Holidays in the backyard

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Thank you for bearing with me! Now that I have recovered from the awful jet lag, I want to give an account about my holidays. How did they go? Splendid! I have explored a whole backyard, and took many pictures of moving and stationary objects.

A couple of California quails visited a few times throughout a day. They wouldn’t let me come close, so I usually looked at them from a window. Beautiful, neat bird.

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There are also a few Collared doves, permanent residents of the backyard. Three or four of them were killed by hawk in winter 2009, in front of our eyes. The remaining four survived.

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I have countless portraits of these two best friends.

Old and grumpy kitty – hope it is not his last photo session.

I took a picture of these beautiful new shoes…

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… and of a cute bare foot…

…and its sweet owner.

Of course there is a picture of the red velvet birthday cake we all enjoyed.

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When I finally run out of subjects, I took some double exposure pictures of a pine tree.

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Then I took my creativity to the next level. This is what the tree looks like when you take a picture of it using slow shutter speed and jumping on a trampoline.

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I have some more pictures, but will keep them for another occasion.

When all the objects in the backyard were studied and photographed, we went to the Zoo!

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On that day, three little cubs could only be seen from the zoo train window, in the distance, but I have read that now they are introduced to the public. Amazing how the dad lion is playing with his heir.

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These two birds caught my eye at the Zoo, and with the pictures of them I finish this post.

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rooster

Thank you so much for reading! I missed you all 🙂

inesemjphotography Have a lovely weekend!

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  1. All beautiful photos, Inese, and those of your grandchildren are just so cute. I’m now wondering whether anyone took a photo of you, jumping up and down on a trampoline. Lol That would have made a great photo!

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    1. Thank you Millie! 🙂 My daughter was watching from the window, she might have taken a photo for family history 🙂 I was actually holding the younger one in my other hand.

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  2. Hello there!

    I am back after a sabbatical only to find these more than beautiful photos you have taken. Loved them all!! I am sorry, I don’t have any favorite. They are just too splendid for words 🙂

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  3. We don’t overlap on many photos or subjects, Inese but I posted a double cupcake post, one was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. 😉
    I love precious granddaughter on your closed comments post with some kind of paint or dust or dirt on her precious face.The post with a special pair of sandals and the toes in this one were cute, as was the grandie holding a chicken or rooster. I am heading to bed but wished to say I enjoyed your Latvia photos and the quail and doves, too. There are my summary memories, while I know there always are so many more thoughts inspired by your blog, Inese. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! I slowly started visiting the blogs I follow- this was a busy month, I barely had time to answer all the comments. Will have a look at your cake for sure 🙂 It is traditional birthday cake for our girls’ birthday 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I love birds, but I don’t have a telephoto lens for the wildlife photography. If they let me close, so it is my lucky day.
      I have a feeling that your watercolor paintings were good enough 🙂 If you try again and don’t give up, you might put up a lovely album.

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  4. Most excellent photographs, dear Inese… the first one is definitely my favourite… those birds are so beautiful… I have been always been amazed by birds, simply perfect creatures…
    Sending love and best wishes, my friend. Aquileana 🌠

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    1. Thank you so much dear Aquileana! I am delighted to learn that you love birds. Perfect creatures they are, and make our world even more beautiful. My best wishes to you! xx

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    1. Thank you! They were quite close, behind the glass. Three cubs born this year were introduced the following day. We will see them next May 🙂

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  5. Oh Ines, thank you for the smiles that came to my face as I looked through the photos here! I”m glad you had such a nice trip 🙂 Those blue shoes are adorable! And the quails- they used to walk along the back fence of my parents’ house but we haven’t seen them for a few years now. I also like the “two best friends” photos – adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christy! Glad you like the pictures 🙂 The quails are nesting somewhere in the neighborhood and go looking for food around the backyards.

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  6. I so enjoyed your photos and post, Inese. I really liked the Calif. Quail, the creative pine needles, and had an appreciative smile for the little foot and trampoline.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I am behind everything after my vacation. I was about to visit your blog, but got caught in life. California quail is one of my American favorites. Love this rotund, neat bird! When I learned that they started to feed in my daughter’s backyard, I was over the moon!

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  7. Your lovely granddaughter holding the chicken reminds me of your gravatar shot with you holding a fox. Sweet smiles and tender hearts for animals.

    That grumpy cat is hilarious and looks like a grumpy, old man. I’m happy to hear you had a grand time with your family.
    Welcome back home! 🐔

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Yes, I had a wonderful time with my granddaughters. I don’t know if the cat lives til another photo session. He is very weak. I thought it was the time to make some memories. xx

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I just didn’t know what else could I shoot for this blog. Run out of ideas 🙂 But at least I supplied my daughter with many pictures for her family albums 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! We had a lot of fun on the trampoline – the girls asked me to hold them and jump 🙂 Then I though I might take a picture, and it is what came out 🙂

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  8. I was particularly impressed by your trampoline shot. I’d never have thought of doing that. Of course, a similar blurred effect from great speed might be achieved by any photographer getting too close to those lions. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! This technique is my personal invention. As to the lions, I was behind a glass wall, thankfully. The yawning lion’s mouth is impressive. Such magnificent animals! And they have got three cubs!

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  9. Such perfect photos of your granddaughter hard at work living & loving life 🙂 Very precious shots, the foot one being quite creative. Your photo of the California Quail to open the post is great, as it is one of my favorite birds, as we had them around the house growing up…very fast birds as well. Wishing you a great Sunday and hope you have fully recovered from your holiday.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am always reluctant to share my family pictures in the internet – just a few here and there.
      The quail is one of American birds I fell in love at first sight. I love watching the young run behind their mama – it looks like a part of the ground starts moving very fast.
      As I am getting older, jet lag becomes a problem, and parting is harder. You know everything about travels and parting. Have a lovely Sunday, and the week to come!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheldon! I enjoyed two weeks with my girls, and the weather was great too, not like in Ireland 🙂 I wish I could come more often.
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  10. What a beautiful post, Inese!! 🙂 Love all the pictures!!! Those quails really look neat, and hey! I´ve got a pair of collared doves in my backyard, too!! They come back every spring 🙂 Your granddaughter is such a sweet girl and fantastically photogenic! Love how she´s making best friends with animals 🙂 Aww – lions!! I do love them soooo much!!! You obviously had a wonderful holiday 😀 I look forward to your next post! Sarah xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! That was pretty it – we didn’t do much, just enjoyed each others company. Great you have the doves in your backyard! I know they are not native to America, but they are lovely, and quite invisible, and their voice is gentle. My eldest loves animals and has no fear 🙂 xx

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  11. That lovely portrait of the “two best friends” is a perfect counterpart to the portrait of yourself at the top of your blog site and gravatar.. Sometimes a backyard holiday is the best kind.

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    1. Thank you so much Cynthia! An eye of a poet! I have never made any connection between the pictures, but you are right, of course! Thank you for that! I am trying to teach them love to every creature.
      Yes, we had a slow vacation this year. Just enjoyed each others company.

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  12. Welcome back 😀 Thank you, Inese, for letting us enjoy this holiday with you! I enjoyed the lovely pair of quails. But how horrifying it must have been to witness the doves being killed. I’m sure that seems like only yesterday. Doves have always seemed like such gentle souls to me. Yet you brought us back to the sunshine with the adorable picture of the little girl with her chicken. I loved that one. Mega hugs. ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Teagan! The doves were killed in a matter of a few days, in the middle of the backyard, and eaten there too so that I took many pictures of the happening. Such is life. We thought they all had gone, but three or four survived and still live somewhere in the trees. The same winter I found a pair of bony legs of some smaller bird, may be a robin. Now I know that hawks eat their prey with all the feathers.
      My eldest loves her chicken Penny. It is mutual. We never leave chicken alone, just in case the hawk will turn over.
      Thank you again, have a lovely weekend! Many hugs! xxxx

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  13. So beautiful. The pictures of your grandchildren and your double exposures actually brought wee tears to my eyes. Just gorgeous. Oh….and then …there were shoes. Wonderful post Inese. A visual feast and treat x

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      1. It is very hard indeed. Happiness is to have your family near you, especially when you get older. It doesn’t mean you have to see each other all the time, but just to know you can makes you feel secure, content and useful.

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    1. We go there once a year, a birthday trip. I have got many photographs of animals over the years. I don’t mind the zoos – bad things happen everywhere, but the personnel is usually devoted and caring.

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      1. I don’t think zoo’s are bad at all as it happens. Many a species saved that would have become extinct. The Paul Simon song lyric is, in essence, a happy one…at least I think it was, haven’t listened to it in an age!

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        1. I absolutely agree with you, and the zoos are very educational too. The song is sweet. It was probably written before the society started protesting against just everything.

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        2. Don’t talk about protesting! We have the far right on the march here today protesting against ‘foreigners’ ignorant lot that they are…it’ll end in tears, always does and of course damaged police officers just trying to keep the peace. I think I’d rather life with the lions in that zoo of yours, likely more safe there!

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