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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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In Five Short Months....

It's May Day!! And an upcoming weekend. Hope you're ready to see those May flowers now that the April showers are over.

Speaking of showers:  My "Five for Friday" is...yes, the difference within FIVE months.  A little twist on the themes...

Back in November I and Bud were driving around looking for a wood duck [to no avail], but when we hit this country road, we spotted the Longhorn AND a field full of Sandhill Cranes...perhaps you remember my posting if you follow me from my birding photo blog....The post I'm referring to is this one. [link] This post will show you the 'empty' field where the cranes were back in November of last year!!!  There was a scant pooling of water that the cranes drank from and the open field where they fed on the grasses!!

BUT, yesterday, we took a drive through the same area, and with all the heavy Springtime rains this past month, the grassy field is no longer....it's a virtual LAKE!!  This following,  particular, picture is taken from the shoulder of the country road, looking through the fence....to the direction which was once the grazing pasture/field of cattle and in winter...a dining table for the cranes. The fence in the distant far left is the fencing you'd see in the previous post from late November....

Lake in April:

Field in November:

You can see a lot more images of the exact area where there is now a lake, if you click on the link I provided in the first paragraph.



Anyway, it was a most beautiful day for the last day of April. We here in South Texas had a 'cold front' move in 'bout mid-week, and the daytime temps are perfect for me...lows in the high 50 degree range with a drier air mass by late afternoon with a mild 70-80 degrees!! I'm lovin' it. 'Cause I know soon enough the humidity will return and we'll "suffer-cate" all too soon.


Along the back roads, we 'ran into' a field of cattle, from Santa Gertrudis, short horns, and Brahmas.... with a large flock of cattle egrets following them everywhere!!

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  1. That's amazing. I wonder how long that "lake" will last. That last cow has personality! :-)

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  2. Hello Anni, that lake is amazing... I love all the cows, Cranes and the Cattle Egrets are my favorite. Wonderful post, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. love all the cattle. we've had the 4th wettest spring on record, i believe the dfw weatherman said this week.

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    1. for me....much rather have the heavy rainfall than the drought we experienced the past few years!!!

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  4. Such a lovely face on the cow in the bottom right. I know it was really wet when we were in Port A last weekend. Have a special weekend, Anni.

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  5. That looks like such a peaceful place. Lovely photographs for Five On Friday with Amy. Have a lovely Weekend xx

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  6. I actually said OHHHHH at the last photo of the cow. i have a thing for cows, just love them. so beautiful and i would love to 'run into' a field of cows. that is a lot of rain to hang around that long. we have had a few sand cranes hit by cars and killed. they wrote on FB to please watch for them and stop or slow down to give them a chance...

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  7. Love the lake, and you know I love cows!! Great post and truly awesome pictures!!

    Have a fun weekend!

    Nancy

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  8. I agree this weather is wonderful and we have lakes where there were no lakes before too.

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  9. Beautiful weather here at the moment (and I have to savor the moments here lately because they don't seem to last long!). Love all the cow pics- great shots!

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  10. Ah, beautiful weather indeed, Anni!! I, too, love the cow pics and the fun memories of summers on an uncles farm when I was young one in Texas!! We're having a gorgeous, warm and EARLY spring here in the northwest this year, too, and I love that as well!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  11. Our back two acres no longer have standing water but sure looked like that blue pasture in your photo last week. Don't you just love the Sandhill cranes??

    (How is your cardiac rehab coming along?)

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  12. Lovely images of the countryside. Perfect spring atmosphere. Have a great weekend!!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  13. A wonderful post that speaks of serenity! Wishing you a grand weekend, too!

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  14. I always love seeing the beautiful and interesting creatures. Lovely!

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  15. Dear Anni, I hope that this finds you feeling good. It is good to be back and visiting with my friends. My brother is out of the hospital and stayed with me a time to recover. He is on a road to recovery; It will be long and with life changes but a good and blessed road to travel.
    Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. xoxo Catherine

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  16. Such a difference! Your photos are always so lovely, Anni. The cattle look comfortable and not concerned at all by the photographer!

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  17. I love the picture of the Cattle Egret in the sun. Also the cranes, especially the flying one. We had a flood warning here, but not much came of it.

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  18. It is great to see the difference that five months has made! Thank you for joining in Five On Friday, I would be really grateful if you would link back to my post so that others can find the other posts to go and read too. Thank you so much. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Sorry, I obviously missed the link in your sidebar, please accept my apologies, I didn't mean to cause you extra work to move your links. I do hope you will accept my apology. Thank you once again for joining in, it really was interesting to read your post. xx

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  19. Goodness me you have a lot of all kinds of critters in your beautiful area
    Hugs madi your bfff and MOM

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  20. wow, that's a lot of water!! love all the photos! especially the cows :) thank you for linking and have a great weekend!

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  21. Neat selection of critters. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  22. No "burn bans" for you folks! Nice country critters in your photos.

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  23. I just love all those cow faces! I'm hoping there will be more blossoms around here, as the showers of April were few! Happy May Day to you, and enjoy your weekend.

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  24. I'm ready for those May flowers. Love the shots of the cows.

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  25. These are such lovely photos you have posted. I love the cow. I grew up in the country and it still holds a dear place in my heart. My best to you this May day :)

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  26. Happy May Day, Anni. These are such pretty pictures. We are enjoying picture perfect weather today. God bless your weekend.

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  27. That field/lake is amazing! I'd love to be there seeing the cattle and cattle egrets. I bet they are fun to watch.

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  28. Hello Anni, thank for the comment and for linking up to my critter post.. Have a happy weekend!

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  29. A lot has happened in the last 5 months, both good and bad. I do remember your post with the Sandhill Cranes ... and enjoyed seeing it again. I am guessing that field will fill up again, maybe in another 5 months. Isn't it amazing how time flies whether you're having fun or not :) Stay well, Annie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  30. That's a lot of rain!

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  31. I love May Day! And I didn't even mention it. Glad you had such a nice drive, and I enjoyed your comparisons.

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  32. A wonderful menagerie Anni !

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  33. I love the cattle. Amazing that the field has turned into a lake. Enjoy your weekend!

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  34. The cattle are beautiful.

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  35. Hi Anni,
    The story about the lake is amazing.
    I liked all your photos - especially the 'designer cow' :)
    Happy Weekend!
    Peace :)

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  36. A very interesting and enjoyable post, thank you Anni.

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  37. Egrets are happy to have those cows stir up some bugs for them. Cows say, "Oh sure, no problem!"
    ~

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  38. May and spring, oh joy! :)

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  39. What a lovely set of shots. Spring at last!

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