What's outside of your picture window today?

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Nov 25, 2020

As we get ready for the real winter to show up and COVID-19 still playing a major part in our lives I like to spend moments of my day de-stressing about what’s going on in the world today. All I have to do is look out the window and observe some of natures beautiful creatures, how they interact and ponder how small it makes my troubles seem. Sometimes I may even get the opportunity to take a photo or two. How about you? Anything going on outside of your window(s) that you want to share?

For those members that have the ability to size your photos before you upload them to the discussion, may I suggest using the following sizes:
– 500 x 335 pixels (landscape)
– 210 x 210 pixels (square)

@fiesty76

Thank you, @user_ch32491d1, for sharing this wonderful photo of the incredible bald eagle in flight! We do not have them in my area and it must be a thrill to seem them frequently.

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Thank you! I never get tired of watching eagles. One day last winter, there were 12 nearby at the same time…..what a delight!

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@user_ch32491d1

Thank you! I never get tired of watching eagles. One day last winter, there were 12 nearby at the same time…..what a delight!

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Oh, Wow! @user_ch32491d1!! That must have been quite the show!!!

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@johnbishop

Looking out my window at my new bird feeder and the cleanup crew on the ground. It's a beautiful sunny day at 31 degrees with a high of 50 today…woo hoo!

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Love your bi-color squirrel – we have a mixed-breed buddy who has the red color on the top of his tail – al the way to the tip. Maybe because he is different, all the other squirrels treat him as the boss. Whenever I fill my squirrel-proof feeders, I toss a scoop on the ground for them.
My grandson loves to watch squirrels & count their nests on our walks. Wednesday we found 21 nests just walking around his block.
Sue

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So…the view outside my window recently has been one of activity. We are finally getting the bridge to cross the backwaters and stream below. The goal is to have our own vehicle trail to the riverfront called Adams Landing. The "count on me" neighbors share one but we want the spring lagoons to be big enough to entice the river otters, ducks, geese, and deer that come visiting almost every day. The Mississippi is in the background. I have never been to a Riverfest. Clue me in.

PS…..did you know you can purchase big boy legos to build your own bridge surface? Now that is exciting.
May every one of you have happiness and the causes of happiness.
Chris

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@artscaping

So…the view outside my window recently has been one of activity. We are finally getting the bridge to cross the backwaters and stream below. The goal is to have our own vehicle trail to the riverfront called Adams Landing. The "count on me" neighbors share one but we want the spring lagoons to be big enough to entice the river otters, ducks, geese, and deer that come visiting almost every day. The Mississippi is in the background. I have never been to a Riverfest. Clue me in.

PS…..did you know you can purchase big boy legos to build your own bridge surface? Now that is exciting.
May every one of you have happiness and the causes of happiness.
Chris

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I read your info. about Legos & must ask you..where is it a grown-up(or someone who likes putting things together but don't have grandkids yet) can purchase these kind of Legos? Also, am getting out in nature during Covid, as much as possible & one great distraction has been bird-watching here in south-central Pa. but love anything to do w/ the Mississippi. Hope I spelled that rite. Kathy

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@katiejo59

I read your info. about Legos & must ask you..where is it a grown-up(or someone who likes putting things together but don't have grandkids yet) can purchase these kind of Legos? Also, am getting out in nature during Covid, as much as possible & one great distraction has been bird-watching here in south-central Pa. but love anything to do w/ the Mississippi. Hope I spelled that rite. Kathy

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Good morning, @katiejo59, I think I led you astray…..the pieces of the fiberglass bridge remind me of legos. They comprise a platform and then the ribs and edging for the road. Sorry….real life-sized. The process just reminds me of playing with Legos. Southcentral PA…..I lived in Coraopolis near the Pittsburg airport. Really loved it. Then I lived near Philadelphia in Delaware. Now MN…I guess I love the rivers and the birds and all the forest creatures.

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Today is a gloomy rainy messy afternoon. Because of this discussion, I am making an effort to look out of my window and although I don’t recognize any photo worthy options, I am enjoying the splash of raindrops in a puddle on my patio which is even more enjoyable if I open the window to listen and breathe in the fresh air.
Thank you for leading me to discover this moment of peace and beauty today.

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Monday morning I was up early feeding my cats and noticed it was bright outside when it's usually pretty dark. I looked out the window and saw such a beautiful and bright moon. I was just sorry that the trees were in between and made it difficult to get focus in the picture. The sun is out now and my bird feeder has meager pickings, just one lonely woodpecker.

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@johnbishop

Monday morning I was up early feeding my cats and noticed it was bright outside when it's usually pretty dark. I looked out the window and saw such a beautiful and bright moon. I was just sorry that the trees were in between and made it difficult to get focus in the picture. The sun is out now and my bird feeder has meager pickings, just one lonely woodpecker.

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John, I love this photo! Reminds me of those times in childhood when we used string to make designs, can't remember the term but they kept us occupied…cat's something or other???

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@fiesty76

John, I love this photo! Reminds me of those times in childhood when we used string to make designs, can't remember the term but they kept us occupied…cat's something or other???

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@fiesty76.. Cat's cradle?

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What fun! You're all my kind of folks! I don't have the beautiful property with wild turkeys – live in Florida, a chilly 67 now, down to 46 tonight! That's chilly for us! But, we don't have the changes and colors you have. We have trade-offs. I have 3 birdfeeders on my deck that give me enormous pleasure every day. The cardinals, woodpecker (1), bob-white, and others AND all the squirrels give me joy, peace, I seem to breath so much better and have a persistent smile. I've stopped 'fighting' the squirrels. Let them win. I actually enjoy them, love to see them hang by their tiny little toes, upside down, stretched out the whole length of their bodies to reach the birdseed. Even a fall is ok. They just run off and then back for more. The birds are in charge, tho. When they come to feed, they let the squirrels know it's time to step aside. What fun. My kitty, Samantha, loves to go out and just lie down and watch the activity. She's never tried to chase any of the visitors. Seems to enjoy them….and they watch her but accept her just fine. She welcomes these visitors to her world. BTW: the cardinals come back year after year, new families and I get to watch the babies learn from Mom and Dad and snack at my feeders. They know me! Some time I'll tell you about the time Mom and Dad cardinal came to my window to get my attention to help a baby who fell from the nest. Amazing experience!

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@ess77

What fun! You're all my kind of folks! I don't have the beautiful property with wild turkeys – live in Florida, a chilly 67 now, down to 46 tonight! That's chilly for us! But, we don't have the changes and colors you have. We have trade-offs. I have 3 birdfeeders on my deck that give me enormous pleasure every day. The cardinals, woodpecker (1), bob-white, and others AND all the squirrels give me joy, peace, I seem to breath so much better and have a persistent smile. I've stopped 'fighting' the squirrels. Let them win. I actually enjoy them, love to see them hang by their tiny little toes, upside down, stretched out the whole length of their bodies to reach the birdseed. Even a fall is ok. They just run off and then back for more. The birds are in charge, tho. When they come to feed, they let the squirrels know it's time to step aside. What fun. My kitty, Samantha, loves to go out and just lie down and watch the activity. She's never tried to chase any of the visitors. Seems to enjoy them….and they watch her but accept her just fine. She welcomes these visitors to her world. BTW: the cardinals come back year after year, new families and I get to watch the babies learn from Mom and Dad and snack at my feeders. They know me! Some time I'll tell you about the time Mom and Dad cardinal came to my window to get my attention to help a baby who fell from the nest. Amazing experience!

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@ess77 Hmm…"down to 46 tonight"…I guess it's a matter of perspective – up to 40 yesterday in Minneapolis, and we thought it was nice & warm for our walk.
I just filled my bird feeders, and scattered extra for the squirrels – the big guy just went and got all his friends, and they're busy cleaning up. I have some old squirrel-proof feeders that really are, and I want them to stay off those – one got mad enough earlier this fall to chew off the wooden perch and my husband had to repair it. There must be a hawk or owl around this morning – the birds are all twittering in my neighbor's spruce, but nobody is on the feeders.
We live in a wildlife filled suburban neighborhood – last week we found deer, raccoon, squirrel, possum, and probably fox tracks in the soft sand at a park one block from out home when we were out with my daughter and grandsons. Yesterday we found a "squirrel condo" during our walk – 7 nests in one tree! This morning I'm headed to the nearest lake to see if my eagles are out fishing – couldn't find them yesterday. Hoping for a photo-op.
Sue

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