Bugs, Bees, Birds, Flowers, and Thoughts – Part 5 of 7

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  I added these photos to the D7500 camera samples Gallery since they are taken exclusively with that camera.

For the SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window.

If you want the full experience, keep reading. Also, if you see stuff crossed out (like this) it’s editing after I published the post and any new words are in gray. Part of my educational outreach effort showing people how to improve clarity in writing (I hope).

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I’m typing this on my big rig, big screen, desktop PC. I’m still transferring things from the laptop and updating software that’s fallen out of sync in the last nine months, but most things appear to be working well. The only thing I’ve had to order is a PCI WiFi card because the onboard WiFi receiver is crappy.

This was never an issue because I’ve always been hardwired to the router. Unfortunately, that’s not possible here unless I want to run some wires through the walls . . . and I don’t.

I am currently hardwired because I’m at a temporary location and because I’m running a wire from the router to the PC (along the floor in one room, along a hallway, and into another room) . . . a temporary setup until I get myPCI card.

Anyway, no one cares about my computer adventures and so, on with the post . . . and picking up where we left off, with seagulls.

That guy (or gal) was hopping mad . . . or hopping. . . . or landing. I’m going with landing.

It looks like the same gull but I’m not adept at distinguishing gull types. At best, it’s a similar gull.

. . . the calm before the garbage truck . . .
. . . the commotion after the garbage truck . . .

A garbage truck in an adjecentparking lot slammed something and made a loud noise. Nearly all the gulls took off . . . but I didn’t have the camera ready. Still, I caught some airborne stuff.

. . . re-establishing the calm . . .

I tried capturing aerobatic maneuver but all the good stuff happened off-camera.

That gull came in for a landing in the middle of the group, landed, and immediately walked well clear of the group. It looked like he would walk clear away but he stopped at a comfortable distance from all the other gulls. I immediately liked him.

This next photo is  of the buoys that keep boats from getting too close to the spillway . . .

At first, I thought it was a convenient place to perch . . . but then I realized it was a communal bathroom.

But, I promised some thoughts. Today, I borrow — and paraphrase — some of David Hume’s observations about humans, their tenuous connection to reason, and their thoughtful consideration of important issues (or lack thereof).

Philosophy is one of those fields where everyone holds the notion they alone see the truth of the world. Certainly, I feel the same way. One potential difference is that I work hard at not approaching an idea with a predetermined bend and I keep in mind the easiest person to fool is myself.

To that end, I studiously avoid limiting my exposure to differing points of views, even those I find odious.

These days, a common practice is to approach ideas one does not agree with as if they were threats to our very existence. The two areas where we’ve see this approach applied — and abused — are religion and politics. Social issues intersect religion and politics and are presented as existential threats.

I’ve written before about the inability of people to even consider the possibility of error in what they believe. You don’t hear religious/political leaders say stuff like “for the most part, we do good stuff but these other things we need to work on” or “gosh, we sure got that part wrong!” and hence, you don’t hear individual adherents to a particular religious or political view express any doubs.

Here’s the thing . . . people acting as individuals typically (but not always) are predisposed to search for the truth of things. People in groups suppress that predisposition or it’s suppressed through coercion and occasional threats.

Want some advice? No? Well, don’t read these next few paragraphs.

Always seek people with opinions differing from your own. Listen to them, and evaluate the evidence in support of those opinions. Do so honestly and be prepared to change your own opinion should the evidence warrant it. If the other person is not willing to do the same, walk away from them because they are of no worth in aiding your pursuit of understanding ourselves and the world we live in. They are, in point of fact, a huge hinderence.  Also, make sure you’re not the hinderance.

Avoid memberships in any groups bound by a common view if said group doesn’t allow challenges to its views. Any group demanding unquestioning loyalty and enforcing group-think while at the same time prohibiting self-analysis is a group that is hindering the pursuit of an understanding of the world we live in and are a vexation to the spirit, to boot.

How about some clematis?

Here’s a future clematis flower . . .

This is a miniature plant, very delicate-looking and not likely to grow like the ones I had in Colorado.

You know, it’s been a while since we saw a dragonfly . . .

I’m new around these parts; it could be dragonflies are always abundant and varied but I’ve not seen these many in any of the other places I’ve lived.

Some of the above photos are worth clicking on or going to SmugMug for an even better look.

The next post in the series is mostly more photos of this dragonfly.

The jokes I added in the last post were mostly well-received . . . so here are some more.

That’s not too far from the truth.

I’m a sucker for puns . . .

I’m also a sucker for clever jokes; the kind where you have to pause for a moment and figure out the implicit punchline.

More puns . . .

Anyway, here’s the gallery of the above photos:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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