Daily Pics #210.

Good morning everyone! It is very cool and wet this morning, it rained overnight and it’s still cloudy with a temp of only 59F (15C). If the forecast is correct, these cool nights are here to stay now. But that is quite normal for August, the nights are longer and they get cooler like this. Except it isn’t quite August yet, but close enough. Hard to believe that some of our birds will be heading south in a few days. Seems like they just came back. There is no chorus of birds singing in the morning anymore, they all have young flying around now and the parents are diligently showing them how to survive, no time for singing now. Though now and then one of them will stop and sing briefly, especially the warblers, but most of them are silent now too. Singing brings unwanted attention to them and their young who are not yet wise to predators.

The chipmunks and the new squirrel have been getting acquainted this morning. I need to come up with a name for that squirrel, I have tried out a couple but they just didn’t fit him. He doesn’t like the chipmunks, naturally, and chases them on sight, but the chipmunks outnumber him and work together. This morning Squirrel was chasing a chipmunk and got him off the deck, while another chipmunk (Pocket) came up behind him. When Squirrel turned around, the sight of the chipmunk standing there must have startled him and he jumped and ran. He didn’t get far though and must have realized it was a chipmunk so he turned and the chase was on again. During this chase 2 other chipmunks filled up with peanuts and left. Another time Squirrel was sitting eating a peanut on the step outside the door when a chipmunk jumped on there with him. Poor Squirrel, he jumped straight up and took off running, but before he ran off the deck, he stopped, turned around and saw the chipmunk filling up with peanuts and he came charging back and chased the chipmunk off the deck. Before he got back 3 other chipmunks got their peanuts and scattered when the Squirrel came back, he didn’t know which one to chase so he just sat there kind of bewildered. He’s learning, slowly.

Well, now for our pics for today, the top featured image is white “phlox”, a very nice country garden flower, but it would look good in any garden. It is hardy and a perennial, so it comes up again every year and doesn’t need a lot of care.

Then in the photo above is the lavender “phlox”, the two colors look very nice together and are a medium height flower which makes them a good choice to put in front of taller flowers like hollyhocks or delphiniums. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

62 Comments on “Daily Pics #210.

    • Good morning to you Atul, now evening here, sorry I’m late responding, your comment went to spam and I haven’t checked it for a couple days. Hope you have a great day!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί

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      • spam is troubling.
        not an issue.
        ya, great day so far. thanks. you too have a great day or night (whatever it is there right now. lol)

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  1. Good morning, Steve! Another insomniac night… I seem to be having a lot of those nights. These are some really pretty flowers! Rain or shine, flowers are always nice! 🌺

    Random question: do you use Twitter? I haven’t used Twitter for several years but decided to follow the bloggers I follow (if they have it). One blogger raves about Twitter but I’m still trying to figure out what all of the hype is about. Turns out Twitter is so boring that it does not trigger me emotionally. πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

    P.S. I got your email and will respond to it today or sometime this week. It was a very thought-provoking email.

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    • Good morning Hilary, sorry to hear you had another bad night, that’s no fun.πŸ˜•
      Thanks so much, flowers always bring cheer to a day.
      No, I don’t use Twitter, I’m having a hard enough time keeping up with blogging right now. I don’t really want to get involved in anything else, it will end up taking too much of my time and I won’t get anything done.πŸ€”
      Thanks Hilary, I hope your day goes well!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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      • I have Twitter on autopilot so posts go directly to Twitter when I upload them. I don’t even have to log in, but figured I should at least follow the bloggers I follow on WP. Tbh I have forgotten how to write status updates so I’m not going to bother. All it really needs is an updated cover photo. I totally get that; social media is huge time waster!

        Hmm… I feel like an insomniac right now. It’s hard to think when I’m so tired, but strangely I’m most creative when I’m overtired. Idk why…πŸ€”

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      • Yes, I just want to stay away from social media completely, maybe I’ll change if I ever stop blogging.
        When I get overtired I just can’t think straight so I usually stay with something easy that day. Hmm, still cloudy and cold here, I’ll wait a bit longer then I will try a walk today.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸž

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      • Like I always knew Twitter was dumb, but now I realize that it’s really stupid. I plan to only keep it for networking and blogging related purposes. I don’t see the point of following an account without a website. Also, looks like they changed Twitter a lot since the last time I logged in. Please don’t stop blogging. The blogging community would be so dull and boring without you! 😭

        It’s hot and sunny today. I never did go back to sleep and now my phone is dying yet again. Might go for a walk today as well…. to MCDs to go get iced coffee πŸ˜‚

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      • I’m not thinking of stopping right now. But since I’m not getting out much this summer it’s going to really hurt my winter blogging.
        Still cool here though the sun is shining now finally so maybe I can do a short walk now.πŸ˜„πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Enjoy your iced coffee!πŸ˜β˜•πŸ˜³

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      • I spoke too soon. I was wrong – Twitter is emotionally triggering too. Too bad I cannot disable the home page. Right now I feel numb… yeah, numb. You would think it would be the least offensive out of the bunch, but it’s not. Nothing is safe anymore.

        If you run out of photos, you could do what other bloggers do – they use free images! Just kidding…plz don’t resort to that. It gets bad when you start to see repeat photos on blogs and realize that the bloggers took them from the same site, just moments apart. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

        Short walks are good. I’m sure there is a lot of photography to capture, even in your backyard. Stay safe! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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      • I agree, nothing is safe, another reason why I prefer to stay away from certain sites, like social media sites.
        When I first started blogging I used free images because I didn’t have any of my own, then I decided to get a camera. I much prefer to use my own pics if possible. Though I have picked some pics for my stories since at times I really had nothing to fit and wanted something that would work. But I’m trying to work on that now too. I have lots of nature pics to put with the stories, just they don’t fit, if you know what I mean.
        I was trying to get a pic of a new bee this afternoon, but it didn’t seem to like my company and chased me away. I had never seen this type of bee before and didn’t want to test it’s stinging capability!😲🐝
        Hope you have a nice evening Hilary!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒ™

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      • As long as I restrict who I follow to only bloggers, twitter should be OK. I saw someone on there from way back when I was using a certain app…. that app is super triggering for me, especially right now. It’s hard to explain. I can’t even conjure up the words to describe it on my blog, and the emotional pain hurts. πŸ™‡β€β™€οΈ

        Same. I also used free images because I figured it was a faster way to upload blog posts, which proved to be false because I’m slow uploading stuff. Getting a camera was a really good decision and I’m glad you did that! How long have you been blogging for? I only discovered your blog in 2019 so I don’t know the days when you used free images. Hahaha that’s totally understandable! Better safe than being stung by some sting-worthy bees! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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      • Free images are good for certain things, like my stories, if I want something very specific that I can’t get myself, but sometimes people get confused and think they are mine, which creates problems sometimes. I basically started blogging in 2017, though I really didn’t do much until fall of 2018

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      • Rats, that was sent before I finished. Anyway, I didn’t start with daily posts until spring of 2019. Then I was doing 3 or 4 posts a day which I have cut back now. So back in 2017/18 I was using free images mostly, though I did start with my own pics in 2018.
        Yep,😳 I still hope I can get a pic of that bee though, or whatever it is.πŸ“· I’m getting a lot of insect pics together which will be part of a new series in the winter.πŸ˜πŸ¦‹πŸ¦ŸπŸ

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      • 3-4 posts/day sounds like a full time job. Do you get revenue from blogging? Idk how any of this works with paid domains.

        Insects sound…. icky. *shivers* Please put a warning on your blog posts that will have pics of creepy crawlies.

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      • I don’t know what happened, but my answer to your comment was deleted by WP! That wasn’t nice, especially after a writing a long answer. Sigh. This one will be shorter. No, I don’t get revenue from my blogging, that would be nice though. But I don’t want to get involved with advertising. I could do those posts in about 3 hours, so could get them done before breakfast, though I didn’t always do that. Now it can take me 2 hours/post. Since getting this Covid-19 I just can’t concentrate like I could before, so it takes longer to do things.
        Yes, I was planning to put a warning on those posts, actually the title will be a warning in itself. Just go on quickly and hit the like button, no need to look or read!
        I hope you have a wonderful Saturday Hilary!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

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      • Hi Steve! Thanks for your reply. Only 3 hours? Lol it takes me 6 hours to write a blog post, which is why I hardly write them 😝

        That’s understandable that you’re dealing with brain fog. There’s no pressure to write. Writing should be an enjoyable process, even if that’s only 1 post a day. Just don’t overwhelm yourself! Blogging should be fun, and I agree that advertising can take away from authenticity of blogging. So far I’ve made $0 blogging and plan to keep it that way, until I can learn how to write a book! Or make a movie! Or save the planet! Or cure cancer! Or maybe COVID-19!

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      • I don’t know, I love writing and know what I want to write about so it just came easy for me before. So different now, but hopefully I’ll get back to it. Of course, not all my posts are long, though I used to write some up to 1200 to 1500 words. Right now my story is the longest post I write and it’s about 700 to 800 words. I have been thinking about making the chapters shorter though and posting 4 times/week instead of the present 3.
        Yes, I agree, blogging should be fun,😁 I would stop if it ever becomes boring or I feel pressured with it. But right now I still enjoy it and I think it will stay that way for a long time yet!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί I have made the same amount of money as you for blogging! I think I would start feeling pressured if money entered the picture, therefore fun would go out the window.πŸ˜‚

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  2. Pretty flowers 😍. Let me ask a question, Both squirrels and Chipmunks are from same family right πŸ€” is there a specific difference between two of them πŸ˜³πŸ˜‰

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    • Squirrels are bigger, have large bushy tails and are basically all one color. Chipmunks have stripes and smaller thinner tails. Chipmunks hibernate, squirrels don’t. Chipmunks have cheek pouches to carry a lot of food, squirrels don’t have cheek pouches. Hope that helps.😁🐿🐿πŸ₯œπŸ₯œ

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      • Oh, that means what I see here are squirrels, not chipmunks πŸ˜ƒ Thank you Steve βœ¨πŸ€—Looks like chipmunks are cuter than Squirrels πŸ˜‰πŸ˜…

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      • Yes, chipmunks are not native to your area of the world.πŸ˜• There are 24 species of chipmunks in N. AmericaπŸ˜ƒ and one in northern and central Russia, also extending to north China and north Japan. There are some wild chipmunks now in northern Europe due to people who had them as pets letting them go in forested areas. Yep, they are cuter for sure!😁😸🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿

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      • Chipmunks are cuter 😸 Ever caught Muffin having any of them as her snacks πŸ€”πŸ™„ The cats in our house are wild, and lucky that half of our rat population is reduced 😬 Still few more runs around, I’m sure as a family they will hunt them down πŸ˜‰

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      • Since Muffin stays inside she never gets a chance to eat them.πŸ€ͺ Muffin is strictly an indoor cat, too dangerous for wandering around outside!πŸ˜³πŸ™€

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      • Lucky Muffin 😸 Here our cats are let outside occasionally and they have fun hunting birds, rats and lizards πŸ¦ŽπŸ˜‚

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      • Lucky Muffin to get a good owner like you πŸ₯³πŸ˜Έ I’m sure Muffin celebrates everyday with you πŸ€— Have a wonderful day ✨

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    • Thank you Saania!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒž No, it’s still the same, it should be dark blue on a white background. Mind if I ask what you see?πŸ€” Others have been seeing different colors lately.

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    • Yes, they provide a lot of great entertainment each day, especially first thing in the morning! Perfect with a cup of coffee, and this morning with a jacket on! It was cool out there.πŸ˜πŸ˜Έβ˜•πŸŒžπŸΏπŸΏ
      Not bad, two days in a row! Have a wonderful Wednesday Ribana and stay safe!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜·

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  3. Such beauties ! I am going to try and grow the Phlox flower…they are so pretty !β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸŒΈπŸ€”πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, the phlox is beautiful and easy to grow. I would suggest buying plants if you can instead of seeds, grows faster and you should get flowers the first year, seeds not until the second year.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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