Mushrooms on a dead tree

This hackberry tree fell down about a year ago it was blown down by strong wind while the ground was very wet.

My husband cut part of the trunk up for me to use as plant stands outdoors. They work pretty well for this.

These mushrooms look like oyster mushrooms but I am not sure for sure if that is what they are. The tree trunk was taken over by them and this did not happen until the tree fell down.

I thought the mushrooms made a nice picture.

The fungus is among us.

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.

Lizard hanging out

I saw this anole lizard hanging out on the Agave Mangrove plant.

The colors of the plant and the lizard went quite well together.

I have not seen many geckos since the freeze a year ago and that upsets me.

I need to find a location and import some to the house.

The critters in your yard are always watching you but at times they can be quite sociable.

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.

Buzzard silhouette

This buzzard landed in a tree in the backyard on the fence line.

The sun was rising behind him which makes for a good silhouette.

I have never seen a buzzard cooling off in a tree with his wings wide open.

I had to laugh thinking we all wish we could do just that Texas has been hot this year there is no doubt.

The blue jay, redbird, and sparrow

It was prime eating time and time to throw some seeds around.

These birds make a mess but most of the time by the afternoon the other birds have cleaned up the mess.

This is a juvenile blue jay because he is nowhere near as big as the larger male birds. This is also a juvenile cardinal.

I feed early in the morning in 4 different feeders and there sometimes is a traffic jam. I can look out the french doors and see 3 blue jays, 5 redbirds, a few woodpeckers, dove, sparrows, and chickadees all eating breakfast together.

By nighttime, all the seeds are pretty much gone.

The birds give me the opportunity to photograph them while they enjoy a feast. If I am lucky I get to catch them in the bird baths later.

The sounds of nature and the beauty of the birds are all around us. Listen carefully and you will learn which bird makes what sound.

DIY Planters

I love crafting and it had been a while since I have made anything.

I saw on Pinterest how to make tile planter boxes and I knew this was the project for me.

A quick trip to Lowes only to find out there were no 6-inch tiles and they did not have many pattern tiles that were 12-inch. I bought what they had to make 4 planters. Each planter takes 5 pieces and if you do it the exact size there are no cuts to make.

I have issues using the caulking gun so I got Jack to do that part for me.

I did find later on the internet they make squeeze tubes of construction adhesive and I can do that when I run out of what I have.

You do need to wipe off the construction adhesive on the edges then after 24 hours of drying time you can paint the edges to match your planter. Some of mine turned out neater than others but now I know next time to wipe off early.

I have about $5.00 in each planter so this is a very cost-effective project. One day this week I will get to Floor and Decor for a bigger variety and cheaper options so I can make more. I want some bright-colored tiles with the Morrocan flare.

When it comes to the bottom tile you will find there will be a few gaps you can seal some of it off in the inside of the box with the adhesive but leave some for drainage then you do not have to drill holes. My planters were for outdoors and I planted some of my overabundance of Aloe Vera.

I loved this project and can not wait to make more. I want some tiny succulent planters and some large rectangle planters. You could even make some tall skinny planters with the rectangle tiles.

Be creative its good for the mind and the soul.

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