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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 13, 2012 01:42PM)
[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/600150_10151068354383875_741224465_n.jpg[/IMG]
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 13, 2012 01:44PM)
Right on!
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jul 13, 2012 02:00PM)
I really miss John Lennon and his voice in our society (and singing).

This shows his voice is not really gone.

Thanks Laurie. Great quote.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jul 13, 2012 02:26PM)
Laurie and I can go on for days about John. And Elvis.

Love you, Laurie.

Thanks for the post.
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Jul 13, 2012 03:41PM)
I was living in the Haight-Asbury when Sgt. Pepper was making the rounds. Cant' believe that was 40 plus years ago.
"Love is all you need" - with a little help from my friends....
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 13, 2012 06:05PM)
There's one of them there synchronicities, at the school booksale I was just looking at this cd for Darfur that was all John Lennon covers by U2 and Aerosmith and a bunch of other bands.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2012 12:03PM)
Two people clicked "like" on this after I shared it to my Facebook page July 12, 4 days ago. My mother. And Allisa- a girl I've known since before she was born :) . I grew up around her family. I hadn't heard from her for the last while, and I noticed she "liked" this. I thought that was really cool. Allisa died last night at age 27.
I helped my Mom find this photo she took of Allisa and her cousin. There she is, on the right...

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7030006-1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 16, 2012 12:06PM)
Oh, I'm sorry Laurie.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jul 16, 2012 01:17PM)
I'm sorry your friend is gone Laurie.

It is a very sweet photo.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 16, 2012 02:50PM)
Sorry to hear about that Laurie.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2012 03:06PM)
Thankyou, each of you. I'm glad she liked the quote. See her shoes?
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 16, 2012 03:09PM)
Is that an old-school telephone booth?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2012 03:11PM)
Yes. The photo was taken probably a little more than 20 years ago.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 16, 2012 03:30PM)
Awesome.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jul 16, 2012 04:06PM)
I am sorry for you loss
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 16, 2012 04:49PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-16 16:06, magicalaurie wrote:
Thankyou, each of you. I'm glad she liked the quote. See her shoes?
[/quote]

I remember my daughters wearing shoes like that. It is nice to know, though, that she got to see the photo on your face book page and "liked" it.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2012 06:15PM)
Actually, it was the Lennon quote I posted above that she "liked", Bob. Which is why I mentioned her here today. My Mom and I found the pic after we heard the news about Allisa today.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 16, 2012 10:05PM)
Sometimes I have comprehension problems. It is a strange synchronicity though. I hope she is at peace.

Best-

Bob
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jul 16, 2012 10:31PM)
Bob,
Dr Larry Haas really plugged your material on Jeff McBride's weekly classroom tonight.
Specifically your advice on how to properly perform card material on stage for maximum
visibility.

Sorry to be so off topic Miss Laurie, but I thought I'd catch Bob whilst he was in here.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Message: Posted by: acesover (Jul 16, 2012 11:21PM)
While I did not know your friend she looks like a sweet heart and I am sure the world will miss her. I am sure you miss her and I know you realize how fortunate you are to be able to say you miss her...for if you do it means that you knew her.


By the way I believe that style of girls shoes were called "Mary Janes".


Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jul 16, 2012 11:37PM)
Oh my gosh Laurie,
I just now read of her passing. I'm very sorry for your loss.
It's lovely that you posted that vintage picture....

You are a special lady.
I'm honoured to own a set of your monkey fists for my cup routines.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jul 17, 2012 12:04AM)
Very sorry to hear, Laurie. I'm glad you got to have a last little connection through the excellent quotation.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jul 17, 2012 11:26AM)
Sorry for your loss Laurie... :cry:

She, like Lennon, will be missed by those who knew them.

That she will be missed shows that she was loved.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 18, 2012 11:50PM)
Thankyou.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 19, 2012 03:36PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7060043-1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7060046-1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7060053-1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7060067-1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7060106-1.jpg[/img]

Went for a walk with my sister this afternoon and she spotted the beautiful butterfly, who graciously allowed each of us many photos. :)
The bees were friendly, too.

Please feel welcome to add content here & Thankyou again for your support. It's very appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jul 19, 2012 03:41PM)
AMAZING WORK Laurie!
Thanks so very much for not only capturing the images of nature,
but for also taking the time to upload and share them! Gracias~
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jul 19, 2012 03:44PM)
Very nice pics. Great shots of the butterfly. I believe they call that a Black Swallowtail.

Sorry about your friend.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 19, 2012 04:37PM)
I was looking at the thistles. One of the few flowers I can stand :)
Message: Posted by: Woland (Jul 19, 2012 04:42PM)
Nice flutterbye and hard-working honeybee. Very sorry about your friend.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 25, 2012 07:28PM)
Thanks again. :)

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7120141.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7120139flowers.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7120140coolflowers.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7120129susan.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7120126blackeyedsusan.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 27, 2012 11:38AM)
Does anyone know what this is? My sister and I stumbled on a single plant of whatever it is :) yesterday. The blue got our attention. We're wondering if that's normal colouring or if it's been affected by the drought conditions here.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7130133.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (Jul 27, 2012 12:55PM)
I don't know what those are, but all of those pictures are beautiful.

I'm so sorry about Allisa. It's cool that you were able to reconnect with her. And before you even wrote about the shoes, I saw them and it made me smile.

- B.H.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 27, 2012 02:04PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-27 12:38, magicalaurie wrote:
Does anyone know what this is? My sister and I stumbled on a single plant of whatever it is :) yesterday. The blue got our attention. We're wondering if that's normal colouring or if it's been affected by the drought conditions here.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7130133.jpg[/img]
[/quote]

I believe those are blue thistles, aka eryngium. The blue color is normal.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 27, 2012 11:07PM)
Thankyou, both, very much. Thinking a little more about it, I've walked by this plant in previous summers. It likely stands out more because it contrasts with the dormant grasses surrounding it this year.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 31, 2012 01:53PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7170319.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 1, 2012 07:59PM)
I was busy busy busy trying to capture some bees earlier this evening. Check out this cutie:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7190222.jpg[/img]

:giving:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 1, 2012 11:58PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7190304see.jpg[/img]

I've been trying to resize this one a little smaller but s/he's not cooperating, so... must be bedtime for me... :giving: ... :napping:

Yes. Then I log out and take a look and the photo's small now... must be bedtime, indeed :napping: !
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Aug 2, 2012 12:28AM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-31 14:53, magicalaurie wrote:
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7170319.jpg[/img]
[/quote]

I know this one. It's a sunflower.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Aug 2, 2012 03:05AM)
Laurie,

I'm totally loving you photos.
I've never taken a picture as good as any of them in my life.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 2, 2012 11:09AM)
Thankyou, Mary! Digital cameras make it so much easier to practice, practice, practice! You can do it! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 6, 2012 06:23PM)
My goodness, look what my Mom found in her new Parsley plant this morning. I was told to escort this beauty outside. Yikes. :)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7230131.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7230132.jpg[/img]

Today being a holiday in Canada, my twin sister, Tracey, and I extended our birthday celebration and took an impromptu [url=http://youtu.be/3_qqy0KpBfw]swim[/url]! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 11, 2012 05:33PM)
The bees had company today:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7270217monarch.jpg[/img]

I've been trying to make the photo smaller- it's resized small on photobucket but the link doesn't seem to get updated or maybe there's a delay- I've come back here previously and seen the photos have changed size. :shrug:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 21, 2012 04:04PM)
Piercing, anyone?

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P8191777.jpg[/img]

Found some gracious frogs the other day- they seem to be thriving despite the drought they've encountered this summer.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P8191941.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 2, 2012 10:27AM)
Going to try swimming again today, this time in deeper water. Wish me luck! :goodluck:
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Sep 2, 2012 10:59AM)
Pool or lake? Street clothes or bathing suit? ( I saw that last clip).
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 2, 2012 02:21PM)
Thankyou for asking, Nicholas. The answers are [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thMlM26he5U&feature=share&list=UUDsLp9AK4JCxWRGe-hUiiDQ]here[/url].


[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P8170292.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 12, 2012 01:26PM)
Laurie,
Your photos are stunning.
The Butterfly from August 11 is so good; I would love to use it in an ad campaign.
Would you consider selling it?
Message: Posted by: irossall (Sep 14, 2012 05:50AM)
John Lennon was a long haired, dope smoking "Peace Nik". Why would anyone listen to him. He was against the war in Vietnam. I guess he was all for Communism.
If Lennon was alive today, he would be against the war in the middle east.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 14, 2012 06:19AM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-14 06:50, irossall wrote:
John Lennon was a long haired, dope smoking "Peace Nik". Why would anyone listen to him. He was against the war in Vietnam. I guess he was all for Communism.
If Lennon was alive today, he would be against the war in the middle east.
Iven :patty:
[/quote]


: (
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 14, 2012 06:47AM)
If Lennon were alive today, he probably would have grown out of his political activist stage and be making some good music. And Laurie and I would be listening to it right now, probably, while looking at her spectacular butterfly pictures. So what was your point?
Message: Posted by: irossall (Sep 14, 2012 11:21AM)
My point is the hypocracy I hear on a daily basis. Most of the people I work with and even my Family and Friends were all for the war in the middle east but now are against it.
It is my opinion that the reason we haven't seen much in the way of protest against the illegal war (my opinion again) is because the media has stated over and over again that anyone who protest anything these days are a bunch of bleeding heart liberal's who have nothing better to do and are not being Patriotic (the old "America, Love it or leave it" syndrome).

People who know me also know how much I Love John Lennon and how upset I was the night he was murdered (my phone rang off the hook that night).

As far as growing out of his activisim, I dought it. As far as making good music? He only made good music.
PEACE
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 14, 2012 11:33AM)
Yeah... I've heard some of the experimental stuff he and Yoko did together and I have to say that as much as I love John Lennon, not all of it was "good."
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 14, 2012 12:58PM)
This isn't a political thread and the thread isn't about Lennon, it's about what he said in the quote posted. Here's something else he said: "What happens is somebody comes along with a good piece of truth. Instead of the truth's being looked at, the person who brought it is looked at."
What I will say about John Lennon is he believed in personal responsibility. Sticking a political label on a guy who never voted is misrepresentative, to say the least, and for what gain, Iven?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 14, 2012 01:09PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-14 12:21, irossall wrote:
People who know me also know how much I Love John Lennon and how upset I was the night he was murdered (my phone rang off the hook that night).
[/quote]

And I wore black the next day, and all my schoolmates thought I was insane. (Maybe I was!)

Laurie is different, and started this thread for different reasons. It wasn't political. It was just Laurie. Enjoy it. Enjoy her art. She's an artist and a really cool person. This thread isn't about John, but about her.

Laurie has also taught me a few things in PMs. So I'd also say she has a bit of wisdom in her.

But, you know, to each his own. Ignore her if you want. But let this thread get back to cool photos. If Laurie has any more cool photos. Maybe her camera is broken.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Sep 14, 2012 08:05PM)
Sorry, my error. Since the first six threads were about John Lennon, I thought I would throw my 2 cents worth in the mix. Wasn't aware that I could not add to the Lennon threads. Once again I really do appologize.

Yes, the photo's are very nice indeed.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 14, 2012 08:24PM)
I don't object to talking about Lennon so much, but turning the focus to politics and war, and using Lennon's name to do it, on a thread focused on the very opposite, threw me. Apology accepted, thanks, Iven.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 15, 2012 02:54PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P7290231.jpg[/img]

This one looked me in the eye. :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 15, 2012 03:07PM)
Lennon was peace loving. Is that such a bad quality? The man not only was inspirational but continues to be. He was genius.

I could find things to disagree with him about, or to bash his detractors but why not concentrate on all the good he was for? Arguing is easy. Don't take the easy path.

Sort of the sentiment the man was expressing in his quote.

Laurie, good on ya for posting it and great work.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 16, 2012 06:54PM)
Thankyou, Danny. I went swimming again, today!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P8310270.jpg[/img]

photobucket seems determined to keep these photos large after I size them down. Maybe this one will magically transform later... :dice:

hey, that worked, lucky 7! :)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 16, 2012 07:05PM)
Beautiful pictures Laurie. If I didn't know better I'd think that the earlier picture of you was taken about a half a mile from where I live on Puget Sound. Even the land on the other side of the water looks the same.

Good thoughts,

Bob
(Float like a butterfly, swim like a fish)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 16, 2012 07:14PM)
Thankyou, Bob. Do you have any photos of that place? I'll google it. :)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 17, 2012 03:06PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-16 20:14, magicalaurie wrote:
Thankyou, Bob. Do you have any photos of that place? I'll google it. :)
[/quote]

Go to GoogleEarth and check out Des Moines, Washington. That's where I live. You'll see that it is right next to Puget Sound.

Here's a pic of me at Saltwater Park, on the Sound about a mile from where I live.

[img]https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Hc5V52twXf4/UFeE4LopgbI/AAAAAAAAAGM/M0_2mu9_2Nk/w280-h310-n-k/Saltwaterpark.jpg[/img]

Best-

Bob
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 17, 2012 05:28PM)
Thankyou very much for posting a photo, Bob. Very nice. I will check with GoogleEarth A.S.A.P. - not sure how it will work with this computer- I'll get the Scary Librarian to give me some help with that.

I did check google images last night and found some pics of Puget Sound. I see what you mean. The photo of me was taken at Robert Simpson Park, Arnprior. The Madawaska River and Ottawa River join there. There's a lighthouse in the upper left of the pic, and I saw one in one of the Puget Sound photos last night, also a bridge. There's a trestle across the River here- I think I just noticed that in a pic last night!

And you've got the mountains (Olympic?) in the background- there are some in the pic of me, too- the Laurentians, how appropriate ;). They're not as tall, but they're there. :) One thing I saw in my search last night for Puget Sound that we don't appear to have, are killer whales, least I haven't seen any yet. ;)

Thanks again for the photo!
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 18, 2012 10:52AM)
Yes, we occasionally get to see Orcas swimming around the Sound. The variety of marine life is incredible.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 18, 2012 05:44PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-17 16:06, mastermindreader wrote:
Here's a pic of me at Saltwater Park, on the Sound about a mile from where I live.
[img]https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Hc5V52twXf4/UFeE4LopgbI/AAAAAAAAAGM/M0_2mu9_2Nk/w280-h310-n-k/Saltwaterpark.jpg[/img]
Best-Bob
[/quote]
I thought I told you to quit smoking Bob!
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 18, 2012 05:47PM)
That's not a tobacco cigarette if you get my meaning. Why do you think I'm smiling?

:eek:
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 18, 2012 07:29PM)
Cataracts?
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 18, 2012 07:32PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-18 20:29, critter wrote:
Cataracts?
[/quote]

No, I drive a Rincoln.
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 18, 2012 08:47PM)
Well played.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 18, 2012 11:50PM)
Look who I was lucky enough to meet up with when I took the garbage out tonight! I had to go back inside to get my camera!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P9020264_zps9431dbe9.jpg[/img]

I was a little concerned about spooking it, but not very, considering my familiarity with the species- my Mom fed stray cats out here for years, so it followed quite naturally she was feeding a skunk and a bunch of very cool raccoons, too. Fascinating! This little one seemed delightfully oblivious to my presence and allowed many photos with flash. Typically, my camera battery was near dead. If it hadn't been, I'd have been out there standing in the rain taking pics til s/he left. It came very close, brilliantly coherent, no worries, has quite a healthy appetite- stood no more than 4-5 feet away from me at one point, snuffing, digging, and tossing out grubs, I guess. I could hear the creature breathing, huff, snuff. Wonderful! If it's raining again tomorrow night, I'll make sure my camera's ready.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P9020273_zps773c5c44.jpg[/img]

Soaking wet, galavanting in the rain, hop, sniff. :)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 19, 2012 02:27AM)
Wow! Great pics! Glad they didn't come out stinky.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Sep 19, 2012 03:03AM)
So cute.

We have visiting skunks here too, sometimes in the garage as my cat is free to come and go.

One time at dusk I kitty kittyed what I thought was my Cat. Seemed like a Pepe LePew cartoon when I realized the "kitty" galloping towards me was a skunk.
I probably hurt her feelings when I beat a hasty retreat.

I love the pics. Laurie. Hope you don't have a story that will be fun in retrospect tomorrow.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 20, 2012 05:51PM)
Great story, Mary. Galloping, indeed. They do. :)

Finally was able to stop and get some photos of these sheep! :

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/moresheep_zps5151141f.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/effectsheep_zps56ed0a3f.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/sheepagain_zps5049ca94.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/sheepmagicalaurie_zps519d7614.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 4, 2012 02:07PM)
Hey! Supposed to be +22 C tomorrow- I'm hoping to go swimming at the beach again! Rain or shine, hello! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 5, 2012 12:06PM)
Yep- hittin the beach again, sooooooooooooon yay! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 5, 2012 07:37PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P9190313.jpg[/img]
[url=http://youtu.be/yFrxKKpaZo8]October 5- Exhibit A[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 9, 2012 12:06PM)
Lookie what the Scary Librarian and I found: this is part of the old CNR line.

Most of it was removed (centrally) in town several years ago, but this stretch remains- I had read online of its location (slightly hidden) and we landed upon it this weekend- it branches off the main line to end up at the back door of a factory here- interesting. I believe they're still being supplied by it. How 'bouts the rest of us, hmmm? ;) This year the railroad line I mentioned being torn up was the CPR. Arnprior's 150th anniversary this year and all going on about how far we've come, what progress, yada, yada- I say- huh? 150 years ago there were 2 railway lines active daily, mass transportation for those looking to expand their horizons out of here at the drop of a hat, and there were cows walking through downtown on top it all- EXCELLENT! Arnprior's gone nowhere but backwards from that, says I- reading a might of that Irish theatre lately. ;) Did I just rant on this thread? It's the Irish in me, must be... :rolleyes:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/closewatch.jpg[/img]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.
I keep my eyes wide open all the time...

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/trackslaurie.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 15, 2012 05:47AM)
To the top. :)
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 15, 2012 01:34PM)
The train track pics remind me of "Stand by me."
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Oct 15, 2012 02:15PM)
Yep it's sand by me......

I saw a skunk when I was on summer camp in 1997.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Oct 17, 2012 12:58PM)
Wow. I am blown away. Beauty in the smallest things. I live in Maine now, and I have two little skunk friends here. I go, "kitty, kitty, kitty!", and one of them actually runs up to me, sniffing, waiting to see if I have something for it. I usually do. The other one lets me pet it. Not soft. Like petting a push broom!

They're wonderful creatures! I love skunks! Man those beautiful flower, butterfly and bee pictures! Wow! Laurie, you just made my day! I wasn't in the greatest mood today, but you changed that! Thank you. :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 18, 2012 12:02PM)
Yes, the coarse outer coat keeps the rain out! You're welcome, Doug. Thanks very much for posting here. :)
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Oct 18, 2012 01:04PM)
Laurie although yor Photos are beautiful , you are the one that is AWSOME.

your friend in magic and in life
vinny "the godfather of magic"
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 18, 2012 01:35PM)
[quote]
On 2012-10-18 14:04, vinsmagic wrote:
Laurie although yor Photos are beautiful , you are the one that is AWSOME.

your friend in magic and in life
vinny "the godfather of magic"
[/quote]

:ohyes:
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Oct 18, 2012 04:59PM)
[quote]
On 2012-10-18 14:04, vinsmagic wrote:
Laurie, although your Photos are beautiful, you are the one that is AWESOME.
[/quote]
I totally agree! And to think there are TWO! I'm seriously thinking of moving to Canada...! :eek:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 18, 2012 05:40PM)
Thankyou, Vinny, Pakar, Doug.
Take note, the Scary Librarian doesn't take kindly to the implication that there are two of me, FYI. :heckno: ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 5, 2012 09:37PM)
From Venus...

[url=http://youtu.be/BEVHcNc-fS8]Light up...[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 16, 2012 11:54PM)
An old, dear, deer friend:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/fawn312.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: critter (Nov 17, 2012 12:58AM)
That's an odd thing to find in your drying machine...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 17, 2012 11:25AM)
Delightful all the same! ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 25, 2012 01:23PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/68926_10150295513790548_3419087_n.jpg[/img]
lovely boy, Franky Franky.

http://youtu.be/jt_9ZzMmrtE
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 2, 2012 04:53PM)
Pouring rain here today! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/magicalauriesnow.jpg[/img]

:happyxmas:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Dec 31, 2012 09:43AM)
All the very best for the new year.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Dec 31, 2012 10:21AM)
A very happy new year to you, too, Laurie. May you continue to brighten the Cafť with your wonderful contributions.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Dec 31, 2012 03:06PM)
Happy New Year Laurie!

You are a positive force in the Cafť. I love your point of view and your energy (and your white kitty).

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 14, 2013 05:41PM)
Thankyou! Check out the heart on this tree!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/lauriehearttree.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/PC240069-1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 02:00PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/squirreledit.jpg[/img]

"It's a simple song of livin' sung everywhere- by the ox and the fox and the grizzly bear..."

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/prettysquirrel.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jan 28, 2013 02:45PM)
Those were all very nice, very soothing to the soul.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 28, 2013 05:07PM)
Thankyou very much, ed. Glad you liked them. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 30, 2013 08:46PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 1, 2013 04:24PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1090067_zpsbae84a2b.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1090064_zpsc6f6a2b9.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 1, 2013 04:49PM)
Seems so unfair that the males get the prettier plumage. Lovely pics, Laurie.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 2, 2013 09:52AM)
Frame of reference, John, don't you think? I think the females are very pretty, too. They're both beautiful. I suspect there are some camouflaging reasons involved, considering the female makes the nest, incubates and broods the little ones.

"Nesting
Common Redpolls form monogamous pairs. Nests may be placed close together and are well hidden in dense, low shrubs, in clumps of grass, or under brush piles. The female builds an open cup nest of loosely arranged twigs, grass, and moss, lined with ptarmigan feathers, plant down, and hair. The female incubates 4 to 6 eggs for about 11 days. The male brings food to the female while she incubates and while she broods the young. About five days after the young hatch, the female begins to bring food to the nest. She continues to do most of the actual feeding..."

http://birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/common_redpoll
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 2, 2013 10:32AM)
Fair enough, Laurie. They are a beautiful couple.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 3, 2013 05:45PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-28 15:00, magicalaurie wrote:
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/squirreledit.jpg[/img]
[/quote]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P1110020_zps33a868fb.jpg[/img]

the squirrel perch.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 3, 2013 11:54PM)
I do NOT have ADH... squirrel!!!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 5, 2013 05:14PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/d96bb52d-c2c8-4236-8064-d1b21216ccd3_zpsaa11a537.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P11201402_zps420869eb.jpg[/img]

These redpolls are my friends, indeed. These photos were taken without zoom. The camera almost touching them sometimes- in fact I had to back it up to keep two in a frame- they graciously allow me photos.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 6, 2013 12:43PM)
The photos I took yesterday I think are some of the best I ever have taken. They were largely inspired by the fact that night before last I found out that one of my favorite actors, Winston Rekert, had died in September. Wasn't widely reported and I found out when I dared take a look for an update on Google. Word had been out that he had cancer, so I knew what I might find in my search. Winston's work, specifically, Neon Rider, had a quite personal impact on my life during its original run. I was fortunate in that Winston joined facebook several years ago and I found him there. He was gracious enough to accept my friend request and Christmas Eve, 2009 I sent him a message to let him know his work had greatly benefitted me and thank him for accepting my friend request. He responded, thanking me and signed the note: "Yer friend, Win." He later left facebook, which concerned me, in terms of how his prognosis might be degrading. Great talent, lovely person. Motivated me to get out and get some really good shots of the birdies yesterday.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/P11201222_zpsbef9918d.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Feb 6, 2013 01:20PM)
Very nice!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 7, 2013 09:55PM)
[url=http://youtu.be/Q0VQ6tjrNtk]Western Winston[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2013 06:57PM)
[url=http://youtu.be/n6f-9_jslSM] Winston on Neon Rider[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 13, 2013 02:51PM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bw55sR4ec8&feature=share&list=PLhJd3FJFTt6ul4XkS1yIjCiI4CTemWSc6
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 15, 2013 08:10PM)
Had the day off work, so I went for a walk in the nearby ravine. Most of the birds (downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, ravens) wouldn't sit still long enough for a decent photo. Caught a couple of chickadees and some snowy woods.

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Message: Posted by: Bazinga (Feb 16, 2013 10:04AM)
I had a rough night last night and am feeling a little, not down or blue, maybe reserved or withdrawn, today.

Revisiting these pictures is very nice for me today.

Thank you Laurie, Magnus, and Bob.

Bazinga!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 16, 2013 01:29PM)
Thanks Bazinga. I hope the rest of the weekend brings you strength. And I hope that your time withdrawn brings you insight.

John
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2013 06:52PM)
Thankyou for posting photos, John! Best wishes, Bazinga.
I met this sweetheart yesterday:

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/79c864c9-45f1-4802-a05e-176441537b79_zps04c927b2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/76ad725d-3069-4f13-8130-d133f8f501fc_zpse5a741f4.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/40d2ba96-ca1b-461f-b731-10432143ca36_zps7e374292.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2013 07:07PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/prettyredpollfeb15_zps6f323b80.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Feb 16, 2013 07:14PM)
BEAUTIFUL photos. Thanks for sharing!
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Feb 16, 2013 07:19PM)
Great shot Laurie!
He looks well fed.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 18, 2013 06:09PM)
Thankyou for commenting, Zombie, jazzy. She is well fed- folks are pretty good about keeping the feeders topped up on the trail. Not many redpolls out yesterday- colder and windy, but very nice out today and they were back allowing me photos again.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/february18/P1220023_zps85434e7c.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/february18/P1220047_zps2df7a078.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Feb 18, 2013 06:24PM)
Laurie,

I hate to be out in the snow but I love your photos.

They just take me to another place, a pleasantly wild place.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Feb 18, 2013 10:51PM)
Mary, there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 19, 2013 05:57PM)
Thankyou very much, Mary!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/mcnamara%20feb/february18/218542b0-00db-40ac-9448-49029c3a5d16_zpseb947405.jpg[/img] ;)
Message: Posted by: Bazinga (Feb 22, 2013 07:04PM)
Magnus and Laurie,

Thank you.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 24, 2013 09:26AM)
Hey, you're welcome, Bazinga.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 24, 2013 05:22PM)
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Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Feb 24, 2013 05:31PM)
Love the photos Laurie - thanks!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 24, 2013 05:31PM)
Thankyou, Chrystal! You're welcome! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 27, 2013 04:04PM)
http://be.net/gallery/winter-feeder-birds/7332433 :)
Message: Posted by: Woland (Feb 27, 2013 04:16PM)
Love the dog.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 2, 2013 08:32PM)
Thankyou, Woland. He was a cutie, indeed. Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. His name is Harley. :)

I'm using 500px now for my photography and have uploaded a bunch of photos over there- it's a great site- in case some would like to take a look:

http://500px.com/magicalaurie
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 8, 2013 05:29PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 20, 2013 08:13PM)
http://www.bear.org/website/live-cameras/live-cameras/lilys-den-cam.html

http://www.bear.org/website/live-cameras/live-cameras/jewels-den-cam.html

http://www.bear.org/website/live-cameras/live-cameras/ted-nabc-cam-2013-now-live.html

http://www.bear.org/website/the-nabc/about-us/our-mission.html

http://www.bearstudy.org/website/
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 2, 2013 07:51PM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/9ae564bb-a2f4-4fe4-80a1-d34a51968a5a_zpsa7205e65.jpg[/img]

My sister grabbed a shot of me and one of the redpolls for me. Not sure if they stay year round here. :shrug: Will soon find out! :) Gotta get my new camera out on the trail, too.

Ted the bear was sleeping like a dog in his house this morning- check out those den cam links! Might catch the others leaving the dens, if they haven't yet. I thought last night the new little ones might have been outside but not sure where the camera's positioned so difficult to tell. I suspect they're still inside.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 4, 2013 09:35AM)
I think it might be time I posted this here. ;) :
http://youtu.be/2ytzaV95HZU
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Apr 4, 2013 09:44AM)
Excellent photos Laurie! I just posted on the birding thread. Spring is here, time for a whole new crop of birds! Have fun!!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 4, 2013 09:51AM)
:)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 5, 2013 12:49AM)
[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x436/magicalaurie/64416_10152715958340548_1137687158_n_zpsfd8cff63.jpg[/img]

We love you, Clover, girl. :napping:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 9, 2013 10:21AM)
Clover died Friday morning at 14 years of age. Such as gracious girl, so good. She's resting with Frankie, Cashy, Felix, Fonzie, and many others now. Lovely, lovely girl, we miss you Cover, cowgirl.

The bear site referred to above says the little ones have been out of their den. Here's a link to the "outdoor" :) camera to keep an eye on. Still snow out there.
http://www.bear.org/website/live-cameras/live-cameras/lilys-den-cam.html click on PTZ camera.
Message: Posted by: Bazinga (Apr 9, 2013 11:16AM)
Laurie,

My condolences to you for Clover. She's beautiful, and I'm sure had a good life with such a caring human.

Bazinga!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 9, 2013 12:51PM)
14 years with Clover? You are blessed, Laurie.

John
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Apr 9, 2013 01:06PM)
RIP Clover.
Message: Posted by: Circusman (Apr 9, 2013 01:14PM)
What a beautiful cat. I have a cat that 'moved-in' last september. She is pure white with bright sky-blue eyes, and is really georgeous.

Only problem is, I can't even go to the toilet but she's battering the door down to get to me. I can't move but she want's me. I even (believe it or not) have to sneek out of the house !!!

I love ALL animals !

Bobby.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 20, 2013 02:32PM)
Thankyou for your posts.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfRya-P4ffk
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 20, 2013 04:13PM)
Watching this one on tv right now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pExCByqi0NU&feature=share&list=FLDsLp9AK4JCxWRGe-hUiiDQ
:)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 20, 2013 05:58PM)
[url=http://youtu.be/0zHmeTeLgMY] :)[/url]

Click smiley, please.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 21, 2013 02:56PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-09 11:21, magicalaurie wrote:
Clover died Friday night at 14 years of age.
[/quote]

I'm so sorry, Laurie! :( I miss my kitty. It hurts when they go. It really does...

Doug
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 21, 2013 03:01PM)
Yesterday I stumbled upon a female redpoll, dead on a driveway. Looked like she had into a window. On a tree maybe 2 meters away, a male was singing his little heart out.

I have no idea what redpolls think, but it was hard not to be sad as I assumed he was calling for his mate.

Little things resonate deeply.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Apr 21, 2013 03:07PM)
Sorry for your recent loss, Laurie. Thanks for all the awesome and inspiring photos.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 21, 2013 09:37PM)
Thanks again.

Was out shooting with my new camera today and a pair of geese gracefully posed for the test session. One of them, the male I think, wore a leg band.

http://500px.com/photo/31710437

More here:
http://500px.com/magicalaurie
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Apr 22, 2013 10:03AM)
Very cool Laurie! I have been checking the legs of every duck and goose I have seen this year for "jewelry" and haven't spotted any. Great pics!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 22, 2013 06:15PM)
Well, I went down to the river earlier to see if the pair of geese were there again (they were), and I met a beaver. At first I didn't see the geese and so stayed atop the slope looking for birds. At one point I noticed something swimming in the river, and suspected a beaver. I walked down and the pair of geese were along the shore again, after all.

The beaver kept swimming back and forth, busy, I figured. Then got out of the river, hiked up the bank toward a sidewalk, railed, where people can view the falls at the weir. S/he looked as though considering whether to drop over the edge from there- not a good idea in my opinion- severe undertow I think would be extremely dangerous even to an expert swimmer... s/he walked into the brush nearby and I thought maybe looking for sticks. Climbed a little slope around the brush, heading back toward the sidewalk/railing.

Had me wondering if s/he might have travelled across the weir earlier in the day when the falls weren't on. No easy way to get back if that's the case.

Beaver turned away and started heading up toward the road- I interrupted that and beaver turned back toward the river. Good idea. Then turned back around and headed straight to me! Would have come right up to me I think if I hadn't spoken up, suggesting the geese and the river were probably the best way to go.

S/he turned back, jogged to the river, down the bank and in. There's been some beaver construction going on there so I think this beaver may in fact be native, perhaps was trying to lead me on a bit of a wild goose chase away, but the way s/he was looking in the river along the railing had me wondering if s/he lost something/someone there.

I dunno, and the geese weren't saying, so... Happy Earth Day. Turned out to be an adventurous one for me. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 22, 2013 07:15PM)
Pics [url=http://www.behance.net/gallery/Earth-Day-2013/8301763]here[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 24, 2013 10:55AM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/beaver-(800x600).jpg[/img]

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/038-(2)-(698x800).jpg[/img]

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/101-(2)-(800x600).jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 24, 2013 01:39PM)
Just got back from a visit with the geese- they've got lots of friends. :)

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/002-(800x620).jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Apr 24, 2013 01:43PM)
I love your photos Laurie.

-Mary
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 24, 2013 01:46PM)
Thankyou very much, Mary. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 25, 2013 04:48PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/013-(800x600).jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 14, 2013 06:08PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/159-(800x600).jpg[/img]


[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/196-(800x600).jpg[/img]


[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/022-(782x800).jpg[/img]
:giving:

;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 24, 2013 05:59PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/119-(800x357).jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (May 24, 2013 06:19PM)
Who is that, Laurie?!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 24, 2013 07:42PM)
That is one of my new friends, a Double Crested Cormorant. Thankyou for asking. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 23, 2013 08:01PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/054-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/188-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/246-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
"Just jump in with both feet."

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/297-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 23, 2013 09:09PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/009-%28800x461%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 23, 2013 09:56PM)
Wow! Those are beautiful, Laurie! What kind are they? I raised 13 Muscovy ducks in Florida. Well, two were already grown, LOL! My neighbor hatched the eggs. They were beautiful, and followed me all over the yard.

http://www.ratherbephotog.com/birds/lakebirds/080512_Muscovy_Duck_01.jpg

I'd sit in the grass, and they'd all gather around me. A neighbor around the block killed them. Said they were a nuisance. :rolleyes:

Beautiful pix, Laurie! Thank you!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 23, 2013 10:25PM)
Nice pictures!

What camera are you using?

I was looking at your earlier posts in this thread and had to chuckle over your "drought" conditions- I'm in Arizona though, big difference. :) I no longer associate rivers or bridges with that mystery substance- water.

Thanks for sharing Canada with us! I used to truck drive and sometimes would enter Canada through Fort Erie, drop off a load and reenter through Windsor. Short trip, but I always looked forward to it! The stress levels on the highways drop to zero compared to the States and I've always loved the woods- really my kind of place.

thanks again! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 25, 2013 07:08PM)
Thankyou, and you're welcome- I don't know what kind of ducks they are, Doug. Some have said mallard with eclipse plumage, blue wing teal, etc. :shrug: I'll look them up. I know the big dark ones are Canada Geese. ;)

Thankyou, and you're welcome, too, Preston68. Photos early in this thread were taken with Olympus FE-20, small pocket camera- great for shooting detailed photos if you're close to the subject. More recently, from Spring onward, I've been using a FujiFilm FinePix S4300. Glad you like Canada. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/blue-winged_teal/id

I think I'll go with Mallard, based on the links.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 25, 2013 07:38PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/029-%282%29-%28800x542%29.jpg[/img]
See also the post at April 24, 2:39 pm. :)
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Aug 25, 2013 09:33PM)
Definitely mallards, Laurie. The teal has a blue-black bill, while the mallards have the yellow-orange bill. The hen teal head is also darker than the hen mallard's.

Lovely pics again!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 26, 2013 10:04AM)
Thankyou, John. :)
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Aug 26, 2013 10:50AM)
Great shots. Thanks! There was a pic of one duck in the water that at first glance almost looked like a BWT cause of the pattern of the feathers. But they are mallards. Best way to tell the hen mallards from the drakes in eclipse plumage is the bill, the drake is basically yellow while the hens bill is more orangeish and usually has some black splotches. The one in the 9:03 pic is definitely a drake and looks like it just pulled a feather off of himself! (It looks like that's a feather in it's mouth) He doesn't have a speck of green on his head, but that's gonna change pretty quick.

The drakes of all species will start turning all those awesome colors very soon. So keep that camera handy! Good luck, hope you get some more great pics.

Sometimes it's hard to tell from pictures, but in person it's pretty easy to tell any teal from a mallard if you can get a look at them moving around. Besides all the color variation etc, the BWT is a pint sized duck. Much, much, smaller than a mallard. Half the size or even a little less.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Aug 26, 2013 10:58AM)
How are the waterfowl behaving in your neck of the woods, Laurie? The weather is still very summery here, but the fields are filling up with geese and the seagulls are forming huge flocks, circling over the river. I refuse to believe it, but the birds are definitely thinking that it's fall!
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Aug 26, 2013 11:23AM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-26 11:58, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I refuse to believe it, but the birds are definitely thinking that it's fall!
[/quote]

I've noticed around here than the songbirds that migrate seem to be forming larger and larger flocks. Some of the migratory birds that were flying around in 1's and 2's are now flying around in groups of 10-20 birds. Lots of black birds especially are starting to covering up power lines and tree tops. They definitely know fall/winter is coming even though it's been in the 90's here.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 26, 2013 02:05PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-26 11:50, Marlin1894 wrote:
and looks like it just pulled a feather
[/quote]

I can confirm that. :) And, you're welcome, Marlin- thanks for commenting.

Can't really speak for the waterfowl, John, but the starlings are stepping up the aerial swarm maneuvers.
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 26, 2013 02:25PM)
I get to see Goat on Wednesday!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 27, 2013 02:47PM)
I'd love to see a pic if you have one, critter. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 29, 2013 06:42PM)
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Yes, she's as big as she looks. ;) These girls used to scare me fairly good. You know, when you kinda walk into 'em or you look up and she's just there and if you hadn't looked you might have like walked into her or put your hand down on a fence beside her or something like that- a little PTSD effect, indeed. Met this one the other day and she posed very graciously for me and I wasn't so spooked.

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These two have been bullied a bit by some of the other geese, and they kind of hang back from the crowd. You can see a wound healing on the smiley one's chest- whether s/he was mauled by the others I'm not sure, but the one in front also had what appeared to be a bite wound on right side of face, healing well also. The one in front got left behind one day when the others flew into the water- this one didn't have flight feathers in yet since molting. I herded this individual down to the riverbank and s/he swam off and caught up with the rest. We're good friends, we are.

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/079-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
Here's an earlier shot of them together just before the one in back got left behind. I think the one in front may the gosling of the one behind, regardless, the little one flew off after the rest of the herd that day. ;)

Here's a shot with the chest wound the little one presented with a week later:
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The face wound:
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/277-%28800x550%29.jpg[/img]
looked beak-shaped to me. :shrug:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 29, 2013 07:13PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 29, 2013 07:44PM)
Some wing shots :) :

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Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 29, 2013 08:17PM)
What kind of spider is that?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 29, 2013 08:41PM)
Black and Yellow Argiope, I believe.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 29, 2013 09:02PM)
Cool. She's harmless. :) That would probably still freak me out to happen upon by accident like you were talking about.

Here in Arizona when I used to work outdoors I would occasionally see these incredible purple spiders, but I've never been able to identify them online. If I find a picture I'll share it. I think you would like it.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 30, 2013 01:44PM)
I would be interested in seeing a pic if you can get one. Thanks.


Here's the heron:
[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/001-%28800x600%29_1.jpg[/img]

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Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 30, 2013 05:38PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-27 15:47, magicalaurie wrote:
I'd love to see a pic if you have one, critter. :)
[/quote]

I'm going to try to get one next time I give him some of these dried bananas. I had never seen a goat's face light up like that before I gave him one of those.
Also going to get a pic of my favorite scottie while I'm here :)
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Aug 30, 2013 05:47PM)
Fabulous heron shots Laurie. WOW!
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 30, 2013 08:15PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 30, 2013 08:16PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 30, 2013 08:20PM)
These ones my girlfriend took:

[img]https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1173830_10151673996673510_1083376845_n.jpg[/img]

Sorry, food pic:
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And I'll bet you don't have one of a dinosaur ;)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 30, 2013 08:54PM)
Marvelous, critter, thankyou. :) Michael the cow loved purple clover, too. Don't let Goat step on your feet. My Dad used to have a goat named "Nanny" ;) and I used to try walking her a little. She would step on my foot and I'd almost expect her hoof to go right through, ouch. Cow's hoof's a different story, in my experience, not that I've been stepped on often.

Thankyou, too, John. Glad you like them.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 30, 2013 10:02PM)
Critter- That goat is really cute. And I like the chicken smoking- looks tasty!

Nice heron pictures Laurie. Occasionally we get confused looking herons and even pelicans here in Tucson. They blow in from storms is what we heard recently on a news story.

I've looked for pics of any kind of spider even remotely resembling the ones I've seen around here- I've seen them twice, and I can't find even one pic anywhere. Maybe it's an undocumented species? Frustrating.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 31, 2013 02:18PM)
There are a lot of spiders in the world, I suppose.

Duck, duck, goose anyone? :)

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/106-%28800x637%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 1, 2013 01:37PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-29 22:02, Preston68 wrote:
She's harmless. :)
[/quote]

Relatively. Here's one I found this morning:

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/010-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]


Another grasshopper shot:

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/045-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 1, 2013 11:36PM)
I saw a similar spider this morning. I wish I'd gotten pics.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 3, 2013 02:20PM)
Hey, next time, critter. :)

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/165-%28600x800%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 4, 2013 09:43PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 5, 2013 01:54AM)
I didn't know they came in black... Cool.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Sep 5, 2013 08:41AM)
I never see the blacks ones around here either. Nice pic.

Cool goat Critter!!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 22, 2013 02:30PM)
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Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 22, 2013 09:57PM)
I love the goat! I had one as a kid. I LOVED that animal! They are a unique creature. Sheep are similar,
but different personality. Goats make great lawnmowers. My Dad could NEVER get our lawn looking
as good with a mower! LOL!

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 22, 2013 10:01PM)
Cows are fantastic lawn mowers, too. They can vanish a lotta grass in a short time- abracadabra! My Dad had his barnyard grown over with hay probably taller than me, or nearly so, one year. I put 7 or 8 heifers in the yard and they had it mowed in 2 to 3 days- gone! Neighbours were impressed, indeed. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 22, 2013 10:10PM)
http://www.france24.com/en/20130407-paris-hires-munching-sheep-france-lawnmowers-environment
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 22, 2013 10:40PM)
[img]http://www.old-picture.com/american-legacy/011/pictures/White-House-Sheep.jpg[/img]

Woodrow Wilson's White House LawnMowers. circa 1916-1919. :)
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Sep 23, 2013 07:46AM)
The Edmonton bedroom community Fort Saskatchewan brings in sheep every summer. They even hire a shepherd (wouldn't that be awesome on your resume, kids?)

[img]http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.940816!/httpImage/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/image.jpeg[/img]

Best of all, they end the season with a sheep parade!

[img]http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.940820!/httpImage/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/image.jpeg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 23, 2013 08:53AM)
Sheep and goats are great as pets! Really loveable! Besides being delicious, they are extremely useful.
Living in the city, I miss seeing them. Laurie, I might take my bicycle out on the Rail Trail today, and
bring my camera. We'll see.

When I lived in Florida, goats were mainly used for food. The Caribbeans make Curry Goat and it is so
good...I don't understand why they don't do that up here in Maine. Heck, we eat LAMB, right? Goat is so
much milder, and NO gamey taste.

But, given a choice for a pet, I'd take a goat hands down. They play with ya. It's difficult to get a sheep
to play. A goat will wear you out! Boy did I love that little white female I had for more than a year! It
really affected me! Goats are unique. And really a "happy" animal! They have a sense of humor!
Mine "laughed" at me after knocking me down! My Dad got such a kick out of that! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Sep 24, 2013 09:14AM)
You all like spiders, eh? Here is one like I used to have:

http://spotonlists.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Mexican-redknee-tarantula.jpg

Her name was Harriet ("Hairy It", get it?), and she was beautiful! I had to give her away when I went
to Florida in 1990. Author Stephen King gave her to me. He was my boss for 6 years. They were going
to throw her out! I took the aquarium and spider home and she grew as big as the one in the pic. One
of the coolest pets I have ever had...

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 24, 2013 10:32PM)
Very nice, Doug. Thankyou. You too, Magnus. :)

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 25, 2013 10:52PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-29 19:42, magicalaurie wrote:

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/020-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
These two have been bullied a bit by some of the other geese, and they kind of hang back from the crowd. You can see a wound healing on the smiley one's chest- whether s/he was mauled by the others I'm not sure, but the one in front also had what appeared to be a bite wound on right side of face, healing well also. The one in front got left behind one day when the others flew into the water- this one didn't have flight feathers in yet since molting. I herded this individual down to the riverbank and s/he swam off and caught up with the rest. We're good friends, we are.

[img]http://magicalaurie.jigsy.com/files/images/079-%28800x600%29.jpg[/img]
Here's an earlier shot of them together just before the one in back got left behind. I think the one in front may the gosling of the one behind, regardless, the little one flew off after the rest of the herd that day. ;)
[/quote]


I've been spending some time with these two the last couple days- found another hangout they frequent across the street from the park in the photos above.

I've revised my theory in that I think they may actually be a mated pair. I'm going out on a bit of a limb here, though obviously not a farfetched one ;) , since the males and females are so difficult apparently to distinguish from each other.

I think the female may have been one of this year's goslings and maybe the gander got bullied by the others cause he chose her. Or maybe she looked so scruffy in the above pics because she was in a yearly molt rather than changing from gosling to adult feathers. Not sure. They did seem to stay on the outskirts of the flock often, but sometimes they seemed to lead, as well. :shrug: Contenders, I say. ;)

Got a shot of them together today that helped sway me further in the gander & goose direction- based on their tail feathers, which I've made mention of somewhere here in the NVMS, perhaps on this very thread, though maybe on the Birders thread. The one with the healed face wound has a broader, flatter tailfeather section, as you can see in the pic below. Based on my readings, that may distinguish the gander from the goose. You can see a distinction between these two in the photo. Speculation, but somewhat informed speculation, regardless. ;) I haven't yet found a lot of info on Canada Geese, but I've been studying some in the field, as you know. For what it's worth:

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/180-%28700x511%29.jpg[/img]

goose.......................................................... & gander ?

:) These two are absolutely fantastic company. I've certainly enjoyed spending time with them. They're sticking around and remind me of the pair I was studying a bit earlier this year. Based on brief comparisons of their facial markings, though, I think they are a different pair. I'd like to take a closer look through my photos soon, and see if I can "confirm" ;) that. :) Goodnight. :napping:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 20, 2013 03:07PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 7, 2013 03:13PM)
Yay! Look who I found in the woods today! Third day in a row I've been on the trail- yesterday and the day before, a deer ran from me earlier on the way. Later in the day today I went out with my sister and we stumbled on this young buck. Very quiet. My battery warning came on, naturally, as soon as I began snapping photos. I remained calm and took my time changing them and he graciously allowed a bunch of pics and video, too. His antlers are distinctive and I expect to be seeing him again- so I'll know him when I do! Lovely, indeed! :

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/039-%282%29-%28540x700%29.jpg[/img]

more pics to follow, maybe. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 7, 2013 03:37PM)
Magical, see?

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/053-%28700x525%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Devious (Nov 7, 2013 03:42PM)
Thanks so much for sharing those intimate moments with us.
I sure wished that I could take a walk with ya girl!
Be well and remain blessed, Dev/
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 7, 2013 03:44PM)
You're welcome, Dev. :) Thankyou for commenting. I appreciate it.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 8, 2013 11:18AM)
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:beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 8, 2013 03:28PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/006-%28700x525%29.jpg[/img]
!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 9, 2013 04:02PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/054-%28700x525%29.jpg[/img]

! :)

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/071-%28700x525%29.jpg[/img]

! :)

there's more...
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 9, 2013 09:01PM)
http://youtu.be/Yt-QXPu2TLU

!!! :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 10, 2013 07:33AM)
Very cool, Laurie! I had no idea porcupines were so slow moving and meticulous backing down a tree.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Nov 10, 2013 09:24AM)
Porkies are awesome! Great pics again Laurie!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 10, 2013 02:19PM)
Thankyou, both.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Nov 10, 2013 02:38PM)
I didn't know porcupines climbed trees.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 12, 2013 09:52AM)
Very glad to help you with that, tommy. I'm not sure it's common knowledge. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 10, 2014 08:16PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/017-%282%29-%28700x509%29.jpg[/img]
Here's one of my pigeon friends. Broken lower beak. Not sure what happened there, but seems to be managing quite alright.
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Feb 11, 2014 10:37PM)
Beautiful photos Laurie and to think it all started with a :O) and aprox 14,000 views! You go girl!

Chrystal
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2014 03:20PM)
Thankyou, Chrystal. :)

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/084-%28525x700%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Bazinga (Feb 16, 2014 04:10PM)
That's a fantastic zoom and steady tripod on those last two, Laurie.

Absolutely beautiful shots.

Bazinga!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2014 05:52PM)
Handheld, actually- I was the tripod. :) Thankyou, Bazinga. :)
Message: Posted by: Bazinga (Feb 16, 2014 06:03PM)
[quote]
On 2014-02-16 18:52, magicalaurie wrote:
Handheld, actually- I was the tripod. :) Thankyou, Bazinga. :)
[/quote]
Wow. Even more impressive. I thought you must have used a broadcasters tripod.

Bazinga!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 21, 2014 07:56PM)
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Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Feb 21, 2014 09:10PM)
Have you considered putting together a book?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 22, 2014 01:19PM)
The photo above, of the late Mr. Ralph Waite, just to clarify, is obviously not one I took. I saw it online last night on Eric Scott's facebook page and brought it here. Ralph died February 13 at age 85. I want to pay tribute to him here and found a beautiful clip of him speaking that is really the epitomy of the sentiment of this thread. Thankyou, Ralph, with love.

http://youtu.be/ae6axi5P0tE?t=7m22s

And, thankyou, Theodore, for the question. I've been considering compiling a collection of my photos in some format. Thankyou for suggesting the possibility of a book.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 23, 2014 02:45AM)
My employee:
[img]https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/l/t1/1781905_259318570912589_262678001_n.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 23, 2014 11:17AM)
Yes, that's an interesting dress code you've got there.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 23, 2014 12:13PM)
Goat's gonna' Goat.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 6, 2014 08:59PM)
Yes. :) I think you chose the right candidate for a PR position.

Israel made me aware of this lovely clip today. Big thanks to him for this: [url=http://youtu.be/MgIUJM0nKRk]Cows Embrace Life <3 [/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 15, 2014 05:30PM)
Check this out!
https://www.facebook.com/JohnDenver

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/johndenvertributemagicalaurie052014.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 15, 2014 06:23PM)
[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/058-%28700x525%29.jpg[/img]

One of my new friends. :beatingheart:
I've been considering putting together a book or two, one of them- the concept would be X marks the spot: Nature's Treasure Map. Amazing how many Xs I see in photos now after I've taken them. Hard to see at the time, sometimes. The lovely doe in the photo above's a little out of focus, but she's so beautiful, and gracious- lets me spend time around taking pics of her and (I suspect) her yearling doe, too. That winter coat's coming off. Maybe some new little ones on the way, although I haven't stumbled over any that I'm aware of, yet. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 23, 2014 04:02PM)
Silver lining:

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/raccoontrio-%28693x700%29.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (May 23, 2014 10:14PM)
I love all your photos Laurie - keep em coming!

While I naturally love the wildlife shots I especially liked the side by side of you and John Denver. Very cool!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 23, 2014 10:33PM)
Thankyou very much, Chrystal. The Denver shot was for a contest the facebook page (run by his estate) had to recreate a John Denver photo. I thought it was an interesting idea and took up the challenge since John's been a great inspiration and influence to me. My sister took the pic and we won! Interesting bit and I don't know if the photo I ended up using was the one in which this happened, but I felt like I wasn't quite getting the essence of the captured motion down until, on one take, I lost my balance a little and Tracey said she caught that. Not sure if that's the pic I went with, but after that I was like "that's it!" We shot the photo on my Dad's property up near the woods where I used to hang out a fair bit as a kid. Walking back to my Dad's place and the car, I told Tracey that was John giving me a little nudge, "Like this, Laurie" ;) to help me get it. And we won! Thanks, John. Far out. ;) Hey, could be it happened exactly like that, who's to say otherwise, huh? :)
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (May 23, 2014 11:05PM)
I like the Denver shot too Laurie. I'm old enough to remember John Denver and his beginnings. I was twenty-three at Rocky Mountain High and those years were very special to me. That's when I met and ultimately married my wife of, going on, forty-three years. Thanks for the memories and the great shot and congrats for winning the contest! :-)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 26, 2014 08:24PM)
"When we donít act according to our truth, but out of our fears, we are being violent to ourselves... Truth and nonviolence are inseparable."

"Non-violence is unconditional love, it is true compassion."

"Just as a flower begins its journey from a seed beneath the earth, non-violence begins out of self acceptance and love of the true Self, deep within the human heart."

http://www.myyogaonline.com/about-yoga/learn-about-yoga/ahimsa-the-yoga-practice-of-non-violence/
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 29, 2014 05:41PM)
Got something from Denver, Colorado in the mail today.

[img]http://magicalaurie.net/files/images/denverfocus-%28470x700%29.jpg[/img]

tote bag and 3 CDs, too. :) Kinda makes me wanna change my avatar ;) , but I have trouble with that [i]every[/i] time.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 2, 2014 01:53PM)
Http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=554958&forum=32

Peace, BlackJack, & Peace, Daryl. :beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 2, 2014 06:57PM)
Goodness, I thought I had missed them again this year, I largely missed them last year, but...
I spent 3hrs with two pairs of Canada Geese and 12 goslings this afternoon! The geese brought the little ones right past me at the dock on the river and up on shore, and let them get to within 10 feet of me at times. Fantastic! I didn't know where to aim the camera at first because I would be missing someone! I ended up taking 1196 pictures!!! Earlier I had gone down to the river and when I turned on my camera it said "insert camera card or new camera card"- something like that. Sure glad I went back home to get it, understatement. Great day. Again, :beatingheart:

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They're coming this way!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 2, 2014 08:52PM)
[youtube]0MUkd9y_9YY[/youtube]

There's one in there with a broken foot, maybe, but they're looking out for that one, and it's managing fairly well, it seems.

The parents grab focus easily- the little ones are so fuzzy and light coloured- the light seems to bounce off of them. :shrug:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 3, 2014 12:00PM)
Initially, I noticed only the group of 10- waiting for them to emerge from behind the log you see in the pic below, suddenly I saw two more adults. Around the corner they came and, behold, there were 4 adults and 12! little ones. Magical! :

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 3, 2014 12:31PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 3, 2014 05:50PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 4, 2014 12:55PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 4, 2014 05:41PM)
Well, the lot were there down by the riverside, again, this afternoon. Precious. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 4, 2014 06:32PM)
Like, where do you start with these guys?

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 4, 2014 07:35PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 6, 2014 07:51PM)
5 pairs and 29! little ones today. breakdown: 1 pair with 8, 2 pairs with 4, 1 with 6, and 1 with 7! Fantastic crew to spend the day with, indeed!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 6, 2014 08:25PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 6, 2014 08:43PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 6, 2014 09:25PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 6, 2014 10:04PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 10, 2014 09:38PM)
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Little one who had a severe limp is doing much better, just slightly favoring the foot now. Standing on it flatly and bearing weight very strongly, so that's good news! I expect a full recovery.

Learning is life-long and I learned something a few days ago that I don't think I was aware of about these geese. Thanks to my camera (I'm nearsighted!) and the grace of these individuals- I've been getting the best photos I've taken to date. Now the learning bit I'm referring to- how many of you knew this?:

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No septum. You can see from one nare(nostril) right through the other one! Interesting, don't ya think? ;)

This evening, preening led to the following issue:

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Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 11, 2014 07:46AM)
They just keep getting better, Laurie! Thanks for the pics.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 11, 2014 10:24AM)
Very cool. (I do something similar with a Q-tip and my ears though.)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 24, 2014 04:52PM)
This is one of my fave pics of the little ones who aren't so little anymore, taken earlier this month. To state the obvious, they love water :):

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Here be feathers:
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 29, 2014 02:47PM)
I went swimming yesterday (and today!) at the beach and the water seemed a little cool ;) initially, so I lay down in the very shallow end and tried to acclimatize. Meanwhile, here comes a dragonfly, skimming low over the water, I said "Dragonfly, duck!" I lower my head back and the dragonfly landed on the unsubmerged top of my left foot and took a rest break. No camera with me, of course, I had just brought it back to the car as photo ops ended up unexpected- the geese weren't around- they hang out around the corner from the beach sometimes. Not seeing them, I decided to part with the camera and go for a swim. Typical.

But, at such times, I'm grateful still for the opportunity to see with my own two eyes. My father is blind and has been for about 26yrs now, and there's SO MUCH to see.

Goslings are getting their chin straps on now and the black neck feathers are becoming prominant. Wings are now strong enough to briefly lift them from the ground and they're running on the water, doing drills, looks like. :) One group, in particular seems to favour that bit. It was the pieces of eight ;) early on, I noticed running it. Initially, the goslings would all disappear underwater, then begin to bob up and go tearing across their parents tearing along beside and heading them off. Unfortunately, it seems they have lost a gosling, afterall, since I'm no longer seeing a pair with eight, but rather, it seems, one running the same drill with seven goslings. Perhaps the sore-footed one didn't make it, afterall, but I can't be sure. I don't see any limping, anymore, that's a fact. Another pair seems to have gone from 4 to 3 goslings. I'm seeing generally 5 pairs together with a total of 27 goslings: 7,7,6,4,3. At one point, however, and it may be recorded here, I'll have to read back, thinking out loud I am, again ;) , I think I saw a pair with nine. So the possibility of different pairs is there, but I think it's the case that 29 has gone to 27, and life has been very brief for a couple there.

Trying to find a way to identify individuals, and I think, really it rests with the chin straps in conjunction with other distinguishing features ie. tags, tailfeathers (male vs. female), distinctive markings or traits.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 29, 2014 03:04PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 30, 2014 11:14PM)
Here's a video demo, which illustrates the "drill" in clearer fashion. :)

[youtube]SkYg6tFVCqk[/youtube]

They really got me the first few times- baffled me- I had my back turned, photographing goslings on the other side of the dock, and I heard all this splashing, but when I turned around, I couldn't see anyone causing the disturbance- they were all underwater! Eventually I caught on, when I saw them popping up on the surface. Good trick. :)

Here's a bit of it I caught early on. See how they vanished? Got one of the parents, there, going, "yep, she got a bit of it on video, she's gonna put out a DVD for us". :)

[youtube]PhAqivCYCok[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 1, 2014 07:19AM)
Thanks for the video Laurie. I thought I had invented that maneuver with my little sis, years ago in a New Jersey pool. ("Here comes the underwater shark attack! Heh-Heh ")
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 6, 2014 02:02PM)
Well, someone's misplaced a gosling. How it happened I don't know, but Canada Day may have had something to do with it. Also, the weir falls running so much lately, which seems somewhat of an obstacle to geese on either side of it.

Seems one of the pairs with 7 goslings, left one with the other pair with 7. Perhaps "pieces of 8" have a new littermate. Poet.

But, not quite. The eighth is hanging around the outskirts and pushed out by Mr. Gander. Not an original family member, it appears. And there are now two pairs with 6 goslings, whom I've seen recently on the opposite side of the weir. The other two pairs also over there. It adds up. And I do wonder if it's the "pieces of 8" family that's ended up with the stray- they seem to somewhat favour a similar location along the river bank. And, Mama Goose seems inclined to the possibility of welcoming #8. Right now we've got a little...

Monkey in the middle:
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left to right: Mr. Gander, monkey, Mama Goose
(I think I'm distinguishing correctly between Gander and Goose- you get a kind of vibe, you know ;) )

Hopefully, with the falls off/running very low today, the 5 pairs will get back together and sort things out. I've told the stray to hang in there, doing very well, indeed. And I've let Mr. Gander know I think it could be mostly beneficial to be gentle with the little one. No need to create a target for predators. I understand his obligation to his own family, but gentility will only benefit all involved, I believe. He's taking it into consideration. Let me tell you, one thing about geese- about wildlife in general, I find- they [i]listen[/i] to you. They are well mannered and acknowledge those around them. Awareness, yo. :) And the other goslings seem to be considering allowing the stray into the fold, to a degree, at least, as well. Very interesting. There was an episode of the Waltons... ;)


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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 6, 2014 10:01PM)
Upon brief review of my photos, it seems this pair is the one that originally had 7. I call them the "7 of 9" group. ;) Any trekkies around? I'm not a trekkie, but my sister is. :)

So, not the "pieces of eight" family. If I'm correct, the "pieces of eight" :) group are currently a pair that's now down from 8 to 6 goslings with them. Hope they get they're 7th back with them, soon. For now, all seem to be faring well.

What allowed me to make the distinction is "Mr. Gander" has a black strip right through his white face band, visible from the underside of his chin. I found it in pictures taken today, and pictures taken with the pair with 7 goslings back in early June. Distinct from markings of the parents who originally had 8. Mystery solved.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jul 7, 2014 12:20PM)
Definite Trekkie here.

Love the pics Laurie.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 9, 2014 04:35PM)
Thankyou very much, Mary.

"don't be afraid of the dark"

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Some of you may not like my view, and then I suppose it follows that some of you do! :) but the above video, absolutely, to me, confirms what I know, and that is: Elvis Presley is not dead. He's still here. :beatingheart: And so are the rest we know who've moved forward. They're here with us.

Back to 7 goslings only present (physically, whatever ;) ) with the "7 of 9" group. I haven't seen the other pairs opposite this side of the weir since, so here's hoping the little stray's family came by and is back intact. "7 of 9" group is the only one I've seen since my last post here and #8 was noticibly absent from them the next day.

I read something last night, finally, that syncs quite well with my philosophy:

"If every man devoted to his affairs, and to the affairs of his city and state, the same measure of intelligence and honest industry that every warm-blooded wild animal devotes to its affairs, the people of this world would abound in good health, prosperity, peace and happiness." p.3 of ebook copy of The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals by William T. Hornaday, copyright 1922.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 15, 2014 03:00PM)
5 pairs back together today with: 7,7,6,4,3 goslings! Yay! Looks like they got things sorted out safely. I would have liked to have seen the reunion, but I see the results, and that will do. :) Going back for a closer look now, hopefully before the rain, but if not, oh well. I like a walk in the rain, Mr. Denver. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2014 11:36AM)
[quote]On Jul 9, 2014, magicalaurie wrote:

I read something last night, finally, that syncs quite well with my philosophy:

"If every man devoted to his affairs, and to the affairs of his city and state, the same measure of intelligence and honest industry that every warm-blooded wild animal devotes to its affairs, the people of this world would abound in good health, prosperity, peace and happiness." p.3 of ebook copy of The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals by William T. Hornaday, copyright 1922. [/quote]

I'm not keen on the rest of the book, though- I've stopped reading around page 50. :/ I might peruse the rest a bit but not sure I'll read it through.
So many books, which ones to read? I'll see what I can find, but perhaps I shall write my own- I've at least made a start at that, I think. ;)

The whole gang was running "the drill" on the water yesterday and I got video. Fun, fun, fun. I might bring some here, but the focus doesn't always stick on the action vids. ;) Still worth watching, and there's time maybe for me to get a clearer one. :)

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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2014 02:52PM)
Oh boy- I'm not sure why I didn't see this coming, but, the little "stray" has done it again. :) At least, it seems reasonable to expect that the stray this time is the same individual as the stray last time. Somewhat unimpressed with travel, perhaps, and a little in-de-pen-dent minded. Stay tuned. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 16, 2014 05:21PM)
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Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 16, 2014 07:52PM)
"Bid To Save Rare Birds In Jersey"

http://therightofreply.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/bid-to-save-rare-birds-in-jersey.html
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jul 17, 2014 10:06AM)
It's not uncommon to see Canada geese mix their broods, especially in areas that are dense with geese. The young don't necessarily stay with their actual parents. For whatever reason geese, and to a lesser extent ducks, form what are called "creches" where a few adults will take care of a large mixed brood of goslings. Canada geese will readily adopt, and even "kidnap" goslings to create a larger group, usually from younger parents. I've seen pairs of geese with a creche of over 20 birds and I've heard of creches of over 100 goslings being raised by as few as 8 adults.

Typically, if a creche is going to be formed it will happen soon after the goslings are born because it's believed the parents do not recognize their own young until they are a few weeks old. But a pair may form a creche even after the bond between the offspring and the young has been established. I don't think anyone knows why for sure.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 01:11PM)
I think I've read something about there being safety in numbers, especially during the molting season. I call these strays, and last evening when I went back to the park, there was another one, so 2 strays- because they are not with their original (at least original upon meeting me) families but rather hanging around the outskirts and pushed away by some members (usually the gander, I suspect, and have witnessed, I believe) of the families they are staying with temporarily. There's a main group, "creche" if you wish, of 5 pairs with a total of 29, now 27, goslings and they've remained so since I began documenting them in June. I have many family portraits you can believe it, and while together, the separate families are quite good at keeping "separate", to the point of taking family turns at the swimming hole. So while the other parents will allow their company while their families are away, and the strays have elected for whatever reason not to travel, it's certainly quite clear that they haven't likely been adopted or kidnapped at this stage of the game.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jul 17, 2014 01:32PM)
If they weren't under the care of one of the adult pairs or another, they probably wouldn't be alive right now. There is one easy way to tell, pick one of them up and see what happens.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 01:42PM)
O.k. here's the (small perhaps ;) ) adventure part. This is the obstacle:

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Last evening is the first occasion I've seen the geese attempt to climb the weir. Why? Because:

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The rest of the "creche" was on the other side. No problem, just fly, you say? Can't fly... molting, can swim and walk, flying's not all quite in sync yet, getting there, we'll be ready to go for the fall, no worries.

Well, then, how did "they" get over "there"? Did they cross the road, that's another obstacle- the bridge road directly above the weir, pretty well. Can't say for certain, but I doubt it highly. My guess is this:

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This railing borders the park river below and above the weir. The geese can drop down onto the water above the weir from here if they wish. One evening the pair with six disappeared from the park and this was my top suspected "escape" route- a lot of people around pushing them and I was down at the riverbank, they didn't go that way. :) So, this way they can get up river, and I suspect that's what the travellers have been doing. Little one's not keen on the jump, maybe, I think.

When the falls aren't running it's easy for them to come downriver, slide down over the weir and some have told me they've witnessed as much from the time goslings are quite young. I haven't seen it but I take their word for it. Climbing the weir doesn't work to get upriver- too slippery. :) They don't seem to want to go ashore and around- they could do at the end of the bridge we see them at in the photo above- that side has land passage- a small walking path- right under the bridge to the upriver side- saves crossing the road above. The park end (where I hang out mostly with the geese) of the bridge has no such walking trail, just the escape hatch pictured. :) Hope that gives a little more insight.

June 26, 2014: Shall we jump?

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Fourspot: Nah, let's not and say we did.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jul 17, 2014 01:52PM)
The road is no obstacle to them. If they can't walk or drop into the water they will use the road. Geese walk on roads all the time even when they have the ability to fly because it's easier for a goose to walk a short distance than to fly a short distance. A bridge/road is no more an obstacle to a goose than it is to an automobile.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 01:54PM)
You're wrong, there, Marlin. Traffic, man. They have to [i]cross[/i] the road to get to the other side. I don't doubt they'd use a road or sidewalk, otherwise, though. :)
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Jul 17, 2014 01:58PM)
No, I'm not wrong at all. Geese cross roads all the time, even in heavy traffic.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 02:23PM)
Well, they don't appear to do it here.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 03:03PM)
[quote]On Jul 17, 2014, Marlin1894 wrote:
If they weren't under the care of one of the adult pairs or another, they probably wouldn't be alive right now. There is one easy way to tell, pick one of them up and see what happens. [/quote]

I said they haven't been kidnapped or adopted, not that the adults aren't the current caretakers while they are separated from original immediate family members. That little stray was coming toward me the other day, considering the option, I think, after one of the adults "goosed" him/her and wouldn't allow passage to shore.

And while the others were attempting to scale the weir last night, one of the strays swam all the way back to the park alone, sat on the water looking at the shoreline from about 15-20 feet back for a minute, then decided, alas, s/he'd better go back to the others. Returned again 10 or 15 minutes later with the bunch. That's the first I've seen of such independent gosling behaviour from this group.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 17, 2014 09:25PM)
Here's the video I mentioned yesterday. Though they're all on the water, you can see how, within the main group, they keep largely to their family groups and are careful not to cross lines. Accidents happen sometimes, though, watch out, swim [i]fast[/i] :)

[youtube]UXkQwGLGJ10[/youtube]




One little one got "goosed" this afternoon and protested loudly at the time, as you can imagine. Look at the chunk of brand new white feathers hanging from this adult's beak!:

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In such circumstances, going to magicalaurie for sanctuary's a very reasonable thing to do, I say. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 27, 2014 06:42PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 6, 2014 03:14PM)
[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=560490&forum=32]Empathy[/url]

[youtube]c2e-xb1Im9k[/youtube]

August 4, 2014 by request. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 17, 2014 12:41PM)
I've had many people tossing bread at me in discussion of Canada Geese, particularly on the "Empathy" thread. I don't feed them, though I've been accused of both feeding them and not feeding them, weather dependent- which way is the wind blowing, you know?

These geese have had bread thrown at them by others and they're not keen on it, imagine. "We like grass, thanks. Please don't throw things at our children." ;)

Something they have access to in the park -and I've seen one family in particular taking very keen interest, the "Pieces of Eight" again :) - is crab apples. They're dropping off the tree these days and a little bit ago the family decided to demonstrate their delight at the new food on the menu. Ranking only slightly behind seaweed, I'd say.

They had me concerned a while there- choking hazard, perhaps, but they manage them. And I decided to watch the demonstration- if they're going to learn to eat apples, they may as well learn from their parents and why not under the watchful eye of magicalaurie at the same time? For the record, I've yet to find any choking victims under the apple tree and it's been there a few years now, at least. That bolstered my confidence, as well, but of course I know these birds don't need my confidence. I think they appreciate it, though, FWIW. ;) Got some video I might bring here as a special sneak peek highlight at their DVD, which will accompany their book, of course. :)

I'll be back with a pic.
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 17, 2014 12:50PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 17, 2014 12:51PM)
Dang it. Why didn't that work? Hmmm... let me try something else...
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 17, 2014 12:56PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 17, 2014 01:00PM)
Thankyou, critter. Good to see you, and the pic, too. :)
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 17, 2014 01:01PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 17, 2014 01:02PM)
[quote]On Aug 17, 2014, magicalaurie wrote:
Thankyou, critter. Good to see you, and the pic, too. :) [/quote]


You too :) I was at the shop looking for a bonsai for my son's birthday and this dude was just doing laps.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 17, 2014 01:02PM)
Good to see he's exercising caution. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 17, 2014 01:17PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 18, 2014 09:07PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 18, 2014 10:41PM)
Some manage them more quickly than others- there's a certain boldness in the knack and I'm not sure how the digestion goes, but the silver-browed seems to be managing alright. Some work at them patiently... then toss 'em aside and hit the grass. ;)

[youtube]15uIzwMSldg[/youtube]
August 18, 2014


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August 9, 2014
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 19, 2014 12:38PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Aug 29, 2014 03:44PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Oct 20, 2014 02:21PM)
Http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=61&topic=568553
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 18, 2015 05:42PM)
Re. the link above, Mom's back home and doing well. My Dad's doing well, too. :beatingheart:

[youtube]k0R2uIEFsAo[/youtube]

This is something that's been in development for a little while. This is a trailer for a Nature documentary I'm working on. This is allied footage that will be seen in a behind the scenes/outtakes chapter, I think. I will be making multiple trailers. I think they might have a trading card collecter sort of vibe that way. Some might reveal footage from the documentary main, but I kind of like the mysterious quality preview. Viewers will still get to see the trailer footage on the DVD, as mentioned. So, I think this trailer concept might be interesting for a prospective audience. The main footage will be allied, as I say, so I think the audience will be ok with the promo premise. I'll be showcasing these in our Friday performances this term. Really opportune platform for something I've been developing the last couple of years or so.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 18, 2015 08:21PM)
Glad to hear about your Mom (and Dad). Thanks for the update, Laurie. And I love the crow soundrack to the deer.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 18, 2015 10:02PM)
Thankyou, John. :)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 19, 2015 01:07AM)
Great news about your mom and dad. Laurie. And I love the trailer for your documentary. Makes me want to see it.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 19, 2015 08:44AM)
Thankyou, Bob. :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 12, 2015 04:38PM)
[youtube]jkSKm-5d-1Q[/youtube]

I was privileged to attend a lecture by Morgan Spurlock on Tuesday. He made a comment in keeping with my own thoughts that has inspired me to continue production of my documentary despite some of its "shaky" footage. (It loses "quality" in uploading to YouTube, too, it seems, so I think the original file is actually higer resolution than you'll see here.) The trailers may be a little shaky but the documentary main will feature the most stable, clear footage. As for his comment... the story supercedes. I agree. Most encouraging to a new filmmaker. Thankyou!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 13, 2015 01:29PM)
I picked Jon as my fave from the start. Check this out:

[youtube]277Q8dsArhI[/youtube]

courage :beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 14, 2015 01:22PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 15, 2015 02:01PM)
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Message: Posted by: Ian McColl (Mar 15, 2015 06:50PM)
That flight was amazing to see. oh how I wish I could fly.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 31, 2015 07:07PM)
Key thing about Elvis that IMO contributed hugely to his brilliance- he was collaborator- he gave voices! a venue. He had keen listening ears, indeed. :)

[youtube]BIlJ91mvXzc[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 31, 2015 07:47PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 9, 2015 04:17PM)
The starlings are singing up a storm, quite literally ;) , today! Spring! :beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: Devious (Apr 9, 2015 04:19PM)
Hi from Danielle n I.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 5, 2015 11:15AM)
I have published my first photo book! The preview link is available on my website: http://www.magicalaurie.net The book is available for sale in print and PDF format. My "Thank you" companion documentary is also in the works. More photo book projects lined up, as well. Thank you all for the support I've received here. I appreciate it. :beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 15, 2016 12:55PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 12, 2017 11:03PM)
[img]https://magicalaurieblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscf6835.jpg[/img]
https://magicalaurieblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/gratitude/
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jan 13, 2017 11:48AM)
Owls are awesome!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 14, 2017 11:26PM)
[youtube]jKc0wEmwmYc[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 4, 2017 04:24PM)
Https://youtu.be/3YR8p6JUW-c?t=1h13m19s
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 16, 2017 08:41PM)
[youtube]rhcJNJbRJ6U[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 17, 2017 11:09AM)
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Where is it?
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 17, 2017 12:00PM)
Why do they require greater proof than other claims? Shouldn't all claims require the same amount of proof - enough to know it's correct or incorrect?

I see this video and I see someone relating their personal experience, then providing a couple metaphors, and then stating what she believes and giving advice she thinks will help people be happier. Which part, exactly, are you feeling objectionable to?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 17, 2017 02:14PM)
An extraordinary claim is one that is directly contradicted by a massive amount of existing evidence. There is a massive amount of evidence that pigs walk as opposed to fly.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 17, 2017 03:06PM)
The word "extraordinary" can be interpreted two ways. Either a) meaning that the proof must match the claim, or b) the proof must be more so than with other claims.

If a, then it's unnecessary. Obviously the way to prove that, for example, pigs fly is by showing someone pigs that fly. That's not extraordinary proof, it's just proof. That's the same level of proof as saying that heavy things hurt when they fall on your foot, and proving it by dropping something heavy on someone's foot.

If b, then that's not very scientific. Why do some claims demand more proof than others? Proof is proof. Demanding greater proof for one thing is just a way to move the goalpost so that the person making the demand for extraordinary proof never has to deal with being wrong.

Sorry, I know I'm going a bit off the rails of this thread, it's just a phrase that gets tossed around a lot as if that's the answer to everything odd ever.

Back to the video - as I said, she's relating her experience (which is similar to many other claims in NDEs throughout history), she's relating some metaphors she uses to explain her model the world to others, and then she's saying she thinks people would be healthier and happier if they were nicer to each other and strove to be loving. Which part seems extraordinary? Granted, it does seem to imply that being nice and loving people will cure or prevent cancer which is not supported by current evidence - is that the part that bugs you?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 17, 2017 03:21PM)
Our Magic is a never ending battle against superstition, credulity and chicanery in every form and our opposition is the charlatan. There seems to me to be a massive amount of evidence that there is no magical cure for cancer yet she is telling people, who may have cancer etcetera, that they can spiritually leave their body and return to cure it and not only that but also claims they can communicate with the dead, because she claims that is just what she did so. Is she a charlatan or not, that is the question.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 18, 2017 12:04AM)
No she didn't. She said that was what she experienced. Her story was that she experienced a disconnection of her consciousness (something that has been reported many times and I think warrants further investigation, if we can figure out how to investigate it) - and that she felt the spirits of her father and best friend telling her it wasn't her time. Then she woke up and her cancer went into remission in a very short period. Random, seemingly miraculous cures do happen sometimes - to my knowledge we have absolutely no idea why it happens.

Then she said, in 5 different ways, that she thinks the world would be better off if people were nice to each other, and if we focused on loving ourselves and each other.

[quote]Our Magic is a never ending battle against superstition, credulity and chicanery in every form and our opposition is the charlatan. [/quote]

Logical fallacy, false consensus. While I agree that many people who are magicians and/or mentalists do feel this need to "battle" superstition and Charlatans, not everyone does. While I do not have data to back this up, I would be willing to wager that most magicians don't actually care one way or the other. So when you say "our magic" you're assuming everyone agrees with you. I know for a fact that is not true, because I do not agree with this statement.

Further, I am not out to fight charlatans. Heck, some of my absolute best material has been taught to me BY charlatans. My performances are designed to encourage an audience to look for magic in the world. To explore connections and coincidences, and to think about history with a modern eye. Because we call things impossible when we don't understand them, but if we advance our knowledge we must remember to look back at those things and see if we haven't figured out what was going on.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 18, 2017 05:52AM)
It is curious, but nevertheless it is true, that some prefer to take the word of a charlatan telling them a nice story than to look for the palpable facts which may not tell a story not so sweet tale.
Message: Posted by: NYCTwister (Feb 18, 2017 01:07PM)
Soon enough it won't matter.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/17/this-controversial-science-could-cure-cancer-within-20-years/
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 18, 2017 04:17PM)
When we perform our magic, we educate the public of the capabilities of trickery, without which they may be imposed upon by any charlatan. As for the cult which preaches the message that cancer can be caused and cured by a person's emotional wellbeing, they are deadly dangerous to those poor souls who have never seem our magic performed.
Message: Posted by: NYCTwister (Feb 18, 2017 06:19PM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2017, tommy wrote:
When we perform our magic, we educate the pgublic of the capabilities of trickery, without which they may be imposed upon by any charlatan.[/quote]

Or, we show them a trick, they're entertained, and that's the end of it.
You do realize that it's 2017, not 1717 right?

[quote]As for the cult which preaches the message that cancer can be caused and cured by a person's emotional wellbeing[/quote]

A person's mental state has A LOT to do with their physical well being. This has been proven.
That's not to say that simply believing you'll get better will make it so, but a optimistic mindset can't hurt

[quote]they are deadly dangerous to those poor souls who have never seem our magic performed. [/quote]

Nonsense.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 18, 2017 07:55PM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2017, tommy wrote:
When we perform our magic, we educate the public of the capabilities of trickery, without which they may be imposed upon by any charlatan. As for the cult which preaches the message that cancer can be caused and cured by a person's emotional wellbeing, they are deadly dangerous to those poor souls who have never seem our magic performed. [/quote]

False consensus again. You're assuming everyone performs as (I assume) you do. Not remotely the case. I never even hint at trickery or say anything about how the techniques I use can be used to convince people of extraordinary claims. Why bother?

Until I see some studies that show a statistically significant number of people who have avoided joining a cult or being conned specifically because of a magic show they saw, I will maintain that the idea of "saving" people from charlatans is pure ego stroking. The vast majority of people who see a magic show are not going to connect anything that magician does on stage with something they may see in a con or charlatan scenario. Furthermore, all these cynical magicians are doing is giving ways for charlatans and con men to approach at another angle.

If I were going to go down the charlatan route, I would watch as many "debunker" magic shows as I could find, and I would specifically use that stuff to lead marks down the garden path and hook them all the more.

Magicians are not saving anyone to my knowledge.

Furthermore, this lady is not starting a cult. A cult is, by definition, "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." All she said was that she thinks we should be nicer to each other, and specifically seek to love ourselves and each other.

Given the findings on placebo studies, where people actually do show statistically significant improvements when given placebos (even knowing they are receiving placebos), I think it's safe to say that it is very likely that mental state is directly connected to health.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 18, 2017 09:05PM)
The stories of the cult send out a clear message: somehow, in some way, we ought to be thinking ourselves better, rather than focusing on doctors, surgery and drugs. Those not educated of the capabilities of trickery, the suckers, would have no reason to disbelieve the preaching of the cult. So should a sucker fall ill, then he would try to cure himself with the magic cure of the cult, rather than go to his doctor.

If you are looking for an out of body experience, we do have few bottles left of it. For only $19.84 the intelligence of the universe can be yours.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 18, 2017 10:37PM)
Ok, I'm out. You've clearly decided that you have the absolute truth and are not remotely open to any other idea.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 18, 2017 11:12PM)
If it feels right, then it's right for me.

That is according to the cult.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 21, 2017 12:31AM)
I think she speaks common sense. As she says- we're all born knowing that being happy is fundamentally healthy.

Speaking from my medical background, to me, the description of what happened to her reminds me of something I've seen mentioned in natural medicine- a healing crisis.

And, spontaneous remission/regression of cancer is not new.

Whether she had cancer or not, I'm not here to prove. She was ill, she was suffering, now she's well and happy. I know first hand what she means when she says she was killing herself long before she got her disease. And life can be saved by loving yourself and allowing yourself to be who you are. Simple truth.

Who's rejecting medicine here, tommy? Anita was treated with chemotherapy and remained in hospital for weeks following her crisis.

"The spontaneous healing of cancer is a phenomenon that has been observed for hundreds and thousands of years and after having been the subject of many controversies, it is now accepted as an indisputable fact."...

"This article peeks into the history of immunostimulation and the role of innate immunity in inducing a cure even in advanced stages of malignancy. The value of Coley's observation is that rather than surviving additional years with cancer, many of the patients who received his therapy lived the rest of their lives without cancer. In our relentless efforts to go beyond nature to fight cancer, we often overlook the facts nature provides to heal our maladies."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312698/

[img]http://www.sott.net/image/s15/313688/full/anita_moorjani_when_sick.jpg[/img]


"Over 2,000 years ago, the Stoic Lucius Seneca wrote 'it is part of the cure to wish to be cured' Ė and today we are seeing evidence that the mind-body connection does indeed exist.

It was not until the 1970s that there was documented evidence of a strong link between mindset and physical health. This field is called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), and itís dedicated to uncovering the connection between the mind and the body."
http://www.fhcp.com/blog/how-your-mindset-affects-your-health/
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 21, 2017 02:42AM)
"Indian mysticism has such fascination for and pernicious influence over some people, that it leads them to accept without question the statements of every exponent of it who professes supernatural power. Everything possible should be done to check the spread of this pernicious doctrine of superstition."

J. N. MASKELYNE

Is she Indian?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 21, 2017 03:09AM)
Let us assume she had cancer that like many before her she refused a certain treatment because of the side effects, then changed her mind, had the treatment, which worked and she recovered. Let us also assume that in the course of the treatment she had a vivid dream and put her recovery down to that, after which she went about preaching her dangerous message; a dangerous message according to the medical profession for your information, believe it or not. :)
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 21, 2017 10:48AM)
Except she specifically said she'd been on chemo and other treatments. You're making assumptions to confirm your existing decisions - confirmation bias.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 21, 2017 10:57AM)
She said lots of things which assume true to confirm your existing decisions - confirmation bias.

Anyway, why are you back out your closet?
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 21, 2017 12:36PM)
A friend of mine, years ago, accepted her first treatment with chemotherapy and it landed her in the ICU.

http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/diagnosis-and-treatment/chemotherapy-and-other-drug-therapies/chemotherapy/side-effects-of-chemotherapy/?region=on

Read what the doctors have to say in the links I posted, tommy. See what's said about immunotherapy vs. "standardized" treatments:

"The primary cancer therapies, namely, surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, widely accepted and practiced have their own pitfalls. The risks, deficiencies, cost, specialized skills, and medical ethics are often associated with these procedures. Even surgery, the most acceptable of the three in treatment of most tumors, has resulted in an ethical dilemma. Every time an incision is made into cancerous tumor, with even the least invasive type of incision called the needle biopsy, there is a risk of spreading the disease due to cancer cells entering the bloodstream or becoming implanted in the surrounding tissue. There are at least 10 published cases of tumors arising along the route taken by a biopsy needle.[26] Surgical excision usually done with an intention to cure also removes the protective barrier or the wall, body builds itself to protect itself from cancer metastasis. Surgery and the subsequent healing process greatly increases the risk of death by metastasis in certain cancer patients by disrupting tumor integrity, facilitating metastasis, directly seeding the tumor, inducing local angiogenesis, immune suppression, and enhancement of tumor growth.[33] Surgical stress also greatly enhances metastasis by increasing the expression of proteinases in the target organ of metastasis, metastasis being the primary concern of fatality in cancer patients.[34]

The effects of radiation are often temporary and have little impact on survival rates. One study of 3,000 breast cancer patients found that those receiving radiation in addition to surgery did no better than patients who received surgery alone.[28] The great disadvantage of radiation therapy is the same as that with surgery; it is simply not effective in the control of widely spread cancer. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy to some extent are highly immunosuppressive and therefore infections in these patients do not lead to any immunostimulation. Addition of antibiotics further deprives these patients of the benefits of an immune response and subsequent regression if any.[26]

Chemotherapy for head and neck cancer may result in a temporary reduction in the tumor size but has not translated into increased survival, control of the primary tumor, or decreased incidence of metastasis.[31] The FDA has approved more than 80 anticancer drugs, 40 of which are chemotherapeutic agents. These drugs interfere with cell division, an essential activity of the immune system, thereby profoundly suppressing the magnitude and the effectiveness of immune responses.[35,36] Hence the ability of the body to protect itself against an existing cancer is weakened; they are also neocarcinogenic which can lead to the development of new cancers that did not exist prior to the administration of chemotherapy.[26]"


Notice what's going on with immunotherapy these days:

"Thursday April 28, 2016
Canadian researcher says immunotherapy is a cancer-fighting miracle"

"When Alan Taylor, a 46-year-old father of two from Toronto, decided to have a dermatologist remove a lesion from his leg, he didn't expect the phone call telling him it was melanoma, or the implications of the diagnosis.

'The thing that shocked me,' he tells Day 6, 'was that he told me I should go out and get a will done, which was pretty terrifying. It almost made me seem like I was done right from the very beginning.'

It was an aggressive cancer. About a year after the surgery, tumours were spreading throughout his body, his lungs and his brain. Doctors told him there was only one option left, and it would probably just slow the advancement of his disease.

'Instead,' says Taylor, 'this drug turned out to be the miracle drug for me.'

The drug Taylor is taking, PD 1, is from a class of medications called immunotherapy. They help the body fight cancer by using its own immune system and oncologists are finding them effective against a growing list of cancers.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who announced last summer his malignant melanoma had spread to his liver and brain, now believes he is cancer-free because of PD1 and immunotherapy."

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode-283-peak-drake-streaming-and-the-death-of-tv-genetic-discrimination-and-more-1.3557674/canadian-researcher-says-immunotherapy-is-a-cancer-fighting-miracle-1.3557765]canadian-researcher-says-immunotherapy-is-a-cancer-fighting-miracle-[/url]
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 21, 2017 01:28PM)
"Recent work by Dr. Brad Nelson and colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency suggest that cancers with fewer mutations can also be attacked with immunotherapy. In a study published last year, the group looked at tumour samples banked from cancer patients over many years. In cases where patients tended to recover, no matter what the cancer type, the study showed that immune cells were actively engaged in infiltrating the cancer.

'Whatís really clear from our work is that patients who have a strong immune response have a far better survival rate than those who donít,' Nelson says."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/scientists-unleash-the-power-of-immunotherapy-on-stubborn-cancers/article22371088/


"In findings published in the October 2014 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported that 27 out of 30 patients with advanced leukemia went into remission after undergoing immune cell therapy. Six months after being treated, 19 of the patients remained in complete remission.

The results are significant not least because of the kind of patients involved: people once regarded as incurable....

Whatís also different, researchers say, is the nature of the immune system ó and its adaptability as an anti-cancer agent. The immune system, once itís engaged in the cancer fight, can evolve alongside a malignant tumour. No drug has the power to do the same thing."

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/is-immunotherapy-a-cancer-game-changer-heres-why-scientists-say-yes
Message: Posted by: tommy (Feb 21, 2017 03:52PM)
A remarkable recovery, but was it mind over matter or modern science?

Anita Moorjani claims she cured herself of cancer after she underwent a near-death experience. Not surprisingly, doctors take a different view. But they concede that she appeared to be dying and that her recovery was remarkable.

Oncologist haematologist T.K. Chan was one of those who treated Moorjani last February when she was admitted to the Hong Kong Sanatorium Hospital and says she was close to death.

Chan and the other specialists tapped her chest to drain her lungs, which he says probably saved her life. They then began chemotherapy, a treatment she had refused for 31/2 years.

'Hodgkin's disease is quite curable,' says Chan. 'It can have a dramatic response to chemotherapy. If it had been another cancer patient in her state, I wouldn't have expected her to survive, but with lymphoma, it's never too late.

'Whether the spiritual experience helped, I'm not in a position to say. Let's just say she did do a little better than expected as a patient who was critically ill. It was a remarkable recovery. But I feel it was the chemotherapy, definitely, and the emergency draining of the chest.

'To be scientific, if she refused treatment from us and recovered, it could be due to her experience, but she did receive chemotherapy so it's not something absolute.'

Brian Walker, Moorjani's GP, treated her with an 'alternative support' cancer treatment which is said to work by helping the body's immune system to recognise cancer cells and deal with them naturally.

He says his treatment modified the cell structure to such an extent that the chemotherapy was able to work.

Hong Kong-born oncologist Peter Ko, who works at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, arranged to see Moorjani and all her medical notes on a visit last November.

'I find myself becoming more and more intrigued with her fantastic experience and especially the message she brought back,' he says.

'I have difficulty with terms such as 'miraculous cure' and 'spontaneous remission', but her recovery was remarkable.'

Ko says chemotherapy could not have caused such a dramatic recovery and could have been highly toxic, considering the state of Moorjani's failing organs.

He says something either switched off the mutated genes or caused them to commit a sort of cell suicide.

'Either her mind or body was able to send a message to the cancer cells to turn off the mutated genes. Chemotherapy does work well with Hodgkin's but I've never seen it work like this.'

http://www.scmp.com/article/580612/remarkable-recovery-was-it-mind-over-matter-or-modern-science
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 28, 2017 03:26PM)
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Message: Posted by: tommy (Mar 3, 2017 11:14PM)
Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vYoKgQpsFA
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 12, 2017 11:07PM)
Https://www.viewbug.com/member/magicalaurie
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 2, 2017 12:03PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 8, 2017 12:28PM)
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:beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 8, 2017 01:05PM)
Richard Thomas (John-Boy on The Waltons), a New Yorker, is often a reader at the Shakespeare Sonnet Slam which I've participated in a number of times.

You can hear him perform "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day," here, right at the beginning of the audio clip:
https://jackshalom.net/2015/07/04/2637/
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 8, 2017 02:00PM)
Thank you very much for that, Jack! :)
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 11, 2017 10:31PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 12, 2017 04:04PM)
From the first note :beatingheart:

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Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jul 12, 2017 04:14PM)
I liked both singers you've posted.

Angelina brought tears to my eyes in seconds. I wonder what causes that with some music.

I could not understand the Women's tepid reaction to Mike's amazing audition.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 12, 2017 06:13PM)
Thank you very much for posting, Mary. I didn't understand their reaction to him, either. His choice of ending wasn't my favourite, but I'm used to hearing Elvis', so I took that with a grain of salt. His opening more than makes up for it. These are authentic performances and I think it's recognition of emotional honesty that moves people with music. There's an openness in his expression that makes him vulnerable. Hers, too, and that gets people's attention. They both have pure tone and are skillful, too. The songs they chose are two of my favourites, as well. I was quite impressed with the maturity shown in her choice of that song.
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Jul 12, 2017 09:06PM)
Both great singers. I am continually amazed at how fantastic people you would not expect to be are.

Here is one of my favorite singers from this years AGT.

[youtube]TddQEzW9MQM[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Jul 12, 2017 09:08PM)
This guy performed on AGT but a different song. This was the song I first saw him perform on youtube and I like it the best.

[youtube]6bfPwtUTP4k[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Jul 24, 2017 08:34AM)
And he's back.
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 6, 2018 11:30PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 19, 2018 05:17PM)
Working on this song for open mic tonight- Here's Heather Rankin singing lead on "Bells":

[youtube]iZtVRv8n10Q[/youtube]

Had a chance to meet Heather about a week and a half ago at Almonte, Ontario's Celtfest. I've been a fan of the Rankins since they hit big about 25 years ago. "Bells" is one of my favourites and Heather has it on her set list in her solo show, too.

More here:
https://magicalaurieblog.wordpress.com/

:beatingheart:
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Nov 29, 2018 01:22PM)
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Message: Posted by: critter (Nov 30, 2018 10:53AM)
Https://youtu.be/Ele05G-Iruo
Message: Posted by: critter (Nov 30, 2018 10:54AM)
Https://youtu.be/W29uD5Gf5Fc
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 2, 2019 01:54PM)
Https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/authentic-engagement/201111/we-are-all-worthy
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 9, 2020 12:30AM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (May 9, 2020 02:19PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Sep 12, 2020 05:13PM)
I don't usually pick a winner, but Mighty Heart was certainly my fave going to post! Yay! They showed a "longshots" short bio on him before the race and he just looked so bright and keen and present, I told my Mom he reminded me of Zorro (my Zorro- look him up! ;) )

https://www.tsn.ca/mighty-heart-wins-161st-running-of-queen-s-plate-1.1523356
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 12, 2020 11:23PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jan 21, 2021 01:53PM)
[quote]On May 9, 2020, magicalaurie wrote:


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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Feb 20, 2021 01:27PM)
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Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Apr 6, 2021 04:12PM)
Charming 💯:

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Message: Posted by: NicholasD25 (Apr 7, 2021 02:26PM)
Pavarotti was so great. Easy to see why he was so popular. Interesting that he was an athlete in his younger days.