Grey tree frog

The past few years we have been seeing the grey tree frogs.

I have made a post or two about them but normally they are on a surface where they are all grey with darker lines. This one was on a lighter surface so I grabbed the macro lens and I was able to get a few shots before he hopped away.

He is showing off his grey as well as some green these tree frogs can change colors like the lizards.

They are quite amazing looking but have a very different body shape from the regular tree frogs that are all green.

Nature inspires me to stop, look and listen to the beauty all around then grab a camera to get the shot.

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.

Through the piney woods

Our daughter her husband and their four children just moved to East Texas yesterday.

The house they had lived in for the last 4 years sold the first week it was on the market and they needed more property. They decided East Texas might just be the place and they found 25 acres to purchase.

The first thing they had to do was some clearing but they hired that done. Then they wanted the mulching people with their machines to cut some trails through the woods for them all to enjoy. I only went down one trail but it was truly amazing. They are naming the trails and I believe this one is Piney Trail.

I have always loved the woods, trails, wildlife and nature so this type property is right up my ally.

They will be living about 1 1/2 hours from us and they are very close to Lake Livingston which they will all love its a great fishing lake. It was my dads favorite fishing lake when we were kids.

They are already looking at side by side ATV’s to make getting around and working on the property easier.

Our oldest grandson Andrew who is 10 years old is picking us out a location for a weekend house in the woods. He has it figured out I need a few sweetgum trees to attract the wildlife.

They have game cameras set up and have seen deer, wild hog and racoons. One racoon was investigating the camera.

Our grandkids will have lots of great adventures in these woods and are already planning club houses and lookout towers. I think they need some Ninja warrior obstacle course equipment including a zip line.

A pair of cardinals

When I was a kid I always remember my grandmother feeding the birds.

When she would go into the backyard all the birds would fly all around her it was the most amazing thing.

She always fed them left over cornbread and the birds loved it.

One of her favorite birds was the cardinals. I wish she could see today how many cardinals we have that come here to eat. I know at times there are 10 in these feeders and that is just this side of the yard.

Most of the time they eat in pairs even when I see a group of them they are in pairs.

Cardinals are beautiful birds and they make the most amazing sounds so you know they are near.

Every time I see the cardinals it makes me think of my grandmother.

Enjoy the beauty of nature that is all around it makes each day very special.

Squirly the acrobat

Squirly is around most days but usually in the backyard this was in the front yard.

On this particular day he decided to climb the tree go down the chain on the bird feeder and do acrobats upside down eating sunflower seeds. Every time he needed a seed he grabbed one from the side section and then went back upside down to eat it.

He is quite talented to say the least and has a very good grip.

When he left I went to see about how many he had ate my guess would be 50 or so hulls on the ground.

Wildlife inspires me to do the impossible.

Sunflowers

I love sunflowers but sometimes the birds plant them in strange places.

This year we had 3 large plants that came up smack dab in the middle of the front flower bed and they were 10 – 12 feet tall.

Once I had enough Jack cut them down and fed them to my brother in laws chickens.

They always face towards the sun which is backwards to where you are looking.

I have no idea what kind these were but they were tall plants but the flowers were tea cup or smaller.

The wildlife always contributes to the landscape in one way or another and we appreciate your contribution.

Squirly is back again

Squirly moves all around our yard and sometimes has a friend in tow.

He has to be careful so he does not get chased by the dogs or a cats. Then there are the hawks that always looking for a quick meal.

In this picture he was on the side deck pasture feeders.

Wildlife is threatened on a daily basis we all need to do our part to help it out.

Look outdoors and enjoy the show wildlife has to offer.

Cottontail rabbit

We see quite a few rabbits in our pasture about 30 minutes before sunset.

This one made it up onto our side deck and let me take a few pics.

I think his name is Peter Cottontail because he was near the vegetable garden before he was on the deck.

I get so excited to see all the different wildlife around us and I try to capture it on camera when I can.

When wildlife flourishes all around you this makes everyday a perfect day.

Yellow crowned night heron

This is a juvenile female yellow – crowned night heron.

Normally it is the males I see but this female was hanging around yesterday morning.

When she posed on the dead tree stump I knew I needed my camera I went into the house and grabbed it lucky for me she was still there. I was able to get quite a few shots BUT the way the sun was they came out in silhouette form. I had to edit but they turned out quite nicely.

This was my favorite picture. I love her big eyes and her color.

The beauty of wildlife is all around me and I am blessed to get to photograph it.

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