Texas hills

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust.

Just about 3 hours from where we currently live is a little bit of Texas beauty.

Texas landscape changes a lot depending on what county you are in. Brazoria county is sort of flat plain and has a lot of trash trees. Once you get into Grimes county the landscape changes.

Near Navasota, Bryan and College station the landscape is hilly and that makes a landscape breathtaking.

I spotted this huge pond but part of it had a walkway across it with dirt and grass.  I am not sure what the horses and cows would do when there is a traffic jam I guess someone has to jump off and swim. Neither one would be so good at backing up on the skinny island walkway.

I am tired of the noise of heavy equipment that we hear every day due to development in the area, traffic jams, and busy stores. The area we live in now is not the same as it used to be I guess things change after almost 39 years.

Maybe we will retire in the hills on some acreage where life is simple, laid back and relaxing. A place where nature is all around us and the grass seems greener. Beautiful views without all the distractions. We can take a deep breath breathe clean air and see miles and miles of countryside.

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Earth

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Earth.

When I think of our earth I think of all the beautiful things we get to look at.

Tiny hummingbirds hovering over the flowers for nectar, star jasmine and its smells that delight us all. The Louisiana iris and all the other flowers that are blooming this time of year. Then there are the new sunrises I get to see and enjoy each and every day.

Yesterday our youngest daughter and I took her 4 children to do pictures at the beach.

I can not tell you how disgusted I was with the littering people had left from the weekend before. Seriously everyone needs to pick up their own garbage. I grabbed a plastic bag and picked up all the cans and bottles it would hold in the area we were taking pictures.

If we all do part not to pollute, contaminate or destroy our earth it will be here for all the future generations to see and enjoy.

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Surprise

This week’s Daily Post Photo challenge is the word Surprise.

When I saw this hawk in the tree I tried to get as close as I could to get a good picture. He was in a tala tree on the fence line in the backyard.

It was not until I looked at the pictures that I noticed he was staring down at my bird feeders in the backyard stalking the birds I had just fed.

It is time to change up my routine again so he is not watching me and the birds.

 

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Security monkeys

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Security.

The first monkey I found was the red one and after that, we would buy Daisy a new one when we could find a different color.  We have now collected all six colors of the monkeys.

When she gets a new monkey it becomes her favorite and that is the one she wags around with her.

Does that mean dogs can see color?

Daisy used to bring one monkey to bed at night and now she brings three or four. She acts like a mama dog rounding up her puppies.

After she brings them to bed I will sneak a few of them away from her while she’s distracted. When she notices they are missing she starts frantically looking around for them until they are rounded back up again.

Does this mean dogs can count?

When I was taking these pictures yesterday morning of her and her monkeys little did I know it would fit in perfect with this weeks photo challenge.

Daisy needs the security of her monkeys at bedtime and that is all that matters.

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Saving the honey bees

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Wish

I wish there was more we could do to save the honey bees.

We plant the flowers, trees, and shrubs that they love to pollinate and we never mow the clover down until it dies. We see a lot of honey bees, bumble bees, and butterflies on our flowering plants.

Through the years my husband and I have kept this in mind when buying plants.

The honey bees are great for our gardens. When we help the bees they help us in return it is a win – win situation for all of us.

Our pasture is an empty field and this time of year the clover pops up everywhere we mow around the clover mounds for the bees. They love the clover and we feel like we’re helping out the honey bee population.

Here are a few pictures of the clover in our pasture. It actually looks nice mowed like this.

There are more clover mounds this year than the last few years but we have had years the entire pasture was solid clover. We are not sure what happened to all of it.

When the clover dies off this year we will mulch it for our garden since it is chalked full of nitrogen and it is very good for your garden and yards.

Through the years we have watched the population of the honey bees decline drastically. I really wish there was more we could do.

We’re not beekeepers we are just concerned about the welfare of the honey bees in our area.

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