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Sultry in the Morning, Sultry in the Evening....Sultry at Suppertime!!

POLLYWOG PONDS


Walking early one morning before the heat of the day pounded me to retreat indoors, I ventured on a short road trip to one of my favorite haunts. Pollywog Ponds. I was expecting very little in bird life since we're in a drought, and hoped I'd see no water moccasins or coral snakes in the vicinity...they've been reported seen there recently. I didn't see any snakes of any kind at all much to my happiness. But, I also didn't find much water in the ponds! There are two, one smaller and one larger - the East Pond depicted on the map has been dried and re-forested instead. The smaller of the ponds was nearly dried up; sadly! ... as seen in the above photo. The 2nd pond before you come to its northern bank and the Nueces River, was only partially full [half full or half empty, whichever way you want to see it].


The usual, resident bird species, could be seen here and there. Some at the water, while others flitting in the trees and heard singing their songs.






A Green Heron in Silhouette


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THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

As I walked the trails, I occasionally looked upward into the sky for hawks. I think I spotted a Barred Owl flying in front of me up skyward...too fast and unexpected for me to have time to focus on the bird before it disappeared in the woods. I saw three turkey vultures soaring silently high in the world above...but the sky and clouds were gorgeous along the horizon and tree-lines, I couldn't resist snapping a few photos...







BOOKS

For those of my generation, I ask: Do you remember the novel by Jacqueline Susann, and the movie based on the novel of the same title....Valley of the Dolls? Well, this month marks the 50th anniversary of its publishing date. I found a book club edition of the very same. Someday soon, I'll sit down and re-read it.
After reading the re-vamped, easier to read in modern English novel, Ben Hur, I began reading The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint.
    "Profound and stirring . . . brilliantly executed." -Wall Street Journal "Rambling and generous . . . it reads at times like a John Irving novel touched up by Roy Blount Jr. . . . Sweet, sad, and refreshing." -Book Review "Edgar’s soul is as spotless as John Wayne’s .45, and so is Udall’s sharp and rangy prose. His similes sting, his sentences go bang, and his chapters roll like the wagon wheels across the harsh Mormon desert of right and wrong." -New York Times "Extraordinary. . . . There are pages that are just fall-down funny. . . ." ―GQ "Vibrant, big-hearted. . . . A poignant, picaresque odyssey." ―Newsweek "A marvelous first novel. . . . An adept mix of humor and pathos." ―Los Angeles Times "An ingenious tale [that] takes its heart from Dickens and its soul from America’s great outlaw West." -Elle

Most reviews I've read online about this book, the critiques, common as you and me, give it 5 stars out of 5. Read what they have to say!! And in today's time, I would enjoy reading something that is humorous, touching, down to earth. I hope this book lives up to its critic's words. Of course, I'll be the judge. lol I also ordered a long-sought-after book from Amazon this week: "Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941 by Stephen Lyn Bales". Tracking tells me it's been shipped and on its way. I anxiously await its arrival. It's been several years that I have searched for this particular book at Half Price Books hoping it'd show up in the birding section aisle, but never any luck. I finally gave up and decided to order a copy.

36 comments :

  1. 50 years? Really? WOW, I have read that book. Lovely photos and we are under a severe drought here in western NY as well. Have a beautiful weekend...smiles

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    1. You then, too....we both need some rain. Everything here is so brown. At least our YARD is.

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  2. That silhouette photo of the green heron is a wonderful capture! My favorite for sure...

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  3. Good morning! Step by step, they slowly cover the water's edge, one beautiful nature moment to be long remembered this up coming long and harsh cold winter! I had to say it right, because everyone is speaking about summer waning! I say, no way it's still summer everyone, and just look at these incredible photos of it right here! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Winters here are mild!! So, I'm looking forward to the day Summer ends!!!

      Your comment is nearly poetic...Thanks Karen.

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  4. Hello Anni, sorry about the drought conditions. Love the Egrets and the Heron silhouette.
    Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. It's been relentless .... two years in a row now during the summer months!

      Thanks Eileen.

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  5. Hope things get brighter soon

    Liked the water and birds well captured

    Sounds great book with lovely name

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  6. So much to love here today! I have never heard of the Edgar Mint book, thanks for the link. Because I clicked on it and read. Sounds so good, kind of like that John Irving book, The World According To Garp. My favorite pictures are the silhouette of the heron and the birds in flight. You are an expert on that. We went to the theater to see Valley Of The Dolls when it first time it came out. Mostly because I liked Patty Duke. Did you know she has recently died? Sultry is a very nice and romantic word for humid and damp. Here too. We could see the steam coming off the pavement yesterday.

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    1. Ya....Kinda like the World According to Garp....you hit the nail on the head Ginny. Thanks.

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  7. Anni your beautiful photos always amaze and delight me. Each time I see them I think ohhhhh these are the best but nope you post more twice as good. Your post are always proof positive of doing what you love and it shows through brilliantly. I love how the bird is blacked out. Valley of the Dolls I had a chuckle over that one. It was racy for its time.
    hugs Cecilia

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    1. Oh my gosh....your comment lit up my day M&M!!!

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  8. thank you for your comment about our header....you are the 3rd to notice. LOL Madi's Dad kinda wants the one of her in the roses back up LOL
    Hugs Cecilia

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  9. the reflections are amazing and I love number 7, 8 and 9 of the last group of birds, the touch down in the lake. wow...your photos are always wonderful and so detailed. that is sad about the low water, no water means less pollywogs and less frogs, which means less food for the birds..

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    1. Thanks Sandra.

      "The Domino Effect"

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  10. Beautiful bird and cloud images.

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  11. I've never read that book but I have heard the title.
    Your photos are all so wonderful

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  12. Oh, my! Valley of the Dolls! I haven't heard that book mentioned in ages! I'm sure I read it but can't ever remember what it was about now.
    I walked one day last week at a local park and the water was muddy brown.Not pretty at all. But I did see an egret fly up into a tree.
    Love looking at your photos! It's always sad to see dry areas where water used to be. That's the way it was at our camper on the ranch. Only two muddy patches with a little water in the small tank. The new ducks still marched across the meadow and started floating in that small circle of water......even thought the big tank just above the rise had plenty of water in it - and only one old duck! Sheryy just got a half dozen geese down to the ranch two weeks ago. She got them from the animal shelter! Who knew you could do that?

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    1. Yes, yes....Texas NEEDS rain!!! [except for Houston] lol

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  13. I love that silhouette shot!

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    1. I was debating whether to share this one of the heron, but it seems to be a favorite with y'all...so, glad I added it. Thanks!!!

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  14. Love the photos you share here; I love water birds and ponds. The Edgar Mint book sounds interesting.

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    1. So far, I am now on Part II of the book, it's been an interesting read....some like I've never read before.

      Thanks Terra

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  15. Hello Anni!:) Your mention of the book The Valley OF THE DOLLS, brought back memories of our journey to Cambodia, where we went to visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. This was in 1970, and I started reading the book when we departed by plane from Thailand where we had been staying for a couple of weeks, but I didn't get much further, as shortly after our arrival we heard machine guns in the jungle where we were staying, in a low bungalow style of hotel. We knew we were in deep (you know what) when all the staff disappeared from the hotel. It was really frightening, and we had to flee to Bangkok through the jungle. We later learned that our hotel had been burnt to the ground, and we were lucky to get away alive. We did see the magnificent ancient temples however, but THE VALLY OF THE DOLLS, could well have been the last book I ever read!!. Sorry Anni, I have got carried away
    by the traumatic circumstances of our stay there. Beautiful captures of the Egrets and Heron silhouette, and I do hope the drought does not continue.

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    1. Oh my gosh....what a scary memory! One that would STILL give me nightmares to be sure!!!

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  16. I read that book when I was a young woman. I didn't think much of it then, but maybe I've changed. I just saw Hell or High Water yesterday and simply loved it. There is no better actor than Jeff Bridges and he just shines. Chris Pine is nice to look at, too. It's a West Texas flick set in the present time. If you go, let me know what you think of it. :-)

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    1. We did go see it....just got home...and we both enjoyed it a lot.

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  17. Oooh so many beautiful birds you captured on your trip to Pollywog Ponds (great name!) A lovely place for a walk.
    Have a wonderful new week :)

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    1. Thanks Prunella!!! And same to you, have a wonderful week yourself.

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  18. Sounds great! You had a wonderful time:). Beautiful pictures of birds.

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