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TWO photos...

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As with Genesis 7:15 , everything here is 'two by two"... TWO Foggy Oil Platforms TWO Wind Turbines and TWO planes TWO on a hiking trail and TWO fence posts TWO Nutrias and TWO Green Winged Teal Ducks TWO water lilies and TWO alligators TWO fishermen and TWO zinnia blossoms

Can You See Me Now?

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I don't know about anyone else, but text and typeface [especially in paper back 'pocket' books and some nutrition labels of food packages] are getting smaller and smaller. I have reading glasses that magnifies the type for the small type in book text. Also, many times since my heart attack and nutritionist's advice, I started reading labels for cholesterol, fat, and sugar percentages/grams for the 2000 calorie diet so I could lose some weight and tone up the body functions. Yes, I lost 20 pounds since my heart attack in 2015. I still should really lose another 10-20 pounds, but for now, I'm satisfied as is my cardiologist. At least I haven't GAINED any of what I lost so far [knock wood]....and I do snack on the 'bad' foods every once in a while. Anyway, to get to my point....I used to carry my reading glasses along with me to the grocery store so I could read the small print; wearing them on my head while shopping and dropping them down for read

Irene has Crabs!!! And so does Rockport!!

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Linus: You're always crabby! You're crabby in the morning. You're crabby at noon and you're crabby at night! Lucy: Can I help it if I have crabby genes?  Around our area the 'norm' is huge sharks....by that I mean a lot of the curio/tourist trap stores'  entry ways are as such;  you walk into a shark's mouth to reach the inside of the shops. Such as this one . Of course living by the sea, a lot of attractions are mainly anything depicting sea/sea life.. In Rockport, along the beach park entrance is a HUGE, MASSIVE, Blue Crab. But, there is some history to this attraction... Rockport's original crab started out at Del Mar Grill -circa 1957. And the specialty of the house was ...you guessed....crab cakes! The crab was 18 feet wide and 22 feet deep.  It survived two hurricanes in the 1960s. When once it was repainted, the crab became a female as the tips of the pincers were painted red. The Grill closed in 1965, the town's chamber of

From the Beach to Linda Castro Refuge & Demo-Gardens...

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Still in the Rockport-Fulton vicinity, after I left the Beach Park, my step count wasn't up to par, so I drove to two other smaller areas known for birding. Just before crossing the Copano Bay Causeway Bridge, there is a small nature trail with a pond. I pulled off the highway and stopped at the kiosk/benches to scout out the pond first. Not much activity tho; bird-wise. Some distance away, behind the pond, the city crews were busy cutting trees and I think that was keeping the feathered population away.  I still walked down into the trees and along the pond's bank to see a Little Blue Heron near the reed, and a few Blue Winged Teal Ducks.... Black Bellied Whistling Ducks were somewhat active, and a couple were actually 'whistling'! Most all the time, they're a silent duck. The White Ibis were relaxing in the mid-morning sun. At one of the many 'hidden' drip systems here at this refuge, cardinals and doves were bathing. A Ruby Throated hummi

Off to Rockport....Again!

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I left home when it was still dark. Getting out on the freeway, I headed over the harbor bridge [sill lighted in colored lights as is every night until sunrise], driving through Portland, Texas and continuing for about 30 miles to a little fishing village called Rockport-Fulton. I either leave home real early or later in the morning....for one reason: just before you get near the highway exits to Rockport, there is a curve on the highway...a blinding curve if you reach this area at sunrise. The sun hits your eyes and no vehicle sun-visors help. You're driving blind!! If you don't know this particular area, it can be dangerous at that time of day!!! This morning, the clouds kept the sunlight subdued. No problem-o!! Rockport and Fulton are two communities with no distance between them....two separate communities, hence Rockport-Fulton. This small area of the Texas coast is one of my favorite areas nearby. They all have so much going for them...museums, art, sealife

Wilson's Snipe

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This is a Wilson's Snipe. On a normal outing, these birds are so well camouflaged they're not seen, hence they are 'scarce'...but if you look closely in the reed grasses, perhaps you can be lucky enough to spot one moving slightly. This one was busy preening, and the morning was quiet with no other birders around making noise, talking and commenting here and there. It was just the morning sounds, the breeze, the blackbird singing, so I took out my cellphone and clicked 'record'...

Books Birthdays and Blossoms....

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Bud and I had made plans to drive to Rockport and spend the day at the beach's rookery area in search of a rare bird that showed itself last year, and while we found it, it didn't cooperate much and the pictures I DID get of it weren't all that good.  I thought I'd try again if it ever came for a return stop-over. This Spring, tho, there are TWO of them. He brought a friend with him to his new found area. Well, as they say, the best laid plans....we woke up around 5 a.m. to sound of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms! Even if Rockport is not that far a distance; by about 30 miles give or take a mile, we both decided to wait ...Wednesday seems to be our target day now. Forecasts show for clear skies in South Texas along the coast. As of the Monday TX Bird site, the bird is still continuing to stick around. And maybe we'll be able to watch some spoonbills nesting on Little Island. Maybe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Of course we'll go to the qu