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Forget All Your Troubles and Go DOWNTOWN....birding!!

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You may have read before that I frequent cemeteries during this time of year. For one purpose....yep, you guessed it...to search for birds. This past week, instead of turning into the 'popular' birding area of Rose Hill Cemetery, I kept going a bit further down the road to a fenced off section of an OLDER part...called Holy Cross Cemetery. Here, I found several different birds [ the first bird found is barely seen in the 6th photo from the beginning...see if you can spot it! ]. And mainly focused on a 'new' family of European Starlings... Of course, with historical cemeteries, I always have to walk the premises to read the tombstones. And since the camera was readied for any bird activities, I focused on some of the markers to show the decaying and the broken memories within the area-- HOLY CROSS CEMETERY Located at Up River Road and Palm Drive just off Leopard. The oldest part of the cemetery was known as Mt. Calvary. It is now included in, or known as, the

Rainy Days and Sundays...

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The day before, it was warm, dry, bright and filled with sunshine.  Then... Early in the morning, I woke up to another Texas Springtime rainstorm. Heavy amount fell in a short time. It was a predicted forecast, so no surprise to me. Altho, the ground is saturated to the surface, flooding came easily. Thankfully, the storm was a fast moving front, so it didn't last all that long-a-time. To keep from being stuck at home all day, I hopped in the car and drove across the harbor bridge to Indian Point, Sunset Lakes, and then into the outskirts of Portland, Texas to a bird sanctuary. Mostly, knowing that not too many birds would be out in the storms, I just wanted to get outdoors. I walked the trails, and kept an eye on the sky above for more storms moving in....by mid-morning, it was still dark, quiet, and yet ominous-looking; quite eerie. Still, the cloud formations were extraordinary. I couldn't help myself from aiming skyward and snapping the shutter button on the came

Y'Gotta Laugh....or Cry....Which is it?

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If Trump should happen to win the election it'll be the first time in history that a billionaire moved into public housing vacated by a black family! - - - - - - I took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on ebay any more) and peeled the NRA sticker off the front door. I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch. I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard. Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN buy on ebay) and ran it up the flag pole ... Now, the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7. I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge me. Plus, I bought burkas for my family when we shop or travel. Everyone moves out of the way and security can't pat us down. Hot Damn — Safe at last — - - - - - - Okay, have you been keeping up with t

To the Park I go....

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For the last few days this week, I've been hitting all the birding hotspots along the coastal bend, and in town, traipsing the parks for the migrants. I tellya, in some areas 'hotspots' is the proper terminology. Everywhere I look a different bird is flitting around!! I can't keep the camera focused on them all at once. I'm thinking that this past week, and maybe into the next week, this is PEAK SEASON for migration. For the most part, Bud is being the hero of it all...he's staying home doing the yard work while I'm out being dazzled by the color. Birds everywhere!!! I am sure if I begin to list what birds have been spotted [not all photographed tho, sadly] I wouldn't even begin to name 'em all... BLUE GROSBEAK RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD OVENBIRD CHUCK WILL'S WIDOW [a night hawk] several species of SPARROWS WARBLERS BY THE DOZENS ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAKS QUAIL [in the sea grasses along the park road] WHISTLING DUCKS MEADOWLARKS ORIOLES of a

Mumbo Jumbo

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FENCE [more like railing this week] Near a city park, some old, historic houses remain in existence. Most of them are now owned by law offices. Along any part of the seacoasts in America, at one time, the roof structure seen here with the fence railings was added to the homes - most often near the home's chimney. This was a purposeful work to assist the owners with chimney fires....this way they had access to the rooftop and were able to pour sand down the chimney to put out chimney fires. Also, legend has given this structure a title.... 'WIDOW'S WALK' . Romanticists tend to think this is where the woman of the household would walk the walk in search for her longtime gone-to-sea sailor/lover/husband 'man of the house'...watching for their return. - - - If you haven't heard about the weather in Texas lately, you've missed quite a bit! LOL On Tuesday this past week, Houston was literally flooded out. In some parts of the city [where my so