Hummingbirds in flight

On the Texas gulf coast we have some varieties of hummingbirds that stay year round.

If you spend a few minutes outdoors you will hear plenty of them and see them. If you are lucky you have your camera and the correct settings and the right lens on at the time you can grab a few pictures.

I try to keep at least two feeders out even thought just about everything in our yard blooms. The feeders allow me the chance to get the pictures I want.

This young hummer in the last picture thought the flower on the feeder was real.

Hummingbirds are some of natures tiny wonders little birds that fly so fast you barely see them but their beauty is outstanding.

Mockingbird

I seem to be seeing a lot more mockingbirds this year which so happen to be the Texas state bird.

They can copy what you whistle to them back at you I guess that is why they are called mockingbirds.

Birds whistle and sing songs for all the world to hear but those that can hear them are truly inspired by nature.

Grey tree frog

The past few years we have been seeing the grey tree frogs.

I have made a post or two about them but normally they are on a surface where they are all grey with darker lines. This one was on a lighter surface so I grabbed the macro lens and I was able to get a few shots before he hopped away.

He is showing off his grey as well as some green these tree frogs can change colors like the lizards.

They are quite amazing looking but have a very different body shape from the regular tree frogs that are all green.

Nature inspires me to stop, look and listen to the beauty all around then grab a camera to get the shot.

Lots and lots of Cardinals

The cardinals around here are also known as red birds.

We have so many juveniles right now I guess it is a group of teens hanging out. As teens they go through changes with their feathers and sometimes they look a little scraggly.

I love sitting outside while they are eating they get use to seeing you. I love the sounds and whistles the red birds make.

I am always hearing new bird sounds but I do not always find the bird to identify it.

The sights and sounds of nature and the wildlife that surround us allows us time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it.

Chilling like a dove

I was able to grab a few pictures of some dove.

The first one was in a feeder checking out the second dove in the water. The one in the terra cotta saucer was using it as a chill out station. I had placed a few smaller containers of water for the birds on that side of the yard. The saucers work out well and are easy to clean.

Doves are beautiful birds their movement is so graceful and they seem so carefree.

Capture nature with your camera and enjoy all that wildlife has to offer.

Through the piney woods

Our daughter her husband and their four children just moved to East Texas yesterday.

The house they had lived in for the last 4 years sold the first week it was on the market and they needed more property. They decided East Texas might just be the place and they found 25 acres to purchase.

The first thing they had to do was some clearing but they hired that done. Then they wanted the mulching people with their machines to cut some trails through the woods for them all to enjoy. I only went down one trail but it was truly amazing. They are naming the trails and I believe this one is Piney Trail.

I have always loved the woods, trails, wildlife and nature so this type property is right up my ally.

They will be living about 1 1/2 hours from us and they are very close to Lake Livingston which they will all love its a great fishing lake. It was my dads favorite fishing lake when we were kids.

They are already looking at side by side ATV’s to make getting around and working on the property easier.

Our oldest grandson Andrew who is 10 years old is picking us out a location for a weekend house in the woods. He has it figured out I need a few sweetgum trees to attract the wildlife.

They have game cameras set up and have seen deer, wild hog and racoons. One racoon was investigating the camera.

Our grandkids will have lots of great adventures in these woods and are already planning club houses and lookout towers. I think they need some Ninja warrior obstacle course equipment including a zip line.

A pair of cardinals

When I was a kid I always remember my grandmother feeding the birds.

When she would go into the backyard all the birds would fly all around her it was the most amazing thing.

She always fed them left over cornbread and the birds loved it.

One of her favorite birds was the cardinals. I wish she could see today how many cardinals we have that come here to eat. I know at times there are 10 in these feeders and that is just this side of the yard.

Most of the time they eat in pairs even when I see a group of them they are in pairs.

Cardinals are beautiful birds and they make the most amazing sounds so you know they are near.

Every time I see the cardinals it makes me think of my grandmother.

Enjoy the beauty of nature that is all around it makes each day very special.

Doves

These mourning doves were in the feeders last week.

They are so beautiful I love looking at them.

Most of the times the doves are not easily scared off. They just drop by to eat some seed and then they go on their merry way.

I love it when the wildlife comes to visit.

The wild flowers in a field

Wildflowers seeds are scattered through out the landscape. I love the way the birds decorate for us.

These tiny purple flowers are growing in the bahia field behind us. I have no idea what kind of flowers they are but they are very light purple and delicate looking.

Nature makes her beauty known with the help of the wildlife scattering the seeds and we get to enjoy the beauty all around us.

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