Gorgeous and Green in More Ways Than One

If you saw just this first picture, you might think I was into making some fantastic jewelry — But it is really the back of a female rainbow scarab.  I found her in… Continue reading

Flying Through

I’ve had some interesting visitors over the last few weeks.  Some of them only stay for a few hours before they move on. I have only seen an American Coot here one other… Continue reading

The Unbearable Cuteness of Tree Frogs

  This is either a Common Gray Treefrog or a Cope’s Gray Treefrog.  Even though they have gray in their name, they can be brown or green or blotchy.  One characteristic that helps… Continue reading

A Good Day for Woodpeckers

This afternoon I saw three of the six species of woodpecker we have here. I was sitting quietly in the wood while the sheep browsed, when a Pileated Woodpecker swooped right in front… Continue reading

Two Changes for You, One for Me

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singular Sensation.” Three suggestions for nature encounters: One) Keep an open mind. If you are a person who is afraid of nature — of spiders,… Continue reading

Happy Blissful Wonderful Wilderness

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.” Nothing makes me happier than these wide-open spaces. The first four pictures show Big Bend National Park, and the last is on… Continue reading

What’s So Interesting Over There?

So intent on something in the distance that they don’t notice the photographer….

Roadside Attractions

On our way out to the Hill Country, we stopped at a rest area that has beautiful gardens of native plants. The butterflies were out in force, and my camera cooperated, and I… Continue reading

A Little Farther West

This past weekend I got to spend some time out in the Texas Hill Country. Depending on who you talk to, Texas can be divided into seven to eighteen different ecological zones, and… Continue reading

Looking Good in the Garden in October

I am jumping into Gillian’s weekly blog event, Looking Good, celebrating the things that look good in our gardens and neighborhoods. I am not much of a gardener, because the wild plants do… Continue reading