Featured Strange Sights For Strange Times--what Weirdness Have You Seen Lately?

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  1. stinger

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    We have wild boar relatively near to me, in fact one of the last ride outs of last year my friend Jon and myself nearly collected a family crossing the road suddenly in front of us. As we were riding didnt get pictures but it was pretty much like this but they were in the middle of the road..

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    Trouble is photographers tend to put food out to attract them and they cannot be arsed to go far off the road to do it (i suspect the image was taken in this fashion). Consequently the boar are not as secretive as they should be and also indiscriminately wander across roads.

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  2. Oldskool

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    In Chipping Sodbury ? Didn’t know that ! Are they hunted by the locals ?
     
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  3. Sandi T.

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    I'll have to use your joke tactic on charging wild animals, @Winglad. My joke-telling certainly makes humans fall asleep so it would probably work on wild animals, too. :joy:

    Thanks for the positive comment on the first photo...that's the one I took. The second one was an image from Google Images. As I said, I did do some editing since she was a bit further away from me than you might imagine seeing that photo. That cacti in the foreground is just the type that javelina are known for eating. It's not unusual to see a prickly pear cactus paddle with a half moon shape taken out of it by a javelina having lunch. I can't imagine how they can do that since the spines on a typical prickly pear are VERY prickly indeed--and long and stout. :eek:

    I did a bit of poking around to research the relationship--if any--of javelinas and wild boar. They are not really in the same family but are considered distant relatives.

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  4. Sandi T.

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    Here are a couple of photos of my daily walk sighting today. I walked east on the Rillito River Loop path which I've not done in weeks. It is always a little surprising--although not particularly unusual--to see folks on horses in this area even though Mr. Sandi and I live smack dab in the middle of the Tucson Metro area with a population of about a million. We do live in the wild West after all. ;):cool:

    Having had horses growing up, I always enjoy seeing them out. I do have to say, though, that this crew doesn't seem particularly concerned about social distancing based on the second photo. :rolleyes:

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  5. SprinterII

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    No sign of your second operation yet Sandi.
     
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  6. Sandi T.

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    No, SprinterII, thanks for noticing and checking in. I've been laying low re. reporting about my elbow. But just yesterday I texted with my surgeon. I had an in-person appointment with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago. In the text he advised me to keep plugging away and make slow and incremental attempts to increase my elbow mobility. Unless my ulnar nerve gets really fired up again or gets worse, that's the plan. He said that he wouldn't consider a second surgery for at least another four months to allow my injury to stabilize.That was news to me. On a positive note, I'm now more hopeful that I will start regaining mobility and keep my ulnar nerve problems at bay and not need another surgery. And I can drive my car! even with limited elbow flexion. On the negative side, it has now hit me full force that it will be a good long while before I'm able to ride my beloved motorcycles again.
     
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  7. SprinterII

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    You come across really positive, so keep doing what your doing.
     
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  8. Dartplayer

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    Wishing you movement recovery and no nerve damage Sandi :heart:, so you don’t need to go near a hospital (even after 4 months) :cool:
     
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  9. Sandi T.

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    Someone either "planted" or dropped this beautiful little painted rock on the walking path where we walk our dog each morning. It definitely brought a big smile to my face to see it.

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  10. Sandi T.

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    There's a building on a side street where I do my morning walks that I'd never looked at before. I was curious to see what the posted sign on the window said. What a lovely neighborhood pool--now sitting empty and idly by waiting for some swimmers and waders to partake. Since the Tucson temp is predicted to hit 100ºF tomorrow, I suspect some will be tempted to find a way in.

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  11. Sandi T.

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    This was a fun sighting on my morning walk today! This gent was coming down a neighborhood road as I was walking up and he gave me a friendly wave. :)

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  12. Sandi T.

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    Not exactly "strange" sights for this time of the year here in the Sonoran Desert but definitely beautiful ones. These pics were captured over the past couple of days on my morning walks. These are prickly pear cacti.

    Speaking of living in the desert, we hit 100ºF for the first time this year yesterday. Ouch. :sun::cool:

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    Me and the missus danced down the aisle on our wedding day to the prickly pear song...ok technically speaking it's the bare necessities and you could hardly call it dancing but its good to finally know what a prickly pear looks like :p
     
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  14. Sandi T.

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    @Duckadiledundee, thought of you while on my morning walk today. Here are more photos of prickly pear that we have here in the Sonoran Desert. There are many types--all beautiful but all, well, prickly! Our desert is lovely right now with lots of cacti in full bloom.

    From left to right--violet, cows tongue, rabbit ear. And there are MANY more varieties all with gorgeous flowers this time of the year!

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    Another blooming prickly pear in front of a barrel cactus

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  15. Sandi T.

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    EEK! Saw this little guy (gal?!) lying on the road during my my daily walk this morning. COVID-19 perhaps?
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    He's ok...he just wants a belly rub...:p
     
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  17. Sandi T.

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    I’ll bet that’s it, Duck! I should’ve stopped to check. Or at least to move his little dead body off to the side of the road before I got squashed by a car.
     
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  18. Duckadiledundee

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    It's ok @Sandi T.
    You will do better next time :p:joy::joy::joy:
     
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  19. SprinterII

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    I wouldnt bother, it looks like its going to burst one way or another.
     
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  20. Dartplayer

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    Gorgeous flowers Sandy, I have many cacti and love the blooms. As for dreaded 104f/40c, I love the Summer but that is oven temperature.
    First experienced that in Perth Western Australia, which was a high 30 years ago, now a regular temp with highs of 50c/120f+
     
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