Feathered grass

I have no idea what this weed is but it comes up in pastures that have not been mowed very often.

It looks like feathers in the wind and the stalks might be bunched together like this but the next bunch could be 10 feet away.

All I know is it photographs beautifully in different light of the day.

The feathered grass will always remain a mystery.

Time to dig sweet potatoes

It is about that time of year time to start digging up the sweet potatoes.

It is a lot of work I let Jack dig and I wash them off.

He did one of the smaller beds and dug up about 3 gallons.

What we have found out is they grow better in the raised beds because we can get the dirt like we want it and keep the rabbits from eating the tops off.

They do make some pretty blooms but the plants spread everywhere. Next year we will make new raised beds further away from everything else.

Growing things in a garden is very satisfying and the reward is your bounty of vegetables.

COVID 19 booster shot

We received our Pfizer COVID 19 shots in February and March of this year.

At first they said after 8 months later to get the booster but that changed. Now it is over 7 months later and we are getting our COVID Booster shots today.

Normally I am getting my flu vaccine in October but my primary care Dr. says to spread out all vaccines 1 month apart. I received a new tetanus shot in September, COVID booster will be October, Flu shot will be November and shingles vaccine will be in December.

We are still wearing mask when we are out in public which is not very often and we always have hand sanitizer in our trucks to use when needed.

Be safe and lets all do what we can do to get over this mess.

Mockingbird

I seem to be seeing a lot more mockingbirds this year which so happen to be the Texas state bird.

They can copy what you whistle to them back at you I guess that is why they are called mockingbirds.

Birds whistle and sing songs for all the world to hear but those that can hear them are truly inspired by nature.

Bahia grass seed

In the field behind us there has been Bahia grass planted for years and years. I have taken lots of pictures in these fields over the years.

When the Bahia goes to seed it makes these shoots and they are so much fun to photograph.

The rusty colored seed stalks against the creamy green background makes for a nice picture.

The beauty in something so simple shows us life is all about the little things.

Lots and lots of Cardinals

The cardinals around here are also known as red birds.

We have so many juveniles right now I guess it is a group of teens hanging out. As teens they go through changes with their feathers and sometimes they look a little scraggly.

I love sitting outside while they are eating they get use to seeing you. I love the sounds and whistles the red birds make.

I am always hearing new bird sounds but I do not always find the bird to identify it.

The sights and sounds of nature and the wildlife that surround us allows us time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it.

Chilling like a dove

I was able to grab a few pictures of some dove.

The first one was in a feeder checking out the second dove in the water. The one in the terra cotta saucer was using it as a chill out station. I had placed a few smaller containers of water for the birds on that side of the yard. The saucers work out well and are easy to clean.

Doves are beautiful birds their movement is so graceful and they seem so carefree.

Capture nature with your camera and enjoy all that wildlife has to offer.

Mangave Red Wing

Mangave is a cross of Manfreda x Agave.

They are somewhat of a hybrid plant they combined the growth and pattern of the Manfreda with the refinement of the Agave.

I found these two plants I have on clearance at Lowes. Regular price for a 2 quart container was $15.00 but I only paid $5.00 each.

My favorite way to get new plants is on sale but especially on clearance.

The Terra Cotta pots I bought about 20 of them around 15 years ago from Garden Ridge Pottery I really miss that store.

We have added a rock garden area to our side deck and everything over there is sedum, succulents or cactus type plants. We put in almost 2 yards of pea gravel.

We still have not figured out if we are power washing and staining again or painting this deck area lots of boards have been replaced already. We will wait until the temperatures are cooler to actually do this. This deck area is two levels the upper level is 10′ x 30′ feet the lower is 12′ x 20′ this will take several days to get this job done.

Rock gardens areas with water are really pretty so I am thinking about a large tall fountain type pot the ones I really like are glazed and around $500.00 but this would look good in the center of the area. I have never spent that much money on a pot but for a fountain I think it might just be worth it.

I can always come up with new projects for the house or the yard and I love working in both areas.

Across the bahia field

A foggy morning across the bahia grass pasture with a barn in the distance.

Shooting low and through the damp weeds that pop up in the fields around here.

I changed this to a sepia feel picture because the mood felt more like sepia.

This photo has a dreamy look to it and the new pipe fence in the middle of this 24 acres is accented by the fog.

This is sheer beauty to me I love wide open space all around me.

XL Dragonfly

This is the second time this year I have seen one of these XL Dragonfly.

They are amazing and about 3-4 times the size of the ones I see most of the time.

This one was on the back porch on the screen I grabbed the macro lens and you can tell by this picture the detail this lens produces.

Natures beauty in an insect that is so graceful and beautiful and to top it off its color accents were green.

They say the dragonfly is a powerful insect that brings messages of emotional awareness, power, and determination.

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