Bye bye . . .
. . . birdie!
Last week a bunch of ibises settled in a patch of water in the creek that runs alongside our community’s walking path. This was their idea of eating out . . . literally.
There must have been lots of great bugs in this area. The ibises’ long, curved beaks were immersed in the water most of the time.
It was interesting how well all the birds, which included a couple of snowy egrets, got along. I guess it’s true that birds of a feather flock together.
Except when one is annoying another. Reminds me of a couple boys I know!
Usually the most-scenic parts of disc golf courses are trees and lakes. But River Pointe Church’s land also features a fenced-off cow pasture. Players whose discs go off-line have to recover them from this out-of-bounds area.
Most of the time, the toughest aspect of that retrieval is trying not to get hung up on the barbed-wire fence; we rarely see any animals near by. However, during last Tuesday’s Southwest Handicap Mini finale, some of the four-legged clientele were up close and personal with one of the baskets.
At first when I was walking towards the basket from across the course, it actually looked like the cows were on the wrong side of the fence! What a relief to see that wasn’t the case. I sure didn’t want them messing with my beloved baby boy (as well as the Mister, who would have been the one rescuing him while I snapped photos)!
Despite all the chain clanging, the bovine peanut gallery paid udderly no attention to the players. Even Hiral’s stunning birdie putt turned no heads.
Talk about your tough crowd!
It’s been well-documented in this blog how much birds, animals and insects are drawn to our front door (as well as to my home office and our garage and backyard . . . shudder!). Nature seems to be constantly knocking, probably because it often horrifies me.
Opposites do attract, unfortunately for me.
This past Monday it happened again. The day before, the Mister and I had seen the tiniest of squirrels down the street. It wasn’t a baby, but it wasn’t close to full grown. And it wasn’t afraid of humans. It tried to follow us, but, fortunately, it finally scampered towards a neighbor’s backyard.
It was a short-lived break.
About 24 hours later, the little guy was in our front yard. As I was snapping pics of him from the front door, he headed my way. Of course. Naturally, I shut it, but I changed lenses (from my Nikon 70-200mm to my Nikon 105mm) and kept shooting through the windows.
I definitely need to get rid of that welcome mat!
I saw this squirrel hanging on this tree by just his back feet during my walk this morning.
Looks like he enjoys stretching out his meal (when he’s not staring down iPhone 5 photographers)!
Last Sunday morning during my five-mile walk in our neighboring master-planned community, several sights moved me to snap pics with my Nikon S6200.
Let’s call it five miles, five photos. I started off with the sunflowers, which finally are blooming everywhere this month.
Next there was this rabbit trying to hide in the grass. I usually see at least a half-dozen bunnies during my walk.
This odd-colored catfish caught my eye. For some reason it was lazing around near the lake’s shore.
The best friend of a walker/runner during Houston’s notoriously steamy summers? Sprinklers! I doused myself in one of them after I captured the scene.
Near the end of my journey, these purty petals almost blocked my way along the sidewalk back home. I think they wanted to be included in this post.
And so they are!
So lovely to behold!
But this is not, the truth be told!!
Sidebar: Photos snapped with my Nikon S6200 point and shoot.
When I saw these two anoles “cuddling” on a kickboard in a storage tub near our pool recently, I was pretty surprised. How bold of them to flaunt their “afternoon delight” in front of God and country . . . and me!
Our buddy Ron quipped, “That’s what you get for playing Barry White music in the backyard!”