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.

@mayofeb2020

@artscaping. Thank you. My son and I went to my daughter's Monday afternoon. The air was so thick with smoke we cannot see the sky. Win was blowing at 60 miles. We were next in line to evacuate. I was planning on staying through to the weekend, but I felt so discombobulated. My daughter and son in law were working at home. They were so busy they had to eat their meals at the desks. Board meetings, what not. I don't want them to worry about me too. My son was working there as well. On Tuesday, the wind died down a little and the fire department was able to use helicopter and planes to get water to douse the fire. The wind changed a little bit and we were no longer in the path. So we decided to come home. Oh, my son has a dog too, so we couldn't just go to a hotel. My daughter was sad I had to leave but I'll visit again under better circumstances. There's still smoke in the air though not as thick. My patio us covered with pine needles. Almost all the leaves on my money tree were blown off. There is another fire in another county. Please pray for the two firefighters who were critically injured. Burnt over 60 percent of their bodies. The fire department did a wonderful job, as usual. Can't thank them enough.

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@mayofeb2020, Sounds like you have covered all the bases. I understand about discombobulated. My granddaughter had to help me the last time. I get panicky. I have a friend who is a retired fireman. And five of our young firemen on the mountain died at a fire that was set by an arsonist. Please be safe…..and protected. Give the puppy dog some loving. They know when danger is near.

Chris

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Soaking up the rays on the retaining wall just waiting for someone to let her in through the window 😉

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You can tell Thanksgiving is over 😂 We were on our way into the city to get some groceries yesterday and a few hundred feet in front of us there were 25+ wild turkeys that were a sight to see. The closer we got, the more they took to flight to get over the fence away from the road and into the field. Sorry the photos are not that great. I cropped them from a video clip. It really was quite a sight to see. Normally we don't see more than 4 to 6 of them together.

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@johnbishop

You can tell Thanksgiving is over 😂 We were on our way into the city to get some groceries yesterday and a few hundred feet in front of us there were 25+ wild turkeys that were a sight to see. The closer we got, the more they took to flight to get over the fence away from the road and into the field. Sorry the photos are not that great. I cropped them from a video clip. It really was quite a sight to see. Normally we don't see more than 4 to 6 of them together.

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@johnbishop The other day driving north to my appointments, I saw several flocks of wild turkeys. This morning we had several hawks in the valley, singing in the change of seasons. Today's high is 39. Even our local herd of deer are sticking together in greater numbers.
Ginger

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@johnbishop

Soaking up the rays on the retaining wall just waiting for someone to let her in through the window 😉

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Great shot!

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I am happy you have them, and not me! Our local law enforcement had to shoot one a few years ago that got so aggressive he wouldn't let the kids off the school bus or the letter carrier out of her truck.

When we were out looking at tracks in the local park with the kids, we saw turkey tracks along with all the deer, raccoons, etc. We also have a heard of deer that are fenced into a local "superfund" cleanup site – they escaped the herd thinning that was done by bow-hunting sharpshooters last winter I guess. On my walk I could see that someone has been dumping feed corn over the fence for them. Our local wildlife corridor is rated to support about 100 deer – after thinning by 115 last winter, the estimate is that we still have over 200. I guess the veterans' residence will get more venison this winter again.
Who would have thought we'd see all this wildlife so close to the city? Of course, we have no wolves (yet) so their main predator is vehicles.

My birds are all in hiding because we have 2 eagles and an owl "patrolling" the neighborhood every day and night. The jump on the feeders for a quick snack and fly right back into the nearby spruce trees.
Sue

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Nothing like a warm spot in front of the fireplace, on a snowy day. Tessie found an empty kindling box left on the rug and has a new "happy place".
Ginger

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Saw this little guy on my feeder yesterday morning. I missed a shot of a pair of cardinals after the sun was going down. They were feeding off of the ground after I refilled my feeders and the light was not very good.

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@johnbishop

Saw this little guy on my feeder yesterday morning. I missed a shot of a pair of cardinals after the sun was going down. They were feeding off of the ground after I refilled my feeders and the light was not very good.

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Oh, he looks chilly! We have been watching our acrobatic squirrels trying to feed on the peanut butter treats I put in the suet feeder, can't get a good photo through the screen though. So entertaining for us in the cold.
Sue

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For my friend Chris…

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A walk is only a walk
'til I walk with you
I am only who I am
'til I am with you. (reg.)

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