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Feathers-Flowers-Fencing-Fur-Firmament & False Impression...

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Yesterday was a very busy day. Up early to go walking before the heat rose to uncomfortable!  The birding areas we walked around were quiet and near desolate of any wildlife...except for mosquitoes....that comes with the territory.   Then, doctor's appointment, errands, and shopping. The blood work results were scary!!! Scary for the fact that everything was GOOD!! Trust me when I say that a natural remedy for high cholesterol is OATMEAL!!! Even the cholesterol total dropped from 218 at the hospital to a total of 102!!!  But now, I'm thinking that may be a bit 'dangerous' on the opposite track of numbers' scale...too low.  More adjustments probably is what it calls for... I went into shock....but very happy to have that report from my P C Physician to take with me to my cardiologist/stent surgeon next month. Maybe, if all goes well for THAT appointment, I can have my heart meds dosages lowered. That would be the icing on the cake!!! The following photo

A bird in hand...it's worth TWO in a Tree?

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Rain water in our yard is finally receding. We got more wetness Saturday morning, but nothing compared to last week. I'm not complaining tho...this is much better than the drought from the past years. As long as it doesn't get up so high that it reaches our doorways!! LOL Of course with the heavy rains, comes heavy humidity!! That's okay too. For now at least, until I get 'sick and tired of it'. Y'know? That's only the nature of this beast. I just finished making a pan of meatless manicotti! Seriously, it's been eons since we have had this entree. Thing is tho, with my diet being changed and all, everything is now fat free. I have to add more seasoning to make up for the saturated fats. rofl. Just hope it will be a tasty dish of Italian. And I won't feel guilty. I cleaned and sliced up fresh fruits and have them all in containers and refrigerated for my snacking frenzies during the next few days. Apple slices, cantaloupe, fr

Creating Collages...

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My photo albums are chock full of miscellaneous images these days, so I thought before I clean out the folders, and delete some pics, I'd make a few collages... -brown pelican, yellow aloe vera, black bellied whistling ducks, terns, thistle blossom, turtle and peruvian water lily. Seawall fisherman, moon, red salvia plant, botanical bog, sunshine, shrimp boat windmill, amaryllis, shrimper, green anole, alligator, restaurant marquee, flag, yard art spinner bird nest, bird feeders of the 'literal' kind, yellow wildflower, Charlies Pasture Pavilion, collared dove, tour boat, snowy egret & friend [dowitcher] Now, to change from collages to random thoughts... ...When I was talking with Erik as he drove from teaching class to his daily stop...Starbucks, we were conversing about the upcoming movies, some of which will no doubt be mega-hits.  With the likes of Jurrasic Park IV, the Avengers...and then in the month of December, my highly anticipated movie:  S

The Rains Came...

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Tuesday was such a beautiful day!! Deep blue skies, puffy white clouds...a mild temperature with the high in the mid 70s. A perfect Spring day. Early in the morning, with the sunrise just minutes ago, I drove to the beach and enjoyed searching for a migrant sea gull. The Franklin's Seagull. And hopefully, some that are in breeding colors. Yes, the Franklin's Seagull has a hint of pink when in breeding plumage. After the beach I drove to Packery Channel's Audubon Sanctuary and walked the boardwalk....I enjoyed the quiet morning and didn't want it to end....but, had to get to the store eventually and back home, so I left. Of course the camera's card was full of photos!! Then, yesterday morning, the clouds had moved in...Gray skies, very humid, and I found myself back to the bird sanctuary. The gloom of the day after was so different. Distant thunder and the gray turned an ominous black. I witnessed droves of seagulls, what birders call a 'fallout'

Only 9 Months Old and Traveled the Continent!!!

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After quite a 'disappointing' day birding yesterday, with the migrant warblers not cooperating with my camera lens, flitting and darting behind branches, becoming non-photographic most times, I was made happier once I got home!!! I'll begin with this PDF certificate I received last night! I've been holding my breath for what seemed like an eternity, but only 3 weeks, if that long; hoping to receive information on a particular finding on the beach!! If you notice above, with the link to my bird blog ---a particular bird, a photo of the Piping Plover was shared over the weekend by me. I didn't add one special photo, nor did I mention that this rare bird I photographed was actually BANDED. I sent the photo and the long/lat coordinates to USGS to report my sighting. Keeping my fingers crossed that they could find and send me the info as to where the bird was banded....Yesterday, I found out!!! Certificate Of Appreciation Awarded To: TEXAS ANNI (band#: 2651-14785

Anni's Assortment...fat free for everyone

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Sunday morning found me [Bud stayed home] at a local park on a birding expedition with a small group that showed up. There were about 20-25 of us...all arising before sunrise to reach our destination by 7ish. During the month of April, the Audubon Society of our fair city has guided birding tours at several of our parks. Today, tho not many birds and plenty of standing water from the week's heavy rainfall, it was still a pleasant walk. After we all had signed in, and waiting for any late arrivals, I was talking to one of the guides about a new area I had heard about. I got directions to the new spot on Mustang Island and she informed me of a species of bird that had been sighted at Port A's Charlie's Pasture North...one that I have not seen here, but did when we lived in Colorado very frequently. I hope to get there tomorrow [Monday] and check it out. Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Anyway, very few birds at the time, so I ended up going across the street to

All Around Town...

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...and beyond. This will be a quick post and not much gabbing from me for the moment. I'll just describe the photos and then, let you go on with what you were doing--- Adobe Privacy Fences are 'the norm' for the ritzy area of town. This particular photo was taken along Ocean Drive. Yes, named so 'cause the Gulf of Mexico is their back yards here... During bird migration, we try to make a trip to Mustang Island a couple days a week. The day these were taken, it was along the Ship Channel that cargo ships use to get into the Port of Corpus Christi...some, 20 miles long [just a guesstimate on my part]. When the ships depart from Corpus, heading out to sea, the ships' bows, if you watch closely, are always active with the quirky fun loving dolphins, escorting them safely out to open waters. Also, the couple of photos of the waves are the bow's wake that washes along the jetties. If lucky, you can spot dolphins playing along the jetty also--- ...

Strolling Heron

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Upon waking this morning...cellphone alarms were going off, shrieking warnings of FLASH FLOODING...then the alarms going off for accidents galore. One semi tractor went off on Interstate 37 and both directions were closed because emergency vehicles could not get there to work on the scene due to flooding of the highway..........such is life when El Nino hits town and decides to stick around!!! Long ago, before all the fancy smanchy coding for images, the *marquee* markup used to be the only 'slideshow' you could publish. As I said it was long ago. When, last Sunday, we walked the Marina downtown, I had a little fun with photographing a Great Blue Heron, on a shrimp boat, that thought it was 'invisible' to me. Little did it know I was watching its every move...