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.

A pair of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

We put up this duck house at least 3 years ago and the only two thing I have ever seen in it was a squirrel and a woodpecker.

Tuesday for the first time a pair of Black Bellied Whistling ducks checked out the housing. This couple looks young so they have probably not nested yet.

In years past the ducks have been here daily for months at a time sometimes groups of 8 to 10 would show up.

This couple started showing up about 1 week ago and checking out what we had for breakfast.

Now they are checking out the accommodations and seeing if we have free shampoo and soap.

Life is good and everyday with the wildlife is a new day for pictures.

Indigo Bunting Molting

This is most likely a 2nd. year male Indigo Bunting molting.

It takes them several season to get to a full blown blue with no brown.

I have truly enjoyed these birds in our feeders and I have learned quickly they love the black oiled sunflower seeds.

They eat at the feeders they are not grab and runs. I find piles of sunflower seed shells in the feeders.

Wildlife comes in lots of colors but our eyes are easily drawn to the brighter colors because those colors stand out against the greens and browns of nature.

Look in your yard and find something in nature that captures your attention and take a picture.

1015 Onion Bloom

This was our first year for onions and this was our only onion bloom it is a 10/15 onion.

Not all onions bloom and the bloom is where the seeds are at. If you get no blooms you either buy more seeds or onion sets for the next planting.

These blooms are similar looking to garlic blooms just different color flowers. These two pics were taken 2 different days so you can see the progress of the changing flowers.

All gardens have beauty even before the harvest.

Rose – breasted Grosbeak

I kept seeing this bird out the French doors in the feeders but I had no clue what kind of bird it was.

I had to ask someone that had connections with others who were the experts.

It turns out this is a Rose- breasted Grosbeak this is a female the males are quite opposite they are black white and red. I only saw this one bird.

They migrate through our area. I was able to get pictures for a few days of this beauty.

That is two birds I have never seen before that I have gotten to capture on camera during the last few weeks. Life is GOOD!

Indigo Bunting

I have only been seeing these Indigo Buntings here at our house for about one week.

I know they only migrate through here but they are quite beautiful. This male stood proud for his pictures.

Nature supplies us with beautiful things to see and photograph enjoy the view because tomorrows view will be different.

Woodpeckers are everywhere

This morning in our large oak tree was about 7 Red- Bellied Woodpeckers I was able to get a few good pictures.

I love these crazy birds that eat upside down. I found this feeder empty a few days ago and decided to refill it and I have seen the woodpeckers and the titmouse eating out of it.

Birding is one of the biggest bright spots in my days.

Life is GOOD!

Variegated Shell Ginger

The Variegated Shell Ginger grows very well in Texas.

Ours has multiplied so much from the one-gallon plant I bought years ago. We have about 30 plants in pots that we are planning on reselling.

We transplanted some from this large plant to the front of the house a few years ago and now it is multiplying.

It is like the plant that keeps giving. The blooms are gorgeous but they will only bloom if there has not been a freeze and if there is a freeze the plants die back. That has only happened to us one year, but they came back the next spring stronger than ever.

These are roughly 5 – 6 ft tall and about 8 feet wide in most directions. I took the bloom picture when the plant was blooming but I wanted to show off those gorgeous blooms.

The color really pops on these plants below two of the 35+-year-old oak trees. They are accented with ferns who also love the scattered sunlight.

Brighten up a shaded area with some shell ginger it is a plant that keeps giving.

Covid and death

In the last eight months our family has lost two family members to Covid there was one last July an Aunt who was 77 years old and this past week an uncle who was 88 years old. One of them lived in a nursing home and one lived at home.

Everyone needs to take notice of the warnings to avoid large get-togethers it’s not worth the risk of someone’s life.

If people can not have funerals then there should be no parties of any kind no birthday, no holiday, no wedding or baby showers.

Stay home when you can do not go shopping there is honestly no need when we have curbside pickups and home delivery is available on most everything.

DO NOT GO OUT TO EAT! Pick up food and take it home. We have heard about several people who have gone out to eat and gotten COVID. The reason for this is face masks are not on when eating out.

Everyone needs to pay attention to what they are doing and get the shot as soon as you can.

My mother n law is 92 years old and has not gotten the shot yet around here when they post they are taking appointments by the time you see it they are booked. She has had 3 ER visits in the last 6 weeks and one hospitalization but none were for Covid. As far as I am concerned all patients over the age of 80 should have already been able to get the vaccine.

I am waiting for my vaccine due to being high risk so far no luck in finding it.

I had my cardiologist appointment today Friday, February 5, 2021, he told me something interesting. For those who are on the fence about getting the vaccine keep this in mind.

If you get COVID all our DNA is different so this allows the virus to mutate which makes more strains of the virus and some of the strains are worse than the 1st one. Everyone, please think about this and get your vaccine that way all of our lives can get back to normal again soon.

Be careful, wash your hands often and wear your face mask. I was always OCD about washing my hands so that has never been an issue for me now I just triple wash a bit extreme yes I know but better safe than sorry.

The eye of the hawk

This Hawk landed on our flag pole in the pasture.

I was taking pictures through the French doors and slightly over exposed the pictures. I always get in a hurry and just start shooting without checking my settings first.

The pictures took on the look of a painting and I really like the look.

Natures beauty is all around us if you watch closely you might get to capture it on camera.

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