Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Mar 16, 2020

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.

We live near a river in Maryland. About a year ago, I saw an eagle eating a fish (fish is near the water's edge on the right). All of a sudden, another eagle swooped in……"Food Fight"!

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@user_ch32491d1

We live near a river in Maryland. About a year ago, I saw an eagle eating a fish (fish is near the water's edge on the right). All of a sudden, another eagle swooped in……"Food Fight"!

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Nice photo!

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@johnbishop

Your wish is my command @colleenyoung — Happy Wednesday! even if I my friendly Old School House Cafe is closed for my scheduled lunch date 🙂

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Thanks for the bunting picture, @johnbishop. @user_ch32491d1 witnessing that eagle food fight must have taken your breath away. Did you have a camera already set up?

My office window overlooks my backyard. It's a small, urban yard with a large apricot tree. There are so many birds despite the city setting. I see cardinals, blue jays, juncos all the time practically nose to beak since my office is on the second floor. A pair of red tail hawks live in the neighborhood too and frequently swoop by. I have binoculars, but my camera is never at the ready. Instead I play citizen scientist and just started recording my sightings here: https://ebird.org/home I like the thought that something I enjoy advances science.

More bird pics tomorrow?

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@colleenyoung

Thanks for the bunting picture, @johnbishop. @user_ch32491d1 witnessing that eagle food fight must have taken your breath away. Did you have a camera already set up?

My office window overlooks my backyard. It's a small, urban yard with a large apricot tree. There are so many birds despite the city setting. I see cardinals, blue jays, juncos all the time practically nose to beak since my office is on the second floor. A pair of red tail hawks live in the neighborhood too and frequently swoop by. I have binoculars, but my camera is never at the ready. Instead I play citizen scientist and just started recording my sightings here: https://ebird.org/home I like the thought that something I enjoy advances science.

More bird pics tomorrow?

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@colleenyoung, I saw the first eagle eating and took my camera outside to photograph it. I was lucky to be there when the second eagle appeared!

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@johnbishop

Nice photo!

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Thank you, @johnbishop!

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@johnbishop

Nice photo!

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@johnbishop One time recently I saw a golden eagle beautiful site those feathers where half golden on his wings he was just soaring up in the blue sky

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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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First pop of spring, village flower bed. Summerhill, County Meath, Ireland. I agree, connecting with nature will help us stay calm. Thank you.

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@johnbishop

@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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I like this photo. I only take snapshots with my phone, but I do take a number along the way. I am a widow and live with Wally my little Shizue (spelling?). We live in a retirement community. I create greeting cards and paint rocks for a hobby. 🙂 . Also make Fairy Lanterns.

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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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Maggie, I love your story of your wonderful howling hound! What a gift he must be as you grieve and what a joy to learn of his patience. Thank you for sharing.

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@bern1958

First pop of spring, village flower bed. Summerhill, County Meath, Ireland. I agree, connecting with nature will help us stay calm. Thank you.

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Beautiful!..and filled with such promise!! Thank you.

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@liz223

I like this photo. I only take snapshots with my phone, but I do take a number along the way. I am a widow and live with Wally my little Shizue (spelling?). We live in a retirement community. I create greeting cards and paint rocks for a hobby. 🙂 . Also make Fairy Lanterns.

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Obivious that Wally is the King of the Manse! What a cutie and still life is lovely. So many talented new friends in this connect group!

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@parus– Good morning. Would you like to share some of your drawings and paintings? You are very talented!

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