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Creature Feature

Turtle soup

Turtle soup

While I was communing with nature recently, my Nikon 105mm macro lens strayed from the wildflowers. What distracted it? Critters.

First, there were turtles.

Hi, guys!

Hi, guys!

And then a duck joined the party.

A whistling duck

A whistling duck

This feathered friend was fine hanging out by himself on a different part of the lake.

Of course, there’s one critter that always wants to spoil my placid photo party and make me want to shoot and quickly flee.

We both love the bottlebrush bushes.

We both love the beautiful bottlebrush bushes.

Bees! Why does it always have to be bees?

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One-Word Wednesday

I snapped these pretty posies on SHSU’s campus with my Nikon 1 V1.

I snapped pics of these pretty posies on SHSU’s campus with my Nikon 1 V1 camera.

Coneflowers!

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Five for Five

Sunflowers brighten the view.

Gotta love the yellow.

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.

Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see?

Next there was this rabbit trying to hide in the grass. I usually see at least a half-dozen bunnies during my walk.

Looking a little blue

Looking a little blue

This odd-colored catfish caught my eye. For some reason it was lazing around near the lake’s shore.

Refreshing!

Refreshing!

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.

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

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!

Beauty and the Beast Poetry

Purply agapantha buds spill forth.

Purply agapanthus buds spill forth.

So lovely to behold!

A probable water moccasin is scary in a nearby lake.

A probable water moccasin looks scary in a nearby lake.

But this is not, the truth be told!!

Sidebar: Photos snapped with my Nikon S6200 point and shoot.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Starting the journey

Starting the blooming journey

When I saw these cuties in a small section of our neighboring master-planned community recently, I thought they were thistles.

Up top

Up top

But I soon discovered that they’re actually basket-flowers. Must be because of the interesting weave pattern that you can see in the top photo.

A little bee visits.

A little bee visits.

Looks like the critters don’t care what it is!

Brushin’ Up With the Bees

Love seeing all this brilliant red

Love seeing all this brilliant red (can you spot the bee?)

One of my favorite flowers in my neighborhood is the bottlebrush.

Lots of buds means more brushes

Lots of buds means more brushes

During the winter (or what passes as winter for the Houston area), its bushes look just about dead.

Starting to look like a brush

Starting to look like a brush

Then April hits and boom! Buds emerge followed by those lovely, red bristles. You can’t help but touch them.

Starting to fill out

Filling out more

Did you know that the bottlebrush is native to Australia? Wonder how it got all the way to Texas.

“Cover me, I’m going in!”

“Cover me, I’m going in!”

I know that those danged bees definitely are glad it did. They sure were protective of the ones I was shooting, much to my dismay and apiphobia.

It was yet another in my many “brushes” with the pesky, little stingers!

More Purple Power

These lovelies can’t be hidden.

These lovelies can’t be hidden.

Nature has a way of surprising us, especially in the early spring.

Did you know that Iris was the Greek goddess of rainbows?

Did you know that Iris was the Greek goddess of rainbows?

One day an area is green and boring. Then, seemingly overnight, violet hues transform that landscape into something lovely.

Large and in charge

Large and in charge

Thanks, irises!