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A drive-by shooting...

Highway Rubbish on Tuesday...

...that's what this is....a drive by shooting!!
The island highway is just a narrow two-laner and most times a bit difficult to pull off the shoulder, stop, and take any photos...taken from the car window traveling at 60MPH and having a line of cars behind us...hence, the photo isn't too sharp.
It's on Mustang Island...
...it once was a billboard!! When I pay attention to billboards and business signs jutting up in the sky as we drive the freeways, I always think of our first lady, Lady Bird Johnson....how she worked hard long hours trying to get the 'ugliness' off our highways and bi-ways, instigating a limit on the height of them. It worked while her husband was in office, but now...it's a whole different thing these days...what I don't like are the digital, animated signs...they ARE VERY distracting!!!  If you feel the earth tremor, that's probably Lady Bird rolling over in her grave.


Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday


Our World, Wild Birds, and Nature Notes

Since Corpus Christi is part of the Great Coastal Birding Trail throughout the state of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, there are quite a lot of birding themes...and bronze sculptures along the seawall. This one is just blocks from the beginning of the interstate highway #37 at water's edge. I took photos of it from both sides around midday...

On the left, the silhouette of two brown pelicans as you look toward the Marina and Gulf of Mexico...on the right, the two pelicans as you face the city skyline and begin the journey on the interstate highway that'll take you toward San Antonio.


...and a walk through our back yard--- ---
I have a lot more images, I'll share them later!
These photos I share have mouse-over captions. Just scroll mouse over image and pause...






linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Nature Notes - Our World Tuesday

HODGEPODGE

1. What's something you wanted to do this summer that you never got around to actually doing? We have a huge Bird of Paradise plant that stopped blooming. And for one reason...it needs a trim!! It's grown wild the last couple of years, and way too dense. It needs to be cleaned out, trimmed down and thinned out. But it's been way too hot this summer. We're waiting for the first cool day to get out there and get workin' on it.

2. Share a favorite memory of your own back-to-school days as a child? Kissin' Bobby for the first time on the playground! He was my first love.

3. What's one chore or daily task you prefer doing 'old-school'?
I'd prefer to get on my hands and knees to scrub floors. I do it every once in a while...but usually use a mop.

4. Share something you've learned in life through the 'school of hard knocks'? Parenting. It's the most challenging job ever. Worrying, disciplining, being there when needed to comfort, etc. And even tho my two children are grown and left home years ago, the worry doesn't stop when they walk out the door. Being a parent is a life-time job once they're born.

5. As a child, did you mostly bring or buy your lunch for school? What was your favorite thing to find in your lunchbox? In grade school, we took our lunch. By the time I was in High School, I usually was out by noon, so I ate out at a restaurant before starting work at 1 pm. What was in my lunchbox that was a favorite? When we'd have leftover bacon from breakfast, my mom would make me a bacon sandwich which I requested!! I still love 'em today.

6. Football season is upon us which has me wondering... how big of a sports fan are you (not just football)? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being 'I scream at the players through my television screen' and 1 being 'is knitting a sport?' where do you fall in fan-dom? I'm okay with the sport of football...but I am only a 'team' fanatic!! In other words I support 'my' team...the Denver Broncos...been a fan since the team was lead by Craig Morton as quarterback [1977-]!!!!! But Baseball is my favorite sport to watch and follow the stats up to the Fall Classic each season. As an all around fan rating for myself----I'd be 5.

7. Share a favorite quote you think might inspire students of all ages at the start of a new school year.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~Victor Hugo


There was no 'random' #8 when I copied the questions, but speaking of sports....
8] I love baseball! Living in Colorado...we even followed the Rockies during Spring Break to where they trained in Spring to Tucson AZ. And we followed the AZ Diamondbacks...we even have the DVD of the World Series where the DBacks beat the Yankees...what a thrilling series. Now we keep tabs on our favorite Texas team, tho good?---not so much. Anyway, reading Yah00 sports news and catching up on the team stats, I viewed this image. And they do have links for twitter and facebook and email to share this...so I'm hoping it's not a copyright issue. This was an historic move on the Dodgers against the Padres last week....12th inning, bases loaded...score still tied of course 2 to 2!!! The entire infield came for defense between 1st and 2nd base.  Up to bat --- he swung having the ball fly infield....the player on the L A side threw the ball to home...a sloppy throw. SCORE!!! Padres win!! None-the-less, an historic move that'll go into the history annals of baseball.

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  1. love the pelican sculpture

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  2. I'm with you on the billboards! I like the sculptures much more. :)
    I never heard of a bacon sandwich. Was there anything else on it?
    We had hot lunch available once a month when I was a kid. It was always sloppy joes and we loved it!

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    1. Wow...it's been ages since I've had a sloppy joe. Will have to have 'em soon. Bud and I both like 'em. As for the bacon sandwich...no, nothing else, just crisp bacon, margarine and bread. yummy

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  3. I hate the signs on expressways that tell you how minutes it takes to get to such and such place. I think they make people drive faster trying to get there in that many minutes. For school lunch I walked home to eat. Tuna sandwiches or baked potatoes with bacon.

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    1. ...there'd be no way I could've gone home for lunch since our home was in the foothills, and school was in the city!! But, the baked potato with bacon sounds super good!!

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  4. Love the mockingbird!! My favorite bird I believe :-) and I love baseball as well. My favorite sport. Go Reds!! :-)

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    1. ....You and me both Keith.

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  5. Nice drive-by shooting! I do a lot of those when I'm with JD. He wants to get where we're going so doesn't stop unless it's something really great. Like a critter. He likes critters. I agree with regard to the digital animated signs. They should be banned! Thanks for joining the fun!

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    1. ...banned yes!!! And the 'colored' headlights on some cars...they too should be banned. lol

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  6. We have pink pelicans in the lake of our city park, I LOVE the sculpture and the ornaments of pelicans you showed today♡♡♡ Beautiful images of birds and flowers.
    As for lunch, during compulsory education (until junior high school) we had school lunch. I sometimes made my own lunch when I was high school, but I loved my mother's various types of rice ball :-).
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. rice balls...they're delicious!!! Thanks Miyako

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  7. Lovely shots - I really like those pelican sculptures.

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  8. It's always fun to read your Hodgepodge responses, and look at your bird pictures, Anni. And your mouseover captions are fun! :-)

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  9. love the bird statues and those cute ones in the bird bath, too. when i scrub my floor, i usually do it on my hands and knees, too. mops just push it around. :)

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    1. exactly...that's why once in a while I do a hands/knees job.

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  10. Methinks it was a drive-by Hootin'!
    I love the shots of the pelican statue, makes me think of my Dad. =)

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  11. Great collection! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  12. Your yard must be such a lovely place to be. Such pretty pictures.

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    1. ...I'm glad you enjoyed these photos today!!

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  13. Hi Anni....Happy September.
    Oh I like the mouse activated captions!! You are just too clever. I still scrub the bathrooms on my knees but the hardwood gets damp mopped every 4 months or so and dust mopped weekly.

    I'm still trying to get up the nerve to change my blog background. Boy goggle got rather pushy with 'our' attempt to change it. Wonder why after all the other times you changed it w/o a problem. Thank you for your effort thank goodness I love the current set up...it might be there for a long time. Oh I ordered my 8th blog2print book yesterday. I might need to change my name to Chatty.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. ...never fear...I can always help you two!!

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  14. What a joy seeing all the neat things around your part of the state. I would enjoy visiting there, but have no one to travel with me. So, I will just enjoy seeing it through your lens.

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  15. Another thing that Lady Bird Johnson would be turning over in her grave about is the new bright silver high-lines bringing electricity through.
    Love your collage. We were finding dove feathers in the yard yesterday too. Dove season here and I heard a lot of shots from the fields near us yesterday. Thanks for you visit to Timeless Treasures and the nice comment.
    Audrey Z.

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    1. ...thank YOU for returning a visit Audrey.

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  16. Oh how very different looking are your pomegrante blossoms compared to the ones I have seen in SC. I really like the feather photo.

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    1. ...too bad the birds like our blossoms so much tho...I only have ONE that is maturing 'bout now.

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  17. I don't like digital billboards either. Especially in the city. They are too bright and always distract from the road. Sometimes they invade the privacy of homes as well, because of the light. Love your amazing bird shots. Especially the one little bird you managed to capture on departure.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. I never thought of the privacy issue. But, you're so right.

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  18. LOL I like your title Anni. Your drive by shot is pretty neat and I love the dove feather.

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  19. Nice shots Anni. Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/09/shell-game-linky.html

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  20. I totally laughed at your title! You didn't fool me though, I knew I'd discover beautiful things on your drive by shooting! Very delightful post.

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  21. The bird sculptures are wonderful!

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    1. ...they are....and they announce our area so well.

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  22. The pelican sculpture is great! That rusty old billboard base just needs to be taken down! I got fascinated with LBJ at one point (not because I agree with his politics, but from an historical perspective) and have read the first two of Robert Caro's quadrilogy about him (the third is beside my bed...will get to it one of these days!) and I found Lady Bird to be a wonderful person. She was sweet, very smart, and married to someone who didn't appreciate her or treat her with much respect! I always regret not seeing the wildflower park there near Johnson City. She's one of my favorite First Ladies! I love your quote, by the way, for the school children. And, I'm pretty "old school" about a lot of things...won't get a kindle, won't get an iphone, try to eat all-organic natural foods....:-)

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    1. Oh yes....I like every part of the Hill Country!!!

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  23. I like the look of that Mocking Bird. I did so much over the Summer and saw so much, but it was never that far from home. You don;t have to go very far to find a nice place to be. I go back to school tomorrow after 6 weeks off. From Findlay

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    1. ...there is always an adventure just around the corner...and you proved that for us all!!

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  24. I love the Brown Pelican statues! We still have a lot of pretty flowers on the highway medians, ones that Lady Bird had put there. I always think of her when we pass those places. Electronic billboards should NOT be on interstates! NOTHING should be on interstates that will distract!

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    1. ...you and I think alike Ginny

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  25. I enjoyed your post a lot. You had me remembering Lady Bird and lunch boxes, and thinking I should go for the closer shot than the far-away shots sometime. You also got me thinking that I need to get down on my knees and give the kitchen floor at least one good scrubbing before the winter comes. :-)
    Take 25 to Hollister

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  26. Lovely birds and flowers. I like the feather a lot too.

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  27. So much in this post that it's hard to know what to comment on... I don't care for the 'rubbish' meme --even though some people can find 'beauty' in rubbish... We have so much rubbish around here that I do NOT find beauty in it... ha

    Love seeing your birds and flowers though... And you know how much I enjoy the Hodgepodge meme...There are alot of things I love about FALL---and one of them is football. I've always loved sports -since I would go to games with my Daddy (who also loved sports). Daddy was a Yankee fan and I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan... We had so much fun teasing each other.

    These days, I'm a huge Tennessee Vol fan (college) --and also like the Tennessee Titans (NFL)... But--I follow lots of different sports and enjoy football, basketball and baseball.... I'm the bestest couch potato in the world... ha

    Hugs,
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    1. I can take or leave football...but baseball it's a whole 'nother story.

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  28. Love those Mockingbirds Anni.

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  29. Nice shots, Anni.
    Don't you love to hear the mockingbirds singing?
    I like the pelican sculpture.

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    1. ...yes, I do like their singing.

      Thanks Pat, glad you enjoyed my post today.

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  30. I love bacon sandwiches, too!! Yum! Very cool how the caption shows up when you mouse over the photos. Great pictures! I am not a baseball fan. I can sit through a spring training game, with Joe, but would never go on my own. I've just never been able to get into sports. Another good Hodgepodge!

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    1. After I thought and answered bacon sandwich....I am now craving it!!!

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  31. Love the hodgepodge. Also love seeing the Mockingbird!

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  32. We have some wild flower (daisy) and we got new neighbors with two girls ages 4 and 2 who never seen wildflowers. They picked us some.

    Coffee is on

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    1. ...thanks for stopping by Dora

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  33. Awesome shots! I remember in elementary school, tons of people brought their lunch. By middle school/jr. high, you weren't cool if you brought your lunch. In high school, girls saved their lunch money and bought Twix bars and sodas and that was their lunch!

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  34. The pelican sculptures are really cool! And of course, I love the shots of the Mockingbird, one of my favorites.

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  35. Always a treat to stop by and not only enjoy your photos, which I did, but to read your entries as well. You would never believe it, but my mother made the best ever homemade bean soup. It would get placed in the fridge after we ate our fill and the next day, she would make me a cold bean sandwich and I would take it to school and then ask the lunch ladies for ketchup. I would add that and enjoy that sandwich which by then was room temperature...I sure do miss her~!

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    1. My mom used to make bean soup...and when it was served hot...I'd add vinegar. I'm not sure I'd be able to eat the bean sandwich.....with ketchup tho!!!!

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  36. I don't enjoy getting down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor, but haven't used a mop in years. I don't think it cleans the floor as well.

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    1. ...you're right, I agree. Seems mopping just shoves the dirt around and builds up in the corners.

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  37. Somehow I left the random off today. I went back and added it in later. I love a bacon sandwich too, and my mom makes them for breakfast sometimes when I visit. I'm going to see her this weekend so maybe there's one on the menu. Have a great day!

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    1. Oh yum!!! I envy you having a bacon sandwich on the menu.

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  38. That is a great Victor Hugo quotation! And being a creature of habit, I too almost added a 'random' question at the end. :-) I wonder where little Bobby is today.

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  39. Love all your birds! :)

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  40. The Pelican sculptures along the sea wall are a great idea. I remember seeing Pelicans flying over your garden, it was such a fabulous sight. Love your little Island too, and the other figurines,.. have a few birds and bunnie figures in mine. :) Bacon sarnies, are, delicious just with butter, or brown sauce on white bread, naughty but so good! Last but not least, lovely Mocking bird and flower photos, and I enjoyed seeing all your bird captures on "I'd Rather B Birdin".

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  41. That's a cute memory from school. Yes I think the floors need a good old fashioned hands and knees scrub from time to time. Your quote is amazing!

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  42. Wow what the heck are the Dodgers doing? :0 I don't remember that to be honest, i don't watch too much highlights on baseball tonight because they talk too much. Although we're glad the Padres won because the Giants are now 2 back from LA!

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  43. Fantastic random thought--and so true today. Totally agree with the parenting a full time job even when your children are grown and no longer living at home.

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  44. Oh gosh- you said it! We were just talking about this in church last Sunday- how worrying about your kids never stops. I'm not much of a fan of any sport..I'd like them all better if I could turn off the sportscasters..HA HA
    Have a great rest of the week!!

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  45. One of these days I'll get down there for some fun photography and birds. Although I would suspect it's quite humid this time of year:) And here's a my strong opinion about football. Don't care. It's stupid and a waste of time. TV is general is a waste of time.

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  46. I didn't know you were such a fan!

    When I lived in Houston I was a big Astros fan and even had "mini" season tickets where I got to see them once a week which was about right. Now I'm a lowly Dallas Cowboys fan who has made his peace with Jerry Jones.

    And I hate billboards especially in scenic areas. I especially hate the garish led billboards.

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  47. Lovely pics, Anni. Those pelican sculptures are really cool,

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