Mandarians in Baden-Baden~

Beautiful Mandarin ducks – lovely to see!
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These guys weren’t part of my plan for the day!


I was going to show you Baden-Baden,

but the Mandarins got in my way!

Why are Mandarin Ducks swimming wild in Germany you may well wonder?


Although Mandarin Duck populations are dwindling in their native Russia and Asia, some escapees from captivity are breeding in the wild in Germany and The UK. I happened upon these guys today on the Oos River in Baden-Baden Germany.


So, it is cheers to you, and Happy Spring, from the gorgeous Mandarins in Baden-Baden Germany~

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Kotor Montenegro~

Some lovely scenery for Monday – thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your travels, Cindy!
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If ‘beauty is truth,


and truth beauty,’


both can be most perfectly seen,


in age,

and innocence.


Kotor Montenegro possesses both the beauty of age,

and the appeal of innocence.


It seems unspoiled by the modern world.

Staying here one feels removed from the stress and strife of our messy contemporary lives.


Cheers to you from beautiful Kotor Montenegro~

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Flown Away~

Springtime calls for migration…even amongst we human beings! Cindy is visiting Greece and points further East – I can’t wait to see photos of her destinations!
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Yep, we just did it again. It seems as as normal as staying home.There is so much to miss leaving The Holler.

The year round Holler hummers are brave in an non-conformist way, they choose not to migrate thousands of miles across the Gulf of Mexico, but to stay year round with us at The Holler, despite winter temps that frequently fall well below freezing and could easily kill them.

Other migrating travelers visit us seasonally.


There are four hummers that lived at The Holler year-round this year. These are two of them. They rely on our feeders and bugs to keep them alive year round.

Now we have flown off before the full complement of spring unfolds, missing all The Holler spring has to offer. Don’t worry, family remain at The Holler while we are away, to take care of all our critters including the birds.


I look forward…

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Spring Fever~

Spring is springing…it is just around the corner! These flowers are as eager for Ostara as I am. Beautiful!
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Thousands

of ranunculus


bloom in early spring.

Capturing light.


Creating hope.

Bringing happiness,

on fragile petals.


Spring cheers to you,


from the Carlsbad Ranunculus fields~

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Extreme Weather: Storm Chaser Photography

Storm-chasing…I’ve done a tiny bit of it, here and there, but nothing compared to what this guy has done! Sheer, breath-taking magnificence…
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ALK3R

Jonas Piontek is a talented self-taught photographer, travel enthusiast, student and storm chaser from Grünberg, Hessen who currently based in Lich, Hesse, Germany.

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Feathers & Fury~

The majestic beauty of the Harris Hawk, perfectly captured by Cindy! Thank you, as always, for sharing these treasures…sheer perfection!
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Talons & fluff.
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Soft yet deadly.
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Raptors are built,
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to rule the skies!
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Cheers to you from the high-flying Harris Hawks~

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Holler Blues~

I love jay birds…the smallest members of the family Corvidae. Cindy captured this friendly little guy perfectly!
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All Holler critters are ecstatic drought is done!
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California Scrub Jay is normally quite shy.
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But winter drought seed shortages,
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draw him close for Holler hand-outs!
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Giving us an up-close glimpse,
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of happy winter blues!
Cheers to you from The Holler’s joyful jays~

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“What We Got Here is a Failure to Communicate”~

Ah, yes…love is in the air!

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Elephant Seals are obviously not the only species with this problem!

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This sub-adult male seems a bit sheepish about his not yet mature mating attempts.
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He looks at me almost as if he’s apologetic!
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He’s just practising now, learning how to deal with all the rejection.

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Elephant Seal mating is disturbingly violent. It is a hard life being an elephant seal.
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Looking into the female’s eyes it is impossible not to feel sorry for her and her continual harassment.

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For now at least, the adolescent males just look beached and confused!
Cheers to you the Piedras Blancas elephant seals~

Title quote: “Cool Hand Luke.”

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Wave Chasers~

Some fun photos of sandpipers strutting their stuff in the surf…thank you, Cindy!
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Sandpipers play,

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chasing waves.
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They catch lunch,
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on the run.

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For sandpipers,

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life is always a beach!
Cheers to you from the lucky sandpipers at Moro Bay California~

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Cornell University Makes 19th Century Black America Photo Archive Available to Public

Photographs are important historical documents, as much as anything written on parchment or carved in stone. Sometimes, they show wonderful people, places, and things that words cannot adequately describe. For more historical photos, check out this link here.

GOOD BLACK NEWS


article via theguardian.com

Cornell University in New York has made a priceless photographic archive available to the public.  It shows the lives of black Americans as they rose through society after the antebellum era. To see all photographs, go to: Loewentheil Collection of African American Photographs

To see original article, go to: A taste of freedom: black America in the 19th century – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

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