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A little Texas Humor Y'all...

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...all y'all have a great day. [no images above posted are mine...copyright infringement not intended]

It's that time....

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Since we don't have cable TV hooked up any longer [which I love the fact], most of my "TV" viewing is online, the day after. Or reading about it online afterwards. Which, this year again, we didn't watch the Academy Awards. I miss it, but here again, Bud and I don't go to many movies these days mainly because we find not many movies produced these days that are of any special interest. Very few; like two or three, in one year's time. This year, it may be a bit different tho, I have seen previews of several upcoming releases that I think might be worthy of seeing it on the 'big screen'. To name a few: EMPEROR, coming out in a couple of weeks [March 8th I believe], THE HEAT a comedy starring Sandra Bullock, RED 2 this summer along with Iron Man 3 and Lone Ranger...ummmm, Johnny Depp? Why not? Anyway, back to the Academy Awards. Of all those nominated, we saw one at the theater. Altho, I enjoyed the stage play much more, I was happy to find

...credence

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Lantana blossom - I thought it resembled a snowflake [it's shape] connecting to Macro Monday I ♥ Macro Monday Mellow Yellows These may not be considered 'macro'...but they ARE 'close up' images. Well, no, not really close up either [just looks that way]...But, there is a lot of detail in the images, don't you think? If you click to enlarge them, a lot of landscaping can be detected on its spherical horizons. Take a closer look... moon phase February 21st 2013 time: 8:35 PM Through my camera lens... I'm lovin' it!!! Since we've lived here, going on nearly 10 years, I've enjoyed being on the shore when the moon rises; I've been there and enjoyed the beauty of it all, but with no means of capturing it on 'film' ...it's so beautiful on the water as it reflects the light of the moon!! Well, my camera before this one was not strong enough a zoom to get any detailing of the moon [at night]...always just a big blurry glowin

Pond Shadows

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While trying to photograph the unusual turtle's snout, when I got home and uploaded the image to frame it for blogging, I noticed in the shadows of the bushes that surround the area of the pond, a common gallinule [red beaked bird -aka moorhen] in the background. Which I didn't see beforehand. DISTRIBUTION: In Texas, the species is concentrated in two regions: south Texas and upper Texas coast. I was happily surprised. The turtle species [in the pond and creating its shadow on the banks -the turtle to the left, 2nd image] is the Spiny Softshell . I read, sadly, that these are hunted in Texas. Just hope there is a limitation and the turtle doesn't become endangered. connecting to: Shadow Shot Sunday I SHARED SOME PHOTOS I took of THE ENDANGERED Whooping Cranes YESTERDAY...on my birding blog. CLICK HERE At long last, after years of driving to areas during the winter migration areas nearly 200 miles round trip each time...we saw some in the wild!! Finally!!

...with a Moo Moo here

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When you hear or read "Texas", what do you associate with it? Cowboys? [not the football team] Oil? Perhaps Dallas, Houston, or the massive Universities and medical research? Or cattle? At one time, before oil was discovered, cattle was the largest industry in the state's history. Of course, my post isn't about oil, population or universities...it's about cattle. I seem to like best animals with shades of gray! My favorite horse is the dappled gray, I love cats with gray or silver coats, and that doesn't leave out cattle. My favorite breed of cattle is the Brahma [or Zebu, or Brahman]. A couple of weeks ago, while out hunting for the elusive Whooping Crane, as we strolled around the fenced in pasture, there were Brahma cattle compounded within. I, naturally, had to photograph the papa grandé!! He was magnificent in stature, color, and so picturesque. But, this I did not know. I asked Bud, who has raised cattle when younger and single, I asked hi

In your easter bonnet...

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I recently found out, with the new digital camera, that I cannot hold it very steady. Looking through the viewfinder, you just have to imagine how the 'view' jiggles around. Whoa. And I don't even consume caffeine. It' like I'm as nervous as a whore in church with such jittery images showing through. And when it's windy, oh boy...trying to hold this steady enough to click the shutter is, well...I typed my initial thought about whores and church already...move on!! Still, I'm lovin' my new camera. It's just gonna take some time getting used to its temperaments and quirks!! I made a crock pot of Chili Verde this week. Usually, I add chicken breast meat. This time I added pork tenderloin and it was mighty tasty!! Served it up with a tossed green salad and home made fresh warm tortillas. Yum. All thanks to my Mexican American sister-in-law who taught me so many ways of cooking Mexican food from scratch. Been ridding ourselves of junk in th

Eggs are bad...no, they're good. YOU know the drill...

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You've probably heard that drinking a glass of wine is good for your heart. Or one time eggs are bad, but now they're good. And all the research/studies on this or that--- News Flash: New research shows that even a single alcoholic drink per day can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer in women. Though people have long believed that a glass or two of wine can be good for your heart, the new study, conducted in conjunction with researchers in the U.S., Canada, and France, shows that the cancer risks far outweigh any heart-healthy benefits. Read more ... Instead of whine with your cheese today, let's drink to the comments: Junkyard Cat posted: The latest study shows that being alive puts you at an increased risk of death. D V posted: Do these people not realize that releasing "studies" that are contrary to other "studies" just makes people ignore all studies? Michael posted: No Salt, No Suga

Rocky Mountain High...

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Hidden amongst the reed, in a shallow pond that meanders into a canal that feeds into the bay waters, a great blue heron is patiently waiting for something that will supplement its diet. connecting to: Wild Bird Wednesday 1. When were you last 'on a mountaintop'? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense. In a literal sense, Texas has no mountains except for the west boundaries, and then for me, growing up in the highest state in the union, Colorado, I don't consider the ones in Texas as 'mountains'...they're just hills comparing to the Rocky Mountains. I now live where the area's highest elevation is 15 feet above sea level. The last time I can remember being on a mountaintop would be in Arizona...maybe Kitt Peak. We used to go up there and view the stars and planets at the observatories, a lot... [this photo is courtesy of Google Search - copyright infringement not intended] 2. Do you establish and maintain a strict budget in

...it's only 'fair'

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Twice a year [and I understand that this year it'll be three times], the Peddler Show comes to 'town'. Actually, it's NOT held in Corpus Christi, but all taking place at the County Fair Grounds in Robstown, Texas [about 25 miles from here]. Bud and I don't attend too often, but once in a while I like to go and mingle with the rush and onset of the 'psycho shopper'. LOL. The shows are always on a weekend. And this past weekend, the weather was perfect for getting out and seeing what was 'in store'. There are booths outdoors as you near the Central Pavilion Arena. This complex is huge. Then, pay the entrance fee, and trust me, it's a shopper's paradise. From all over the country [mostly Texans from around the state] have booths set up to sell their wares. Hand made, home made, and just about everything under the sun can be found here. The array of crafts and displays of all the peddlers' handi-work never ceases to amaze me. Ofte

Schlumbergera...

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...more commonly known as: Christmas Cactus. I was a late bloomer, so why not have a Christmas flower blooming in February? The bud was white with a small hot pink tip before it fully opened to this coloration. I also have a flame orange/red one, but the cat got ahold of it, and the blossom that was opening fell off. I'm not lucky with indoor plants, and the cats don't make it all the easier to try out my brown thumb. If I do have one indoors, they have to be hidden behind venetian blinds all the time. If this one continues to thrive I will get some hardware and hang it from the ceiling out of harm's way and cat paws!! But, I'll wait and see...don't wanna put holes in the ceiling unnecessarily. Oh and the Christmas Cactus slips I was given a while back that I blogged about? They too are not wilted and on the same window sill. Whooohooo. connecting to Macro Monday I ♥ Macro _ _ _ A small park in town is a good place to go birding. And one morning, B

Hippity Hop Hop ... Easter's on its way

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I'm at it again. This time it's building up on my collection of Easter Egg Cups. Stopping in a couple of stores along the strip mall while Bud was in Barnes and Nobel [I don't like that store and its staff at all, at all!], I went into World Market to see what they were putting out for Easter in hopes of finding a new Easter Egg Cup to add...something different. I found one earlier at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, but the price was $10.99! For an egg cup?!! I don't think so. Okay, so back in the store called World Market. And, I found this one. It reminds me a bit of the Dutch Art, and it was a really pretty soft turquoise green! . And, since I've been way too busy with other stuff happening over the last couple of days, I haven't had much time to go out in search of a really nice shadow shot for Sunday's Challenge. Hence, I created my own shadow with artificial lighting. It's the best I could come up with on a short time frame. While I've be

Miniscule .. Elephant in the Palm of my Hand

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Long, long, long ago, just 'cause I thought the concept was sweet, I purchased one of those solar powered bobbling daises in a pot. They're small and don't take up much room. I got home and placed it on a window sill. The continual, unrelenting, motion of the daisy dancing in the sunlight is quite comical...comical 'cause our two cats were at first confused at this piece of plastic 'monster flower' moving. Okay, so that got me started. When I was back at the store searching for Valentine stuff for decorating my tables and mantel, I spied another one of these contraptions that had to go home with me. All for the love of entertaining the cats. I'm evil that way. hehehehe But, now get this, I found two more at the Trade Center the last weekend we were there walking around. Y'all know Bud, if you follow my blogging much, likes the Oriental nick-knacks and he always has to peruse the two little stores inside the center that carry everything Oriental

V-day

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I will not be online for Valentine's Day...Bud and I are spending the day together...on a day trip...all day long... So, instead of Trash Talk, I just thought I'd share some birding photos with y'all in hopes to bring you a smile or two, this time of year, l♥ve and courtship is in their mind and instincts play a big hand in what is seen. It's a time of love....in NATURE TOO [almost a ritual of constant cleaning, and a whole range of color changes. White pelicans have a 'horn' that normally isn't on their beaks unless it's breeding season. Activity and dominance is playing a big part along the way. Calling and bird song is at high fever. As the days progress into Spring, there is much to see, so many things to watch]: Up at sunrise: whoever has the most beaus at the end of the game is called 'winner' - top in photo, CORMORANT...the three dark headed with yellow eyes...MALE LESSER SCAUP...the brown in front of the pack is a FEMALE