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.

@gingerw

@johnbishop We have wild blackberries in the vacant lots behind us, and I merrily gathered them last year. We pulled out most of those stinking invasive blackberries on our northern edge of property. While I thought they were helping to hold up the hillside, I found they were instead covering up a beautifully rock terraced section pouring into a flat spot. Long term plans are to develop that area into a resting nook with bench and flowers.

The deer have discovered my baby yellow roses. But here is a rich red one from next to it, that they don't touch.
Ginger

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@gingerw They are definitely invasive. I think the name of it is Roseleaf Bramble (Rubus rosifolius) but I'm not sure. They are all over our neighborhood in the wooded area.

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@johnbishop

@gingerw They are definitely invasive. I think the name of it is Roseleaf Bramble (Rubus rosifolius) but I'm not sure. They are all over our neighborhood in the wooded area.

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@gingerw The older roses remember had a beautiful smell and are invasive but the newer breed of roses don't have that lovely smell Wonder if it is the smell of them that brings the deer or not?

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@lioness Critters are hard to figure – they will march down a row of identical plants, devouring all of them one year, in another they may selectively munch a hfew. This year, I saw the deer hoofprints, but they ate the columbine they supposedly don't like and left the hostas alone. We also have Japanese beetles and rose sawflies that devour my white roses and leave the red ones in the same bed alone (different varieties of the same cold hardy shrub rose with no scent to speak of.) Who knows?
Sue

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@johnbishop

I definitely have to keep my eye on these and bring my bucket on my next walk in my back lot. I have oodles of these wild raspberries along the border of the wooded area and noticed they are starting to ripen (taste good too!). Just wished the mosquitoes weren't as bad as they are now due to all the rain we've had lately. Sigh…it is the Minnesota state bird though 🙂

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@johnbishop, Oh, John! I'm salivating all over the place!!! Our walking river and canoe fishing trips while living in Duluth, had us happening upon wild strawberries. Each time, I'd leave the fishing to "himself" and greedily gather those tiny, best ever little jewels. Didn't have the pleasure of finding wild raspberries but can only imagine the delight! Only a bucket? Why not a barrel????

Thanks, too for the clarification. I'd mistakenly thought until now that Alaska's state bird was the mosquito. Can vouche for the fact that both states top TX, which is inclined to tout being the "best and biggest" . Like comparing gnats to helicopters!!! LOL

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@gingerw

@johnbishop We have wild blackberries in the vacant lots behind us, and I merrily gathered them last year. We pulled out most of those stinking invasive blackberries on our northern edge of property. While I thought they were helping to hold up the hillside, I found they were instead covering up a beautifully rock terraced section pouring into a flat spot. Long term plans are to develop that area into a resting nook with bench and flowers.

The deer have discovered my baby yellow roses. But here is a rich red one from next to it, that they don't touch.
Ginger

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@gingerw, Gorgeous roses, Ginger! My neighbor has three lovely bushes. Two have no aroma but one is divine!!

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I posted this but not on so will repost a rose Never saw this kind with white

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@lioness

I posted this but not on so will repost a rose Never saw this kind with white

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@jakedduck1, Hi, Leonard, haven't seen a post from you for awhile…maybe you got caught in the kitchen becoming a royal chef????
Mebbe I got lost and missed some of your more recent posts; it happens! Hope you are doing well?

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@jakedduck1 How are you Leonard haven't heard from you are you doing o.k.

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@lioness

I posted this but not on so will repost a rose Never saw this kind with white

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Beautiful flower and colour.

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Uninvited guests. [For the legalistas, I want to make it clear, we are not 'baiting,' or 'feeding' wildlife.] This mom & 3 babies just showed up at the cats' dish. This is the closest thing to a usable photo I got. I have a whole slew of the backs of their heads and butts.

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@zeiracorp

Uninvited guests. [For the legalistas, I want to make it clear, we are not 'baiting,' or 'feeding' wildlife.] This mom & 3 babies just showed up at the cats' dish. This is the closest thing to a usable photo I got. I have a whole slew of the backs of their heads and butts.

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Love this!

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@rwinney

Love this!

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Thank you!

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@zeiracorp

Uninvited guests. [For the legalistas, I want to make it clear, we are not 'baiting,' or 'feeding' wildlife.] This mom & 3 babies just showed up at the cats' dish. This is the closest thing to a usable photo I got. I have a whole slew of the backs of their heads and butts.

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@zeiracorp Raccoons are notoriously critters of opportunity. Cat food, dog food, baby ducks/chicks are all fair game. Around here besides the raccoons, people deal with foxes and skunks getting into pet food and small babiy farm animals. But they sure are cuties!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@zeiracorp Raccoons are notoriously critters of opportunity. Cat food, dog food, baby ducks/chicks are all fair game. Around here besides the raccoons, people deal with foxes and skunks getting into pet food and small babiy farm animals. But they sure are cuties!
Ginger

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We see raccoons a lot around here. Skunks sometimes, groundhogs, rabbits (love the rabbits), foxes, coyotes (heard but only seen a couple dead ones), and where I live lots of bears. We live on top a ridge and it is loaded with bears. I always use a powerful flashlight to scan the whole place before I step outside at night. Monday night a young bear went across the road in front of my car, climbed over the guiderail and disappeared down over the road bank. They always startle me.

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@zeiracorp

We see raccoons a lot around here. Skunks sometimes, groundhogs, rabbits (love the rabbits), foxes, coyotes (heard but only seen a couple dead ones), and where I live lots of bears. We live on top a ridge and it is loaded with bears. I always use a powerful flashlight to scan the whole place before I step outside at night. Monday night a young bear went across the road in front of my car, climbed over the guiderail and disappeared down over the road bank. They always startle me.

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@zeiracorp Yep, bear and coyote here, and seeing wolves also. Lots of deer [they ate some of my roses this year]. Also some cougar. As there are few street lights, no stop lights in this little town, dusk and dawn are like a freeway of animals. Neighbor across the street captures some great images on his game cam.
Ginger

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