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Female Western Bluebird...and...We're Going Camping Again!!! (+3 insets!)

Female Western Bluebird...and...We're Going Camping Again!!! (+3 insets!) 

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Exciting News! But First, a Brief Summary of the Past 9 Months…
Steve and I have been sequestered away on our property for what seems like forever...

When we got back from Canada last September, we were both shell-shocked from the ordeal of our broken-down trailer. Then we bought a new trailer and got rid of the old one. Steve spent a long time working on upgrading and changing this and that to make it a real home on the road. However, before we could even begin planning our trip, an enormous wrench was tossed in the works…the corona virus descended upon China and eventually, the whole planet.

At first I couldn't stop studying the statistics. When reality hit--this was really a pandemic--I dove into a hole, stopped reading the news, escaped into a series of video games to keep me distracted, and month by month, time passed.

My sensitive and empathic nature, combined with the inability to block my mental chess games about what everything meant, kept me very distant from everything because the truth that rolled out was a totally overwhelming pill to swallow. Some of my worries didn't come to pass--most importantly, friends and family both online and off--have all survived without issue instead of dropping like flies. Others have--horrendous casualties due to countless stupid, selfish people, for instance.

Recently we've watched as the United States has begun to open up again and wondered if we might ever get to take our trailer out. Steve's sister called a few weeks ago to say that she'd gone on a camping trip in her trailer, and that it worked out fine. We did a bit of nosing about. It looked like things might be easing up for RV camping…up to this point, Oregon State Parks were shut down for overnight stays, but as of June, parks were slowly starting up again.

We Reserved a Campsite!!!!
Yesterday Steve's sister called again…she'd just returned from a weekend at another campground and wondered how we were doing. She got Steve excited and he looked around at various nearby campgrounds. To our surprise, a place we'd found a year ago, which we'd hoped to some day stay at, had exactly one space available in two weeks…for a whole week! Over Fourth of July Weekend, no less!

Excited does not express our feelings about this latest development! The very idea of camping…getting off this property…staying somewhere else for a while…WHAT AN AMAZING CONCEPT!!!

We are going to try stringing on reservations as we can with hopes to stay out for a few weeks at the least. The way the reservations are set up right now makes it a bit interesting because you can't reserve a month out, only as far out as two weeks. We are curious to see how it all works out.

Oregon Coast, Here We Come!
We're going to stay at a lovely little campground along the Oregon coast, and from there, we'll see about reserving other campsites here and there. It will be a fantastic opportunity to revisit some of the places from last year's Coastal Trip but this time we're hoping to spend more time in each spot! If all goes well, we'll get to stay in campgrounds that were booked up last year, but we'll be delighted to repeat visits to places we stayed at before.

It's interesting how our plans have changed. Last year we'd hoped to be heading to some national parks this season, or off to other states…but what with all that's gone down, we want to stay nearby in case we need to get back home in a reasonably short amount of time. Things are in such flux and *shakes head* there are upticks of virus outbreaks all over the place…who knows what that will mean? But we're going to head out and cross our fingers that we can camp and enjoy ourselves.

Today's Pictures
I'm posting a few more birdy pictures from last fall. Aren't they the cutest?! How wonderful it's been to have this marvelous super-zoom camera with its better capabilities!

The bird in the main picture and first inset is a female Western Bluebird. At first I didn't think so because she isn't displaying any blue feathers whatsoever. But looking at various pictures online and reading more, I've learned that though they usually show a bit of blue, some females do not.

I am also sharing a picture of a Lesser Goldfinch and a Pewee with a spider snack! I hope you enjoy the show!

Explored on 6/15/20; highest placement #2.

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46 comments - The latest ones
 Michel Cremoux
Michel Cremoux club
Trés belle prises , mignon tout ça !!!!!!
7 weeks ago.
Superbes ***********
7 weeks ago.
 Liliane LR
Liliane LR club
7 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Tendresse et beauté ....!
7 weeks ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
de beaux portraits et un bokeh multicolore sympa !!
7 weeks ago.
uwschu club
herrliche Aufnahmen, die du uns zeigst, Janet.
Das Leben kehrt langsam zurück, vieles wird noch andauern.
Wir können unseren 25. Hochzeitstag nächste Woche nicht feiern, alles wurd abgesagt, auch unsere Reise wurde gecancelt. Wir sind gesund, das ist das Wichtigste. Alles andere wird nachgeholt.
Liebe Grüße,
7 weeks ago.
sunlight club
Das sind ganz wunderbare Aufnahmen Janet; danke für's Zeigen !
7 weeks ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Beautiful series of pictures Janet
7 weeks ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to:
Splendeurs De La Nature
7 weeks ago.
Ruth club
Beautiful photo Janet.
I’m pleased to hear that yourself and Steve are well and that you have a trip planned. So far this year since the virus hit we’ve had to cancel three of our jaunts away, well I say cancel they have been re-booked for next year. We’ve another one coming up for the 9th July, fingers crossed at the moment that we can go. It’s a self catering holiday cottage in the grounds of a big Manor House next to a river set in beautiful gardens, so very private and away from any crowds. We wait and see.
7 weeks ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Un rendu exceptionnel ! Bravo !
7 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
most beautiful
Happy new week:)
7 weeks ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful shots!
7 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb images.
7 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Wonderful set of bird images Janet, enjoy your trip
7 weeks ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Las cuatro fotografías son excepcionales. Una de las cosas que valoro es cuando se ven tan bien los ojos a los pájaros que puedes hasta advertir si están tranquilos o inquietos.
7 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome close-up and PIPs! Stay well!Stay well!
Admired in: www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
RHH club
Great bird photos, Janet, though actually that isn't strong enough - should have said they were stunning detail and color. Had photos today of an Oriole (Hooded?) and a Snowy Egret, which means we are not on the west coast, of course.

We are in the town of Alpena tonight with youngest son and his wife. We traveled across Michigan and are working our way up the coast of Lake Huron. Nancy spent most of the day picking up stones and I thought of you.

She (and we) spent quite a bit of time looking for Petosky Stones the state stone of Michigan and found a lot of them. Nancy has them all laid out on a table and I told her she should send some to you - she has more than she wants.

Petosky Stones are a fossil coral that is fairly common along the shores of the lower peninsula of Michigan. They polish beautifully and are often made into jewelry. If you'd like some we'll send them. Wishing, too, we had a polisher.

Had a good trip, though the weather was rough - snow in Montana and heavy rain across Minnesota and Wisconsin - and are enjoying time with family. Leaving for the Chicago area Wednesday and for a wedding there.

Guess that's it for now.
7 weeks ago.
Kawasirius club
Formidable série sur ces beaux oiseaux ! La qualité remarquable de prises de vues donne une grande envie de les admirer !
Merci pour votre visite, Janet, je vous souhaite une bonne semaine !
7 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
Quelle jolie série de portraits , plein de finesse et d'amour de la nature
7 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! That’s perfect, Janet !
7 weeks ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
adorable *****belle prise Janet *
7 weeks ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to:
Splendeurs De La Nature
7 weeks ago.
grobi358 club
Cuty birds! Beautiful Foto Janet! I`d missed you here!
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
 Murray Leshner (Murrayatuptown)
Murray Leshner (Murr… club
Good news!

...and I'd been wondering when Petoskey Stones might come into view here.
7 weeks ago.
 Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor club
Exquisite detail in these lovely portraits.
7 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Lovely capture, very impressive.
Great news about your planned trip to Oregon. I hope you and Steve have a fantastic time.

Have a good day Janet......:-)
7 weeks ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wunderschöne Vogel-Aufnahmen, Janet – und so schön scharf auch mit glänzenden Augen!
7 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
Excellent bird captures, Janet. You certainly have that Sony superzoom delivering great results. Good to see you again, have a great trip.
7 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Just ADORABLE, Janet !!!!!!!!! *********************** Have a lovely day, my friend !!!!
7 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A beautiful little series Janet..........all with lovely light and wonderful detail. Nice job!

Great to hear that you and Steve are getting out and about at last............I would have thought your trailer home was the ideal way to do a bit of social distancing! I wish you all the best.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my Woodpecker shots. They're still visiting a couple of times a day which is great. We also have four squirrels that seem to have made our garden their playground (our lawn now has holes in it everywhere) and four or five Wood Pigeons that are eating us out of house and home.

Also a resident Robin, regular visits from crows, magpies, jackdaws and the odd wren and blue tit. It's a like a wildlife park :-))

Take care and stay safe!
6 weeks ago. Edited 6 weeks ago.
cammino club
A beautiful bird series. Very well done!
6 weeks ago.
dgmphoto club
Nice selection of small birds. I hope you come back from your camping trip with more images to share.
6 weeks ago.
trester88 club
Großartige Aufnahmen dieses schönen Vogels!
6 weeks ago.
Xata club
Grande série, bravo*****************
6 weeks ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent capture Janet.
Stay safe and thankyou for posting to FFF.
6 weeks ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
wow!!! wonderful
6 weeks ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A lovely bird portrait, Janet. Your use of light and shadow is wonderful. The detail in the plumage is amazing. I love the colours in the background blur. Keep safe! All the best, Joe
6 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Twietwietwiet Blue Bird --Mooi Janet
6 weeks ago.
HappySnapper club
You are safe from the virus provided you follow the rules and apply common sense. If I were an American I would be more worried about what happening in the White house.

That's a beautiful shot of the Blue Bird, best therapy of all.
6 weeks ago. Edited 6 weeks ago.
 Mick Herbert
Mick Herbert club
Lovely portrait !

Thank you for posting your wonderful image to:
Splendeurs De La Nature
6 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh how wonderful for you, Janet. You must have been going slightly crazy having to stay in your home all this time, when normally you'd been travelling all over the place. Yes the coronavirus has changed lives so much. In the most awful ways for a lot of people, but strangely enough in good ways for some. Suddenly people are starting to consider others, helping others, talking a lot to people, volunteering to help anyone and being a phone friend to those who are lonely. So hopefully this nice side of people will remain and things should be better. Things are starting to open up here too - but I feel it may be a little too early really. It hasn't been too bad for me because it's what I'm used to anyway, I am almost totally housebound so it's normal for me to stay indoors, the only difference being that no-one can come in to see me, which I do miss a bit.

The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The camera is fantastic at macro like this.
6 weeks ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Gorgeous capture, well done Janet. Have fun
6 weeks ago.
niraK68 club
Great Portrait
5 weeks ago.
micritter club
Fantastic photos!
5 weeks ago.
HelenaPF club
A beautiful gallery of birds dear Janet! Have a great WE and stay well.Take care please
5 weeks ago.

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