...beginning October 1st thru November 30th...


THIS WEEK at I'd Rather B Birdin'
-photos of-


NEOTROPIC CORMORANT
in breeding plumage [filoplume]

click on bird name[s] to view them
and read a bit of trivia about them!!
...............Hope to see you there!..............

TAKE NOTE: All my photos here can be enlarged with the Lightbox Slideshow. Just click on one...then, click on slideshow thumbnails!




Blue Bayou...

Tho my photos are no where close to a bayou of sorts, the Great Blue Heron is seen just about anywhere you go in this area. From ponds, tidal basins, beaches, channels, and even in the downtown area by the Marina; around and near the seawall. Once in a while, if lucky when I'm out with the camera, I spot one atop a fence post. This one, the other day, was along the Aransas Ship Channel nearing a birding reserve called Charlie's Pasture. The 'old' fence posts are remnants of the ranching days before the land was donated to the town for a nature reserve. The newer cabled fence line in the foreground follows the road to the reserve...


I was driving, so, I moved the car a few yards and then zoomed in on the heron...




linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Good Fences


HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY
linking to Joyce's HODGEPODGE

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it's all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe? In our area, most trees are evergreen. There are a FEW 'round town that turn color and leaves fall, but in November and December. We have, in our yard that turns color, the Pecan tree and Pomegranate tree...and no we don't rake the leaves...it's great mulch on our lawn...we MOW the leaves [our lawn is green year 'round also]. Then, by February they're all green again or leafing out.

2. When did you last shake like a leaf? I'm sure it was from anxiety or anger. But I can't recall the last time. Years ago most likely.

3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a 'class act', both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss. I LOVE Derek Jeter as y'all know. Baseball won't be the same now that he's retired. He was quoted as saying he wants to start a family now that baseball is behind him. I wish for him that he'll be happy no matter. And as far as role models...of course it's not in the job description that I know...but then, if not, why is the media all gung-ho when it comes to their mis-deeds and good deeds?   I'd like to think it's all about money...there is money in media following the professionals.  Kids [as well as adults] look up to and often emulate the professionals. But, in all honesty, they're human and will make mistakes, and we as fans, should realize this as well as the media pro sports' affiliations.  For instance, Tiger Woods!!  Ewwww.  After all...there are OTHER occupations/employees that do good/bad things without the news...why  not add some commoners to the rag papers/sports columns, TV cable news etc.?  Simple!!  No money there.

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why?  At my age and this stage of my life, the summer...and you guessed it...the humidity!! Thing is, why live on the coast then? Because there is NO SNOW!!!  After 40+ years in snowy, wintry, Colorado...the older I got, the more I grew to detest snow and icy streets 4-6 months out of the year.  Sure, Colorado is a beautiful and healthy state to live...but slip sliding on the mountain roads with drop-offs in the cavernous canyons while driving to and from work, began to get on my nerves.  Not to mention the maniac 4 wheel drivers who think that they won't get stuck or slide off the road and continue to do the speed limit on treacherous roadways!!  'Bout the time I turned 50 I was ready to get out for good and go to a sunny clime with beaches and no winter exhaust pollutants.  Have you seen Denver's skyline in winter?  A lot of times the air was literally GREEN with pollutants!!!

5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are-
clean eating (more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods)
trash fish (you know those fish that get caught in fishermen nets and are thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing)
cauliflower (this year's IT vegetable)
kaniwa (essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller)
fermentation (think pickling except with twists on flavor we're not accustomed to)
community supported food (farms operating with community support/membership).

Okay-so how many of the hot healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered, enjoyed? Any you've tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you'd like to try before year's end?
I've always liked cauliflower and we have it often...steamed or raw in salads. And as for 'clean eating'...I have to eat like that for my health issues and have for many years. Of course, I admit that there are times I crave [and go out for] a Cheeseburger and about twice a year...a McDonald's Fish Filet sandwich.  And, speaking of fish filet -I've never  heard of 'trash fish' until today...at least as far as chefs are concerned.  Y'really don't know what you're having at some restaurants any way.  So, I'm not all that surprised.  Besides who knows...when you order rainbow trout...are you really GETTING trout when it's served?  And who spit on my plate?!!  [lol]

6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu. So long September, hello October...'bout time!!

7. What's something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it? Need you ask? Halloween decorations...sweet autumn cooking like pumpkin bread, the tiny single serving boxes of candy from the stores [Jr. Mints more so than any other!  I stock up on single serving Jr. Mint candy bags], the colors, the aromas, etc. I love October.

8. Insert your own random thought here. Since this season is one of my favorites, and I enjoy viewing everyone's sharing family and holiday treasures, I have created a "Showcase of Homes" Blog for the Autumn Season and the Fall holidays. With a Linking Party that will run for TWO Months. From October 1st thru November 30th. It's a Blog where you can share your holiday treasures that pertain to Autumn. For instance, if you have a blog post about your decor for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Craft Projects, etc. Come on over...link up anytime between now and November 30th!! Show off your Autumn Flair with Blogging Friends!!! Get us all enthused from the Autumn fragrances and colors of apples, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, turkey and the wonderful musky odor of falling leaves and the welcoming aroma of a cozy fire in the fireplace....don't you enjoy those scents and warm, comforting shades of Fall?



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