2017, In The Garden

What’s Growing In The Community/Church Garden?

One of the ladies and I went to the Community Garden to plant the “Three Sisters” (corn, beans, squashes), this morning. After the seedlings were planted in the beds and the garden was watered, I used the opportunity to capture some photos of the blooms and vegetables in the Community and the Church Garden. ❤

2017

Texas Sunset In Spring

Sara played ball with her peers on the street. After she escorted her friends to their houses, she sat next to me in the grass to watch the sunset in the frontyard. We were talking about bugs and the swallows, which nest two houses down from us. I tried to photograph a bug. But it flew away, before I could capture it. Seconds later, one of the swallows caught and ate it. “Ha, Karma!” I said. Sara wanted to know, what was the meaning of Karma.  While we enjoyed some ice cream, I tried to explain it to her. But I have that feeling it will take another couple of years, before she will understand the true meaning of Karma. In the meantime the sun went down, and the clouds started to get all shades of pink, orange and purple.

2017, In The Garden

Blooming Salvia

I noticed the last couple of weeks, my sages are coming back from the Winter dormancy. Since the last few days they also begin to bloom. Sages are good drought resistant plants for this region in the US. They usually start to bloom in Spring, throughout Summer, into Autumn. The bees, butterflies and other insects love them, because they get nectar almost all year round. And the sages leave a nice fragrance in the yard.

2017

Spring Storms In North Texas

Well, well, well! Last night we had a storm with isolated tornadoes and up to softball-size hail coming through parts of North Texas. While Mother Nature had a tantrum north and southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth, it was quiet in the two big cities. According to the weather report, there was a tornado touchdown by Justin, TX. A big cell produced hail. And when it arrived here in The Colony, we still got the most southern tip of the cell with high winds and golfball-size hail.

After the storm passed, we all checked for damages. The neighbors across the street lost a good portion of their ornamental tree, due to the high wind. The neighbor next door from them helped to cut down some branches, so they could move the big parts of the tree out of the street. This afternoon, he has more work to do to cut the branches in smaller pieces. It will be easier for the waste management workers to pick up the tree limps beginning of next week.

We were luckier on our side of the street. But at this morning, we noticed a few dings in the cars. They are very small. We are happy, the windshields didn’t get hit hard and the house roof looks fine. The greenhouse and the garden must have gotten protected by the neighbors house, the fence, and our trees in the backyard.

301
One of the two dings I found on the van.

It was scary. And we are glad it is over, until the next storm comes in our direction. ☔⚡💦

2017

The Blooming Photinia

Now that it is Spring, our Photinia is blooming again. And while it blooms, it attracts a lot of pollinators into our yard. The bees are all over the bush, and the butterflies taste the flowers with their little feet, before they get the nectar out of the blossoms.

2017

My Pets (Part VIII)

Joshua loves this time of the year. He was sitting under the photinia bush and watched birds all morning. That was until Daddy came with the lawn mower, and Josh’ had to move out of the way. It must be nice being a cat, relaxing in a shaded area , watching birds and have a little breeze touching the fur every so often.

Now it’s time for a nap on Daddy’s desk chair, until the food on the grill is ready. Watching birds is making Joshua sleepy. 🌷🐱🌸

2017

A Hike In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (2)

Yesterday, I wrote about the Texas Bluebonnet at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Since I was capturing photos of these beautiful flowers, I decided to take a little hike to the creek bridge, which leads to the Riparian Forest and the Blackland Prairie. I captures more photos of insects and blooms, while passing the Off-Road Cycling Trail.

2017

Texas Bluebonnet

It’s this time of year again, when parents and pet owners capture photos of their little ones and puppies in the Bluebonnet fields. Right now, bluebonnets are blooming all over the prairies of Texas. And since it is the state flower of our great Lone Star State, a lot of people are excited to see them bloom.

At this morning, I drove to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The wind blew strong. But I found with my camera a way around it. The right settings, and the wind has nothing against my Nikon and me. 😉 Before I made a left turn into the park, I saw a sea of bluebonnets showing themselves from their most beautiful side. The Sun did the other part to make them look good out there. Every time I see a field like this, I wish I could role in it. But I would be in big trouble. The cops would kick my butt; a snake could bite me in my rear end; or a bee could sting me, by confusing me for a flower. So, I will keep photographing them. And others can still enjoy them, when I left. 😉