Tiny calf and its mom

This calf I believe was born the day before yesterday.

It is a tiny calf so more than likely it was premature but it seems to be getting around good and being quite active.

Painted Gourd Birdhouses

Jack got down the gourds that my grandfather gave me 25+ years ago.

I knew I wanted to make birdhouses out of them someday but I kept forgetting about them.

They were quite dried out which is a good thing and they were full of seeds I can plant. Seeds do not expire lol. A ziplock bag of seeds out of each gourd.

These two are for our yard.

I have the third one primed for my sister Sheri who can paint it like she wants it painted.

I wanted these painted using the same technique but using different colors. I used metallic paints and then a coat of Marine Spar for protection and shine. The hole saw for the hole and the drill for the top holes for hanging.

The yellow and green one got rained on since it was already in a tree in the backyard. The blue ones home is being determined but I think it will go in the front yard.

Thank You to my grandfather ( Daddy Dub ) for my gourds even though it has taken me many years to get my project done.

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Purple showers and barbed wire

We have purple showers planted everywhere around here they are easy to grow and invasive so they spread quickly.

The scientific name is Ruellia simplex ‘Purple Showers also known as mexican petunia.

There is something about flowers, fence post and barbed wire that I love.

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Bird bath party time

I have been taking quite a few pics lately of the birds having birdbath parties.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted some very bright low and behold it was a Bullock’s Oriole. These birds are from West Texas not our area so its not wonder I have never seen one before. I had to come in and grab my Birds of Texas book and look him up.

Notice the water spraying across the picture from the action of the birds in the water.

I have seen him two days in a row and both times he was with the Eastern Bluebirds so I am guessing they are friends.

Since the birds seem to crowd into the shallow birdbath the most I am going to take my deep ones and turn them into planters and I will figure out how to have a trough type bird bath so 20 or so can get in at the same time. Just imagine the pictures with that.

Its so funny because there will be 8 in the birdbath and another 8 flying around waiting for the shallow birdbath. By the time they are done there is no water left in the birdbath.

I go out and refill it and they will come back while I am still outside.

I love my birds as much as my grandmother and my dad did.

Appreciate the beauty of nature it is all around us take the time to enjoy it each and everyday.

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A foggy October morning

October 3, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. it was 72 Degrees with 94% Humidity in Manvel, Texas.

The humidity has been high all week long and the temperatures get around 95 degrees during the day.

I love the fog and its mystery so naturally my camera and I went outdoors to take a few pics.

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The Beauty of Hummingbirds

We have quite a few hummingbirds around here.

I think they like our yard because there is always numerous different plants blooming all the time.

We have 3 feeders out under the oak trees in the backyard.

When you see several chasing each other that is usually because the different species that are fighting. We have atleast 3 species here. They do not like to be at the feeders at the same time.

Here are a few pictures of the ruby throated hummingbird.

I was able to capture these images over the weekend. I had on my 400mm lens and they were about 10 – 12 ft away.

I make my own hummingbird nectar using this recipe.

1 Part White Granulated Sugar

4 Parts Water

Red food coloring is okay if you use only a few drops if the feeders have some red on them they will find them.

Stir until disolved thouroughly.

If you live in the warmer climate areas it is a good idea to change the nectar often because it sours from the heat. Always place your feeders in the shade.

The hummingbirds are so small but their beauty brings such joy to the world.

Our Duck Friends

The Black Bellied Whistling Duck were back last weekend.

I was able to get these pictures early a.m. it was so bright outside.

They sat there on this dead tree on the fence line and let me put out food in 4 feeders.

I was only 8-10 foot from them they never budged.

The red ones could be the parents of the rest with the whistling ducks the parents are similar in color. The juveniles did not have their color yet you can tell they were still young.

We mix black oiled sunflower seeds and chicken scratch & all the birds and ducks seem to love it.

Feed the wildlife and enjoy their beauty right in your own backyard. Once they get use to you they will pose for the camera.

These beauties come and go an sometimes come back a few times a day.

Game Camera

I asked our son Jeremy to tell me what game camera we needed to purchase to find out what is eating the watermelon rinds we throw in the pasture.
He suggested the Campark Trail Game camera it is $69.99 on Amazon.
120 Degree Motion, Night Vision and 1080P with 14MP.
There was a $10.00 coupon so it was now $59.99 but I had $ 10.00 in points so it ended up being $49.99 with free prime shipping. I love a good deal!
It will be here on Friday and we will see what is in the pasture at night.
We know there are deer, armadilla, possums, squirells and lots of birds. Something was eating it at first but leaving the rind. Now there taking the entire thing.
It could be several different things but my moneys on Deer or Hog.
The mystery will be solved soon enough and hopefully I can figure out how to post some pics from the game camera.

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