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Country Roads....

I mentioned our drive through the farm land recently. This is some of the scenery from the car's interior. All the green in the fields is Sorghum.   Originally the crop was used for flour and human use.  But, now-a-days it's mainly a crop for livestock feed...


Just a couple of weeks ago, the sorghum fields had little but sprouts popping out of the ground. Now, it's about two feet high already. In about another month, these that are now becoming close to mature, they will be harvested and a 2nd crop will come...



We left home early in the morning. The traffic was nearly non-existent, which I really liked. I could enjoy the scenery without having to do the 70MPH speed limit and watch for other vehicles. Eerie in a way, but oh so nice to see the country side in a whole new perspective. But once off the main county road, and onto farm to market roads, the vehicles are always few and far between...



A farmer was working another section of land. I'm sure they do a certain amount of acreage, before moving onto another area so they can keep up with the harvesting; not coming all at once within the season. In another area, another farmer was spraying the land, I didn't get a photo of that tho, I wanted to make sure my car windows were closed...



As Ella and I drove along the back roads, at a very far distance I spotted large, dark, "mounds" out in the crops! What were they? I slowed down to a stop and looked through the camera lens...Javelinas! [ha, vah, LEEN, ahs] Wild animals of the pig family I believe...



At the end of one gravel road, the only way out is to make a u-turn and head back the way we had come. It is a dead end, with chaparral on either side. Wildlife is seen here quite often. One year, during the flooding, the fields were full of standing water, creating ponds for waterfowl...that year, a rare flock of Hudsonian Godwits arrived and stayed around a few days! But on this day, the meadowlarks were singing and doves cooing their melancholy songs.





As I started backing up to get heading for the return trip, I noticed a couple of white tailed deer on the posted land. I got out and took some photos. There is an abundance of deer in South Texas. Early morning is the best time to spot them when they're most active. Not only a beautiful creature, but so quiet and trusting sometimes. Unless of course they're threatened. But these two stopped and watched me watch them. Their curiosity was evident as they eyed me with that big black lens...



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  1. After seeing this I have the urge to go out and take a drive down some country roads. Love those deer watching you.

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    1. I love it, when I spot deer in the wild (almost as much as when I find a special bird! Lol)

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  2. Hello, Anni

    Wonderful captures from your car ride. The Javelina was a neat sighting, they remind me of the wild boars in Florida. The doves shots and deer are pretty. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Anni, thanks so much for linking up and sharing your critter post!

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    1. I appreciate you hosting Saturday Critters!

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  4. Hello Anni!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
    I enjoyed your beautiful photos!
    Have a nice weekend and stay safe!

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    1. I was happy to go visit your blog!

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  5. I had no idea sorghum grows in fields and looks like corn and has javelinas in the fields. this is all new to me and have never seen a field or known it grows like this. when I told bob he said what is sorghum? glad you and Ella went for a ride. now I know a lot more than I did.

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    1. I was rasied on sorghum molasses, so new what it was, just never seen it growing. did not even know if it came from a tree like syrup or where it came from...

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    2. Bob sounds like Bud. Lol

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    3. I never cared for molasses.

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  6. Those javelinas look scary to me. Our deer are everywhere and don't seem at all scared of people. It does look like it was a nice ride on back roads. Wish I could have joined you. Your pictures are next best to being there. :-)

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    1. They can be lethal & provoked easily!

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  7. I would like to see those Javelinas Annie. Something different from staring at my PC and the damned TV screen while we are locked in. Yes, locked In to all intents and purposes, only to go out for "essentials". Enjoying the fresh air, landscape and wildlife alone in your car is verboten.

    Sorry for sounding like a caged javelina.

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    1. Just the state of Texas is probably close to 4 times larger in area than UK.
      Lots of open, unpopulated land. If you're in populated cities, I wouldn't go out much, either.

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  8. Hello Anni,
    Beautiful pictures in this blog.
    I like the deers.
    Take care of yourself and stay healthy.
    best regards Irma

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    1. Hi Irma! It's been a while since you've visited. It's nice to see you...thanks.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your journey. . .Happy spring to you! It's gloriously sunny here today.

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  10. Hello Anni. Wonderful photos. That pig family is so lovely :)
    Have a great weekend.

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  11. Nice ride-along! Thanks for the special views of fields, trees, skies, and best of all birds and animals.

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    1. It sounded so nice out there in the wide open spaces! Meadowlarks & doves sing everywhere. :-)

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  12. I love taking drives on country roads.
    You took some wonderful photos.
    Those pigs looked a bit like Ella 🐘

    Have a great weekend 🌷

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  13. Oh Anni, thank you so much for taking me along on your drive this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and "visiting with you". A wild pig! I had heard of them but have never seen them. They're beautiful in their own way. The pictures of the country roads are so peaceful... and even your highway experience sounds like it was fairly peaceful as well. Once we all are used to this, won't it be hard to go back to the way life used to be? Love, Andrea xoxo

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    1. It was a VERY peaceful outing. Glad you came along.

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  14. It was so nice to ride along with you and for you to let us see what you see. Those Javelinas remind me of the wild hogs in Florida. I am sure they are as unwelcome by the farmers there as the hogs were in Florida. I love animals in the wild but they do a lot of crop damage. Interesting seeing the windmills in the background. Wish more states would go that way for our energy.

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    1. I know I should do some more research on those wind generators & how they produce power (undergound?), but I haven't. Lol

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  15. I am like you, I prefer to have little or no traffic. That way I can stop when I wan to and nobody gives me that strange look. You captured the scenes beautifully .

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    1. If I was the only one on the road, I'd be very happy!

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  16. We watched a show about the Javelinas. There are professional killers that the farmer's hire now, they are so abundant and destructive. I believe this was in Texas. Do you have this situation nearby? LOVE your gorgeous birds in flight!

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    1. I really can't say what the javelin situation is Ginny.

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  17. Country roads are the best! I like the deer, and I think it's cool you saw the javelinas, but I have heard they are destructive.
    Thanks for sharing your drive!

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    1. Hi Mari. How are you & family? I think of you often with your line of work. Thanks, I enjoyed your company!

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  18. I have so enjoyed this post/photos. The wind turbines are like ghosts in the background. And love the deer and the doves. Oh, just loved them all.

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  19. I am sure the farmer would not be happy to see javelinas in his fields. We have problems with feral hogs rotting up our fields. I think a nice Sunday drive might be just the thing tomorrow! You always bring home such wonderful pictures. I am in love with the doves here. Their coos make me happy.

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  20. Corn all ready. Are those wild boars?

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