A Woman in Alaska in the 1930s

Two years ago I was given all the boxes of the family archives from my husband’s family, and I have spent hours sorting and digitizing everything. My favorite discovery has been a box… Continue reading

Planting Hope

Today I want to showcase a wonderful project that I have been involved in, through Texas Master Naturalists. There are over 150 lakes in Texas, but all of them except one, are manmade… Continue reading

Finally Caught on Camera

Some of the species around here are notoriously camera-shy.  Here are two snakes that I have glimpsed for years, but have never been able to get really good pictures of.  Thanks to my… Continue reading

Great Horned Owl Fledgling

A few weeks ago, I was walking up to the lamb pen, and I realized that one of the tree stumps across the pasture just looked odd.  It looked too tall and too… Continue reading

Who Left THAT There?

In my walks around our farm, I come across plenty of small mysteries — Mystery #1: What snake left its skin in this hay bale? Mystery #2: Who scattered these pond mussels on… Continue reading

Blogging Buddies Take a Hike

On my trip to Phoenix earlier in April, I got to meet up with a blog friend, Andrea Huelsenbeck. I have been following Andrea’s blog, ARHtistic License, since Sept. 2015!  We are both… Continue reading

Desert Beauty

…the sight of any beauty reminds me that I am a savage.  Yes… a savage, with clumsy senses, and blind to a thousand things I should be able to see, deaf to a… Continue reading

Wild Hogs

Feral hogs are the bane of our existence here in Texas, especially for those who live in nice new suburban areas.  They breed quickly and destroy plants, and they are a dangerous obstacle… Continue reading

Hill Country Animals

Here are some of the animals caught on camera in the dry creek bed of our family property in Central Texas.        

Toad Update Solves an ID Mystery

A few weeks ago, when we went on the walk at the Center for Biological Research Studies, I saw an unfamiliar amphibian. Looking at the small picture on my camera screen, the director… Continue reading