This Sunday, Kevin, the girls and I went for a hike to Tyler State Park. I always wanted to check that place out. Due to “Barry” about an hour east of us, it was a bit cooler but very humid today. Here and there, we had a little sprinkle. But it was worth getting out and doing something with the family.
Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.
In Loving Memory of Ranger
🐕(2005 – 2016)🌈
While Kevin mowed the lawn, I planted my agastache, bee balm, lemon balm, and scabiosa in the frontyard garden. Sara noticed the grasshopper on the lawn, when we were done watering the flowers. I asked her to get my camera. With the Nikon I tried to to get as close as possible to the insect. First, the grasshopper was a bit shy and wanted to hide deep by the roots in the soil. But when it was comfortable enough, it poked its head out again. It wasn’t time for Flip to call it a day, yet. Very quietly I rested on the ground and captured photos of the grasshopper. At the end Flip was so comfortable with me being around, we watched the sunset together.
All the butterflies, dragonflies, skippers, bees, flies visit our garden. Well, it looks very inviting with all the drought-tolerant blooms in the yard. So much nectar everywhere. When they get thirsty in this heat, they can have a drink at our water fountain as well. It is a paradise for all the insects.
Oh, I forgot to capture the Moon in it’s First Quarter phase at 5:55 am (CDT). Now, I look at the Moon. And of course it’s a sliver more than the Quarter of this morning. Therefore we are in the Waxing Gibbous phase, this evening.
Our kitty, Ozzy, has been with us for one week now. He plays with Sara, and the other pets; he nose-kissed Joshua on July 4th (Joshua is still not 100 percent sure, what to think of Ozzy. But he seems to tolerate Ozzy a bit more); after all this excitement, he had a little tummy bug on Friday; he eats and drinks a lot; and he grew a little bit bigger, since we’ve adopted him last Monday. I spoiled him with toys. Sara spoils him with a lot of attention, very day. Right now, he takes a break and snoozes on the ottoman. Mr. Ozzy has to be fit for tonight’s foot attacks. If he doesn’t claw my feet, he claws Kevin’s body parts I don’t really want to mention here. I know, Ozzy can be a little sh*t. That’s why we love him so much. And he fits perfectly into our family.