Sunday Morning Pix

Checking out my new iPhone’s camera.  Not bad for a no-lens-of-distinction camera.

Maybe our last frosty morning.  Buckley, one of only three yard art pieces, stands guard over the pond:

 

Sun at my back, fish still sleepy:

 

My first and only really true love!

I make the BEST mocha latte on earth.  That’s a Breville frother and a Jura automatic espresso machine, in case you need the secret hardware.  The secret ingredient, besides the most powerful French Roast on the planet, is Ghirardelli Black Label Chocolate Sauce.  A bit of cinnamon, and you’re off to the races.  Not even Kryptonite can slow you down after three of my double-shot beauties!

Kudos to whoever invented coffee as a drink.

Have an excellent day, Ratburghers!

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  1. You better stop posting these photos of your property unless you want a permanent houseguest!

    BTW, I have plenty of live Buckleys who live up in the trees surrounding my koi pond. They create quite the ruckus at night, but somehow the sound is soothing after years of living amidst the urban cacophony of CA and NYC. Do you have tree frogs as well?

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  2. Wonderful pixs of a remarkably beautiful garden.

    Trinity Waters:
    a no-lens-of-distinction camera.

    The fact that you were able to get such good pictures is a clue that the lens system may not be so undistinguished. Turns out iPhones have multielement corrected lenses. For example, the iPhone X has a six-element f/1.8 wide-angle lens and a f/2.4 telephoto. Lesser iPhones have only somewhat lesser lenses. I am repeatedly amazed at the quality of the pictures that mobile phones can take these days. This is not your father’s mobile phone camera (figuratively speaking).

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  3. ET,

    Oh, yeah!  Tree frogs are so loud; we love `em.

    Also the non-indigenous Bullfrogs love the pond.  When they get too large, I net them out because they will actually catch and eat small birds.  After we lost a baby Song Sparrow a couple of years ago, the culling began.

    The Three Amigos, just hanging together at the pond’s edge:

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    Poseur:

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  4. Our pond isn’t photogenic at the moment. We gave up on koi/goldfish – they quickly become bird/raccoon feed. Frogs and toads, on the other hand, create impressive impressive numbers of eggs and tadpoles, the vast majority of which mysteriously disappear.

    I can almost smell the coffee and taste my envy of your Jura machine. Having lived in Switzerland in the past (and having a Swiss son I visit often), I still buy Swiss products whenever I can. They are what American products used to be… I had a Solis manual espresso machine and burr grinder (handed down to my US son), but it became too messy (the impetus for inventing automatic espresso machines – really an impressive feat of engineering!). So, I compromise with a Nespresso “Cube.” I must say that, for the price and convenience, Nespresso pods make a truly excellent cup of coffee. There are various blends from the very best beans from around the world.

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  5. I would have thought that harboring non-indigenous frogs would get you in more trouble than harboring undocumented people in Oregon.

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  6. MJBubba:
    I would have thought that harboring non-indigenous frogs would get you in more trouble than harboring undocumented people in Oregon.

    There is absolutely zero trouble with the biped undocumenteds here in Oregonistan.

    The Bullfrogs are ubiquitous; probably brought here by the same person who brought the damn starlings.

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  7. Trinity Waters:

    MJBubba:
    I would have thought that harboring non-indigenous frogs would get you in more trouble than harboring undocumented people in Oregon.

    There is absolutely zero trouble with the biped undocumenteds here in Oregonistan.

    The Bullfrogs are ubiquitous; probably brought here by the same person who brought the damn starlings.

    I looked it up.   Your non-indigenous bullfrog is my native bullfrog from around these here Southern parts.  USDA says it was introduced accidentally to the West about a century ago, through trout stocking and later through the aquarium trade.

    My pond is more like an old stock pond.   The previous owner kept it stocked with bass, but I am not trying to do that since it would require more money than I am willing to pay in order to have bass in the pond.   Conditions are such that I would have to re-stock every year.

    Bullfrogs are kept in control by the cottonmouths, and occasional visits by the heron.
    https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/bullfrog.shtml

     

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  8. MJBubba:Bullfrogs are kept in control by the cottonmouths …

    Gee, this ophidiophobiac thanks you for that tip! :))

    civil westman:
    Our pond isn’t photogenic at the moment. We gave up on koi/goldfish – they quickly become bird/raccoon feed.

    Here’s a tip for protecting the koi. We put a miniature version of a public parking lot in the bottom of the pond with separate spaces in which the fish can hide when they feel threatened. Our biggest issue is the constant power outages in SW Florida and we have yet to install a generator.

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  9. Beautiful pictures.  When are you going to have a WA-OR meet up at your place?

    Ray has a Nespresso machine, which is very frustrating for me!  I cannot give him a gift of pods for it, since the only way you can buy them is online from the manufacturer, and to do that you need the model and serial number of the machine.  The stores that sell the machines do not sell the pods. Why would Nestle, which is having its own problems in the packaged-food market, make it so difficult to replenish your coffee pods?  They must be leaving lots of money on the table due to this policy.

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  10. EThompson:

    MJBubba:Bullfrogs are kept in control by the cottonmouths, and occasional visits by the heron.

    Gee, this ophidiophobiac thanks you for that tip! 🙂

    civil westman:
    Our pond isn’t photogenic at the moment. We gave up on koi/goldfish – they quickly become bird/raccoon feed.

    Here’s a tip for protecting the koi. We put a miniature version of a public parking lot in the bottom of the pond with separate spaces in which the fish can hide when they feel threatened. Our biggest issue is the constant power outages in SW Florida and we have yet to install a generator.

    I have used a multi-pronged approach to predation prevention.  I no longer need all of them as our yard is now fully fenced and I have overhead fishing line strung which defeats Osprey and discourages Herons.  Raccoons hate motion sensitive sprinklers.  The fishing line is over the main part of the pond and will deter any bird that fishes by diving.  Herons care less about sprinklers, decoys and such.  They hate electric fencing, though.  I put in a high power horse pasture fence about 7 inches above the ground around the entire perimeter of the pond, mounted on small, dull gray plastic posts that blended in visually.  My guess is that since Herons walk into water, he zorched his family jewels and decided to fish elsewhere.  Although they are still around, the avoid us now.  The last item in my approach is a high-powered pellet rifle.  It won’t kill anything larger than a squirrel, but other critters don’t appreciate my aiming skills.

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  11. RB49:
    Beautiful pictures.  When are you going to have a WA-OR meet up at your place?

    Ray has a Nespresso machine, which is very frustrating for me!  I cannot give him a gift of pods for it, since the only way you can buy them is online from the manufacturer, and to do that you need the model and serial number of the machine.  The stores that sell the machines do not sell the pods. Why would Nestle, which is having its own problems in the packaged-food market, make it so difficult to replenish your coffee pods?  They must be leaving lots of money on the table due to this policy.

    I’ve diddled around with other brands, but Jura rules.  Pricey, though.  But reliable and enduring.

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  12. Trinity Waters:

    EThompson:

    MJBubba:Bullfrogs are kept in control by the cottonmouths, and occasional visits by the heron.

    Gee, this ophidiophobiac thanks you for that tip! 🙂

    civil westman:
    Our pond isn’t photogenic at the moment. We gave up on koi/goldfish – they quickly become bird/raccoon feed.

    Here’s a tip for protecting the koi. We put a miniature version of a public parking lot in the bottom of the pond with separate spaces in which the fish can hide when they feel threatened. Our biggest issue is the constant power outages in SW Florida and we have yet to install a generator.

    I have used a multi-pronged approach to predation prevention.  I no longer need all of them as our yard is now fully fenced and I have overhead fishing line strung which defeats Osprey and discourages Herons.  Raccoons hate motion sensitive sprinklers.  The fishing line is over the main part of the pond and will deter any bird that fishes by diving.  Herons care less about sprinklers, decoys and such.  They hate electric fencing, though.  I put in a high power horse pasture fence about 7 inches above the ground around the entire perimeter of the pond, mounted on small, dull gray plastic posts that blended in visually.  My guess is that since Herons walk into water, he zorched his family jewels and decided to fish elsewhere.  Although they are still around, the avoid us now.  The last item in my approach is a high-powered pellet rifle.  It won’t kill anything larger than a squirrel, but other critters don’t appreciate my aiming skills.

    I am beyond impressed …

    Surely wish you owned a company here in Florida. Perhaps you’d consider franchising yourself ?

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  13. RB49:
    Beautiful pictures.  When are you going to have a WA-OR meet up at your place?

    Ray has a Nespresso machine, which is very frustrating for me!  I cannot give him a gift of pods for it, since the only way you can buy them is online from the manufacturer, and to do that you need the model and serial number of the machine.  The stores that sell the machines do not sell the pods. Why would Nestle, which is having its own problems in the packaged-food market, make it so difficult to replenish your coffee pods?  They must be leaving lots of money on the table due to this policy.

    The meet-up idea is interesting.  We could maybe do that between road trips sometime this summer.  We purposely stay home during the sweetest part of summer here, and a deck party sounds great.  Let me think…

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  14. Trinity Waters:

    RB49:
    Beautiful pictures.  When are you going to have a WA-OR meet up at your place?

    Ray has a Nespresso machine, which is very frustrating for me!  I cannot give him a gift of pods for it, since the only way you can buy them is online from the manufacturer, and to do that you need the model and serial number of the machine.  The stores that sell the machines do not sell the pods. Why would Nestle, which is having its own problems in the packaged-food market, make it so difficult to replenish your coffee pods?  They must be leaving lots of money on the table due to this policy.

    The meet-up idea is interesting.  We could maybe do that between road trips sometime this summer.  We purposely stay home during the sweetest part of summer here, and a deck party sounds great.  Let me think…

    What about a bi-coastal experience? Naples is pretty cool with great waterfront restaurants and I have free but restricted and totally private access to the world’s most beautiful beach!

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  15. EThompson:

    Trinity Waters:

    RB49:
    Beautiful pictures.  When are you going to have a WA-OR meet up at your place?

    Ray has a Nespresso machine, which is very frustrating for me!  I cannot give him a gift of pods for it, since the only way you can buy them is online from the manufacturer, and to do that you need the model and serial number of the machine.  The stores that sell the machines do not sell the pods. Why would Nestle, which is having its own problems in the packaged-food market, make it so difficult to replenish your coffee pods?  They must be leaving lots of money on the table due to this policy.

    The meet-up idea is interesting.  We could maybe do that between road trips sometime this summer.  We purposely stay home during the sweetest part of summer here, and a deck party sounds great.  Let me think…

    What about a bi-coastal experience? Naples is pretty cool with great waterfront restaurants and I have free but restricted and totally private access to the world’s most beautiful beach!

    Do you think it is wise to introduce invasive species to either of the coasts? (The country may never be the same.)

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