Storms Roared Through

Well, it has been a bad year for gardening and growing flowers – due to storm after storm. I planted several types of sunflowers for the birds and butterflies this year.  The storm Barry that roared through New Orleans and headed straight through Arkansas caused flooding and wind damage.  The red sunflowers, which turned out to be every color – all went down in the wind last night.  Discouragement is not worth my time – I just think – Oh well, a few sunflowers are nothing compared to those who lost their homes or their business.

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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.

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Galveston, Texas

Last week my daughter, granddaughter and I went to Galveston, Texas for 5 days.  I had not stood on any beach for years  – and I missed the beach.  These pictures are from one morning when the sunrise was magnificent.  When I zoomed in on distant objects the color was spectacular.

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Later in the day I took this photo of the beach and water glowing in the full sun.

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Communing With The Cows

There I was once again – boots on, in my pajamas in the yard trying to capture another gorgeous sunrise.  So peaceful out in my country yard – dew sparkling on the grass at 5:45 A.M.  Then I got side tracked and began to talk to the cows in the pasture – just across the fence.  I must be Mrs. Dr. Do-Little, because I talk to all the creatures I meet.

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God just makes some of the most spectacular scenes for us to view.  Thank you Lord for another wonderful beginning to another beautiful day.

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These cows never gave me a single Moo today.

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You Can’t Hide . . .

We have a lot of rabbits that live in and near our yard.  We have no dog – this is why.  After our last dog disappeared we chose not to get another dog.  Many of our rabbits are quite friendly.  This one that I have named “Gertrude” is my favorite.  She loves to hang out around the doorway to my husband’s shop.

You might as well sit up – I can see you!

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Now that is better.

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Now give me your good side and I will take a picture of you.

IMG_9634 (2)Perfect – Thank you Gertrude.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Beautiful Reasons

Thousands of Reasons by Doe Zantamata

If every morning you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.” And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” Then one day you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes . . . it was a beautiful day.”

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Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have being. My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.