Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy All Hallow's Eve!

These were from the most recent full moon last week, but thought they'd look eerie enough for Halloween.

Happy Birthday!

to my Husband.  Proceed with caution!  Ha!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Good newts!

We don't see too many lizards around here (a few geckos now and again) but we do get these cute little newts around the house.  We get a lot of the little silvery ones that look like baby snakes as they zip away from sight along the house foundation.  It's only if you get a closer look that you see 4 tiny legs to identify it as a newt. 
And we get a few of the brownish red ones like the one shown here.  He was feeling very friendly and photogenic one day near the front door so was kind enough to wait for me to grab my camera and then pose for several photos.  He's a real cutie, and his tail was amazingly long!  LOVE their tiny little feet!
Note:  These shots were courtesy of my Husband since the new Nikon camera he got me has a better macro setting than my former Kodak does.  I've tried to take pix of newts before and they just came out as a blurry blot.  So thanks, honey!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Perfect little hound dog

I can't help myself.  Louise is just so darn cute I have to post another picture of her.  She's got the sweetest little hound face and expressive eyes...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

? Butterfly

I think this is a Question Mark butterfly.  (Yes, that's really its name.  And yes, I'm aware of the irony that I'm not sure if it is or isn't.)  The shape certainly fits.  The dusky earthy underwing fits.  But the tiny grey markings of a squiggle and dot that give the butterfly its name are not glaringly apparent so ???

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The best fall foliage in our neck of the woods

Each fall this grove of trees near town turns lovely shades of red and orange.  Most of the other trees are just beginning to show yellow or brown, but this group does their best to push out the rouge.  We don't get the fantastic colors of the north (must be due to our lack of maple trees) but here in Texas, when it comes to seasons changing, we'll take whatever we can get.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top O' Tornado clouds

Sunday night, an area south of Dallas got hit by a Category 2 tornado.  I heard the weather warnings on the news and saw the storm path was predicted to come to our area.  So of course I grabbed my camera and headed out to see what I could see. 
Well, I never expected the gorgeous clouds, colors, and even fury that those skies showed.  Luckily, it just edged our area and never brought us the storm.  I felt guilty enjoying such magnificence when I knew the folks directly under/in those storms would be suffering.  Happily, no one was hurt or killed, but unfortunately there was plenty of damage to homes and schools. 
The video someone shot of the tornado ("We're inside the tornado!") made the national news.  I'm glad I'm not posting any of those reports and instead just sharing the absolute gorgeous colors and clouds we saw from our side of things.
As the sun was setting, some of the clouds reflected the intense orange and looked rather hellfire-ish.
And then it settled back into a more friendly pink tone and finally back to greys.  Greys filled with lots and lots of lightning!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cute guy down the road

This cute little mule lives a ways down the road from us.  He looks almost Appaloosa-ish but based on the other one behind him, he's probably paint bred. 

This pasture has quite a few mules and a wagon or two stored there so they must use them for show, competitions or parades.  They're definitely showy animals and well taken care of.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another visit from a Red-Shouldered Hawk

Spin the spikesedge

I like how the spikesedge (or just sedge) and its reflection formed a wheelish looking orb in the pond one day.  Or maybe it's more like one of those gyro spinning cages that people get strapped into for fun or exercise or on a dare or whatever.  :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

And flipping me off as I leave to run errands...

What a sweet child!

And dozing in said sunshine...

(I threw it into sepia just for fun.)

Little Louise

Showing off her beautiful brindle coat (and greying muzzle) in the morning sunshine.

Friday, October 22, 2010

And more Thelma Jean...

Looking silly while holding a bone.

Thelma Jean the Beauty Queen

Thelma looking poised and pretty while on yard guard duty.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Barred Owl

I caught a barred owl sneaking around the pond's edge one morning.  The crows spotted it shortly after I did and ran it off back into the woods.

I (heart) butterflies!

I caught this butterfly forming a heart shape just as it closed its wings.   
Here he is unfurled.  I think this is a Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bare bones Halloween decor

I loved this Halloween set up at a neighbor's place around the corner.  Have seen plenty of skeletons in my day, but never a doggie skeleton.  High marks from me on amusement factor.  :)

New deck

The last couple of weeks, we had our deck re-done.  Baron shows off the unfinished product (we still have to stain it!)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And growing right near by...

...were Mistflowers.

Maximilian sunflowers

These are Maximilian Sunflowers.  They're popping up all over fields near the highway. 
I like the way they grow in long ropy stems.

A tree load

There's a water filtration and wildlife area along the highway towards Dallas.  This pond usually has a few gatherings of waterfowl.  On this day, the tree was loaded with cormorants (and a few herons). 

We'll get a few anhingas and cormorants visiting our pond, but usually they're solo and never in numbers like this.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Yes, we have bales!

Neighbor to the North was happy to get more bales for their beef cattle's winter meals.  And we're happy to keep agricultural status on our property for tax purposes.  Win-Win! 

Grass snarfling - an Olympic sport

Marigold demonstrates the fine art of snarfling (a cross between snuffling and snarfing).  I LOVE it when dogs snarfle.  They're just so darn happy...  :)

Long live the Queen!

Even though it's a blurry photo, I'm posting it anyway since it shows a female Kingfisher.  Females sport the rusty brown bands of color on their chests whereas males' chests do not - one of the rare times a female gets more color than a male.  Go, Queenfisher!  :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pinwheels and Windrows!

Phase 2 of the 2nd crop of hay is now complete!  The raking has been done, resulting in windrows (thanks, Joe, for the correct word for hay raked into rows for drying!)  Next up:  Baling...

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