Crazy Hawks

We have so many hawks this year I guarantee you will see them several times a day.

This grown hawk the darker red one and the juvenile were together in a tree that fell down this week from the storm.

This was a favorite lookout tree on the fence line for the hawks I am glad it will be gone but this part of the tree is still upright the other half the tree was uprooted.

I do like taking pictures of the hawks they photograph pretty well and their colors just blend in with nature.

Capturing wildlife while posing in nature scouting the next meal.

Plants

With our latest cold blast, I lost a lot of plants.

Some will come back and some will not.

What I noticed this time was Azaleas, Crepe Myrtle, Texas Sage, Louisiana Iris,

Paperwhites, Wild Privett Hedge, Fringe, and another hedge I can not remember the name of all survived.

Now the pink showers, purple showers, creeping daisies, succulents especially Aloe Vera and ferns look dead. Some will come back.

The Mexican heather froze but it always comes back so we will see who makes the great come back.

I did put some Aloe Vera indoors just in case.

I love plants so much I collect more than I can protect.

For Livingston, we are ONLY planting freeze-hardy plants because it is always 10 degrees colder there.

Another day another hawk

The hawks are everywhere.

Do not get me wrong I love looking at them but when I go outside after I feed the birds I can spot four different ones in trees.

I am going to try hanging small mirrors to see if that will keep them away.

Does anyone else have any ideas?

As you can see this one was eyeballing the ground from high up in a tree.

Fungi on the forest floor

The forest floor in the piney woods offers the greatest opportunity to photograph some of nature’s wonders.

This time I concentrated my pictures on the Fungi in the damp pine straw under the pine trees.

I have no idea what the names are and whether they are edible or not I just know they photograph quite well.

The piney woods never lets me down there are always a lot of things to photograph.

Mockingbird

This mockingbird literally flew in front of my shot.

I was taking pictures of the blue jays splish-splashing in the birdbath for an early

morning bath.

I guess the mockingbird got jealous and wanted to be the center of attention.

It was underexposed which is why it is darker but the lighting was so beautiful I kept it.

When this bird interrupted my photo session I could not pass up the opportunity to get his picture.

I love my backyard birds they are always ready to show off their beauty.

Juvenile Hawk

This is one of several Red Shouldered Juvenile Hawks in our area.

He is sitting on one of my bird feeders I watched him eyeballing for little birds to land. Thank goodness none landed at the time I was taking pictures.

I was able to get a few pics before Zoee saw him and barked chasing him off.

Nature is just right outside take the time to see what is your area and get a few pictures.

Fall colors in Texas

In Livingston, Texas, this is just a little bit of the fall colors you will see.

The butterflies are always nearby doing their jobs.

Nature in the woods is always a great place to be.

Black Eyed Susan

These Black Eyed Susan were growing on the property in Livingston, Tx.

They were in the middle of the pasture where there was nothing else to outshine them.

Wildflower seeds blow in the wind and the birds plant them but they always end up in the best places where they can stand out.

Taking turns

The mockingbird anxiously awaits his turn at the deep bird bath.

There are 4 bird baths together but the bigger birds prefer the deep one.

The mockingbirds can be aggressive but so can the blue jays I guess they figured out a system that worked out for them both.

Nature seems to get along just fine even when they do not know I am watching them.

Two squirrels visiting

These two squirrels visited on two different days.
The one in the actual feeder is smaller and more skittish than the other one. I feel like he is younger.

I feed the birds but a lot of different wildlife enjoy the seed.

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