Archive | January 2018

My Comments on Your Posts May Be in Your Spam Filter!

I was trying to comment on a blogging friend’s post today who is having a serious problem with his son, and I noticed my comments were disappearing. This reminded me of other bloggers who told me they found my comments in their spam filters in the last few weeks. So I contacted WordPress and was informed that yes, some of my comments on people’s blog posts were going to spam and they see this shouldn’t be happening, but there is nothing they can do about it. So, some of my comments may be in your spam filter because I like to read and comment on your blogs, apparently too much. If you want to read my comments to you, you must go to your spam filter and remove me from spam.
Neat huh?

Here is what WordPress said to me:

“Thank you for your patience. I can see there the comments are in the spam filter. I cannot make any changes to these comments, only the site owner can. When comments are detected by our spam filter they are flagged and require approval from the site owner. This can happen for many reasons including making several comments within just a few minutes of time.
If you are having trouble submitting a comment on a site the best way to resolve it is to contact the site owner rather than make several more comments on the site. The site owner can approve your comment. Further comments when you are being blocked can’t resolve the issue.”
And then,
“I may have a solution for you to help resolve this, without the site owner.
Can you let Akismet support to prevent your comments from being flagged as spam? You will see the option in the second bullet here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/
I hope that they can make your account as good. Your comments certainly do not seem suspicious, but we know they are hitting the spam filter anyways.”

I have contacted Askimet, but this may not work, so please un-spam me if you want to read my comments on your posts.


Oh spam I am,
I do not like the spam I am!
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
I do not like green eggs and spam.

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and spam.
I do not like this Spamalot!

So, it’s cheers to you from spam I am~

Good News Update: Rachel M, a fellow blogger, and WordPress/Askimet engineer has fixed my spam problem. Thank you Rachel and WordPress/Askimet! To see Rachel’s blog click on: https://rachel.blog/about/

Southern Giant Petrels~


Southern Giant Petrels (SGP’s) are the largest birds in the pelagic petrel family with wingspans of up to 6.7 feet.

They live in the southern hemisphere and are circumpolar, distributed in the sub-antarctic to Antarctica.

They are bigger than Northern Giant Petrels and are rated one of the ten oddest looking birds in the world due to their unusual stacked bi-valve nostrils joined together on the top of their beaks.

This bivalve, in combination with a saline eliminating gland, helps them eliminate salt from the large quantities of saltwater they consume.

Like pelagic Albatrosses, SGP’s spend the first two to three years of their lives entirely at sea. White phase SGP’s, like the one flying here, are rare, constituting less than 5% of the SGP population.

It is incredible to watch them mid-ocean taking off, catching wind drafts and soaring like kites.

They are aggressive predators and scavengers, and incredibly skillful fliers, navigating the storms, waves and winds of the southern ocean with apparent ballet-like ease.

SGP’s were a vulnerable to near-threatened species for a long time, due mostly to fishing practices, but may be making a comeback.

It is also amazing to see them in the open ocean, resting in their pelagic home.

Cheers to you from the amazing birds of the southern hemisphere~

El Fin del Mundo~


We keep going back to ‘The End of the World.’

This poppy was as big as a salad plate!

This was our third visit, but this time we were joined by our adult children for the holidays, which made it the best ever.


Ushuaia Argentina is the southern-most city in the world,


and can be accessed via the stunning Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego.

The city is surrounded by the towering glacier-rich Andes cordillera (spine), which was shrouded with clouds on this visit.


This part of the world is a wildlife and birders paradise and I will post some critters next.

Not too many people come here, but those who do are rewarded with vast tracks of open spaces and pristine nature everywhere.


Cheers to you from The End of the World~

Big Gulp~


This cormorant seems to have caught,

more than he can swallow!

His mother obviously never taught him, not to gulp his food.

The Snowy Egrets,


also seem to bite off more than they can chew,

but there is lots of determination,


to eat what you catch,

no matter how hard it is,

to swallow!


Cheers to you from the very well fed Cormorants & Egrets~

Punto Tombo~


Punto Tumbo is a nature reserve located on Argentina’s central Patagonian coast.


It was set aside as a reserve in 1979,


and is home to the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world.


It is also home to the Guanaco, the largest non-domesticated herbivore in South America.


Guanacos are members of the camel family and are undomesticated or wild llamas.


Adult Guanacos can weigh up to 310 pounds and are excellent swimmers.


They coexist happily with the penguins,


which is just a shameless lead-in to slip in a couple more penguin pics!


The final photo is from Gypsy Cove in The Falkland Islands which is an entirely different colony of Magellanic Penguins that I also couldn’t resist slipping in.

Cheers to you from the stunning wild creatures of the southern latitudes~

Happy Feet~

Are shouting out!

Wishing you,

the Happiest New Year!

They bring you,

quiet beaches,

to relax on,

oceans,

to swim in,

friendly compadres,

to hang out with,

and chicks,

to admire!

Cheers to you from the penguins & I~