Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunday Selections #115

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River I generally run with a theme. Today there is just one photo.  I am currently weeding, weeding, weeding to make room for all the spring bulbs I bought (most of which have arrived).  Yesterday morning when I first went out I caught sight of this gem, glistening in the sun.  (And if it hadn't been highlighted by early morning sunshine I would have walked into it.)


This next item is a thank you to River who posted pictures of this solar spinner on her Sunday Selections a few weeks ago.  I  immediately wanted to buy it for the smaller portion.  Thanks to information given to me by River and Mimsie it arrived here earlier this week, and he loves it as much as I thought he would.

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And here it is in the daytime, hanging from the pergola over our back deck.




 

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  1. It's beautiful, all right. I laughed when I played the video and heard one of your kitties demanding your immediately attention. :-)

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    1. DJan: Jewel did indeed want my attention. Then.

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  2. Aren't spider webs amazing? They say that the threads are one of the strongest things on the planet! It just lows me away that a spider can be so creative! But how do they ever go from one tree to another throught he air? I mean do they jump off one tree and swing to the other tree. Kind of like Tarzen? Guess it beats crawling on the ground. A lot faster. I can just see them letting out the Tarzen yell!
    WOW! More tired then I thought. lol. But I really am amazed by the designs, etc.
    I also love the solar spinner. Such pretty colors. I bet SP loves it. Have a great day, Hugs, Teresa

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    1. You tube has quite a few films on web-spinning

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    2. Teresa: I do love to look at spiders' webs - they are architectural marvels. And I like the image of spiders uttering Tarzan yells - thank you.

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    3. dinahmow: I will go and track some day later. Though I should have known. You tube seems to have almost everything...

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  3. How magical my Dear!!:-)

    Aloha

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  4. Spiders are creators of deathly beauty.

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    1. Snowbrush: That particular spider is only death on insects so I am quite happy to have it there. And our red-back spiders (which do have quite a bite) make very messy webs under tables and chairs and the like.

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  5. I love spider webs as well... and loved hearing your furkid chatting with you!

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: Jewel was shouting at me rather than having a chat. Not a patient girl.

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  6. Fantastic photo - I love the intricate, ephemeral beauty of spiders webs. It's so fascinating to watch them weave 'round and 'round and 'round.

    That solar spinner is amazing! I could sit and watch that for ages too :)

    And who is gracing us with their purrfectly charming audible presence this morning?

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    1. Vicki: I am particularly fond of spiders webs on frosty mornings when they are outlined in ice. Rain or dew drops are good too.
      And that was the smaller of our cats - Jewel. And believe it or not, her voice is smaller too.

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  7. Haha! The cat mewling was awfully funny.

    The spider web...all I can say is it's lovely to look at. To walk into, not so much!!

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: She started up because I had been outside and she wanted to go...
      And yes, I wouldn't have appreciated that web nearly as much if I had wandered into it.

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  8. Such intricacy of design. We could learn a lot from spiders.
    As for kitty, are you teasing her?

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    1. Friko: Intricacy, teamed with simplicity. A stunning mixture. And no, Jewel was just complaining about not being allowed outside and about not having my lap to recline in.

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  9. Love the solar spinner...and the background kitty music.

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores: Music that wasn't. The solar spinner is fun though.

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  10. Your spiders have started spinning? Ours are already some six weeks late. Nice shot of the perfect web.

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    1. Arija: Only very recently - which was another reason to stop and appreciate it.

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  11. amazing things, the webs spiders weave.
    i find them quite beautiful.
    the way they keep rebuilding
    is a bit of an inspire:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I really like them as well, though the smaller portion is not nearly as enamoured.

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  12. That's a beautiful web! I love how they look when the light catches them that way, especially when they're sparkling with dew drops. I've never seen a web with that weave pattern before! Wonder what species of spider created it?

    Love your solar spinner! Our next door neighbor has a few of them in her front yard, and I enjoy watching them change colors from my window. I pretend that faeries are at work. :-) Out here, people like to put those on graves, too. They're plentiful in the local cemetery, and when we lived in the rental house not far from there, I rode my bike to the cemetery after dark one night, just to see them all lit up and changing color. So pretty!

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    1. And which of your children was that in the video's background pleading for your attention? :-)

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    2. Laloofah: It is a lovely web, and is being added to today. I am not certain which of our spiders made it - I will investigate and let you know.
      I really like the idea of solar spinners at a cemetery - bright and cheerful.
      Jewel was not pleading at all. I know an ultimation when I hear one.

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    3. LOL - well, far be it from me to accuse one of your darling children of being nagging or demanding rather than beseeching or imploring. ;-)

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    4. Laloofah: And of course the four legged darlings which share your life are always patient and polite...

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  13. Spiders are such industrious little creatures! They certainly a non-defeatists...if the spinning of webs is a clue to their determination!

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  14. I have never seen a solar spinner - delightful. My heart skipped a beat for a moment when I heard your cat meowing. My Sophie has been gone for 2.5 years now and she sounded just like that.

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    1. Lynn: I am sorry that Jewel made your heart skip. Sophie is obviously still loved and missed.

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    2. No worries - it made me think of her lovingly for a bit. She used to camp out on the futon in my office when I was on the computer for an extended time. I miss her "talking" to me.

      When I had two cats, Cleo and Sophie, I could hardly breathe - my allergies to their dander was that bad. So while I miss having a pet, I'm better off without one. I just enjoy everyone else's pets now - especially your Jewel.

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    3. Lynn: Years back I discovered that of the ten most common allergens I am NOT allergic to cats and dogs. Which is a huge relief - and you are more than welcome to enjoy Jewel.

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  15. I love spiders' webs. Such works of craft and art....Beautiful capture of this one!

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    1. Molly: I was lucky - I just spotted it at a perfect time of day for a photo.

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  16. Oh, a lovely web, BUT...accckkkk...Aussie spiders can be deadly, and they freak me out! When I first went to live in Australia. I encounterd...a huntsman, the size of my fist, several redbacks living in my mailbox, and I was forever checking my shoes and boots for whitetails. Then of course there was the King Brown snake I encountered in the back garden, luckily I had my TALL boots on! I like the solar spinner, that can't kill you....right?

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    1. Karen: Redbacks are everywhere. Huntsmen are not a threat, and I have been bitten by a white-tail. It died. (And no, I didn't whack it). Snakes on the other hand freak me out...

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  17. That is an utterly gorgeous web! Fabulous photo.

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    1. ladyfi: Thank you. It is beautiful isn't it?

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  18. I am glad you didn't walk into it, and it's beautiful! Mind you, I'm glad you didn't walk into it because ... eeew.

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    1. Riot Kitty: No, they are never good to walk into. Particularly wondering if the builder is on you...

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  19. That is one fantastic photo and how fortunate to find something of such beauty and it's good you avoided walking headlong into it...I am not a fan of spiders.
    I am also glad you got your solar spinner OK and that HE likes it. I will have to get one if I can remember the store that sells them. I am sure I will find that info on River's blog.
    Note to self: find the info you want and do it!!!

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    1. Mimsie: Cheap as Chips on line. Prompt service too. I don't really mind spiders, it is snakes I have difficulties with. Large difficulties.

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  20. Such a beautiful spider web! I rarely see them, just feel them as I walk through, probably giving the spider the shock of his life.
    I'm glad your solar spinner arrived and SP is happy with it. Going to watch your video now, something I rarely do since they take so long to load.

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    1. River: I often don't see them in time either. And I am not certain whether it is the spider or me who gets the bigger shock.

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  21. It's very pretty, I like the gold just before the green and it was lovely to hear Jewel.

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    1. River: It is very pretty indeed - thank you so much for telling me about it. It is a very sucessful present.

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  22. That spinner is very striking...

    Just wanted to add that I left your site open today when my mother visited to bring me soup for my lung infection. She saw your header and gasped at how beautiful it was. I think it's the prettiest thing she's ever seen on my monitor.

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    1. John Wiswell: A lung infection now? That is just not fair. Your health has really been unkind to you lately. I do hope you are starting to get better.

      I am glad that your mother liked the magpie, the corella and part of a galah - and thank you so much for telling me.

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  23. Terrific photo but it does connect with my fear of spiders and accidentally walking into a web so I'm combining my admiration with a small shudder!

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    1. Kath Lockett: Admiration with a shudder is fine. Thank you.

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  24. That's just about the prettiest spider web photos I have ever seen. Great shot! Thanks for the video too, I have never heard of a solar spinner before.

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    1. DeniseinVA: The solar spinner is brightening up our back deck very well indeed.

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  25. That's a massive web. Some little spider must have been tuckered out after spinning that dinner catcher.

    Love the spinner!

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    1. Carol Kilgore: They are industrious little critters.

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  26. An intricate web is gorgeous but I cringe thinking about accidentally walking into it! *shudder*

    Love the one-sided conversation you had going on with the video. ;)

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    1. Laura Eno: If I had answered Jewel she would have escalated her demands. When I had finished taking the video she got all the attention she wanted (sorry NEEDED).

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  27. Beautiful but if it is a solar spinner why is this taken at night? and love the spider web and your cat is so sweet meowing over and over again. Ha.

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    1. Linda Starr: It gets the charge for the light display from the sun, and then delights us at night. Jewel sweet? Sometimes. Always beautiful though.

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  28. That's a lovely web and I'm glad you saw it before you walked into it! Thanks!

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    1. Betty: It is such a lovely web, and is getting bigger too.

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  29. Aha, I was surfing the web and ended up on your site :) And with the vision of spinning lights and the sound of a kitty, I shall check out some more um web sites :)

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    1. klahanie: You are the master punster. I bow to your expertise.

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  30. Okay, the spider web I get ... what a unique and elaborate web. What kind of spider (I'm almost afraid to ask)?

    The solar spinner ... I am not sure what I am looking at. Please explain to me what a Solar Spinner is and, is that a cat I hear in the background? Whatever it is ... if must be very cool is SP loves it as much as you thought he would. I will wait to hear from you, then may have more of a comment when I know what I am talking about :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  31. Let me try this again (I am very tired from the trial which hopefully is why I made so many mistakes and then didn't proof it before I published it) .... So "It must be very cool if SP loves it as much as you thought he would." Make more sense? ... I hope so :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: I have put up a photo of the solar spinner in the day time so you can get a better idea of it. It charges during the day (while spinning in the wind) and lights up (while still spinning) at night.
      Jewel was carrying on a right treat at I took the video. I had been outside and she wanted to go too. And failing that, wanted me to sit down and pat her. And pat her. And pat her some more.

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  32. I'm going to have to replay that video when Steve is in the room (she sounds a lot like him, much more so than like our other cats). What a cool gizmo that spinner is! Although I confess I think I like the spider web even more. It's hard to photograph them well! Great picture.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Thank you - but luck had a part to play. The sun was just in the perfect position for me to both see the spider web and photograph it. I will be interested to hear how Steve reacts to Jewel.

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  33. The web 'caught' me! Webs are such intricate creations, so temporary.

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    1. Susan Kane: Ephemeral beauty. Particularly with dew, frost, water, sun on them. Which really covers a lot of time.

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  34. It sparkles and it spins from the pergola roof,
    the silver and organic, of this I speak the truth. *bows.

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    1. All Consuming: I am glad that you enjoy it. And yes, I hadn't thought about it but it IS an organic shape.

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  35. Hah! When my small but territorial kitty heard Jewel in the video, she immediately suspected I'd brought another cat into our house!! As far as I can tell, she is still looking for the intruder :)

    Lovely spider web. I like to leave ours alone whenever possible. And beautiful solar spinner - I like that it recharges itself - looks nice night or day.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. Our cats are territorial in precisely that way. A cat on the television can have them patrolling the house for hours.

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  36. Very impressive web. I hope it can stay there a while. The spinner is a great addition to your outside life. I love things with solar panels built in.

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    1. Carol: The web is out of the way - except when I am weeding so it is safe. I also really like things with solar panels - and if I get rich will assuredly add them to the house. Lots of them.

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  37. Oh thanks so much for posting during the day time but now I can see it is equally impressive during the night, if not more so.

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  38. Well how cool is that solar spinner!!!! I love it! And I loved the cat meowing lol! For some reason, every time I read a post of yours, my blood pressure drops immensely. Very beautiful photos and videos you post. Thank you!

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    1. Deb: What a truly lovely thing to say - thank you.

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  39. Fantastic photo...:) like usual...Here in eastern Europe we are weeding along with you...

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    1. unikorna: Thank you very much. Weeding never ends does it?

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  40. I feel very silly, however at first I thought that cat meow was a bird!! What an amazing cat!!! And I like the spinner too... spider webs are amazing... I read awhile back about someone who was collecting web from orb spiders and then made a tapestry out of it. rather wacko. Not sure if I approve of pulling web out of spiders for arts sake?? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113223398

    Cats are so funny. they have such different calls and sounds. Mousey has a high pitched meow, Rora does a :ma-ow? questioning meow and tabby doesn't meow but rather he does a bbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr? sound!!

    they are so fun

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    1. Nicky HW: Jazz has a much deeper - and louder meow. I will check out the person who makes tapestry from spider web - but don't think that I approve either. Thank you for the link.

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  41. Love the spinner and the web, and adore the Jewel commentary that goes along with the video. Hope you and SP are keeping well. Sorry I haven't been around in cyberspace much xxx

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    1. Kakka: Thank you. Apologies not necessary. You have had a lot on your plate.

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  42. The spinner and the web are neat to see. It takes a lot of work to weed though

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: Weeding is a LOT of work. You are right. I have done a lot, and there is much, much more to do. So I stop and admire the web and the spinner and...

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  43. Ahhhh, soooooo beautiful.

    I hear Kitty Meowing. That sound is like Heaven.

    Sending you much Love from snowy Minnesota. Xxxxxx

    btw, the web is exquisite.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Poor Jewel felt severely neglected. Thank you for the love - which is returning with interest.

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  44. What a great solar spinner! I'd love to have something like that in my garden! Another beautiful inspiration! Thank you.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Our garden is filling up with quirky odds and sods - and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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