Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ABC Wednesday --- O

Needs no explanation, right? Visit Mrs Nesbitt for more ABC Wednesday posts!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where in the world is Lake Lady?

Another shot from the hotel last night. And a few more taken downtown this evening. For those of you not in the USA, the title is referring to NBC's The Today Show and their "Where in the World is Matt Lauer" series that's running right not. Anyway, can anyone figure out where I am? Certainly not in Gun Barrel City!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Odd Shots Monday

Running late with my post tonight because I've been on the road all day. Now I'm tucked into a 6th floor hotel room and just got this Odd Shot. Enlarge it and look carefully....the right side of the photo is the view downtown...the left side is the reflection of my room in the window! Odd enough? To see more Odd Shots, visit Katney, our hostess with the mostest!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Here's Buster!

Several of you have made lovely comments about my postings from Buster's yard. So, I thought today (Camera Critters Sunday) was the perfect day for you to meet Buster! You can tell by his business-like demeanor that his yard crew, house-keeper, boat-man, cook and valet would all be the best! We couldn't ask for a better neighbor! Be sure to visit Misty Dawn's site by clicking the Camera Critters link above and see more great critter shots!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Project Green

The first shot is actually turned sideways....the 2nd shows the grasshoppers actual orientation on my post. The setting sun is to the right. See more Project Green entries and Anna Carson's photography.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sky Watch Friday -- Sunset

This was my view as I turned into our subdivision coming home from work last night. It's not ALL about the water here. We also enjoy some great country scenery! Please visit WiggersWorld to see other Sky Watch Friday contributions today.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

This one's for you and you know who you are!

Also from Buster's yard. And especially for my favorite sailor......
Anybody wondering about Buster? Pop in Sunday for his photographic debut!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

N is for Nautical Net on ABC Wednesday

Back to Buster's yard for inspiration today! See other ABC Wednesday posts at Mrs. Nesbitt's Place

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pulled this one out of my .....

I got stuck out of town another night and had to search the chip in my camera for something to post! I was messing around the other night and shot this for the fun of it. I was surprised by the reflections on the glass table top.

Binoculars are never out of reach when your view includes boats, ducks, birds, turtles and fish. Sometimes people are fun to watch, too!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Reflections of and on a bridge...

This is on the east edge of Malakoff. There were a series of bridges here and there is currently construction going on to remove or replace them all. I got this shot in March of 2007.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Camera Critters Sunday theme

You'll allow me one more Mallard shot this week, right? I mean, you're my friends ... love me, love my ducks, right? If you click on the photo to enlarge, you'll see that he was DWS...Drinking While Swimming. I've found another theme blog you might want to check out. Click here to see other posts: Camera Critters Sunday

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Tale of No Tail

Not great quality photography....just happened to have the camera in my hand when this fellow landed on the fence below me...zoomed quite a bit. What's up with the lack of tail? Maybe OldManLincoln can tell us???

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sweet moonrise

I've been out of town this week and have gotten behind! Got home just in time to catch this shot for Sky Watch Friday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

ABC Wednesday---M is for Mallards

Magnificent Mallard in flight.....
Morphing Mallard.......
Mallard shot Missed........
And Mama Mallard. Click the ABC Wednesday logo to see more participants!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The king lives in Malakoff

Well, who would have thought of looking here? Certainly peaked my interest in this little antique store. Too bad they were closed for the day already! There are several great stores around Malakoff for antiquing and for "lakey" decorations. Malakoff is also home to the Cornbread Festival, which is coming up soon and may provide for more posts!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Odd Shots Monday

Back to Buster's context, this fits the scheme of decor....out of context, I thought it might qualify as an Odd Shot! To see more Odd Shots for Monday, please click on the icon below to go to Katney's Kaboodle.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

a BEE-utiful weekend!

Couldn't ask for a more perfect day for human or beast! The flowers are gorgeous and the bees appreciate them and vice versa. The ducks and birds are entertaining us. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Blue Boathouse

There aren't too many real boat-houses on Cedar Creek Lake. It's a man-made lake that was filled in the mid-late sixties. Couldn't swear to it, but I'm guessing this one was one of the first boat-houses built out here! Most residents have boat docks with covered lifts these days. Easier to maintain and they don't block the view so badly. But they don't have the "character" of this one, either!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sky Watch Friday---country sunrise

It's Sky Watch Friday again already! This was taken last year just before Easter. We were planning our first sunrise service on our "Future Home of...." property and I was going out there to see what time the sunrise would be at it's peak. This is one of the shots I took that morning. Alas, the cold rainy weather leading up to Easter that year forced us indoors!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sunset cruise

We've had some dreary-looking days and some terrible thunderstorms this week, so I just needed a reminder about how beautiful it was this past weekend and how beautiful it will be again soon! Sunday evening we took a little cruise on a friend's boat. (Thanks F&P!). It's nice to be able to ride with someone else and get the opportunity to shoot pictures. I would advise against leaving a pager in your shirt pocket when you lean over the edge of the boat looking for that "odd shot", tho.....

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

ABC Wednesday

L is for Lakey .... a very popular indoor and outdoor decorating theme around here! Thanks to Buster's Mom for letting me use her yard for today's shot!
ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The other end of the lake....

The north end of the lake is the "low" end....the dam is to the south. In the area of this shot, when the water is up like it is now, you can always find people fishing from the banks. I tried not to disturb any of them! This bridgework supports some type of pipeline. This was taken between Mabank and Kemp, just off of the highway, on one of our dreary days last week.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Turtle Eye View

Thought I'd join in to Odd Shots Monday by looking at my view through my turtle friend's eye! Hopefully I'll get better at this with practice! ;-)
P.S. For those of you who asked what the turtle is (see my response below), here's a shot of the fish.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

New family in the neighborhood!

We've seen 2 new wood duck families this week and this Mallard family that swam by in late afternoon yesterday.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Malakoff School built by WPA/PWA--- Can we save it?

Mission Statement of the Malakoff Historical Society: to save the history of Malakoff and to establish a place where future generations can appreciate what has and is occurring in our city.
(See 2nd photo--school entrance---below)
They are currently trying to convince the Malakoff Independent School District to not destroy this historic building built by the Works Progress Administration's little known Public Works Administration. The PWA built 70% of the U.S. schools built between 1933 and 1939. This school was built in about 1939. They were given a 3-year reprieve last summer to come up with a plan and money for restoration. To restore this building for student use is extremely costly, but there is hope it can be used for something else that would have fewer restraints.

It's a beautiful building. This one and a new one share the block and are completely surrounded by this great stone wall.

For more information on the school, there's the Architect's Report published in the Malakoff News. Go to and search the archives for WPA, article Aug 24, 2007.

Friday, April 4, 2008

March Sunrise

Shot out the window as I crossed the bridge. I decided that was safer than stopping on a bridge!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Girls Rule

At least for now....during the mating season, female mallards get maybe too much attention from the randy little males....but this one must have a nest nearby....the two males are doing a great job of standing sentinel while she eats the seeds our wild birds have knocked out of their feeder.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Murals in Malakoff

The community was formerly known as "Caney Creek" and "Mitcham Chapel." An application for a named post office in 1854 under "Purdam (or Purdon)" or "Mitcham" resulted in the current name, because the other names were already in use. It is named for a Russian town.
In the 1920's coal mining became an important acivity.
The "Malakoff Heads" found in the 1930's resemble carvings of the Olmec culture. For more on the murals in Malakoff, see

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Work of Water

Today I chose to show some of the "behind the scenes" work involved in bringing us water to drink as well as water to admire! This is the spillway where overflow water is released. There were cormorants, pelicans and seagulls feeding there when I took this on March 19 after a great rain. The following information is from Wikipedia:

Cedar Creek Reservoir is a man-made reservoir located in Henderson and Kaufman Counties, Texas (USA), 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Dallas. It is built on Cedar Creek, which flows into the Trinity River. The lake includes a spillway that lets water out into a canal to the Trinity River. The lake has a drainage area of over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km²). The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintains three islands, totaling 160 acres (65 ha), as a Wildlife Management Area for aquatic birds. The lake is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, and supplies water to Fort Worth and other cities and water districts in Tarrant and Johnson counties. Construction on the lake began in 1961, and was completed in 1965.
Towns on or near the lake include Kemp, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Enchanted Oaks, Eustace, Caney City, Malakoff, Star Harbor, Trinidad, Tool and Seven Points. Its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex makes it a popular weekend getaway.
Cedar Creek Reservoir was built on Cedar Creek, a tributary to the Trinity River. The dam is at the south end of the lake in the town of Malakoff. The spillway on the west side of the lake lets water into a canal to the Trinity River. Other major creeks that contribute to the inflow are Caney Creek, Clear Creek, and King's Creek.

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Windy Start to Spring..Mar 18

Windy Start to Spring..Mar 18
Probably not the best day to start this blog.....