Saturday, May 31, 2008

Late Post and Late Breaking News!

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to see two fine young men graduate from two different high schools. Friday night we were just east of Houston to see our cousin graduate high school and this morning, we were at Texas A&M to see our nephew graduate high school. All told, we saw over 1300 kids walk the two stages! Can you pick my boys out? They're the tall, skinny guys in blue!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Sky Watch Friday -- from my road trip

Austin is growing so fast that I felt compelled to stop and grab some shots of the sunset just barely south of town on Interstate 35. This will all be housing or shopping centers too soon! The first shot was actually my 2nd shot and may be a little blurry...I was zooming to catch the hawk sitting in the top of the dead tree. Don't forget to pop over to WiggersWorld to see more SkyWatchFriday posts!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nature Knows to Celebrate Diversity!

They say it's our similarities that should matter, not our differences...but is that really so? If all of us sent the same pictures every day, would we be interested in each other's cities ... or in each other? I say we should all celebrate our differences and learn from one another. What do you say?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ABC Wednesday -- S is for So many things

SURFING through my SHOTS from my SAFARI to SAN Antonio, I've found SAILING....
A STAGECOACH in the SKY.....

I jumped the gun and posted my SPURS SHOTS yesterday!
The Sailboat was shot from my deck....the Stagecoach near Waco....The Stars and Stripes at the Veteran's Hospital in Waco. See more ABC Wednesday photos at MrsNesbitt's Place!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On the road again.....

Late with my posts today....trouble with my wireless connection at a hotel in San Antonio this morning! Caught these two shots last night when I came in. For those of you not as fanatical about sports as we are around here, I should let you know that the NBA team San Antonio SPURS are in the play-offs AGAIN. The Hilton downtown had a clever arrangement of balcony lights last night! The whole city is Spurs Crazy, of course. GO SPURS GO!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend on the Lake

We took the boat out for a little while yesterday and saw, as we expected, every form of water transportation imaginable! From canoes to pedal-boats to personal watercraft to sailboats to ski boats to bass boats to cabin cruisers. Here's just a microcosm ... taken right here in our cove, from our boat. The house in the background was the site of a birthday party with a live band. There were 5 or 6 boats tied up around their boathouse and the neighboring boathouse to the right plus several PWCs. Our friend was trying for a leisurely sail and I was trying for a picture of the leisurely sail when this ski-boat came flying through the shot. We decided to leave the lake to the week-enders and go home and listen to the live band from the safety and sanity of our deck! Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Camera Critter Sunday -- Elusive Cormorant

These guys are a challenge to photograph. If they're in the water, they can dive at any instant and you'll have no idea where to watch for them to re-surface. We jokingly refer to them as "drowning ducks" around here because one of our friends was sorely distressed the first time she saw one dive. When it didn't come up and didn't come up, she was shouting "the duck is drowning, the duck is drowning!". Now it's a game to see who can guess where they will come up! Last weekend we were out on the boat and came across this guy. I decided to see how close we could get. The last photo here is actually the first I shot. The other two I had to zoom to get, so they're not very sharp. Considering that I was both the captain and the photographer, I guess they're not too bad! You would think that photos 1 and 2 are reversed, but they're not. He/She was considering vacating the premises, but apparently decided we were relatively harmless and decided to stay. See more Camera Critters moderated by Misty Dawn.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Life at the Lake on Memorial Weekend

Our (all of us CDP bloggers) friend Abe at Brookeville Daily Photo has a great post for Memorial Day. Please check it out.
Around here, Memorial Weekend is known as the FIRST BIG WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER and everyone who has a lake house comes. That means lots of things....yard work, getting the boat back in shape, inflating all of the kiddos water toys and hitting the water with every imaginable vessel available. For those of us lucky enough to be here full-time, it means "HERE THEY COME AGAIN, THERE GOES OUR PEACE AND QUIET!". We were "week-enders" longer than we've been "full-timers" so we hope we still maintain a sense of balance and patience! Anyway, I had expected to get a photo of boats and PWC's galore this morning. But, alas, it's a bit windy and overcast and still pretty quiet out there. Maybe tomorrow or Monday I'll be able to get such a post. But for today, here are a few golden oldies with the theme of lake life, memories and Old Glory.

Peace, happiness, health and good memories to you all!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

Last Saturday was a lovely day for the most part....then we had some rain....and then just as the sun was getting low I caught it trying valiantly to peek through the clouds. Usually sky conditions change pretty quickly around here. I shot 4 pictures in a few minutes and these are the first and last. I was surprised later to see how little change there was this time!

Pop over to Wiggers World to see more Sky Watch Friday shots.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Road trip.....

OK, I've had some long days this week and posted late, if I posted at all. Guess the hours and miles are getting to me. I came across this in a little town called Mexia and it's just too funny to not post. Maybe it doesn't meet the City Daily Photo criteria for where I live, but I hope it will spread smiles around the world! This bikini beauty stops traffic for a used car dealer.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

ABC Wednesday....R for Rainbows

If you click to enlarge, you'll see there is a double rainbow....and a reflection in the water. This was taken last June. It's late in the day....long day today....but head on over to Mrs Nesbitt's for more ABC Wednesday posts.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Night & Day --- Two fer Tuesday

Found another meme site! Jonna hosts Two fer Tuesday--post a pair of photos with a theme of their own. I took the night shot last night--the full moon was too nice to pass up! When I thought about the Two fer Tuesday meme, I dug around to find a similar shot taken during daylight hours. You can use the wood duck nesting box at the bottom left as a reference.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Odd Shots Monday -- Window Shopping for Airplane?

How many of you have a local store where you can window shop for an old military plane? Well, here's your opportunity to OWN one! The whole place is up for sale, right on Hwy 198 in Payne Springs!
This facility was actually a boat sales/repair shop but this one section of the building has held this aircraft for as long as I've been coming out here. There are more parts outside if you'd like to try your hand at restoring this old beauty!
If you look very closely, you'll see my reflection in the bottom shot. I was standing outside a locked chain-link fence. See more Odd Shots at Katney's Kaboodle.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Need a cheap boat?

Here's a real fixer-upper! It's been sitting here for as long as I've been boating on this lake, which is about 7 or 8 years. I call it the S.S. Minnow! If you click to enlarge, you can actually see some details....looks like there still might be some glass in some windows.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Trinidad Path -- the last drive?

As I was enjoying some of your blogs yesterday, I came across a short discussion about paths. It reminded me of this shot I took a couple of months ago. This little lane leads from the Trinidad ISD building to a cemetery. I wasn't able to explore the cemetery, as there were people there I didn't want to disturb. But it seems to be near the banks of the Trinidad River (through the woods behind the fence).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

It was cloudy most of yesterday, but just at sunset we suddenly got a quick few minutes of fabulous pink and blue. I didn't realize with the first shot that the moon was in the pink! Click to enlarge the first photo and you'll see it. The 2nd was taken in moments. And the pink was gone the next moment. See more Sky Watch Friday photos!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quirky Quest for Q : ABC Wednesday

Ok, it's a little bit of a desperate stretch.....but see the design around the center of the web? Doesn't that look a little like a Q????

Go to Mrs Nesbitt's for more creativity with the letter Q!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day/Camera Critters

Last weekend we had just finished a fabulous dinner at Hernandez Mexican Restaurant (more on that in another post later) in Malakoff when we spotted this family under the porch roof. In honor of Mother's Day and in participation with the Camera Critters Sunday meme, here's a shot of dinner-time at Hernandez'.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

More Bluebirds

We seem to have a lot of bird lovers in our group, so though I'm not the photographer that Abe is, I thought you might enjoy these. The same "duck lady" who built the wood duck nesting box I posted a couple of days ago also built this bird condo. One year we had bluebirds nesting in it. The first photo shows the papa feeding and the bottom one shows the baby peeking out.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

I had a sunrise photo ready for today, but decided to save it in case that's our July theme! So I ran out this morning and snapped this one. Looks like a PERFECT day today. I'll be on the boat by 5:30!! See other Sky Watch Friday posts at Wigger's World.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

More than Mallards....

Just so you know...we do have more than mallards and wood ducks around here. Occasionally various domestic ducks find their way in. And male mallards are notoriously "friendly". So we have some interesting results.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

ABC Wednesday - P is for Pink and PurPle Petunias

Please click the ABC Wednesday icon to see more participants' entries at Mrs. Nesbitt's Place!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Home Sweet Home

You've seen some of my wood duck and mallard babies. I thought you might like to see one of the wood duck nesting boxes. This one was built by our neighborhood "duck lady". She carves the duck head on the front. Some of her boxes have both the male and female heads. The 2nd shot shows the inside. There is a Plexiglas panel that enables you to see the nest without disturbing the eggs. It can be lifted to clean the box out after the hatching. We Inn-Keepers put cedar shavings in the box and when mom builds her nest, she adds soft down. Right below the hole (always football shaped) is a piece of hardware cloth. The ducks have a hooked beak and they climb up that wire and tumble out of the box when called out by their mothers at 24 hours of age. It is imperative that they fall ... at least 5 feet and up to 15 feet ... because the impact with the ground or water somehow jump-starts their little digestive systems. If they don't fall out within 24 hours, they can starve to death. It is incredible to see them ... when she calls, they come tumbling out of there one after the other and practically walk on water to get to her. In the last photo you'll see a vertical piece of wood near the top. This is what causes the box to tilt slightly forward when it's mounted on a post (usually on a boat dock or retaining wall, so they can fall into the water). We have 8 boxes within view of our deck in our neighborhood and it is great fun to watch them! If you look in the distance in the first photo, you can see a green box on a post at the wall of Buster's yard. Obviously, the subject box today was just posing for pictures and not actually available for occupation!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Odd Shots Monday -- Flying Fish

Sometimes you just click at just the right moment.......

Check out the rest of the entries for Odd Shots Monday.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Camera Critters Sunday

Camera Critters Sunday -- click and check them all out! I've spent way too much time this morning trying to catch photos of this guy. For the last 3 or 4 days, he has been tapping on my windows. We have 3 double windows and 2 sets of French doors facing our deck and he has tapped them all. Which has kept me hopping from window to window to window trying to anticipate his next appearance. When he perched on my turtle friend to rest, I just had to click for this Sunday's theme photo! It looks like he and the turtle are enjoying our view as much as we do!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Photo Hunt Theme --- Time

TnChick moderates a Saturday theme called Photo Hunt. This Saturday, the subject is "Time". Those of us who moved to the lake from more fast-paced cities (primarily Dallas/Ft Worth, it seems) have had to learn to adjust to a different pace here. It can be frustrating for "week-enders" but once you've settled in, you find that the pace here is much healthier! We call it "Learning to live on Lake Time". Now when we go to the big city, we can hardly wait to get out of their traffic and get HOME! This was taken with my new PDA/phone/camera, so I apologize for the quality. Thank you to D&C for sharing your home and dinner and decor!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sky Watch Friday -- whew, no tornado here!

Reports of a tornado touching down near here at Canton this morning. I was blissfully ignorant, but went out side to take this shot right after I heard....the sun is already starting to peek out here. Hope everyone in the storm's path is ok!

Fly over to Wigger's World to see more SkyWatchFriday entries.

Windy Start to Spring..Mar 18

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