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Here a Fence, there a Moon, Everywhere a Turtle...

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Depending on which way you 'look' at it, this is on the front side [or back] of the ship channel in Port Aransas Texas. At some distance, behind the fencing [it's a gated community with fancy-smanchy homes] to the right is the Auto Ferry to drive aboard and cross the channel. To the left, driving down the paved road, you can eventually park your vehicle and fish off the pier or embankment or go even farther down the road to park at the hiking/biking/birding trailhead at Charlie's Pasture. linking to Good Fences Olympic [-2004] Color Commentators - thru the voices of the 'innocent': 1. At a rowing medal ceremony: "...isn't that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew." [cox is the lead person who steers the boat] 2. Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. You can see it all over their faces." 3. Soccer commentator: "Julian Dicks is eve

"The computer dictates...."

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"...whereas with a pencil you're totally free."  ~ James Dyson I didn't have time to compose a Nature Notes, Rubbish Tuesday or a Birding post this week on Tuesday as I normally would've done, so, I opted for a favorite of mine since the questions are posted a day early... HODGEPODGE!! [link] The questions this week from Joyce are: [lasagna & tomato images courtesy of Google Images] 1. "Summer is like childhood. It's full of warm memories and gone too soon." ~Kellie Elmore Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood.    In Colorado when I was much younger, Summer was highly anticipated from the long winter, snowy months!! And summers were short-lived. Down here in Coastal Texas it's just the opposite...LONG, HOT Summers! And short mild winters. Tho I have a lot of memories during seasons, childhood memories that stand out are summertime travels. Being out of school for th

Another day...another Dollar

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Yes, the sand dollar is an animal!! Actually what you see washed ashore and lying on the beach is the exoskeleton of a sea urchin relative. Once exposed to air they die off and become stiffened. In water, alive, they are quite different looking. The star on the back side is often invisible and usually covered in dark purplish spines. See HERE . They use these spines to capture food by use of the spines directing the food to their mouth on the central, back side. Most times, in close-by shore waters where the sea is calm, the sand dollar urchin 'stands' upright...on its edge. In rough waters they burrow below the sand or lie flat. Scientists can age a sand dollar by counting the growth rings on the plates of the exoskeleton. Sand dollars usually live six to 10 years. While we were walking around the Marine Science Institute a few weeks past, Bud spotted this perfect sand dollar exoskeleton on an ant hill!! Did I pick it up?! Nope, left it there. Didn't want an

Iron Bars and Cotton Clouds...

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There is a stretch of beach on North Padre Island that is more or less a hotel/apartment complex. On one side of the street there are apartments; on the beach side there are hotels. Between the hotels and the Gulf is sand, surf, AND a raised seawall where it can be quite active with vacationers and their dogs and locals who come out to park and walk the seawall or plant their feet in the cool sea. Most times the beaches are kept clean, but in the summer months it's difficult. Both city and hotel maintenance crews work diligently against nature to keep the annual seaweed invasion off the beach. To no avail. That's why, between May and late July-early August, most people are found walking along the top of the seawall. As Bud and I were near completing our hour's walk and returning to our car, I took a close up of one of the hotel's fences with low flying brown pelicans... North Padre Island linking to Good Fences ...looking out toward Old Mexico from the hot

"I Will Take Up My Pencil....."

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"...and I will go on with my drawing" ~Vincent Van Gogh During the past couple weeks, not feeling like being online much, I sharpened my pencils...I finished another couple of pencil sketches. One of a Lazuli Bunting and the other is a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Here are the two bird sketches I finished. The first shown is the bunting... Lazuli Bunting Sketch I recently spotted one in person and got the golden opportunity to photograph it. The images are found HERE I do think, tho, this will be the last bird sketches I draw for a while. I need a new 'theme'. One of my favorite 'recent' movies that I've watched over and over is The Lone Ranger. And I don't sketch faces much 'cause of the challenge - I use more eraser than I do lead, lol, but I've been thinking of trying 'my hand' at sketching "Red". She's the brothel owner in the movie, and played by a favorite character actress of mine...Helena B. Car

...flying there-under, under the sea! FLIPPER

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After about a week's hiatus from blogging here, I'm trying to get some muster going. I'm feeling a lot better. Those meds the doctor prescribed for the bronchitis worked wonders. Still coughing, but I'm breathing a whole lot better. And my Oximeter tells me I'm getting more oxygen in my lungs as my heart rate improves. The mole that was surgically removed on the 8th was benign as I thought....but you can't be too careful. Anyway, the good news...benign...the bad news, it got infected, so had to have the cut re-opened, cleaned and now I'm on antibiotics for THAT!! Not stitches this time...the doctor glued it shut. And I go back on Friday to have it cleaned and re-taped if necessary. Ugh!!! So, that put behind me, I begin my post: There is a circular drive in the parking lot at Charlie's Pasture Birding Reserve Trailhead. Within the interior boundaries of the drive is a small lily pond dotted with wildflower, agave and rock garden landscapin

...Pointing Out to Sea - Beacon of Light Guiding Me

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No matter how turbulent or still the sea can be, there is always something peaceful about the view of a lighthouse in the distance. A thing of beauty, a safe house from the disquietude of a vicious storm...a beacon to guide the way for the seafarer...whatever, they're a picturesque, romantic, sight and calming to the senses. Also, no matter where for me but in this photo to the right center you can spot it flying low, the sounds of seagulls lull one to think "All's well with the world". The sea...it calls to me---- Fencing along the Jetty - Lydia Ann Lighthouse linking to Good Fences Skywatch Along the Seawall linking to:  Skywatch Friday Return of Shrimp Boat Reflecting on the Marina's Water ...Making the Turn to Dock linking to Weekend Reflections All these photos are older ones from some of my folders. Some, I've posted before on my blog. This week, I've been recooping from battling what I thought was a bad cold, but

Ever Hear of a Widow's Walk?

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A Turn of the 19th Century Widow's Walk Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday ...this is just one sampling. Quite often they are found on the turn of the 19th and 20th Century homes here in our area. Along the island highway you can also find the widow's walk on some of the 'newer' homes. There is folklore, or a legend if you will, about a widow's walk [aka widow's watch]. I like the romance behind the folklore!! It is said that the platform, or rooftop lookout, was used to observe vessels at sea. Widow's Walk derives from the left-behind wives of sailors or mariners. They would watch for their spouses' return, often in vain as the ocean took the lives of their men, leaving the women widows. Hence a "Widow's Walk". You may ask "Why do you envision any romance in the widow's walk Anni?" Well, I'll tell you. I can see the woman atop the walk, searching, watching, listening. Sea winds blowing and at times billowing h

Drink up me 'earties. Yo ho...

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...a Pirate's life for me. The romance and intrigue of pirating way back when...well, I'm havin' day dreams about Jack Sparrow as I entwine my fingers through the pirate's dreadlocks/beard! :sigh: And, 'really bad eggs'!! linking to Good Fences _ _ _***_ _ _ Do you believe weather predictions in the morning sky as the sun rises or at night when the sun sets....do you believe the old adage: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning? linking to:  Skywatch Friday I like the ancient mariners' rhyme, and often quote it. But do I believe it? Well, to be honest, by the time the sun is high in the sky or by the time it's actually storming with winds howling and rain pouring...I have already forgotten what the sky was like at sunrise. That's just me.   But, I like the rhyme. It has a mysterious mystique to it. And there are other references to the red skies ---One, Shakespeare's "Like a re