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...a new birdwatcher in our family?

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GOOD FENCES linking to Good Fences Fencing along the walkway toward the jetty at Zahn Park/Beaches and Packery Channel boat ramps. WILLY NILLY 5 linking to: Willy Nilly Friday 5 1] ..-. .- .. .-.. ..- .-. .    Right off the bat I must give my critique of The Ghost of the Mary Celeste written by Valerie Martin. Now for me, it is my understanding that the ship was found in the 1870s...abandoned. With no one on board. The ship was still intact, and towed to Gibraltar...with a mystery that has never been solved. Now, I was captivated by the title and really looking forward to reading an historical novel about the crew and the ship. But this published work was highly disappointing. Yes, I read the entire book. Even tho it continued to go down hill. Instead of the story of the ship itself, the author struck an idea and went off on several different tangents having nothing to do with the disaster/mystery at sea...concentrating on spiritualists, a journalist, and Sir

Sword in the Stone,,,

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RUBBISH TUESDAY Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday Tho for some the Sword in the Stone and The Excalibur are the same, I beg to differ. In legends, the sword in the stone is not the same...Excalibur [the other sword in folklore] was given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake while the sword in the stone fable is just that. But in other versions, King Arthur, to show rightful heir to the throne, must possess the strength and power to release the sword from the stone. You decide. In any case, I found it!! Along the NAS Causeway, I walked under the bridge and found the old upright piers from the previous bridge. As I turned the corner from the underside to view the Gulf waters...I found the SWORD IN THE STONE. Don't you think?  Of course it's just a piece of rusted iron from an old abandoned bridge...but when I first laid eyes on it I thought.... NATURE- OUR WORLD- WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Nature Notes - Our World Tuesday Roseate

School's In....

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GOOD FENCES and CRITTERS Turkey Vulture on a Fence This photo of a vulture on a fence post was taken last year during the Whooping Crane Migration to Goose Island, near Lamar, Texas and Copano Bay. To its front side it would be facing a small pasture where there are a few cattle. It seems on ranch land, where there is cattle you'll sure 'nough spot vultures. Why is that, you wonder? linking to Good Fences - Camera Critters - Saturday Critters SKYWATCH ...after a storm front moved out all too quickly without a trace of rain :-( Late, Sunday Afternoon, with sun peeking from behind the Storm Clouds linking to:  Skywatch Friday WILLY NILLY 5 1] There are beginning to be signs of Autumn!! For that I'm happy. It's not really the weather per sé. But over the past week my weather app on my smartphone has been advising of drier air and fire dangers with the gusty winds picking up. With a drought, fire hazards are a sure thing. Anyway, Bud and I

By the shores of....

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...Gitche Gumee? Nah....here in the Coastal Bend acutally! Many times, I've mentioned here and on my bird photo blog about an area just outside the 'skirts' of the city, along the intercoastal waters of the Gulf ...the area is Oso Bay. For the most part, the bay is salt water, mixed with canal water from several outlets from around the city. Mostly canals and drainage from irrigation creeks. During the summer months it's quite dry. The landscape changes dramatically and the mudflats created by the high use of irrigation arise in the 'bay'. Hence, you're able to walk along the banks [traipse through mud quite often] and peruse the shores with your binoculars at all the bird life. Surrounding the bay inlet, there are two trails. On one side, an adjacent park with a short boardwalk and observation decks and a trail that winds along the Ennis Joslin Rd along the North side of the bay. On the other side, along Ocean Drive, there is a longer, paved trail

Self Destruction....

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The subject has been on my mind lately. Shocks from Hollywood and the unseen, unexpected deaths of those we loved and entertained us with smiles, tears, and recalling the goodness of their renowned talent.  Before retiring, working with doctors in the medical and psychiatric field, I had experiences with  patients that contemplated suicide.  Oftentimes therapy sessions would be successful [at least for a short period before needing follow-up therapy]...Sadly, other times it wasn't  Our human minds are a trigger sometimes.   A force so powerful!  Thought and actions go hand in hand.  Time and time again, there is 'no hope' for those that want out.   So...  I was compelled to return to my computer, sit down, and write this thought; to 'paint a picture' so to speak...of what contemplating ending it all would have been like.  Not in today's life, but a long time ago...back in the 30s.  I've read in documented papers over and over about the choices made; disil

In Our Yard & 'Round Town...

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...CRITTERS on GOOD FENCES Bird images are 'mouse-over captioned'...place your computer mouse over each image, and pause!! linking to Good Fences - Camera Critters - Saturday Critters ...SKYWATCH Near the TAMU-CC [Texas A&M University] there is a winding paved bike/hike trail along the bay. This past Sunday morning we parked by the campus church and walked the entire distance and back along the bay waters. It was a beautiful morning, tho even with the sea breeze gently blowing, it was scorching by the time we did the two way hike. Glad I took along a cold bottle of water. As we neared the car to leave, the church spires and blue sky captured my attention. [in the back of this church, an open water bay was gorgeous, sparkling in the sunlight, dappled here and there with waterfowl like Egrets, Sandpipers, Spoonbills, Pelicans and more...] linking to:  Skywatch Friday SOME RANDOMS... 1] If you live in Texas, I'm sure you kn

And, Now a Word from Our Sponsor...

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RUBBISH If you're of my generation and/or older, you probably have seen and remember these buildings. Usually associated with military. I remember them well, and in the summer, let me tell you it was like walking into an oven...being baked alive! My memory goes like this: I was an 'on call' baby sitter for an area of these that were used as temporary homes for college professors...The family was the Robertsons. They had two children, one infant, and the other just a toddler. During the summer I would get a chance to watch over their two little ones. Tho the interior had large fans in every corner and more, there was no air conditioning. Some times when the kids would get cranky and hot, I would dampen some hand towels and wrap those around their necks to cool their body temperature. The buildings? They're called Quonset Huts! 16'x36' [some larger ones made in 1942]...covered in heavy galvanized steel. Transportable in parts, easily erected i

From Birds on a Fence and Dragons in the sky....

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I'm pretty sure this is a white morph reddish egret because of the beak coloring, and just minutes prior to it landing on the fence line, it was doing its 'crazy, erratic hunting behavior' that reddish egrets do - If you are a birder and have seen reddish egrets feeding/hunting you'll know what I mean. If not, here is a link of a one minute video showing the REDDISH EGRET dining . This image is for good fences...but if you will, embiggen the image and notice the large rusty nail [spike] jutting up from the post on the right of the bird ---just above the two "oo's" in my watermark.... linking to Good Fences 1] I once saw a book on the book shelf at Half Price Books here in town, by an author choosing to be "Anonymous", entitled A WOMAN IN BERLIN . I didn't buy it at the time, and kicked myself once I decided I'd like to read it only upon return to the store, it was gone. This past weekend, it was back on the shelf, and