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...Around South Texas

If you dare to stop and look, you can find some things of color during the winter months in South Texas. Tho the images of the frogs were taken in late Fall, I thought the water was way too cold for them, but what do I know? Anyway, along the sand dunes on our beaches, early in the morning sun, the railroad vine grows large and blooms. Mostly it's a soft orchid color, and I always look for the 'star of Texas' in the petals!! The turtles, always abundant around the city's lakes and ponds. Sometimes, they seem quite invasive there are so many. The yellow and white tabby marked kitty in the tree is a resident feral cat in a downtown park. I have seen it many times. Maybe it's not feral, it could belong to the neighboring homes...seems to be quite content in the woodsy area and always well fed and the coat looks very healthy. The beautiful orange blossoming bush that I share is called a Mexican Honeysuckle. Found throughout the city's parks, and blooms year 'round! Oftentimes it attracts the nectar collecting birds; like hummingbirds. It grows densely and never too tall. And last, I found this whole sand dollar on the beach by Packery Channel on North Padre Island a while back --it too has a Texas Lonestar!!!  I'm always on the 'lookout' for heart shapes formed by nature and stars of Texas.  :-)



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  1. Cute critter post, Anni! I love the frogs, turtle and pretty kitty. The flowers are beautiful and the Sand Dollar is a great find.. Happy Weekend and thanks for linking up to Saturday's Critters.

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    1. Happy weekend to you too Eileen...and thanks for hosting.

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    2. I love that leopard frog photo...he is truly in camo! :) Just gorgeous !

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    3. Deb...yes, they are very well camouflaged, arent' they?

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  2. Wow I wish I was in South Texas to see all these beautiful beautiful. B

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    1. ...and it is beautiful right now...clear skies and much warmer than where you are. Come on down...an open invitation awaits you.

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  3. Interesting critter shots. Enjoying them all, including those natural star shapes.
    Happy weekend, Anni. Wish u the best year.

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    1. ...I too look for those shapes formed by nature. Glad you enjoyed your visit today Lina

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  4. I especially love the contented cat picture, and the yearning turtles. I always love your pictures, Anni. You've got a great eye. :-)

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    1. Awwww, thanks DJan. That cat, I've seen many times when at this particular park. Sometimes it follows us around when we walk through the woodsy area.

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  5. wow those turtles no sunnin here right now

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  6. Beautiful place with so many critters.

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    1. ...we have our good spots if you know where to find 'em. Thanks Rajesh.

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  7. Lovely selection of critters and flowers (south Florida has the same beautiful flowers)
    Thanks for sharing Annie, enjoy your weekend.

    note, thanks for reminding me about "The Bird D'pot" meme :)

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    1. ...I don't know 'bout you, but I'm enjoying this cooler weather...tho shivering a bit...it's much better than that long hot summer we had here in the south tho!!!

      Enjoy your weekend too, Pam.

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  8. I didn't know the orange plant was called a Mexican honeysuckle. We had those growing wild in our Texas neighborhood and in the summer they would be covered in ants. I miss Texas.

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    1. Oh boy....I've never noticed ants on the plants before. Now I'm gonna be on the lookout tho, I don't like ants.

      And, heck, your area of the south is just as pretty/good in my opinion. Awfully close to Texas as it is. Or, are you kidding about missing Texas. LOL

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  9. We do, indeed, have to find the beauty even in the white snow and cold temperatures!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. ...from where I sit Jennifer...it's too col-l-l-d where you are. ;o)

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  10. I love these little turtles ! I have only seen them an a zoo here. I like to see little frogs too, except the one who woke me up early mornings during some holidays, lol !

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    1. Gattina...it's good to see you stop by. It's been a long time!! I'm sure you're keeping busy with your grandchild and travels.

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  11. Dear Anni, Theses are beautiful and endearing. The kitty, the turtle is adorable and encouraging. If we look we find.
    The temps here this morning register 3 degrees, though the sun is bright and very cheerful looking.
    Thank you for your help with my blog and for checking back.
    Blessings for a beautiful day.
    Catherine xo

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    1. Catherine...I'm only glad I could help you.

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  12. Great photo montage of 'critters' ~ Happy 2014 ~ carol, xxx

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  13. Reminders that the world is right everywhere - the warmth will return - and there's joy to be found - everywhere we look . . Thank You!!!

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    1. You're so filled with a positive outlook it's contagious to us all Maggid!!!

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  14. turtles always make me smile.

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    1. ...I like to see them too.

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  15. these are all amazing... i Love frogs and these are fantastic...but then I love all critters...especially those with 4 legs. like the cat in the tree

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    1. ...that cat, we see quite often in the park.

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  16. forgot to say i reallly like the look of your blog, the header is wonderful

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    1. ...thanks Sandra. That means a lot to me.

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  17. Pretty shots, Anni! I love the little frogs.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed them Mama.

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  18. An interesting collage of critters and flowers. I was lucky to find a whole sand dollar in Florida years ago and there's quite a story to them.

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    1. You're lucky to have found one .... whole!! They're so fragile

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  19. That looks like a very content cat. Love the frogs and turtles.

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    1. ...it does look quite content to be sure.

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  20. I love the turtles and the frogs. They're very cute. Enjoy your weekend, Anni!

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    1. ...thanks, have a great weekend yourself, Gunilla.

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  21. Your close ups of the turtle and frog are awesome Anni. I hope kitty isn't feral and has a good home somewhere.

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    1. We see it often so I'm thinking it belongs to someone in the homes across the street from the park. I think if it were a feral cat, it wouldn't stick around as this one has. I may be wrong.

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  22. Gorgeous gorgeous pictures
    Turtles and frogs and kitties my gosh!!! Love it!!!
    We especially like the kitty and sand dollar!!
    Hugs madi and Mom

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    1. Of course you would like the kitty!! Who wouldn't?

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  23. Your turtle photo is nice. I take photos of the ones in SC and I think they are yellow bellied sliders - no red ear. I once had a collection of funny funky frogs. It's fun to go frog and turtle hunting - still.

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    1. ...there is plenty to go around...we see a lot of them. I imagine you do also.

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  24. Great photos!! The frogs don't look too cold - great catch! Thanks for sharing the beauty and fun!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the post Terri...Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Any little bit of colour is welcome in winter.

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    1. ...yes it is, I agree...down here, it's been way too dry again and so much is brown instead of the normal lush green!! {{{sigh}}}

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  26. It's that cast iron Oklahoma winter gray here. Except for the pastures which are brown. I don't mind though.

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    1. ...you're in a drought too then, I take it?

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  27. A fine varied post. We happen to have a sunny and cold (15°) morning here.

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    1. ...to me, that is FREEZING cold. LOL

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  28. I could sure use some color here in Saskatchewan! It's just white white white. :(
    xo Catherine

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  29. You get the best captures - you must be outside a lot! lol
    Stay warm,
    sandie♥

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    1. Well....we ARE outdoors a lot...during the day, if it's nice, we are rarely home.

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  30. I love turtles and those shots are awesome, Anni!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the turtle images Veronica.

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  31. Those shots all make me think warm thoughts! I especially like that little leopard frog.

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    1. ...it was a lot warmer when I took the photo of the frog.

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