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Blog Loading Time Rant...

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For weeks now, I've been contemplating posting this rant.  I didn't want to make a big 'to do' about it.  But recently, I've been taking too much time allowing some heavy blogs to load.  Even with my cable connection when a blog takes more than 2 or 3 minutes to even partially load that is taking too much of my time I've allotted for myself online!!!   With hopes of not hurting anyone's feelings, I'd like to share these thoughts and helpful hints for us bloggers to keep in mind LOADING TIME for those that don't have fast speed connections.  Also, contemplating allowing comments on this rant....should I or shouldn't I?  Personally, I feel it a valuable piece of information I'm sharing in hopes that some will take notice... Random Thoughts on Bloggers and Blogs... 1] Use smaller images in pixel size with Lightbox Feature enabled! Faster Loading Time!!!! [after logging in to account on Blogger...go to Account SETTINGS - POST & CO

Wild Thing...I Think I Love You

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As I have been working at cleaning out my photo folders this week, I found that I was collecting Dragonfly Photos over many months' time... linking to:  Camera Critters - Weekly Top Shot - Saturday Critters This section is all about wildflowers and such today with mouse-over captions [scroll mouse over images for text --I don't think the mouseover works with the Lightbox Enlargement tho, just the blog post only]. Kinda an eclectic array of photos from the past several months as I continue to delete some from folders. From Springtime in and around the Coastal Bend, to the summer's Button Bush; found on the islands, in-town parks and so on. Mostly what Bud and I see when we go walking and birding. Other than birds.  My favorite here is the cat tail--- If you're reading the mouseover captions, the last image, the seaweed [sargassum]....it's a nasty time of year on the beaches! This happens yearly; seasonal. The seaweed is an unendin

Walking....Tall

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Quite an old photo from months back when Bud and I were walking one of the newer birding/biking trails in the city near Oso Bay. And it isn't a very good photo at that...from a far distance, so not much clarity. It was a chilly, wintry day and at first glance when I saw this bird soaring silently in the sky I thought it was a vulture, then through my binoculars I could see the white stripe on the underwing tip... as it landed on a fence post.... ...I realized it was a Mexican Crested Caracara linking to Good Fences _ _ _ *** _ _ _ ...another day, recently as we walked along the seawall to watch the ships come into port, I scanned the clouds above me and began to watch a seagull flying high.  I tried to capture its distance up in the air and got a pretty good skywatch photo of the TALL palm tree. The gull is just a black speck among the clouds center/left of the photo... linking to:  Skywatch Friday _ _ _ *** _ _ _ Yes, Bud and I try to walk for exer

Lonesome Dove[s]...

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Something old... A Military Wedding Portrait Aunt and Uncle [my father's sister] circa: 1940-44 Uncle was shot down in a B-17 over the English Channel - he was a 'belly gunner'. A metal plate was placed on his brain where the injuries occurred... ...Many years later died of this very injury. Many years, my aunt was a single parent of three boys...a lonesome dove Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday _ _ _ *** _ _ _ Tho these birds are plentiful all over the country, there are several different species of the same family. I'm talkin' doves. Here in my part of Texas, the most abundant and widely seen everywhere is the White Winged Dove [1]...mainly, their habitat scans only the southern tip of Texas, west to the Arizona Sonoran Desert. The Mourning Dove [2], on the other hand, is widely dispersed throughout North America, parts of Southern Canada and into Old Mexico. Thing is, they are scarcely seen here in my part of Texas so it's a thrill for me to act

M-I-C-K-E-Y....

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m-o-u-s-e....the most famous critter of all--- M I C....see you real soon K E Y....why? 'cause we like you! M O U S E.... MICKEY MOUSE. Next door to us, a young gal celebrated her birthday last weekend, and when I left the garage, backing out with the car, Mickey was waving goodbye to me from her doorstep. linking to:  Camera Critters - Weekly Top Shot - Saturday Critters For fun today, I thought of participating in Saturday's Photo Hunt. At least 'til I went over to see the prompt for the week....'selfie'?!! Other than seeing our goofy leader and his insane antics with diplomats and the media covering his 'selfies', I thought I'd try my hand at catching the resident Mickey while hunting... and ask him to take a selfie since I don't do mine....He obliged!! linking to:  Photo Hunt "Selfie"

Hot Town...Summer in the City

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Rope, wrought iron, wood, koi pond, and waterfall outside a Japanese restaurant.... ...all makes... 良いフェンス good fences! linking to Good Fences & Weekend Reflections Japanese lettering created by Google Translate  The sky called to me on this day when we were out on the Gulf Waters...looking toward the Harbor Bridge and the Port of Corpus Christi!! The sea was calm, the breeze off the water was refreshing! The scenery wasn't too bad either! [a private boat cannot go further than so many feet from the bridge...into the port, it is a restricted area!! Exorbitant fines if caught going in too far.] Did you know this bit of info? Since 911 it is also illegal to photograph the UNDERside of a bridge such as this one.  It's all about homeland security these days, I think.  Country safety comes first and foremost.  I'm sure the restrictions are because it is for the fact terrorists could utilize such images in attack plans?!!  Under this particular bridge, on la

Rusty...Reds...and a bit of Silver Lining

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In nautical terminology this is a 'horn cleat'. In my language it's a boat-tie-er-upper!! Or when that way of speaking doesn't come to me quickly enough, it's a thingamabob. Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday Leaving the marina area, driving to a park for shade under the big oak trees...'Tis the season for the female to be quite elusive...nesting!! The male provides protection and feeds the female. Tho the male is dashing in its scarlet red cloak, I think the female is just as pretty in her silver and red trimmed ensemble!! Like seeing the silver lining at the end of a long hot summer day. linking to: Nature Notes , Wild Bird Wednesday , Our World Tuesday HODGEPODGE linking to: Wednesday Hodgepodge 1. Since you weren't Hodgepodging last Wednesday, how did you pass the time? Y'all expect me to remember something a week ago? Don't ask me!! 2. What's the first word that comes to mind when I say marriage? Yes, one word. U

...Phone Home [hint]

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I guess the reason I like Tony DiNozzo so much is 'cause I can associate with him and his passion for movies. Of course, I can't say too much about the majority of movies produced these days. So distasteful in so many ways. My opinion. But the classics...ahhhh, the oldies but goodies. Okay, what I'm getting at is movie quotes. Do those of you out here in blogland remember this line? "Alligators in the sewer"!!! Do you remember who said it? And from what movie? No matter. Every time Bud and I end up at the large birding area with a pond [recycled water plant], and we see the two resident alligators, I always think of that line from the popular movie. The last two months Boots and Bags [named for alligator boots and alligator bags] have been seen ... AND heard I like hearing their calls...usually the bull. His sound can reverberate across the entire area. A couple of weeks ago Boots was within arms' reach to our boardwalk.  And Bud was elated.