Posts

Lilies of the Field...

Image
This area I walk often is part inlet water and chaparral...desert meets the bay! It was set aside as a nature park for the public; specifically for school-aged children with the learning center so that adolescents and pre-teens can have field trips and be taught about the diverse area of this state of Texas. You have sub-tropic, and low lying dry lands. Filled with wildlife. When I arrived and parked the car to begin my walk, I stopped at the playground/center first. There is a small lily pond. But, at that hour, the lilies were just beginning to open as you notice in the photo to the right. So, I snapped only one photo and moved on to the waterfall park section and then traversed the gravel trails up to the observation tower at the bay's inlet...seeing willets, stilts, egrets, herons, ducks, gulls, and one osprey. This tower is highly elevated [for us sea level dwellers] and there is always a cool breeze blowing through...shaded and a nice stopping place to enjoy the quiet

Look! Up in the Sky...

Image
The morning I walked along the Oso Bay Wetlands, I didn't see many birds which is always my first intentions. So, naturally, I go with photographing flowers [flora] and other wild critters [fauna] if found along the pathways. One time I looked up at the beautiful, deep blue, sky and noticed the cloud formations. They, to me, were incredibly beautiful. Wispy, and for the lack of a better word, fragile looking. As I continued walking I aimed my lens to the sky... Then, I saw it. High up, drifting along with the wind thermals like a migrant bird...a crocodile "out of the blue"...

A Walk on the Wild Side of Town...

Image
For the last three days, the humidity has dropped substantially! And the mornings have been much cooler. In fact, a nice gentle breeze early just after sunrise. Bud and I have taken advantage of it all on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have neglected the weeding for most of the summer because of the triple digit temps by 9 a.m....Of course, that makes for working outdoors way too hot; dangerously hot. And the weeds wait for no man. And with the Tropical Storm out there before it turned into a Cat 1 hurricane, Nicholas was generous enough to give us some rainfall, and making it easier to pull those nasty green things! It's done. Then, Thursday I took off early, stopped to fill the tank in my car and headed to Oso Bay. I didn't feel like driving a whole lot...I just wanted to get out and walk!! I took the back way into the bay area instead of the freeway, and as luck would have it, I hit EVERY BLESSED traffic light RED. And it was rush hour. What would normally take about

A Philosophical Question....

Image
From Nicholas, that turned into a hurricane and made landfall near Freeport, Texas just south of Houston, here in Corpus we only got wet. "He" stayed clear of our home. No flooding in our neck of the woods. I'm not sure about other parts of the city, or what happened on the islands with the extreme low-lying areas and the water/storm surge. I understand, by the local news coverage, power outages were minimal; we weren't affected. The winds were gusty at times. In fact, by mid afternoon, we actually saw patches of blue sky...but it soon disappeared and the clouds built up heavily again, but non-threatening. We fared pretty well, thank you.  My biggest concern is our son in Houston.  Am waiting to hear from him.   Now, since we freeze water in bottles for our coolers [ice is very hard to find in stores during the days BEFORE a storm...so we improvise and make our own.  In fact the larger iced bottles of water stay frozen much longer than bagged ice cubes!!] to ke

Nicholas

Image
As I type this up on Monday morning, the rain is falling in bands now and then, the winds are picking up, the temps are between sauna and bath-house warm. The Tropical Storm, Nicholas, is on its way to Corpus Christi. It's predicted to hit our city around Tuesday morning, early. Like in dark-o-thirty early! Which means, I won't be sleeping tonight! LOL There is a slight possibility of it being a hurricane instead of a T S, but I think it's unlikely. If I'm wrong, that'll be the first time. [:::snort:::] In any case, no doubt, the power will be out for a while [I don't understand why a hurricane prone area such as the Gulf Coast does NOT bury power lines instead of the poles that are always toppling over.] No matter my opinion at the time tho. If I disappear it's because I am conserving the laptop and phone energy for emergencies.

GBH - Short Video

Image
Turn up the sound of birds, while the heron walks silently through the cove.

Twenty Years Ago Today...

Image
September 11, 2001 A day Amercia was vilolated and we lost our innocence! A day that will always be engrained in our memory. A day to sit back and be thankful for our country. To be thankful for our Freedom. And remember those that lost their lives for their heroism! Remember those broken families that survived and live in the land of the Brave. For their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters gave all. I was at home on the computer and read where we were attacked. Not knowing the full impact, I went out and told Bud to turn on the TV "The Towers have been attacked". What enfolded that day was terror, sadness, and loss! GOD BLESS THE USA!!