Wednesday, June 11, 2008

distractions abound

We took a little look around on a trail before we headed on up the mountains. As Dennis and Haden ran ahead of me to get a geocache, I dilly-dallied taking a few photos. First I came upon these tiny little wildflowers.


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And a couple interesting plants.


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I swear I’ve seen this stuff for sale at Wal-Mart.


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What is this stuff? It reminds me of artichoke.


I kept hearing this noise that reminded me of crickets all around me. It didn’t take long to determine the source of the noise.


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I know those aren’t awesome hummingbird photos but that’s all I could catch in this spot. (Better hummers later.)


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A cute little what’s-it bird. That’s as close as he’d let me get.


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And a Black-billed Magpie, or two.


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I was very curious about these birds; it was the first time I had ever seen one. I’m not sure if I ever got a better photo of them or not. You see I still haven’t looked at all the photos I took yet. But, I wanted a Magpie to stand still for just a moment and let me examine it. Instead, they wanted to hide in the tall grasses or fly away when I aimed the lens. Maybe they smelled me. Did you know they can use scent to locate food, unlike most birds?


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7 comments:

  1. Very bright and cheery...plus commenting is easier. Those magpies are fascinating birds.

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  2. Lisa I have to agree with Molly, I previously had to type in all my details and a code every time I visited and wanted to comment, and the black was not always easy on my eyes.
    I'm not, however, a lover of Magpies they are real pests~ there are two pairs that patrol our garden (I think I have mentioned this before), they try and intimidate the other birds, but we have a blackbird that stands up to them!

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  3. How do you feel about the customizability here at WordPress. I checked out a WordPress blog a couple of years ago and was disappointed by the limitations in customizing the look and feel. Has it improved?

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  4. anglophilefootballfanatic.comJune 12, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    You are going to love self-hosting! It's wonderful. If you need any WP help, lemme know. The hubby's become a pro in doing mine.

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  5. I love the new place. I think the white will help promote your photos better.

    Of course I am biased because I have the hardest time reading on a black background.

    Is there any other reason you chose to have your own domain? I see a lot of people doing this and I just wonder what goodies you are seeing.

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  6. I agree that the white background really makes your photos "pop." I thought that one plant was an artichoke too. :)

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  7. Oooh I like it over here! Much prefer the white, its easier on tired old eyes! As usual your photos are amazing! I wish I could take pictures like that. Maybe I should wear my glasses! LOL!

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