Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I am at war with my gelding - Part IV

Some of you mentioned you'd like to see Zim eating birdseed from the feeders. 
If you enlarge the photo, you can see tiny seeds dropping below his rubbery lips.

You can tell, he's really having to work at grinding those tiny seeds between his big horsey teeth.

Big moose...



Not the view I LIKE to see from my office window...
Checking out the bird bath.
er, baths...

Well, I'm happy to report, these photos were taken before I erected the highly-fashionable, orange plastic barricade fencing around the majority of the pond (in Part III). So I guess, technically, this is Part II 1/2 of this little saga.  He has managed to stay on HIS side of the pond since I erected the white-trash fence.  Score one for TexWisGirl - so far, at least...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Barred Owl in the morn

A barred owl hung around the pond after sunup one day.



Looks like he's had a rough night.

A little drowsy





Monday, August 29, 2011

Roadside Randomocity II







Can you feel that searing heat pouring down? I sure can!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Night light

The August full moon. 
And a blurry hand-held shot of it the following night through swirling clouds.

Just a bit of Louise love





So often, her "pretty girl" sister, Thelma, steals the limelight.  I just thought I'd give this little Catahoula hound her due.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some folks insist on doing things the hard way...



Squirrel 1:  "Yo!  We can get to the oak tree if we go over this fence!"
Squirrel 2: "Yeah, I think I'll just take the door..."
Squirrel 2:  "Doofus..."

I feel like ordering a tiny little t-shirt for Squirrel 2:  "I'm with Stupid!"

Hot red shoulders

No, not a sunburn; actually it's a hot red-shouldered hawk taking a breather along the pond.  I took these through the windows at the deck so they're not the best of shots, but he'd have taken off if I would've tried to open the sliding glass door.






Friday, August 26, 2011

Inca doves

I've seen Inca doves here a few times before, but they usually stay out at the fringes of the field and tree-line.  But I believe this is a pair that came down to the pond-side one afternoon, probably needing a drink.

Incas have scalloped feather patterns and long, dark tails. 


They are beautiful, like their mourning dove cousins.

Here's a link if you want to hear their slightly different sound. 

This is my turtle rescue/relocation plan...

...if the pond gets to the danger point where we're going to lose our turtle and fish population, I'm going to be loading up tubs o' turtles and relocating them to this place down the road a ways. 

When it rains, they get some powerful run-off from a major creek fed by an east tributary of the Trinity River that runs through Dallas, so I guess that's how they've kept their water level through this drought. 
FYI, this place is for sale if you're interested in owning your own water ski ranch.  For a cool half million...
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