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Out of the ashes...rises the Phoenix

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We've been lazing around this week. Doing not much of anything. We did go beaning one day, and will probably be out on the beach again today if the tide's low...looking for drift seeds. Last year, we found VERY few. But this past week, Old Mexico has had their first hurricane make landfall from the Pacific side of the coast; heading eastward. So, it's kinda churning up the Gulf of Mexico and the wave action in our area is a bit 'rougher' than usual. At least the day we went out. Once the waters get to heavin' and rollin' a bit, the drift seeds show up on the beach. The other day, when we decided to go searching for some, the tide was a bit too high yet, and the seaweed was really a bit too soggy to go tromping through. But I did find three heart beans and one hamburger bean. I was surprised, and a bit happy to know they're returning to our area. The Sea Heart is my favorite. They ARE shaped like hearts. We continue to return to one refuge to

When it Rains...it Pours!

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY Over the long holiday weekend, early Sunday morning, our exercise walking landed us at Indian Point Park - between Corpus Christi and Portland Texas. Just over the Harbor Bridge. There, we find several tidal ponds and fresh water lakes where most often year 'round, resident birds are seen on any give day/hour. As we drove to the Portland exit and turned back into the area where you can park your vehicle, once parked we were greeted with several of the beautiful pink birds; Roseate Spoonbills, flying in to land. Along the banks of the sandbars, they were feeding...with a few of the American Avocets joining in on their breakfasting. Altho the two mile walk [along the way there are two elevated observation decks] we also spotted Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Caspian and Royal Terns, Black Necked Stilts, Common Egrets, Reddish Egrets, Laughing Gulls, Wilson's Phalarope, Sparrows, Plovers, and of course, no matter where we go it seems, another Turkey Vu

The colors of the rainbow....

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...and I continue with the cleaning of my photo folder: This past week, my epiphyllum was getting ready to bloom. And of course, it being a night blooming plant, I had to get up at dark o'thirty to get photos of it. I keep saying to myself, I really need to get more of these plants for outdoors! They're so easy to grow. Hardly any upkeep, heat and drought tolerant --in fact they thrive in high temperatures. They're NOT good for outdoor plantings if your area drops below 50 at night [or daytime temps too for those in the colder temperate zones]. My two plants [one blooming as seen below] have only been taken indoors for cold air protection just very few times in the last 8 years. The blossoms are colossal and gorgeous: Then, on to more flowering plants in our yard at this time o' year: King's Mantel [another drought tolerant plant and a hardy grower -- blooms in late Spring, a deep purple trumpet blossom] A great Southern bush, the gardenia. N

Ecclectic - here, there, everywhere...

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...first, thanks for all the complimentary comments yesterday that y'all left for me on the quarter million view tally for Hootin' Anni's. It's much appreciated, and I KNOW that I have everyone who takes time to leave comments, like you, being the reason I continue to publish posts in my diary. You make it all worth while. Today, I'm going to participate in Friday Fragments and just show you images of the past while out on our walking trips in and around the area. Also, this is an opportunity for me to begin cleaning out my photos folder on the computer. LOL... ...first one is from our own back yard. One rose: Corpus Christi NAS: AWAC flying over the bay through the misty morning air ...coming in on landing approach at the base. Coast Guard Testing It's a land and take off scenario... where the pilot practices several landing and take-off attempts. This particular day, the jet noise was deafening. [near the NAS base] Catamaran tu

Hootin' Anni's "Breaking News"

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As of yesterday afternoon...Hootin' Anni's reached a milestone!!! The visitor count went beyond a quarter million visitors since January 2007. I began with my blog on Christmas Day 2006, and didn't add a counter until New Year's Day week. So, tho, it's not much to crow about, I still have been keeping track of the counter for about a month now, knowing it would top that 'magical number' soon.

There's birds, then there's villians!!

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Two memes: Links found on my right sidebar if you care to join. WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY A few weeks back, Corpus Christi celebrated the annual Buc Days [Buccaneer Days] with the history dating back to Piracy and the area. At the Marina and along Shoreline Drive, the black pirate flags flew!! This past weekend when Bud and I went down and watched the shrimp boats come in to dock and sell their catch of the day to the awaiting buyers, the flags were still swaying in the breeze. I thought the resident town birds in the area with the flag showing would be a good composition. This Blue Heron was situated like a statue aboard one of the shrimp boat's bow!! _ _ _ * * * _ _ _ WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us today: 1. It's National Bike Week...do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike? I did own a 10 speed...when we lived in Tucson. Gave it to the neighbors when we relocated to Texas and never bought another. Actually, with the traffic

I'm seeing.....red!

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Since the birding expeditions are not very fruitful as far as photographing goes, I have been taking pictures of nature from another angle...flowers. And lots of them. Today, I'm seeing red. The first two images were taken at Hans Suter Wildlife Refuge near Oso Bay in Corpus Christi, just on the other side of the Texas A&M south campus which you can see from across the bay. The last one, the one photo of the wild poinsettia was taken in Port Aransas this weekend. Now, to be honest, I've seen the sign of this plant that is placed below the bush for identification for those interested, but I've never seen it 'bloom'. Actually the color of a poinsettia bracket is NOT the blossom. But in all cases, this wild poinsettia is kinda pretty. The colored brackets are partially green AND red. I've tried several times to no avail, to plant the Christmas time poinsettia plant outdoors. The longest I've had them survive and actually get new leaves was wh

I'm jumping for joy today.......

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....the photo shares for this post is of Blucher Park [downtown Corpus Christi] as I walked through in search for some cool feathered friends. For weeks, months, I've been convincing Bud to return to the city park situated in the downtown area. All for the cagey little rascal that has 'dive bombed me' with a surprise fly-by when at the park grounds, only to go into hiding and not become visible again for the time we are there on that particular day. It's a night bird, so naturally, since we don't go out much after dark [both of us do not have too good a'night-time vision for driving], we have rarely see the bird since we're there during the day. But while on the weekly Audubon Birding Tours to the park, we both knew it was there . Recently, I asked Bud, "Do you want to go the Hans Suter Park and look for the snake in the grass, or Port Aransas and then walk on the beach, or would you prefer we go see if we can find "Chuck" at Blucher P