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Take a Hike!!

Saturday morning I took a hike to the bay...Oso Bay. I was curious to see how the construction is going on with the new nature learning center and the multiple trails that weave in and out of the shrub chaparral areas before ending at a small area that is covered with bay water. The area was teeming with cottontail rabbits and birds. Plus the wildflowers, which I look for when I'm out walking trails, were blooming just about everywhere!!





I only got up to 7400 steps that morning...HOT and very VERY sultry. Too hot for me, so I left for home in my car with AC on high in hopes Bud had the laundry folded and the AC on high at home too. [He had both done!! What a guy.]

Anyway, my tale for this past week or so goes like this: many different dove species reside year 'round in South Texas. I happen to capture them often 'on film', along with others such as pelicans and seagulls. Here are some doves [Inca Doves] perched on fences...one brown pelican that had 'gone fishing' along a fence line in the boat channel that separates Padre Island from Mustang Island. Then, the two seagulls were there to greet us one morning, early, perched as a couple of docents on a fence post, at the National Seashore Park to voluntarily guide us down the boardwalk incline to the beach:  One gull seems to be telling us to head "due South" while the other one on the right thinks "the trail to the left is better".



One day, while on Mustang Island, I sat on the jetty for a long time watching the brown pelicans feeding, diving, feeding, resting and diving, for fish.  The brown pelicans are definitely one of MY FAVORITE shore birds.  And right now, the males are really colorful in their breeding plumage.  I'll show you some photos at another time from the area....

I have more to chat about!!

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On to some more political satire and false claims during campaigning:

With presidential election coming all too soon I try to keep from being bothered by the nonsensical speeches....until either of the campaigning nut jobs come up with something that irks me. LOL...all too often. One of the candidates claimed this during a speech:  The firearms industry is “the only business in America” that’s protected by federal law from certain liability lawsuits" and changing this will certainly put them out of business; bankrupt them. 
    I say: B.S. to that noise!! What about the cigarette companies? Sure they've had and lost lawsuits before, but the claim on the tobacco industry did NOT bankrupt them and the candidate states that a new law will bankrupt the rifle/gun manufacturing industry! Then, there is the automobile industry...are they not protected against the fault of neglectful drivers that kill the innocent? To me, it's the DRIVER not the automobile industry that is sued. Okay, then, what about the drug manufacturers? Are they not protected against unlawful distribution/selling....and the mishandling and overdoses we see/hear about? Not to mention the multiple disclaimers of side effects with the advertisements to help protect them against lawsuits. They ARE protected. And guns...no matter if another insipid law is passed, there is always the black market. People WILL BUY....look at the prohibition days. I think the easy solution for this claim would be that all gun manufactures should label their product with "The Surgeon General claims the use of firearms is not good for your health"!!!

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Now, how 'bout a media-ism? AKA a blooper...kinda sorta!!
View the video HERE [I hope it continues to be available for a while]....if it's a broken link because of the time frame, here's the 'scoop': TENNESSEE - (WRCB) Customers at a Checkers restaurant in Cleveland, Tennessee say they found a disturbing scene over the weekend: hundreds of buns, just feet away from a public toilet. Video confirms the buns were in the bathroom.
    I say: What do you expect in a bathroom? Buns, either packaged or unwrapped is the norm, isn't it!!!

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IN THE NEWS...

A meteor shower will be seen around the world this coming week!! The Southern Hemisphere will see more activity, but we in the Northern parts will also be able to see a few meteors - just lest than those in the 'bottom' half of our globe! Clear skies permitting. Here you'll find the details!




77 comments :

  1. You do find some of the most interesting stories, Anni. Buns in the bathroom! I love your pretty bird pictures, and of course all the wildflowers. I remember how hot it gets in your part of the country, so kudos to you for getting that many steps in spite of the heat! :-)

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    1. I don't think I mind the heat...it's the humidity that gets in me and tells me it's hot. LOL

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  2. Good morning! I always enjoy your humor, it makes my day and photos are always a delightful treat!

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. It's good to know you enjoy my posts.

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  3. our humidity is here with a vengeance, think JULY type humidity, not May.. i am well known as the Humidity Hater around here. i don't sweat anywhere but my face. the higher the humidty the more my face pours and my glasses slide down my nose.. sorry TMI
    loved the wild flowers and those sweet doves. i love pelicans and doves more than any other birds.

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    1. I know just what you mean. But I sweat mostly around the waistline...which means....having to heed to nature's call I have to start EARLY before peeing my pants...so difficult to pull the waistband down to do my 'chore'.

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  4. Always a treat when I drop in to see you! Great and beautiful collages and love your thoughts!

    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy...it's fun to have you stop by also. How are you doing?

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  5. Buns on the bathroom!! Well I never (thank goodness) Love all the oriole shots as well as the other bird images.

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    1. LOL...now you HAVE heard of it. Thanks Margaret.

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  6. You find too much beauty in the birds and flowers. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Thank YOU Ruth for stopping in to visit and taking time to leave such a positive comment.

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  7. This was a real pleasure. Thank you.

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  8. Nice bird collection! The buns in the bathroom is weird for sure, but I have to add that there has been way too much stuff about bathrooms in the news lately. Geez, I wish they would just let people "go in peace"... what a ridiculous manufactured bunch of nonsense those politicians have created.

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    1. You have to take all this with a 'grain of salt' Sallie. And laugh. 'Cause the future doesn't look much brighter.

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  9. Buns in the bathroom? Yep, that's a good place for them :)

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  10. Nice lot of birds.

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  11. You are such fun. I'm just trying to ignore your election at this point! Sigh.!

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    1. I wish I had the fortitude to ignore it. But it's in my soul to follow the nitwits election after election. USA, in my opinion, is quite an embarrassment these days.

      Thanks Jennifer

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  12. Beautiful photos as usual. Buns in the bathroom - yuck!!!
    Stupid laws and lawsuits are so frustrating.

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    1. I know....did you read about the lawsuit by one woman vs. Starbucks and ICE in her iced coffee?!!!

      Thanks Mari.

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  13. Sound like your enjoying your walks. I been walking also, and one day a week I try to go to a different spot and walk, plus take my camera.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Walking is good for the soul, the body, and weight control I think.

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  14. Great bird photos as usual. Adding flowers and bunnies - perfect!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it all Lea.

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  15. We are finally seeing bunnies in our yard and they are quite funny. They were playing tag running around the house!! At least I hope it was tag, we don't want a population explosion. Golly gee we walked yesterday EARLY...I was glowing by the time I got home and I had puddles in places where puddles should not be.
    We struck gold with our B's they are keepers
    Hugs Cecilia

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  16. Sweet dove pictures! You are quite an entertaining writer! I check in for your amusing thoughts, your droll humor and serious topics too. Good stuff.

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  17. Great series of images!

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  18. Man!! What a great post! Right up to the end! I had to go watch that video!! Of COURSE, there would be buns in the bathroom!!! You are too funny!
    It's been really nice up here in the DFW area lately! Only ONE really hot day last week where we had to turn the air on. I have not been to Mustang Island in years! I always enjoy your photography of your beloved birds as well as the wild flowers and bunny rabbits!!

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    1. The air is certainly a lot 'drier' here the last couple of days...I'm enjoying it. All too soon...well, you know Texas Summers!! Thanks Linda

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  19. Beautiful birds and I admit that I really like the rabbit :)

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    1. There were certainly a LOT of rabbits that day. Every corner/curve in the trail. Thanks Michelle

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  20. Hello Anni!:) I confess to only looking at your fence images today, Sorry Anni, but I'll return to read more of your other activities soon. Birds perching on fences, always look so lovely, and you finds are wonderful. I have never heard of the Inca Dove, and how pretty, it is, but I enjoyed them all!:)

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    1. That's okay....glad you liked the 'fence' birds today.

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  21. haha you are so funny, buns in the bathroom cracked me up! wonderful photos!!

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    1. ...not to mention where I could go with your "cracked me up"...but, I'll refrain. Thanks Tanya.

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  22. adorable fence sitters. :)

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  23. Never a dull moment on your post. You and the birds work well together.

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    1. IF they cooperate and sit still long enough for me to focus the lens...I'm a happy birder. Thanks LV

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  24. A delightful selection of birds on fences today. The Black/White Gulls were very different from the ones we have around here.

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    1. We have several different gulls here along the coast...some with white heads.

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  25. I love the rabbits. They are so cute! Thank you for sharing your stories. Even translated in Dutch they are full of humor ;-)
    http://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.nl/

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  26. Great photos and post. I love the cute bunny! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. And happy weekend to you too Eileen...thanks!!

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  27. ashlyn also wants to get a job on campus as she doesn't want to leave now lol...thank you for linking anni!!

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    1. I can understand her thoughts and wishes!!

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  28. great collection of eye candy!

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  29. Your dry sense of humour is a great way to start the day. Your little antidotes always make me smile.

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    1. It's good to read that my post often puts a smile on your face and laughter in your heart.

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  30. Beautiful pictures of your walk - flowers and nature. I love the picture of the rabbit. They just look so cute. I saw one in the garden last year - I'm pretty sure he ate some of my veggies - anyway when I first saw it I thought it was either a statue or dead as it didn't move at all. I got really close so I could take a photo and then it moved. I almost screamed!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I probably would've screamed too. lol

      Thanks Sharon...by the way, your name is the same as my sister's.

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  31. I am always grateful to you for linking with Today's Flowers Anne, thank you so much. A very interesting post and I loved all the photos of birds and flowers. I also enjoy reading what you think of these important issues, and buns in the bathroom, oh yuk! What on earth were they thinking or maybe there was no thought?

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    1. Thanks Denise....I was just giggling out loud when I read the story 'bout the buns tho.

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    2. I know what you mean, we just have to see the funny side of things too don't we? Thanks again Anni, always love your posts.

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  32. Love your pics.

    Btw, the humidity always gets me the most, too. (And the gnats!!! #*($&*$!!)

    One more thing...The mystery birdie bush flowers are coming out. They have four white petals in a bowl shape. Could it be this?
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    1. Mock orange? If it is, very strong citrus odor!!

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    2. I don't remember a strong citrus odor. I do remember seeing some shrubs with the big low branches looking just like m.b.b. around the fish ponds just above Lake Siri.

      And now I found this. Streambank Mock Orange has to be it, doesn't it?
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  33. Your photos are wonderful!! Love to walk, but like you the high humidity gets me down. We've been lucky this week and had a cold front move through, so we were only in the 70'.
    I don't listen to any of the candidates. What poor choices we have this year.

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    1. I know...I couldn't agree more about who's running for office this time around. And I thought it couldn't get worse 8 years ago...but I was wrong. Ahhhhhhhhhh, 70s sounds perfect. It's nearing 90 here right now.

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  34. Lovely to see your photos! The rabbit ones are very good indeed. I hope that you get to see the meteor shower. Thank you for joining Five On Friday this week, hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

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  35. I loved seeing all your bird photos. I bet you'll be glad when the elections are over, they go on for ever don't they. :-)

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  36. Great post, Anni! Love your wonderful bird finds, and the park is looking great! Those buns in the bathroom got a eeew, and then a chuckle from me on your comment, and the political commentary was great too.

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  37. Love your birds and bunnies, and the buns story is funny!

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  38. Beautiful images! You truly live in a gorgeous part of the world.

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