2018

Autumn Is On Its Way

August comes officially to an end and so does the meteorological Summer, which differs from the astronomical End of Summer on September 21, this year. But here in North Texas, we will notice the difference a little bit later. The next days and weeks, we still will experience days in the low to mid 90s. Yeah, for us it still will feel like Summer. πŸ˜‰

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Mammoth sunflower in our garden, in Summer 2013

Goodbye August! Hello September!

2018

Finding A Good Hay Bale Field At The End of Summer

At this time of the year, I usually see a lot of hay bales out in the fields. But finding the right field for some photos can be challenging sometimes. Either the light is not perfect, or the farmer put the bales too close together, which doesn’t look attractive for a little photo shoot. But I found this field across the highway. And when the sun almost set, the light was just at the perfect angle. I was lucky back then. Because now, there is a house community built on that very same field. I don’t like it. But it is part of the progress in the Metroplex.

2018, In The Garden

Fairies & Kobolds

I always remember the day, we’ve got our first fairy house and put it in the frontyard. Sara and her friends had a blast with all the tales, I was telling them about the garden fairy tales.

2018

Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In August

In August, the Prairie seems dry and burned from the hot Summer sun. But looking closer, we still can still see the beauty within it. Drought resistant plants like this weather. And the butterflies and other insects like the flowers provided for them this time of the year.

2018

Last Offspring of The Season

Every August, our yard is the nursery of the last offspring for the season. The young birds become more independent from their parents and explore our backyard. Here and there, we hear a little “Chirp” from the juvenile birds. Soon after, a parent arrives with a juicy worm or insect and shoves it down the young bird’s throat. In a few more weeks the youngster will be independent enough to find its own food. But in the meantime, we enjoy them being around the patio and the woodpile. It’s also the time we have to make sure, Joshua and Chewbacca will stay in the house. The cats can watch the birds from behind the patio door. We call it jokingly “Cat Food Network”. πŸ˜‰

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Juvenile House Sparrow on our wood pile: It still has a lot of feathers to grow in. But it is independent enough to fly around in our backyard.
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Juvenile Blue Jay: it looks so cute with its little “bonnet”/crest.