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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:10 am 
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No, there’s no doubt about the herons. You walk along the riverside and suddenly sense an affronted presence, and there it stands, looking as if it’s saying “What is it now?” The river and park run right through the center of town, so the herons don’t get much peace unless they hide in the culverts.

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:52 am 
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Another 'stop and turn around on a bike ride' pic.Image

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:07 am 
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Ohhhh, that's beautiful. :love: Are those contrails at the top? And where was it taken from?

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:30 pm 
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I don't think those are contrails at the top; I think they are just wisps of cloud. But I couldn't swear by it.

This is on the west side of Santa Cruz, looking across the Monterey Bay to Monterey.

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
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A refugee from Mirkwood Forest?Image

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:51 pm 
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Is it in your area? I've never seen black squirrels here.

Googles.

Turns out it's a color morph of a gray squirrel. Or maybe a servant of the Dark Lord.

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
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Yes, on the streets of Santa Cruz (right outside the Santa Cruz Diner). I saw a black squirrel for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and then this one. Maybe it is the same one, though it was blocks away. And, of course, as one of his rangers told Faramir, 'They have black squirrels there [in Mirkwood], ’tis said.’

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
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Perhaps a grey squirrel dyeing black to keep themselves looking young.

(PS - "Dyeing" is a weird looking word.)

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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
A refugee from Mirkwood Forest?Image


SQUIRREL! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
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yovargas wrote:
(PS - "Dyeing" is a weird looking word.)


I’ve always thought that!

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 Post subject: Re: Nature Pics
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:09 pm 
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Well, that keeps it from being mixed up with "dying," I guess.

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