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.

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.

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.

Spider plants

This plant is known as the spider plant, ribbon plant an airplane plant.

They grow fast and usually have 4- 6 strands of babies hanging off with 10 – 12 babies total.

Mine have gone nuts this year to the point I have 3 hanging baskets and these 2 large containers plus I have given away many.

The big plant probably has a100 baby spiders on it. You can take these off and plant them in the dirt to get a new plant it’s really a unique plant.

These are in the morning sun but afternoon shade and I think that is why they like it so much.

I have 3 hanging baskets on the back porch in full shade.

I love my spider plants they are a good bang for your buck.

Dove peek a boo

Around here you never know what might be sticking its head up from a feeder.

You could only see this dove’s head and she was so pretty.

After living here for almost 43 years, raccoons can be seen eating the bird seed at night. I am trying not to put out too much to avoid them moving in full-time.

I think it’s so sad that all the woods in our area are now subdivisions and the wildlife is being chased out.

We must protect our wildlife the best we can. I genuinely enjoy taking pictures of my visitors.

Clearing our Property

We have paid the mulcher 2 times to clear our property then we paid the tree plucker 2 times plus he did some mulching at the end.

None of this would have been possible without our daughter Jeanelle supervising the mulchers and tree pluckers while they were there. Our son-in-law David did our first burning and it took a few days to burn out.

Basically, if you are buying forest land please know up front this will cost you about $5000.00 to do for two acres.

They have to clear an area so you can burn the trees without burning the forest. This of course has to happen when there is no burn ban. In the meantime, you have huge piles of trees to look at. This picture was at the beginning of the new piles the second tree plucking and after the first burning of piles.

What you can do is pick and choose the trees you want to keep. We wanted to keep some magnolias, sweet gums, oaks, maples and a few we were not sure of the names. I love trees and I know it takes a long time to get them to grow very big. I wanted to save plenty of trees even if we have to cut some down later on. We found 10-foot tall or taller magnolias.

Next up we will get the electricity and the well.

We think we are building kinda to the left in this picture. Every time we go there we have problems trying to decide. It’s not easy to figure this out especially when you know later on you will add onto this for your new permanent residence.

Right now we have sunrise behind us and sunset in front of us it really is perfect.

In the cabin, I want a lot of large windows as many as I can get because I want to see the outdoors while indoors. In other words, I want to be one with nature.

Being surrounded by trees and wildlife is going to be wonderful plus having the grandkids within walking distance down the trails.

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