The duck’s return

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years the black-bellied whistling ducks return.

I am not sure if it’s the same ducks or if they told someone else to come here.

These behave the same, nest in the nest box, and act the same.

Nature’s beauty surrounds us and the wildlife is everywhere you just have to open your eyes to see it and appreciate it.

Life is GOOD!

Hawk in the fog

One morning last week it was really foggy the dew was heavy and wet feeling.

I noticed this hawk on the fence post across the street sitting there with feathers slightly ruffled pondering the idea that maybe later there would be some sunshine.

I was able to get a few shots through the window without being spotted.

This hawk having a bad feather day must know how it feels when we have a bad hair day.

Nature truly inspires me and always makes me smile.

Hide and Seek

Zoee loves to play with the squirrels.

She chases them around the backyard and they run up trees to hide from her.

When the squirrel is hidden that drives Zoee crazy. She goes tree to tree hopping on her back legs trying to find her friend the squirrel.

This game entertains Zoee for an hour and she comes in exhausted.

A cardinal posed on a fence

This male cardinal posed on our jasmine fence.

It saw me taking pictures out the french door but seemed not to care.

Sometimes birds can be camera hogs too.

The bright red bird hiding in the twigs of the jasmine and with the green pasture behind made a striking picture.

Bench in the woods

We were in Livingston a few weeks ago I was taking puppy pictures, family pictures, and grandkid pictures.

A lone bench on a trail in the East Texas woods had this feeling of calmness.

Life can be hectic and taking the time to enjoy this moment of serenity was perfect.

The hawk on a T post

I spotted this red shoulder hawk on the fence post across the street from our house.

When they are on the fence post they are watching for the little birds in the bushes and grass along the fence line.

This hawk is very majestic looking just sitting and staring in the distance.

Eastern Bluebird

I love the wildlife in our area but one of my favorite birds is the Eastern Bluebird.

This is a young female bluebird and she was hanging around our side deck area.

I hardly ever see them at the feeders because they prefer insects like grasshoppers, crickets, and worms. They also eat berries, especially in the wintertime. We have a very good supply of worms in our garden areas maybe she knows all about it.

I have some bluebird nuggets I put in the feeder but I have found they mostly attract the woodpeckers and chickadees.

Nature’s beauty paints a new picture every day but we must open our eyes to see what is really there.

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.

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