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Rose Scented Stroll...

It's been over a week since I've posted anything here at Hootin' Anni's abode. Master Bathroom prep for redecorating has kept me a bit locked up with no where to go but on the ladder. Up and down, up and down. Thursday afternoon, after a lunch break, I felt like getting out in the fresh air and walking... even if it had rained and threatened more to come within the next few hours of that day. The forefront of the massive hurricane [Patricia] that hit the west coast of Old Mexico was barreling down on parts of Texas by the beginning of Thursday, so there have been bouts of heavy rain and now flooding from the storm after landfall. But, on my afternoon break, it wasn't all that wet. I drove to the Botanical Gardens to get out and about and see what bird activity I could find out in the Garden's Wetland Preserve and Gator Pond. By the time I arrived, the winds had kicked up...keeping the birds inactive. I walked the entire 180+ acre perimeter/pathways and enjoyed the quiet and solitude.  From a few species of water fowl to turtles and tortoises - to the butterfly house, and rose cotillion to the arid desert with the cactus blossoms just readying to open for the night, I stopped a while at the wetlands preserve to watch and took photos. Before leaving, I also walked the Tropical Plumeria Path with all the beautiful blossoms that linger.

Throughout my 2 hour walk the high winds scented the entire area with sweet roses. Everywhere I went, the spicy fragrance of roses permeated the air...

A few cactus blossoms:













...an outdoor orchid



Part of The Butterfly House



Some Fenced Areas holding Turtles, Tortoises and Lizards:




The Rose Cotillion and Fountain:




A Northern Cardinal [male]


The Plumeria Path



A Curlew in the Wetlands Preserve

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  1. It has been pouring all night here in Fort Bend County from Hurricane Patricia.

    Gorgeous curlew!

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    1. Light rain here....but the winds!!! Fast and Furious this morning.

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  2. the rain did not harm your photos at all... these are all gorgeous. love the b flies and the cardinal. hope you are safe today, we are watching the remains of Patrica and she is flooding Texas

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    1. ...we had heavy rain yesterday and last night...but this morning it's mostly wind. North Central Texas seems to be getting the brunt of Patricia.

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    2. Glad to hear you're holding up okay with the looming threat of Patricia. On the plus side the "nature's air freshener" sounds delightful1

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    3. Nani...I think the worst of the storm has passed. Hopefully. But the cool air behind it all feels heavenly after such a long hot summer.

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  3. Great photos.
    We have a few varieties of potted cactus atMuldoon; one similar to your picture. The RG had some he grew full size at work and fork lifted the containers in and out for winter.

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    1. wow....that would be something to watch! Using a forklift to move plants for the winter.

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  4. I'm glad you posted, since I was a little worried about whether you were okay with all that rain. The pictures are wonderful! I can see why it was so fragrant on your walk. I think my family in the Dallas area are even worse off than you are in southern Texas. Fingers crossed that it will all turn out for the best. :-)

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    1. By what I'm seeing online news...Dallis IS getting the brunt of it. But who knows about the media and their accuracy. Thanks for caring D J

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  5. Good to know all is well! Such a grand selection of photos, and the cactus are my favorites, they bring back memories of times spent at my grandfather's place in Arizona!

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    1. Yep, wet....but all is well. Thanks Karen

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  6. ANNI WE HOPE YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANY FLOODING WITH ALL THAT RAIN FROM PATRICIA.
    MOM SAID SHE HAD A WIFF OF SOMETHING MOST FRAGRANT THE OTHER DAY..WHILE OUT NOT ROSES BUT SOMETHING WONDERFUL
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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    1. You piqued my interest now...are you teasing me, or must I return to find out the source of your fragrance?

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  7. Glad to know you are okay!! I haven't heard from my son in Dallas and I'm getting concerned!! Superb, beautiful captures as always and such a beautiful way to begin my day!! Take care and stay safe!!

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    1. Hope you hear from your son real soon. It's scary up there north of us.

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  8. I miss south Texas this time of year.

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    1. It's a BEAUTIFUL time of year indeed.

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  9. Great photos Anni. Love the one of the Curlew ... have never seen that bird and would not have known the name of it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of the flowers too.
    I have been doing some of that up and down ladders too with our bathroom remodel.
    Hope to get my reveal post done today.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

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    1. I'll be sure to follow up on this...I saw your refinishing and your sliding door....see you soon.

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  10. What a great place for a walk. So many beautiful things to see. Love the photos from the plumeria path.

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    1. That it is....it's usually very quiet and so pleasant.

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  11. Lovely photos. Stay as dry as you can!

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    1. It was a quiet day yesterday...a bit of rain...but perfect temps!!

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  12. I like the Curlew. I can smell the roses from just reading your post.

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    1. Nice part of the rose fragrances, it wasn't over powering :-)

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  13. wow, beauty everywhere

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    1. Yep...everywhere we look, no matter WHERE we look.

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  14. Judging by these pictures,I would say it was time well spent.

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  15. Nice to see this flowers in cactus...

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the cactus photos.

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  16. Lovely flowers and colors! I like the Curlew. Beautiful images Anni!
    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen...and happy week to you too!

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  17. A beautiful series of photos! Lovely flowers! Interesting birds!
    And who in their right mind would stick their fingers into a wild animal's cage - people don't have any common sense anymore, and they are not teaching their children any either.
    Have a great week!
    lea

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    1. Oh don't get me started on common sense these days....and courtesies?!!! Where did that go? Out the window or down the tube along with common sense.

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  18. What a wonderful botanical garden, which makes me think of visiting our local one now that the weather has cooled down somewhat.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and you comment. My husband and I would have celebrated our 46th anniversary this year. We had 43 years together before he left this planet for his heavenly home. Dec. 9th will make 3 years, and I miss him every single day.

    Happy fall to you and have a great week. Hope no flooding happens in your area of TX and that you will soon get to see some birds to photograph.

    FlowerLady

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    1. I am so pleased you dropped by Lorraine.

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  19. Your photos are increasingly beautiful and different. It's an artist eye you have there! Thanks for the eye-walk through your nearby garden and the plumeria grabbed me and said "LOOK!"

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    1. Oh they're amazing tropical 'trees' those plumeria are. I love the wonderful variety this garden has. Thanks for the compliments Ms. G

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  20. Fabulous photos from the Botanical Gardens! Oooh, those plumeria! I miss mine! Sorry about the heavy rains & flooding...hope that's past now.

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    1. The sun's out and shining brightly today. Could be a bit cooler. LOL

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  21. I often forget that cacti bloom. Your blossoms are beautiful! Thank you! Hoping you'll have dry weather for awhile. It is forecast for us next!

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    1. Oh boy....hope it doesn't flood in your area.
      Yep, it dried out...sun's shining right now.

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  22. Oh, Hootin Anni - I'm so glad I discovered your blog! (found you through the comments on Flowerlady Lorraines blog). I just had to see who the hey was Hootin Anni, lol! You have absolutely wonderful photos and as a fellow bird enthusiast I'm enjoying seeing what's on your list and what's in your area. It's that wonderful migration time again. I'm in sw Florida and the Painted Buntings have recently arrived. Looking forward to your upcoming posts! Lynn

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    1. Lynn....glad you stopped by. I just now visited your backyard jungle art and enjoyed perusing your most recent posts. Another bird enthusiast!!! Wonderful meeting you! I'm gonna add you to my sidebar reading list.

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  23. What a wonderful way to spend two hours. I would have been in heaven even if the weather left a bit to be desired. As always, your photos are beautiful.

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  24. Wow...some many lovely blooms. Mine not doing so well due to the haze.

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    1. I think you'd expect the blossoms to flourish at a botanical garden. Mine are nothing quite as spectacular in our yard.

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  25. What a great place to be, taking photos and smelling roses!

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    1. Oh yes, the scent was perfectly light with the wind...not overpowering. Thanks Betty

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  26. it must to have been wonderful smelling roses for 2 hourrs. now this post has a wonderful selection of flowers and I love that female curlew.

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    1. ...it was very nice, thanks.

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  27. What a fabulous stroll!

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    1. Hope you enjoyed it Fiona!!!

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  28. Wow! That's an impressive cactus.

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    1. When the blossoms are FULLY opened they're spectacular.

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    1. ...they're one of my favorites!!!

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  30. beautiful blooms. love the plumeria. cute critter cages, too.

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    1. ...thanks Ms. T. The 'fencing' is a bit far fetched tho. lol

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  31. Too much here to like! That beautiful stone fountain, Plumeria, my favorite cardinal, roses... Beautiful!

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  32. Mounds bars! My favorite! I couldn't keep them in the house. Lol

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    1. come to my doorstep on Halloween....you'll get your fill!! :-)

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  33. Beautiful stuff. LOVE the curlew photo!

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  34. Lots of great stuff here today. - Those Plumeria blooms were so pretty and I find cacti to be fascinating.
    Some fun critters behind the fences. I like lizards a lot.
    Pretty cardinal and what a cool looking fountain.
    It's been raining off & on here all week, just in time to spoil Halloween for the kids of course.

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    1. Thanks Ida...must say I LOVED your Halloween fences you found and shared today!!! [It's supposed to be rainy here over the weekend also]

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  35. What a pretty walk you had- love the roses. After listening to reports about the storm of the century and then waking up to silence about it- I wondered what happened. I'm glad you didn't experience a horrible flood. The rain we've had here ended our month long burn ban, so I was very glad for that. Have a great weekend!

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  36. Splendid post Anni. blessings this week.

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