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Shutterbug Saturday: Wildlife 4.0

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Companion posts:
Wildlife, Wildlife 2.0 & Wildlife 3.0

Tree Frog Image One
Ray caught this guy on
the side of a wall in Illinois.
I think it is a tree frog.
09-03-2019
Photo Credit: Ray Tutterow
Riverwalk Toad Image Two
Riverwalk Toad
These guys come out at dusk
and head towards the river.
09-28-2019
Deer Trio Image Three
Evening walk.
Deer trio.
10-15-2019
Yard Rabbit Image Four
We got a bunny.
Side Yard
03-27-2020
Black Snake Image Five
Another poor dead snake.
04-18-2020
Squirrel On A Post Image Six
Barking squirrel.
04-24-2020

Shutterbug Saturday: Wildlife 3.0

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More shots from the local wild babies. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Companion posts: Wildlife & Wildlife 2.0

Brown Snake Image One
Saw this little guy on the Riverwalk.
Sadly, it was dead.
It cooked in the sun.
Non-poisonous.
06-02-2019
Mama Deer Image Two
She startled us and we startled her.
07-25-2019
Fawn Image Three
Then, we saw her fawn.
Peek-a-boo!
07-25-2019
Mama & Fawn Image Four
They posed for us for a bit, then took off.
07-25-2019
Green Snake Image Five
This was pitiful.
Victim of a vehicle.
The phone couldn’t capture the brilliant green.
Non-poisonous.
07-29-2019
Fawn Image Six
Hey, Baby!
Seeing spots.
08-17-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Sky Gazing 2.0

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Beauty when you look up. All photos are my personal collection © ~Vic

Sky Gazing 1.0

Cloud Image One
A “W” with a smile.
06-22-2018
Cloud Image Two
A big feather or…a Gremlin?
06-27-2019
Cloud Image Three
Reminds me of cooked fish.
10-17-2019
Cloud Image Four
Ribbons of color.
The phone couldn’t capture the deep pinks.
11-12-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Old Halloween Stuff

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It’s finally October, home month of jack-o-lanterns, ghosties, ghoulies, witches (the cartoon type), bats, spiders, skeletons, and the like, for the upcoming Halloween. I love wandering around to get shots of local decorations, much like Christmas. This post, however, covers some of my old stuff…stuff collected over the years (remember email forwards?)…stuff I didn’t take, myself, plus…a really cute video from 2005. I have no idea who took these. ~Vic

Barfing Pumpkin 2000 Image One
Sick Pumpkin
Image file reflects 12-05-2000
The Lone Mooner Image Two
Pumpkin Mooner
Image file reflects 09-30-2001
Drunk Pumpkin Image Three
Drunk Pumpkin
Image file reflects 10-31-2001
Halloween Flashers Image Four
Halloween Flashers
Image file reflects 10-19-2002
Dead Pumpkin Image Five
Dead Pumpkin
Image file reflects 08-26-2007
Hard Pumpkin Party Image Six
Partied Too Hard
Image file reflects 10-12-2008

Shutterbug Saturday: Training

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My paternal grandfather was a firefighter, my brother-in-law is and my dad nearly was. I grew up going with my grandmother to my hometown’s fire department HQ, bringing lunch for my grandfather. When he retired, he worked dispatch.

As a Drivers License Examiner, I got to give road tests in firetrucks.

I was lucky to catch this. I was walking home from the local market. ~Vic

Training The Next Generation

Ladder Truck Image One
Rotating and extending. 09-09-2019
Ladder Truck Image Two
Reaching for the Moon.
Ladder Truck Image Three
Retracting.
Ladder Truck Image Four
Successful test for the young buck.
Department Sign Image Five
Serving our small town and the rural communities. They are a wonderful crew. 12-01-2018

Shutterbug Saturday: Wildlife

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The deer in this town are so used to not being hunted, they will come out in broad daylight, eat, play and stare at you. Some are almost tame and you can get rather close to them. They’re cute but, they will mess up a garden if it is not properly secured. I learned the hard way not to plant tulips and I discovered that they like green/white Hosta but, not the green/yellow. They will not touch Narcissus. ~Vic

Wildlife Image One
Evening Walk
04-30-2019

Wildlife Image Two
Around Town
05-22-2019

Wildlife Image Three
Grazing, fear free.
05-22-2019
Wildlife Image Four
Tried to zoom in a bit.
The fuzziness makes it look like a painting.
05-22-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Critter Collections 7.0

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All Things Critter
All photos are my personal collection. ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III/Part IV/Part V/Part VI

Grasshopper Image One
Big grasshopper.
Taken with my old Samsung Alias II.
Nature Preserve
Round Rock, TX
10-25-2008
Lizard Image Two
Another shot of the blue tail.
05-06-2019
Tiny Bee Image Three
Tiny bee in my side yard.
05-13-2019
Ladybug Image Four
On the Riverwalk, headed to Gold Park.
Love the Ladybugs.
05-13-2019
Dragonfly Image Five
Dragonfly in the Butterfly Garden.
He looks like a Skivvy Waver.
05-17-2019
Wolf Spider Image Six
Wolf spider running on the Riverwalk.
05-19-2019
Bumblebees Image Seven
Hungry Bumbles
05-31-2019
Preying Mantis Image Eight
Young Preying Mantis on a Black-Eyed Susan.
Riverwalk
05-31-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Ice Storm 2015

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Continuing from yesterday’s post, this was an ice storm that occurred when I was in Examiner School. This area is in the Eastern part of the state, a half an hour due East of Fayettenam (Fayetteville/Fort Bragg) and 75 miles NNW of Wilmington. Basically, it’s in the middle of nowhere. It was all I could do to not bust my ass walking to class.

These and yesterday’s pix were taken with my old Samsung Alias II. ~Vic

Ice Branches Image One
Ice Branches
02-17-2015
Frozen Walkway Image Two
Lost a limb.
Grass Clumps Image Three
Frozen grass clumps.
Ice Tree Image Four
Ice tree in front of the library.
02-18-2015
Ice Trees Image Five
Looks like glass.
Ice Trees Image Six
Sun Devil
Glass Daggers Image Seven
Glass Daggers
Frozen Fountain Image Eight
Frozen fountain outside of a steakhouse in Roseborough.
Railroad Street Steakhouse
02-19-2015

Still feeling cooler? You’re welcome!

Shutterbug Saturday: Feathers 4.0

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Feather Image One
Photo Credit: George Becker on Pexels

In my last post on March 2, I was talking about sitting under my Hackberry tree and getting pelted with debris from a little woodpecker above me. I tried to get some shots of him but, they weren’t clear enough. My S7 just doesn’t do well with distance. That’s OK. I have other stuff.

Part I
Part II
Part III

Cardinal Image Two
From the Den window.
02-19-2019
Cardinal Image Three
And, he looked at the camera.
Geese Image Four
Geese coming up from the river.
04-16-2019
Geese Image Five
And, headed to a neighbor’s backyard.
Geese Image Six
They are such a cute pair.
Boot Birdhouse Image Seven
I haven’t seen any activity…yet. 05-06-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Critter Collections 6.0

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All Things Critter
All photos are my personal collection. ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III/Part IV/Part V

Bee Image One
Coreopsis Bee
Coreopsis blooming in November.
11-04-2017
McKinley Image Two
McKinley with lunch.
I think it is a grasshopper.
09-06-2018
Daisy Image Three
Daisy Bee
At least, I think it is a daisy.
10-13-2018
Slug Image Four
Sidewalk Slug
He had places to go.
03-21-2019
Worm Image Five
Window Worm
This thing showed up during the rain storms.
It looks like a tape worm.
04-13-2019
Lizard Image Six
Blue Tail
I see these lizards all over the place.
They are quick.
05-06-2019
Flyer Image Seven
Lacy Wings
Cute green thing in the kitchen window.
05-10-2019
Moth Image Eight
Pale Blue
Tiny little moth.
05-11-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Rogue Artistes 4.0

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This will be the last in the graffiti series for a while until some new ones show up or I find artwork somewhere else. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III

Seek Love Image One
This is really hard to see but, it says “Seek Love”.
Riverwalk path.
05-26-2019
Sell Souls Image Two
How to sell soul to a soulless people who sold their souls?
06-09-2017
Love More Image Three
Love More
06-01-2019
Nothing Is Easy Image Four
Nothing is easy, especially high voltage.
06-09-2017
One-Eyed Smile Image Five
One-eyed smile?
06-01-2019
Storm Cloud Image Six
Storm cloud over the soulless people.
How apropos…
06-01-2019
Smiley Image Seven
Smiley scribbled in the window.
This is the shed next to the house from the first post.
05-19-2019
New Canvas Image Eight
Remember the winter tree with the red heart, love, pain and voodoo?
It’s gone. New canvas for new art.
05-17-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Rogue Artistes 3.0

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The creative elves are back at it with more graffiti. If concrete or wood is bare, they have a canvas. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Part I/Part II

Anarchy Man-hole Image One
Anarchy!
Even man-hole openings need decoration.
04-15-2019
Crying Man-hole Image Two
Crying man-hole.
Maybe its the smell?
04-22-2019
Happy Man-hole Image Three
Happy man-hole.
This one must smell better.
05-07-2019
Love Animals Image Four
Love animals.
Covered walkway to Gold Park.
05-17-2019
Save Earth Image Five
Save Earth.
Go Vegan Image Six
Go vegan.

Shutterbug Saturday: Critter Collections 3.0

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All photos and video are my personal collection. I'm surprised some of these turned out as well as they did. The first six were taken with a Samsung Alias II…an old flip phone. ~Vic
Part I/Part II

Web Image One
Rogue spider in the Den.
06-01-2013
Web Image Two
It was a good-sized web.
Spider was nowhere to be found.
Big Spider Image Three
I nearly walked into this big web leaving work.
10-23-2013
Big Web Image Four
Healthy spider.
Bathroom Spider Image Five
These long-legged things freak me out.
They love to hang upside down in bathrooms.
08-22-2015
Bathroom Spider Image Six
Just ewwwww…
Leaf Grasshopper Image Seven
He looks like a leaf.
10-31-2016
Roach Image Eight
During a rainstorm, he crawled up on the kitchen window to dry off.
YUCK.
06-20-2017

I had forgotten that I had some videos of critters, too. I was trying to sing like a child, just being silly.
Clark was not impressed.

Shutterbug Saturday: Feathers 3.0

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Feathers Image One
Photo Credit: Magda Ehlers on Pexels

I love watching and listening to the birds. They are fun and fascinating. A few evenings ago, I was sitting in one of my Adirondack chairs I have in my yard. They are underneath a very large Hackberry tree. This tree is huge and old. As I was enjoying the sunset and journaling, I heard tapping…above my head. Then, I noticed dust-like material gathering in my lap, my pages and on my phone (and, no doubt, on my head). I looked directly above me, which was not an easy task in a high-back chair. Yes. It was a small woodpecker. This little thing had the entire tree to beat its beak into but, decided to do its routine…directly above me. I struggled to get shots but, I got a few. That will be for another post in the future.

Part I
Part II

Feathers Image Two
All Photos Are My Personal Collection
Invasion of the Buzzards
03-07-2017
Feathers Image Three
As carrion eaters, they are the clean-up crew.
Feathers Image Four
I never saw what they were after.
Feathers Image Five
I guess they have bodyguards or scouts.

Feathers Image Six

Feathers Image Seven
They hung out for a while.
Feathers Image Eight
Caught this beauty from the kitchen window (six years ago, tomorrow).
Sadly, all of those trees had to come down last year.
03-03-2013
Feathers Image Nine
I think this is a juvenile.
But, a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned, I’m not sure.
Feathers Image Ten
Drake & mate(s) in a park in Central Texas.
12-12-2008

Shutterbug Saturday: September Beauty

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Flowers, critters and ‘shrooms for today.

My favorite place to sit.

Coleus & Adirondack Image
Personal Collection From 08-25-2018

 

Just hanging out.

Flowers & Bug Image
Personal Collection From 09-08-2018

 

Got the bee’s hiney. LOL!

Flowers & Bee Image
Personal Collection From 09-08-2018

 

Another shot of the Bumble I chased all over the yard.

Bumble In The Liriope Image
Personal Collection From 08-17-2018

 

Happy ‘shrooms on the hill.

Shroom Farm Image
Personal Collection From 08-07-2018

~Victoria ❤

Shutterbug Saturday: Flowers For Everyone

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Flowers for everyone!

That is one happy grasshopper.

Flower Image One
Personal Collection

 
 
I see you! Arizona Sun.
Flower Image Two
Personal Collection

 
 
A cheery Rose of Sharon bush bloom.
Flower Image Three
Personal Collection

 
 
Isolated pair of Black-Eyed Susans just hanging out.
Flower Image Four
Personal Collection

 
 
This was a BIG, happy Hibiscus.
Flower Image Five
Personal Collection

 
 
I followed that Bumblebee all over the place. It was hopping from Liriope to Liriope. I finally caught it in flight. You can just see its wings.
Flower Image Six
Personal Collection

I wander all over my neighborhood snapping pictures with my Samsung stupidphone. The Bumble and the Liriope are in my yard.

~Victoria ❤

Shutterbug Saturday: Kitties

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We have several neighborhood cats. Some are really, really nice and just want to be petted. Others…well, let’s just say I have a healthy respect for them. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Cat Image One
Not a care in the world, this one.
Local sweet Persian mix.
Cat Image Two
“I’m watching you…”
Unknown Calico.
Cat Image Three
Sweet, sweet baby, missing a foot.
Sweet Tuxedo ‘Gemini’.
Cat Image Four
“How dare you pet that other kitty!”
A very unhappy Maine Coon mix…’Yow Ming’.
Cat Image Five
And, my Oliver…The Hemingway.
He watches the world happen through the windows.