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From Birds on a Fence and Dragons in the sky....

I'm pretty sure this is a white morph reddish egret because of the beak coloring, and just minutes prior to it landing on the fence line, it was doing its 'crazy, erratic hunting behavior' that reddish egrets do - If you are a birder and have seen reddish egrets feeding/hunting you'll know what I mean. If not, here is a link of a one minute video showing the REDDISH EGRET dining. This image is for good fences...but if you will, embiggen the image and notice the large rusty nail [spike] jutting up from the post on the right of the bird ---just above the two "oo's" in my watermark....

linking to Good Fences



1] I once saw a book on the book shelf at Half Price Books here in town, by an author choosing to be "Anonymous", entitled A WOMAN IN BERLIN. I didn't buy it at the time, and kicked myself once I decided I'd like to read it only upon return to the store, it was gone. This past weekend, it was back on the shelf, and I snapped it up! Behind the scenes of the diary, there was quite a bit of controversy as to the content and truthfulness.   Political Scientists of the era ostracized it because of the malicious account at the armed forces of Germany and Russia.  After the writer's death, her identity was revealed and the published documentary was authenticated by several literary experts. Very good read so far.

2] ...and on that note, ostracizing, movie critics around the globe ..."Spectacular"  "Epic"   "If you liked Titanic, you'll love this movie"...then, others are bashing it. I'm one of those 'bashers'.   Remember this is MY opinion only...We were anxious to see this Biblical saga. And we waited to see it on its DVD release instead of doling out big bucks for theater tickets plus our usual popcorn and soda. All I can say is: OMG. What a waste!! It's more like a Science Fiction Thriller.   First off, according to King James version, God created the firmament on the 2nd day, right?  Then, why oh why do we see nothing but our world as a moonscape...gray, drab, no trees, weird animals; an extraterrestrial atmospheric world void of anything but the fruit tree?   Then, the "Watchers" were comparable to something from Star Wars. Sure... Given that we did not live back at the beginning of time, I guess anything is possible in the theatrical venue...When NOAH envisions the task ahead of him, anyone would think the poor man was on LSD or something.  Or at least the writers/producers/director!!!   No...don't spend good hard earned money on this people!!! If ever there was such a thing as rating this 1 out of 10 for excellence. I'd give it a... MINUS 10.  Perhaps If I had ten thumbs, they'd all be pointed downward!!

3]  Am I dreaming or has the humidity dropped a whole lot in South Texas?  We had a 'cool' down where the temp in the mornings were in the mid seventies....and it felt like Fall with the air quite a bit more dried out!!  I'm sure it'll get hot again before Autumn really takes 'hold.

4]  Mexican Cuisine.  I cannot not turn away from it.  I had the best Chicken Chimichanga the other day.  Thing is, they're deep fat fried burritos.  And boy are they ever heavy on the gut.  Especially when y'all order it with sour cream sauce instead of picante.  But my  oh my was it ever tasty, tender chicken, and fried to perfection!! And refried beans are always a great side dish with Mexican food. At 990 calories....well, the lunch portion is better than the dinner portion at 1300. I tried to compensate for the delicious lunch with having a huge salad without dressing for my evening meal. Too late...the pounds lost last week were found!!

5] I have two men in my life beginning college courses this month. My son, on his way to receiving a PhD in Political Science and my grandson who begins attending a Christian College for a law degree!!

linking to: Willy Nilly Friday 5


Tuesday Morning...
...a dragon cloud!!


linking to:  Skywatch Friday

...after sunrise we ventured to the islands to see what birds we could spot. Most of the usual kind at our favorite area, egrets, green herons, coots, moorhens, Boots the alligator [which he silently made his way through the reed grasses with his head held high out of the water...as he caught his breakfast!! You shoulda heard the jaws snap shut!! It literally echoed through the area...like a clap of thunder after the sharp grasp. Powerful jaws!!!]. Also there were sandpipers, black bellied whistling ducks, and sparrows and grackles. I spent most of my time watching the several young green herons. I got a couple of GREAT action photos of one flying right toward me, face on!! I'll post that on my bird photo blog someday soon! As I was watching them, FIVE magnificent frigatebirds came soaring into the area...I've seen two together before, but never five at one time...what a treat. As we walked out of the area on the boardwalk, to leave, a brown anole bid us adieu....

linking to:  Camera Critters - Saturday Critters


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  1. What happened to my comment, do you have moderation on?

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    1. No, no moderation....But I do know that Blogger has been acting oddly this past week for me too when it comes to commenting.

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  2. No, you don't! Well, I love the feeding dance! They must love to eat, so much that they dance. If I danced every time I ate, it might take off some pounds. I love the anole's orange chin, I am guessing it is to attract a mate? I have heard that Noah does not match the bible's story so I will not be watching it.

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    1. Oh yes, that NOAH seriously ruined the whole story for me!!

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  3. Your life sounds full and rewarding. Your photography is getting to the amazing stage. And I'm with you on the Mexican food... Love It!

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    1. Mexican food....delicious!!!

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  4. The brown anole is gorgeous, and the dragon cloud reminds me of the Luck Dragon from Neverending Story!
    I found that photo of John Malkovich to be mesmerising, there was no way I wouldn't include it.

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    1. Mr. Malkovich is an extraordinary actor!!!

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  5. Love the egret, it is beautiful. Cool dragon cloud and the lizard is neat.. Sounds like you had an awesome day..

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    1. ...it WAS a pretty good day.

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  6. amazing you capture the dragon, what a beautiful chin.

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  7. I see the dragon cloud, very cool. I'm going to take your advice and NOT see that movie. It doesn't sound like something I would like from your description.

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    1. ...in my opinion it was awful.

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  8. These birds that change colour can be a bit of a pain really!

    Watched Noah on the plane - well, I think I did, I may have fallen asleep!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. ...trust me Stewart, you didn't miss a thing while sleeping. In fact, sleeping is the better of the two options.

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  9. That's a beautiful egret. I saw the nail - glad he wasn't injured.
    I love chimichanga's but they're hard to find around here. That's probably not all bad. :)

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    1. Ya, having Mexican restaurants close by isn't all that good for the health.

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  10. Love the egret. The humidity has given us a good break in north Alabama this summer also. That's two accomplished men right there! The anole is beautiful!

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  11. Anni that video of the Egret is very funny! That is one hyper bird.. I think he gets great joy out of eating.. like ME! So funny with his head feathers all spiked up now and then during the whole ritual!!! I will be checking out A Woman in Berlin. Love me some Mexican cuisine.. chiles rellenos being my favorite way to add the pounds.. : ) Your humidity made its way to Missouri but it made some rain all night so call me happy!

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    1. Oh ya......mmmmmm, chile rellenos are good too!!!! At least you're getting rain. Lucky you.

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  12. Neat photo of the egret on the fence! I have never seen an anole so that would be a thrill for me.

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    1. ...not only the 'brown' version, but we have green anoles also. Thanks EG

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  13. I enjoyed the video of the egret feeding at the beach. Very unusual and something I have not seen here in FL - even with all the water birds we have all around us. Joe and I love Mexican food, too. We are not experiencing a drop in humidity, here in FL. It is still hot and sticky outside. We'll have another month of it, before we will notice a change for the better.

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    1. ...the reddish egrets are kinda scarce, they are nearing the 'endangered list' the last I read...so, perhaps they're not around where you are. Oh yes, the humidity returned this morning....I kinda figured.

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  14. I had heard others say that Noah was a terrible movie. I won't waste my time. And although I do enjoy Mexican food, I don't indulge very often, since it's so heavy. That meal sounds especially so, but heck, once in a while, Anni... :-)

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    1. I know....it's heavy food, but gotta indulge once in a while!!

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  15. I don't expect Biblical accuracy out of Hollywood, whose main objective is to make money. Not only that, but more and more they have a political agenda. Sorry it was such a disappointment. And actually, the last Russell Crowe movie I liked was Gladiator.

    Love that critter shot!!

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    1. Ya, now that you mention it...Passions for Christ wasn't all that good as the critics claimed. You're so right about the money makers and the political agendas in Hollywood for sure!!

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  16. my favorite photo today is the brown anole. i spend much of my time outside watching our brown anoles... we both love them and figure we have 87 million of them in our back yard, despite the Jake monster that hunts them. my 2 friends went to see Noah and gave it the same rating you do... maybe you can sell it on ebay.. congrats to your family getting their degrees..

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    1. We'll just trade it in at the book store and get part of the money back and a book to boot! [or a movie]

      Thanks for the congratulations for the men in my family and their degrees.

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  17. Half Price Books is one of my favorite places! That book sounds mighty interesting indeed, and it's lucky another copy came back. Or maybe the same one! I always like your stories, and your photos are beautiful, thanks.

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    1. Oh ya, Bud and I go there quite often in search of some old book that has been out of print. We usually find something worthy of taking home. thanks Karen.

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  18. love the lizard displaying! wow! and i'd love to see a reddish in any morph. great fence percher! thanks, anni!

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    1. I 'snapped' the shutter button just in time! Thank YOU for hosting Good Fences Ms. T.

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  19. Enjoyed all this...
    Since I've heard such bad things about NOAH, I won't be going to see it.

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    1. Seriously....don't even waste your time watching it when it comes to 'free tv' in years to come. It's that 'nasty' dumb.

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  20. NIce shots of the egret on the fence and the anole in the tree.

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    1. ...thanks Pat. You and I are truly nature lovers.

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  21. Lovely shots of these critters and cloud.

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  22. Very interesting read and neat pictures.

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  23. Why don't I have time to watch the clouds? Great shot...Janey

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    1. Up in the high country of Colorado....some terrific cloud formations there!!! You're missing out.

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  24. I've been trying to decide if I want to see Noah. Sounds like I'll pass!

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    1. Great post. I like the shot of that lizard.

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    2. Mama Z....trust me, you won't be missing out on much.

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  25. I have not been fortunate enough to see the reddish egret. I thought first this was a snowy, but there are no "golden slippers." Thanks for the confirmation on Noah. I don't care for Russell Crowe anyway and some other reviews I'd read made me steer clear. The Berlin book sounds interesting. Thanks!

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    1. I don't care for the egomaniac either!! But, Bud likes him. And the book IS interesting. So far. Nearly done with it.

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  26. Gotta love it when nature delivers such a lovely composition and palette and you captured it so well for SWF ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  27. Haha, Anni. Thanks for replying back to my blog with your response. I wish I had learned that phrase in the beginning when I was just starting. I'll have to remember that one for newbies. :)

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    1. ...It was the only way I could remember and distinguish the 'snowy' from all other egrets when I found several different ones all grouped together in a pond. lol

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  28. An interesting bird changing the color will be funny for birders that try to find out the species.

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    1. ...we have a few that do this white morph around here...it can be a challenge.

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  29. A beautiful sky-photo!
    Well done!

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    1. ...thanks Hans, but I must say...NOTHING compared to your skywatch!!!

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  30. I do love your dragon cloud, Anni!! Fun capture and so lovely! Hope you have a great weekend!! Oh, as for movies -- I quit going years ago, tried one a few months ago and decided I'd made the right decision -- years ago!!

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    1. Indeed....that is why we stopped going to the theater for movies....the cost and the fact that movies are NOT good anymore.

      Thanks Sylvia.

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  31. I'm disappointed to hear how bad the movie Noah is, but I'm glad you warned us! Love the egret on the fence!
    Hope this comment "takes". I'm still having problems with them.

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    1. I've also had difficulty with leaving comments with blogger blogs this past couple of weeks.

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  32. Great shot of the Egret on the fence.

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  33. I like that dragon cloud and the lizard is gorgeous.

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  34. I haven't felt it to be any cooler here. I'm ready for fall.

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    1. ...well, it didn't last long. Must say, tho, the breathing the lighter air was a piece of heaven for the short time it lasted. Now...it's back to the furnace.

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  35. That is an amazing shot of this lizard. Have never seen a lizard do this. great capture

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    1. You haven't seen this before? I see it a lot here in our yard with the green anoles. Glad you enjoyed it Jeanne

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  36. Great sky, and I like that anole photo!!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it all.

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  37. We love Mexican food and enjoy a locally owned restaurant where the owner refers to us as her grandparents! She treats us very well!
    Very nice photos. I can't sit still long enough to watch a movie.
    I hope that you will have a great weekend. We are receiving rain finally!

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    1. ...that is really nice to have a special place to dine and be treated so well. Thanks Mildred.

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  38. Enjoyed seeing the anole! Glad to read the Noah review. I was about to order it up on On Demand this weekend. Think I'll skip it. You are adding to my need for a Mexican food fix! We don't have good Mexican food around here. I like my chicken chimichunga with queso slathered all over the top. When I lived in Dallas, there was a wonderful Mexican restaurant within walking distance. One of the things I miss about living there.

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    1. Oh, my....to have a good restaurant within walking distance. A dream of mine. lol

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  39. Yummmmm to Mexican cuisine! We go to Chuy's once a week. I always get the mini bean burrito, which isn't bad, and I don't eat the rice. Unfortunately, I usually eat far too many chips and creamy jalopeno dip.

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    1. We used to go to Chuy's in Tucson...didn't care that much for it. More a California type Mexican food....I like MEXICAN. Spicy.

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  40. oh i'm stuck on number 4! mexican food is my FAVORITE! yeah, i wish they had really followed the true story of noah. i was so excited to see it and the watchers were weird, why??? the son of God was good, have you seen that? thanks for linking and have a great weekend!! oh, and that book sounds great, glad you were able to get it!

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    1. Will have to check out the movie Son of God. Thanks for hosting Tanya.

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  41. I was wondering if Noah was going to be good or not; thanks for the review. I have a thing for mexican food too; I love it all! The dragon cloud is cool.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it all.

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  42. Besides the two young men, you must be feeling so proud to have seen a beautiful critter of the last picture.

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    1. ...thanks! Many times over.

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  43. Anni your photos always make me feel like I'm looking at National Geographic!! Just gorgeous and the colors so pretty.

    Many many good wishes to both the college students in your family!!
    Hugs Bat/Cat Madi and mom

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    1. ...thank you twice fold M&M.

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  44. Gorgeous anole! And the birds you mention seeing sound so wonderful. Love hearing about the alligator getting his breakfast too! Love your comments about my trip so far! Had a laugh over the squaw tit mountain thing:-) My husband says there is a Squaw Tit mountain in New Mexico! Of course the Grand Tetons have their own mammary reference, and once when we were in La. we stopped at a little town called Gros Tete. Those adventurers and their female-related imaginations! :-) I had no idea you had lived in CO! Between our AZ connection, our TX connection (though I was farther north) and now the CO connection, we have found a lot in common! :-)

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    1. Colorado is where I grew up and raised our kids!!! 40+ years!!! We wanted to get away from harsh winters so moved to AZ. Those summers were brutal and it got boring for us...here in Texas we have it all....a bit of snow that lasts a day, colder winters yet mild and short compared to CO...and the summers, tho hot and humid, AZ's summers are quite similar. Especially during the monsoon...and we have BEACH here, with water....unlike ONLY beach in AZ. lol

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  45. Somehow thought these were two seperate posts...so I will now comment on the top half. :-) That first book sounds excellent! And I knew Noah would be h0orrible from some things I had read about it. Daughter saw it to check it out and was dutifully mortified. There just isn't ANYTHING Biblical about it! That egret video was very comical! And I love chimichangas, but you are right about that being a heavy meal! Mexican food without sour cream--heavens to betsy, no! :-)

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    1. I've seen those egrets dine....just like the video. It is funny, and fun all at the same time. Sour cream...yes!!! And the movie? Sucky...

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    2. Have you seen Heaven Is Real? Good movie!

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    3. No, I haven't.....yet. We have three movies lined up for watching this week, so I'll have to look for it later this month. Good movies are hard to come by these days.

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  46. Anni, thank you for linking up your post with my critter party.. I love the egret and the anole.. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thank YOU sweet Eileen.

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  47. Chicken Chimichanga sounds great, especially with a nice cold beer to wash it down.

    Glad I didn't sit on that fence with my best birding pants on or else I would have been in trouble with she who darns.

    Have a great weekend Anni. See you "birdin" later today.

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    1. ...a cold beer sounds good ANY time 'bout now with this inferno heat wave we've been experiencing. Have a great weekend also Phil.

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  48. Hi Anni, your Brown Anole is a handsome one. Great photos! Your chimichanga sounded delicious, the occasional treat is more appreciated. I haven't seen the Noah movie and probably won't bother.

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    1. nah, it's not worth watching!! Seriously. Thanks for stopping by Denise.

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  49. The dragon cloud is very cool and I love the cute anole.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed them Gunilla.

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  50. You make me want to see Noah...just to see if I agree with you. Lots of times things others think are great, I will feel like something is lacking.

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    1. Well, I hope you let me know or do a critique on it with your opinion of the movie Rose!!

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  51. My daughter went to see "Noah" and was unimpressed. My two went to Catholic schools so she did have preconceived notions, I guess, probably we all have. Like you, she said it was too scifi with very little that was biblical about it as far as she was concerned. I've heard others say the same.

    I loved the photo of the dragon cloud. Maybe it was one of the sacred fire dragons watching over you.

    I'd love to take a walk around your area, you have such an abundance of birds. What a wonderful experience!

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    1. We could set aside a special time to walk around my area...but make it during Spring or early Winter...best time of year here. :-) Thanks Robyn.

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  52. Hi Anni ... As usual, your pictures are so beautiful and I always enjoy all the good information. Love the brown anole. We have green ones and I love having them around. Not a movie person, but glad to know your opinion of "Noah".
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a nice comment on my mantel.
    Audrey Z.

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    1. ...I loved the green fencing on your fireplace Audrey!!!

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  53. Wonderful pictures as always.

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  54. Fabulous sky shot.......have a great week!

    Ruby

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  55. A pretty series of photos. And I'll be sure not to watch Noah!

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    1. ...thanks Al...and in my opinion you'll be doing yourself a favor by not watching the movie.

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  56. Lovely photos, as usual! I never go to see Biblical movies unless I know they are made by someone who knows the Bible!

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    1. ...thanks Betty....You do have the right attitude after seeing two 'bombs' like Passions of Christ/Noah. I don't think I'll see another Biblical movie either.

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  57. Wonderful shots! I can see the dragon too! :)

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  58. Birds and clouds, lovely subjects for photos. Keep up the great posts!!!!

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  59. Glad you stopped back by to look at the videos.

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    1. ...thankfully, I remembered. That's saying something. lol

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  60. I'm back - yes, I've driven the famous Lombard Street, in a minivan no less! (And I'm amused at your mid-70s low temperatures, it was 45 at my house this morning.)

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    1. Oh wow....it's a harrowing experience for sure.

      That 45 sounds heavenly 'bout now.

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  61. I love white birds. I see white doves when I work, I love them!

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    1. ...white birds are beautiful...difficult to photograph, but still beautiful.

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