Still Life

“STILL LIFE” (Food, Flowers, Rocks, Shells, Vases, Books, Jewelry,…)
roseThursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week. You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously.
Mine are previously shot photos cause I do not like getting in the cold wind to take photos of winter dead things : )  We in the Northern hemisphere are ready for some sun and color!
I will be submitting to Skywatch Friday, Saturday Critters, Macro Monday II, and I Heart Macro.  Please, take a few minutes to visit the meme sites for wonderful photos.  You’ll be glad you did.

Goldfinch among the summer flowers


Hyacinth and wolly lamb’s ear in spring.


Summer skies with a critter on the cleome hasseleriana


Robin in the rock garden.

Thanks to host Dale of spunwithtears
Thanks to Skywatch Friday hosts

 Thanks to Saturday’s Critters host Eileen.

Saturday's Critters

Thanks to Gemma & Magical Mystical Teacher
for hosting Macro Monday 2

Thanks to Laura for hosting i heart macro
Shine the Divine


Just Thought I Was Back

The past several weeks there have been a myriad of things going on around the new homestead/apartment.  Weddings, funerals, visitors, costumes and forts to be made.  Then a camping trip to a nearby lake.  Became drenched during the visit to the park and promptly came down with chest cold.  Was much improved until I had to run errands yesterday in the near freezing weather.  Now the cough is back.  Not complaining, just stating the facts, ma’am.

With tissues, cough syrup and hot cocoa nearby I’ll attempt to share a couple of critters, some skies, a bird or two and finish with some fences.  Sorry I have not been keeping up with dropping by all the great posts out in the blogosphere.  I am certain a lot of beauty has been missed.

For Saturday’s Critters I give you this critter found outside the cabin.


Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro


For Stewart and the Wild Bird Wednesday folks a couple of shots of some feathered friends we made.

Another couple at Inks Lake, TX.  They appear to reside in the area.

Another couple at Inks Lake, TX. They appear to reside in the area.

Geese landing on Inks Lake, Texas

Geese landing on Inks Lake, Texas.  You will have to look closely.

For Good Fences here is this nice wooden one.

Fence along path, Inks Lake, TX

Fence along path, Inks Lake, TX

Thursday Photo Challenge for this week is “Architecture:  Buildings inside and out of all kinds”.

Inside of Inks Lake cabin

Inside of Inks Lake cabin, simple and functional.

Sky Watch Friday fans may enjoy this photo of the Inks Lake’s deep swimming hole and the sky above.

Near Devil's Hole at Inks Lake, TX

Near Devil’s Hole at Inks Lake, TX

Hope all have a pleasant week!  Thanks for dropping by for a look around.


Sky and Critters

This meme thing is addictive.   Between haiku, birds, skies, fences, spin challenges, photo challenges and critters I must begin combining or I will never do anything else. Hubby is giving those I need a Jeep trip vibes pretty heavy these days.  In an effort to keep my marriage on an even keel I will combine Skywatch Friday and Saturday Critters.

The skies have gone from overcast to light showers to clear and back to partly cloudy today.  This is good as the temps have stayed in the high 80’s instead of triple digits.


Thanks to Skywatch Friday hosts
 I had been noticing movement on the patio that made me suspicious.  I saw this clump of fur among the trumpet vines.


 Then I definitely saw what I did not want on my patio.  Where is that hawk when I need it!


It climbed onto the bird feeder pole and attempted to get to the food.  I am certain it could have gotten some of it but gave up for some reason.  But now the thing is just taunting me.


 I do not want this to keep coming around this area.  Any suggestions?

 Thanks to Saturday’s Critters host Eileen.

Saturday's Critters



Skywatch and Critters

Thursday I took my morning stroll around the newly discovered small pond.  My camera had one of the old manual lens on it.  The lens was more for closeup shots so my turtle hardly shows there on the rock.   Back home I tried for some ant shots.  Gonna get the hang of these lens yet!  Just so glad I am not having to endure the cost and time for film developing!


The little speck on the smallest rock is a turtle.


Back to our place for some closeup shots.



Oops!  What did I set wrong that time :>(


Now, that’s better & there’s the sky.


And one last critter working on another critter.

Wishing all the folks that drop by a fine weekend.  Thanks for dropping by for a visit.  I do appreciate your kind comments.  Make sure you visit Skywatch Firday and Saturday Critters for lots of beauty from around this wonderful world.


Thanks to Skywatch Friday hosts
Yogi,Sylvia and Sandy

Thanks to Saturday’s Critters host Eileen.

Saturday's Critters

Skywatch Friday July 31, 2014 Edition

Here in Round Rock the day has been amazing for August 1.  Temperatures in the mid 80’s F. (29 C) instead of high 90’s (36 C) or over 100 F (37.7 C).  Humidity was 58%!  Just a wonderfully pleasant day.  These submissions for Skywatch Friday were made in the late evening as the sun was setting today.  Only had to walk a couple of blocks for these views.

View  looking north from the sidewalk just outside our apartment.


View looking west (obviously) from about a block away from home.


Final moments.


For really wonderful pictures of sky from different parts of earth visit

Skywatch Friday hosted by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy.


In Search of Birds

Wednesday morning we took my car in for a software update on the airbag deployment system.  The update is an all day affair.  Instead of having the dealer bring me home, Husband had followed in his Jeep Wrangler.  Once my auto was deposited at the dealership we set out to find a breakfast cafe.  The Monument Cafe near the square in Georgetown, TX, did not disappoint us.  There was even a farmers market attached to the cafe.

Once we had eaten and looked over the market, we headed out in search of a bird that was not a Mockingbird, a mourning dove or a sparrow, The Typical Three.  Even though I grew up in Texas and drew the state bird when in the 7the grade I never paid attention to how prolific the mockingbird is in the state.  They were everywhere I looked.  We drove Ranch Roads in the open air Jeep in search of picture perfect birds.  Every bird I spotted for a photograph was one of the three aforementioned groups.  For almost three hours we drove the two lane, no shoulder roads of the edge of the Texas Hill Country.

These are a few of the snaps I made along the way.

IMGP0900Typical grazing fields with barbed wire to remind the cattle of their boundaries.


IMGP0901Wildflowers along the roadside.


Llamas grazing in the shade.


At last!  Something besides the Typical Three.


A scissortailed flycatcher perched upon a powerline.


One last pose from the Tyrannus forficatus and the big, blue Texas sky.

For really terrific photographs of birds from around the world visit Wird Bird Wednesday.   Hosted Stewart Monckton.

And since the skies were so beautiful on Wednesday, I am submitting for Skywatch Friday hosted by YogiSylvia and Sandy.

Thanks for stopping by for a look see!

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Saturday's Critters

Skywatch Friday – July Fourth Edition

It is Friday and time for watching skies across the world.  Hosts YogiSylvia and Sandy kindly provide a site to enjoy the skies.  Click here to enjoy the world views.

In my USA we are celebrating Independence Day.  I received an ecard from a dear friend this morning with an Erma Bombeck quote:

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

So Hubby and I will head over to some friends’ home to enjoy just what Erma describes.  We will finish the evening of the Fourth up on the fourth floor open parking area.  See if I can get a few pictures of any fireworks in the area.

Here are a couple of shots of fireworks provided by The Sun this morning.

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