Travel Theme: Bark Surprise

Ailsa’s Travel Theme ‘Bark’, reminded me of our walk through the beautiful Parque Forestal in Santiago Chile. So many trees and benches there, but I had never seen such a surprised tree as this one.

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Some people have very weird imaginations and can’t resist defacing objects which don’t belong to them in order to share their quirky ideas with passing strangers. I’m sure there must be a name for this disorder; something like CGS…Compulsive Graffiti Syndrome.

Wishing you all a very relaxing and happy weekend.

 

Floral Friday Fotos: Pink Profusion

This amazing Vanda orchid which we tied to a palm tree about a year ago, is flowering yet again. I blogged a photo of it in flower in September just before we left for South Africa. Our next door neighbour admired it, so we gave her permission to cut the flower stem and put it in her house. When we returned ar the end of November, it was in full bloom again. On our return from our Antarctic cruise in mid-January, the flowers were finished, so we cut off the stem. Towards the end of last week, I noticed new buds were opening, and today I counted fourteen flowers and four more buds waiting to open.

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You can call me ‘the orchid whisperer’, but all I do is water the roots every Monday and add a small scoop of orchid food to the water every fortnight.

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New Backyardigans Come To Play

The opening of my kitchen blind this morning, revealed a couple of newcomers to our backyard.

Odette and her cute baby Ollie were frolicking in the pond. If they were looking for fish, they were disappointed.

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They stayed to play for a few minutes before running back to the lake where fish are plentiful. River otters have few predators, but are sometimes hunted by alligators and birds of prey, so I guess these two had better watch out for Ali-Baba and Ozzie osprey. They’re pretty fast in the water, so their chances of survival are quite good.

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I’m always happy to see new critters on my patch. Do you have any interesting animals in your backyard?

Happy Tuesday everyone.

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B&W Sunday: After and Before

Paula’s B&W Sunday challenge this week is to show the same photo, both in colour and monochrome.

No surprise that the subject is one of my beautiful backyard creatures. Woody wood stork is very impressive in colour, as he says, “Flaps up, ready for takeoff!”

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Here he is looking rather dapper with his B&W tuxedo look.

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Wishing you all a very good week.

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Friday’s Feathers: Mr. Yellow Feet

Snowy the egret strutted his stuff past my bathroom window. “Just so you know…..yellow feet are quite in vogue this year.”

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The sight of his yellow foot gear brought back long-ago memories of  Miss Stone, my English Grammar School headmistress. I and my fellow pupils were quite intrigued by her somewhat scruffy attire. She invariably wore thick, yellow, ribbed stockings with her brown tweed skirt and a red cardigan which sported a hole in one elbow. I remember wondering whether she washed the stockings every night, ready for the next day. One day, my sister, whilst on her way to her singing lesson, spotted Miss Stone striding along the pavement, still wearing the same clothes, but with a spade over her shoulder. We assumed that she was going to dig in her allotment, not bury a dead body, but we never could be sure.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend.

Linda Limpkin’s Big Photo Op.

Me: “Hey, Linda…….mind if I take a few photos?”

Linda: ” Really? You’ll have to give me some time to prepare.”

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“Let me just sort out my back feathers a bit.”

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“Ooops…that’s not working too well!. I’m having a bit of a bad-feather day today.”

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“Yikes…..just when a girl wants to look her best, nothing goes right! Where to from here?”

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“Ah, that’s a bit better. I’m getting the hang of this now.”

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“Right…….I’m almost smoothed down. I hope you appreciate what an effort that was!  I’m quite exhausted.”

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“Okay, go for it. I’ll give you a left profile; I’m told it’s my best side. Have to be going now, as I have a date with Lenny. Hope your blog friends like the photo.”

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Wishing you all a smooth plumage Thursday.

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Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Grandpa Igasho laments, “You know, it ain’t easy being orange. I believe I’m the very VERY Best, but I’m getting very Very Bad Press!”

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“My green ‘so-called’ friends say my colour’s fake.”

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“Look at us. We’re also Green Iguanas. So what’s with the orange?”

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“Don’t they realise that I’m the Big Boss around here? I’m a legend in my own lunchtime! There should be poems written about me, but sadly, nothing rhymes with ‘Orange’.” 😦

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Just a bit of nonsense for a mundane Monday.

“Have a good one,”  as they say here in the USA.

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