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)

It is nice to see Ospreys have made a comeback. I remember seeing their nests on top of towers or light posts in New England. Glad to see species being protected. I recently saw a TV show about a species of rabbit being released back into the wild in Rhode Island. Somehow they got depleted. Hopefully their population is rising.

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@sueinmn

It's beautiful. Moss hunting before or after TKR? Might be a fun road trip in June while my daughter is recuperating. There's a great pizza place in town there too.
Sue

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That my friend depends on when the TKR might be. It is at the top of my list when we get back from Texas. We'll figure it out. We have 3 extra bedrooms so that makes it easy to enjoy the sunset and the morning sunrise. Feeding the chipees……, riding down on Stanley……and swinging in the swing are must-dos. Where do we have to go to get moss?

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@loribmt

What a beauty! I love dragonflies and you’re right, there are so many different varieties! We have some enormous ones that I always call the Blackhawk raptors!! We can actually watch them catching mosquitos. We always thought they were just flying randomly in the air. But watch closely next time! You’ll actually see them swooping and diving in pursuit of a mosquito or bug…it’s not just random flying!
They use their legs like baskets. Dragonflies actually scoop up the mosquito and ingest it in flight! Then go back for more. When we’re at the lake and there’s huge mosquito outbreak, we can tell when the dragonflies finally hatch out! Within a day there a thousands of dragonflies and the mosquito population drops significantly!!
So the next time you see a dragonfly, bedsides being so whimsical and delightful, remember they’re voracious feeding machines! ☺️

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Well my picture window was all around the East coast. We arrived just in time for the 17year cicada hatch. Only saw a few at my mother’s place but my brother said his yard was over run with newly hatched cicadas (they borrow up from deep underground) and the discarded shells. He sent this picture. They are harmless, lay new eggs and die. The new pupae fall to the ground and burrow down for 17 more years.

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A twofer! What's outside my window today and what's on my window today 😁

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@johnbishop

A twofer! What's outside my window today and what's on my window today 😁

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Is that a catbird? ☺️ Your kitty is gorgeous! Look at those green eyes!!

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@loribmt

Is that a catbird? ☺️ Your kitty is gorgeous! Look at those green eyes!!

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Catbird indeed! Worse than one of those Blue Jays that love diving at your head when you get close to their nest. She does get a little nicer around dinner time.

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@johnbishop

A twofer! What's outside my window today and what's on my window today 😁

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I love black cats! SHe's gorgeous!

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@merpreb

We have an osprey nest near us and the parents are now feeding their chicks. We live a couple of small blocks from a river that feeds into the ocean.

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One of my favorites. several years ago, before my firance died, I was home alone looking out the window from the LR when a huge, dark shadow came over the house. I looked outside at the pool/deck area. There was a huge, absolutely beautiful blue heron….was just thinking of osprey and big birds!!!!! this came to mind to share….he was huge. Flew over the house and it was so large it created a dark shadow over the entire living area. It sat on top of the pool house for ever, just ckg out the area, deciding if to or not take a swim, ck'd out the creek behind the house and seemed to be there just for me. The only time this happened. He was to me a gift from God, as I love these birds so. I naturally had no way to take a picture. It's forever in my mind. clear as day. thanks for the memory, @merpreb
bless you, elizabeth

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@becsbuddy

Well my picture window was all around the East coast. We arrived just in time for the 17year cicada hatch. Only saw a few at my mother’s place but my brother said his yard was over run with newly hatched cicadas (they borrow up from deep underground) and the discarded shells. He sent this picture. They are harmless, lay new eggs and die. The new pupae fall to the ground and burrow down for 17 more years.

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This is quite a phenomena. Do our bird friends enjoy the goodies? @becsbuddy , @ artscaping, @johnbishop, @loribmt, @sueinmn, @avmcbellar .@merpreb and all. Glad we don't have those babes! We have all other insects, tho. But, more for circle of life.

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To catch up a bit….sitting upstairs in bedroom recliner, looking out my window into the live oak tree I love so, brings me such peace and glory inside! Such a wonder….listening on my laptop to St. Olaf Choir singing 'When He is Silent', Josh Grogan, The 12 Tenors. Andre Bocelli while watching the Mayo Falcons in their nesting box, 54 degree weather. They will be learning to fly soon….What a few hours of peace from my window, my music, the falcons and my Connect friends, Blessings to you all. elizabeth
@loribmt, @sueinmn, @becsbuddy, @johnbiship, @gingerw, @merpreb, @jakedduck1 . @artisit01, @colleenyoung and so many more

hope to go downstairs soon to spend some time on patio w/feeders that need cleaning, new food, birdbath is a mess, water feeder empty….have UTI, got shot and meds at crucial care yesterday. Also had few days w/heart junk after changing med to take one gastro wants to help swallowing issues, but lowers BP. so, PCP took off metoprolol and on dytl XL. NO! Bp ok, HR stayed over 105+ part of Thurs, all day Fri and Fri night. Had shakiness, severe pain in right jaw/neck, only for a moment then went away and didn't come back! Same pain I had in 2017 heart attack. stayed home, didn't know what was happening, very ill for 4 days, alone and didn't know what to do. Before Mayo. Bad experiences at local ED so refused….called friend, nurse…Friday, scared me. Emailed PCP , told him I was going back to original med and not taking new onel I don't need to swallow better!
Went to Crucial care for UTI and to be sure ok. Yes. ok. HR normal, bp normal. emailed PCP to see if he thinks I need follow-up re neck/jaw pain. always happens on week-end!

So, staying quiet, enjoying the tree, music, falcons, and ckg on some wild birds to identify, ordering groceries. all on laptop. love it.
bless you all! Life is so full of surprises, eh? Ups, downs…I can handle. It's the sideways out of nowhere that tend to shake me a bit. God and had lots of chats last few days. Good time.

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@ess77

One of my favorites. several years ago, before my firance died, I was home alone looking out the window from the LR when a huge, dark shadow came over the house. I looked outside at the pool/deck area. There was a huge, absolutely beautiful blue heron….was just thinking of osprey and big birds!!!!! this came to mind to share….he was huge. Flew over the house and it was so large it created a dark shadow over the entire living area. It sat on top of the pool house for ever, just ckg out the area, deciding if to or not take a swim, ck'd out the creek behind the house and seemed to be there just for me. The only time this happened. He was to me a gift from God, as I love these birds so. I naturally had no way to take a picture. It's forever in my mind. clear as day. thanks for the memory, @merpreb
bless you, elizabeth

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Hi @ess77 there are so many beautiful birds for us to experience outside our window. Living in Florida allows us to see even more of them in the warmer climate. I too could not snap a picture of a blue heron I saw less than 5 feet behind me while I was trimming bushes. I was surprised it flew so quietly and close to me without being afraid of humans.
Just last week I had an egret in my backyard but I was not quick enough to take a picture of it. They indeed are very big and graceful birds. I hear their distinctive call sound everyday. I believe a neighbor across the street feeds all kinds of birds. I have set up a bird bath and hummingbird feeder in the front yard. I have also planted sunflowers for our feathered friends to feed on. Maybe now I will see more of them through my window.

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