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Lensball Shots [And my LAST Troll Doll]...

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After cleaning my lensball, I placed it back in my car for future use in photography. While walking a short distance to the observation deck at Hans Suter Wildlife Sanctuary [too hot to be there too long], I grabbed my lensball and stopped to take some photos thru the globe. The sky was very impressive... The cattails along the boardwalk were nearly expired. Several were breaking open to disperse the seed. But, against the blue in the sky, they were worthy of a photo or two: I liked how the boardwalk railing showed unusual perspective and the beautiful cloud formation was magical: As the sun broke from the clouds, I noticed in my ball that there was a rainbow effect [not a real rainbow] from the crystal refractive prism and then, I stepped a few paces further and tried to capture a single sunflower in the distance: Tho, the images and the lensball photography is pretty nifty in all aspects, I've come to realize that I prefer making use of it for sunrises on the beach m

A book, a bird, and a blog....

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After cleaning the entertainment center, and re-doing the bedding in the master bedroom, I was thinking since it's so hot outdoors, I will probably play at doing a new sketch. I have one in mind, but have yet to begin with drawing any lines. But, for the past few days I've been reading my new book that arrived from Amazon. Naturally, it's about birds. More so the  other several different species of Caracara birds. A couple of weeks ago, when I left while the sun was rising over the horizon, and the dew was still on the wild grasses in the field; I spotted the Texas species of the Caracara [one I haven't seen in a several months in the wild]. Then, the next day, my ordered book arrived! Ironic. It really will be an interesting book for me. I will learn about a whole 'nother genus of the raptor family on the Falkland Islands. From the writings of Darwin when discovered while on the ship, the Beagle , to the new century!  [pronounced as in carrot...cara cara

Blogger Tip....

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FIRST!! Before you attempt. BACK UP YOUR BLOG!!! Okay, a few blogger blog users have mentioned several times that they have a bit of difficulty placing a header image on their blogs lately. And since I figured out how to replace something blogger has done away with in the admin gadgets, I will now attempt to help if I can... This will be a step by step to get a header on your blog as it was before the new 'standard' interface was changed recently: Login to your admin on blogger Click on "Layout" and then, "Add a Gadget" Click on "Page Header" Click "upload image from computer" [step1], Browse button [step2], click on "instead of title and description" [step3] * .  * I make my own headers with title infused in the graphic.  You can choose to opt from the other two preferences!!  If you have a plain image with no text, I'd choose the option of "Behind Title and Description"  When image is loaded, click &qu

Domino Effect...

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And yet another day of no 'day trippin'! At least for my step count tallying. ...Bud doesn't like Anni and her version of dominoes! There's a reason behind it all... The carpeting throughout the house is a deep dark, turquoise blue. For me,  I do not like walls that are as sterile, hospital anti-septic, white throughout a home.  White, like a mundane office building or the modernity of today...I want COLOR!!  Most of the walls here at Anni's Abode, with an open floor plan, are painted the exact color of the carpeting. The master bed and bathroom however are a light lime green [through my computer, the walls look pea green, but they ARE lime green]. Still, it has the blue carpeting. I have looked online over the past several years for color coordinated bedding, Amazon, Home Goods, Kohls, Target, Macy's, Wayfair, etc. and oh so much more! I've even walked the aisles of stores in town, physically. Years of effort and disappointment.  Years of looking

This and That....

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For a few days I've stayed home and got some menial jobs done around the house. One was nothing earth shattering, but it took most of the morning. And since I go walking in the morning only, I didn't that day. The job of work was to clean, wax, dust, and arrange the entertainment center. One side of the shelving unit has our collection of DVD [and even some old VHS!!]. When using them, they never get put back in the original slot. So, I wanted to take them all out [100s] and dust the shelves, then arrange them alphabetically. By the way, you may wonder why we still have VHS in our collection...we have a DVD/VHS player, and some of our favorite movies have never made it to DVD. So, they stay here with us. Then, on the other side of the unit are four more shelves. There I have cassettes, CDs, and even vinyls -33 rpm and 45s-. Yep we have a record player, CD, and cassette player all in one. The collection of vinyls go back to the history of JAZZ, Elvis, Righteous Bros,

Bridge Over Troubled Waters....

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On Sunday morning, very early...just as the sun was rising, I left for Sunset Lakes Park in Portland Texas. Reasoning behind such an early beginning, I had to use the Expressway to reach the park. And this is where the new expansion bridge is being built ....where the Expressway and Interstate 37 and Highway 181 intersect. I have been avoiding that area for a couple of months. I knew it would be a messy situation and no doubt narrowed sections of highway because of all the building and construction going on. To my surprise, since it's been such a while since I've been there...I was in awe, a bit anxious, and quite confounded at the sight! And I was sure glad it was Sunday, early enough for very little to no traffic congestion. I know for sure I'm glad I'm retired and not having to drive this each day to get to work during rush hour.  There wouldn't be enough tequila in stock at home for me to get through this mess each and every day...twice! What used to be u

Over the Rainbow...

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On the day I photographed the "new" ship, I also took other pictures as I walked in some of the areas where I stopped. Wild flowers, fisherman, the beautiful stormy cumulus cloud formations and reflections on the lake at Leonabelle Birding Center. The lake was very clear near the observation tower where I could look down from the platform and see fish below the surface...clear as a bell. As I left, I noticed the wild poinsettias in "bloom" and the magnolia tree had the formation of the seed pods after blossoming. I was also hoping for some dolphin activity along the channel, but that was a 'nada'. And, as I thought, no special birds seen except for the usual ones that reside here year 'round, like the brown pelican in front of the ship's bow wake. But there were still beautiful spots to enjoy the morning including a very faint, barely seen full rainbow above the channel....  ...and to continue showcasing my Trolls... ↓ My 24th and 25th Trol