Over Easy: Flowers and Birds

Well…here is a post. Small and nice on Flower and Bird photos I have taken these last few days.

I hope you like them.


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  1. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

    thanks, cmaukonen, sweeeeet
    in very many ways!

  2. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Very beautiful, you’re quite talented. Loved the bunny and birds. oldhippiejan

  3. Alice X
    May 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Thank you – very lovely.

    I am always mindful and appreciative of the birds and the little animals.

  4. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    A good Memorial Day, for ending of all wars, in disgrace, to all!

  5. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Thank you. Not up to the level of Starbuck but I do OK, I suppose.

  6. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The Green Heron was a surprise. Seen them in Florida but did not expect to see one up here in Ohio. They breed up here in the north.

  7. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good morning, and thank you for the lovely subject/photo!

    We have the day off today, but not able to enjoy much- recovering from bronchitis. Tried to get to a doctor yesterday, but offices were closed. Resorted to Mucinex, with notable improvement.

    Anyway, have been seeing changes at the Lake, when I am able to check in periodically!

    Decorah Eagle babies are as big as turkeys:

  8. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:18 am
  9. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Lord love a duck.

  10. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Ouch, get well there. Hope you’re surviving the floods.
    I’m now an outfloater, I guess.

  11. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Worse are the idjuts who vote these morans into office.

  12. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Ahhh…now that I have had some food and my caffeine and nicotine, I can think a bit more clearly.

  13. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    A lovely photo stream, c! We have rescued several turtles from the roads lately. The largest one so far was a snapping turtle…huge, and heavy. And he was snapping!

  14. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    The US is an extremely reactionary country and these horses asses vote with their emotions, not their brains.

  15. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The big money put into campaigns knows the buttons to push, to all our loss.

  16. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The only snapping turtles I have ever had contact with were Florida alligator snapping turtles and those suckers can leave you without your fingers in a heart beat.

  17. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

    The green heron is getting admirers over at eschatonblog, too.

  18. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    How does someone as stupid and mean spirited as Inhofe live to be so old. If there were any justice in the world, he’d step out in front of a semi. oldhippiejan

  19. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Or get pushed.

  20. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Low information voters would be my guess, although Faux refers to the left as being in that category. ohj

  21. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for the chuckle. although not a bad idea at all. ohj

  22. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

    oh, these voters are inundated with information, all of it wrong. I have seen what comes into their homes in quantities, from seeing my elderly mom’s mail when she got dotty and became a ratwinger.

  23. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This lefty does not give a wet slap about corporate capitalist America or those who support it. Blown to smithereens would be ok by me.

  24. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 9:38 am

    x2, Ruth. Browsing through Facebook and seeing a 101 war tributes. Think I’ll go lie down.

  25. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Oh really. Mine ??

  26. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    yep, I put a link up there.

  27. Canyon2
    May 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post cmaukonen.
    Beautiful pictures and I am glad that my birdfeeder is not the only one that the plastic has “frosted” over. Looks just like the one in the pictures.

  28. May 25, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Good morning.

    Cool here today again, as usual for memorial Day weekend. Cloudy also. Doesn’t matter exactly when on the calendar the weekend occurs, the Memorial day gods will pick it to be rather depressing weather for folks who eagerly await it for some relief.

    The birds are well done, Chris. Especially the cover shot.

  29. Canyon2
    May 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    You just brought back a memory. We were visiting my brother-in-law’s house down in Florida about ten years ago and while I do not golf much we decided to go out on one of the courses in his community.
    I hit the ball into the water and went to retrieve it. About 10 yards away there was an alligator that I did not see until I was close to the waterline.
    I left the ball right where it was and scrambled out of there.
    I could have lost more than fingers in that encounter.

  30. Ruth
    May 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Wonderful pics, and now must off to the garden myself, thanks.

  31. May 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

    “The hoax is there are some people so arrogant to think they are so
    powerful they can change the climate,” Inhofe said Wednesday on the
    Senate floor. “Man can’t change the climate.”

    Amazing, yet, back in the 70’s when early observers were looking at change, particularly within the onset of deterministic chaos, Inofe’s POV was expressed almost verbatim by a forestry scientist, a well respected one. Maybe it was only a knee-jerk response. After all, evidence was only dimly perceived then.

  32. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:05 am


  33. Marion in Savannah
    May 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Happy Memorial Day, pups. Today we have Blow, Cohen and Krugman. In “Restoring Memoriam to Memorial Day” Mr. Blow says our country keeps drifting further away from the spirit behind the holiday because fewer of us have served or have family members who serve in the military. Mr. Cohen, in “The Great Unease,” says we have access to everything and certainty about nothing. The Day of Judgment has given way to days of endless judgment. Prof. Krugman, in “The Big Meh,” says a growing number of economists, looking at the data on productivity and incomes, are wondering if the technological revolution has been greatly overhyped. Oh, gawd, don’t tell The Moustache of Wisdom…

    HERE they are

    and HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    Lovely pictures! I see we have the same type of bird feeders… Speaking of which, while I was in the kitchen a few minutes ago a tufted titmouse was hopping around on the windowsill. While the feeders aren’t quite empty I think she was trying to let me know it’s time for me to get my lazy butt out there and fill them again! Which I’m headed off to do. Have a lovely day.

  34. May 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Chris, a big difference between yours and mine, as presented, comes down to one word: Edit. I’m merciless, and yet, others who also understand the editing process can go after my edits, sometimes putting images back!

    Editing on the page is excellent training for editing in the viewfinder. That idea is the outcome of having to pay for all that film and processing, especially for the really early 20th Century photographers. Before then, it was a logistic problem as well.

  35. Marion in Savannah
    May 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I think that the sun causes that, but I may be wrong. Mine stay “frosted” even after I’ve scrubbed them.

  36. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Lake Texoma flowing over the spillway, fourth time in history….More rain in forecast. We have given up on our septic for the time being- and we are not alone!

  37. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 10:09 am


  38. Marion in Savannah
    May 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Only the good die young, OHJ.

  39. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Never seen a turtle snap like that! Took me by surprise.

  40. Canyon2
    May 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Marion,
    I too scrub mine with the same result. Nice to know what happens to them since I did not have any to compare mine to until cmaukonen’s picture.

  41. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I will fully admit, I’m a lazy photographer. I do minimal editing. Do not use photoshop, to much work. I use Nikon Capture and that is all. Just a small bit of touch up. Some cropping and that’s it.

  42. May 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

    The folks like it, so if it works for you….!

    Nikon Capture has some good tools. I have it as well. My SO prefers it. The latest version is very good looking as well.

  43. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:26 am
  44. oldhippiejan
    May 25, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Good morning Canyon 2. Nearly ever year, I have a raccoon that climbs up the pole, sits his big butt down for a feast and breaks one of the pieces of glass. I then have to take the remaining good piece to the local Ace Hardware to have a new one made. Next time I’m just going to have a spare made. Wrapping the pole with foil also helps. oldhippiejan

  45. May 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Exactly who do you really get to vote for? AliceX yesterday posted a video reflecting on POTUS, and unless you dug down a bit right from the get-go, you would not see the con job.

    It’s way to orchestrated to be so simplistic, imo, anyway.

  46. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

    That is not one of my feeders. It’s one at the Canal Way Center Nature center. The bird I am told is a house finch.

  47. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Then I will be very long lived for sure. 🙂

  48. Rachel
    May 25, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Fred just took some of the Mucinex. That stuff does work miracles, I think.

  49. Chris Maukonen
    May 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Well going to take a brief lie down then off to Bedford reservation.

  50. Molly
    May 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Firepups, just getting online after a full and busy weekend. Family has departed, leaving me the usual mess of sheets, towels, dog hair, etc. to tidy up. I want to start planting my big pots, but it is very windy and we’ve had a few showers, so might not be ideal.

    I have a hummingbird feeder up and two hummers have been visiting. May be the same two I had last year, distinguishable from each other only by the way they feed. They’re ruby throats, and females I think — no red throat showing. One plops down and drinks and drinks and then flies off. The other hovers nervously and dips her beak into the little holes without even landing on the perch, and then skitters off. Fun to watch.

  51. Molly
    May 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    For anyone with experience: does that style feeder keep squirrels out? There are hordes of hungry squirrels around here. I might be interested in feeding birds, but NOT the squirrels, they’re little more than rodents.

  52. Marion in Savannah
    May 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    The holes where the seed comes out are covered with metal, so about the only things that the squirrels can do is leap on them and swing, or paw at the holes to knock seed out. The swinging is more of a problem.

  53. Canyon2
    May 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Good morning/afternoon oldhippiejan.
    Good to see your comments.
    I think making an extra piece of glass is a good idea and I never thought of wrapping the pole with foil. Thank you.
    Sorry I missed your comment when you made it, I had to go to the drug store for meds for my wife and just got back.
    Thinking of you today and hoping it is a good one for you.

  54. Beverly Lawson
    May 25, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, All…Continuing warnings for bad weather…..Our
    Fri night was awful. Lots of flooding…..we’ll be watching this
    afternoon. Thank you for the post and wonderful pictures…..
    really lovely. Later….

  55. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    like them?

    most all of them are extremely good and a couple are stunning!