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LVG

I really ought to take a picture of our sour cherry before all the blooms disappear. It looks and smells amazing this year! 

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Tunhope

I have to Google so many of the animals and birds on this thread as we don't have them in the UK ( not wild anyway) I now know that a mule deer has large ears - which begs a question @Muledeer.........

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Skycaptain

Which reminds me of something I didn't see yesterday. Not a single bunny out and about, normally there are lots of them at Trosley. 

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LilyG

This hawk showed up back in 2016 ... only got 2 semi-good shots of it  (the one flying isn't very good...).  I think they are beautiful and I get SO excited when one comes around -- but hate that they are probably only here to hunt my little birds at my feeders :( 

 

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LVG

That's the one downside to having feeders. They will attract coopers hawks. And squirrels. I had to chase one away this morning three times. Luckily, it only shows up once and a while. 

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daveb

I was out driving this morning and I saw a squirrel use a pedestrian crossing (probably just coincidence). It's a street crossing that connects a greenspace trail on either side of the street. Later I saw another squirrel in the street, just sitting there as I drove up. Fortunately it ran back off the street as I approached.

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LilyG

@LVG  You being from PA, we probably have a lot of the same little critters running around.  :)  I don't mind the small animals - fox, raccoon, opossum, etc.  Don't like bears here at all anymore though.  I rarely see hawks so it's kind of amazing when they do show up.  Weird thing is ... I hardly ever see any squirrels.  I'm surrounded by woods so you'd think they would be everywhere.  But they only show up maybe two or three times in a year.  But chipmunks...omg...I'm over-run with freakin chipmunks  LOL   Those little acrobats can clean out a feeder so fast!

 

 

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Mz Terry

My little dog amongst the bluebells which are still in full flower here.

 

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Been pleased to see house sparrows in the garden quite regularly for a few days.

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Tunhope

@Mz Terry is your little dog a Shelty? (not sure of the spelling)? And everybody whose photos are on the site, they are smashing.

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Mz Terry

@Tunhope, yes, he is a sheltie.

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LVG
20 hours ago, LilyG said:

@LVG  You being from PA, we probably have a lot of the same little critters running around.  :)  I don't mind the small animals - fox, raccoon, opossum, etc.  Don't like bears here at all anymore though.  I rarely see hawks so it's kind of amazing when they do show up.  Weird thing is ... I hardly ever see any squirrels.  I'm surrounded by woods so you'd think they would be everywhere.  But they only show up maybe two or three times in a year.  But chipmunks...omg...I'm over-run with freakin chipmunks  LOL   Those little acrobats can clean out a feeder so fast!

 

 

We have tons of squirrels and chipmunks around here. Also hawks a plenty, especially red-tails. Thankfully, no bears in the city.

 

So, I finally got a couple of pictures of our sour cherry. 

 

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I wish you all could smell them. 

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froglady

The apple blossoms opened today. Even if there were no apples I think that I would grow them just for the flowers. I don't know how to post pictures.

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daveb
6 minutes ago, froglady said:

I don't know how to post pictures.

You have to get a url link to pictures. That means if you want to post your own pics you have to upload them to some online site that allows you to get a link that can be posted here. Some of the photo-hosting sites have changed their policies and/or software, so it's harder to find ones that allow users to grab a link and post it here. Once you find the right site and get a link you can usually just paste the link into a post and it will automatically show the picture. I do wish it were easier/more straightforward though! I have found that sometimes people can view my photos and sometimes they can't, but haven't figured out why or what the trick is. :( 

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froglady

Thanks for the information about pictures. I had no idea how to do it.

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LilyG

@froglady    I just copy/pasted the pic itself -- seemed to work ok.

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daveb
1 hour ago, LilyG said:

@froglady    I just copy/pasted the pic itself -- seemed to work ok.

Copy/paste from where? You must have it hosted online somewhere, right?

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LilyG

@daveb  yes, online - but just copy/paste, didn't use url/link.  I couldn't get the url to work.

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daveb
2 minutes ago, LilyG said:

@daveb  yes, online - but just copy/paste, didn't use url/link.  I couldn't get the url to work.

Which site?

I've tried from a couple of sites (my old picasa albums, and my newer google photos albums) and can't get them to work. Can't get urls for the former anymore and the ones I get from google photos don't always seem to work. Nor does copy/paste. I want to find a reliable site and method so I can post vacation pics. :) 

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LilyG

 

Imgur.com   -- just copy/pasted this from that site. 

I love the sunrise!  :) 

 

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LilyG

and facebook pics work too, btw

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daveb
21 minutes ago, LilyG said:

and facebook pics work too, btw

I don't do fb :P 

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Midland Tyke
1 hour ago, LilyG said:

 

Imgur.com   -- just copy/pasted this from that site. 

I love the sunrise!  :) 

 

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That's the site I use, too.

Nice sunset!

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Tunhope

Golden gardens everywhere (laburnums in flower.) And the first swift (SE England) Bird (and animal and butterfly) migrations leave me amazed. Swifts and swallows especially. Love the info about pictures ( and always really appreciate the photos). Still haven't figured it out though.

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daveb
2 hours ago, Tunhope said:

Still haven't figured it out though.

Apparently I haven't either. :(

Imgur won't let me sign up - I get a 403 error. Google photos doesn't seem to have a straightforward way to get a link and even when I get one it doesn't always show the pic for everyone.

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Tunhope

I don't even know what Imgur is so you're way ahead of me there@daveb

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froglady

I havent figured it out either.

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daveb
22 minutes ago, Tunhope said:

I don't even know what Imgur is so you're way ahead of me there@daveb

It's a photo-hosting website that several people on AVEN have mentioned they use to post their pics here. :) 

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Midland Tyke
51 minutes ago, daveb said:

It's a photo-hosting website that several people on AVEN have mentioned they use to post their pics here. :) 

you have to open a (free) account. At www.imgur.com  Its name is a bastardisation of "your image"

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daveb
2 hours ago, Midland Tyke said:

you have to open a (free) account. At www.imgur.com  Its name is a bastardisation of "your image"

It won't let me. I get a 403 error.

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LVG

I'm pretty sure our vitex is dead. They're not really a zone 5 plant, but it thrived the last two years. I guess this year's winter was just too harsh. I'll miss that plant. It had such interesting leaves and flowers. :( 

 

On the bright side, our newly planted winterthur viburnums are getting flowers. :) 

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