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TV/Movie World Lost A Good One!

I'll get to the meaning of my blog post title in a bit.  For now, I begin here.....



On a very foggy morning, Bud and I were found driving around, out on the country roads that divide sections of land in the area of the historic Chapman's Ranch* searching the properties for the rare Upland Sandpiper which has been reported seen along the open fields and turf farms. Of course we couldn't see much of anything with the weather clouding our vision, but as we drove along with the windows open, the birdsong was phenomenal. Hawk calls, seagulls, sparrow songs, and flycatchers sang to us along the deserted county byways. We stopped to take a photo of  a  ranch gate along some of the developed land:



We DID spot some sandpiper[s]...but 'tweren't the UPLAND sandpipers....several seen were Solitary Sandpipers. We'll keep trying to find the elusive Upland species. Persistence pays off; maybe for us it will also!!


solitary sandpiper

On a side note, I DID spot and photograph a rare plover this week!!  I was excited!  Of course those photos are to be saved for posting on my bird photo blog in the future.

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Around Mustang Island, at times, you can meet the shrimpers coming in and go aboard to purchase fresh shrimp. Like this shrimp boat seen here. But the photo was taken because of the pretty clouds forming against the deep blue Spring Sky:




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Lately I've noticed a lot of these wildflowers in the fields along the pathways. They're called Mexican Hats. Supposedly they resemble the traditional hats of Mexico, the sombrero [in Spanish the word sombrero means, literally, shadower]. Several days ago, I sat down with my sketch pad and began drawing the flower and ended up with a finished piece done in colored pencil...



Mexican Hat Wildflower


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I'm now addicted to another Google App [cellphone AND with Windows 10 applications]!  On rainy or snowy days, when I was a youngster,  my father and I used to play cribbage by the hour.  Back then, it was a good way to teach me math and quick thinking!

CRIBBAGE [free]


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Sadly, the world lost another beautiful person. I feel I grew up with her in so many ways. Patty Duke [television and movie star] passed away of sepsis. I remember her program on television as a teenager. But, most of all, I remember her as the young Helen Keller in the movie, "The Miracle Worker"; an oscar winning performance at the age of 16. Then, as the years passed, she revived the bio/docu-film of the same; this time playing the part of Helen Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan. [Melissa Gilbert co-starred as Helen].  Miss Duke I will always remember as the young Keller, a deaf, blind, mute who is kept from being institutionalized with the help and determination of her teacher, Annie. A must book to read about the real girl/woman of which the movie subject is, would be the autobiography of Ms. Keller. I have it in my library of books I've saved over the years. It, to me, is the best account of what her life was.







*The link above about the ranch is a long article from the Texas Monthly that depicts a law suit and rightful owners of the ranch. The Chapman Family vs. The King Ranch
Other interest: "Betting the Ranch" - more on Chapman vs. King Ranch
Image of Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker courtesy of NEWS
Watch Miracle Worker online FREE

88 comments :

  1. very sad about patty duke.

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    1. Indeed. She always showed herself as strong and one woman you'd not mess with. Her will was exemplary in my opinion.

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  2. Love your artwork. You are very talented.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thank you Mersad. It's also good to see you come visit with me.

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  3. Ohhhhh Anni my B walked in the room as I was scrolling through your post. We both think the Solitary Sandpiper is a show stopper!! Of course you art is always amazing.

    I certainly agree with you about Patty Duke. What a classy lady. You wrote exactly what I thought when I read of her passing...'I grew up with her'!!
    Rest in Peace Patty knowing you made so many so happy with your work
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Thanks M&M....and, 'amen' to your consoling words of Patty.

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  4. Love your pencil drawing, Anni.

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    1. Thanks....y'know I have the most difficult time finding your blog AND where to leave a comment on Google Plus. Sorry. I do appreciate your visits tho.

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    2. I just picked up your blog url from Marie's blog. Gonna add you to my reading list.

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  5. I always enjoyed Patty Duke, she was a great actress and a great lady in so many ways. I felt very sad to hear she had passed.

    Loved your photos and reading about your trip. Your artwork is beautiful Anni, a flower I would enjoy seeing one day. Thank you for once again linking with Today's Flowers, and have a great week.

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    1. The wildflowers this time of year in Texas in all the fields....they're so beautiful. Thanks Denise.

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  6. I too was so sorry to hear of Patty Duke's passing. They are all too often and of my generation these days. I have my fingers crossed that you'll see that sandpiper. I love this one! :-)

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    1. Yep, scary to know so many of those that leave us behind are of OUR generation. Thanks DJ

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    2. ps...glad to know you enjoyed the sandpiper image.

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  7. You certainly are a very talented artist and your flower picture is WOW worthy. Yes, Patty Duke was an inspiration to many.

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    1. ...so many indeed. Thank you Ms. G

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  8. I was crushed to hear about Patty too. Just a great bunch of beautiful and amazing photos, and your artwork is so lovely! I like seeing the beginnings and how you put it all together too.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I started doing that 'as I draw' photos 'cause someone, I can't remember who now, said in a comment "You didn't draw this from scratch did you?" Well, to show them from the beginning to the end proves it. lol

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  9. Thanks for remembering Patty Duke. Loved your photos this morning, Anni.

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  10. I read the second link about the Chapman Ranch, intriguing situation. Your pencil art of the flower is gorgeous.

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  11. You always share the best interesting sights. Love it. I know you are creative and talented, but not aware you were an artist. Very good. I love art and several pieces, but I do not have that talent.

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    1. I'm so happy to know you enjoyed this LV. Thanks.

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  12. Very enjoyable, thank you for this

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  13. Love your drawing.
    So sad about Patty Duke. I always enjoyed seeing her on tv

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    1. she was good at acting. Thanks Ann

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  14. The sky is beautiful in that photo with the shrimp boat.
    You are so talented! I always enjoy your art work and I wish I had just a smidge of that talent. :)
    Patty Duke was very talented.

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  15. Patty Duke was one of my favorites. I still think of her as young. You are so talented. The flower is beautiful.

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    1. She was a favorite of mine also Paula. Thanks.

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  16. I sometimes just read silently here and do not comment, but loved the art work, and the birds and also loved Patty Duke. This was a perfect way to do a post. A+

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    1. My oh my....thanks for the high grade today Nora.

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  17. Hello Anni, it was sad to hearing about the loss of Patty Duke. The Sandpiper is pretty and I love the Meixcan Hat flowers. Lovely post.

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  18. gorgeous drawing! lovely find on the gate, too!

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    1. Thanks Ms. T. For stopping by AND for hosting.

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  19. Hello Anni!:) Yes, the gate decorated with the horses is a fine looking gate, and a good find,.. and I'm pleased for you that you found the new species of Plover. A nice shot of the Sandpiper too,..hope you find the elusive one soon. I love, just love, your coloured pencil scetch of the Mexican Hats, a most acomplished drawing Anni.

    I just found out here, of Patty Duke's demise, and I am so sorry to
    know this, as I remember her portrayal of Helen Keller and her many other TV roles, and enjoyed her believable performances every time. Such a wonderful actress!

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    1. Thanks Ms. S....and enjoy your company.

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  20. I like that gate with the galloping horse! And WOW! on the boat photo! Isn't that gorgeous.

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  21. Beautiful gate, and even more beautiful Solitary Sandpiper...love your art!

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  22. Creative fence shots! Gate is intriguing ~ ^_^

    Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

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  23. i used to play cribbage with my grandpa!i wonder if i could even remember how now? it was kind of a requirement when you went to his house lol....i remember the miracle worker version of her as the teacher...i didn't know there was another one!

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    1. Ya, there was a new remake of it. I'm not sure it titled the same tho.

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  24. Great gates and I love the bird!

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  25. Your whole post is so interesting. You are quite an artist.
    Yes Sad about Patty duke. I loved that movie Miracle worker with Duke as the young Helen Keller. I actually used some of the techniques with speech (I saw in the movie) when my late husband had a stroke and lost his speech and ability to even form some words if he could have spoken.
    Nice post.
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    1. How clever of you!!! Ingenious.

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  26. Hi Anni, this is my first visit and so glad I came :)! Wonderful to see the Sandpiper - they are such funny little birds. Hope you get to see the Upland variety. A beautiful gate and so interesting to see the shrimp boat. My Grandfather was a fisherman (halibut and lobster off the New England coast). Good memories of your Dad playing cribbage. I've never learned, but my parent's played. Your artwork is wonderful! Lovely! Yes, so sad about Patti Duke. I have always loved her and grew up watching her series and wonderful movies. Thank you for the nice visit. Take care and hope you find your sandpiper! Karen

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by Karen.

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  27. Very nice fence find. I like the horse decor on it.
    Neat shot of the shrimp boat, the clouds were pretty.
    Enjoyed your bird shot too.
    I too remember Patty Duke from the Miracle Worker and also her TV show about Identical cousins. Sad that she died at a farily young age and from something that I think should have been watched more closely.

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    1. I think, if I recall correctly, the infection came upon all too quickly from prior surgery? Don't quote me.

      Thanks Ida.

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  28. The skies round the shrimp boat are beautiful, creating a stunning water view. And your pencilled artwork is magical. You are very talented.

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    1. Gemma....long time no see. It was a very nice surprise having you visit. thanks for the kind words today.

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  29. You really are talented Anni..that sketch is lovely. I remember those shrimp boats ... We have them here in Florida too but it's a drive ... It was so nice when we stayed in Port A and Fulton to be able to walk to the shrimp docks.

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  30. Sad that Patty Duke passed.

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  31. I hope you find that elusive sandpiper! Sad to hear of the loss of Patty Duke. She fought a lot of battles in her lifetime.

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    1. I went out again yesterday, with another 'no show'. Oh well.

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  32. Love that shrimp boat and the incredible sky!!

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    1. You and I enjoy the good of nature and its art.

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  33. Great shots, Anni!
    I lost track of you for a bit. Glad I found my way back, for I always enjoy your photos.
    Hope you will come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-endless-variety-of-orchids.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Sue, but I am limited on joining memes as it is...I appreciate your offer tho.

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  34. Beautiful artwork, you are one talented lady.

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  35. i admire people who are "addicted to new apps"...open to learning and trying new things. i sometimes fell my brain is at maximum capacity, then i am inspired by someone like you!!! your art and images are really beautiful.

    i especially enjoyed seeing the art come to life!!! the fences weren't bad either ;)))))

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    1. I'm easily attracted to something new to try. Besides, it's fun.
      Thanks Debbie, for the visit and the sweet comment.

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  36. Your drawing is wonderful...I only draw flies.

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    1. LOL....I doubt that seriously Tom. But, you made me giggle.

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  37. Wonderful to see your bird photos, beautiful as always and your painting is beautiful such detailed work! You are very talented. Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!

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  38. Last year I read a bio of Patty Duke called Call Me Anna, and it was very good. I have always loved her...and loved Helen Keller as well. Sad that Patty Duke is gone. Your drawing of the Mexican Hat flower is gorgeous! Wow! I am very impressed. Great photos too...particularly love the shrimp boat and sky!

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    1. I have oftentimes thought of reading her autobio- Now, I probably will.

      Thanks Marie.

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  39. Always sad to lose someone we grew up with, she had a rather sad life. Love your flower/sombrero.

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  40. Anni, you are so talented!

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  41. the sandpiper photo is amazingly clear....and what drawing talent you have....2016 will be remembered as the year that so many great names have ended their time on earth...Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Alan Rickman to name a few and then yesterday a beloved memory from my childhood....British Comedian, Ronny Corbett.

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    1. I've not heard of Ronny Corbett, will have to google and read about him.

      Thanks Cath.

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  42. Good morning, Anni! I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, for hosting.

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  43. Superb shot of the Sandpiper.

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