Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Sunday Selections #389

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This has been a grey week, both literally and metaphorically.


However, heading out the door early to go to Lifeline one morning this week I was stopped in my tracks by a truly spectacular dawn.  I HAD to rush inside for my camera and nearly missed the bus.  And it would have been worth it if I had.

This is a more normal dawn for us.  Pretty, but understated.



And these images will explain why I rushed inside for my camera.













Sadly those red skies didn't warn us of ANY moisture falling from the skies.

There were other patches of colour and drama in my grey week too.


This King Parrot has got quite clever, and comes to the back yard rather than the front.  He and his female companion can be fed there without being menaced by other birds.




The Bearded Ravens are such majestic birds.  Sadly they too give way to the bully boy antics of the much smaller Rainbow Lorikeets featuring in the next photos.




 Finally, please send some good wishes.  The eldest of my brothers has a health crisis and we are all worried.

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  1. Oh, EC. I'm very sorry to hear about your brother's health crisis. Good wishes and positive energy coming your way.
    Breathtaking pictures.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. That sky was stunning, and set me up for the rest of the day.

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  2. The morning sky is spectacular as are the birds - all of them, especially the bully boy lorikeets. I hope that all goes well for your brother.

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    1. David Gascoigne: I am amazed that the lorikeets are able to claim the apple and the feeders to themselves. They are very little birds - with a huge attitude.

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  3. Hugs and good wishes to you and your brother from very rainy Florida. How I wish I could send you some of the rain. Thanks for these beautiful photos.

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    1. e: Thank you. On all counts. Hugs gratefully received and returned.

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  4. Dear EC
    What an amazing sky - just beautiful. The birds are lovely too.
    Sorry to hear about your brother - sending good wishes to you all.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: The sky was a brief marvel. I am so glad I rushed back inside for the camera. And thank you too. He will need all the good wishes he can get.

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  5. Hope all goes well for your brother.

    And always, you got some good photos.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: Thank you - on both counts.

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  6. Sending good thoughts and well wishes to your brother EC.

    Your photos are spectacular!

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  7. Wow, yes, i would have run for the camera also! Funny that the little lorikeets are the bullies, that attitude must belie their size.

    Your brother is in my prayers.

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    1. messymimi: The lorikeets attitude is MUCH bigger than they are. It amazes us daily. And thank you.

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  8. Beautiful burning skies, gets better each one EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Wasn't it an amazing start to the day?

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  9. So the shepherds down that way didn't need to heed the warning! No rain up this way, either...but I've not seen any dawning warnings, either. :)

    That bearded raven is magnificent....a beautiful bird.

    Have a good week, EC...keep warm...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I have a very big weakness for the ravens. Such intelligent family minded birds.
      I hope your week is wonderful for both you and your furry overlords.

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  10. I love parrots and rsvens. Kisses From Poland

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    1. Gosia k: Thank you. We love them too.

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  11. Hugs to you and yours Child. The birds made me smile.

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    1. donna baker: They make us smile too, and are outside (squabbling) as I type.

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  12. Hi EC - gosh that dawn is MARVELLOUS isn't it ... you won't forget those photos for a long time ... brilliant sky. Oh oh that bearded raven looks thug like - yet that pretty rainbow beats him to the apple ... animals bemuse me ... lovely photos - and here's to an easier week ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Wasn't it amazing? And as I danced with my camera I noticed that yet again I was the only one. Animals bemuse me too. The raven could most definitely defeat the lorikeet - but chooses not to engage.

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  13. Lorikeets swing between comedy and thuggery!
    I envy you the ravens. And that spectacular sky.

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    1. dinahmow: We are getting quite a few lorikeets now and the leaders are decidedly thugs. To other lorikeets and other species. Except the pigeons who still have them cowed. I am grateful that the ravens visit often and loved that sky. Today's was good too, though not as spectacular.

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  14. I send the very best of healing wishes to your brother and comfort for everyone around. Some stamina might be helpful as well.

    Beautiful skies! well worth grabbing the camera

    xo

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    1. kylie: Thank you. Some stamina would be more than welcome. For us all.

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  15. the sunrise photos are truly magical! Such brilliant colors, and the birds , so beautiful and clever as well to come to your back yard as well!! I will keep your brother in my thoughts and sending positive thoughts your way!!

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    1. laurie: We live in a beautiful world don't we? And thank you.

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  16. So sorry to hear of your brother's health worries; my best wishes to you all for a positive outcome, and hugs to you, EC.

    Wonderful skies! and the bearded ravens are so beautiful. They look as if they would be super staunch, and wouldn't let those rainbow bullies bother them at all.

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    1. Alexia: We were really surprised to see that the lorikeets can not only retain the apple against a raven challenge but that they can also take the apple even if the raven is there first. And thank you to you too. I really hope that he feels the benefit from all these positive wishes.

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  17. Sorry to hear about your brother's health issues. He will be on my mind!

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  18. I will keep a good thought for you all. :)

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    1. Snoskred: Thank you. Good thoughts are more than welcome.

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  19. Wonderful skies - the clouds look like they are on fire. And you have caught the good side of every single one of those winged critters. Well done.

    I'm sorry to hear about your brother, and will be thinking of you and hoping things improve. Please take care of yourself as much as possible as you face your brother's difficulties, EC. Hugs.

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    1. jenny_o: The clouds did look like they were on fire didn't they?
      My brother is in another city and another state which adds to the worry. We still have no answers and only some scary hints. Thank you for your care and concern.

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  20. Good wishes coming your way. Hope the brother is soon okay. That sunrise is indeed spectacular, no wonder you ran for the camera. I could almost warm my hands over the pictures. it's unusual for me to have cold hands, I think this is the first winter ever, that I have them. I love the birds, those ravens :) and the cheeky lorikeets. Pretty smart of the king parrots to figure out the backyard feeding program.

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    1. Fiver: Thank you. I don't remember seeing a sunrise quite that bright. We were very impressed at the cleverness of the king parrots - they essentially got an extra feed that day.

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  21. I hope your brother is ok. I've seen plenty of bird bullying and fighting. Gosh they bloody one another and sometimes kill each other. Downright barbaric and heathen of the little shits. But nature is so peaceful and wonderful. Just being sarcastic a little bit.

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    1. Strayer: Nature is often beautiful, but rarely gentle. Always impressive though. And pecking order is very real - and sometimes a tad surprising.

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  22. Hugs to you regarding your brother. Sending him positive thoughts.
    Gorgeous dawn photos - as if the sky is on fire.
    Smart birds that will sneak around to the back yard!

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. Bird brained is nto what many of us mean by the phrase. At all.

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  23. Those pictures are spectacular! Definitely worth missing the bus but I am glad you didn’t.

    Holding space for your family.

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    1. Birdie: I was glad not to miss the bus too, but would have accepted it as a price well worth paying. And thank you too.

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  24. If good thoughts can help (and who knows? Maybe they might) then I am transmitting now.

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: Thank you. I don't know how much good they do, but firmly believe that good thoughts can do no harm. And there is certainly some evidence in favour of positive thinking.

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  25. Wonderful. The sky is literally on fire.

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    1. Haddock: It looked like it, didn't it?

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  26. Not good news about your brother. Of course good wishes. You really would think there was a fire burning. Ravens look a bit frightening, but they are not particularly aggressive.

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    1. Andrew: Thank you for the good wishes. Today we are no more enlightened. Which I find worrying. I am a huge fan of ravens and have never seen them behave aggressively here (unlike rather a lot of other birds).

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  27. Wow - such amazing skies! I like the soft, pastel one and, of course, the red blazing skies too.

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    1. Lady Fi: I am a confirmed skyscape addict. I marvel at the sky most days.

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  28. What a treat that dawn sky was! Fantastic photos.
    Sorry to hear about your brother. I wish his health would improve soon.

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    1. Olga Godim: It was an incredible sight - and thank you. We are hoping. Fervently.

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  29. Amazing skyscape shots! Wow!

    So sorry about your brother. Sending healing vibes and lots of love.

    Marty K

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    1. Marty K: Thank you. Love and healing vibes are both appreciated muchly.

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  30. Incredible skies--- wonderful birds!! I'm greedy too, and I got both!!!

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    1. Bill: Some days our greed is rewarded - which is lovely.

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  31. Some great colours EC. Best wishes to your brother.

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    1. Terry: Thank you. He needs those wishes.

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  32. Looks like the sky is on fire.I do hope your brother gets through this.

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    1. Jono: Surprisingly, despite the colours it was a chilly morning. And thank you. We hope he gets through this too. So much.

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  33. those sunset are spectacular; I have never seen a bearded raven, at least not that I know of, great close ups, love the birds hanging upside down to eat an apple.

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    1. Linda Starr: Quite a lot of the birds are happy to eat hanging upside down. And look great doing so.

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  34. I love dawn. Jilda are out of town for a getaway. I watched the sun rise over the Tennessee River.
    It was a beautiful thing. And speaking of beautiful. We love our birds, but we don’t have anything close to the ones there.
    Jilda and Inare sending healing thoughts for your brother and your family.
    Rick

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    1. Rick Watson: Thank you. Watching a dawn over water is always a treat isn't it? I hope you got photos from your Tennessee River dawn.

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  35. very best wishes for good health for your brother

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  36. I'm sending some healing hugs to you, your brother and your family from across the pond. Those pictures are so amazing and the King Parrot stunning. The color is just so vivid and beautiful. Hang in there EC! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Thank you - on all counts. It is early here and I can hear the birds demanding breakfast.

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  37. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for your brother. The sky photos are beyond amazing. Definitely worth missing the bus for but glad you didn't.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Lovely to see you. I hope all is well in your world. And thank you.

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  38. I hope your brother recovers quickly.
    Those birds are beautiful. Quite spectacular. I completely understand why you rushed back in to get your camera. Such a pretty sunrise.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: At the moment we will be grateful for any recovery, regardless of time. The birds and the sky are a small consolation.

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  39. Gorgeous sky photos--yes, worth the trip for camera. Beautiful birds too. Good vibes from across the earth for your brother's health.

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    1. Patricia A. Laster: I didn't even stop to think. Saw the sky and rushed back inside for the camera. And am very glad I did. Thank you for the healing wishes.

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  40. Oh my God those pictures are incredible! Sending best wishes for a good outcome with your brother, dear one.

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    1. DJan: Incredible was just what I thought as I rushed inside again. And thank you too.

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  41. So pleased you went back for your camera - the photographs and colours are amazing.

    Sending positive thoughts and good wishes for your brother.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: How could I not go back for the camera? And thank you for those positive thoughts.

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  42. The sky looks like it's on fire. Best wishes for your brother!!

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    1. fishducky: Exactly what I thought. And thank you. How is Bud doing?

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  43. OMG!! What a gorgeous sky! Breathtaking!

    Best wishes for your brother. Hope he can overcome his health issues.

    Hugs

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    1. Caterina: I was amazed at the sky, and equally amazed that I seemed to be the only one watching. Good wishes and hugs gratefully received.

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  44. Preciosas imágenes... un saludo desde Murcia...

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  45. Sending every good thought and wish to your brother, you, and your family
    Your photos are gorgeous and now I am singing "Orange Colored Sky"

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Thank you. No thanks for the earworm though. None. Nada. Zip.

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  46. Best wishes for your brother and for you. The photos of the sky took my breath away. I love the birds so much. Your blog is such a joy to visit. thank you.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: What a truly lovely thing to say. Thank you - and thank you too for the best wishes. They are needed.

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  47. Those sunrises, lorikeets and king parrots would brighten up a gray week. Good wishes for your brother. Hope the crisis abates soon.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: They certainly brightened my week. Sadly the crisis continues.

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  48. Very best wishes for the safe resolution of your brother’s health problems.

    And many more such splendid sunrises for you and the parakeets. In spite of often waking very early I never get to see the actual sunrise. Maybe I should make an effort and get out of bed. One of my friends round here told me recently that it is his great pleasure to rise just for the first glimpses of light at some ungodly hour.

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    1. Friko: Thank you. He/we have no answers yet, so the worry continues.
      I am a habitual early riser and like your friend I do love the dawn. And in winter it isn't even an ungodly hour.

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  49. Magnificent pictures, as usual, Sue.

    I am so sorry to read about your beother’s Illness. Siblings know us best and are our longest relationships. I am sending positive thought your way.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I was five or six when this brother left home, so I never really knew him growing up. Just the same it is indeed a very long (and valued) relationship.

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  50. Good morning! You are so right about greeting the dawns, your photos are truly a delight to see, and yes so many of us wander on out the door, race down the road and don't always just get lost in the grand surrender of living in the moment of all that nature offers us every single day!

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    1. Karen S.: I am a beauty addict. And reasily distracted from the should do list. And grateful for beautiful distractions like this dawn and the birds.

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  51. Those skies are worth missing the bus. And, the parrots....how wonderful. Best wishes for your brother, may he climb the road back to good health.

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  52. Both your spectacular and standard dawn are glorious.
    Wishing good health for your brother.
    Hugs

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  53. Sending my well wishes your way for your brother. I hope he back in good health soon. The birds are sweet (and hurrah for being smart enough to go to the back to get fed). That sky was definitely beautiful and I agree, it would have been worth missing the bus. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: Missing the bus would have been inconvenient. Not taking the time to marvel at thas sky a tragedy.
      A very big thank you for your positive wishes.

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  54. Those sky shots are INTENSE. Do Bearded Ravens have blue eyes? How clever those birds look.

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    1. Bea: That sky WAS intense. And glorious. Bearded ravens do have blue eyes, and are very clever indeed. And family minded. We have a family which visits and until the coast is deemed clear by the male none of the others are allowed to land.

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  55. Wow, your sunrise pictures are magnificent. I can only imagine how beautiful it was in person.

    Sending lots of good wishes and positive energy your brother's way.

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  56. You KNOW I love twilight horizons, and birds.

    :)

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  57. Those sky shots are exactly what I needed right now. I'm exhausted from a summer of travel and these are all so soothing.

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    1. John Wiswell: I am glad that my soothing images help - and hope your exhaustion is shortlived.

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  58. E.C sending prayers to your brother! I will continue doing this daily for him and for you family!
    Your sky photos are breath taking WOW! And, I love your bird photos! Makes me so happy!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty on your side of the world!
    Big Hugs!!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Thank you. We do indeed live in a very beautiful world. For which I am endlessly grateful.

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  59. I would be rushing inside too, gorgeous! Always have a bit smile on my face when I see your birds. All great shots :) Wishing you a great week EC!

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. I am so glad I did rush inside for the camera.

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  60. Wow those sky photos are breathtaking when I enlarged them. Your birds are so pretty, especially the rainbow one. I will say a prayer for your brother

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    1. Kim@stuffcould...: Thank you. It really was an incredible dawn. I don't remember seeing one quite that vivid - and the good wishes for my brother are much appreciated.

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  61. Thank you for always commenting on my blog, dear Sue! I'm so glad I stopped by here because as always, your photos are AWARD WINNING!! The photos of the sky are breathtaking and I love how colorful many of your local birds are. I'm envious! I'm definitely sending well wishes for your brother, too.

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    1. BECKY: I am glad to comment on you (all too rare) posts. Thank you for your kind words about my phtographs and even more for your well wishes for my brother's health.

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  62. Loved the photos especially of those adorable birds. Hope your brother will be alright. Will put in a prayer for him.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Thank you. Those adorable birds are destructive vandals - and welcome.

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  63. Your photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing them with all of us.

    You and your family are in my thoughts. I'm sending positive vibes and healing thoughts for a complete and speedy recovery for your brother.

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    1. Mildred Ratched: Thank you. At the moment we are STILL waiting to have the problem (and its cause) identified. Recovery will we hope come in hot pursuit.

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  64. It looks as though the sky is on fire. Amazing.
    And I love how you bring those birdies to me - I can almost feed them myself.

    Take care, friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: The birdies are very greedy and would happily accept additional feeding from the other side of the world.
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  65. Wishing your brother many happy blessings, Dear. Gosh I enjoy visiting you here with your sweet photos!

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  66. Lots of healing vibes, thoughts, and prayers are headed your brother's way, EC. I'm hopeful he'll be on the mend soon.

    Your photos are breathtaking. I had a drive into work last week with a very similar sky and was so appreciative of that early morning drive. It didn't last long, but gosh, it was so good to see.

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: We are still hoping. Fervently. Sunrise is a brief moment of glory isn't it?

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  67. The King Parrot is not only a lovely boy but smart as well:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: He is. And proves the bird-brained myth to be wrong.

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  68. That sight of dawn is absolutely breath taking! All the sights you saw are. Gorgeous bird shots, I'd love getting that close to a raven (and documented, haha).
    Sending your brother and family my thoughts and love.

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    1. Harlynn: Thank you. We have a family of bearded ravens who visit reasonably regularly. I am always happy to see them.

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  69. Beautiful Raven eyes.
    Bad Lorikeets.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Bad (and beautiful) lorikeets. Who are shrieking for breakfast as I type.

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  70. Gorgeous sunrise! And smart parrot.

    Sending good wishes for improved health for your brother. So sorry to read that he is in crisis.

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    1. Lynn: Thank you. Bird-brained is a bit of a myth. The birds often outsmart us.
      Sadly my brother's health issues continue, though he is a smidge better than he was.

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  71. Oh my goodness! Thank goodness you went back in for your camera. AMAZING dawn photos- such gorgeous colors. Glad you still missed the bus. :)

    The birds photos are fabulous. Birds give me such joy.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: The birds give us joy too. Lots of it. Wasn't that sunrise a beauty?

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  72. I hope that your brother by now is much better and the crisis averted. I love the blue eyes on your bearded raven (love ravens period), and really love your dawn photos. stunning.

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: Thank you. Sadly the health issues for my brother remain. Mostly contained, but not gone.
      I too love ravens.

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  73. Oh my goodness in your last photo it's almost like he's speaking to us, if only he could! Love all the skies, but mostly the birds and parrots they are always such a delight to see!

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    1. Karen S: We are very lucky and get the skies AND the birds. Both of which I love. The birds most definitely do talk to us, and not all of it is polite. Hurry up, and where is my dinner? are common.

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  74. Dear EC, please let me know the name of your brother and I will include him in my prayers. May the Holy Oneness of All Creation cherish him and bring him that which is for his good and the good of the Universe. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you. My eldest brother calls himself Bill.

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    2. Dear EC, thanks for sharing his name with me. I'll use it in prayer. Peace.

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