Laughing Gulls of Galveston

Yes, the name of the Gulls in these pictures are the “Laughing Gulls” and they make quite a noise.  They are little beggers and if you throw bread into the air they will surround you instantly.

This is my 17 year old granddaughter Audra feeding the gulls.

IMG_0828 (2)

IMG_0203

IMG_0818

IMG_0532 (2)

Advertisements

Our Feathered Friends

I love to watch and then photograph our feathered friends that fill our days with enjoyment.  The rain has not stopped, nor hampered the activities of these little creatures that grace our lives each day.

I think this Bluebird and this Mocking Bird thought sitting on my lawn swing under the apple trees would keep the rain from soaking their feathers. Alas, this did not help.

IMG_8587 (2)

IMG_8518 (2)

This Blackbird was actually taking a bath in the mud puddle in my garden.  This is not the best picture in the world, because he would just not stand still and pose for me.

IMG_8524 (2)

This baby Wren was a little smarter than the birds above – he waited for a sunny day to venture out into the world.  He sat on this small metal tube for quite some time as he waited for his parents to feed him.

IMG_8895 (2)

For a long time I have watched this lone duck search around the pond for his lost mate.  I know either a coyote or some other animal must have killed her while she was on her nest.  I felt sorry for this male duck as he frantically ran through the grass calling for his mate.

IMG_8758 (2)

When a few Canadian Geese venture to the area around the pond this duck starts making shrill noises and runs out to greet them.  He is seeking any kind of companionship.  The geese simply chose to ignore him, but he is unaware that they are shunning his friendship.

IMG_9209 (2)

There is a lesson in this encounter of the duck and goose.  We often shun those who we do not wish to associate with.  When we see a lonely person – a person who needs a friend – why not try to be that friend.  We moved very often when I was a child and I know how hard it is to fit in – in a new town and new environment. In each new school  I made friends with those that I could tell needed a friend.  I guess you might have called me and my new friends – Nerds.  But my new friends were some of the best people I have encountered in my life.  I am sure you will agree – God wants us to show kindness and compassion for all the people we encounter in our daily lives.

Small Simple Moments

IMG_8570 (2)

I don’t need extravagant adventures in my life to make me happy.  What makes me content are the small, simple, moments in life.  Extreme moments fade, but small daily pleasures that cross my path bring me joy.

When I relax at the end of each day – tranquil, comforting moments are what make me smile or laugh.  A friend told me a joke that I truly thought was funny.  “Why was the cat so small?  Because it only drank condensed milk.”

I sent my friend a card telling her I was thinking of her.  The next time I saw her I received a smile and a big hug.  She said, “You always make me smile and laugh.  You always lift my mood and make me happy.” I knew she always did the same for me.

Taking my camera out to view nature and capturing some fantastic photos thrills my soul.  How could anyone possibly be unhappy when God blesses us with such a beautiful world to enjoy.

I love visiting friends and talking face to face.  A visit from my daughter or granddaughter brightens my entire day.  In this age of technology – physical human interaction is something we all should seek to do more.

Sitting in the lawn swing in the evening discussing the events of the day with my husband is very enjoyable. We sit and look at the garden trying to grow; despite the tremendous amount of rain we have had lately.  Half of the garden has washed away.

The bluebirds entertain me switching their nest between two bird houses we have placed very far apart.  They have switched their nest material from one to the other three times now.  I laugh – perhaps this is a pair of young bluebirds who need a few years of practice on how to raise a family.  Nope – an infestation of ants.  Tangle Foot around the pole and the ants go elsewhere.

Our blueberries create  a lot of work for us at this time of the year.  But until you have eaten blueberries right off the bush – you don’t know what you are missing.

So give me the small, simplistic, enjoyable pleasures that daily life throws at me.  After all life should be filled with laughs and an occasional joke: “What animal has more lives than a cat? . . .  A frog – it croaks every night.”  And I do hear the tree frogs croaking right now – as the lightening bugs light up the night.

Smile at the end of your day and thank God for the quiet, peaceful, happy moments that fill the days of your life.  These small moments help us get through the rough patches.

Psalm 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings are a particularly social species.  It is not unusual to see a row of them perched on a branch, passing a berry or an insect down the line and back again, bill to bill, in a ceremony that ends when one swallows the food.  The birds wander in flocks whose arrivals and departures are unpredictable.  They habit open forest, areas with scattered trees, wooded swamps, orchards, and suburbs.

A flock of about 60 Cedar Waxwings flew around my yard for two days and then they were gone.  Getting pictures of these birds is challenging, because they do not land for any length of time.

IMG_7696

IMG_7716

IMG_7709

IMG_7707

IMG_7691

IMG_7766

 

Mr. Grackle

IMG_3453 (2)

Mr. Grackle

Oh, Mr. Grackle on the garden fence,

Your piercing gaze is so intense!

What message does your stare imply?

You ventured to my garden – I know not why.

Is mischief what you plan this fine day,

Or will you soon decide – just to fly away?

Birds Of Spring

It amazes me how many colorful birds God created for us to enjoy.  Spring is thrilling, because of all the baby birds.  A pair of Wrens built a nest in my husband’s shop.  A nest on a shelf, behind cans, in a small space, full of 5 eggs and then 5 babies.  It took the parents 4 days to get their babies to venture into the big world.

One baby Wren left in the nest.

IMG_3105 (2)

Here are the 5 baby Wrens huddled in the rafters of  the shop.

IMG_3166 (2)

A baby Wren on the blade of the ceiling fan.

IMG_3113 (2)

This baby Bluebird fell out of the tree and is wondering what happened.

IMG_3074 (2)

Seldom see this Roadrunner in my yard.  This is the best shot of him I could get before he went speeding away.

IMG_2664 (2)

Saw about 20 Indigo Buntings in my yard eating grass seed. This one has his mouth full of grass seed.

IMG_2839 (2)

The colorful Goldfinch has evaded being captured in my camera lens until this week.  This is Mr. & Mrs. Goldfinch. He would have to turn his back on me!

IMG_2985 (2)

But then he turned around and I captured a somewhat blurry shot of his face. What a great head of hair he has.

IMG_2983

The Mulch Thief

We have decided to do part of our garden in plastic containers this year.  We can get free mulch from the town’s parks and roads department.  Well, this little thief is digging in the pots and using what it gathers for nest material,  Here is that thief – The Mighty Titmouse.  Ah Ha

IMG_2886

IMG_2887

I see that sneaky look in your eye!

IMG_2891

 

Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

IMG_2173

IMG_2198

When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

IMG_3161

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

IMG_3165

The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

IMG_3173

Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

IMG_3143

“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

IMG_1991

IMG_1988

“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

IMG_2762

 

Water’s Beauty

Thanks to my blogging friend Kris from Panama – showing her trip to the lovely ocean – I had to go to the lake.  Ha

These baby goslings can swim and dive 30 to 40 feet under water when they are one day old.  These goslings will follow anything that moves – dogs, ducks, humans.  The adult Canadian Geese live to be 10 to 25 years old and mate for life.

IMG_2552 (2)

IMG_2519

IMG_2568

IMG_1908

IMG_2497