Our Utah vacation was almost jeopardized by my minor medical setback. But I’m feeling good, now. And I’m ready to go. I wish I had a few extra days to get a couple more things ready for the trip. Kevin and I just have to make a trip to the store and grab a couple more shorts and I need to find a smaller, lighter tripod than the one I have here. When we hike and come across a neat waterfall, I would like to capture it in long exposure. The only way to get a decent shot, I need a tripod for these photos. The lighter the backpack, the easier the hike. 😉 I will take a short break from blogging. And when I come back, I will have a whole new story to tell, and hopefully some cool pictures to show y’all.
Time to pack for our trip to Utah. Katelynn’s plush snake makes me giggle. 😀 Hopefully, we don’t come too close to a venomous snake. After all, it’s the desert.
Here are some nature pictures, I captured over the last years. I let them speak for themselves.
Asclepias asperula (Antelope Horn) (2014)
Garden Sunflower (2013)
Fox Squirrel eats a pecan (2012)
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (2011)
Pearl Crescent Butterfly on Cosmos (2014)
I’m not physically feeling well, today. But I couldn’t stay in bed and in the house all day either. So I walked around my raised beds to see what’s growing and in bloom. Sitting in the house is uncomfortable and depressing. Even when I couldn’t stay outside for long, at least the fresh blooming Tiger Lily and the “Autumn Beauty” Sunflower put a smile in my face. 🙂
Lilies are my favorite flowers. It put a smile in my face, seeing the Tiger Lily in bloom this afternoon.
Sunflowers are my second favorite flowers: I was happy to see this “Autumn Beauty” in bloom as well.
Earlier this year, my “Ebony & Ivory” Crape Myrtle looked sad. 😦 There were some dry twigs, they had to be removed. After I got rid of them and mulched around the bottom, the little tree/shrub seemed to be much healthier, again. Today, we’ve got rewarded with it’s first bloom of this season. It’s so wonderful to see, it came back. 😀
Last year, I relocated my Vitex tree. (Some people might know it as “Chaste” or as “Texas Lilac”.) A few weeks later, it came back as well. This Spring, I was a little bit concerned. Because it took much longer to bloom, this year. Today, I’ve noticed the first blossoms on the Vitex as well. I guess due to the cooler Winter and the fast warm up in Spring, the tree might have been shocked for a moment. It grew leaves. But the bloom just took longer.
Our “Ebony & Ivory” Crape Myrtle started to blossom, today.
And our Vitex begins to bloom, too.
Last night, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went to the Indy Car Racing at the Texas Motor Speedway. Sara’s school won the Speeding To Read contest for the second year in the row. And her class read the most books in her school. Therefore, she and her classmates won tickets to the DXC Technology 600 – Indy Car Racing Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
No Limits Offroad Rumble
Getting around the corner with a truck is a challenge. Especially when there is competition.
Those trucks jumped over the ramps like grasshoppers.
When we arrived, we watched the No Limits Offroad Rumble. After the National Anthem, three F-16 flew over the Racetrack, before the IndyCar Racing started at about 7:45 pm.
The first Indy Car gets towed to the pit.
Zachary Claman De Melo #19
Ed Carpenter’s car didn’t make it to the end of the race.
Pit stop for Josef Newgarden
Yeah, this happened right in front of us with debris flying into the crowd. Nobody got hurt. 🙂
Kevin, the girls and I didn’t stay until the end of the race. The girls were tired, and we wanted to get out, before we get stuck in traffic. This way, it was a smooth way ride back home.