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New Visitors! And an Update! :) (+1 inset)

New Visitors! And an Update! :) (+1 inset)
(+1 inset!) Note: Please forgive the poor quality of these two pictures! They were taken through our double--paned kitchen window and I neglected to check my settings so alas, the ISO is horrendous! :P Also, I wanted to say THANK YOU to Michel Cremoux for encouraging me to take pictures today and post an update! :)

I'm Doing Fine but the World Isn't!
Hello everyone! I'm checking in again to let everyone know that I'm ok but still hiding under a rock. It seems very strange to me that after all this time, I'm still not adjusted to this Coronavirus and the impact it's had on the world. I cannot turn off the part of my brain which works out the "chess moves" of what's going on from ground up and it hits me in the face every time.

For example, I see a person. They are older. They don't have a mask on. I think about the risk. I think about people violating the social distancing and gathering in all sorts of places. Then they cause another outbreak. Those people infect people at risk. They are brought to intensive care but some do not make it. And then…I cannot help but think of all of the temporary morgues, and the inconceivable notion of so many people dying alone, away from their families who love them so much but cannot get close to them…it's so horrible…

That same person, at the same instant. I wonder if they are out of a job because they just got laid off. Their company, did it go belly-up or did they use the opportunity to "trim the fat" and remove any employee that wasn't an ideal fit, since now it could be done with the excuse of the virus' detrimental impact. Or, was it a great company that got killed by the virus' implications? All those people, the history, ruined. So many companies, big and small, destroyed forever--and so many had been doing fabulously until the virus hit. The unemployment…the fears, the debts…it is a horrible new reality for so many MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of people.

Yet again, the same person. I wonder, are they not wearing a mask in defiance? I think about the politics of it all, from ground up, and around the world, the way every country is dealing with this pandemic. How the leaders of the countries are handling--or not handling--the virus and all that it entails. The callous reaction by many leaders sends me reeling in feelings of absolute rage and at the same time, complete helplessness and also total bewilderment that it's even possible that these people are in charge of entire countries…

Those are just three wheeling torrents that hit me when I see a person. That's just a sample. I am usually really good at compartmentalizing stuff like this, mentally organizing issues so that I'm not overwhelmed by negative situations. But in this case it's just SO MUCH. I am still trying to figure out how to handle the whirling dervishes of horrible scenarios that hit me in the face whenever I peek out at the world.

Playing Games Helps!
I have a love-hate relationship with video games. They are really fun but can be a total waste of time. There are so many better ways to spend ones time, but on the other hand, how about all of countless hours people spend watching tv or YouTube? At least with video games you're actively doing something other than sitting there vegging out on the sofa. The arguments on this are endless and the merits fall on both sides.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic video games have been a welcome--and needed--distraction for me. I wanted to play something absorbing and harmless and my first choice was a game called Garden Paws. What a wonderful game! I played it until there was no new content for me and finally had to find something new. Played some fun puzzle games including a really neat one called The Tiny Bang Story. But I wanted another game like Garden Paws, and found My Time at Portia. What a winner of a game!! It's the same sort of village community-building game as Garden Paws but much deeper. I'm totally captivated and if you are interested in this sort of pastime I would totally recommend it. So, if you wonder where I am these days, it's in the beautiful little town of Portia! :) If I'm lucky I'll finally be able to tame a Colorful Llama as my new mount! :)

The New Visitors--a Flock of QUAIL!
Since Steve and I moved to our home in southern Oregon, I've happened upon quail just a few times. A shame because I adore these birds! But in my experience I've known them to be very reclusive, shy birds, so I didn't expect more than that.

However, a couple of weeks ago, on my daily jaunt up and down the driveway, I disturbed a few birds as I walked down the road and was delighted when I heard the distinctive sound of QUAIL! Why, I hadn't encountered any of them on our property for a good ten years at least! I may not have seen but a flutter as they skedaddled into the brush but oh, such a smile I had on my face to hear their horrified clucking! :D I wondered if I should be so lucky as to encounter them again or if that was it.

A couple of days ago I was in the kitchen and looked out our window to check out the movement I spotted under our bird feeders (not filled right now). *GASP* My eyes nearly popped out of my head! NO! COULD IT BE?! Why…IT WAS A QUAIL!!!! *SQUEEEEE!!!!* I was glued to the spot, looking at the darling male pecking around for tasty bits to eat until he--and his magnificently silly bobbed feathers on his head--disappeared out of view. I couldn't stop smiling. I would have loved to have gotten a picture but my camera wasn't near and even if it was, the view through the window and fencing wouldn't have worked out. But I certainly told Steve! We wondered if it would be back.

Yesterday at brunch Steve looked out and exclaimed, "The quail is back! And there are at least two!" I ran over and peered out. OH!!!! Two boys…WAIT! THREE!! No…FOUR! FIVE…SIX QUAIL!!! We determined there were four males and two dainty females, all carefully picking around for goodies in the grass. What fun to see them! Steve and I went on and on about their beautiful feathers and the joy of seeing them, taking turns to look through our binoculars to get better views. Such pretty birds they are. Always there was one who kept a careful lookout for danger as the others pecked away. Our meal plans stopped as we enjoyed the show, and only returned to it after they'd disappeared from view. What a great treat it was to see them! We crossed our fingers that they'd be back.

This morning when I stepped into the kitchen with Pumpkin, we were greeted by an attentive male quail sitting on the porch railing!! OH MY!! We all stared at one another and I couldn't resist scurrying to get my Sony to try for a picture or two. I thought, even if I can only get pictures through the kitchen window, it will still be so wonderful!

Well, as it turns out, I WAS able to grab my camera and get a bunch of pictures! :) I'm so happy that I captured this beautiful bird!! :) Unfortunately I didn't check my settings first…so the ISO is an outrageous 5k and the images are all terribly grainy. Wahhhhhh! And the aperture was set to 11 and that didn't help either. I hope you'll all forgive the poor quality but…I did take pictures today of a wonderful little bird who was brave enough to hang around for me to get these images! :) (By the way, the second I slowly opened the door for better pictures he jumped off the railing to the flock below and they made their way out of view shortly thereafter!)

Hello Pam!
And what of YOU and quail? I expect you may have them where you live but I don't think you've gotten any pictures? *peeky…* NOPE, or not posted anyway! Sending big huts your way my dear!! :)

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38 comments - The latest ones
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
MAGNIFICENT captures, Janet *******************************************
2 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Belle et fascinante capture...!
2 weeks ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! beautiful capture, superb detail.
2 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe Colin de Virginie mâle
2 weeks ago.
Dinesh club
Beautiful image, I like his hair style!
2 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful Janet
welcome back.
2 weeks ago.
Thérèse club
Superbe prise !
2 weeks ago.
cammino club
Hi, Pam,
Covid is a whole new experience for all of us. But we're not gonna let it get us down. Because: Fear eats the soul (that's the name of a German film by R. W. Fassbinder).
2 weeks ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une cousine de notre perdrix ?
2 weeks ago.
RHH club
So very nice to hear from you again, Janet. Thought maybe you'd been eaten up by a monster out of a video game. This guy is anything but a monster, but what an odd creature he is with that little crest bobbing around. I suppose female quails are charmed by it and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'm thankful I don't have to wear a tuft like that to keep Nancy happy.

We are at the moment watching ten guys dig up a water line across the street. Nine of them are supervising and one is working. Drive's me nuts to watch them standing around but that's the way things get done in Spokane unless you hire Russians or Mexicans. They work! I think, however, that they've taken a break for lunch though it's only 11:15.

We are on a shared well and there's a leak in the line that is flooding the neighbor's yard and threatening her next-door neighbor with a flood. We've had water turned off and on since Saturday and i don't know how long it will take these guys to find the leak and give us water again. Maybe we'll have water again by next week, but at their rate of work I doubt it.

Nancy is outside working on the lawn. She has done miracles. We had weeds and bare ground when we moved in and now have a back lawn and the start of a front lawn. I think, though, from the latest reports that she's had about enough of grubbing in the ground. she's even fixed up the old pond in back. I only do the mowing now, but I'm good with that.

I just finished getting meals ready for our backbacking trip the end of July (with two brothers) over the seven pass loop in the Maroon Bells. Hope it doesn't get cancelled but we'll see. Our trip to Europe is off, though we may still go to Iceland if that works out. Northern Ireland, England, Normandy and Paris are rescheduled for next year if things change, that is.

We've only been seeing our daughter and her family. Neal is still under a total lockdown and is very sad and lonely when we talk to him. We bring him treats several times a week but have only been able to talk to him by phone while he stands at his window. Miss him dreadfully and wish this craziness would go away, but understand the need for safety.
2 weeks ago.
 Michel Cremoux
Michel Cremoux club
HO !!! la la !!!!!!!!!!! pour une photo prise comme tu la décrite et bien chapeau , moi je la trouve extra . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Je te souhaite une bonne soirée ainsi qu'à ta famille !!!
2 weeks ago. Edited 2 weeks ago.
sunlight club
Superbe !
2 weeks ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent capture Janet.
Stay safe and thankyou for posting to FFF.
2 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Wonderful birds sometimes you have to ignore the window it's that or nothing. Take the precautions that are required in your country and enjoy the things you can the flowers are blooming the birds are singing wonderful cloud formations. It it's not a virus thing but there isa well known poster in the UK 'Keep Calm and Carry On'
2 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Photo très intéressante. Nicole.
2 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a fantastic photo of this quail. I've heard of quails but hadn't realised what they looked like. I really love the top feather on his head. So cute.
2 weeks ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Hola Janet. Ya has salido a fotografiar. Me alegro, supongo que en ese aislamiento maravilloso que contaste estarás bien y a salvo. Eso deseo y espero. Bueno, la foto es muy buena y el PiP también, entre ambos dos posturas y bien que se ve todo, también sus ojos.
2 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding shots! Stay well!

Admired in:
2 weeks ago.
uwschu club
schau an, was für ein Kopfschmuck.
Lange nichts gesehen von Dir, alle gesund?
2 weeks ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbe oiseau, jolie capture même si elle est improvisée, c'est cel qui fait le charme aussi !
Bonne journée, Janet !
2 weeks ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Hi Janet! Was hast Du für lustige Besucher vor Deinem Fenster? :)

Deine Gedanken...ich kann sie verstehen! Es geht uns allen auf dieser Welt ähnlich und das ist
vielleicht das einzig Gute daran! Jeder tut gerade einfach das, was er für richtig hält und die Vernunft bleibt bei Vielen aussen vor. Trotz aller Bemühungen und Forschungen, ob Trump oder
Merkel...was genau passiert, kann niemand wissen...aber wir können hoffen!!!
Bleib gesund und erfreu Dich an den lustigen Freunden vor Deinem Fenster! Alles Gute!
2 weeks ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Un bel oiseau joliment saisi !**************
Bonne journée Janet.
2 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

13 days ago.
tiabunna club
G'day Janet, great images of these little quail with the wacky hairstyle. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who sometimes grabs the camera without properly checking settings! It's also good to hear that you're hanging on tightly over there. Stay safe!
13 days ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Everything comes to you at the right time, and despite the window and forgotten settings, it' s easy to see what it is. :)
Great to read you and Steve are well, Janet. It is not easy for highly sensitive people to deal with the impressions of catastrophes, but I am certain that you will find a way - and I wish you that with all my heart. Take good care, and stay safe and well!
13 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Hi Janet (*waves)..........good to see you checking in again and to know that you and Steve are still safe and well.

I love the photos.............I don't think I've ever seen Quail in the wild, but they are kept as aviary birds here sometimes and I always thought they were very cute. In my view a photo captured through a window (even at the wrong iso etc) is better than no photo at all, but these are very usable, especially the one in the PiP.

Take care of yourselves...........and do what you must to get through this terrible time :-)
13 days ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Wow Janet....6 quail all at once lol, and your pictures are lovely.
It's really nice to see you again. I know its very hard times right now. I think its like a nightmare that I cannot wake up from. We are in week 9 of a 12 week lock down. It beggars belief how many selfish people I see pass my house, and not social distancing, strolling along in groups, no regard for anyone else's safety. They may think differently if one of their elderly relatives doesn't make it :-(
Anyway, you stay strong Janet, and Steve. Big hugs from me in the UK.
13 days ago. Edited 13 days ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Fabulous shots Janet,
I have the bleach ready as your President suggests!! (say no more) I go out once a week and get shopping in. I am one of those people over 70 and I don't wear a mask because the UK government said they offered no protection at all, now they are suggesting we need them on buses which takes them away from the NHS who need them and anyway no shops have them now (confusing or what), But there is that pond that keeps us apart so you are in no danger!!

13 days ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Tolle Aufnahmen, Janet !
13 days ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Een pracht van een vogeltje Janet...Alles goed met jou ? Stay Safe!!
13 days ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Fabulous shots of these amazing birds (and I don't notice the 'poor' quality, only the amazing shots!)
I feel very similar to you Janet. You describe the fears and disquiet of so many of us and express them very well. We all wish it were not so but we all have to deal with it the best we can.
Stay very safe.
13 days ago.
dgmphoto club
Nice images - I don't remember ever seeing one off these.
13 days ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
good that you are doing fine.
13 days ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Beautiful capture, happy you are well, take care, stay safe
13 days ago.
Esther club
This is a wonderful shot of the quail.
12 days ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Ein eitler Knabe!
10 days ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I can see lots of fine details in the plumage, so the quality is not so bad. I love the shallow depth of field and the excellent bokeh. All the best, Joe
10 days ago.
Ruesterstaude club
trotz oder vielleicht gerade wegen ISO 4000 ist dir das Foto gut gelungen, Janet, denn eine längere Belichtungszeit und/oder offenerer Blende wäre vielleicht nicht so gut gewesen. –

Was du über Corona erzählst, ja, da machen wir alle uns viele Gedanken und sind traurig, ohne zu einem Ergebnis zu kommen. Ich frage mich auch, ob es sinnvoll war, die Kontakte und die wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten so weit herunterzufahren, anstatt nur streng darauf zu achten, dass wir bei Gesprächen den notwendigen Abstand halten. Vielleicht gibt es dadurch indirekt noch mehr Tote oder zumindest unglückliche Menschen. Vergleicht man diese Maßnahmen mit denen, die man ohne größere Schwierigkeiten im Straßenverkehr einführen könnte, um Unfälle zu vermeiden und Menschenleben zu retten, dann passt das nicht zusammen.

Ich wünsche dir trotzdem noch einen schönen Sonntag – und komm gut in und durch die nächste Woche!
9 days ago.

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