Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

We have had our 4 youngest grandkids for the week.

Our temperatures have been cold and rainy but since I hate the cold the rain does not bother me we need it pretty bad.

The girls and I made chicken and dumplings last night. They are such good helpers at 8 years old. They love to cook whether its with their mom or me.

Everyone be safe on the roads and have a blessed holiday.

Mockingbird

This mockingbird literally flew in front of my shot.

I was taking pictures of the blue jays splish-splashing in the birdbath for an early

morning bath.

I guess the mockingbird got jealous and wanted to be the center of attention.

It was underexposed which is why it is darker but the lighting was so beautiful I kept it.

When this bird interrupted my photo session I could not pass up the opportunity to get his picture.

I love my backyard birds they are always ready to show off their beauty.

Fall colors in Texas

In Livingston, Texas, this is just a little bit of the fall colors you will see.

The butterflies are always nearby doing their jobs.

Nature in the woods is always a great place to be.

Black Eyed Susan

These Black Eyed Susan were growing on the property in Livingston, Tx.

They were in the middle of the pasture where there was nothing else to outshine them.

Wildflower seeds blow in the wind and the birds plant them but they always end up in the best places where they can stand out.

Beauty Berry Jelly

In Livingston in the woods beneath the trees lies the beautyberry bushes.

They are everywhere if you can beat the wildlife to them you will have a treasure.

The wildlife loves the berries but they are too tart for people to eat. They do make some delicious jelly.

My grandchildren picked almost two gallons and then asked me to make some Jelly.

This was my first time making the beauty berry jelly but it turned out great.

We ended up with 14 half pints in the first batch and 8 pints and 2 – 1/2 half pints in the second batch.

That was not too bad for almost 2-gallon zip locks of berries.

Sylvia the lizard

On my basket plant was Sylvia she watched me as I watched her. She changed leaves a few times but used them like umbrellas from the sun. Even lizards worry about the sun’s rays and their skin.

We seem to have a good population of green anole lizards and I do love photographing them.

After I noticed her still there about one hour later I decided she needed a macro photo session.

A lizard’s skin is so neat to look at under magnification and I love the turquoise around the eye. She was small but had a few battle scars. I feel like since the throat never swelled up she was a girl.

The curiosity of the photographer is always matched by nature.

The little red shed

Next door is a little red shed and it shows up good sometimes.

This field had recently been mowed and that’s when it can really show off.

The best part of the country is the free space that is only occupied by livestock.

I love it when the cows are next door.

Oreo and her panda calf

Oreo is a belted galloway she had her calf on Saturday night.

We think it’s a full fledge panda calf if so it’s her first panda.

The dad is a miniature Hereford named Cecil.

The baby is tiny, and Oreo can be a bit aggressive in protecting her babies, so there is no close interaction at this time.

I love the calf’s two black eyes and her sweet face I would name her moon pie.

Black and white cows in the piney woods of east Texas make a good backdrop for pictures.

Basket Plant

Callisia Fragrans Plant is also known as a basket plant.

My sister n law gave me a piece about 5″ long this was 6 weeks ago.

Mine is staked up and about 2 1/2 feet tall now. All those arms coming out the side are new babies there are currently 12 of them.

I staked it up to see what would happen because typically those babies droop.

This is one of my new favorite plants and I am about to take some clippings off mine to have more plants.

Share plants with your family and friends it is an excellent way to get a lot of different varieties of plants.

Juvenile American Robin

At the bird bath on the side of the house, I noticed some new visitors.

It took me a little while to realize these were juvenile American robins. The color on the chest was for sure the robin orange color but it was speckled this meant they were juveniles changing colors.

There were about 4 of them I could not get a good group picture but this little one was glad to pose.

The birds have been spending a lot of time in our 6 birdbaths without rain there are no puddles so they get water from what we put out.

I love photographing birds they always see you and watch you closely but they do not mind posing.

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