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As y'all know, south Texas has had some really unusual weather from Brownsville, along the coastal bend [where I live] up to and including Houston! Cold and dreary. I'm ready for El Nino to leave and bring back the sultry days of summer. Well, at least Spring like! The photo to the left is down at the city's Marina on a gloomy morning when the sun was trying to break through the thick clouds. When I glanced up as we walked the boardwalk and the shrimp boats docking area, the pelican was silhouetted against the golden globe and I had to stop and take a photo. I said to Bud who was ahead of me a few paces it 'looked like a painting'...he laughed, and shook his head and said that's impossible that it should be the other way around, a painting should look like Nature. Logical. I guess. But it still looked like a painting to me. The morning was beautiful...the marina was quiet and only laps pushing against the seawall and the faint sound of seagulls could be heard. Traffic was almost was so peaceful and calm.

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I received this lovely award from Mama Bear! I love the warmth of sunshine...and I felt the warmth of our friendship when I found out that the dear Mama passed this on to me. You made my day. [As I told her in her comments, I used to call our little daughter 'sunshine' this really made me feel special] Thank you!!! And, to all my visitors, you ARE the sunshine of my blogging experience, so take the award with you ---just click on it and save it after it's enlarged.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13th 2010
7:15 a.m.


  1. When I was in high school, my nickname was "Sunshine." Looks to me like this pelican is the early bird who will get the worm. Nice job on the image.
    Joyce M

  2. I'm WAY behind! I'm trying to catch up this morning. I LOVE the picture - I know what you mean. One time when I took daffodils from my garden to work, someone stopped by and said they looked fake. I laughed and realized that we used to say fake looked real instead.

    I finally have the birthday party up! I've been waiting for Kristen to write something and she's finally found the time to write something for me.

  3. Beautiful photo! And congrats on your award!

  4. What a beautiful scene! Thanks for sharing and also thank you for leaving a comment today.

  5. Oh, I think you right, it does look like a painting and it is beautiful! The sun just over the pelican's shoulder is a perfect capture.

    Here's wishing you much sunshine and although I don't want the heat and humidity of summer, I am definitely ready for Spring!

  6. You're right, it's very beautiful!

  7. MIND??? do I mind?? I'd love for you to follow me!! and I"ll follow you and then we can follow each other in a big circle! :-) how's that sound??

    love that picture, it's gorgeous! it looks so nice someone should paint it! (HA! how's that for pleasing both parties?)

    and Yes, I"m around the Dallas area kinda sorta.

  8. The weather is unusually cold here too!! Stay warm, I love your silhouetted photo above.

    Happy WW!

    If you would like to visit here is my link...

  9. This is, indeed, like a painting. You really got a fabulous shot! Thanks so much for sharing him with us today.
    Happy Wednesday..

  10. Anni,

    The photo of the pelican is beautiful. It's amazing how it is silhouetted against the fun. That is an awesome shot.

    Congratulations on the award. Mama Bear passed it along to me as well. I really need to get it posted.

    Have a wonderful day.

  11. Your husband is correct; someone should try and capture that pelican in a painting. Great shot, Anni. We're cold in Florida too, and I don't like it one bit.

    I like your new look!

  12. Oh, Anni, thanks so much for sending me to the iris picture. I meant to ask you about it today, but you read my mind. What a beauty! I'll send it on to Ruth, who is the master iris grower and gave us the gift of the rhizomes What a blessing in the midst of such cold weather. And what a miracle!

  13. This picture is really very beautiful ! It looks almost like a painting !

  14. Congrats on the award and condolences on the weather! Nice pic!

  15. Hello Anni, I too think your photo looks like a painting. What a terrific photo op. The thing is, like all good bloggers, you had your camera rigged and ready. Good for you.

    Congrats on your sweet award. It is fitting for you sunshine personality.

    Thank you for your comment on the quilt. I hope I can sew those 90 squares of fabric correctly. I have already finished one and it was not easy. Eleven to go and then adding the birds. I will keep on going though, no matter what. I want to finish this quilt. I will keep posting it until it is done. Challenging myself in blogland was pure genius. HA! Now I have many bloggers keeping their eye on me. I just can't disappoint everyone.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  16. Hey girl.

    Your pelican picture is gorgeous!You are right, it does look like it could be a painting.

    Thanks for coming by and blessing my day

    hugs and smiles

    barbara jean

  17. LOvely! I know what you mean about "looking like a painting." You are seeing nature at just that exact right moment. You deserved the reward of that moment for your energy in getting out there and walking so early and no matter the weather! I need to try to follow your lead instead of hibernating/

  18. That is a great silhouette of the pelican! But, I agree with looks like nature! HA! A walk along the ocean or any body of water is such a nice way to begin a day...or end a day...or spend a day. It's never the wrong time to walk along the water. Congratulations on your "Sunshine" award and I will happily display it on my sidebar too. Thank you Ms. Anni!

  19. Hi Anni,
    It has been awhile since I've been around so I decided to "drop in" this morning. I love the photo. Congrats on the award.
    Hope your sunny days reappear soon. It has been in the 70s here. 73 yesterday.

  20. Oh wow ... what a magnificent capture of this perched pelican ... simply beautiful. Congratulations on the Sunshine Award and thanks so much for sharing ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  21. your picture sure is moody. and the pelican perfectly posed. congratulations on your lovely sunny award!

  22. I love your pelican photo, the sun is pretty trying to break thru the clouds. Just lovely. The Pelicans are having trouble with our cold weather here in Md, some have had to be rescued.

  23. It isn't quite that warm here but it should be by the weekend, then I'm going for a walk. I'm getting cabin fever.
    You are most welcome to the award.
    You are special to me.
    Mama Bear

  24. Lovely blog design! And I agree, the photo looks like a fact, I often see photos I would like to paint from. If I painted. It's like writing: maybe now that I'm retired, I could give it a try.

  25. That is a lovely shot. It doesn't look dark and gloomy the way it is presented. Of course, I am ready for some warm weather and a trip to the beach also! : )

  26. Beautiful shot! Pelican's are like little mini dinosaurs. I love to watch them fly.

  27. Anonymous1/13/2010

    Congrats on the award. That is a beautiful photo. I love it. And I so enjoy things peaceful and calm as well. My dear sweet HA...have a wonderful Wednesday :)

  28. Beautiful captures Anni. Love your header by the way.

    Icicles for Outdoor Wednesday

  29. Very cool! I love that the sun is right above the bird.

  30. Hi Anni,
    Love the photo of the pelican against the morning sun. It certainly looks like art to me, lol! :) Thanks for posting.


  31. Anni, you really got a fantastic shot of that pelican against the sky. I love any picture where the subject is in silhouette like that, just gorgeous.

    It's 28F here today and although cloudy, it's actually a very nice day with no wind. I was gone out to run some errands and it just felt so nice not feeling the frigid temps we'd been having!!!

    Congratulations on receiving the award, dear Anni. Mama Bear passed it on to me as well and it's very touched I was:-) I'm in the company of such wonderful gals:-) xoxo

  32. Ahhhhhhh...yup, you're right, that last picture made me go "ahhhhh"! lol Two adorable pictures of him. Your drawing of him is great as well, I'm in awe of your talent:-) When I first saw that picture of him beside the Christmas lights, it made me think of the movie Christmas Vacation when the cat starts chewing on the lights cord and more kitty! lol xoxo

  33. Great shot of the pelican. And it does look like a painting. Perhaps you could enlarge and print this and have it framed. It's a beautiful photo. Yes, we have had strange weather this year and I'm ready for spring. We hit 65 yesterday, I really wanted to play hooky lol. Kathy

  34. You are precious my friend.

  35. That's gorgeous!

    We've had extremely unusual weather here in SC for the past two weeks also. Not used to bitterly cold weather. Ugh!

  36. Gorgeous, it does look like a painting.

  37. I'm just captivated with the shot, beautiful!

    happy WW!

  38. Congrats on the award! It's perfect for you!
    You asked about the comment verification - it is comment moderation, as you suspected.
    Even today on my post about spam - I had spam! I deleted it and moved on!

  39. That is such a cool capture! I'm glad you visited and left me a note to come and see :)

  40. Love your picture - great capture! It does look like a painting. Very peaceful....the pelican looks to be sleeping as the sun is trying to break though. Bet it was a great morning for a walk...glad you had your camera.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me. ~Debbie

  41. that is very beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Anonymous1/13/2010

    I agree it looks like a painting - a beautiful painting...thanks for sharing!

  43. What a beautiful shot! Thanks. B : )

  44. I just love the Texas coast! There's nowhere else in the world like it. I'll have to post some pictures I took last summer while in Rockport. Take care!

  45. beautiful silhouette!



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