Camping Out on Camphor Daisies

The camphor daisies (Rayjacksonia phyllocephala) have just started blooming.  They are a pretty nondescript plant, tall and skinny, with long tough stems that look like leggy geranium stems, rough thick leaves, and small… Continue reading

Bird Books – Don’t Leave Home Without ’em!

Yesterday Neighbor Liz and I went to volunteer at a Hummingbird Festival at a local nature center.  The festival is planned to be at the average date of peak hummingbird migration, but you… Continue reading

Galveston Island

My husband had a trade show to attend on Galveston Island, and I tagged along.  It’s about 2 1/2 hours from where we live (if traffic is good).  We have been there dozens… Continue reading

Breezy Green

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Monochromatic.” The first cool breeze of fall brought in a Great Egret. The tip from Jen Hooks’ photo prompt that helped me the most was… Continue reading

Distinguishing Swallowtail Butterflies

—and one mimic. I am not a person who can readily identify birds, dragonflies, or butterflies “on the wing”, at least at first.  I need to take pictures, and then sit down with… Continue reading

Breakfast with the Birds

  Both of these species show up here occasionally.  It was a treat to see them together.  

One Log, A Lot of Visitors

The Anhinga from Sunday came back on Monday, and thoughtfully presented me with a different angle to capture.  That same day, the juvenile Little Blue Heron and a Great Blue Heron landed on… Continue reading

Twenty Minutes of Wildlife

On Labor Day, I stepped outside about 5 PM, to feed the sheep before heading to a concert at a local winery.  In a late-flowering boneset plant, I noticed a large dark shape… Continue reading

A Walk Around the Farm

Since this blog is going to be mostly about the animals and plants I see on walks around our farm, I thought I would orient you to where we are. The farm is… Continue reading

1 Day 1 World Project: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Woodpecker Ninjas

When I was out walking in the woods today, I heard a lot of birds scolding and squawking.  In the past, following the fuss has led me to sightings of snakes, hawks, and… Continue reading