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'Cause I eat my Spinach, I'm....

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Right off the bat, you're probably wondering what the heck does eating Spinach have to do with Wild Bird Wednesday, Nature Notes, and Hodgepodge?!! It's all part of my Random Thought [#8] in Hodgepodge. You'll see.... WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY AND NATURE NOTES One of my Epiphyllum bloomed again! For the third time this year!! It's gone bonkers! I didn't remember to get up so early to catch the blossoms [night bloomer]...but I remembered the flower buds beginning to open the night before, so prior to the sun hitting the patio, I went out on the patio and snapped these images. The sea breeze was blowing a bit strongly, so I took several to keep the flowers in the photos from being blurry. By the way, another word for Epiphyllum is Orchid Cactus. I believe they're origins are Africa. Not sure on that bit of trivia. It may be South America ... who knows? While outdoors, I noticed the halo around the waning moon, so took this photo... Did you know

'Round the 'hood

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Today, just an eclectic mixture of images I'm sharin'. From here in town to the outskirts of this area: If you follow me on my birding photo blog a bit, you may have well noticed I mentioned a favorite area where Bud and I go birding a lot! This particular area is Leonabelle Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. These images were taken from atop the observation tower showing you the several ponds and tall reeds. A huge amount of water fowl can be spotted here year 'round. And alligators. Spring migration [the grassy, park area before you get to the boardwalk is highly populated with warblers, finches, rails, orioles, owls, etc. The city's freshwater lakes, small and large, are well populated with a few turtle species. This image was taken just a couple weeks ago over on the Gulf Bay near Port Aransas and the beginning of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel which flows from the Gulf, through Aransas Pass/Port Aransas, Ingleside and on into the Port of Corpus C

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Digest this!

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When it's 81° just before sunrise, and the sky seems to be on fire!!!..... not much activity gets done 'round here. Growing up in Colorado, I just didn't realize what the "lazy, hazy, days of Summer" really meant 'til we moved South to the sub-tropics. A person really doesn't want to move around much, no less get too far from an air conditioner. The heat index with humidity factored in this past week has been in the triple digits! Nosiree-bob, I have been staying indoors a lot! Altho, early one morning, Bud and I got out before the sun started baring down on us and got the two lawns, back and front yards, mowed and edged. With rains...you get green grass that needs a hay mower eventually! I've been drawing at my leisure, coming up with all kinds of concoctions to snack on, and even began a project that may or may not get done. A quilt coverlet. Right from the get go I had to ask Kathy [the quilting guru I call her] a question. LOL This m

"The Woody Woodpecker Show"...starring:

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The Golden-Fronted Woodpecker .... WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY and NATURE NOTES ....mainly indigenous to the state of Texas. And, we see quite a few in our own backyard while hearing them and their callings throughout the neighborhood. On a gray, overcast day, there was a couple. A male [the one with the red spot] and a female [lacking the red] at our hummingbird feeder. I usually put out orange halves for them, as they, along with orioles, like oranges. But being that it was raining, I failed to get out there to replenish the fresh fruit. The panoramic image [top images...enlarge for full effect] I share shows you the nature of the 'peckers ---the female allows the male to fill up first...she waits on the fence until he leaves...then she takes her turn---  All three images were taken through the door and screen. _ _ _* * * _ _ _ WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE 1. July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day. Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. What's some

After the rain came...

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It's been a soggy few days here in the Coastal Bend! And tho it keeps me indoors most of the time, I ventured out early Friday morning with the camera in hand to take a look-see at things in the yard. I was greeted by this hummer that seems to remain here instead of the usual migration a couple of months ago. Experts tell us to quit feeding them after the migration season. That, I can't figure out...those that decide to stick around for one reason or another need to be fed - and with the drought there is not too much in the nectar found in flowers... And as long as they continue to come to the feeder, I'm keepin' it filled!! I say "Why not"? The flowers are, as the commercial says "Lovin' It!" ...and the sky is nearly a luminous glow in the dark blue as the light of day peeks through the ominous clouds at the hour of sunrise!! _ _ _***_ _ _ Added note: It's beginning to dry out some from the near week of sporadic misty air and ra

Chit Chat over the fence...

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I did another pencil sketch. Staying indoors in the middle of the day really makes me get awfully bored. I can only do so much laundry and clean just so many corners of the house...look outside and wish I could just go out there in the yard, find a shady spot and read. But the shady spots are nearly as hot as if I were in the full sun. And this week, it's been raining heavily at times so the yard is a bit soggy! So, indoors I stay. When boredom overtakes me, I read. I need a new project. For years, I've had this large panel of a cute little Halloween witch, with all intentions of trying to make a quilted coverlet. I've never in my life quilted anything before. I've been reading the 'expert' sites on how to quilt. I'm leery of even trying, but I'm thinking maybe this year I'll give it a go. But don't hold your breath...I've said "maybe this year" for several previous years. I must make a note to go to Joann Fabrics

No Delivering babies...but I do have a stork or two...

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY nature notes Barn Swallow Nest Tri-colored Heron [left] Roseate Spoonbill [right] Roseate Spoonbill Trio Roseate Spoonbill Wood Stork Wood Stork on the run... Wood Stork Couple [this outing is explained a bit in #8 random in my Hodgepodge section today] WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE 1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800's and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard? Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel? Oh my goodness. I can't even remember when I sent one. Maybe 30 years ago, from somewhere where we were on vacation. And the last time I received one would most likely be from my sister...again, many many many years ago. No, I don't save them. 2. What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation? I guess it would be local cuisine. I like to experience fine foods. Or if it isn't a