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In My Oak Tree
self | Feb 23,2008 | swampsniper

Posted on 02/23/2008 4:54:38 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER

Back in 1989 a friend was putting in a driveway. There was an Oak sapling in the way. I chopped around the roots with my machete, brought it home and stuck it in the ground. It never shed a leaf, I can't get my arms around it now. In warm weather I just about live under it, and the critters like it too. I caught these shots from my porch steps this afternoon. Boss Cardinal was calling his mate.

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bird; cardinal; florida

1 posted on 02/23/2008 4:54:41 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: lawnguy; pandoraou812; Daffynition; barker; ferri; gjeiii; genefromjersey; texas booster; ...

PINGLIST


2 posted on 02/23/2008 4:55:57 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Fantastic photos … thanks for sharing. ;-)


3 posted on 02/23/2008 4:58:53 PM PST by doc1019 (Remember always, God is still in control.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Looking at the plumage: unusually rich this season !


4 posted on 02/23/2008 5:04:22 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

From the leaves and the buds, it looks like a White Oak, SWAMPSNIPER. Is it?


5 posted on 02/23/2008 5:05:03 PM PST by do not press 2 for spanish
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you, beautiful as always! Pandy


6 posted on 02/23/2008 5:05:18 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Out, damned spot......OUT)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Great shots! Such a beautiful bird.
7 posted on 02/23/2008 5:12:37 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great shots. Old Boss looks well fed. No drought down your way?


8 posted on 02/23/2008 5:15:50 PM PST by groanup (Don't let the bastards get you down.)
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To: everyone
Northern Cardinal
9 posted on 02/23/2008 5:21:00 PM PST by groanup (Don't let the bastards get you down.)
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To: do not press 2 for spanish

This one is a Live Oak, it may get to be huge.


10 posted on 02/23/2008 5:24:18 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: genefromjersey

It’s breeding season down here, most of the birds are looking good!


11 posted on 02/23/2008 5:25:36 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I hate to spoil the party, but by allowing your neighbor’s tree to be planted on your land and letting it grow this large without filing any protest, you have given him adverse possession of your property. /s


12 posted on 02/23/2008 5:25:58 PM PST by hellbender
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great tree. Quercus virginiana will outlive all of us. You leave a “legacy tree” to future generations.

I plant American Elms (Ulmus Americana) and Copper Beeches (Fagus Cuprea) in my travels, as “legacy trees”, for the future.

“A society grows great when old men
plant trees, in whose shade they know they
shall never sit.”


13 posted on 02/23/2008 5:46:39 PM PST by do not press 2 for spanish
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You have been rewarded well for saving that baby tree. We also like to rescue oaks in our yard after the squirrels have planted them for usm but ours are red oak and white oak. We have quite a few now, but, here in Maryland, the only green leaves we have are on the magnolia.

The cardinals are wearing their finest here, too, and calling to their ladies.


14 posted on 02/23/2008 6:29:01 PM PST by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Experienced Republican voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Gorgeous photos!

I have been feeding a mated pair of Cardinals all winter long up here. (Southern WI.)

‘First In, Last Out’ at the feeder each day. They are one of my favorite birds. Chickadees run a close second.

If your Ping List is for Birders, please add me. If it’s for photos, then add me too! :)


15 posted on 02/23/2008 6:35:05 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: do not press 2 for spanish

I keep running into you tonight!

I’m a Nursery Manager for Jung’s. Thanks for that quote. It’s going into promotional material next year, now that I’m in charge. ;)


16 posted on 02/23/2008 6:37:57 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You’re on it. I’ll photograph anything, just have more birds than alligators right now.


17 posted on 02/23/2008 6:41:33 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Once again your pictures cause a lot of excitement, You really have a professional eye. I just love every time you post and unplug my laptop to share with family.
We live in CT and have three feeders outside on the deck that we watch the birds. Husband has watched bird couples come and go. It is fun to hear his tales.
Continue to post your wonderful photos as I am still looking at that cardinal calling and wondering how the heck you did that!!!


18 posted on 02/23/2008 9:06:14 PM PST by mojo114
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !


19 posted on 02/23/2008 9:21:11 PM PST by JUMPIN JEHOSPOHAT ("I am not young enough to know everything" - Oscar Wilde / "It;s the same when yer too old!" - JJ)
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To: mojo114
Thanks, kind words make my day.

The hardest thing I've ever tried to teach anyone is how to sit still, and be aware of their surroundings. I reckon it just isn't on the list of coping skills in this day and age.

My daddy never hunted after WW2, but I grew up in a hunting culture, a 12 year old kid could take a .22 rifle and hunt alone back then, and that is what we did. That is the time of life when learning comes fast, and I think that some of the old primitive instincts still exist, uncluttered by being "housebroke". When I tell someone that I can smell the spot where a covey of Quail bedded down for the night, or that I smell a Rattlesnake, they look at me like I'm nuts. Your senses degrade with age, and disuse. When you're a kid they are sharp, but you've got to smell the scent, and see the Quail, to make the connection.

Practice sitting still. Scan with your eyes, watch for motion that isn't synchronized with the wind.

The really good professional wildlife photographers often spend days sitting in one spot to get the knock your socks off shots. From that point on it's up to equipment and processing, but they had to be there when things happened.

http://www.pbase.com/tsiya/root

http://photobucket.com/albums/v244/tsiya/

http://cabbagehammock.blogspot.com/

20 posted on 02/23/2008 10:04:13 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Swamper that slide show on Cabbage Hammock is real neat.


21 posted on 02/23/2008 10:56:49 PM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What a beautiful bird!

And, such good pics of him, too.

Out my wayward way, I don’t get to see Cardinals...my favorite bird.

Did his mate show up?

I’d love to see a white oak tree again, too.


22 posted on 02/23/2008 11:29:10 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great pics, as always.

You are so right. I grew up on a farm, and you can learn so much from the animals. Kids in this day and time don’t have time to just sit and watch. For instance, I knew long before I could read that a dog’s tongue curled backwards when they were drinking. According to the books, humans can’t see that motion because it’s too fast. Whodathunkit? If you don’t make those connections when you’re young, you probably never will.

Love trees, too. we’re surrounded by pine trees. When we built our house, the power co wanted to cut down the only white oak on the property to put in lines. I told them no—go in another direction and cut down a damned pine tree. They fianlly did, and I’m so glad. That oak, like yours, is a beautiful tree.


23 posted on 02/24/2008 5:37:03 AM PST by gardengirl
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I love Cardinals. Thanks for sharing!

Mark


24 posted on 02/24/2008 6:20:26 AM PST by MarkL
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Excellent pictures.

We're loaded with robins in Mobile this week.

25 posted on 02/24/2008 6:31:27 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Understated

Look


26 posted on 02/24/2008 6:40:22 AM PST by DeLaine
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To: do not press 2 for spanish
“A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”

Saved it to my quotes.

27 posted on 02/24/2008 10:17:59 AM PST by lonestar
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Several years ago I was watching 2 cardinals pecking around on the ground. All of a sudden he hopped over to her, she opened her beak and he put something in it.

I think it was a cardinal's version of CHOCOLATE... was too cute ...and worth remembering.

28 posted on 02/24/2008 10:23:29 AM PST by lonestar
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Lovely as always swampsniper. I live in a hardwood forest. Unfortunately something went through here a few years ago and all my red oaks are dying or dead. I have one red oak that has a pileated woodpecker home wwwaaaaaayyyyyy up in the top. I found it when I heard an odd sound and sat still long enough to look for its source. I saw a baby with his head sticking out the hole practicing drumming on the side.


29 posted on 02/24/2008 5:03:31 PM PST by Grammy
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To: lonestar; Diana in Wisconsin

I’ve been using that quote for my personal and corporate email tagline, for years. It’s a great one, when thought through.


30 posted on 02/24/2008 7:12:05 PM PST by do not press 2 for spanish
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It's difficult to tell from the photos--do you happen to know if that cardinal has only one leg?

Where I grew up (Rochester, MI) we had a mated pair of cards living in our backyard, non-stop, year-round, for three years. The male, who we called "Hook," had only one leg. If we let the feeder stand empty for more than two days, he would hop across our deck to our sliding door and yell at us.

There are several male cards that have been hanging out at my feeder this winter, and I'm fairly certain one of them is one legged.

Have you ever seen this before?

31 posted on 02/25/2008 7:36:25 AM PST by grellis ("Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.” —Ronald Reagan)
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