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New post Wildlife and Water Sports: Kayaking on Bayou D’A rbonne

September 30, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s blog lacks a kayak and that’s why I’ve got a brother who does that for me! Read on.

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Wildlife and Water Sports: Kayaking on Bayou D’Arbonne

by charlespaxton

Photographing an Armadillo feeding beside Bayou D'Arbonne. K. Paxton photo and copyright.

Filming a Nine -banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) feeding beside Bayou D’Arbonne. A kayak river safari in mid-September is full of interest. K. Paxton photo and copyright.

By Charles Paxton

Queen butterfly (Danaeus gilippus) drinking nectar outside Lester's On The Lake, Lake D'Arbonne, Louisiana.

Queen butterfly (Danaeus gilippus) drinking nectar outside Lester’s On The Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Louisiana. Panasonic Lumix DMC Fz48 with +1 and +2 diopter close-up lenses.

We enjoyed one of our best kayak adventures so far the Saturday before last; our 5th voyage in our two-seater kayak, The Pelican. Kimmie and I bought some drinks and snacks at Lester’s On The Lake where we saw a fine Queen butterfly enjoying their Lantana flowers. Queens are Milkweed feeders like Monarchs, and can be seen fluttering across D’Arbonne in late September.

About 20 minutes later via Highway 2 and Hog Pen Road (where we braked for an armadillo crossing the red dirt road) and we were sliding The Pelican into Simmon’s Hole on Bayou D’Arbonne.

Our first impression was entirely favourable ; the initial view reminds me of Caddo Lake in East Texas. We knew we were in for some good sightings!

The weather was perfect, first we went upriver and were delighted with several close views of Alligator Gar feeding. Their great scaled backs humped out of the water. We felt the first was about 3 ft long and the second was at least a foot longer. Shortly afterwards we were privileged to observe a water snake swimming across a small slough on the right bank. It was riding high in the water – a clue to its venomous variety.

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A face-off with a nice specimen of Eastern Cottonmouth. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

A face-off with a nice specimen of Eastern Cottonmouth. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

An Eastern Cottonmouth! I filmed and it froze as our kayak glided towards it. I think we were all relieved when we back-paddled and gave it some space again. These snakes are very poisonous, but they don’t bite people out of preference. They prefer to eat fish and other small creatures and should not be killed.

We paddled on, this time up the left bank and were pleased to immediately see a juvenile Southern Water Snake at rest on the shore of the bayou.

Juvenile Southern Water Snake, Bayou D'Arbonne. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Juvenile Southern Water Snake, Bayou D’Arbonne. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Juvenile Southern Water Snake at rest on the west bank of Bayou D'Arbonne. This snake is not dangerous to people and should not be killed. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Juvenile Southern Water Snake at rest on the west bank of Bayou D’Arbonne. This snake is not dangerous to people and should not be killed. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

The weather was just glorious and we reflected that such serene river views had probably changed little since Mark Twain was writing about them.

We took a detour down a promising looking Slough and were greeted with very natural and undisturbed circumstances. The water was very shallow, we could see bottom all the way. At one point I saw a submerged slider clearly for a fleeting moment, our eyes locked and then it was gone in a swirl of silt and drowned leaves. Magical!

We later came stealthily upon another Cottonmouth in a very shallow cul de sac. It was resting high on the water and upon our approach it tasted the air and then sinuously swam away with fluid grace. It tried to climb a low log, failed and then decided to swim alongside and then under it.

Cottonmouth attempting to mount a log. K. Paxton photo and copyright.

Cottonmouth attempting to mount a log. K. Paxton photo and copyright.

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All snakes deserve respect and shouldn’t be harmed or interfered with unnecessarily; venemous ones should be given a lot of space. This behaviour confirmed our suspicions that: a) they seem to prefer to flee than confront people, and b) they would be unlikely to climb into a boat or kayak.

When Kimmie spotted an Armadillo feeding on the east bank, we paddled quietly up to watch its activity.

It was rootling about in soft soil beside a fallen log and we stayed still, filming it for about 10 minutes and then paddled off, all without disturbing it.

Adult Armadillo on the east bank of Bayou D'Arbonne. K . Paxton photo and copyright.

Adult Armadillo on the east bank of Bayou D’Arbonne. K . Paxton photo and copyright.

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We returned to Simmon’s Hole down the left bank and the views were lovely with the sun now mostly behind us. At one point we heard a tree fall in the forest and only later did we think it might have been beaver activity. We continued on downriver passed Simmon’s Hole and were treated to delightful golden evening views with fine reflections on the water. Again we enjoyed views of mammals that we wouldn’t have got from the land. A squirrel feeding on Tupelo berries, a pair of Racoons foraging in the riparian woodland.

Lovely reflections south of Simmon's Hole. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Lovely reflections south of Simmon’s Hole. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

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Kimmie was shooting on Panasonic Lumix DMC Fz48 and Charles mostly on Lumix DMC Fz70. The videos posted here were shot on the Fz70

A large dragonfly settled on my cap!

A large dragonfly settled on my cap! K.Paxton photo and copyright

charlespaxton | 30/09/2015 at 4:17 pm | Tags: Agkistrodon piscivorous, Armadillo feeding, Bayou D’Arbonne, Eastern Cottonmouth, Florida Cottonmouth, Kayaking, Nine -banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ70, Panasonic Lumix FZ48, Queen Butterfly, wildlife and watersports, wildopeneye | Categories: Filming, Kayaking, Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-vV

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THIS WILL AMUSE YOUF: Six men jailed for multi-million pound Cumbrian cannabis plot | Border – ITV News

September 30, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is amused! My neighbours in a quaint and tidy, very boring but restful village in England have all been sent to prison. We only had a nodding acquaintance and they are all in jail. So that’s probably it as far as further social interactions go. Flass is a spooky old house and nobody normal designed it, nobody normal has lived in it. Built with opium trade money, designed by a wife who failed to include a staircase making the upper areas inaccessible and with a secret door in the library

I loved exploring it, attended some wonderful parties and a long time ago nobody let me near the large pool in the river that contained a very dead woman. Flass! That’s what an English village should be all about!http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2015-09-29/six-men-jailed-for-multi-million-pound-cumbrian-cannabis-plot/

Hugh

Andre’s Bit: NOMINATED THE BEST JOKE OF THE YEAR

September 29, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s blog thanks Andre for this. After the punchline – which is quite funny – there’s a message urging you, dear readers to pass it on. I fear we are moving into dangerously politically incorrect territory. Never stopped me before and it isn’t about to stop me again!

Over to Andre!

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Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:05 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: FW: NOMINATED THE BEST JOKE OF THE YEAR

Kind regards

Andre Gast

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A Syrian arrives in London as a new immigrant to Great Britain.

He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, "Thankyou Mr. Britishman, for letting me come into this country,
giving me housing, Income support, free medical care, free housing and a free education!”

The passer-by says, "You are mistaken, I am Egyptian.”

The man goes on and encounters another passer-by. "Thank you for having sucha beautiful country here in Great Britain.”

The person says, "I not British, I am Pakistani.”

The new arrival walks further, and the next person he sees he stops, shakeshis hand, and says, "Thank you for wonderful country Great Britain!”

That person puts up his hand and says, "I am from Afghanistan. I am notBritish.”

He finally sees a nice lady and asks, "Are you a British woman?”

She says, "No, I am from Africa." Puzzled, he asks her,"Where are all the British?”

The African lady checks her watch and says, "Probably at work.”

IF YOU DON’T PASS THIS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS, BY TOMORROW,YOU WILL RECEIVE THREE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ABSOLUTELY FREE.

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More rain more movie reviews

September 28, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s blog has to give The Long Good Friday five stars.

If it’s still raining where you are after you’ve watched The Long Good Friday, and like a detective series go for George Gently. Everybody smokes at least a packet of twenty every fifteen minutes. Gritty! Very smoky!

More rain predicted for tomorrow here. Expect another movie review!

Cheers!

Hugh

New post Living Better, Single

September 28, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog gives TheGirl a fully five star rating for keeping us informed. I’m glad I’m not her- too traumatic! But she’ll make it and what I admire about her is that she’s trying! I didn’t try to do anything today.

Hugh

(and more rain in Bangkok)

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TheGirl posted: "The important word here is, "living". We sometimes forget that despite the obstacles and hardships we face, life still goes on. We cannot get stuck. I have been "stuck" these last two weeks, but slowly my feet are trudging through the thick mud so I c"

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Living Better, Single

by TheGirl

The important word here is, "living". We sometimes forget that despite the obstacles and hardships we face, life still goes on. We cannot get stuck.

I have been "stuck" these last two weeks, but slowly my feet are trudging through the thick mud so I can live. I heard back from one school, and the professor will not take on my research proposal, so I won’t apply. I still have to hear from one more…so time will tell.

I started getting momentum towards the end of the week when I scouted out another school and emailed a couple of professors. One replied on Friday asking for my draft proposal, so I’m back on the ball! As long as I keep applying…I’ll keep moving in the right direction.

As I try to get other pieces moving in the right direction, this weekend, I thought about what it means to be single. I spent both Friday and Saturday night at home and the days were unremarkable, as there weren’t any events by me, and no one to hang out with. Not a bad thing, as I had a pretty wild one last weekend that resulted in getting an extra hole…somewhere.

Per discussion with a friend, I asked why some people are constantly in relationships,and how they manage to sometimes go from one to another with seemingly short periods of singleness.

"I like being in relationships and having someone to connect with".

"I like being with someone and not alone":

"I get lonely and its great having someone to talk or be with".

"I hate being single".

By the way, all of these statements were said by men. Surprise right? Despite the stony macho wall that most guys put up, these guys were "relationship oriented". And I have some old male friends, that recently (as of today) put a ring on their relationships.

All these reasons (except for the last one), are great things to have in a relationship: connection, companionship, and communication. Those guys are lucky to find that in every relationship they dived into, however I wonder what happened to the last "C" (Commitment)?

It does make me ponder why I don’t feel like I need these, as strongly as my friends do.

I was born alone, and statistics show that I will also die alone, and young too. Unless you’re a twin or otherwise, we are all born alone, and very few couples actually die together (unless something horrible had happened). So I always enjoyed my own company, even when I’m out, I’m still usually in my head.

Chey B, calls this "single by design". Before anyone is in a relationship, you are single first.The way you define yourself now, is how your partner will see you when you eventually pair up. How you take care of YOU – inside and out, will show when you are partnered up and can determined how successful you are in a relationship.

In other words, if you are lonely or do not enjoy your own company, chances are that other people will not enjoy your company too. If you do not enjoy hanging out with you, then why would someone else enjoy being with you?

Being single is the opportunity to design yourself and grow to your fullest potential. Of course, when you’re ready you can share the fruits of your labor with someone worthy.

Worthy.

Again, you worked hard on growth and development, you want to share it with someone that will appreciate it. Many of the statements listed above reveal persons who may not be fully developed and ready for a relationship. Hence, they make bad partners, and we have all had bad partners. So make sure you pair up with the right person at the right time. You don’t want to jump in, only to be tossed back out by being single by default.

So tell me 3 traits in each of the following categories:

· 3 things that you are good at, or that make you awesome

· 3 things that you want to accomplish or do

· 3 things that you want to improve or get better at

Three things that make me awesome:

I can leg press up to 360 pounds, I’m very organized, and I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue.

Three things that I want do:

Go back to school! Travel to Africa and the Middle East, learn another language and target shooting.

Three things I need to improve:

The languages I had already learned (I’m forgetting Italian, Mandarin, and French since I don’t use those often), stop biting my nails, be better at communication, especially my feelings.

So let me know on Facebook, Twitter, G+, or post it on my board!

TheGirl | September 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm | Tags: beauty, Dating, deep conversation, love, Relationships, single | Categories: Musings and Life | URL: http://wp.me/p2MqP7-qd

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An Officer and a Murderer

September 27, 2015

Canadians make good movies on a regular basis. And produces thoroughly revolting criminals on very rare occasions.

It was raining again – at this time of year in Thailand it does quite a lot of that! – and so I skipped my morning 5 km jog and I watched An Officer and a Murderer. It’s based on a true story and is utterly horrible. Worth watching! The guy is so seedy! Such a creep! And, yes, I regret to say it, he did what he did.

More rain incoming. Time for another movie! I’ll select one that doesn’t involve anything resembling An Officer and a Murderer. Something with fluffy bunnies or Lassie and people being nice!

Cheers!

Hugh Paxton’s Blog in Monsoon Bangkok

A photo

September 26, 2015

Real?

Or fake?

A great idea! But I’m going with fake! Real…it’s in a cunning zoo designed by somebody born to make life interesting.

Hugh

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The Pope and Mecca

September 26, 2015

Further to my previous Hugh Paxton Blog post here is a photo of the Pope by one who was there!

Mecca doesn’t seem to be working. The Pope and his armed forces clearly are!

Hugh

A Green Pope!: Pope Francis demands UN respect rights of environment over ‘thirst for power’ | World news | The Guardian

September 26, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog admires the Pope’s current environmental efforts – if he becomes an advocate of birth control I might even like him!

Cheers!

Hugh

Sweet home Louisiana: My brother’s neighbours Macro focus: Some Garden Views

September 26, 2015

A toad’s eye view! Hugh Paxton’s blog applauds my brother’s vision!

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Macro focus: Some Garden Views

by charlespaxton

Frustrated by a design blockage, I decided to take the Lumix DMC FZ48 camera out with a X10 macro lens filter attached and see what I could find to photograph in the garden. Here is some garden macrophotography. The depth of field is so shallow that some shots looked like they were taken under water. The experience reminded me somewhat of photography on a coral reef.

Close-up photo of multiple flower bracts

Close-up photo of multiple flower bracts

A stripey-legged Assassin Bug

A stripey-legged Assassin Bug on herb Basil.

Black-spotted yellow beetle

Black-spotted yellow beetle

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A toad’s eye in close-up

The toad's face

The toad’s face

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