Friday 26 August 2016
Great Blue Heron Backlit, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Song Sparrow was perched on a twig near the water at the Delta Ponds in Eugene, Oregon. Here is the last of my Western Kingbird series. At least for now. A Black-capped Chickadee looked like a Christmas card in June. While walking back to the house where I was staying in Spokane, I noticed just the tips of a deer's ears down the slope next to the trail. I carefully moved close enough to clearly see the sweet face of this mule deer. A male osprey sat near his nest above the Centennial Trail. A Damara Zebra at the Wildlife Safari in Winston. A scimitar-horned oryx has achieved unicorn status due to a missing horn. View all

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Friday 26 August 2016
Marching Band As a Performance In The 2016 Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, Oregon

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The members of the band wore a wide range of uniforms. The mixtures and styles clashed, but the music itself harmonized. The tuba player huffed and he puffed as he walked by while playing his horn. As the band passed by, one could hear the music of a xylophone, a flute, a tuba and other instruments that remained unseen in this photograph. Notice the sign that shouted, "Yes, yes, yes!" as the band marched passed. A man holding two juggling pins led the band. Two people applauded the band's arrival. A woman ducked and dashed across ahead of the band. A man dressed in a symbolic cymbal suit played cymbals. View all

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Thursday 25 August 2016
White-naped Crane, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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Here is the same House Finch that I posted yesterday . They are a common sight but lovely birds all the same. A Great Blue Heron was perched in a tall tree overlooking the Delta Ponds. This is the same Cedar Waxwing posted yesterday. Here, you can see the markings on his wings and tail clearly. I was surprised to spot this river otter in the large pond. A Song Sparrow clung to the stem of dried Cow Parsnip. The funny lovely face of a giraffe. A noisy Black-billed Magpie perched on the very top of a conifer. A Cedar Waxwing posed nicely, and for more than two seconds. What a gift. View all

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Thursday 25 August 2016
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) In The 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade

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Below the rainbow on the t-shirts were the words, "JCCSF ♡ Pride." One woman carried an orange parasol while the man just in front of her smiled for the camera. Three of those marching with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco contingent danced in the street. The folks marching with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco contingent wore black shirts with a rainbow over a heart on the front. One man wore a black t-shirt with the words, "I ♡ Nice Jewish Boys," on the front. A girl wearing heart shaped sunglasses carried a sign that read, "Gay And Jewish." Her t-shirt read, "I ♡ Nice Jewish Girls." View all

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Wednesday 24 August 2016
Giraffe Bottom View, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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While walking back to the house where I was staying in Spokane, I noticed just the tips of a deer's ears down the slope next to the trail. I carefully moved close enough to clearly see the sweet face of this mule deer. Went on the monthly bird walk at Mount Pisgah and got this shot of an American Kestrel on the wing. There were four of these marvelous small falcons on and above a dead tree in the park just outside of the arboretum. A Song Sparrow was perched on a twig near the water at the Delta Ponds in Eugene, Oregon. Here is the underneath of a giraffe's head. They look funny from this angle too. View all

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Wednesday 24 August 2016
Asiya Shriners In The 2016 38th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Parade

Some related stories: Rueda Con Ritmo / All Stars Grupo Samba Rio BCA Dance Company Batalá Distrito de la Amistad Conjunto Folklórico Panama America Adriana Bessa Zumba Oyá Nike & Maracatú Pacifico Cultucuba Sistas Wit Style Associates Xipe Totec Esplendor Azteca Instituto de Cultura Raíces del Perú Comparsa Colombiana La Cumbiamba Brasarte & Ginga Brasil Mixtiso

The banner advertising the Asiya Shriners contingent was understated. Another miniature car drove along the other side of the street. The back of the firetruck was decorated with large masks. A member of the Asiya Shriners contingent drove a small car and waved to the audience. The clowns on the trailer played music. One of the clowns wore a hat that showed he was a Past Potentate. One member of Asiya Shriners danced with a woman in the street as part of the entertainment. A trailer was next, pulled by a car. On the trailer were a dozen Asiya Shriners Clowns. View all

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Tuesday 23 August 2016
Zebra Stripes, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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I was surprised to spot this river otter in the large pond. A common Robin looking uncommonly handsome atop a fencepost at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Here is the same House Finch that I posted yesterday . They are a common sight but lovely birds all the same. This is the same Western Kingbird I posted yesterday but two days later. Here is the underneath of a giraffe's head. They look funny from this angle too. Went on the monthly bird walk at Mount Pisgah and got this shot of an American Kestrel on the wing. There were four of these marvelous small falcons on and above a dead tree in the park just outside of the arboretum. View all

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Tuesday 23 August 2016
Kesey Stage At The 2016 Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, Oregon

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A sign above the stage subtitled Kesey Stage as, "Dancing Maple Theatre." There were a few chairs to the left facing the stage, but mostly benches to the right. Fabric, in the apperance of stained glass, hung from one side of the stage and happened to be backlit by the sun. The schedule for the Kesey Stage was posted on a board using three thumb tacks. It read: 11:15 am - OCPH - Oregon Country Physics 12:15 pm - OCF Singer/Songwriter Showcase - The Revolving Door 2:15 pm - The Deer 3:15 pm - Rob Tobias 4:15 pm - Love Lightning 5:15 pm - John Craigie and Friends 6:15 pm - Kudana View all

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Monday 22 August 2016
Giraffe Amid Branches, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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A Black-capped Chickadee looked like a Christmas card in June. Last year, we camped at Baker Bay on Dorena Lake just east of Cottage Grove. Early the last morning I took a solitary walk and saw a distant Great Blue Heron standing in this gorgeous light. Such good luck! A common Robin looking uncommonly handsome atop a fencepost at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. A Cedar Waxwing posed nicely, and for more than two seconds. What a gift. While walking back to the house where I was staying in Spokane, I noticed just the tips of a deer's ears down the slope next to the trail. I carefully moved close enough to clearly see the sweet face of this mule deer. View all

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Monday 22 August 2016
Glide Memorial Church In The 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade

Related stories: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Near the end of the Glide Memorial Church contingent a man walked a dog. The dog was dressed in leather. One woman carried a sign that read, "Love Always Wins." One person led the contingent attired in a sunflower dress and buttery hair. A man carried a sign that had once been folded. The sign read, "Community Matters." A man wearing a love t-shirt carried a sign that read, "Access Matters." A woman walked near the back of a fake cable car. She carried a sign that read, "Moms Demand Action, For Gun Sense In America." Second was a banner that was titled, "Glide Remembers," and then listed the names of the dead. View all

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Sunday 21 August 2016
Damara Zebra, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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Went on the monthly bird walk at Mount Pisgah and got this shot of an American Kestrel on the wing. There were four of these marvelous small falcons on and above a dead tree in the park just outside of the arboretum. A Black-capped Chickadee looked like a Christmas card in June. A Song Sparrow was perched on a twig near the water at the Delta Ponds in Eugene, Oregon. Here is the last of my Western Kingbird series. At least for now. I was on one of the bird walks in Mount Pisgah Arboretum led by Julia Siporin, when I saw my first Hairy Woodpecker. Julia was able to identify it based on the length of its bill and markings. My field guide even agreed! View all

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Sunday 21 August 2016
Main Stage At The 2016 Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, Oregon

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Those performing were barely visible behind a sea of heads. The sound system was superb and loud enough to enjoy. From a distance, more decoration could be seen at the left side of the stage. A tall banner resembled a rock album cover. A fancy geodesic sphere covered in a cloth. And a cutout of a dancing woman. One of the bits of decoration was this mushroom made of cloth. A statue of a yellow faerie decorated the left side of the stage. The area in front of the Main Stage was crowded with people standing. This was unfair to those seated behind who could hear but not see the performance. View all

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Saturday 20 August 2016
North American River Otter, a posting in the 2016 Animalblog by Terry Costales

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Here is the last of my Western Kingbird series. At least for now. Went on the monthly bird walk at Mount Pisgah and got this shot of an American Kestrel on the wing. There were four of these marvelous small falcons on and above a dead tree in the park just outside of the arboretum. Here is the underneath of a giraffe's head. They look funny from this angle too. I was surprised to spot this river otter in the large pond. The funny lovely face of a giraffe. This is the same Western Kingbird I posted yesterday but two days later. View all

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Saturday 20 August 2016
Rueda Con Ritmo / All Stars In The 2016 38th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Parade

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Here, a line of men danced while all performed matching moves that highlighted their arms. Two women carried on a spirited dance that afternoon. The man, who was part of one of the couples, noticed the camera and posed. The men wore puffy sleeves that matched the puffy skirts worn by the women. The dancing was joyful and energetic. Splashes of moving color to a hard and insistent musical rhythm. Moving walls of color. Streamers suspended from rope, separated one group of dancers from the next. There were multiple walls of color separating dancing groups. View all

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