might be worth a walk outside if they come back and the light is ok. Today it's raining and about as dismal, unphotographic a day as one could ask for.

In normal times I frequent thrift shops. Lately I seem to be acquiring a small collection of P&S digital cameras in the 12MP range. I have two Canons, a Nikon, and just got a Sony for $10. A few months ago I found an ancient and perfectly preserved Olympus 450 (something like one and a half megapixels). That was a $500 camera when it came out around 2000. Still has a good piece of glass on it (Olympus was known for making some amazing optics on small pocket-sized cameras – I had an XA 35mm which would make sharp 11x14s with the right film, something like Kodak Tech Pan at ISO25). So they are sitting there with the batteries going dead too. :

My workplace sent us all home from work because of the COVID-19 outbreak. So now I'm sitting at home worrying about a job that was driving me crazy anyway. Glad to be away from there for a while,but still getting sporadic emails that keep me stressed wondering what is going on and if I'll have a job to return to.

I listen to music.

I can't seem to calm down enough (mostly because of work stress from a VERY toxic work environment) to sit through a movie despite having multiple sources of streaming movies online.

I am a site administrator of a discussion forum but that is just another source of stress. I sort of got drafted into that (no one wants that). Been trying to extricate myself from it but can't seem to escape.

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@zeiracorp, I have a Canon SX-50 HS which I bought specifically for the 200x optical zoom. I'm not really a photographer but I do enjoy taking photos from my window with the camera using the zoom. I didn't use the zoom much for this photo of my neighbor's cat having a face off with my cat. Funny story is that the cat outside is now one of mine as my neighbor's son was allergic to cats and they couldn't keep her and asked if I would take her.

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@zeiracorp, I have a Canon SX-50 HS which I bought specifically for the 200x optical zoom. I'm not really a photographer but I do enjoy taking photos from my window with the camera using the zoom. I didn't use the zoom much for this photo of my neighbor's cat having a face off with my cat. Funny story is that the cat outside is now one of mine as my neighbor's son was allergic to cats and they couldn't keep her and asked if I would take her.

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We have the exact same scene at our house every morning. Two black cats "talking" to each other through the front window. I'm not going to photograph it because my front window is dirty (LOL).

A photographer friend actually *gave* me a Canon 5D body. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos5d/
I wish I had some L series glass to put in front of it. My lenses are crummy.

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Thank you, John, for the pics and your cheerful message. My cats rule my house. Had a pet racoon years ago (outside on deck). She first came for food around noon; I knew she wasn't rabid, because her eyes were fine. For several years,she would appear in springtime evenings with her babies, usually three or four. Such fun to see and feed them. Had a squirrel also, who ate bread from my hand. How wonderful is our animal kingdom! Good luck to you and everyone.
Nancy

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Nikon D200; Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO; Taken just this morning. Shot through a glass window. Can't seem to get a sharp image out of this rig, even if not shooting through a window (so I went with an unsharp treatment). Lens is not dirty, but the whole camera has been sitting for a while.

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@zeiracorp

Nikon D200; Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO; Taken just this morning. Shot through a glass window. Can't seem to get a sharp image out of this rig, even if not shooting through a window (so I went with an unsharp treatment). Lens is not dirty, but the whole camera has been sitting for a while.

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@zeiracorp, Nice photo! I occasionally get a blurry photo too. Most of the time when I'm not using my tripod to take the photo. I think most blurry shots are due to camera movement…hard to hold really still unless you can brace your hand holding the camera. I mostly use the auto setting on my camera so you can tell I'm an amateur 🙂 Another trick if your camera has it, is to use the "sports" setting where it snaps a series of photos when you take the picture. Then you can look through the photos taken to see if you have a photo that is clear. This was taken through the window with my camera on a tripod and auto setting.

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@zeiracorp, Nice photo! I occasionally get a blurry photo too. Most of the time when I'm not using my tripod to take the photo. I think most blurry shots are due to camera movement…hard to hold really still unless you can brace your hand holding the camera. I mostly use the auto setting on my camera so you can tell I'm an amateur 🙂 Another trick if your camera has it, is to use the "sports" setting where it snaps a series of photos when you take the picture. Then you can look through the photos taken to see if you have a photo that is clear. This was taken through the window with my camera on a tripod and auto setting.

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I'm hoping a lot of it is just camera movement. I rarely use a tripod (when I know I should), and I shoot incessantly on Program because I am very lazy, lol.
Ok, you got me moving a little. I got out the Canon 5D and threw the 70-300USM on it.
Through the same window.
I think the Canon and its lens did a lot better. That little cat hangs around under the bird feeders and harasses the birds. He is too slow to catch one, but he has a nice personality.
Your dove picture looks good. They are such pretty, peaceful little birds.

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