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Red-Winged Blackbird
Upper Klamath Lake
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Blackbird on Cattails and Update!

Blackbird on Cattails and Update!
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Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well in the midst of this unprecedented outbreak. Steve and I are doing great and have all of our provisions in line. Our state of Oregon has not been hit hard by the coronavirus--though the numbers are increasing every day, only 70 have been reported as opposed to 1,000 in the state of Washington north of us and 700 in California, south of us. Steve went out for groceries a couple of days ago and was very happy to find that people weren't acting as crazy as they were a few days earlier. We both wanted to get everything in order in case the numbers start to go up and we're all asked to stay home as so many others have been.

I am still keeping my head down…this pandemic seems like a ridiculous Lifetime Channel 2-hr movie with all of the idiotic details that could never actually happen in real life--only, it's not a movie at all. We've got the crazy president spouting endless streams of jaw-dropping lies and denying everything going on (only to then do an about-face a day later), the people fighting over toilet paper and hand-sanitizer (captured on millions of YouTubes for incredulous viewing), and the reality of a virus which has infected people in 170 of the world's 195 countries, with total cases now over 200,000. Even prominent officials and movie stars have been infected, it seems so unreal. It's comforting to know that for the overwhelming majority who get this virus, it's like a mild cold. The flu, in comparison, is so much more dangerous! Still, this virus is still a rather unknown thing and that's what's worrisome. In any event, it's now a new cold virus we will have to deal with from now on. Let's hope that it becomes less dangerous to those with respiratory illness as time goes on.

The picture today was taken last April on our first RV trip to Upper Klamath Lake (about two hours from our home). Steve and I went on a "canoe trail" around the lake one day and had a lovely time taking pictures and taking in the peaceful beauty of this wonderful place. It was neat to hear all of the birds in the reeds and those flying by overhead. This lake is an important breeding ground for a plethora of species and a great destination for any bird watcher!

I hope all is going well for you these days, Pam. I was happy to know that you're looking at all of this with an educated eye and thinking about past sicknesses as a barometer for staying calm and not worrying about this virus. I appreciated your care-filled letter to give me understanding and knowledge too. Yes, this will all blow over, but I sure don't like seeing the numbers skyrocket! *MANY HUGS from southern Oregon*

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ColRam, Kama 56, Ruesterstaude, Erhard Bernstein and 40 other people have particularly liked this photo

31 comments - The latest ones
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Cool choice of aspect ratio! =)
2 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Hello Janet !! Nice free bird !!!
We have to stay home while flowers and trees are all in blossom !
I missed 2019 Spring, Summer, Autum and part of Winter, so I am used to be "in quarantine", but I do hope things will improve and that we all shall return to a normal life one day !! Let's live and enjoy anyway to be still there !!!!!!!!
2 months ago.
uwschu club
Was für ein hübscher Vogel !
Passt gut auf euch auf, bleibt gesund
2 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
Wow, a great shot!
2 months ago.
Jolie **********
2 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a lovely shot Janet. I’m please to hear that you are well. Take care my friend.
2 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Lovely capture.
Stay safe and healthy Janet.
2 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful image!!! In Bavaria/Germany, the number of infections continues to rise exponentially, despite numerous measures. Now curfews are threatening ...
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a fantastic picture here, Janet. The details on the bird is amazing.

Yes the news is very scary. People over the age of 70 have been asked to stay indoors/or at least in their gardens for the foreseeable future. They were talking about a few months!!!! If I had a car I could at least go out to the beach and stay a long way from everyone, but I don't so I can't. The numbers of the cases are rising every hour and I just can't see an end to it all. I am very fortunate in the fact that I've already got a full freezer and larder, anyway - but I'm still receiving goods delivered to my home. I have to stay in my lounge, and call out to the delivery men to just put the shopping on my kitchen table and then when they've gone, go out there and start putting them away!!!!!!!! I know it's for my protection too - but it seems very strange.

I am so pleased to hear that you are fully stocked up and can manage okay. Soon this will all blow away - I hope. Please look after yourself. xx
2 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
╚»★«╝ Lovely capture. Have a nice evening..╚»★«╝
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Very nice, Janet ! Keep safe !
2 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet. Thank you for posting to FFF.
2 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful picture!
2 months ago.
Annemarie club
2 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A spectacular bird and a wonderful capture, people have been going mad panic buying here including toilet rolls, I went to the nearest town today it was unusually quite
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Exquisite capture!

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2 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club




2 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
a beautiful capture with shallow DOF and great bokeh behind
Be careful JAnet, stay away to that virus, here in Iima we cannot move from home for 2 weeks, surely i spend a lot of time doing photos
Take care yourself¡¡¡
2 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Belle capture de cet oiseau noir bien accroché à sa tige ! Une vue agréable !
Je vous souhaite une bonne journée, Janet et surtout une bonne santé !
2 months ago.
trester88 club
Sehr schöne Aufnahme, Janet!
Die Pandemie hat uns im Griff und breitet sich weiter aus. Stand heute 0:00 Uhr: 10999 Infizierte in Deutschland! Und das sind nur die bekannten Fälle. Die Dunkelziffer ist viel höher. Wie müssen befürchten, dass es eine Ausgangssperre gibt. Aber die Maßnahmen sind notwendig. Einige Menschen haben leichte Symptome, aber andere erkranken schwer. Wenn es nicht genug Atemgeräte gibt, sterben viele der schwer Erkrankten. In Italien sind bereits 3000 Menschen gestorben. Sorry, euer Präsident ist ein Idiot! Höre nicht auf ihn und schütze dich selbst. Die Lage ist ernst! Bleib gesund!
2 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to trester88 club
He's an idiot and a total embarrassment. I just hope that the world doesn't think (most) Americans are like that moron. I'm so sorry that Germany and so many EU countries are having such a terrible time with this nasty virus. The US is about to show all of you up though, I'm afraid. As the fool at the helm has hampered every step to combat this thing before it explodes, it's going to be a horrifying show to watch unfold...fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight...
2 months ago.
trester88 club has replied to Janet Brien club
Stand heute, 14481 Infizierte in Deutschland, 3405 Tote in Italien! Das italienische Militär fährt die Toten zu einem Sammelfriedhof. Die Beerdigung findet ohne Angehörige statt. Die Situation verschärft sich! Hier kannst du dich informieren gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Pass gut auf dich auf, Janet! Meide Kontakte und bleib gesund!
2 months ago.
 Murray Leshner (Murrayatuptown)
Murray Leshner (Murr… club
Sanitizer vs. Insanitizer...
May the good one win...
2 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Nice letterbox composition. It looks like for the moment I'm going to be looking over my photo archive or becoming more interested in indoor macro photography. We live in strange times.
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Beautifully captured Janet.............and good to see you on IP, even briefly :-))

We call those Reed Mace...........and they're wonderfully photogenic. Spot on depth of field and lovely bokeh. I love the little bird!

Stay safe and well.
2 months ago.
tiabunna club
Beautifully captured, Janet. Stay safe in these difficult times.
2 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
2 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Lijkt op selectieve Kleur...Janet...Geweldig!
2 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
I love this image and the presentation you have chosen. And stay safe and stay well....
2 months ago.
ColRam club
Une belle prise Janet
7 weeks ago.
Dinesh club
Their classic perch....!
2 weeks ago.

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