Sunday, March 31, 2019

End of March Photos

Here are some of the views and things we saw this month that haven't been posted on the blog yet. It was a beautiful month.

Arum palaestinum (in the Lily family)... it is very stinky!

A very cool gate

Beautiful driftwood fence art

Sunrise

Wharf shadow on beach in the morning light

The rain is coming

Turns the world into black and white (even in a color photo)

I had no idea a Double-crested Cormorant has blue eyes!

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  1. Some beautiful photographs there. One wonders what kind of person might live behind that gate.

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    1. John-- The house behind the gate had lots of art everywhere. There was a display out in front that we stood and admired for quite a bit of time. We loved the creativity.

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  2. These are beautiful photos! My fav? Maybe the gate, but the driftwood design is also beautiful...and ah, the beach. Thanks.

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    1. Barbara-- So glad you liked these. It's a delight to walk around this little beach town.

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  3. Great photos as usual. I really like the shadows on the beach.

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    1. Sharon-- I'm so glad you like these photos. We feel lucky to see such sights.

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  4. Wow, is March over all ready? Enjoyed the driftwood art. Love it when someone takes a throw away item and makes art or something useful.

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    1. Patti-- I have to say I'll be so glad when March ends. I'm looking forward to April. We love the creativity too.

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  5. Great sunrise shots and a good eye on the wharf shadows.

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    1. Red-- So glad you liked these. It took me a while to find it, but Roger and I are in the wharf shadow at the top.

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  6. The ocean, sky, and light mixed with darkness lift my spirits. Thank you!

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    1. am-- It's why we love the ocean so much. It always lifts our spirits.

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  7. Another group of lovely photographs. Wonderfully refreshing. Thanks.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I'm so glad you liked these photos. It's a joy to share them.

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  8. Love all the photos! As usual, your posts delight!

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  9. Such great photos - I love the fence fish! Maybe we will gather and build their northern cousins way up here :)

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    1. John-- So glad you liked these photos. Yes, I'd love to see you make fence art like this. I've been thinking about you. I can't seem to be able to read your blog posts anymore. Sure would like to know how you are doing.

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    2. Thanks Robin - all of my energy is going joyfully into the farm and I haven't been writing on the blog...am thinking of creating a new blog/something? Maybe the old one has done its thing and it is time for something fresh...this time of my life is somehow about embracing positive and generative things, in spite of the way things are....getting married....farming....crazy and sweet and doing well...thank you for being there friend Robin.....very WAISTTTOL

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    3. John-- Interesting idea about starting a new blog to reflect this new time in your life. I'm looking forward to reading it. Maybe it will help me find a more positive and generative way to see the world. Yes, WAISTTTOL.

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  10. Comment from CCorax-- Does the stinky plant smell like carrion?
    I love the art yard! Is there a story behind it? Locally, there’s a place called Three Sisters Sanctuary FULL of amazing art made from found objects—started by a grieving father after one of his daughters died quite young from an aneurism.
    Of the seascapes, my favorites are the approaching rain and the gray moody image that follows.
    That’s so cool that the cormorant has blue eyes as an adult. I wonder how the odd species here and there evolves to have unusual eye color. Is it a survival advantage, or a courtship advantage...or just mere chance?

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    1. CCorax-- This is what wikipedia has to say: The root is tuberous. Like other members of the genus Arum, this plant gives off a scent that attracts flies, which distribute the pollen; while most other family members smell like dung and carrion, this plant can smell like rotting fruit as well.
      I didn’t think it smelled as bad as carrion, but it did stink like old garbage.
      We’ve seen the cormorant many times, but always from a long distance, typically drying its wings with them stretched out.
      I saw a black bird on the little island and wanted to zoom in to see what it was. The blue eyes surprised me. So, I went to read about them. They are blue-eyed birds. What a surprise.

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  11. I love how you see art all around you, natural and wo/man made. Hard to believe we are a quarter of the way through the year. Didn't 2019 arrive yesterday?

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    1. 37paddington-- It's the only balance I know to the crazy times we are living in. Yes, it really is hard to believe we are a quarter of the way through 2019.

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  12. I always love your photos. California seems like another world to me. I did know about cormorants having blue eyes because I've photographed them in Florida and noticed the same phenomenon there! I'd actually like to smell that arum lily. I'm not sure I've ever smelled one.

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    1. Steve-- I am so glad you love these photos. You are such a committed photographer, I am really moved by that. It's very cool to know you see the blue-eyed Cormorants there too. Such beauty. That arum lily was definitely stinky, but my twin brother told me he has one in his yard that's even worse. Smells like a dead rat, he says.

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  13. Oh I love them all. Our voodoo lilies (that's what ee call the arum lily) are still dormant and I hope they stay that way but the gardener I married a long time ago thinks and hopes otherwise.

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    1. Sabine-- I love that you call them voodoo lilies. I will always remember that. They really are so beautiful, I understand your much-loved gardener's hopes!

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  14. Oh, beauty. And that blue-eyed cormorant! Exceptional photographs.

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    1. Catalyst-- Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

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  15. Some very cool photos there, do like the gate and sunrise

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  16. Nice collection of photos to end a month, Robin. I am looking forward to warmer weather and most of all some spring blooms as we have none yet.

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    1. Beatrice-- We are also so looking forward to spring and less rainy weather. It's been a long, bleak winter.

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