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Pictures for Pam, Day 49: HFF: Cyprus Forest

Pictures for Pam, Day 49: HFF: Cyprus Forest
(+ 2 foggy panorama insets!)

Although the days are now beginning to get longer, it was still pitch black when I got up today. I peeked out and saw the reason why. Storm clouds and a thick layer of fog hung heavy over our valley and kept the dawn at bay until Pumpkin and I were downstairs and getting the day started. Finally it began to get light, hooray! :) My morning was its normal bustle of activity as I prepared for my morning exercise. It would be nice to walk in the cool foggy setting. (see my insets!)

As I started my first lap down to the gate I heard a wonderful sound. This noise made me stop walking and direct a beaming smile across the road and into a far tree.

"Bar! Bar-bar-bar-bar-BAR!" Exactly HOW does one spell the sound of an outraged grey squirrel? I found an audio file that is very close to what I was hearing if you'd like to listen for yourself: Sounds of an annoyed Gray squirrel. (Our grey squirrels have fewer "barks" that are much louder, have more of an echo sound, and their calls carry a long distance.)

I listened gleefully as a Western Grey Squirrel yelled an extremely disgruntled string of expletives at an unfortunate target nearby. "BAR-BAR-BAR! Bar! Bar-BAR-BAR-BAR!" Oh dear. Somebody was in BIG TROUBLE. I felt sorry for the recipient of the dressing-down. More yelling ensued. My eyes twinkled mischievously.

I couldn't help snickering because whenever I hear this glorious scolding, I immediately picture what it looks like. As we all know, squirrels are hopelessly fluffy. Some might even describe them as blubberously round! When they vocalize, their torsos UNGULATE with each noise! At the same time, their tails flick in time to the furious outburst! If you should be so lucky as to see this, you will likely collapse onto the ground in a helpless fit of hysterics!

I ask you: how can anything take a squirrel seriously when they deliver such a hilarious scolding?

Grey squirrels aren't usually seen on our property, but I've encountered them a few times. I'll be out taking pictures, minding my own business and suddenly I become the target of a verbal lashing of epic proportion by a grey squirrel! Why, THE NERVE! How RUDE! Looking up, I worry about acorns raining down around me!

Angry squirrel yells down at me, "HEY! HUMAN! GET OUTA HERE!!" Gasping in shock, all I can do is laugh in delight and ask for more. "What's that, Mr. Squirrelly Whirlly? I can't hear you!" Disgusted retorts ensue, "YOU HEARD ME! YOU STINK! LEAVE THIS PLACE! YOU'RE NOT WELCOME!"

Peering up through the branches I spot the pulsing body and flicking tail. I lose it. "BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!!!!" Outraged squirrel blasts a foul retort. "THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER, YOU DISPICABLE BI-PED!"

I trade insults until tears of mirth are rolling down my cheeks and my sides are hurting from my nonstop chortling. I must leave before I die laughing, so I stagger away, giggling weakly as the sounds of a victorious squirrel are heard behind me. "THAT'S RIGHT, YOU DISGUSTING EXCUSE FOR A MAMMAL! FEAR ME, FOR I AM THE MASTER OF THIS PLACE! DO NOT COME BACK HERE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES!!" Wiping the tears from my cheeks I mumble in exhaustion, "Oh dear…I may never recover." What fun…oh how I adore tree squirrels! They have no idea how funny they are!

Turning my focus to today's picture, it's HAPPY FENCE FRIDAY! LOL, ok well it's Thursday here in the US but posting my HFF picture today works out the best. I've selected another image from our motorcycle trip back in 2016. Since it was foggy today, I picked a misty image that I hope you'll all enjoy. This particular spot was along the California coast where a Cyprus forest obscured the view of the ocean. It was a rainy day with a thick layer of fog and you can see the mist beyond the trees. This picture was taken from my spot behind Steve as we enjoyed this beautiful ride towards San Francisco.

Pam, I saw that you'd gotten to visit San Francisco not too long ago! I would have loved to try to come down from Oregon to meet you but it looks like you had a great time without any help from me! I do know that at some point Steve and I will be going on an RV trip around the US and so eventually there will be pin mark on the map where we visit you! What a fun occasion to think about. :) I can't wait to give you a real, honest to goodness *HUGGGGGGGG*!!!! :D Hope you're having a nice day my dear!

Explored on 12/28/18, highest placement, #2.

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49 comments - The latest ones
WOW! Love the color and composition, Janet.
Stunning photograph.
Perfect work.
Have a great weekend.
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding sepia and PIPs!

Admired in:
22 months ago.
tiabunna club
Beautiful images, from the sepia of the main to the processing of the second pano PiP, Janet. We have plenty of wildlife, but I can't think of any that sit and give cheek the way you describe from the squirrels. HFF and best wishes for the last weekend of the year and for 2019.
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Great in Sepia, Janet ! HFF and a very nice last weekend of this year !
22 months ago.
niraK68 club
HFF Janet
22 months ago.
neira-Dan club
une belle étude monochrome !!
HFF Janet
22 months ago.
Erika+Manfred club
HFF, have a good weekend and new year
22 months ago.
Berny club
HFF Janet and best wishes for 2019!
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful moody/foggy images Janet.
HFF and a nice weekend.
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Very beautiful images, Janet !! HFF and a great week-end ahead !!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
 Old Owl
Old Owl club
Beautiful pictures, Janet. HFF to you and yours; I hope your weekend and the year ahead are good ones.
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
And HFF to you too, Janet.
Excellent shot and PiPs, as usual!
22 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
great Sepia work! HFF to you!
22 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
HFF Janet, have a nice weekend.
22 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
HFF and a very nice weekend !!!
22 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
HFF to you Janet... and ''all the best of wishes'' for the New Year 2019... too...
Cheers from... David J'... UK.
22 months ago.
stopmaster club
Welcome to the Waldwege group. TFS !
22 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
My kind of scene Janet. Love the toning too. These trees look ancient -a very nice fence to boot!
I used to love grey squirrels but moreso the rare reds. We now have a great problem in our garden, as the greys dig up our small lawn continually - hiding and looking for nuts. Our garden is resembling a war zone. Knocking in the window to shoo them away, does nothing -they just stare as if to say -'who do you think you are to scare-not me -these are my nuts! ' Ah well. ⭐

HFF and A Happy new Year to you, Herb
22 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Beautiful view and toning, I like also the PiPs.

HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
uwschu club
HFF Janet, ich mag diesen monotonen Charakter deines Fotos
21 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
it's beautiful *** Have a nice weekend, Janet !
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Très joli choix de traitement pour cette clôture forestière, j'aime beaucoup !*******************
HFF Janet et une belle fin de semaine aussi.
21 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
fine view and work !
21 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Marvellous nature!*******************
21 months ago.
Boro club
SUPERBE ************
21 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wow, what a wonderful collection of impressive pictures. Like specially the mood and atmosphere. HFF, and the best wishes for the next year, Janet !
21 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Très belles images
Bonne fin de semaine Janet
21 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
These are atmospheric pictures. Looks like a forest where fairies and dwarves live.
21 months ago.
trester88 club
Wunderschöne monochrome Impression! Ich mag die Dunstschleier im Hintergrund!
HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful foggy landscapes!
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photo et notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful description of squirrel wrath, Janet. They are indeed quite funny when angry. Stunning photo as well and the sepia tones make it even better.
We still have all the family here - two have gone home - but there's been some flu and colds going the rounds and everyone is just taking it easy today.
It has been bird central here the last couple days - lots of house finches, goldfinches, sparrows, red-wing blackbirds, doves, a whole flock of California quail, several nuthatches, some starlings, of course, and the two flickers, but they are incredibly shy. We've snow on the ground and that seems to have brought them in huge numbers. Even had deer at the feeders licking the seed off the ground and licking at the feeders, and three of them bedded down in the back yard for the night. Two moose were seen down the road a bit as well.
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful picture. Like esp. the left inset, too.
21 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I love the strong graphic shapes of the trees and the sepia toning. HFF and a great weekend to you, Janet. All the best for 2019. Cheers, Joe
21 months ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
Nice series Janet.
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une belle composition et une belle ambiance ..... c' est parfait janet !!
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful tones and atmosphere helped by that lovely sepia colour Janet,
the clouds and mist in the pips are just my type of image and both are terrific shots,
HFF and a good weekend
21 months ago.
Xata club
Sepia fica-lhe na perfeição Janet. HFF e boas entradas
21 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Another great story Janet ......I so LoVe wooded areas, but not been since I lost my Girls ( 2 Springer Spaniels ) I am only 3min walk from a Wooded Country Park, but really not a place to go on your own. Also my thoughts drifted to another wooded area not far from where I live with hoards of Squirrels, I went armed with a bag of Peanuts & my Camera & they were very obliging. All gone I say walked away only to look back & they are following me like I was the Pied Piper !!!
Great image LoVe the moody feel ....Have a good weekend !!!
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I listened to the disgruntled squirrel and it's the first time I've ever heard one. Yes I wouldn't know how to write that noise down neither!!!

I wish I could walk around the land like you do. The misty photo and the sepia image are fantastic. The wood on the main photo is fantastic. Very atmospheric too.
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
I love all three of your foggy photos! Our squirrels are red ones, you don't see them much in winter but they have been very active in autumn collecting nuts:-)
Belated HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Beautiful image and atmosphere!********
Happy New Year!!!
21 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
I like the PiPs very much!
21 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Belated HFF Janet...lovely shots!
Happy New Year to you .....xxxxx
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
21 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Dem Wald hast du eine schöne Atmosphäre gegeben, Janet! Eichhörnchen oder Erdhörnchen sehe ich aber nicht. Bei uns gibt es eigentlich nur Eichhörnchen, rötlich oder braun und zwar ganz viele. Sie sagen ganz scharf „Tack, Tack, Tack“, wenn sie Gefahr sehen. Wenn Sie nicht verfolgt werden, werden sie zutraulich und fressen aus der Hand. Wo sie verfolgt werden, weil sie ja viele Vogelnester ausrauben, sind sie scheu.
Dir Steve und Pam alles Gute für das neue Jahr!
21 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Marvelous photograph and processing ! ******

Wish you and yours a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019, dear Janet.
21 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Superb shot! ***** =O
21 months ago.

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